Regional Recognition

Seven named to All-WNY Small School team

OBSERVER File Photos Local players named to the All-Western New York Small Schools boys soccer team included Fredonia’s Michael Berg, pictured above, Fredonia’s Juan Matias, pictured second, and North Collins’ Alex Teijeira, pictured third.

Seven local players have been recognized as All-Western New York Small School boys soccer selections by Section VI coaches.

A pair of senior forwards lead the student-athletes recognized. Fredonia’s Juan Matias was selected after leading the Hillbillies with 15 goals this season. He also tied for the team lead with four assists as Fredonia won the Section VI Class B-2 title. North Collins’ Alex Teijeira was also recognized at forward after scoring a team-high 20 goals and tying for the Eagles’ team lead with eight assists.

Three local players were recognized as midfielders. Maple Grove senior Nick Golando was second on the Red Dragons with 11 goals and led the team with eight assists as they won their second straight Section VI Class C championship. Ellicottville senior Bryce Butler led the Eagles with 12 goals and nine assists en route to a Section VI Class C semifinal appearance. Southwestern junior McKay Young led the Trojans with 14 goals and eight assists en route to a Section VI Class B-2 semifinal appearance.

Two local seniors were recognized on defense. Maple Grove’s Adam Marsh, a defensive midfielder, had three assists while aiding a Red Dragons defense that allowed just 18 goals in 14 games played. Fredonia’s Michael Berg had four assists while anchoring a Hillbillies defense that allowed just 10 goals in 16 games.

See ALL-WNY, Page B2

Rounding out the Small School team were: Allegany-Limestone junior forward Chance LaCroix, Nichols senior forward Jesse Adamu, Royalton-Hartland junior forward Trent Choate, Maryvale senior midfielder Van Leng, Newfane senior midfielder Trevor Heschke, East Aurora junior midfielder Euan Reynolds, Nichols senior defender Michael Tuber, Medina-Lyndonville junior keeper Zach Fike and Allegany-Limestone sophomore keeper Jack Conroy.

Members of the overall All-Western New York team, named as forwards, are: Lockport senior Reilly Boyer, Frontier senior Jonathan Czajka, Medina-Lyndonville senior Nate Dillenbeck, Tonawanda senior Hunter Hollock, Williamsville East senior Troy Jezioro and Lewiston-Porter junior Robert Woods. Named as midfielders are: Lancaster senior Joshua Conklin, Grand Island senior Josh Hunt and Williamsville North junior Kevin Sugg. Named as defenders are: Clarence senior Jacob Gajewski, Nichols junior Alex Kompson, Amherst senior Solomon Konesky, Williamsville North senior Luke Meldrum and Canisius senior Rehn Pielechowski. The goalkeepers are: Williamsville South senior Jack Petrie and Williamsville East junior Jack Root.

Members of the All-Western New York Large School team, named as a forward, is Hamburg junior Brady Reinagel. Named as midfielders are: Williamsville East senior Jeremiah Crofford, Lewiston-Porter senior Jacob Forney, Williamsville South junior Billy Freeburg, Canisius senior Jay Granato, Grand Island senior Joe Knight, Lancaster senior Bryan Kohl and St. Joe’s senior Jon Swiatkowsi. Named as defenders are: Williamsville North senior Jacob Adelman, Williamsville South senior Josh Casey, Orchard Park senior William Chow, Lockport sophomore Thomas Dimillo, Cheektowaga sophomore Stephen Haven III and St. Joe’s senior Paul Recktenwald. The keeper is Grand Island senior Sam Carpenter.

Petrie was named the Player of the Year after backstopping the Billies to the Section VI Class A-2 championship. As a team, Williamsville South allowed just seven goals in 16 games.

Kenmore West’s Todd Marquardt was named the Coach of the Year after announcing his retirement following 31 years.

John Netter was named Referee of the Year.


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