Player of the Year | Gavin Vest | Senior | Grafton Some intramural team at James Madison will gain a heck of a soccer player next year.
Grafton's Gavin Vest will forgo playing college soccer, giving up chances to play at Randolph-Macon and Hampden-Sydney. Instead, he'll just be a student at JMU and likely join the school's intramural program. He'll do that after a stellar high school career that ends with his selection as Bay Rivers District and Region I player of the year, plus a Group AA all-state nod.
Vest scored 23 goals and had 16 assists this spring as Grafton made its second straight state tournament appearance.
He was a dominant striker, teaming with Andrew Bonorden and midfielders Sean Moriarty and Joe Skaja to give the Clippers a strong offense.
Vest is a four-year starter at Grafton, and he earned all-district and all-region honors as a junior in addition to being second-team all-state.
He's a longtime club soccer player with the Virginia Legacy.
First team Robert Alberti | Senior | Kecoughtan | The emotional leader of the Warriors, he scored 14 goals and had eight assists, along with being named to the Eastern Region first team.
Andrew Bonorden | Senior | Grafton | He and Vest provided the firepower. Bonorden scored 16 goals and had 12 assists. Second-team all-state.
Scott Cutler | Senior | Jamestown | Several coaches call him the best defender in the area. Anchored Jamestown's defense and will be on the Group AA all-state team.
Sean Henry | Senior | Warwick | The Raiders' defensive stopper helped Warwick allow more than one goal to only one Peninsula District team.
Noah Jefferson | Senior | Menchville | A solid striker for the Monarchs, who outscored Peninsula District opponents 46-3.
Drake Kuhn | Senior | Lafayette | One coach says simply: "The best goalkeeper in the state of Virginia."
Karl Kummer | Senior | Kecoughtan | The veteran helped the Warriors win the Peninsula District championship by scoring eight goals and handing out four assists.
Steve Mallon | Junior | Kecoughtan | A solid defender. He didn't score a goal, but his defensive efforts earned him a spot on the Eastern Region second team.
Sean Moriarty | Senior | Grafton | Scored 18 goals and had 14 assists for the Clippers. When he missed some time with an injury, Grafton didn't play as smoothly. Also an all-state selection.
Joe Skaja | Senior | Grafton | Skaja produced a dozen goals and the same number of assists for the Clippers. He's also second-team all-state.
Adam Soderholm | Senior | Kecoughtan | One of the Peninsula District's solid midfielders, he earned a spot on the all-region second team.
Matt Stephens | Senior | Menchville | His efforts helped Menchville record eight shutouts in nine Peninsula District games and give up only 10 goals.
Mike Wood | Senior | Jamestown | An all-district and all-region defender named second-team all-state. Teamed with Scott Cutler to form a solid defensive wall for the Eagles.
Second team Sean Christein, sophomore, Tabb; Jeremy Meredith, senior, Tabb; Scott Coleman, senior, York; Patrick O'Brien, sophomore, Jamestown; Connor Ayers, junior, Poquoson; Tyler Etienne, junior, Warwick; Kenny Steelman, senior, Bethel; Will Hess, senior, Kecoughtan; Hunter Smith, senior, Walsingham Academy; Ryan Baker, junior, Menchville; Scott Holthaus, junior, Gloucester; Jason Haas, junior, Menchville; Anthony Hopkins, junior, Woodside.
— Lynn Burke
Player of the Year | Gavin Vest | Senior | Grafton First team Second teamCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times