Truckee, North Tahoe soccer receives due recognition
The two best 3A boys soccer teams in the state cleaned up on the All-League selections.
Truckee’s Tom “Arnie” Arnstein was voted by opposing coaches as the Northern 3A Coach of the Year in his first season at the helm. He led the Wolverines to a 25-1 record overall and a sixth state championship by way of a 3-1 win over rival North Tahoe (17-7-4) in the title game Nov. 10.
North Tahoe senior Michele Basile was named MVP of the league for his stellar play as the Lakers’ primary goalkeeper and occasional striker, while teammate Gerry Bolanos earned Offensive Player of the Year and Ricardo Cervantes Defensive Player of the Year. All three played four years of varsity soccer for head coach Beto Alcaraz.
Basile recorded 11 shutouts this past season while scoring five goals in limited action at forward.
“He’s very agile and has quick reflexes,” Alcaraz said of Basile. “He’s always in the right place. He’s just an awesome goalkeeper.”
Bolanos, an offensive machine his senior season, with 30 goals, notched hat tricks on several occasions and helped guide his team to the state title game with solid leadership.
Cervantes, who chipped in two goals during the season on penalty kicks, anchored North Tahoe’s defense while also filling in at other positions whenever needed.
Voted to the All-League first team were Truckee’s Al Virrey at forward, Max Brixey and Joey Eberhardt at halfback, Raul Cardenas at fullback, Ryan Newland as a goalkeeper and Emmanuel “Morro” Sarabia as a utility player.
Like Bolanos for North Tahoe, Brixey served as Truckee’s offensive powerhouse, scoring 29 goals overall.
“Max just has a knack for the back of the net,” Arnstein said of the junior co-captain, who shared the captain role with Eberhardt and Sarabia.
Making the first team on the North Tahoe side were Bolanos at forward, Eric Holman and David Munoz at halfback and Cervantes at fullback.
Truckee’s Eric Pratt earned All-League recognition on the second team at halfback and teammate A.J. DelForge made the second team at fullback. North Tahoe’s John Bolanos was voted to the second team at forward, Fernando Estrada at halfback and Frankie Tenorio at fullback.
On the Truckee side, honorable mention recognition went to Sal Tejeda at forward, Austin Prouty at halfback, Abel Islas at fullback and Erling Selen as a utility player. Making honorable mention from North Tahoe were Jonathan Delfino at forward, Stefan Glander at halfback and Zach Rickenbach at fullback.
MVP: Michele Basile
Offensive Player of the Year: Gerry Bolanos, North Tahoe
Defensive Player of the Year: Ricardo Cervantes, North Tahoe
Coach of the Year: Tom “Arnie” Arnstein, Truckee
Position Player School
Forward Gerry Bolanos North Tahoe
Forward Juan Herrera Incline
Forward Al Virrey Truckee
Halfback Eric Holman North Tahoe
Halfback Max Brixey Truckee
Halfback David Munoz North Tahoe
Halfback Joey Eberhardt Truckee
Fullback Christian Hernandez Whittell
Fullback Danny Ornelas Sparks
Fullback Ricardo Cervantes North Tahoe
Fullback Raul Cardenas Truckee
Keeper Ryan Newland Truckee
Utility Emmanuel Sarabia Truckee
Forward Javy Quintino Sparks
Forward John Bolanos North Tahoe
Forward Michael Ceragoli Incline
Halfback Eric Pratt Truckee
Halfback Fernando Estrada North Tahoe
Halfback Johnny Luna Incline
Halfback Marco Pentar Sparks
Fullback Sean Higgins Incline
Fullback A.J. DelForge Truckee
Fullback Frankie Tenorio North Tahoe
Fullback Johnny Garcia Sparks
Keeper Paul Waite Whittell
Utility Cody Williams Whittell
Forward Jonathan Delfino North Tahoe
Forward Jose Partida Sparks
Forward Salvador Tejeda Truckee
Halfback Stefan Glander North Tahoe
Halfback Thomas Demedeiros Whittell
Halfback Austin Prouty Truckee
Halfback Alex Parra Sparks
Halfback Erik Bauman Incline
Fullback Blake Werle Whittell
Fullback Zach Rickenbach North Tahoe
Fullback Todd Hayes Whittell
Fullback Abel Islas Truckee
Fullback Edwin Bernal Incline
Utility Erling Selen Truckee
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