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After conference-championship seasons, the Fike and North Johnston boys soccer teams sent six players each to North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association all-region teams.
In an award voted on by NCSCA members only, the Demons’ Kevin Mendoza was voted Region Player of the Year after a stellar senior campaign that helped lead Fike to its second 3-A Big East Conference championship in a row, and the program’s deepest postseason run since 2011.
He was joined by senior defender Mason Lee, sophomore midfielder Taylor Sullivan, junior forward Gavin Wheeler, sophomore defender Oc Bolt and junior midfielder John T. Conoley on the Region 3 team.
“It was well-deserved to have that many guys pulled into an all-region team,” head coach Chris Mizelle said. “When you look at the schools that make up our region, we are certainly deserving from that set of schools to be well-represented and they got quite a bit of high votes in terms of their total finish.”
Six players tied for the most by any school with Greenville Rose in the region. Franklinton sent five players, while Greenville D.H. Conley and Rocky Mount added three each.
To pile onto the recognition for Fike, Mizelle was honored as Region Coach of the Year, while assistant Chad Halverson was voted Region Assistant of the Year.
“We work well together and we got good results out of it,” Mizelle said. “When you’ve got good players and the coaches don’t screw it up, you tend to do all right.”
In the 2-A Region 3, North Johnston’s Cavin Davis, Ty Narron, Scott Sellers, Dylan Pitts, Andrew Stancil and Graham Walston were recognized after a 10-0 run in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference and a 12-game win streak that led the program into the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A playoffs.
“It was nice. Last year, I think we had four, but I would have liked to have had more,” Panther head coach Winston Pennington said. “It was nice to have that many on the all-region team. The kids worked hard, definitely dominated in-conference and it was well-deserved.”
The 12 players honored represented the only boys soccer players in the Wilson Times readership area to make the all-region teams.