Flores chosen 3A Lake Division MVP
In past seasons, goals came easily to sure-footed Nestor Flores of Whittell High School. However, league MVP honors were elusive.
The goals didn’t come so frequently during his recently completed senior season, but the high-scoring Flores finally earned his first MVP award in the Nevada 3A Lake Division.
“Based on who I’ve seen play in my coaching career, he’s the best all-around player,” said Whittell High coach Steve Maltase, who has been around long enough to have coached four league MVPs.
Whittell’s other MVPs have been Dusty Apocotos, Todd Echan and Joe Piccola.
Flores scored 26 goals and collected 16 assists during a senior season in which he led the Warriors to fourth place in a very competitive Lake Division. He finished his four-year varsity career with 108 goals.
Flores’ worth to the Warriors went beyond burying goals in the net.
“The reason his scoring was down was because we played him a little more at sweeper than we had in past years,” Maltase said. “That’s part of the reason he won the MVP award, because he had so much versatility.”
Senior defender Justin Haynes provided the Warriors with their lone first-team selection. Haynes impressed league coaches with his ability to distribute the ball on free kicks and his speed and aggressiveness.
But to Maltase and the Warriors he meant much more.
“He focused on soccer a lot more and focused his energy on the team,” Maltase said.
Haynes was a second-team selection year ago and continued the progression of improvement in his fourth year of varsity soccer.
“I put forth the effort on the field,” Haynes said. “There were a lot of seniors on the team and their my friends. I’m glad I got to play soccer with my friends.”
Flores and Haynes will reportedly play at Santa Rosa Junior College next fall.
Junior goalkeeper Devin Farnsworth was Whittell’s sole second-team pick. He had five shutouts and showed his versatility when given the chance to play in the field by scoring a goal.
“He really improved a lot this year and next year he has a shot at being the best keeper in the league,” Maltase said. “He has great speed so when he plays out on the field he is recognizable.”
Senior midfielder Tyson Frederick and sophomore forward Tim Prebezac earned honorable mention.
“Tim was kind of a pest on top because of his speed and aggressiveness and really came out of his shell scoring for us,” Maltase said. “Tyson was a solid force in the middle and his throw-in was always a threat out of a set play.”
The Warriors will lose 11 seniors, including six starters.
NORTHERN 3A LAKE
MVP D Nestor Flores, Whittell
Offensive Player of the Year – Narciso Avila, North Tahoe
Defensive Player of the Year – Ben Miller, Incline
Coach of the Year – Humberto Alcaraz, North Tahoe
F D Sergio Hernandez, Incline; Narciso Avila, North Tahoe; Miguel Tafalla, Truckee
M D Ben Miller, Incline; Galen Wolford, North Tahoe; Kyle Kelly, Truckee; Nestor Flores, Whittell
D D Justin Haynes, Whittell; Miguel Martinez, North Tahoe; John Perhacs, Incline
G D Daniel Rojas, North Tahoe
U D Ruben Martinez, Truckee
F D Timmy McDonald, Truckee; BC Lampman, North Tahoe; Luis Delgadillo, Incline
M D Michael Foote, North Tahoe; Eduardo Estrada, Rite of Passage; Mike Thorne, Incline; A.J. Steinlager, Manogue
D D Tom Schwedhelm, Manogue; Remy Denton, Truckee; Tommy Kleffman, Truckee
G D Matt Baker, Incline
U D Devon Farnsworth, Whittell
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