Monday, February 19, 2018

Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay boys soccer teams

Pinellas Player of the Year: F Ervin Ikanovic, Sr., Northeast

This season, everything came together for Ikanovic and Northeast. After years of struggling to stay above .500, the Vikings had perhaps their greatest run in school history. Ikanovic played a big role, helping Northeast win the Pinellas County Athletic Conference title for the first time since 2003, become district champions for the first time since 2008 and reach the region finals for the first time. "It's been a crazy ride. I'm a senior, so I wanted to make the most of this season."

Season highlight: Ikanovic had 35 goals to set the school's single-season scoring record. Many of those goals came at the end of games, such as the winners against Countryside in the conference title game and the region semifinals.

What's next: Ikanovic will visit Longwood University in hopes of landing a scholarship. He also is getting interest from Shaw University and Richard Bland College. If Ikanovic does not play soccer at the next level, he will attend the University of Florida.

Did you know? Ikanovic holds a 4.3 weighted GPA in most advanced placement and honors courses.

Hillsborough Player of the Year: F J.T. Copper, Fr., Berkeley Prep

For years, Copper played soccer for an academy development program. That changed this season. His club team did not have an academy program in his age group. So Copper decided to play high school soccer for the first time. It was just what Berkeley Prep needed. The Buccaneers were upset in the district tournament the past two years. The addition of Copper helped Berkeley Prep not only win a district title but reach the Class 2A state championship game. "This was a special season. But it was not just me. Everyone contributed in the run that we had."

Season highlight: Copper finished with a team-leading 23 goals and had 15 assists. His biggest goal came in a 1-0 win over Miami LaSalle in the state semifinals.

What's next: Copper will continue to play for the Tampa Bay United U-16 travel team this offseason.

Did you know? Soccer is something Copper has excelled at since he was 6 years old. But he also played basketball, starting in the seventh grade. He gave it up basketball to concentrate on soccer.

North Suncoast Player of the Year: M Sebastian Restrepo, Sr., Sunlake

Sunlake had a prolific offense, led by twins Tariq and Trevon Michael, who each scored more than 40 goals. Those numbers are not even the most eye-opening on the team. The most astonishing statistic belongs to Restrepo, the one who consistently distributed the ball to the brothers. Restrepo finished with 56 assists, 23 more than anyone else in the state, according to MaxPreps. "I knew I had a lot, but I didn't realize how many until late in the season. It's pretty amazing." Restrepo could score, too. He finished with 28 goals, and his playmaking ability was a big reason the Seahawks reached the Class 4A region final.

Season highlight: Restrepo said his most memorable moment was when he scored two goals against Mitchell, another playoff team, including one from about midfield in the final minute to tie the score.

What's next: Restrepo has an offer from Daytona State College but is waiting to see if interest from others schools, such as Florida Atlantic, turns into a scholarship before committing.

Did you know? On the field, Restrepo said his biggest attribute is not being greedy. "My focus is more about winning than scoring."

Coach of the year: Thomas Blauvelt, Northeast

In his 18th and final season with the program, Blauvelt had a memorable run, guiding the Vikings to conference and district titles, as well as their first region final appearance.

First team

D Dovydas Sakalys, Sr., Steinbrenner: Marked some of the top stars on a team that posted nine shutouts and lost in the Class 5A region quarterfinals.

D Dan Wintermeier, So., Palm Harbor University: Gave opponents fits on a team that allowed 18 goals and reached the 5A region semifinals.

D Matt Smith, Sr., Mitchell: Co-MVP in the Western Division of the Sunshine Athletic Conference, Smith was a steady presence for the district champion Mustangs.

D Jackson Trudel, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Became a leader on a team decimated by injuries to help the Bulls stay in playoff contention.

M Eric Ugarte, Jr., Plant City: In the past three seasons, Ugarte has made steady progress as a scorer and finished with 17 goals for the 16-1-1 Raiders.

M Davinson Mera, Sr., Leto: Team's most consistent scorer had 13 goals and 10 assists while drawing rave reviews from Hillsborough County coaches.

M Ethan Judge, So., Berkeley Prep: Versatile player had 12 goals and 16 assists and was a big reason the Bucs played in the 2A title game.

F Benny Ortiz, Sr., Jesuit: Playing perhaps the area's toughest schedule, Ortiz still thrived, scoring 27 goals and adding 10 assists.

F Tariq Michael, Sr., Sunlake: Ranked right behind brother Trevon for seventh in the state in goals with 40.

F Trevon Michael, Sr., Sunlake: Ranked sixth in the state in goals with 41 to help the Seahawks reach the 4A region final.

GK Jack Gallagher, Sr., Palm Harbor University: Recorded 10 shutouts for the Hurricanes, who finished ranked eighth in the state in all classifications by MaxPreps.

Second team

D Austin Floyd, Sr., Tampa Catholic

D Jeff Guttentag, Sr., Berkeley Prep

D Noah Kurtz, Jr., Jesuit

D Luis Camejo, Jr., Jefferson

M Kyle Frudakis, So., Countryside

M Virag Patel, Sr., Mitchell

M Pierce Eckelman, Sr., Berkeley Prep

F Spencer Shrader, Jr., Newsome

F Hale Lombard, Jr., Palm Harbor University

F Oscar Mendoza, Sr., Plant City

GK Mike Winsor, Sr., Northeast

Third team

D Janson DeVega, So., Boca Ciega

D Royce Luedde, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch

D Michael Wilkins, Sr., St. Petersburg

D Cody Rattanachane, Sr., Northeast

M Royce Pope, Sr., Jesuit

M Alex Alhomsi, Sr., King

M Brett Makowski, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic

F Savion Steele, So., Clearwater

F Vinny Stulec, So., Nature Coast

F Steve Soronellas, Sr., Steinbrenner

GK John Pease, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch

Honorable mention

Alonso: Brendan Johnson; Armwood: Luis Tolentino; Berkeley Prep: Kenny Harvey, Ezrick Nicholls; Bishop McLaughlin: Caden Corrao; Bloomingdale: Nick Diaz, Jacob McDonald; Boca Ciega: Akiley Coombs, Vedad Delic; Brandon: Krist Berisha; Calvary Christian: Will Brudnicki, Noah Nixon; Carrollwood Day: Jack Pironti, James Tison; Clearwater: Adra Fancher; Countryside: Armin Bajric; Durant: Christian Espinal; Dalton Gammon; Freedom: Grayson Hertenstein; Gaither: Seth Bos, Brian Dodson; Hillsborough: Manuel Duran, Nikhil Saligame; Hudson: Michael Bacon; Jefferson: Lenny Vazquez; Jesuit: Tim Gyenis; King: Elias Kalach; Lakewood: Jake Levy; Largo: Ariel Perez-Alonso, Cedrick McClendon; Lennard: Juan Pablo Parra Gil; Leto: Travis Foster; Mitchell: Justin Anahory, Tristan Andre, Brennan Breuer; Nature Coast: Gilbert Delgado, Hunter Reid; Newsome: Conor McCafferty; Northeast: Joe Colleli; Osceola: Taso Halverson, Nathan To; Pasco: Jake Baker, Esteban Perez; Palm Harbor University: Donald Patterson; Plant: Ruari O'Rourke; River Ridge: Alex Kostogiannes, Mason Marten, Sean Martin, Colin Tosh; Riverview: Luis Quintero; Robinson: Charlie Draper; Seffner Christian: Dean Barrow, Mark Domis; Seminole: Kobe Hepburn, Obie Johnson, Dane Sands; Shorecrest: Taylor DeGeare; Steinbrenner: Kellan Wallace; Strawberry Crest: Daniel Guerra, Sabastian Todd; St. Petersburg Catholic: Chris Coughlin, Luke Travis, Kaan Gezen; Sunlake: Anthony Rodrigues; Weeki Wachee: Bailey Hypes; Wharton: Clifford Adjei, Matt Hartnell; Wiregrass Ranch: Ryan Al-khatib, Ian Flores, Payton Wilson

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