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Decatur’s Stokes earns 9-4A coach honor

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Decatur coach Nick Stokes guided the Eagles to their best season on the pitch, going 4-4-2 in District 9-4A and advancing to the playoffs for a second time in the program’s history.

Stokes was honored by his peers, being named the league’s Coach of the Year.

Four of Stokes’ players received all-district honors.

District 9-4A champion Wichita Falls Rider fell in the state title game over the weekend in a shootout.

Decatur’s Juan Alvarez took the league’s Newcomer of the Year award. He had an assist and 29 steals.

Senior Taylor Spence was a first-team defender. He dished out four assists and set up several goals off corner and free kicks. Spence made 42 steals.

Daniel Gamino was a first-team forward. He tied Brandon Rivera for the team lead with four goals.

Decatur keeper Wade Laughlin was a second-team pick. He made made 139 saves.

Decatur’s Reece Fitzgerald, Harry Boatman, Devon Willis and Rivera received honorable mention.

After their best season in the program’s history, the Decatur Lady Eagles landed four 9-4A selections.

Senior Bobbi Clemmer took Newcomer of the Year. Clemmer, a TCU signee, dominated play after joining the team midway through the season.

Midfielder Claudia Aguinaga, defender Dianna Martinez and keeper Cassandra Moreno made the second team.

Zuleima Palomo, Margarita Gamino and Lena Moles received honorable mention.

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