Most Valuable Player
Alex Carbajal, Madera, Sr., Goalkeeper
During his sophomore year, Alex Carbajal became the starting goalkeeper for the Coyotes, which gave Madera head coach Chris Baca a staple at that position for the past three years. With a body similar to that of a linebacker, Carbajal was a physical presence in the box but was also an instinctive goalkeeper with quick reflexes, often making last-second diving or high-jumping tip saves as evident in a 1-0 overtime win over rival Madera South. Against mainly Div. I competition, Carbajal recorded 96 saves this season to go along with 11 shutouts out of 23 games. He finished his three-year varsity career with 282 saves and 32 shutouts and was a (two-time) CMAC Goalkeeper of the Year. He was a first-time all-CMAC player this year.
Travis Ratzlaff, Liberty, Sr. Forward
Ratzlaff became a scoring machine this season for the Hawks and finished with a career-high 21 goals. He scored against every North Sequoia League team this season including four total goals in two games against NSL and Div. IV section champ Kerman. He also scored three goals against (Div. V) playoff rival Fowler in a 4-1 win and had a season-high four goals in a 9-0 win over Immanuel-Reedley. Ratzlaff, who recorded eight assists this season, was the NSL Player of the Year.
James Hernandez, Liberty, Jr. Forward
Hernandez teamed with Ratzlaff to become a dangerous scoring duo for the Hawks this season. When teams tried to stop Ratzlaff from scoring, he simply passed to Hernandez, who finished with 15 goals and eight assists. Hernandez scored two goals in a 2-1 overtime win over Sierra on Senior night and had a hat-trick against Immanuel-Reedley. He was a first team all-NSL selection.
Jordan Lewis, Liberty, Jr., Goalkeeper
Lewis made quite an impression with the NSL coaches for his play in box. Lewis finished with 64 saves and two shutouts on the season. His standout games were clearly against the NSL and Div. IV section champ Kerman, where he combined for 30 saves in two 2-2 ties with the Lions. He was a second team all-NSL selection…