Soccer teams host banquets
Monday, 04 June 2012 by Chuck Kelly
Belton High School's always successful Boys and Girls soccer teams recently held their end-of-season Awards Banquets and many of the talented athletes received accolades for their performances.
Head Tiger coach Tarcisio "Cizo" Mosnia, former multi-time District, Super Centex and Region Coach of the year, praised his area championship finalist team for it records of 12-1-1 district and 19-5-1 regular season.
BISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon, school board president Randy Pittenger, trustee Penny Digby and BHS principal Kathy Cook listened as Mosnia told of the individual achievements as awards were presented. Mrs. Cook received an "award" of her own from the seniors, flowers for her support of the team.
Team captain and leading scorer, Luke Villamaria, who will attend the US Air Force Academy on scholarship, was named the 2012 All-District 12-5A Overall Most Valuable Player to lead the awards.
Honored for selection for the All-District 1st Team were: Cameron Cooper, Logan Hellinghausen, Angel Hernandez, Alvaro Martinez, Carlo Mosnia and Villamaria.
All-District 2nd Team members included: Cesar Cruz, Jorge Guzman, Jorge Marquez, Keegan Valentino and Timothy Williams.
Awarded Honorable Mention All-District were: Adam Barnes, Juan Cantareno and Josh Reynolds.
Thirteen players earned Academic All-District nods and five were named to the TASCO Academic All-State varsity roster (honorees had to be seniors with a 90 and above average for all four-years)
Villamaria was also chosen All-Area and All-Area MVP by the Killeen Daily Herald. Hellinghausen and Hernandez were All-Area 1st teamers and Cooper, Martinez and Mosnia were selected for the 2nd team.
Both Hellinghausen and Villamaria were also picked for the 2012 Waco Tribune Super Centex Team.
Finally, the Tiger Team Choice Awards:
Best Defender – Logan Hellinghausen
Best Midfielder – Angel Hernandez
Best Attacker – Luke Villamaria
Most Improved – Jorge Marquez
Tiger Award – Alvaro Martinez
Coaches Choice Award – Adam Barnes
Team MVP – Luke Villamaria
Villamaria and Hellinghausen played in the Senior Showcase in Georgetown Saturday. The game is for top senior soccer players in the state.
The Area finalist Belton Lady Tigers soccer team held its Awards Banquet at the Wildflower Country Club. The team posted a 21-3-2 record for the year.
"Overall, we had an exceptional season," said then-head coach Barry Elkins. "I think when you go back and look at the season as a whole....we beat four teams ranked in the Top 10, including besting The Woodlands twice in the past three years."
Leading the evening in awards accepted was Hadley Young, who was named Overall Most Valuable Player and Offensive MVP. Young, the team's leading scorer and school career record holder for goals in one season and points in one season, will play on scholarship next fall at Division One Baylor.
The Defensive MVP award was presented to sophomore Jacey Love.
Kathryn (Kat) Parker received the Hustle Award.
The Most Improved Player was sophomore Bailee Boren.
The Lady Tigers had 16 All-District selections but they were unavailable.
Eight seniors earned Academic All-State recognition: Gabby Gonzales, Allison Harrington, Emily Jarratt, Emily Krenek, Roxanne Reichl, Bekah Rush, Madison McMillan and Hadley Young.
Elkins, who coached 13 years in Belton, returned to his alma mater, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at season's end, to accept the head coach position there.
"The banquet was nice but difficult to get thru," he commented. "I have a lot of good memories at Belton....it's hard leaving."
When asked if he cried during the event, Elkins replied "Of course I did! It was very emotional....I've known many of these girls most of their lives."