Clement leads All-Region honorees

Published 5:49 pm Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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The naming of Bainbridge High School senior soccer player Hal Clement to the first team and his selection as Region 1AAAA South Sub-Region player of the year hightlighted the coaches’ All-Region 1AAAA soccer team released last week.

Clement, who had 26 goals and 10 assists this season, was also the leading goal-scorer in school history with 61.

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Named to the All-Region 1AAAA first team along with Clement were Bearcats Alex Benjarano, Asuncion Barrios and Delonte Martistee and Lady Cat Charlton Reynolds.

Benjarano, who plays forward, had 16 goals and seven assists. Barrios, who is a defender, was described by Bearcats Coach Jamie Ard as a speedy player who can shut down speedy attacking players from opposing teams.

Martistee, a first-year goal keeper, posted six shutouts and made what coach Ard termed spectacular saves.

Charlton Reynolds, the Lady Cats’ most valuable offensive player, had a team-high eight goals along with four assists.

The Bearcats’ Bryan Ordonez and Lady Cat Candace Perkins were named second-team All-Region.

Ordonez, who played midfield, scored six goals and had five assists.

Perkins scored two goals and shared the honor of her team’s most valuable defensive player. She was described by Lady Cats Coach Chip Ariail as being tough when it was needed and always hustling, looking to gain advantage in the attack.

Lady Cats’ co-defensive player of the year Tiffany Pearson, who scored three goals, earned honorable mention All-Region recognition.

Coach Ariail praised Pearson for never backing down from a challenge.

“Tiffany Pearson stood her ground and let the opposition know it was not going to be a cakewalk with her near the ball,” he said.

Midfielder award winner and honorable mention All-Region selection Savannah Cook was second on the team in goals scored, with four. She also led the team in assists, with five.

Coach Ariail praised Cook for her ability to distribute the ball on the attack while helping maintain possession and being a defensive presence.

“Many times this year, Savannah Cook had to play both inside and outside midfield as well as every other defensive position except goal keeper,” Coach Ariail said.

Also earning All-Region honorable mention recognition was captain Robbi Howard, a two-year varsity player who had three goals and three assists.

“Robbi’s athleticism, toughness and experience helped solidify the Lady Cat midfield.”