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Arellano, CV teammates earn honors
WAC coaches reward Hawks
Central Valleys Angel Arellano (pictured), Victor Torres, Gerardo Flores and Isaac Juarez earned all-conference recognition. Arellano was the Hawks most versatile player. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Four members of Central Valley's varsity boys soccer team earned Western Athletic Conference honors.

Angel Arellano, Victor Torres, Gerardo Flores and Isaac Juarez were recognized during the WAC year-end coaches' meeting on Feb. 15 at Pizza Plus in Hilmar.

Arellano, Torres, Flores and Juarez helped lead the Hawks to a third-place finish in the conference standings (5-3-2).

"You can't vote for your own players," Central Valley leader Omar Leon said. "The other coaches vote. A lot of the coaches focus on who scores. I would have loved to see other key (Hawk) players get recognition, like Jonathan Garcia and Cesar Grajeda."

Angel, Victor and Gerardo were selected to the WAC First Team.

Arellano, a senior utility player, contributed at defender, midfielder and forward.

He collected two goals.

"Angel's the best example of what a student-athlete should be," Leon said. "He's above everyone else when it comes to academics. He's on his way to being a salutatorian or valedictorian. We needed him to play different positions and he accepted the challenge. He knew the sacrifice was critical to the team."

Arellano has a cumulative GPA of 4.5.

He's passed five out of six AP tests.

"He'll be accepted to any university he applies to," Leon said. "He has the capacity to accomplish anything he sets his mind to."

Torres, a junior center midfielder, chipped in with two assists. "Even though he has a lot of experience, he's a very coachable kid," Leon said. "He brings leadership to the team. He's dedicated. In my opinion he's one of the top midfielder in the entire league."

Flores, a junior forward, tallied five goals and six assists. "He had a desire to score," Leon said. "He was competitive."

Isaac was selected to the WAC Second Team. Juarez, a sophomore forward, had two goals and one assist.

"He's a very skilled player," Leon said. "He'll be even better next year."

Central Valley had its WAC-title hopes dashed after losing to Pacheco and Patterson during the final week of the regular seasons.