"We've worked very hard from the first day of tryouts to the very last day of state," said second-year Wood River High School boys' soccer coach Luis Monjaras. "And we've accomplished a great deal in one of the toughest leagues in the state."
Monjaras spoke to athletes, parents and friends during Wednesday's season-ending Wood River boys' soccer banquet in the commons area of the high school in Hailey.
He and his coaching staff of Eric Anderson, Dan VandenHeuvel and Felipe Raygoza saluted the Wolverines, who won the Great Basin Conference 4A tournament championship for the first time in school history and captured a district title for the first time since 2003.
Wood River (11-7-1) became the State 4A tournament consolation champ, also for the first time in the 25 years of Wolverine soccer, by beating Burley 1-0 at the eight-team Idaho High School Activities Association meet Oct. 23 in Lake City.
Posting its 13th 10-win season in 25 years, Wood River (250-154-40 in 444 games since 1986) continued a record of success that is unmatched among southern Idaho soccer schools.
Speaking along with his 10 fellow seniors in the comment portion of the awards program, and addressing the WRHS underclassmen, Alejandro Garcia said, "You guys have big shoes to fill next year."
This year's varsity awards:
Most Valuable Player: Spyder Turco, co-captain. Most Inspirational: Charlie Evans, co-captain. Most Improved: Jeffrey Espejo.
Coaches Award: Alexander MacMillan, co-captain. Best Forward: Bryan Donoso, co-captain. Midfielder of the Year: Trevor Brand. Defender of the Year: Harlan Collins.
All-Around Players of the Year: Liam Jablonski and Ian Murphy. Spirit and Character Awards: Jordan Levin and Benito Reveles.
Coach Monjaras said there will be a Great Basin Conference All-Star game next May in which Wood River, Jerome and Canyon Ridge will join forces to play a friendly game of soccer against Twin Falls, Minico of Rupert and Burley.
VandenHeuvel's Wolverine junior varsity team (9-2-2, 38-19 goals-against, 16 players scoring goals) also collected its awards Wednesday.
Most Valuable Player: Eron Bates, co-captain. Most Inspirational: Austin Smith. Most Improved: Kevin Aranda. Spirit Award: Cesar Velasco.
Forward Award: Zack Miczulski (co-scoring leader with 14 points). Midfielder Award: Andrew Graves. Defensive Award: Chandler Gifford.
Other co-captains were Drew Morse and Guillermo Velasco. Miguel Velasco (14 points) shared the JV scoring leadership, just ahead of Dylan Black (12 points).
All-League from WRHS
Senior defensemen Spyder Turco and Harlan Collins were chosen for the 2010 Great Basin All-Conference first team.
"Player of the Year" was Salvador Mercado of Jerome. "Coach of the Year" was Ben Harman, Twin Falls.
Second teamers were Charlie Evans and Alexander MacMillan, also seniors. Making honorable mention were senior Bryan Donoso, soph Zack Freeman and junior Dylan Carey. Here is the list:
First team: Spyder Turco and Harlan Collins (WR); Chris DeLaCruz and Nathaniel Goss (Twin Falls); Sergio Madrigal and Carlos Martinez (Jerome); Ethan Belnap and Edgar Tapia (Minico); Nigel Cvenjcek and Jesse Partida (Canyon Ridge); Juan DeLeon, Nate Searle and Gustavo Castaneda (Burley).
Second team: Charlie Evans and Alexander MacMillan (WR); Alex Larson and Logan Searle (Burley); Isaac Laris and Ryan Geist (Twin Falls); Jose Santos and Josh Clark (Canyon Ridge); Omar Rojas and Cade Owen (Minico); Eduardo Ruiz and Martin Becerra (Jerome).
Honorable mention: Bryan Donoso, Zack Freeman and Dylan Carey (WR); Mike Mercado and Jose Hernandez (Jerome); Alberto Ramirez and Enochk Coats (Minico); Suren Thapa (Canyon Ridge); Alex Greener, Miguel Magana and Richard Guadarrama (Burley); Ricky Sanchez, Fernando Sanchez and Connor Edwards (Twin Falls).