Two Spartans named to All-Kitsap team

Francis Waplinger shoots against Lakeside earlier this season. The senior made the All-Metro Mountain Division second team.  - Review file photo
Francis Waplinger shoots against Lakeside earlier this season. The senior made the All-Metro Mountain Division second team.
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Four soccer players are named to the All-Metro Mountain Division team.

It was a tough year for the Bainbridge boys soccer team, but four Spartans made the All-Metro Mountain Division team. Dylan-Tucker Ganges was a second team selection, while Max Aussendorf was an honorable mention.

Two Spartans also made the Kitsap News Group’s All-Kitsap team, as voted on by sportswriters from the Bainbridge Review, the North Kitsap Herald, the Central Kitsap Reporter, the Bremerton Patriot and the Port Orchard Independent:

The starters

Forward — Dan Nelson, South Kitsap — Scored 11 goals and had three assists despite missing the first part of the season due to the state basketball tournament. Scored two or more goals four times during the regular season for a team that made the final four of the 4A state tournament.

Forward — Cody Clark, Olympic — The Trojans’ leading goal scorer for the second-consecutive season, Clark was the centerpiece of an Oly offense as the sophomore scored nine goals and added to assists to lead the team in points as well.

Forward — Zach Sampson, North Kitsap — The freshman proved his worthiness of a starting spot during pre-season practice and solidified his game in the regular season as Sampson led the Vikings in scoring with 11 goals on the season and also dealt out six assists. Midfielder — Cade Mossman, South Kitsap — Lead the team in regular season scoring with 10 goals and 18 assists for 38 points on a team that scored 75 goals. Was the team captain of a squad that made the Class 4A Final Four and was a versatile player who played in many different positions during the year.

Midfielder — Travis Gutierrez, South Kitsap — With 16 goals and seven assists in the regular season, he was the second leading scorer on the Bridge Division champion team that also made the Final Four. Moved around a lot to fill other positions as well.

Midfielder — Kyle Schoales, South Kitsap — Speedy and tough, he scored eight goals and had seven assists during the regular season. Best in the league at throwing in the ball and at corner kicks and one of the league’s best and toughest defenders. Played a variety of positions all season for a team that made the Final Four.

Midfielder — Ryan Simcic, Klahowya — Simcic, one of six Eagle seniors, led the team in goals with 11 and added a pair of assists, but more importantly, helped lead an Eagles squad that needed a go-to player on offense, as 11 goals were nearly half of the team total.

Defender — Tim Grey, South Kitsap — Despite playing just six regular season games because of transfer issues after leaving King’s West, he scored six goals and had five assists as a defender. The most physical player in the league and the most gifted, he changed the attitude for South and is a big reason for their Final Four success.

Defender — Steven Prevost, North Kitsap — Prevost, a senior, was one of the Vikings’ most prominent leaders in 2006 and was a key member of a NK defense where he used his speed and tenacity to shut out opponents six times this season.

Defender — Noah Greenwald, Bremerton — The senior accounted for 29 percent of his team’s goal output as a defender, lettered all three years in high school, led the team as its captain this season and found himself on the all-district team for the second year in a row.

Goalkeeper — Tony Sadler, South Kitsap — Posted nine shutouts and allowed just 11 goals in 15 regular season games. Allowed two or more goals just three times and led his team to the Final Four.

Coach of the year — Eric Bergeson, South Kitsap — Coached the Wolves to the Bridge Division title and into the final four despite not having the starting lineup he wanted for most of the year due to injury, illness, grades or transfer issues. Moved his guys around to fill the needs and still posted a 13-1 league record and an 18-2 overall mark heading into the last week of the season.

Also stellar

Callum Heap, King’s West, midfielder — The Warrior senior was among his team’s scoring leaders and played a major role in King’s West strong finish to the season.

Kenny Kemper, South Kitsap, defender — A central defender that was part of an effort that allowed just 11 goals in 15 regular season games, Kemper’s incredible stamina allowed him to play every minute of every game. He was later named co-captain of the Final Four team.

Tyler Wain, Central Kitsap, forward — Wain, who led the Central Kitsap district-playoff squad with nine goals, provided the Cougars with the most viable scoring option they would find this season.

Sean Joyner, Olympic, forward — Joyner was the main passer for Olympic, finding the lanes that were needed to open scoring opportunities for his Trojan teammates. Joyner led Oly with seven assists while also scoring three times.

Francis Waplinger, Bainbridge, defense/forward — The senior co-captain was third on the team in goals and also showed remarkable consistency in finishing third in assists for the Spartans. He was named to the All-Metro League Mountain Division second team.

Devin Langaker, North Kitsap, goalkeeper — In his second year in the net for North Kitsap, Langaker sealed off six shutouts over the course of the regular season as a sophomore.

Darryn Reinertson, Klahowya, forward — With five goals and six assists, Reinertson was one of the most balanced offensive threats for the Eagles and should be at the forefront of Klahowya’s attack next season.

Alex May, South Kitsap, defender — A scrappy defender who seemed to always be in the right place at the right time. Very speedy and hard working, May was the main cog in a defense that allowed just 11 regular season goals and made the state Final Four.

Will O’Donnell, Bainbridge, midfielder — The junior Spartan led the team in goals with five and hopes to continue to build on that scoring punch next season. He was named an All-Metro Mountain Division honorable mention as well.

Brett Pendt, Central Kitsap, midfielder — Pendt had a hand in almost every key play for the Cougars, eventually finishing the season with five goals and three assists.

Greg Ford, Olympic, midfielder — Ford, also a team captain for the Trojans, scored and assisted three times for Oly to help keep the Trojans in the playoff hunt right up to season’s end.

Carlos Portillo, North Kitsap, midfield — An AKC teamer last year, Portillo was one of the crucial field generals for the Vikes in 2006. Playing in the midfield, the senior was the team’s second leading scorer with eight goals and also contributed six assists.

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