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January 31, 2014

Marchini, Parker top boys All-Area soccer team

CUMBERLAND — Mountain Ridge’s Patrick Kimble, Brandon Shockey and J.B. Darr, who led the Miners to their sixth area championship in seven years, head this year’s All-Area boys soccer team, selected recently by area head coaches.

The team captains are Players of the Year Josh Marchini of Allegany and Austin Parker of Fort Hill, Offensive Player of the Year Haven Mackie of Bishop Walsh, Defensive Player of the Year Tyler Michael of Fort Hill, and Hafer, the Goalkeeper of the Year. They were featured in earlier editions of the Times-News.

The All-Area first team also includes Nate Condor and Brett Vanderhout of Allegany; Jes Smith and Austin Heavner of Fort Hill; Josh Snyder and Caleb Snyder of Calvary Christian; Nick Mazzeo and Will Giles of Bishop Walsh; Zach Voelkel and Cesar Lazarini of Northern; Adam Greaser of Frankfort; Stephen Pugh of Hampshire; Logan Robinette of Keyser and Garrett Willis of Petersburg.

Michael, Mackie, Heavner, Condor, Smith, Giles and Willis were named to the first team for the second year in a row.

Named to the second team were Hunter Africa and Tyler Sisler of Mountain Ridge, Thyago Silva and Kerrigan Clark of Allegany, Sidney Carroll and Chris King of Fort Hill, Matt Dillow and Atticus Speis of Calvary, Tony Russell and Ryan Dunn of BW, Corey Durst and Jacob Williams of Northern, Garrett Willis of Petersburg, Ryan Mowrey of Hampshire, Stafford Cessna of Frankfort and Ashton Hamilton of Keyser.

Honorable mention went to Dylan Shimko and Kevin Gamble of Southern, Dakota Bierman and Tim Carpenter of Allegany, Shaolin Murray and Daniel Hott of Fort Hill, Zack Nelson and Tyler Heavner of Calvary, Andrew Saku and Jakob Dale of BW, Andrew Moser and Joseph Burdock of Northern, Ryan Kenney of Frankfort, Forrest Moreland of Hampshire, Beau Horner of Keyser and Ankur Makani of Petersburg.

Mountain Ridge, which scored 41 goals and allowed only 11, went unbeaten against area teams and won the area championship with an 11-2-2 record. The Miners went at 6-0-1 in winning the Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference.

• Patrick Kimble was also first-team All-AMAC, Mountain Ridge’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player and his team’s offensive MVP in the M&T Bank Classic after scoring twice in the annual all-star game.

Kimble, a senior captain, two-year starter and team leader, overcame a knee injury that sidelined him for six games. When he returned, he scored on his first shot against Northern.

A strong all-around athlete with a powerful shot, he finished seventh in the area with 8 goals and 2 assists in nine games for a 1.81 average. He was also seventh in AMAC scoring with 4 goals and 2 assists in seven games for a 1.42 average.

• Brandon Shockey, a senior captain and two-year starter, from his sweeper position led a defense that posted 8 shutouts and allowed only 11 goals, with just five coming in games against area opponents. The Miners also gave up only 36 corner kicks in their 15 games.

Shockey was the foundation of the Miners’ young defense, and was rewarded for his hard work and play by also being first-team All-AMAC, the team’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player, and his team’s defensive MVP in the M&T Bank All-Star Classic. He plans to continue his soccer career at Allegany College.

• J.B. Darr made the All-Area first team as a sophomore, excelling at defensive and holding midfielder.

Darr had one assist, but statistics didn’t reflect the importance of Darr’s contributions on the field, according to coach Tim Nightengale, who said Darr was an 80-minute guy, a hard worker and one of the team’s top conditioned players.

His noticeable improvement between his freshman and sophomore seasons and constant hard work helped the Miners control the middle of the field, and the Miners are excited to have him back for two more seasons, Nightengale said.

• Nate Condor, a senior at Allegany, again was one of the area’s top goalkeepers. With Condor in the net, the Campers went 13-3 and finished No. 2 in the final area poll.

Condor, also first-team All-City, made 74 saves and allowed only 9 goals, an average of 0.56 per game, and had an .891 save percentage. He was second in the area in save percentage and shutouts (8 1/2). A three-year starter, Condor had identical stats in the City and AMAC, making 26 saves and allowing five goals for an .838 percentage. He had 4 shutouts in seven AMAC games.

The Campers went 28-5-1 and reached the region championship game in both of Condor’s All-Area seasons.

• Brett Vanderhout, a senior captain, played the center back position for the Campers and was a valuable performer on both defense and offense.

Vanderhout, a three-year starter, dominated the field in front of Condor and led a defense that allowed just 12 goals in 17 games, and a goal or less in 15 of the 17. He was just as strong on offense, finishing third on the team in goals scored with five.

Also first-team All-AMAC and All-City and the team’s Defensive MVP, Vanderhout was named his team’s offensive MVP of the M&T Bank Senior Classic. He was fourth in the City League in scoring with a pair of goals and a 1.00 average.

•  Jes Smith, a senior, two-year starter and tri-captain at Fort Hill, had been a midfielder throughout his career but was moved to a defensive position. With his strong work ethic and unselfishness, he repeated on the All-Area team, becoming an exceptional wing defender.

Smith remained a key part of the offense with two goals and five assists, helping the Sentinels to an 11-4-1 record.

Also first-team All-AMAC and All-City and the team’s Defensive Player of the Year, Smith had a 4.25 grade-point average and was the school’s Student athlete of the Month for October.

• Austin Heavner took an immediate leadership role at Fort Hill after transferring from Calvary and finished sixth in the area in scoring with 13 goals, 4 assists and 30 points in 16 games for a 1.88 average.

Also first-team All-AMAC and All-City, he was runner-up in the AMAC in scoring with 8 goals and 4 assists in seven games for a 2.85 average, and fourth in the City with two goals in four games.

A technical, highly-skilled player, Heavner, a center midfielder, scored two goals in a 2-0 regular-season win over eventual state champion North Carroll, and had 41 goals and 16 assists in 39 games over his two All-Area seasons.

Josh and Caleb Snyder, brothers at Calvary Christian, led the Eagles to another stellar season. Calvary went 19-4 with a school-record 15-game winning streak and won the Mason-Dixon Conference. They combined for 41 and goals and 18 assists.

• Josh, a senior center forward, tied for second in the area in goals scored and finished fifth in scoring with 21 goals, 4 assists and 46 points in 23 games for a 2.00 average. He was one of the fastest, most diligent, positive players head coach Zach Ward said he has ever coached. Josh Snyder was also named to the Mason-Dixon Conference first team.

• Caleb Snyder, a junior midfielder, was third in the area with 20 goals scored and led all area players with 14 assists. He finished third in scoring with 54 points in 23 games for a 2.34 average. A dedicated player and worker, he also was the Mason-Dixon Conference’s Tournament MVP, and second-team all-conference.

• Nick Mazzeo, a senior defender, was a three-year starter at Bishop Walsh, where he helped lead the Spartans to the Bi-State/West Virginia and Bi-State/Pennsylvania league titles this year.

A smart and physically tough defender, Mazzeo was an exceptional leader by example and was a team tri-captain. He read offenses as well as any defender BW has ever had, according to co-head coach and defensive coordinator Joe Rowan. Mazzeo scored one goal, was first-team All-City and All-Bi-State and second-team All-AMAC. He is a member of the National Honor Society at BW.

• Will Giles, a senior center midfielder, repeated on the first team after playing a key role on both offense and defense at Bishop Walsh, where he carries a 3.9 grade point average. A three-year starter, Giles had exceptional ball-control ability with both feet and was a very accurate passer. His 12 assists were the second-most in the area.

Also first-team All-City, All-Bi-State and honorable mention All-AMAC, Giles was eighth in the area in scoring with 9 goals, 12 assists and 30 points in 19 games for a 1.57 average. He was 10th in the AMAC with 4 goals and an assist in seven games for a 1.28 average.

• Zach Voelkel, a sophomore defender, is a two-year starter at Northern. A physically strong player, he positioned himself well and was an excellent one-on-one defender and just as strong winning most balls in the air.

Voelkel scored two goals on headers this season and had one assist off a header. He was like having a coach on the field, directing the defense as well as contributing to the attack, Northern coach Lynn Lais said, who praised Voelkel for decision-making and consistent play from the center back position. The Huskies allowed only 20 goals in 14 games, and gave up a goal or less in 10 of the 14 games.

• Cesar Lazarini joined the Northern team as an exchange student from Brazil. He missed the Huskies’ first game, started the second and never left the field.

Lazarini was one of Northern’s fastest players, was a superb one-on-one player and understood the game as well as any player the Huskies have had in their program, Lais said. The strong-footed Lazarini gave Northern an added dimension of attacking from free kicks in its own half of the field. Lais said the Brazilian could easily have played midfield for the Huskies, and although he did not directly get assists this season, several of the team’s goals were the direct result of his play.

• Adam Greaser, a senior captain, was a four-year player at Frankfort and helped the young, improving Falcons to a 7-win season.

Greaser’s versatility was a key to the the success of the team as his all-around ability enabled him to play wherever the Falcons needed him the most, whether it be defense, midfield or offense. He had 3 goals and 3 assists.

A leader by example, he played every minute of every game during his senior year and will be missed and difficult to replace next year, coach Patrick Brett said.

• Stephen Pugh, a senior, led Hampshire to a 7-win season with exceptional play from his defender position. He also played a role on offense getting a goal and 5 assists. His 5 assists tied for second-most on the team.

Pugh has been a defensive stalwart all four of  his years at Hampshire and is a worthy recipient of All-Area first team honors, coach Albert Straley said.

• Logan Robinette, a junior, was the Golden Tornado’s sweeper and leader on defense. A strong player with good speed, one-on-one defensive skills and passing ability, Robinette started many of Keyser’s offensive attacks and, as the team’s last defender, saved many goals from being scored against the Tornado.

A vocal leader and team player, Robinette also had one goal and 3 assists on offense.

• Garrett Willis, a senior captain at Petersburg, was again the busiest goalkeeper in the area.

A two-time All-Area first-teamer, Willis made 215 saves and finished with 1,018 in his high school career. He was relentless in goal, regardless of the score, and his competitiveness drove him and the Vikings to improve daily, Petersburg coach Jon Webster said.

• Mountain Ridge High’s Tim Nightengale was Area Boys Coach of the Year as the Miners did not lose to an area team, finishing 11-2-2 and winning the AMAC with a 6-0-1 record. They outscored their 15 opponents by a 41-11 count.

The Mountain Ridge boys were also voted unanimous area champions and have won six of the last seven area titles. Nightengale’s Beall teams had won five straight area championships prior to Mountain Ridge opening in 2007.

Nightengale has coached three teams to state championships — Beall in 2004 and Mountain Ridge in 2010 and 2011 — and has a 167-26-10 record in 12 seasons as a head soccer coach.

Mike Mathews is a sportswriter for the Cumberland Times-News. Write to him at mmathews@times-news.com

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