Soccer: Elks’ Ness, Royals’ Bianchi named to all-state

Ryan Ness of Elk River and Jessica Bianchi of Rogers were included on the all-state soccer teams picked by the coaches association. Both are senior midfielders who’ve been on varsity for five years and played in two state tournaments each.

Ryan Ness

Ness, named all-state for the second time, had six goals and eight assists this year for the

Jessica Bianchi

9-9 Elks. He is ERHS’s career points leader (60) with 29 goals and 31 assists. Also a basketball and tennis player, he plans to play soccer in college and is undecided where.

Bianchi notched 10 goals and seven assists for the 8-7-2 Royals, on the heels of 26-goal junior season when Rogers was state champion. She will continue her career at Concordia-St. Paul.

Each was named to the 24-member Class AA all-state team. The coaches also pick 24-player Class A teams.