Nativity, Pottsville standouts earn honor
Hilltoppers’ Cristian Vazquez, Tide’s Collin Ebling receive all-state accolades
Seniors Cristian Vazquez of Nativity and Collin Ebling of Potts- ville were named to the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association All-State Team as part of the Schuylkill League All-Star Teams as selected by league coaches.
The honors cap off stellar seasons for both.
Vazquez, with 38 goals, was the leading scorer in the league this season, helping the Hilltoppers to the Division II wild card and a berth in the league semifinals.
Ebling tallied 19 goals in helping to lead the Crimson Tide to its first league championship since 1997.
League champion Pottsville, along with runner-up Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Pine Grove and Tamaqua all had two first-team selections on the league all-star squad, while North Schuylkill had one.
Leading the way on the second team was Pine Grove with four selections.
In Division II, champion Williams Valley led the way with seven first-team selections, while Schuylkill Haven and Lourdes had two each and division runner-up Nativity had one.
Schuylkill Haven led the way with four second-team selections, while Minersville had three and Tri-Valley, Weatherly and Lourdes had two each.
Selected as league Coaches of the Year were Seth Shuey, who guided Williams Valley to the Division II title, in Class A, Mike Dudak, who led Jim Thorpe to the league championship game, in Class AA and Dave Newton, who mentored Pottsville to the league championship, in Class AAA.