“The best player will not always be successful, but the person with the best attitude will be successful.”
These words, spoken by Brookings-Harbor High School boys soccer Head Coach Pancho Garcia, opened the awards banquet on Thursday night.
Both teams gathered together to honor the players who received their varsity letters and were named to the Far West League All Conference teams.
Each of the players were called to the front of the room as Garcia and Assistant Coach Peter Spratt talked about each athlete’s accomplishments during the season.
Varsity letters were awarded to 19 of the BHHS soccer squad, including seniors Jacob Ferrar, Nick Corpening, Tyler Snow, Chandler Gotfried, Thomas Spratt, Jose Hernandez, John Joyce and Pete Peterson.
Other letter recipients included Alan Anaya, Bryce Aldrich, Wyatt Aldrich, Alex Garibay, Derek Hodge, Nels Johnson, David Joyce, Luis Rodriguez, Tim Sullivan, Jacob Vaughn and Fernando Villa.
Honors on the evening were also extended to those BHHS boys soccer players who were named to the Far West League All Conference teams.
Johnson, John Joyce and Peterson were named as honorable mentions, while Rodriguez was named to the second team.
Snow, Anaya, Corpening, Gotfried and Spratt were all named to the First Team All League.
Gotfried was also honored as the Far West League Goalie of the Year for his efforts in the Bruins’ net this season.
“He’s one of the best goalies in the state,” assistant coach Spratt said. “He worked really hard.”
One other Bruin received top honors from the Far West League this year.
Bruin captain Thomas Spratt was named the Most Valuable Player of the Far West League for the 2011 season.
“He had great leadership on the field,” Garcia said. “We’re very proud, and we’re grateful that Thomas got most valuable player.”
Garcia was named the Far West League Coach of the Year for his efforts in leading the Bruins to a league title.
The team also handed out honors that were voted on by members of the team including Carlos Lira as the Most Improved Player for the JV squad.
Johnson was named Most Improved Player for the varsity squad.
Gotfried was voted Most Inspirational by his teammates and Spratt received the team’s M.V.P. award.
The Bruins finished their regular season undefeated in league at 10-0-2 and lost the round-of-32 play-in game to Mazama to end their season with an overall record of 10-2-2.