Ramirez’s value to Centennial clear in Northwest player of year voting

Isaac Ramirez’s best work probably went unnoticed by casual fans. But the Northwest League boys soccer coaches were paying attention.

Ramirez, a senior midfielder who led Centennial with 13 assists, was voted the league’s Player of the Year by the coaches.

“He was a really solid contributor and added a defensive presence,” Centennial coach Tommy Porrello said. “It was great that he got the recognition from the other coaches.”

Ramirez scored only two regular-season goals, but played other roles in the Bulldogs’ success. After playing outside as a forward last season, he was moved into the middle of the field and helped Centennial finish 15-0-1 in league play.

Clark’s Salvador Bernal was voted Southwest Player of the Year. Las Vegas’ Joaquin Rivas earned the honor in the Northeast and Green Valley’s Tim Shue in the Southeast.

Porrello was named the Northwest Coach of the Year. Bishop Gorman’s Doug Borgel earned the honor in the Southwest, Valley’s Terry Pryer in the Northeast and Tech’s Josh Jones in the Southeast.

• 3A SOCCER — Virgin Valley midfielder Joel Medina and utility player Pedro Carminatti were named to the Class 3A boys soccer all-state first team. The Meadows forward Toby Warburton and Boulder City defender Jon Lyon also made the first team.

In girls soccer, Boulder City defender Jen King was a first-team pick.

• 2A FOOTBALL — The Meadows had no shortage of stars on the way to a second straight Class 2A state football title. It showed on the all-state team, with the Mustangs taking three of the top five awards.

Sophomore quarterback Garrett Gosse was voted Offensive Player of the Year, senior offensive guard/nose guard Andrew Duddlesten the Lineman of the Year and Frank DeSantis the Coach of the Year.

• BAKER RESIGNS — Centennial announced the resignation of football coach George Baker on Monday. Baker was 13-17 in three years, 3-7 this season.

Centennial athletic director Teri Valvo said a search for Baker’s replacement has begun.

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