Coder is named Tri-Vallley League’s co-MVP in boys soccer

Usually defensive players are vying for their own set of awards.

You have “defensive player of the year,” and “defensive rookie of the year” and things like that.

East Juniata’s Bailey Coder bucked that trend when he was named Tri-Valley League Co-MVP in boys soccer.

Coder was a key part of the East Juniata defense and was critical in keeping the ball in the offensive end to ignite the Tigers offense.

“It is very difficult for a defender to get the MVP of the league,” East Juniata coach Don Troutman said. “A defender’s name is usually not in the stats.”

Coder’s play allowed Troutman and the coaching staff to play three younger players with him.

“He was like our captain on the field,” Troutman said. “He has great knowledge and understanding of the system. Bailey kind of directed that play.”

Troutman also credited Coder with the honor he and co-coach Scot Goodling earned, Tri-Valley League Coach(es) of the Year.

“It’s an honor,” Troutman said. “I think it was particularly gratifying this year. I don’t think anyone expected us to repeat (in the Tri-Valley League). Bailey was a huge part of that.”

Along with Coder, the Togers had two other first-team selections: Jake Sankey and Zane Lauver.

Sankey was tied for the goal lead in the TVL and was second in assists.

“As a sophomore, Jake scored a lot of big goals in a lot of big games,” Troutman said. “It’s not typical for a sophomore. Jake was one of our go-to guys this year.”

Lauver was honored by the league after changing positions from defender to midfield.

“He did a great job to make sure we controlled the midfield,” Troutman said. “He did a great job of creating a lot of chances for us.”

Trevor Goodling was a second-team all conference selection for the Tigers. He was the only freshman to be honored by the league.

“He didn’t play like a freshman,” Troutman said. ‘Trevor had a great year,”

Nick Stahr was also honored as a second-team pick.

The Juniata Indians had two players honored as first-team selections.

Sophomore Brand Brackbill and senior Jose Lopez were both given the honor.

Brackbill was one of the Indians’ best offensive players, and was recognized for that ability.

“He’s a younger player who works extremely hard,” Juniata coach Clint Brackbill said. “He has good potential and this year he started developing.”

Lopez was a key player for Juniata and could have helped them on offense or defense.

“Jose’s a very talented player,” Brackbill said. “He’s a very good defender.”

Brackbill said that Lopez could have helped the Indians on offense as well, but he was needed more on defense.

Juniata also had four second-team selections.

Seniors Wyatt Brackbill and Chantz Imes earned that honor while juniors Brennan Paden and Taylor Foster were second-teamers.

Wyatt Brackbill was the leading goal scorer for Juniata and was recognized for his offensive skill.

“He was a tremendous part of our offense,” Clint Brackbill said. “He scored a couple of important goals for us. He helped us get on top a couple of games.”

As far as Imes, he served as a midfielder throughout the season and solidified that area.

“He was a mainstay for us,” Brackbill said. “He held things together for us.

“All these guys worked extremely hard and are extremely coachable.”

Greenwood had five players earn all-league awards. Junior Hunter Miller and senior Tyler Fegley were first-team selections.

“Tyler ended up being our leading scorer,” Greenwood coach Tom Magill said. “I thought he might have been the best player in the league the first half.”

While Fegley was Greenwood’s best bet the first half, Miller supplied the punch in the second half.

“I actually started him in the back,” Magill said. “He was probably our best option the second half. He has a tireless, relentless kind of work ethic. As he got more familar with the position, he got more dangerous in the second half.”

Seth Ferguson was honored as a second-teamer as a sophomore.

“That’s a pretty significant honor as a sophomore,” Magill said. “He’ll be a handful the next few years.”

Hunter Wirth and Garrett Byers also were honored as second-teamers for the Wildcats.

Heartland Conference

Midd-West had six players, including five first-team selections hononred by the Heartland Athletic Conference.

Ty Ross, Tyler Arbogast, Sebastian Callender, Devaugh Johns and Trevor Stuck were all first-team picks while Andrew Sassman was a second-teamer.

“All the guys really deserved the honor,” Midd-West coach Chris Sauer said.

Ross and Arbogast were the two biggest cogs in the Mustangs’ offensive wheel.

“Ty was an extremely hard working forward,” Sauer said. “We would have been in trouble without Ty.”

Arbogast led the team in assists and was honored for that vision.

“Tyler was one of the ones that helped our mid-field,” Sauer said. “He has good vision and plays bigger than his size. He was very dangerous around the box.”

Allegheny Christian Athletic Conference

Juniata Mennonite School had two players honored as all-conference selections in the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association.

Tony Gehman (offense) and Frank Allen (defense) were both honored.

Gehman had 22 goals and five assists on the season.

“Tony is kind of our target forward,” Juniata Mennonite Coach Kurt Wagner said. “He gets a lot of double teams and attention from defenses.

“Tony also is very motivated,” Wagner said. “He is also a source of motivation for the rest of the team.”

Allen was honored in part to his terrific work ethic.

“Frank is very mythodical and very steady,” Wagner said. “Frank plays very hard every time we play. The pursuit of the other team is what we relied on.

“When I nominated Frank for all-stars, I said if I could hire one guy on the team, it would be Frank,” Wagner said. “I know he would show up on time and work the whole time.”