PREP: Wapak's Faller named WBL's top player
Wapakoneta Redskins senior Andy Faller became the first boys soccer player from Wapakoneta to be named the Western Buckeye League Player of the Year when the All-WBL teams were announced on Wednesday.
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Faller said he was â€śspeechlessâ€ť when varsity coach Marc Dyrness told him he had won the award.
â€śI kind of thought I was going to be in the running for it,â€ť Faller said. â€śBut I had my doubts with Bath winning the WBL. I thought one of their players was going to get it. ... I was really happy.â€ť
A four-year letter winner and captain, Faller has been a mainstay on the Redskins squad, which finished its season with an 8-8-1 record.
â€śHeâ€™s going to play four more years and maybe longer,â€ť Wapak coach Marc Dyrness said. â€śHeâ€™s a great kid and great for the game. Him getting POY is huge. ... We get third place in the WBL and he gets it. I looked back and as far as I could find, generally your player of the year comes from the winning WBL team.â€ť
Fellow senior Colin Mankin was named second-team All-WBL despite missing half the season with a knee injury.
Senior captain Joey Jose earned third-team honors.
And freshman Will Hinegardner was an honorable mention selection.
On the girls team, seniors Mallory McDevitt and Ashley Knippen both earned second-team All-WBL honors.
Senior Sarah Lawrence was named to the third team.
And sophomore Sara Warner received honorable mention.
In volleyball, Wapak junior libero Amber Dickerson was a second-team all-league selection.
Senior hitter Krissy Stienbaugh was named to the third team.
And junior setter Nicole Brown earned honorable mention honors.