OESJ’s Sanchez named Section II Class D Goalkeeper of the Year

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville goalkeeper Elias Sanchez grabs a cross in front of Loundonville Christian's Noah Rogers and SamuelJack Provencher as the Wolfpack's Robert Snell and Max Christensen (18) back up the play during a Section II Class D semifinal match on Oct. 25 at Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville goalkeeper Elias Sanchez grabs a cross in front of Loundonville Christian's Noah Rogers and SamuelJack Provencher as the Wolfpack's Robert Snell and Max Christensen (18) back up the play during a Section II Class D semifinal match on Oct. 25 at Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Several area boys soccer players and coaches were among those honored at the Section II boys soccer banquet Dec. 10 at the Holiday Inn.

Retiring Galway boys varsity coach Neal Evans was honored with the Golden Thread Award.

Evans was one of the four key people who helped found the Capital District Youth Soccer League, he also helped found the Lakehill Soccer Club and served on the Section II soccer committee for 12 years.

He also worked with Queensbury coach Pete Crotty to include all leagues in the Senior Showcase.

Evans is one of 12 coaches in Section II to win more than 300 games in his time at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Galway. He also won sectional titles at the Class A, B and C levels and was inducted into both the Galway and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Athletic Hall of Fames

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville’s Elias Sanchez was named the Class D Keeper of the year. Loudonville Christian’s Jake Alescio and New Lebanon’s Trey Orme-Ouch were nominated for the award.

Class AA

In Class AA, Shenendehowa’s Jon Bain was named Coach of the Year. Christian Brothers Academy’s Steve Freeman, Shaker’s Dan Fountain and Saratoga Springs’ Jeff Geller were nominated for the award.

Shenenehowa’s Greg Monroe was named Class AA Keeper of the Year, while Shaker’s Keegan Flaherty and Bethlehem’s Ryan Henning were nominated.

Troy’s Kevin Vargas was named the Class AA Player of the Year, while Shenendehowa’s Noah Faro, LaSalle’s John Gordon, Schenectady’s Patrick Palmer, Saratoga Springs’ Simon Smith and CBA’s Brady Van Epps also were nominated for the award.

Vargas, Van Epps, Faro and Palmer all were named to the large-school (Classes AA, A) all-state team.

Class A

Queensbury’s Pete Crotty was named Class A Coach of the Year. Gloversville’s Jason Hillabrandt, South Glens Falls’ Travis Birkholz and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s George Dudas were nominated for the award.

Albany Academy’s Alex Loupessis was named Class A Keeper of the Year, while Queensbury’s Greg Maccharulo was named Class A Player of the Year.

Also nominated for Class A Player of the Year were Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Tyler Doherty, Queensbury’s Teddy Borgos, Mohonasen’s Matteo Iagrossi, Queensbury’s Ray Jones, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Glen Ramos and Albany Academy’s George Ware.

Maccharulo also was named to the large-school (Classes AA, A) all-state team.

Class B

In Class B, Ichabod Crane’s Mike Young was named Coach of the Year, while Schuylerville’s Dave Gauci, Mechanicville’s Mike Ciulla and Catskill’s Dennis Statham were nominated for the award.

Voorheesville’s P.J. Parker was named Class B Keeper of the Year, while Tamarac’s Tyler Peterson was the only other nominee for the award.

Ichabod Crane’s Anthony Carlucci was named Class B Player of the Year, while Broadalbin-Perth’s Will Austin, Schuylerville’s Mike Lanfear, Mechanicville’s Jeff Luce, Catskill’s Jose Madrid, Ichabod Crane’s Matt Ragosta, Schalmont’s Jared Smith and Ichabod Crane’s Kevin Wingolsky.

Carlucci, Wingolsky and Ichabod Crane’s Gio Gomez all were named to the small-school (Classes B, C, D) all-state team.

Class C

In Class C, Maple Hill’s Dan Gillespie and Berlin’s Art Schmich shared the Coach of the Year award. Mayfield’s Jon Caraco, Greenville’s Nate Forrest, Cambridge’s Jason Sutliff and Lake George’s Blake White all were nominated for the award.

Maple Hill’s Lucas Bourdeau was named Class C Keeper of the Year. Doane Stuart’s Lucas DiPreta, Schoharie’s Jacob Fagnani, Lake George’s Mason Flatley and Cambridge’s Cody Oldham were nominated for the award.

Maple Hill’s Bryan Kearn and Berlin’s Ryan Willis shared the Class C Player of the Year award, while Mayfield’s Tommy Gates, Galway’s Erik Matthews, Lake George’s Alex Jones, Greenville’s Cole Ackerman and Greenwich’s Luke Jordan also were nominated.

Class D

Fort Ann’s Rich McCabe was named Class D Coach of the Year, while Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville’s Mark Snell, Bishop Maginn’s Austin Matteo and Loudonville Christian’s Blake Philippi were nominated.

Fort Ann’s Jake Beber was named Class D Player of the Year, while Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville’s Jack Brundage, New Lebanon’s Austin Esposito, Bishop Maginn’s Hay Htoo, Loudonville’s Christian’s John Roosenburg, Fort Ann’s Brendan Wright and Loudonville’s Christian’s Yan Soe also were nominated.

Beber also was named to the small-school (Classes B, C, D) all-state team.

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