Truckee, North Tahoe soccer receives due recognition |

Truckee, North Tahoe soccer receives due recognition

Sun File PhotoNorth Tahoe senior Michele Basile was voted by coaches as the Northern 3A's most valuable player.

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

First team

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

Second team

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

Honorable mention

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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