NTL BOYS SOCCER: ATHENS' QUINN NAMED 'OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR,' LEZAK 'COACH OF YEAR'
(2021-11-03)Valley Sports Report
ATHENS — Athens senior Nate Quinn was the NTL “Offensive Player of the Year
,” and Jake Lezak was “Coach of the Year
,” in recent voting by the league’s coaches, while seven other Wildcats earned all-star recognition, and one was an honorable mention.
A hard-nosed and athletic striker, Quinn has a high soccer IQ. He scored 21 goals and doled out five assists this season.
Lezak directed the Wildcats to a 9-1 league mark, and their seventh NTL title in eight years. The title was Lezak’s 11th in his 17-year career at Athens.
Troy’s Wyatt Hodlofski was voted the league’s “Most Valuable Player,” and is the league all-state selection.
Wellsboro junior Peyton McClure was named the “Defensive Player of the Year.”
The 2021 NTL boys soccer all-stars are as follows:FIRST TEAM
Nate Quinn, senior, Athens:
The other first-team selections are Wellsboro’s Jack Poirier, NEB’s Gavin Merritt, and NP-Liberty’s Caiden Alexander.Midfielders
Mason Hughey, senior, Athens:
Fast with great foot skills, Hughey scored 15 goals and dished out nine assists.
The other first-team selections are Troy’s Wyatt Hodlofski, NEB’s Brandon Kuhn, and Wellsboro’s Owen Richardson.Defense
Tucker Brown, senior, Athens:
Fast and physical, Brown was an integral piece of the Wildcat defense. He scored one goal and had two assists.
Alex Campbell, junior, Athens:
A heady player, Campbell anchored the Athens defense.
The other first-team selections are Wellsboro’s Peyton McClure and Brody Morral.Goalkeeper
Wellsboro’s Aiden Gehman.
Korey Miller, sophomore, Athens: Miller scored 10 goals and dished out three assists.
The other second-team selections are Wellsboro’s Matt Richards and Sam Rudy, and Towanda’s Logan Lambert.Midfielders
Levent VanHelden, junior, Athens: VanHelden had four goals and three assists.
Brayden Post, junior, Athens: Post scored five goals and had two assists.
The other second-team selections are Wellsboro’s Caden Smith and NP-LIberty’s Derek Litzelman.Defense
The second-team selections are Troy’s Conner Faust and C.J. Stanton, NP-Liberty’s Brody Burleigh, and NEB’s Joe Stanton.Goalkeeper
Troy’s Eli Randell.Honorable Mention
The honorable mention selections are Towanda’s Jack Wheaton, Galeton’s Gavin Sykora, NEB’s Josh Stanton, NP-Liberty’s Jackson Brion, and Troy’s Brady Spaulding.Midfielders
The honorable mention selections are NEB’s Cesar Alvarez, Towanda’s Nate West, NP-Liberty’s Zach Wilcox, and Galeton’s Zach Pagano.Defense
The honorable mention selections are Athens senior Ryan Thompson
, NEB’s Andrew Beers, Williamson’s Glenn Barnes, and Galeton’s Trey Kalacinski.
NEB’s Garrett Cooper.
IN PHOTO: Athens senior Nate Quinn. … VSR STOCK PHOTO.
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