By Matt Welch
Times West Virginian
Four boys’ soccer players from Marion County were named to the Big 10 first team all-conference team, while two were named to the second team.
Ian Hayhurst and Colin Harvath led the way for East Fairmont, which made a run at the state title.
Hayhurst, a defender by trade, scored eight goals and added three assists on the season.
“Ian was our rock on defense,” coach Fred Roman said. “In my mind he was one of the best defenders in the state, AAA or AA. He brings a dimension of toughness and ball skills that most other defenders don’t.”
Roman added that Hayhurst was solid all around and he could go in anywhere that he needed to.
Another player of the same type for Roman and the Bees was Harvath.
“Colin has been a constant for us,” said Roman. “He does everything.”
Harvath finished the season with 24 goals and 30 assists from his midfielder position.
“He’s our playmaker. He’s followed in the footsteps of some great midfielders here at East. He always rises to the occasion,” Roman said of the junior.
For Fairmont Senior, Jared Bartrung was selected to the first team.
Bartrung, who finished with nine goals to lead the Polar Bears, was well deserving of the award, said coach Jim DeNardi.
“He was our biggest senior leader all season,” said DeNardi. “He played pretty close to every minute of every game. He played three years on varsity with us and he really helped the team to be where they’re at.”
DeNardi added that Bartrung started the season as a sweeper on defense and eventually moved to midfield to help the Polar Bears in their troubles with scoring goals.
North Marion’s first team selection was Dylan Leary.
“He was our team’s leader and speaking captain all season,” coach Matt Gilpin said. “He had 36 percent of our goals and really controlled the middle of the field for us. He helped coach the players during the game and in practice. He was great all around for us.”
Two other players were selected as second teamers, one from East Fairmont and one from Fairmont Senior.
East’s second-team selection was James Bolander.
“James was the hardest working player on our team,” Roman said. “What he does can’t be measured in goals or assists. He gave us a dimension with either his left or right foot and made it hard for teams to cover.”
Fairmont Senior’s Ryan Rosier was also selected to the second team.
DeNardi said that even though Rosier spent most of the season battling a knee injury that other teams took notice when he stepped onto the field.
“He only had three goals all season, but he was a dangerous player for us,” DeNardi said. “He scored the goal against East and really came up big for us. Other players knew what type of player he was.”
Rounding out the first-team selections were: Marty Elliott (Big 10 player of the year, BU), Dylan Hall (BU), Chris Orwig (BU), Jake Smith (Preston), Nick Royce (Preston), Joey Reese (Bridgeport), Chaz Rodeheaver (RCB), Mason Schoonover (Elkins), Dalton Bobes (Elkins) and Jordan Hall (Liberty).
Second-team selections were: Trey Short (BU), Josh Tenney (BU), Terrance Fanning (Preston), Taylor Jennings (Preston), Fernando Porras (Bridgeport), Griffen Moon (Bridgeport), Kevin Steel (RCB), Caleb Wagner (Grafton), Matthew Marrero (Grafton), Ian Duckworth (Grafton), Luke White (Lewis) and Nick Triplett (PB).
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