The Ballard boys’ soccer team had two players chosen to the all-Raccoon River Conference first team by the conference coaches in 2017.
Junior Blaine Coleman and senior Wade Stocksleger were the two Bombers named to the all-RRC first team. There were joined by: Perry’s Anthony Aragon, Alexis Marcias, Alvaro Soto and Jesus Rodriguez; Winterset’s Noah Larson, Garrett Nevshemal, Gavin Nevshemal, Jan Jesch and Mason Madren; Bondurant-Farrar’s Luke De Costa and Matt Yeager; Adel-Desoto-Minburn’s Issac Higgins and Matthew Oberreuter; and Carlisle’s Skyler Windy.
Aragon, De Costa, Larson, and both Nevshemal’s were unanimous choices.
Coleman put up two goals and one assists and played great defense for the Bombers, helping them go 11-6 on the season. Stocksleger paced Ballard offensively, scoring 18 goals and dishing out three assists.
Seniors Riley Fleener, John Fulk, Sawyer Gogerty, Kyle Hamerlinck and Matt Stewart were named all-RRC honorable mention from Ballard. Fleener scored two goals, Fulk made 141 saves at keeper, Stewart handed out one assist and Gogerty and Hamerlinck played strong defense for a team that produced three shutouts.
Perry’s Gary Overla was named the RRC Coach of the Year.
All-RRC boys’ soccer teams
First team: Anthony Aragon (Sr.)*, Perry; Luke De Costa (Sr.)*, Bondurant-Farrar; Noah Larson (Sr.)*, Winterset; Garrett Nevshemal (So.)*, Winterset; Gavin Nevshemal (Sr.)*, Winterset; Blaine Colman (Jr.), Ballard; Issac Higgins (So.), ADM; Jan Jesch (Sr.), Winterset; Mason Madren (Sr.), Winterset; Alexis Marcias (Sr.), Perry; Matthew Oberreuter (Sr.), ADM; Jesus Rodriguez (Sr.), Perry; Alvaro Soto (Jr.), Perry; Wade Stocksleger (Sr.), Ballard; Skyler Windy (Sr.), Carlisle; Matt Yeager (Jr.), Bondurant-Farrar.
Second team: German Alvarenga (Jr.), Perry; Davis Barton (Jr.), ADM; Nick Bauer (Jr.), Winterset; Alex Castenada (Sr.), Perry; Jared Cheney (Sr.), Carroll; Matthew Dobrzynski (Sr.), ADM; Blake Durrell (Jr.), Carlisle; Jesse Foley (Sr.), Bondurant-Farrar; Drew Gordon (Sr.), ADM; Alex Janning (Sr.), Carroll; Louis Long (Sr.), Bondurant-Farrar; Alarcon Marcelo (Sr.), Boone; Jehovany Rivera (So.), Perry; Eli Schwarzkopf (Jr.), ADM; Mark Vrieze (Sr.), Winterset.
Honorable mention: Tyler Bretey (So.), Carroll; Ryan Dow (Jr.), Boone; Riley Fleener (Sr.), Ballard; John Fulk (Sr.), Ballard; Sawyer Gogerty (Sr.), Ballard; Kyle Hamerlinck (Sr.), Ballard; Griffin Hughes (Fr.), Bondurant-Farrar; Brandon Juarez (Jr.), Perry; Korbin Lehmann (So.), Carroll; Dawson Madren (So.), Winterset; Trey McKibben (Sr.), Carlisle; Nick Mortoza (Jr.), Winterset; Lucas O’Connor (Sr.), ADM; Heriberto Pence (Jr.), ADM; Derek Pottebaum (Sr.), Bondurant-Farrar; Nathan Pritchard (Sr.), Carlisle; Peyton Raymond (Sr.), Carroll; Dylan Reed (Sr.), Carlisle; Matt Stewart (Sr.), Ballard; Anthony Velasco (So.), Perry.
*Denotes unanimous selection
RRC Coach of the Year: Gary Overla, Perry.