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Five local players earn all-state soccer honors

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Five local soccer players have added one more piece of recognition onto their respective lists of honors from this past season.

South Medford midfielder Isabelle Cruz, Ashland winger Emmeline Clark, Ashland striker Davidson Graham and Phoenix teammates Victor Martinez and Tucker Speaks have all earned all-state recognition by The Oregonian/OregonLive and SBLive in lists that were released earlier this week.

Cruz and Clark were second-team picks at the 6A and 5A girls levels, respectively, while Graham was named to the 5A boys second team. Martinez, the Pirates’ star striker, was a first-team pick at 4A and Speaks was named to the second team squad.

The quintet of honorees all played their senior seasons this fall.

Cruz, the co-Southwest Conference player of the year, scored six goals and recorded six assists as the Panthers’ playmaking midfielder this fall.

Clark was one of the driving forces for an Ashland team that went unbeaten in the regular season (8-0-5) for the first time ever under longtime head coach Eric Wolff.

Graham, a four-year starter for the Grizzlies, once again led Ashland in both goals and assists this season. Graham finished with 16 goals and seven assists for an Ashland team that made it to the Class 5A quarterfinals.

Martinez and Speaks were key cogs in leading Phoenix to a second-place finish in the Skyline Conference as well as a berth in the 4A quarterfinals. Martinez, who previously earned all-state honors as a freshman and sophomore, was named the Skyline’s MVP last month after scoring 30 goals and adding two assists this fall.

Speaks, who like Martinez was a four-year letterman for the Pirates, anchored a Phoenix defense that allowed just 18 goals in 16 games and recorded eight shutouts this past season.

Reach reporter Danny Penza at 541-776-4469 or dpenza@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @penzatopaper.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Isabelle Cruz takes a shot against North Medford during a game in October.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneAshland's Emmeline Clark shoots the ball during a game in November.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneAshland's Davidson Graham takes a shot on a free kick during the second half of a November playoff game.
Phoenix's Victor Martinez, right, is seen in action during an October game against Henley. Photo by Denise Baratta