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HS Boys: TDS Spring All-America

Article Written by Sheldon Shealer
Published: July 27, 2018

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The TopDrawerSoccer.com Spring All-America teams are compiled by TopDrawerSoccer with consultation with coaches and media members from around the country. Players from all 13 spring-playing soccer states are eligible for consideration.

FIRST TEAM SPRING ALL-AMERICA

FORWARDS

Grayson Barber, Cardinal Newman (Columbia,S.C.), Sr.

The Clemson signee was the No. 41 prospect in the final Class of 2018 IMG Academy 150. Barber, who returned to high school soccer for his senior year after a stint with Sporting Kansas City Academy, scored 38 goals and added 10 assists to help Cardinal Newman to a state runner-up finish. 

Daryl Dike, Edmond North (Edmond, Okla.), Sr.

The Virginia signee was the Oklahoman All-City Player of the Year. After missing several matches early due to injury, Dike returned to score 19 goals and lead the squad to the Class 6A state semifinals where it fell in a shootout to FAB 50 No. 2 Tulsa Union.

Omar Hernandez, Dalton (Ga.), Jr.

The Wake Forest commit scored 28 goals and added 20 assists to earn Dalton Citizen Player of the Year honors. Hernandez helped perennial state title contender Dalton to a 16-3-1 record. He has 62 career goals and 47 assists entering his senior season.

Charlie Marino, Wando (Mount Pleasant, S.C.), Sr.

The College of Charleston signee capped a stellar high school career on a 54-match win streak, back-to-back state titles and back-to-back FAB 50 spring national No. 1 honors. As a senior, Marino netted 36 goals and added 18 assists. He was named the South Carolina Class 4A state player of the year.

MIDFIELDERS

Atakelti Gebregzabher, Station Camp (Gallatin, Tenn.), Sr.

The Memphis signee scored 16 goals and had eight assists, leading Station Camp to a 23-2-1 season and a second straight state title. He's a three-time all-county selection and was named the state's Player of the Year. Gebregzabher spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the U.S.

Carter Johnson, Herriman (Utah), Sr.

The Utah Valley signee scored a classification best 20 goals to lead Herriman to a 19-1 season and a state runner-up finish. Johnson was a unanimous state player of the year choice. The four-year varsity player led Herriman to a better win-loss record every year during his career, going from 7 to 10 to 15 to 19. 

Michael Rojas, Royal (Royal City, Wash.), Sr.

The Washington signee was the Washington Class 1A Player of the Year. He led Royal to a 19-3-1 season and a state semifinal appearance. Rojas had 19 goals and seven assists. He also played a defensive role for the team that posted 17 shutouts in 23 matches.

Bryan Silver, Oakton (Vienna, Va.), Sr.

The Notre Dame signee was The Washington Post and Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Class 6A Player of the Year. Silver led Oakton to an 18-1-2 record and a Class 6A state runner-up finish. He had eight goals and 11 assists as a defensive midfielder.

DEFENDERS

Mason McClendon, First Colonial (Virginia Beach, Va.), Jr.

The Virginia Tech commit was an All-Tidewater first-team choice after helping First Colonial to a Class 6A state tournament appearance. He scored six goals, two of them were game-winners during the playoffs. He netted the overtime goal that lead First Colonial to regional semifinal win over previously undefeated Grassfield. 

Damani Osei, Cosby (Midlothian, Va.), Jr.

The Santa Clara commit was a Richmond Times-News first-team selection after leading Cosby to a state title. The former Jamaican Under-17 National Team performer had a team-high 10 goals and 10 assists while playing the left back position. 

Chris Spaid, Chattahoochee (Johns Creek, Ga.), Sr.

The Air Force signee was a three-time all-region Defender of the Year honoree. Spaid anchored a Chattahooche defense that won back-to-back state titles. 

GOALKEEPER

Noah Sutherland, James River (Midlothian, Va.), Sr.

The Lehigh signee was a two-time Richmond Post-Dispatch first-team choice. He recorded 11 shutouts as a senior and had a 0.35 goals against average as James River posted a 17-2 record.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Shelley Blumenthal, Blacksburg (Va.)

The spring brought about a series of highs and lows for the veteran coach at Blacksburg. Just before the season started, his brother passed away. The community rallied to raise $2,500 for the Amyloidosis Foundation in Steve Blumenthal’s memory, starting a series of highs that ended with a perfect season and a state title. In order, Blumenthal, in his 25th season at Blacksburg, collected win No. 500 in the team's fifth game of the season. At the same time, the school unveiled plans for "Blumenthal Byway," giving a name to a road on school property leading to the stadium. After win No. 500, Blacksburg rolled off 17 more victories for a 22-0 season and the program's 13th state title -- 12th under Blumenthal. He has a career coaching record of 517-41-20. In addition to the 12 state titles, Blumenthal's teams have nine runner-up finishes and 23 regional titles. 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Charlie Marino


SECOND TEAM SPRING ALL-AMERICA

F Spender Ayen Gray Collegiate (S.C.) Sr. Presbyterian
F Duncan McGuire Creighton Prep (Neb.) Jr. Creighton
F Brooks Rice Spain Park (Ala.) Sr. UNC Greensboro
F Daniel Starr Albemarle (Va.) Jr. Virginia Tech
F Bobby Stoyanov Mountlake Terrace (Wash.) Sr. Richmond Intl.
MF Jake Donaldson McIntosh (Ga.) Sr. Dayton
MF Bardia Kimiavi South Lakes (Va.) Sr. Northwestern
MF John Martin Daniel (S.C.) Sr. Clemson
D Jonah Bryan McCallie School (Tenn.) Sr. Lee
D Kendall Burks Stadium (Wash.) Sr. CS Bakersfield
D Jack Edwards University School of Jackson (Tenn.) Sr. Memphis
GK James Hooten Northwestern (S.C.) Sr. Michigan State
 
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