For the second year in a row, Smith-Cotton center-back Roberto Ramirez has been named the Defensive Player of the Year for the Class 3, Kansas City Region.
Ramirez is joined on the All-Region team by four fellow S-C players. Senior goalkeeper Landon Dove, junior striker Carlos Aguirre, senior forward Jordan Lawson and junior midfielder Blake Grupe were all honored by the Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association.
The Sacred Heart Gremlins swept Class 1, Central-Southwest All-Region team honors.
Sacred Heart’s Max Martin was named the region’s Player of the Year. Francisco Rojas was named Offensive Player of the Year. Chance Spangler was named Defensive Player of the Year. Sebastian Aguerro was named Goalkeeper of the Year. Travis Cooper was named Coach of the Year among private schools.
For Cooper, it is the second consecutive Region Coach of the Year award as the Gremlins took third place in the state for the second year in a row. It is also the second year in a row Sacred Heart has been home of the region’s Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and Goalkeeper of the year honorees. Brandon Cooper took Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year in 2014 and Mason Kelchner was Goalkeeper of the Year.
Nine Gremlins were named to the all-region team; Spangler, Rojas, Aguerro, Martin, sophomore center-back Teagan Trammell, senior right-back and midfielder Chris Mergen, senior left-back Kolin Brace, sophomore forward Sergio Justiniano and freshman midfielder Josue Nunez.
Cole Camp’s Taylor Sullivan and Stover’s Alex Haag were also named to the all-region team.
In addition, four Smith-Cotton soccer players were named first-team all-district; Dove, Ramirez, Aguirre and Grupe.
Four other Tigers received an honorable mention: Lawson, senior defenseman Vlad Varshytskyy, senior forward Luke Guier and senior defenseman Thomas Todd.
Smith-Cotton reached the district title game before falling 1-0 to Grain Valley.
Seven S-C players were named to the All-West Central Conference team following the Tigers’ unbeaten run through conference play.
Dove, Ramirez, Aguirre, Lawson, Guier, Grupe and Varshytskyy were all honored.
Midfielder Trey Goodson received an honorable mention.
O’Hara’s Dirk Lawson was named the WCC Coach of the Year after leading the Celtics to the Final Four.