Mallory Merda's picks for the 2017 All-Sentinel Boys Soccer Team, including Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, First Team and Honorable Mention selections.
2017 All-Sentinel Boys Soccer Team: Co-Player of the Year
Amias Colestock, jr., F, Camp Hill
Stepping in to fill some big holes in the front lines is a tall order, but Colestock was more than prepared for the task at hand. The goal for the season was another state title and Colestock helped lead the Lions to precisely that. The junior had all eyes on him, including his opponents, and that's how he liked it. The extra attention opened up some space for Colestock to setup a teammate for a goal and help move the ball around the field. Colestock ended the season with a team-leading 25 goals and 20 assists, and if he keeps up at this pace, he should see another impressive season next year. Colestock made All-Sentinel First Team last year.
From coach Justin Sheaffer: "Amias was very vital to our success this year. He carried us through a lot of our games this year, scoring timely goals or setting up his teammates. He gave everyone on our team confidence because we always felt that at some point he was going to do something special to change the game. Even when he wasn’t on the score sheet (which wasn’t often), he was impacting the game by drawing a number of defenders to him to create space for his teammates. I believe a prime example was the state final. He didn’t score, but he had a huge impact on the game — drawing a lot of attention from [Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic] defenders and allowing Jake [Coniglio] and Dylan [Mayanja] to be isolated wide. He also embraced filling the scoring voids left from last year’s group (primarily Noah Resuta and Andrew Sponic), as well as having the target on his back (being selected as the Preseason Player of the Division). I really can’t even imagine what our team would have looked like without him this year."
2017 All-Sentinel Boys Soccer Team: Co-Player of the Year
Reed Bertram, sr., MF, Cedar Cliff
Although Bertram's stats weren't among the highest in the Mid-Penn at seven goals and seven assists, his work on the field more than made up for it. Bertram's sight on the field was solid and he had the ability to either setup teammates for spectacular chances or move through defenders to create his own. He was a force for a struggling Colts squad that went 4-12-1 (1-10-1 Keystone). Without him, the Colts would have struggled to win even that many games.
From coach Brian Osborne: "Reed is a special kind of player that only comes around once in awhile, kind of like a LeBron James of high school soccer, and I was lucky enough to have him in my second season with Cedar Cliff. He is a physical specimen where his big size and athleticism, paired with tremendous vision and technical skill, gave him the ability to dictate the game on both sides of the ball. Those aren’t the only reasons I selected him as my lone captain for this season. He did everything the right way. He would set the tone every time he stepped on the field regardless if it was a game, practice or offseason conditioning. What I admired most, though, was how mentally tough Reed is, which is difficult to be at this level sometimes. He suffered an ACL injury prior to the 2016 season. Recovering from a season-ending injury challenges you physically, but more so mentally. He responded with becoming the 2017 Mid-Penn Keystone Player of The Year. That is pretty incredible if you ask me. He’s a prime example of what a student-athlete should be on and off the field. I’m honored to have coached not just a great player, but an incredible kid."
2017 All-Sentinel Boys Soccer Team: Coach of the Year
Justin Sheaffer, Camp Hill
After leading Camp Hill to history last season with its first ever state title, Sheaffer did what may be one of the hardest things to do: defend that crown. The Lions lost some top-notch talent prior to this season, but they also proved that they could overcome that speed bump. Sheaffer's squad ended the season with a District 3 Class 1A title, a back-to-back state title and an impressive 25-1 record, the only loss coming against nationally ranked Lower Dauphin in the Mid-Penn championships.
2017 All-Sentinel Boys Soccer Team: First Team
Tyler Flood, sr., F, Big Spring — Flood would arguably be a lethal asset to any team, but for the Bulldogs he was irreplaceable. The senior walks out of his senior season with a bang, chalking up 80 points in his career — which sits him fourth all-time in school history — and 31 goals and 23 assists for his last season. Flood made honorable mention on the 2016 All-Sentinel Team.
Dylan Mayanja, jr., F, Camp Hill — Aside from scoring the game-winning goal in the biggest game of the season to help the Lions earn back-to-back crowns, Mayanja is a "clutch" player for the team, according to Lions head coach Sheaffer, and most would agree with that. Mayanja has one more year ahead of him after finishing 2017 with 21 goals and 15 assists.
Jake Coniglio, sr., F, Camp Hill — The main setup man for the Lions, Coniglio's name was attached to some of the biggest goals the Lions had seen all season. Coniglio had two OT winners, two goals in the District 3 Class 1A final and set up the game-winner in the state final, all while racking up 17 goals and 12 assists to end the season.
Derek Drendall, sr., F, Trinity — Drendall's talent can match anyone in the Mid-Penn Capital and for that reason the senior gets a nod. Drendall's swift ability to find the back of the net knotted him 36 points to end the season, giving him 68 on his career. Drendall made honorable mention on the 2016 All-Sentinel Team.
Quinn Pickering, sr., MF, Camp Hill — Although not the best statistically impressive year for Pickering with four goals and eight assists, it was his keen sense of position on the field that earns him a spot on the list. Pickering was always the middie putting himself in various spots to help create chances for Colestock, Mayanja and the rest of the forwards, cementing him as a great asset for the squad. Pickering was selfless, according to Sheaffer, and "never wanted credit for his work... He just wanted to win."
Gage Souder, jr., MF, Red Land — Although Souder is a setup man as much as he is a scorer in the midfield, his ability to spot openings few others see and make a play out of that gets him a spot on the list. Souder, one of the quickest in the area, ended the season with 24 points and will be a lethal asset for the Patriots next year.
Owen Mostoller, sr., MF, East Pennsboro — When asked by head coach Bob O'Connor to play multiple positions this season, Mostoller, who doubled as the football team's kicker, did not hesitate or ask questions. His smart play and unselfish attitude on the field make him an irreplaceable asset for the Panthers. As the players' first choice for captain, Osteller's leadership was a key asset that will be missed on the Panthers' squad. He finished the season with 10 goals and 23 points.
Ryan Staton, sr., D, Cumberland Valley — A three-year starter for the Eagles, Staton played through the last three playoff games with a Grade-2 ankle sprain, which earned him recognition as "absolutely the toughest player I have ever coached," from head coach Matt Billman. Staton leaves a captain spot vacant as he heads to Randolph Macon, but the team will miss his leadership and ability to keep everyone on the same page the most. Staton made honorable mention on the 2016 All-Sentinel Team.
Matt Little, sr., D, Camp Hill — The state's best team in Class 1A can't function without a solid defense, and Little was the glue to hold it together along with goaltender Noah Smeriglio (more on him below). After Andrew Sponic's departure, Little had some big shoes to fill at center back, And, to say the least, he more than filled them. He's a vocal leader on the field, helps keep everyone organized and added in a sprinkle of scoring ability with eight goals and 12 assists. Little made honorable mention on the 2016 All-Sentinel Team.
Noah Smeriglio, sr., G, Camp Hill — But if anyone's voice rang a little louder and carried a little more weight than Little's, it was Smeriglio's. Keeping calm and collected while also setting D in place is a very tall task, but no one was better at that than the senior. Smeriglio, who helped guide the Lions to both PIAA championships, shut out opponents 13 times during the year and allowed only 10 goals. He made first team on the 2016 All-Sentinel Team.
2017 All-Sentinel Boys Soccer Team: Honorable Mention
Caleb McCulloch, sr., MF, Big Spring; Levi Fertig, sr., D, Big Spring; Dylan Trayer, sr., Big Spring; Tucker Williams, jr., G, Big Spring; Sam Niles, sr., D, Boiling Springs; Evan Arnold, so., D, Boiling Springs; Matt Becker, Boiling Springs; Will Earhart, sr., D, Camp Hill; Josh Goodyear, sr., D, Camp Hill; Jared Pavlovich, sr., G, Carlisle; Nick O’Donnell, sr., Carlisle; Nate Smyers, Carlisle; Ely Brode, Carlisle; Joey Francis, jr., D, Cedar Cliff; Patrick Weistling, sr., Cedar Cliff; Matt Zambetti, jr., G, Cumberland Valley; Dom Nitecki, jr., MF, Cumberland Valley; Talon Davidson, jr., D, Cumberland Valley; Max Radosavljevic, MF, Cumberland Valley; Austin Warren, F, Cumberland Valley; Sami Almouzani, jr., East Pennsboro; Jake Henry, jr., East Pennsboro; Levi Tomosaitis, jr., D, Mechanicsburg; Chris Sosa, jr., F, Mechanicsburg; Logan Dyer, sr., Mechanicsburg; Wesley Speck, jr., Northern; Cameron Kearns, jr., MF, Northern; Bobby Skinnel, jr., MF, Northern; Ryan Alt, jr., Red Land; Ian Weikel, jr., Shippensburg; Kaiden Estep, jr., Shippensburg; Eli Hubbard, jr., Shippensburg; Sam Orseno, so., F, Shippensburg; Travis Brigham, fr., F, Shippensburg; Alex D'Amico, jr., Trinity; Jeff Miekley, jr., Trinity; Frankie Lafferty, sr., G, Trinity; James Leandri, sr., MF, Trinity; Joey Wright, sr., F, West Perry; Josh Rudy, sr., G, West Perry; Josh Collins, jr., West Perry; Josh Rudy, sr., G, West Perry; Pascal Verna, sr., F, West Shore Christian.