Local boys chosen to all-state teams
Three Ashland boys soccer players and one each from South Medford and Phoenix were honored recently with first-team all-state selections.
Ashland seniors Nate Roupp, Simon Linsday and Weston Overland played a key role in leading the Grizzlies to a runner-up showing in the Class 5A ranks and were recognized by the coaches with first-team nods.
Also earning first-team all-state honors were Panthers senior Humberto Cortez in Class 6A and Pirates senior Gresham Prehn in Class 4A.
The Class 3A/2A/1A boys soccer listing was unavailable as of press time, as well as the entire listing for girls soccer.
Cortez previously was named Southwest Conference player of the year. Despite missing four games with a foot injury, the midfielder scored a team-high 10 goals in 10 matches — seven in SWC play — and had six assists.
Prehn, a two-year starter in goal for Phoenix, registered eight shutouts for the 13-3 Pirates.
Roupp scored 16 goals and added 10 assists and was also named the Southern Sky Conference player of the year.
Linsday added 11 goals and six assists for the Grizzlies, while Overland anchored a defense that allowed only one goal in conference play.
Fellow Grizzly standouts Tias Fitzpatrick, a senior, and Adam Pavlich, a junior, were named to the 5A all-state second team along with Crater senior defender Travis Robbins. Fitzpatrick was a key defensive fixture at center fullback, while Pavlich had 16 goals and four assists for Ashland. Though recognized on defense, Robbins was strong offensively as well for the Comets with nine goals and four assists.
Henley senior midfielder Matt Kelly was also a first-team selection on the 4A list.