Holly Springs midfielder Aaron Latigue was voted Southwest Wake Athletic Conference player of the year by league coaches, who also voted Middle Creek’s Eddie Wasdell coach of the year.
Latigue ended the year with eight goals and 13 assists for the Golden Hawks. He was a threat on throw-ins and free kicks, and he could play anywhere from striker to defensive midfielder.
Wasdell guided his team to the fourth round of the playoffs for the first time in school history, but he was voted coach of the year even before that, at the end of the regular season.
SWAC champ Green Hope (15-5-3, 9-2-3), which was unbeaten in 15 straight games before bowing out of the playoffs, landed defenders Josh Cornell and Griffin Brookshire on the first team while Matt Perlman and Erick Torres made second team.
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Second-place Apex (15-6-2, 9-4-1) had three players on the first team – leading scorer Jake Grieco, defender Nicholas Madrid and midfielder Alex Stewart. Will Tomlinson gave the Cougars four players on the full list by making the second team.
Holly Springs (12-7-3, 6-6-2) placed defender Addison Faw on the first team along with Latigue. Defender Eddie Zuniga made the second team.
Fuquay-Varina (11-10-1, 7-7), which tied for third with Holly Springs and took a wild-card spot into the postseason, had just goalkeeper Austin Mullins on the first team and defender Delfino Gonzales-Pena on the second team.
The only SWAC team to make it to the fourth round, Middle Creek (13-9-5, 6-7-1), landed senior Chris Gottberg (10 goals) on the first team along with Chris Wallace (11 goals, 11 assists). Junior Colin Frie made the second team.
Panther Creek (9-10, 6-8) landed players from its central midfield and defense to the team as Pridvhi Gadiraju made the first team and Sam Conrad and Daniel Kaspar made the second.
Cary (5-11-4, 4-7-3) had goalkeeper Johannes Dietrich on the first team while leading scorer Eruby Toledo de Jesus and versatile Quinn Dunphy made the second team.
Athens Drive (8-12-1, 4-10) landed goalkeeper Peyton Elder and defender Luc Spalding on the second team.
Dietrich, Gottberg and Conrad were the only three returning players from last year’s all-conference lists.