COACH OF THE YEAR
In his 19th year at Buncombe County’s largest high school, Wilcher guided the Rams (27-0-2) to their third state championship season in boys soccer and first title in any team sport at the NCHSAA 4-A level. Roberson outscored opponents, 127-12, and beat Raleigh Sanderson, 2-1, in the NCHSAA 4-A championship game Nov. 16 at N.C. State. Rams senior Austin Stamey was named the MAC offensive player of the year, while Jonah Hodes took the league’s top defensive honor. They were joined on the All-MAC team by Ben Chapal, Conner Cowan, Alex Lewis, Anthony O’Brien, Kevin Rhash and Tyler Tison. Chapal, Hodes and Stamey were also N.C. Soccer Coaches Association all-state selections. Wilcher’s career record with the Rams is 421-63-22.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Stamey was the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association player of the year for all private and public school classes as well as the Mountain Athletic Conference offensive player of the year after scoring 34 goals and dishing out nine assists for the NCHSAA 4-A champion Rams (27-0-2). He was one of only two players in the state to earn a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America team. Stamey was the most valuable player of the 4-A state championship game Nov. 17 after providing the assist for the Roberson’s first goal in a 2-1 win over Raleigh Sanderson at N.C. State. He was selected to the Choice Hotels boys high school soccer All-American game on Dec. 14 in Camden, N.J., and also received all-region and all-state recognition from the NCSCA. Stamey has signed with Appalachian State.
Chapal earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference honors after scoring 20 goals and dishing out four assists. He scored in five of six NCHSAA 4-A playoff games for Roberson, including both goals in a 2-0 win over Charlotte Providence in the fourth round. At the time, Providence (24-0-0) was unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 4-A poll. Chapal also earned a spot on the NCSCA all-state and all-region teams.
Couch received All-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference honors after scoring an area-best 50 goals to go along with 10 assists. He also received all-region and all-state honors from the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association. Couch finished with a number of school records for the Jackson County program, including career goals (140) and games played (100).
Gutierrez earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference recognition after scoring 25 goals and dishing out 13 assists. Gutierrez was selected to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association all-state team for the second consecutive year and was also an all-region selection.
Brouwer received All-Western Highlands Conference honors after scoring 26 goals and dishing out a team-high 20 assists. He was part of the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association’s all-region team for the fourth consecutive year.
Kearns received All-Mountain Athletic Conference honors after scoring five goals to go along with nine assists. He was selected to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association all-state and all-region teams. Kearns was also named the Rockets’ most valuable player.
Woody was the North Carolinians for Home Education Athletic Commission’s Western Region player of the year after scoring 16 goals and dishing out eight assists. He was also a NCHE all-state selection. Woody has signed to play in college for Central Arkansas.
Ford was the Western Highlands Conference player of the year after scoring eight goals to go along with 15 assists. He is the first player in Warhorses history to receive all-state recognition from the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association and was also a NCSCA all-region selection.
Asheville Christian Academy
Gompers was the Carolinas Athletic Association player of the year after contributing to the Lions’ second CAA title in 23 years. ACA only allowed 1.15 goals a game and had notable shutouts of Asheville High and Christ School. Gompers also scored seven goals and dished out three assists.
Hodes was the Mountain Athletic Conference defensive player of the year after finishing with 10 goals and six assists. He contributed to 16 shutouts for the NCHSAA 4-A champions and also received all-region and all-state honors from the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association.
Rhash earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference honors after posting 16 shutouts for the NCHSAA 4-A champion Rams. Rhash made 138 saves and only allowed 11 goals.
John Diavatis, Reynolds freshman forward
Jesse Foreman, Owen sophomore forward
Diego Juarez, East Henderson senior forward
Gregory Koussa, Asheville senior forward
Brad Smith, Enka senior forward/midfielder/defender
Hazel Coogler, Asheville senior midfielder
Schuyler Krug, Christ School senior midfielder
Alex Lewis, Roberson junior midfielder
Cam Wood, Roberson senior midfielder/defender
Conner Cowan, Roberson junior defender
Eric Lenhart, Reynolds junior goaltender
Alec Wallenius-Caldwell, Jack Burke and Triston Clark.Asheville:
Michael Johnson and Kelby Hilgeman.Asheville Christian Academy:
Michael Holowesko and Chase Jeffries.Asheville School:
Daniel Hickman, Zach Mills, Cristian Mireles, Craig Ezechel and Jordan Ferrin.Blue Ridge:
Miles Murphy, David Jaben and Mac Gourlay.Carolina Day:
Joe Boyd and Camrin Opp.Christ School:
Bryan Juarez, Fernando Gonzalez and Mario Robles.East Henderson:
Elijah Plemmons, Austin Howard, Michael Burke and Jackson Riddle.Enka:
Tyler Self, Billy Huerta, Young Perry and Chris Abel.Hendersonville:
Ryan Vinson, Tyler Vinson and Kenan Lewis.Highlands:
Diego Jaurez, Bryan Juarez and Mario Robles.East Henderson:
Thai Welborn, Tyler Brownlee and Foster Stroup.Murphy:
Kevin Church, Josh Pruett and Sam Childers.North Buncombe:
Alex Lopez, Jaime Calvillo, Angel Rico and Chilo Castillo.North Henderson:
Austin Wolfe and Dustin Weicker.Polk County:
Alex Cabe, Will Mims, Angel Bouchot, Fabian Fairclough, Teagen Stalte, Urijah Morrison and Patrick Johnston.Reynolds:
Anthony O’Brien, Tyler Tison, Grant Hiriak and Christian Gutierrez.Roberson:
Zack Bryson, Lukas Savage, Gabby Fuentes, Lance Buskey, Jonah Caplinger and Aaron Dishman.Smoky Mountain:
Matthew Mordhorst, Tyler Ellis, Nelson Pinto, Russell Bigmeat and Jonathan Duncan.Swain County:
Tyson Hichman, Morgan Martin, Luke Earwood and Amir Al-Abed.West Henderson:
ABOUT THE ALL-WNC TEAMS
The Citizen-Times All-WNC teams are compiled by staff writer Andrew Pearson after nominations are requested from area coaches. Athletes who are not nominated are not eligible for the teams.