Wheeling Park’s Coleman Meredith, Wheeling Central’s Austin Nestor Captain 32nd Annual All-Valley Boys’ Soccer Team
Coleman Meredith, Wheeling Park
After a handful of seniors graduated from last year’s team, it looked like Wheeling Park was going to have a rebuilding year. Midfielder Coleman Meredith made sure the Patriots were again a team to not be take lightly. Meredith makes his third appearance on the All-Valley team and his first time as a captain after having a sensational senior year.
He led the state in West Virginia in goals as he found the back of the net 28 times while also dishing out eight assists. Meredith scored in 17 of the Patriots’ 19 games and was also the OVAC Class 5A Player of the Year.
Austin Nestor, Wheeling Central
For the third consecutive year, a Wheeling Central boys soccer player was named captain of the All-Valley team. Junior Austin Nestor has earned that honor in 2020 for the Maroon Knights after Jacob Estep was named captain the past two years. Nestor returns to the All-Valley team for a second time.
He was named the OVAC Class 1A/3A Player of the Year after scoring 24 goals and dishing out 14 assists for the Maroon Knights and helping them win a third straight West Virginia Class AA/A sectional championship.
What a year for Brooke boys soccer! Senior Quinlin Blair was one of many players that gave the Bruins a season to remember. Blair, a defender led the Bruins in steals and takeaways with 153. He also had four saves. He also was named First Team All-OVAC and was a four-year letter winner.
Another offensive weapon for Wheeling Park was junior striker Alex Canestraro. Canestraro was second on the team in goals as he found the back of the net 15 times and also dished five assists. With one year left in a Patriots uniform, Canestraro could be the offensive leader for Wheeling Park in 2021.
Oak Glen’s Jacob Clark makes his way to his second straight All-Valley appearance. The senior goalkeeper made 269 saves for the Golden Bears and stopped all five penalty shots he faced. Clark also scored three goals and had one assists. He was named OVAC Class 4A Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
With the way he played all year, one would assume, Andrew Coursin played soccer his whole life. However, it’s only his second year. The senior collected 172 saves for the Bruins including 12 shutouts, one of those being the OVAC Class 5A championship. He only allowed 19 goals in 20 games and secured a .95 G.A.P.G.
Another senior for Brooke, Liam Cronin did his job at midfield. The midfielder and four-year letter winner scored six goals and tallied 14 assists for the Bruins. He also secured 129 steals and takeaways. Cronin was named First Team All-OVAC and makes his first appearance on All-Valley First Team after he secured second team in 2019.
As a defensive midfielder, Linsly’s Mike Flynn sure was consistent on offense. Flynn collected seven goals and dished out eight assists for the Cadets and was named First Team All-OVAC. A second-year captain for Linsly, Flynn also linked the Cadets’ back line to the midfield and strikers. He was also a vital part of the Cadet attacks while still being able to read the game defensively.
When it came to his position at goalkeeper, Park junior had a lot of shoes to fill after Zach Calvert graduated. And Fornaker certainly did not miss a beat. He only gave up 20 goals and tallied eight shutouts. Fornaker also had a G.A.P.G. of 1.05. This is Fornaker’s first year on the All-Valley team and helped the Patriots go 15-4-1.
The fourth and final Wheeling Park player on the All-Valley team is Andrew Glass. Not only did Glass showcase his talents on Friday nights as the Patriots’ placekicker, he also did it on the soccer field. The senior midfielder had an impressive last season as he found the back of the net seven times and added 10 assists in the process.
A two-year starter at goalkeeper, Wheeling Central’s Guilio Gentile was a vital part of its success. During his senior campaign, he tallied 10 wins and secured four shutouts. Described as one of the best goalkeepers in the state by coach Brian Komorowski, he was also named First Team All-OVAC and had a G.A.P.G. of 1.52.
Described as the anchor of the defense and heartbeat of the team, Wheeling Central’s Andrew Komorowski finished his senior year in stellar fashion. The center back also had four goals and four assists for the Maroon Knights. He also was named First Team All-OVAC and All-Region.
Leading the way for the Steubenville Catholic offense was forward Michael Lee. A senior, Lee found the back of the net 18 times and dished out three assists for the Crusaders, who claimed the OVAC Class 1A/3A championship. Lee represented Steubenville Catholic well earning All-OVAC and First Team East District.
The final Brooke player on the All-Valley team is junior Eddie Marks. He had a team-high 23 goals for the Bruins and also had 14 assists. On defense, Marks, a striker, tallied 45 steals and takeaways in helping Brooke finish with a record of 16-2-2. With one year left to play in a Brooke uniform, the Bruins’ offense will be back in tact in 2021.
As a midfielder, St. Clairsville’s Sean O’Grady primary job was defense. And boy, did he make a difference for the Red Devils. St. Clairsville gave up only 14 goals all season. His presence was a factor as in one game he missed this season, the Red Devils allowed five goals. O’Grady also found the back of the net twice.
Even though he’s only a freshman, Weir’s Antonio Pittman was described as the most creative and talented player on the Red Riders. Pittman had nine goals, which was second on the team and a team-high eight assists. He scored four goals in the playoffs. With three seasons left, he will be a force to be reckoned with in the Class AA/A field.
Magnolia’s Isaac Snider was the offensive captain this year. And looking at his stats, it would be an easy argument as to why. Snider led the Blue Eagles in both goals and assists as he found the back of the net 15 times. His selflessness was even more impressive as the dished out 27 assists.
While O’Grady was the glue for the defense, it was Nate Thornburg that sparked the offense for St. Clairsville. The talented junior forward paced the Red Devils as he scored 13 goals including two in the OVAC Class 4A championship. One of which was the game-winner. He also dished out 10 assists.
Quinlin Blair, Brooke
Alex Canestraro, Wheeling Park
Jacob Clark, Oak Glen
Andrew Coursin, Brooke
Liam Cronin, Brooke
Mike Flynn, Linsly
Dannen Fornaker, Wheeling Park
Andrew Glass, Wheeling Park
Guilio Gentile, Wheeling Central
Andrew Komorowski, Wheeling Central
Michael Lee, Steubenville Catholic
Eddie Marks, Brooke
Coleman Meredith, Wheeling Park (captain)
Austin Nestor, Wheeling Central (captain)
Sean O’Grady, St. Clairsville
Antonio Pittman, Weir
Isaac Snider, Magnolia
Nate Thornburg, St. Clairsville
Hunter Adams, Brooke
Andrew Giambroni, Oak Glen
Evan Holstein, St. Clairsville
Michael Iafrate, Weir
Taylor McFarland, Wheeling Park
Jacob Morgan, Weir
Andrew Neely, Steubenville
Cameron Neighoff, Linsly
Stephon Polly, Oak Glen
Ryan Prager, Wheeling Central
Telmo Randazzo, Brooke
Joe Rohde, Steubenville Catholic
Caden Stout, St. Clairsville
Arman Toyserkani, Linsly
2020: Coleman Meredith, Wheeling Park; Austin Nestor, Wheeling Central
2019: Jacob Estep, Wheeling Central
2018: Jacob Estep, Wheeling Central
2017: Ryan Delles, Steubenville
2016: Jordan Vincent, St. Clairsville
2015: Jordan Vincent, St. Clairsville
2014: Mason George, Linsly
2013: Leo Hermann, Steubenville Catholic
2012: Leo Hermann, Steubenville Catholic
2011: Errin Baynes, Wheeling Park
2010: Josh Henderson, Wheeling Park
2009: Josh Henderson, Wheeling Park; Chad Ford, Weir
2008: Zach Aderholt, Wheeling Park
2007: Nader Sawtarie, Linsly
2006: Vinny Crumrine, Wheeling Park
2005: Issam Sawtarie, Linsly
2004: Jason Adams, Linsly
2003: Jason Adams, Linsly; Chad Evans, Wheeling Park; Stephen Reihner, Linsly; Kyle Regan, Wheeling Park
2002: Joey Burkland, Wheeling Park; Jake Mozney, Linsly
2001: Chris Crews, Wheeling Park; Jacob Schwertfeger, Brooke
2000: Alex Byrum, Linsly; Seth Harpold, Weir; Jon Hunt, St. Clairsville
1999: Cory Kalisz, Wheeling Park; Brant Moorhead, Weir
1998: Tim Fialkowski, Linsly; Ben Miller, Wheeling Park
1997: Matt Anastasi, Weirton Madonna; Tim Fialkowski, Linsly; Brian Schehl, Wheeling Park
1996: Jesse Harvey, Brooke; Chris Reinard, Weir
1995: Chad Adams, Linsly; T.J. Hannig, Linsly; Marcus Overhue, Indian Creek
1994: Chad Adams, Linsly
1993: Jamie Adams, Linsly
1992: Jamie Adams, Linsly
1991: Kenny Zinsky, Wheeling Park
1990: T.J. Recinella, Steubenville Catholic; Kenny Zinsky, Wheeling Park
1989: Doug Sharpe, Wheeling Park; Kenny Zinsky, Wheeling Park