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Lewisburg’s Ben Liscum named to All-American team

SUN-GAZETTE FILE PHOTO Lewisburg’s Ben Liscum competes during a PIAA Class AA playoff game against Wyoming Seminary in November. Liscum was selected to play in the High School All-American game in May.

Ben Liscum was just about as excellent a soccer player as you could want on your team. He could score seemingly at will from anywhere near the 18-yard box. He was able to dish out assists easily to his teammates when someone was in a perfect position.

Add in his leadership and soccer IQ on the field, and it’s no surprise he was a stud on the field the past four seasons, culminating with a statement win in the PIAA Class AA championship game over Deer Lakes, 6-0, in Hershey.

Liscum will be playing at Penn State University this fall, but before he trades in his green and white uniform for blue and white, he’ll be playing one last game as a high schooler.

The outstanding Lewisburg forward was selected to the High School All-American game on May 29 in St. Louis. It’s the 10th annual High School All-American game, which selects 45 of the nation’s elite boys high school soccer players and six coaches for the East and West teams.

“I’m really excited to be named to the East All-American team. If you look through the list of players, every single player is quality,” Liscum said. “I’m honored to be chosen as one of only a handful of kids to play in this game and I believe it’s going to be a great challenge for me as a player come this spring.”

The two-time all-state midfielder was quick to give credit to his teammates and coaches.

“My teammates had my back at all times this season and always did their jobs which have helped me succeed in doing mine,” Liscum said. “I can’t thank coach (Ben) Kettlewell and coach (Nick) Ferguson enough for their dedication and effort they’ve put into our team and myself this past season.”

Liscum will play at Penn State University this upcoming fall. He and teammate Anthony Bhangdia (Tufts University) were on the watch list in August for the game.

The former Green Dragon standout will be one of just four players from Pennsylvania to represent the East team. Liscum will be joined by Cumberland Valley’s Luke Snyder (High Point), North Penn’s Josh Jones (Louisville) and Erie Cathedral Prep’s Jack Foht (undecided).

Liscum helped Lewisburg go 22-0 this past fall en route to winning the program’s fourth state championship and third since 2015.

Of the four players from Pennsylvania, only Liscum appeared in a state championship this fall (Class AA). The chance to represent Lewisburg on another stage is something Liscum takes pride in.

“Every game I play in moving forward in my career I have the opportunity to represent not just myself and my family, but Lewisburg soccer. I take a whole lot of pride in that because the program has a rich history and means so much to so many people,” Liscum said. “I also hope through my participation in this game that I can inspire the next generation of Lewisburg soccer players and athletes to keep pushing to be better and to chase a dream.

“In addition to that, this community has been my home for my whole life and I feel so honored to represent it in an All-American game.”

Liscum was a two-time Sun-Gazette Player of the Year in boys soccer, earning honors in 2019 and 2020. This past fall, Liscum ended with 35 goals and an area-high 30 assists.

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