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.
Faller said he was “speechless” when varsity coach Marc Dyrness told him he had won the award.
“I kind of thought I was going to be in the running for it,” Faller said. “But I had my doubts with Bath winning the WBL. I thought one of their players was going to get it. ... I was really happy.”
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.
“He’s going to play four more years and maybe longer,” Wapak coach Marc Dyrness said. “He’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.”
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.