uWarriors’ Young named all state in football, O’Brien named all league in soccer
For a team that didn’t even win a game, Whittell football still found a way for its individual talent to get noticed this past season. The Warriors’ Jeff Young was selected to the Class 2A all-state football team as a kicker, which was no doubt aided by his school-record-tying field goal.
Young, a 5-10, 180 pound junior, was selected to the first team as a kicker and to the second team as a punter. Young kicked a school record 50-yard field goal in a loss to Battle Mountain.
“I’m sure that kick had a lot to do with it,” said Whittell coach Dennis Young. “Actually, that kick probably had more than a lot to do with it. But we also placed some kids on the all-league teams. And that’s not bad for a program that pretty much just got together again this season.”
Jeff Young didn’t miss an extra point and averaged about 41 yards per punt for the 0-7 Warriors. He was one of five Whittell players to be named to the all-league teams. Young was picked to the first team at both the punter and kicker positions, while second-team honors went to running back Tommy Esquivel, wide receiver Chris Anton, defensive lineman Travis Swoger and offensive lineman Michael Flanagan.
The Warriors also had three honorable mention selections: Flanagan (linebacker), Tyler Kostad (defensive lineman) and Young (quarterback). Young and Swoger will both return next season.
O’Brien makes all-league soccer team
Midfielder Holly O’Brien was selected to the Northern 3A’s Tahoe all-league second team last month. Forward Ariana Rodriguez and Marissa McKool were both honorable mention selections.
The Whittell boys’ soccer team didn’t place anybody on the first or second teams but had two honorable mention choices: sophomore forward Jonathan Sosa and senior Scott Lusby. Neither Whittell soccer team qualified for the Northern 3A playoffs this past season.