Twenty-two Rail City boys soccer players were recognized when the DI and DI-A North all-league teams were released last weekend.
Sparks led the way with 10 selections after winning the DI-A North regular and postseason title. The Railroaders finished the season 18-2-4, one win shy of a berth in the state title game.
“Obviously, it was all a team effort,” Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. “It always feels good to be recognized the way we did.”
Junior forwards Genaro Vazquez and Alexis Medina were first-team selections, along with freshman forward Eric Vazquez and sophomore forward Bryan Munoz.
Genaro Vazquez led the team with 21 goals to go along with six assists. Alexis Medina led the team with 11 assists and 66 steals in addition to four goals. Eric Vazquez wasn’t far behind in the steal category, finishing with 58. He also passed out four assists.
Munoz’s nine goals were the second-highest total on the team.
Freshman defender Rene Perez was the lone second-team selection.
Another freshman defender, Alex Cabrera, received honorable mention, along with junior defender Omar Vasquez, junior keeper Jose Cerritos, senior defender Kristian Origel and junior utility player Mathew Garcia.
The Cougars finished 5-7-5 this year, good for third in the High Desert League before falling in the regional quarterfinals, 2-1, at Carson in overtime. The Senators went on to win the state title.
Seven different Cougs received postseason accolades.
Forward Court Diesner landed on the first team along with defender Jose Estrada.
Forward Anibel Gonzales, midfielder Daniel Vazquez and keeper Zach Bower were second-team selections.
Midfielder David Trujillo and defender Kyle Georgeson received honorable mention.
All seven selections are juniors.
The Raiders missed out on the playoffs after finishing in fifth place in the HDL at 3-9-3 but still put five players on all-league squads.
Junior forward Dayton Farrow and senior midfielder Alex Reyes received first-team accolades. Senior midfielder Walter Ordonez and senior defender Alex Origel were second-team selections.
Senior defender Alex Martinez was named to the honorable mention squad.
High Desert League all-league selections
Coach of the Year: Erik Martinez, North Valleys
Offensive Player of the Year: Willy delaTorre, McQueen
Midfield Player of the Year: Cedric Jones, McQueen
Defensive Player of the Year: Miguel Rodriguez, North Valleys
Goalkeeper of the Year: Oscar Lopez, Hug
Forwards: Court Diesner-Spanish Springs
Kevin Carrillo- North Valleys
Dayton Farrow- Reed
Santiago Martinez, Hug
Midfield: Alex Reyes- Reed
Haden Hoel- Reno
Eduardo Martinez- North Valleys
Kevin Morales- North Valleys
Defenders: Jeovanny Villalta- Hug
Jose Estrada- Spanish Springs
Brian Torres- Reno
Goalkeeper: Jackson Brooks- McQueen
Forwards: Andrew Palmer- McQueen
Jose Contreras-North Valleys
Eric Alvarado- Hug
Anibel Gonzales- Spanish Springs
Midfield: Cesar Rodriguez- Hug
Walter Ordonez- Reed
Daniel Vazquez- Spanish Springs
Keegan Hosefros- McQueen
Defenders: Alex Origel- Reed
Marcos Avila- North Valleys
Christian Arnold- McQueen
Goalkeeper: Zachary Bower- Spanish Springs
Forwards: Manuel Carrillo- North Valleys,
Francisco Torres- Reno
Rodrigo Velazquez- Hug
Tyler Ross- McQueen
Midfield: David Trujillo- Spanish Springs
Tanner Peterson- Reno
Caleb Hoyt- North Valleys
Jaffet Corona- Hug
Defenders: Kyle Georgeson- Spanish Springs
Edgar Moro- Hug
Alan Martinez- Reed
Goalkeeper: Austin Etnyer- Reno
Sierra League all-league selections
Coach of the Year: Milko Vasquez- Douglas
Offense Player of the Year: Salvador Jimenez- Wooster
Midfield Player of the Year: Javier Martinez- Wooster
Defense Player of the Year: Raul Venegas- Wooster
Forwards: Rogelio Herrera- Carson
Thomas Cooper- Galena
Midfield: Julian Maga- Manogue
Guillermo Hernandez-Galvan- Carson
Francisco Serrano- Galena
Pedro Vega- Douglas
Aldo Carpio- Wooster
Defenders: Koby Hinnant- Douglas
Sergio Reyes- Galena
Peter Garrett- Carson
Daniel Roberti- Galena
Goalkeeper: Kyle Wilson- Damonte Ranch
Forwards: Steven Garcia- Wooster
Abel Sanchez- Carson
Midfield: Kieran McKuskie- Damonte Ranch
Niles Brown- Wooster
Frolian Noguera- Wooster
Jonathan Limon- Carson
Ian Burns- Galena
Defenders: Cristian Ruelas- Manogue
Chris Salinas- Damonte Ranch
Christian Martinez- Wooster
Samuel Tranberg- Wooster
Goalkeeper: Luke Heinrichs- Douglas
Forwards: Juan Lopez- Douglas
Rodrigo Contreras- Galena
Midfield: Manuel Anguiano-Villalobos- Damonte Ranch
Kendric Duve- Wooster
Luis Ortega- Wooster
Guillermo Perez-Morris- Carson
Jesus Medina-Alvarez- Galena
Defenders: Ricardo Martinez- Galena
Edgar Hernandez- Douglas
Thomas Fyda- Manogue
Giovani Garcia- Wooster
Goalkeeper: Efren Ramirez- Carson