|Wildcat soccer leads district awards with 14 players on list|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
April 8, 2005 - After going unbeaten in district play and outscoring their opponents, 82-6, during the 14 games, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats were rewarded Wednesday in All-District voting by the soccer coaches.
The Cats had three superlative awards, six players on First Team, three on Second Team and two more Honorable Mention.
"We had a great showing," said SSHS head coach Andy Holt. "Being 14-0 and being district champions, that's something you hope would happen, and it did."
SSHS senior sweeper John Fox and senior right fullback David Miranda, the backbone of the Wildcat defense that allowed less than 1/2 goal per game, were named Co-Defensive MVPs, while junior Blake Holly shared the Co-Offensive MVP award with Pleasant Grove's Ben Glick. Holt was also named Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season.
Mount Pleasant senior David Saldivar was the district MVP, while Paris freshman Sam Temple was named Newcomer of the Year.
Holt was understandably excited about the SSHS selections.
"John at sweeper and David at right back really did a great job for us," Holt said. "We always emphasize defense, and those guys were excellent."
Holly, meanwhile, was the team's leading district scorer with 12 goals and four assists.
Two of the team's other top scorers, senior forwards Eric Chenault and Jared Ramey, were both selected to the First Team along with midfielders Wilson Jones (senior) and Brent Holly (junior). Junior defender Spenser Daniel and junior goal keeper Jeremy Potter were both unanimous choices.
Ramey scored nine district goals despite being unable to play for seven games due to a dislocated elbow. Chenault had eight goals in district, and both players were "very deserving of the awards," Holt said.
Jones, one of the team's captains, added six district goals, and Holly was part of the midfield that helped control every district game. Daniel, meanwhile, scored 11 goals despite playing in the back. He was very effective on headers by using his 6-2 height.
Potter allowed just six goals in 14 games at keeper and finished with 10 shutouts in district play.
Second Team selections went to junior forward Wilfredo Larios, senior midfielder Timo Torres and senior defender Hunter Potts.
"There's none of these guys that deserve Second Team, in my mind. They should all be First Team, but that's part of the process," Holt said. "Every body on the starting line-up was Second Team or better."
Making Honorable Mention was junior forward Chris Rodgers and sophomore defender Graham Northcutt.
"This may be the best showing we've had since I've been here in district voting," Holt said. "We're excited about that and hopefully we can do it again next year."
MVP - David Saldivar, MP, Sr.*
Co-Defensive MVP - John Fox, SS, Sr., and David Miranda, SS, Sr.
Co-Offensive MVP - Ben Glick, PG, Sr., and Blake Holly, SS, Jr.
Newcomer of the Year - Sam Temple, Paris, Fr.
Coach of the Year - Andy Holt, Sulphur Springs
Forward - Clint Foster, MP, Jr.; Shane Boswell, NL, Sr.; Matt Dickinson, Paris, Sr.; Eric Chenault, SS, Sr.; Jared Ramey, SS, Sr.
Midfield - Wilson Jones, SS, Sr.; Brent Holly, SS, Jr.; Cesar Martinez, MP, Sr.; Blake Bolton, Paris, Sr.; Dustin Stone, TH, Sr.
Defense - Isaac Guzman, MP, Jr.*; Spenser Daniel, SS, Jr.*; Patrick Whaley, NL, Sr.; Andrew Summersett, PG, Jr.; Jorge Ochoa, TH, Sr.
Keeper - Jeremy Potter, SS, Jr.*
Forward - Brad Romano, TH, Sr.; Ben Fleming, Paris, Sr.; Salvador Tejeda, MP, Sr.; Wilfredo Larios, SS, Jr.
Midfield - Timo Torres, SS, Sr.; Antonio Ibarra, Paris, Jr.; Jesus Nino, MP, Sr.; Matthew Blackburn, PG, So.; Devir Douglas, Com, So.
Defense - Miguel Nino, MP, So.; Tate Turnipseed, NL, So.; Wes Hunter, Com, Sr.; Niko Geisler, PG, Jr.; Hunter Potts, SS, Sr.
Keeper - Francisco Medina, MP, Jr.
SSHS - Chris Rodgers, Graham Northcutt.