Thornton tops district honors and Olvera is for keeps
DICKINSON’S boys took a major step forward this past season, winning 14 matches to finish second in a competitive district 24-6a.
The performance led to coach Daniel Edinburgh being named the 24-6a coach of the year, one of three individual honors the Gators earned when the season’s all-district accolades were passed out.
Brayan Aguirre was selected as the 24-6a defensive player of the year as he helped lead a back line that allowed just 22 goals in district play. The Gators limited opponents to either no goals or just one in 18 matches during the regular season, including a streak of 11 in a row during the early portion of the schedule.
What Aguirre and the defense couldn’t stop, goalie Isai Olvera was able to contain. His efforts earned him co-goalkeeper-of-the-year honors, an award he shared with Alvin’s Omar Lopez.
However, it was Friendswood’s Cory Thornton who came away with the district’s top honor, as the elusive midfielder was named most valuable player.
Thornton was among 24-6a leaders in goals and assists as he helped the Mustangs capture the district title. Teammate AJ Buchman was named the district’s outstanding attacking player after a season in which he also found himself among the most prolific scorers in 24-6a.
Clear Brook’s Gareth Cupples was named the district’s newcomer of the year after helping the Wolverines make a late-season push for the district’s final playoff spot before falling just one match short.
Making the first team for Clear Brook were Jordan Greenshield and Kevin Vargas, while Amin Mizyed and Cobi Morano were named to the second team and Dylan Daniels and Eli Thomas were each given an honorable mention.
Clear Creek Wildcats Kaden Lovett, Will Norsworthy and Daniel Sanchez were selected for the first team, with Justin Pacilio, Francisco Quintanilla and Reece Winters making the second team and Jon Kinsky, Oscar Perez and Bryan Stein on the honorable-mention list.
Marshall Hart made the first team for Clear Falls, while fellow Knights Alexis Alipio and Camden Shriver made the second team and Travis Hart and Gustavo Panchillo were placed on the honorable-mention list.
Enrique Saavedra, Stephen Serghiou and Colton Siemens made the first team for Clear Springs, with teammates Harrison Mooney, Wesley Pickel and Seth Porter making the second team. The Chargers were represented on the honorable-mention list by Alex Bethea, Warren Goodwin and Hunter West.
Dickinson’s first-team members were Eduardo Escobedo, Christian Marquez, Kevin Marquez and Alex Medina Aranda, while Jonathan Amaya, Danny Avila, Miguel Avila, Marco Perez and Christian Reyna represented the Gators on the second team, with Chris Martinez, Vidal Parada and Kaleb Rovelo each given an honorable mention.
For Friendswood, Evan Birsinger, Kyle Harner, Mason Hunnicutt and Zach Montz made the first team, with Michael Black, Alex Mai, Josh Murphy and Josh Peterson being named to the second squad. The Mustangs also had Connor Nash, Jacob Pisell and Brent Stafford receive honorable-mention nods.