How we select All-Area teams
At the conclusion of each high school season, The News-Press staff sends area coaches a nomination form to select and rank players for our All-Area first teams and to nominate athletes for second team and honorable mention.
A combination of The News-Press’ research and the coaches’ player rankings lead to the teams being selected and three athletes are named finalists for player of the year. The three finalists are invited to The News-Press All-Area Stars Banquet to be held Tuesday, May 31 at Germain Arena in Estero where the players of the year will be announced.
Player of the Year finalists
Highlights: Rivera was named the FACA District 18 MVP and was first team All-State in Class 3A. He led the Tritons in scoring the last three seasons and set new school records in career goals (98), most goals in a season (43), most hat tricks (8) and most postseason goals scored (8). He’s being recruited by a number of colleges.
School: Cape Coral
Highlights: The 5-foot-6 Avendano orchestrated the Seahawks midfield, distributing 27 assists over the season and adding eight goals. The Seahawks won 36 games over the past two seasons with Avendano in the midfield, including a 22-3 mark this season, ending with a trip to the Region 3A-4 semifinals.
School: Fort Myers
Highlights: The four year letter-winner and senior captain saved his best season for last, logging a team-high 16 goals and three assists for the 14-win Green Wave. He finished with 34 goals and 12 assists over his career.
Cater Burchell, Ida Baker
Colton Hardee, Fort Myers
Makens Cypres, Cypress Lake
Miguel Vidal, Island Coast
Cleyver Avilla, LaBelle
Deandre Joseph, East Lee County
Jose Sigala, Cypress Lake
Joe Hernandez, South Fort Myers
Edwin Rodriguez, Riverdale
Enrique Jimenez, LaBelle
Chris Iturbe, Cape Coral
Elijah Parker, Canterbury
Bishop Verot: Nathan Powers, Kevin Reynolds
Canterbury: Max Waldau, Oliver Goss
Cape Coral: Austin Sweesy, Kyal Weber
Cypress Lake: Franklin Hernandez, Kevin Hernandez
Dunbar: Ramon Barahona, Christian Barahona
East Lee County: Isas Castandea, Juan Garcia
Estero: Rafeal Rodriguez, Conor Van Buren
Evangelical Christian School: Logan Mortenson, Daniel McIntyre
Fort Myers: Caleb Fortner-Rodriguez, Justin Bailey
Gateway Charter: Mike Vega, Cesar Davalos
Island Coast: Michael Zezula, Hank Owens
Ida Baker: David Montoya, Matt Downey
LaBelle: Juan Zamora, Erick Pena
Mariner: Joey Lane, Steven Langdale
North Fort Myers: Sajun Arrastia, Chase Brittian
SFCA: Luke Wallace, Jacob Soud
South Fort Myers: Alex Mar, Jovanni Ramirez
Coach of the Year
School: East Lee County
Highlights: Garcia led a hallmark season for East Lee County, which scored its first double-digit win season in over a decade with a record of 14-3-2, finishing in third place in District 4A-12, just behind Class 4A state championship runner-up Gulf Coast. The Jaguars hadn’t won more than four games in the last decade and won just eight games over the past six seasons.