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Farnsworth breaks into ‘Big three’s’ first team

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports

By Steve Yingling

Tribune sports editor

If you don’t play soccer for one of the three powers of Northern 3A boys’ soccer, there is little chance of making first-team all-league.

Unless you are Devin Farnsworth.

The Whittell High senior goalkeeper and midfielder was the only player outside of Truckee, North Tahoe and Incline to make the Lake Division’s first team. Those schools comprised 11 of 12 first-teamers.

“Those teams were just so stacked this year, so I was really honored to be selected with the kids from the other schools,” Farnsworth said. “Usually it’s teams that finish higher and go on to state that get all of the recognition.”

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Farnsworth was one of five Warriors to receive all-league recognition. Senior forward Italo Ferreira and senior center midfielder Justin Darrow were selected to the second team, while junior sweeper Tim Prebezac and junior stopper Jerel Dutton earned honorable mention.

Because Farnsworth prided himself on contributing to the team cause any way he could, Whittell coach Steve Maltase played his team MVP at forward, goaltender and at midfield.

“That’s a huge honor for Devin to make the first team,” Maltase said. “His versatility was key to us having a successful season. He was a captain, leader, just an all-around great kid to work with.”

Farnsworth, tending goal late in the season, blanked Bishop Manogue, sending the Warriors to the Nevada 3A regional tournament. He also was out of the net long enough to score a goal during the season.

But it was Farnsworth’s leadership skills where he really grew as a team player in 2003.

“It was interesting and a lot of fun working with kids who hadn’t played varsity soccer before,” he said. “I was excited that I got to help them out and guide them to becoming better players.”

Ferreira, a transfer from Brazil, provided offense when the Warriors sorely needed it. He wound up leading the Warriors with 12 goals.

“Without him scoring, we would have really struggled,” Maltase said.

Darrow made the second team, even though a stress fracture to his foot kept him out of some games.

“He brought a fierce competitiveness to games and gave us a physical presence,” Maltase said. “He played really tough with a lot of energy and passion.”

Prebezac switched from forward to sweeper, displaying quite possibly the fastest wheels in the division, according to Maltase.

Dutton played stopper and sweeper, improving as the season went along.

“He’s a much improved player and played really consistent all season,” Maltase said.