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TONY CASTRO Hernando Today correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 7, 2013 at 04:26 PM

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Player of the Year

Cody Truman

Goalkeeper

Weeki Wachee – Senior

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection … Played two undistinguished seasons at Central where he collected one assist before transferring to Weeki Wachee … In 2011-12, Truman tallied one assist for the winless Hornets … This winter, despite notching one goal he was the team's inspirational leader … Switched to goalie before the season and helped the Hornets reduce the number of goals allowed from 92 to 28 this winter … In 10 of the Hornets' 19 matches, the Truman-led defense yielded a goal or less featuring a school-record six shutouts.

QUOTES: "His (senior) season started off kind of slow until he accepted his new role. After he began to dig in, the results started showing on the field. … I can't remember all the shots he stopped against Citrus; he was in the zone. … His strength lies in his reactions, especially on point-blank shots. … He played a great role communicating with the other defenders. … He directed traffic and was good in the air. … Can he play at the next level? I think he could, if he practiced it."

- Weeki Wachee head coach Shane Tarbox

"Their keeper was unbelievable. He deserves the credit. He kept them in every match. … On every team you need your keeper to step up. Well, Cody (Truman) came up huge time and time again. They're defense would allow shot after shot, but Cody would stand his ground."

- Nature Coast head coach Ian Wald

Frankie Fontan

Forward

Springstead – Junior

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection … Scored one goal as a freshman in 2010-11 … Improved to five goals, three assists as a sophomore … In a breakout junior campaign this winter, Fontan missed a rare Triple Crown in scoring by one goal. He finished second in the local circuit in goals (18), tied for first in assists (13) with teammate Harry Bennett, and led all Hernando County booters with 49 points … Helped guide the Eagles to their 24th Hernando County championship since 1982-83 behind a perfect 8-0-0 county run.

QUOTES: "Scored most of his goals due to his tremendous speed up top. … Great strengths? His right foot and his speed. … Has a tremendous knack of creating (scoring) opportunities. … Is a 100 percent team player. … He'll do whatever is asked of him. He's definitely dedicated to the team."

- Springstead head coach Warren Schmidt

Frank Villaizan

Forward

Nature Coast – Senior

COMMENTS: Four-year starter … Repeat All-County selection … Finished tied for sixth in the scoring race as a sophomore in 2010-11 with 21 points … Finished fifth as a junior with 27 points featuring 12 goals … Despite playing on a troubling ankle as a senior, he finished third in the scoring race … Notched a team-best 17 goals and 11 assists for 45 points … In a terrific sign of consistency, he posted double-digit totals in goals the past three years to eclipse the former record held by Eric MacLean … He set the school record for career goals (41), eclipsing MacLean's old mark (38) … Finished second all-time in assists (18) to MacLean's 24 … Concluded his prep career tied for first in school history with MacLean in total points (100).

QUOTES: "Exceeded my expectations as a senior. … Broke the single-season record for points and goals scored. … What we're going to miss? He's a rare four-year starter – those don't grow on trees. … Has great speed and brings a tremendous change of pace. … Had a huge impact on our team. I definitely think he can play at the next level."

- Nature Coast head coach Ian Wald

Nick Hopkins

Forward

Hernando – Senior

COMMENTS: Besides Nature Coast's Villaizan, is only other repeat All-County selection … Was invisible in 2010-11, didn't collect a goal or an assist … A year later, he paced the Leopards in scoring with 30 points – edging out All-County teammate Cody Gillis' 26 points behind a team-high 12 goals … Finished third in circuit in scoring in 2011-12 … With less of a supporting cast this winter, Hopkins finished runner-up in the scoring race to Springstead's Fontan, 49-46 … Despite being marked as the team's lone scoring threat, Hopkins led the local circuit with a career-best 19 goals.

QUOTES: "Had a phenomenal season considering the lack of a supporting cast this year. … His strength lies in his ability to move the ball. … Leadership-wise, he's not a vocal guy. Actually, he's very quiet. … He's the kind of guy that just handles his business and shuns the spotlight. … He is a humble player, really. … Can he play at the next level? He can, but he'll have to work for it."

- Hernando head coach Andy Suarez

Kyle Draper

Forward

Nature Coast – Junior

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection … Has steadily improved across three seasons … Tallied one inauspicious goal as a sophomore in 2011-12 … Remained in the Top 10 Honor Roll all season as a junior … Finished fifth in this year's scoring race behind 15 goals and five assists for 35 points … Was viewed as the Sharks' No. 2 scoring option enabling Nature Coast to set a school record for most goals in a season (62).

QUOTES: "He was destined for success. I'd drive by Anderson Snow (Sports Complex) every day during the summer and I'd see Kyle working out every day in that heat. That's the kind of dedication every coach is looking for. … I thought he'd lead the team in scoring and almost did. … He's dramatically improved. … With Frank (Villaizan) graduating it's safe to say Kyle will be our go-to guy next year. This year, they were like (scoring) options 1A and 1B."

- Nature Coast head coach Ian Wald

Harry Bennett

Midfielder

Springstead – Junior

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection … Tallied one goal as a freshman before posting three goals, four assists as a part-time player during his sophomore season … Enjoyed a fine junior campaign finishing fourth in the county scoring race with 43 points … Bennett tallied a career-best 15 goals and county-best 13 assists – tying for the lead with Fontan.

QUOTES: "Brings a European-style of soccer to the team. … His game includes a touch type of soccer that features fancy footwork – which is different from the American style of soccer. … It's a pleasure to coach a player with that kind of ability. … What I like most? He's a tactical player. … What we need next season is for Harry to step up to the plate leadership-wise."

- Springstead head coach Warren Schmidt

Ricky Toth

Midfielder

Springstead – Senior

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection … Scored five goals as a junior …This season, he was more of a facilitator and a midfield conductor … Finished with one goal and two assists.

QUOTES: "I needed someone to settle my midfield. … To me, he's an impact player whether he's playing football or playing soccer. … What we're going to miss? Ricky was all business as a senior – that's an excellent quality. He made sure our guys were doing what they needed to be focused at."

- Springstead head coach Warren Schmidt

Zac Campbell

Midfielder

Central – Senior

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection … Did not score a point as a sophomore … Tallied two goals, five assists as a junior in 2011-12 … Followed up with three goals and four assists this winter.

QUOTES: "Takes a great shot but gets hit a lot. … We're losing a great all-around player. … Sacrificed his game for the benefit of the entire team. … Brings a tremendous attitude to practice and the games."

- Central head coach Alex Viramontes

Andrew Jensen

Midfielder

Weeki Wachee – Junior

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection … Tallied four goals, five assists for 0-18-0 inaugural Hornet team in 2011-12 … Finished sixth in the county in scoring with 28 points … Paced the 7-7-5 defensive-minded Hornets this winter with a school-record 13 goals.

QUOTES: "This season he had a lot more goal-scoring opportunities. … Was our free-kick specialist. … His leadership on and off the field was invaluable. … He's such a positive role model for the rest of our team. … What I liked most? He played like he practiced and that helped keep our kids focused."

- Weeki Wachee head coach Shane Tarbox

Eric Enders

Defender

Central – Senior

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection … One of the few bright spots on a team decimated by graduation and injuries since the district championship team from 2010-11 … Due to lack of defenders, Central opted to switch Enders from forward to defender to slow down opposing teams … Led the punchless Bears (Central tallied 21 goals in 17 matches) in scoring with five goals and 10 points.

QUOTES: "Has good size and is physically gifted. … What I like most? He's extremely dedicated to the sport. … He hates the fact that we came up empty-handed in so many matches. He really cares about his teammates and was voted as one of our captains. … Sometimes he'd try to overcompensate for our deficiencies. I had to remind him to remain disciplined. … I'm glad he was on our side. … He is a fun kid and a pleasure to coach."

- Central head coach Alex Viramontes

Mike Radike

Defender

Weeki Wachee – Senior

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection … Tallied one assist as a junior for 2011-12 Central Bears … After transferring to Weeki Wachee during the offseason, he tallied three goals and one assist this winter … Helped the Hornet defense improve from 92 goals allowed last year to 28 goals this season.

QUOTES: "He is a workhorse. Has an engine that doesn't quit. He is constantly making overlapping runs. … Strong, physical defender. He's scrappy at 5-foot-8 and won't back down. … Worked primarily as an outside defender or outside midfielder. … What we'll miss most? His work ethic. It's rare to see an outside defender keep it going during an 80-minute match."

- Weeki Wachee head coach Shane Tarbox

Jubin Thomas

Defender

Springstead – Junior

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection … Was a mainstay along the Eagles' backline … Helped Springstead notch a county-high seven shutouts … Enabled the Eagle defense to handcuff opponents to a county-low 20 goals in 20 matches.

QUOTES: "Jubin was voted as one of our two captains by the players. … Played outstandingly for three-fourths of the season. At the tail end of the season, he missed some practices which may have affected his overall performance. … Was a little out of sync at the end (of the season). … He's a stellar stopper with long legs. … Wouldn't want anyone else back there."

- Springstead head coach Warren Schmidt

Alec Perkins

Defender

Nature Coast – Sophomore

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection … Is viewed as an offensive-minded defenseman … Tallied three goals as a freshman in 2011-12 … Finished fifth on the team in scoring this winter with three goals and 10 assists … His 10 assists were second on the team to Villaizan's 11.

QUOTES: "Alec is our Renaissance man. … He could give Frank (Villaizan) a run for his money as our fastest player. … He brings a certain cockiness or swagger to our side. … He's an offensive wild card. … No matter where we ask him to play, he'll get the job done – no questions asked."

- Nature Coast head coach Ian Wald

Matt McDuff

Goalkeeper

Springstead – Sophomore

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection … Was the last line of defense for a unit that allowed a county-low average of 1.0 goal per game … Credited with a county-high seven shutouts … Seasonal highlights included stringing four consecutive bagels from Dec. 14-21 against Gainesville (2-0), Nature Coast (3-0), Central (1-0) and Gainesville (5-0).

QUOTES: "Needs to mature to make better decisions. … He is a good player who needs to continue to strive to become an even better player. Being good, I tell him, is not good enough."

- Springstead head coach Warren Schmidt

Coach of the Year

Shane Tarbox

Weeki Wachee – 1st Year

COMMENTS: First-time unanimous selection as a first-year mentor … The inaugural 2011-12 Hornet team under Patrick McHugh finished 0-18-0 and was outscored by 80 goals, 92-12 … The first Hornet squad, which was blanked nine times, closed the season with a whimper falling 8-0 to Citrus in the 3A-6 Tournament opener … A year later on Jan. 16, the Hornets stood on the threshold of a winning record at 7-4-5 before losing a trio of heartbreakers: 1-0 to both Hudson-Fivay and Springstead to close the regular season, then dropping the 3A-6 quarterfinal to Eustis at Nature Coast, 4-3 in penalty kicks. As a result, Weeki Wachee finished .500 at 7-7-5 overall. The second-year club etched six shutouts behind its defensive-minded approach.

QUOTES: "I'm humbled by the fact my peers all voted for us; that truly means a lot. … The credit, however, does not lie with the coaches. Really (the credit) belongs to the players. They're the ones that bought in to what we wanted. It all comes down to the players executing – that's what wins games. … The toughest thing I faced when I arrived was getting everybody to jell. Once we got the pieces in place, we tweaked things here and there and slowly things started falling together. … The hardest thing isn't turning the program from losers to winners, it's about maintaining it. … From here, we'll push our offseason weight training to get bigger and stronger. … Right now, we have to replace eight seniors; that's a lot. We're playing the waiting game with our incoming freshmen to see what that produces."

- Tarbox

"His players played with a lot of enthusiasm. He had a lot of young players. He got them to play his style. Soccer is an emotional game. He was able to nourish those kids. … That was a good team and was playing well at the end of the season. That style of soccer is a good style; I was very impressed with his team."

- Springstead head coach Warren Schmidt

"Shane deserves this. He turned around a losing program. I know exactly what he's going through. … The biggest difference this year was they wanted to play. It was a 360-degree approach from last year. He came in and gave them leadership and showed those boys how to win. Trust me, I know, it takes a lot to turn it around – especially in a year's time."

- Hernando head coach Andy Suarez

"He's a guy who brought a great attitude to the program. … They were kind of a laughingstock but he turned it around by preaching since Day 1 this is how we're going to win. … He turned it around with outstanding results. … Everyone around here noticed the difference. To me, he's the undisputed choice (for Coach of the Year)."

- Central head coach Alex Viramontes

"Shane deserves the credit; he got them prepared before every match. … He did a great job of utilizing his talent and applying a game plan. … The key was his guys bought in."

- Nature Coast head coach Ian Wald

 

2012-13 Hernando Today All-County Boys Soccer Team

PLAYER SCHOOL POSITION YR

Frankie Fontan Springstead Forward 11

Frank Villaizan NCT Forward 12

Nick Hopkins Hernando Forward 12

Kyle Draper NCT Forward 11

Harry Bennett Springstead Midfield 11

Ricky Toth Springstead Midfield 12

Zac Campbell Central Midfield 12

Andrew Jensen Weeki Wachee Midfield 11

Jubin Thomas Springstead Defense 11

Alec Perkins NCT Defense 10

Mike Radike Weeki Wachee Defense 12

Eric Enders Central Defense 12

Matt McDuff Springstead Keeper 10

Player of the Year – Cody Truman, Weeki Wachee

Coach of the Year – Shane Tarbox, Weeki Wachee

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