Boys soccer primer: Senior-laden Boise the 5A front-runner; parity rules 4A

September 6, 2013 


2012 state champion: Post Falls

2012 District Three champion: Boise

Area teams to watch

• Boise finished second at state last year and returns nine starters, all seniors (16 of the 22 players are seniors).

• Capital is hungry to advance to state for the first time in more than a decade, and gets a boost from six returning starters and a strong group of newcomers.

• Centennial’s individual speed, ball skill and seven returning starters should help the Patriots improve upon last year’s state consolation title.

• Eagle has put its focus on team unity, aided by nine returning starters and 13 seniors.

Players to watch

• Boise senior goalkeeper Grant Billings, senior midfielder Garrett Hardesty, senior forward Mursal Dahiri and senior forward Carter Perry

• Borah junior forward Josh Szuch, junior goalkeeper Nathan Snyder and senior midfielder/forward Klaw Reh

• Capital junior midfielder Brett Becia (4 assists, 3 goals), senior center midfielder Irven Perez and junior forward Almir Hasanovic

• Centennial senior center forward Htay Koko, junior defender Liam Looney and sophomore forward Bekir Cinac

• Eagle senior midfielder Tyler Smith (8 assists, 3 goals) and sophomore midfielder Blake Bodily

• Meridian senior midfielder Dylan Haas, junior midfielder Zabriel Covarrubias and sophomore midfielder Ahemt Huremovic

• Mountain View senior defender Darion Green and senior midfielder Tias Rosenkrance

• Rocky Mountain senior attacking midfielder Tyson Fox (22 goals, 21 assists) and senior goalkeeper Zach Martyn

• Timberline junior midfielder Marcus Marosvari, sophomore defender Eric Bambic and sophomore defender Abel Lima

• Vallivue junior left center defender Bryce Schroeder, senior striker Ramiro Gonzalez and senior right center defender Ricardo Esquivel

Top games to watch this season

• Boise at Centennial, 6 p.m., Sept. 16; Capital at Timberline, 6 p.m., Sept. 30; Centennial at Eagle, 5:30 p.m., Oct. 7.


2012 state champion: Sandpoint

2012 District Three champion: Skyview

Area teams to watch

• Bishop Kelly finished second in the league last year and returns six starters who will make new coach Ryan Kerns’ transition easier.

• Caldwell has some of the top talent in the league, including eight starters back, for a team that missed out on a state berth by one game.

• Emmett only graduated a few players from last year’s team and is off to a 2-1 start.

• Mountain Home has 10 players back who are beginning their third season together as starters, making team unity a strength.

• Skyview, last year’s district champion and state runner-up, should be in the mix with five starters back.

Players to watch

• Bishop Kelly senior forward Tommy Hentges, senior midfielder Jeff Letsinger and junior midfielder Joseph Sammartino

• Caldwell senior forward Omar Gonzalez, senior defender Johnny Rodriguez, senior defender Oscar Villa and senior defender Miguel Nunez

• Columbia senior forward Martin Ruiz and senior forward Connor Speiser

• Emmett senior midfielder Kevin Solis, senior forward Brandon Oram and senior center defender Jayden Kirk

• Kuna junior midfielder Lane Thorne and junior defender Andy Eckenrod

• Middleton senior midfielder Jake Legg, junior forward Briston Lowell and freshman midfielder/goalkeeper David Kofoed

• Mountain Home senior goalkeeper Jack Richelieu, senior midfielder Juan Sanchez and senior left midfielder Keko Sanchez

• Nampa senior defender Eric Franco, senior goalkeeper Alex Bustlo, senior midfielder Edder Rodriguez and senior forward Omar Guerrero

• Skyview junior midfielder Edwin Perez, sophomore midfielder Cesar Sosa and senior midfielder Anthony Ojeda

Top games to watch this season

• Caldwell at Bishop Kelly, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 16; Mountain Home at Caldwell, 6 p.m., Sept. 19; Bishop Kelly at Skyview, 6 p.m., Oct. 9.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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