Douglas snubbed on boys soccer selections
The Douglas High School boys soccer team, which won its second straight Class 4A Division II and Northern Zone titles earlier this month, had four players named to the all-Conference second team but none to the first team.
South Tahoe midfielder Brian Winters was the only player outside of Washoe County to be named to the 11-member first team, which is selected by coaches. Sparks, the Division I champion and zone tournament runner-up, had four players named to the first team, McQueen and Reno both had two, and Reed and Wooster each had one.
Sparks’ Daniel Gabica was named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year, Reno’s Gerardo Saldana was named the Defensive Player of the Year and Sparks’ Joe Gabica was named Coach of the Year.
For Douglas, forward Adam Kincaid, midfielder Jeremy Louthan, defender (sweeper) Kevin Kruger and goalie Kevin Gwinn were named to the second team.
McQueen and Reed had two more players named to the second team. Sparks, Fallon and Carson all had one.
Douglas coach Mike Robinson said he talked with athletic director Steve Wilcox and decided it was best not to make any comments on the selections.
“It’s best to be satisfied with what we did,” Robinson said. “We went back-to-back with division and zone titles, there’s not much more we can do. Some of the senior players are pretty disappointed.”
Douglas received the same recognition last year. This year, the Tigers were the top offensive team in the 13-school zone and only got one person put onto the all-conference teams as a forward out of the six spots available. The Douglas girls team wound up in the same situation.
Is the Douglas soccer program in general still not getting the respect it deserves from the Reno-area schools?
“The coaches I spoke with this year all said they were seeing a lot of improvement,” Robinson said. “The referees also said they like the way things are going. They said we played hard but fairly. I don’t know what it will take.”
Douglas had plenty of other stars worthy of earning a spot on the teams.
The Douglas soccer teams, boys and
girls (varsity and junior varsity), will hold their annual awards banquet Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at Harvey’s-Lake Tahoe. The banquet, honoring players from the zone champion varsity boys team, zone semifinalist girls team and first-place junior varsity teams, is open to everyone. For more information, call Douglas girls varsity coach Fred Schmidt at 267-3203.