Tribune Boys Soccer 2017 All-Area Team
Player of the year: Gabriel Castillo, Nogales, Sr.
One of the biggest surprises of the boys soccer season was the play of Nogales striker Gabriel Castillo, who wound up leading the CIF Southern Section in goals scored with 42, scoring three or more goals in a game seven times, including gabriel three games with four goals.
And all his tallies helped Nogales win the Montview League and advance to the CIF Southern Section Division VI quarterfinals before losing to La Canada in penalty kicks. Nogales finished 17-4-4, and for his efforts, Castillo has been named the Tribune boys soccer player of the year.
Joining Castillo on the boys soccer first team is his Nogales teammate, midfielder Jonathan Ortiz (senior).
El Monte won the tough Mission Valley League and landed three players of the first team, including midfielder Ernesto Angulo (senior), defender Mauricio Rodriguez (senior) and goalkeeper Andrew Espinoza (senior). Rodriguez was named Mission Valley League player of the year.
Baldwin Park won the Valle Vista league championship, leading to two first team selections in defender Bryan Zuniga (senior) and midfielder Jason Cabrera (senior), who was named Valle Vista player of the year.
The Hacienda League had two selections, including Walnut forward Alessandro Nova (senior) and Los Altos defender Joseph Fuentes (senior), who was named Hacienda defensive player of the year.
Glendora landed two players, including forward Bryan Rodriguez (senior), named Palomares League offensive MVP and forward Jonah Peck (senior).
La Puente forward Johnny Herrera (sophomore), named Miramonte offensive MVP, also made the first team along with Mountain View midfielder Miguel Hernandez (senior) and Arroyo defender Isai Cuevas (senior).
Coach of the year: JJ Iles, Glendora
First year Tartans coach JJ Iles took over a struggling boys soccer program that won just three games in the previous season.
That changed with the arrival of Iles, who led the Tartans to a 13-6-2 record and the Palomares League title, which was a major surprise.
The Tartans also advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs, losing in the second round.
For his efforts, Iles has been named the Tribune boys soccer coach of the year.
Forward: Bryan Rodriguez, Glendora, Jr.
Forward: Alessandro Nova, Walnut, Sr.
Forward: Jonah Peck, Glendora, Sr.
Forward: Johnny Herrera, La Puente, So.
Midfield: Miguel Hernandez, Mountain View, Sr.
Midfield: Jonathan Ortiz, Nogales, Sr.
Midfield: Jason Cabrera, Baldwin Park, Sr.
Midfield: Ernesto Angulo, El Monte, Sr.
Defender: Mauricio Rodriguez, El Monte, Sr.
Defender: Joseph Fuentes, Los Altos, Sr.
Defender: Isai Cuevas, Arroyo, Sr.
Defender: Bryan Zuniga, Baldwin Park, Sr.
Goalkeeper: Andrew Espinoza, El Monte, Sr.
Forward: Havier Zaragoza, Bishop Amat, Jr.
Forward: Ryan Hernandez, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Forward: Sebastian Caro, South Hills, Sr.
Midfield: Andre Garcia, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Midfield: Matt Aguilar, Gladstone, Sr.
Midfield: Corey Valdivia, Damien, Sr.
Midfield: William Montelongo, Sierra Vista, Jr.
Midfield: Sean McNichols, Damien, Sr.
Midfield: Danny Aljamal, Bonita, Sr.
Defender: Willy Camacho, South Hills, Sr.
Defender: Peter Larcheveque, Diamond Bar, Jr.
Defender: Spencer Hines, Los Altos, Sr.
Goalkeeper: Luis Morales, Baldwin Park, Sr.
Final Top Ten Rankings
1. Nogales (17-4-4)
2. El Monte (16-6-2)
3. Glendora (13-6-2)
4. Baldwin Park (17-4-3)
5. Sierra Vista (12-7-4)
6. La Puente (12-3-5)
7. Arroyo (14-8-2)
8. Damien (10-9-1)
9. Los Altos (13-7-3)
10. Wilson (12-5-3)
Baseline: Chino Hills
Del Rey: Cathedral
Mission Valley: El Monte
Valle Vista: Baldwin Park