File photo by Eric Lusk
DANE Mickelsen, MUHS, 2nd team All-region
Brady Flummer (Mingus): Coach Duane Badger inherited a gem of a player when Flummer transferred from Mohave this year. Flummer started at keeper most games, making 105 saves and pitching eight shutouts.
On offense, Flummer netted five goals on 12 shots. An injury kept him out of some key contests late in the year, but he still garnered enough votes from 4A coaches to be named the first-team all-state goalkeeper.
Dane Mickelsen (Mingus): The senior played sweeper in most games but still was a threat to score even from the back lines. Mickelsen developed a banana kick that could reach the back of the net from as far away as 55-60 yards.
He finished with four goals and four assists and earned second-team all-region status. Mickelsen led the team in minutes played – 1,584 in all.
Josh Collingwood (Mingus): The Marauder senior earned all-region at linebacker during football season and brought that same intensity to his role as a stopper in soccer. Collingwood became one of the top defensive players in the GCR and was honored by coaches with a spot on the all-region second team.
Seth Scott (CVHS): The Cowboys dominated their new region this season, and this senior was a big reason why. Scott scored 16 goals and had nine assists as CVHS won all but one league game.
The scrappy player was used about anywhere on the field, from defense to striker. For his efforts, Scott was voted Metro Region Player of the Year. He also was first-team all-state and all-tournament.
Sam Miller (CVHS): Goal-keeping is in his blood, and the senior followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Ben, by earning all-state and all-region status. Sam had 63 saves and gave up just 12 goals in 23 games.
Matt Strickland (CVHS): A broken hand kept this senior out of the lineup for five games, but he played on in the state playoffs with a soft cast. Strickland, first-team all-region, was the heart and soul of the defense and also scored three times with five assists.
Seth McCabe (CVHS): The junior could be a region MVP candidate next season. He finished with 19 goals this past fall and dished out another 17 assists. McCabe earned second-team all-state and first-team all-region.
Mike Sanders (Sedona): The Scorpions graduated 11 seniors from its fall 2002 state championship lineup, but Sanders stepped up as one of the new leaders in ‘03.
A standout middle distance runner, Sanders seemed to be able to go all day on a soccer field. He was one of Red Rock’s top scorers (8 goals) and earned first-team all-state status.
Destan Dulaku (Sedona): The son of a stellar soccer player from Eastern Europe, Dulaku carved his own niche in Red Rock country. He used his skills to take control of the midfield and led the team in goals with 17. Dulaku was voted to the all-state second team.
Ryan Windham (Sedona): This defensive minded player started last year as a freshman – getting plenty of experience on Sedona’s state championship team. He was the true leader of the defense this season and earned honorable mention all-state status.
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AREA:
Ethan Johnson (Mingus): Scored 7 goals on offense and pitched 5 shutouts at goalie on defense… He earned second-team all-region.
Ray Rivera (Mingus): The speedy forward netted 7 shots this season, tying Johnson with the team lead.
Jerome Kellenbenz (Mingus): Another soccer player with a football mentality on defense, he earned honorable mention all-region.
Cody Rongo (Mingus): Midfielder played with no fear during his senior season, scoring three times and dishing out one assist.
Ross Ledbetter (Mingus): Don’t be fooled by his small stature. This freshman had speed, played without reserve and could score if given the chance (4 goals).
Chris Watkins (Sedona): One of the tallest Scorpions was sorely missed on offense during the state playoffs. He booted 10 goals in the regular season.
John Krajnak (Sedona): A steady contributor, he provided 7 goals and 11 assists.
Rene Bonomi (Sedona): Another scoring threat, Bonomi booted 9 goals last fall.
Ernesto Sierras (CVHS): Kick-boxing standout can do a lot with a soccer ball as well… A second-team all-region pick on defense.
Zach Davis (CVHS): Home-school student provided steady defense for the Cowboys, earned honorable mention all-region.
Trevor Hammond (CVHS): Yet another all-region anchor on a defense that gave up just 18 goals in 23 contests.
Kim Reddell (CVHS): Starting defender earned honorable mention all-region as a sophomore.
Kim Van Hook (CVHS): Another solid offensive option for the Cowboys… Earned honorable mention all-region.
Aja Viafora (Sedona): A steady contributor, earned second-team all-region in the West.
Sarah Roberts (Sedona): Freshman forward was a scoring threat right away and should be for years to come.
Gaby Buch (Sedona): Three-sport star was one of the team’s best all-around athletes.
Emma Canning (Mingus): Vocal team leader could have been an all-region goal-keeper if not for a string of injuries.
Anna Hammerle (Mingus): One of the Marauders’ most athletic players helped anchor the midfield.
Jamie Rodriguez (Mingus): The only freshman to spend all season on the varsity roster… started toward season’s end.
Pam Smith (Mingus): This tough defender was sorely missed after breaking her foot against Flagstaff.
Sharon Langford (Mingus): One of the quickest Marauders had a good shot but also had injury problems late in the season
Jamie Dingemans (Mingus): Strong and quick, she played several positions throughout the winter campaign.