Area soccer players named to All Star teams

Many boys’ soccer players from the area were named to All Star teams this week, and one player from Berne-Knox-Westerlo was named Most Valuable Player of his league.

Maclin Norray, a senior defender for the Bulldogs, was awarded Most Valuable Player for the Western Athletic Conference Southern. Norray helped lead BKW to its first WAC title in 10 years; he played all over the field, and took most of the Bulldogs’ free kicks.

Five other BKW players — goalkeeper Trevor Haack, midfielders Nick Nagengast and Travis Fairlee, and defenders Sam Abbott and Jimmy McGill — were also named to the WAC Southern First Team.

For Guilderland, forward Kledis Cappollari and defender Connor O’Brien were named to the Suburban Council First Team. Making the Second Team were midfielders Jack Hanlon and Chris Connelly, and defender Noah Scott. Forward Connor Rubin made the Third Team for the Dutch, which won a Section 2 championship in 2013.

Forward Kevin Clark and midfielder Luke Gorka were named to the Colonial Council First Team for Voorheesville. Forward Dylan Hensel made the Second Team.

— Jordan J. Michael

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Ahead of Guilderland’s season-opening game at Bethlehem (Guilderland lost, 3-1) on Wednesday, Head Coach Curtis Snyder said that his team was more in shape than at this point last year.

Out of 26 players for the Blackbirds, 24 returned from last year, and 18 are seniors.