Waitsburg/Prescott Preview

WAITSBURG/PRESCOTT

TIGERS

State Rank: 2 Southeast Rank: 1

Head Coach: Mark Grimm

Career Record: 42-14-2 (3 years)

Prescott, Washington

2013 Rankings

– Offense – 1st in League, 6th in State

– Defense –2nd in League, 11th in State

2014 Outlook

Offense – Returning the offensive weapons in place for the Tigers should be good sign for this squad. Tiger offensive players made the most of it last year, scoring 90 goals on their way to 4th place state finish. Ernesto Valdovinos (12 goals, 13 assists) goes into the year as a potential Player of the Year candidate. His chances likely depend upon the development of other offensive weapons at Prescott. Valdovinos will be able to pass to weapons like Ivan Figueroa (25 goals, 7 assists) and Luis Garcia (12 goals, 9 assists). Rodrigo Gonzalez (7 goals, 6 assists) will also contribute to a loaded offense. 

Defense – The defensive unit will be improved as younger starters will be a year older. Coach The Tigers have one of their best and most talented players leading the defense in Jose Paniagua (5 assists). Johnny Escalante is also an emerging talent on defense as he gets involved in the offense. The goalkeeping position will continue to progress with Christian Caro returning for his sophomore year in goal after an All-State season in 2013. 

Final Evaluation – The Tigers should once again win the Southeast League, something they have never failed to do in their programs history. The Tigers may also have enough defense and the right amount of offense to give the Spokane powers a serious fight for the District championship. Prescott will be in hunt and should have no difficulty in making it to the State Tournament again.

Key Returners (Career Stats):

Ernesto Valdovinos (Sr., MF/F) – 34 goals, 24 assists

Ivan Figueroa (So., F) – 25 goals, 7 assists

Rodrigo Gonzalez (Jr., MF) – 15 goals, 13 assists

Luis Garcia (Jr., MF) – 15 goals, 11 assists

Jonny Escalante (Sr., MF/F) – 8 goals, 8 assists

Christian Caro (So., GK) – 4 goals, 7 shutouts

Alberto Mendez (Jr., MF) – 5 goals, 6 assists

Jose Paniagua (Sr., MF/D) – 2 goals, 6 assists

Paul Zamora (Sr., MF) – 3 goals, 2 assists

Oscar Villavazo (Sr., MF) – 2 goals

Carlos Sandoval (Sr., D)

Sergio Gonzalez (Sr., MF/GK)

 

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