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Saturday, June 18, 2011
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    Noel Pimentel
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PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Noel Pimentel

Pimentel manned the back of the Southeast Whitfield defense, but it was his versatility and ability to handle the ball offensively that made him a terror for opposing defenses. The aggressive 6-foot senior, who has signed with NAIA I member Lee University, finished the season with eight goals and 10 assists and helped the Raiders advance to the Georgia Class AAA state semifinals, where they fell 3-1 to top-ranked St. Pius X out of Atlanta. “Noel just had an awesome season for us,” Southeast coach Jamison Griffin said. “He’s a great kid that’s fun to be around, and I’m really excited about everything he’s been able to accomplish.”

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    Matt Cheaves
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COACH OF THE YEAR

Matt Cheaves

With only two starters returning from the season before, the 17th-year Dalton coach knew the 2011 season would include a lot of instructing, strategy shaping and motivating. Three months and 15 wins later, he has no idea what to do with himself. Cheaves directed the Catamounts to a 15-3-2 record, a second-place finish in Region 7-AAA and the Georgia state quarterfinals. They pulled out a penaltykick victory over potent rival Southeast Whitfield in the last game of the regular season. “I thought the guys did a great job

during the season of getting better,” Cheaves said. “As a coach, you want to see your team learn, come together and be successful, and that’s what happened.”

First Team

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    Miles Christian
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Miles Christian

BRADLEY CENTRAL

Junior forward

Christian was an All-District 5-AAA honoree and led the Bears with 28 goals.

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    Junior Cifuentes
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Junior Cifuentes

MCMINN COUNTY

Senior forward

Cifuentes totaled eight goals and four assists for the Region 3-AAA semifinalists.

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    J.T. Foreman
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J.T. Foreman

MCMINN COUNTY

Senior defender

Foreman was a four-year starter and a two-time District 5-AAA defensive most valuable player.

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    Sterling Hines
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Sterling Hines

CLEVELAND

Junior defender

Hines solidified the defense of the Blue Raiders and was named All-District 5-AAA.

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    Ramiro Huitanda
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Ramiro Huitanda

DALTON

Sophomore forward

Huitanda had 24 goals to lead the Catamounts, who advanced to the Georgia AAA state quarterfinals.

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    Ben Kimball
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Ben Kimball

CLEVELAND

Senior midfielder

Kimball had 14 goals and five assists and was named District 5-AAA midfielder of the year.

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    Zach Myers
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Zach Myers

MCMINN COUNTY

Senior midfielder

Myers, a Bryan College signee, was the District 5-AAA offensive most valuable player.

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    Zeke Nunez
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Zeke Nunez

SOUTHEAST WHITFIELD

Senior forward

Nunez, who will play for Oglethorpe University, had 17 goals for the state semifinalists.

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    Antonio Olvera
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Antonio Olvera

DALTON

Senior goalkeeper

Olvera averaged allowing a goal a game for the Catamounts, who reached the state quarterfinals.

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    Rene Real
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Rene Real

DALTON

Senior midfielder

Real, a Point University signee, led the Class AAA state quarterfinalists with 10 assists.

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    Alejandro Rosillo
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Alejandro Rosillo

SOUTHEAST WHITFIELD

Sophomore forward

Rosillo had 15 goals and 10 assists to help the Raiders reach the Georgia Class AAA state semifinals.

SECOND TEAM

MICKEY GUERRERO SE Whitfield Senior Defender

BRANDON HEATH Rhea County Senior Midfielder

ROSS HOUSTON Sweetwater Senior Forward

BRANDON JUSTICE Walker Valley Senior Forward

CHRISTIAN LOPEZ SE Whitfield Soph. Midfielder

BERNABE RANGEL SE Whitfield Senior Midfielder

CONAR ROBERTS McMinn County Junior Goalkeeper

ELIJAH THOMAS Cleveland Senior Defender

GIOVANNI VILLA NW Whitfield Senior Forward

BRENT WILLIAMS McMinn Central Senior Forward

MARTIN ZARAGOZA Bradley Central Junior Midfielder

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

1-- SOUTHEAST WHITFIELD (20-2)

The Raiders won the Georgia Region 7-AAA championship and advanced to the state final four.

2-- DALTON (15-3-2)

The Catamounts finished second in Georgia Region 7-AAA and advanced to the state final eight.

3-- MCMINN COUNTY (8-4-4)

The Cherokees won the Tennessee District 5-AAA regularseason title and reached the region semifinals.