Bulldog senior garners all-state honor

Staff photo by Kathy Aney Freddy Rodriguez (9), of Hermiston, and Henry Ruiz (14), of Sandy, battle for the ball during Saturday's game at Kennison Field.

HERMISTON — For the past four years, Freddy Rodriguez was an integral part of the Hermiston boys varsity soccer team.

He quickly rose through the ranks from freshman role player to being elected a team captain as a junior, and being an electric offensive player every step of the way. As a senior this year, Rodriguez led his Bulldogs to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs and earned all-league honors for the fourth-straight year.

But this week, Rodriguez added one more accolade to his prolific Hermiston career — all-state player.

Rodriguez was selected to the first team all-state roster for Class 5A as voted by the coaches, the lone Hermiston player to be recognized on the teams. He scored 24 of the team’s 66 total goals (36 percent) and also led the team with 12 assists as a senior, helping the Bulldogs to a 12-4-1 overall record.

“It’s absolutely deserved,” Hermiston head coach Rich Harshberger said of Rodriguez’s honor. “He was a four year letterwinner, a four year all-league guy and this is just the cherry on top for his senior year.

“He was absolutely an integral part of this team beyond physical skill on the field, but also by being a leader and working hard and leading by example, showing the younger guys what it takes to play at this level.”

Though no teammates joined him, Rodriguez was joined on the all-state team by three players from Hermiston’s Columbia River Conference rival Hood River Valley as seniors Jorge Campos and Noe Magana made first team and junior Angel Sonato made second team. State champion Woodburn — who knocked Hermiston out of the state tournament with a 2-1 win in the quarterfinals for the second straight year — led the way with five all-state selections as well as Coach of the Year honors for Stan Baker.

Player of the Year honors for each classification will be released later this week.


5A Boys All-State Soccer

First team

Jorge Campos, sr., Hood River Valley

Andy Ellingson, sr., Woodburn

Cade Ficek, jr., Marist

Noe Magana, sr., Hood River Valley

Raul Ochoa, sr., Springfield

Reggie Reyes, sr., Woodburn

Freddy Rodriguez, sr., Hermiston

Anthony Santillan, sr., Woodburn

Bryan Tapia Silva, jr., Hillsboro

Mack Van Der Velde, sr., Summit

Eddie Cabrera, sr., Woodburn

Second team

Cole Abbott, sr., Summit

Sean Hamel, sr., La Salle

Edgar Hernandez-Flores, sr., Wilsonville

Conner Karsseboom, sr., Woodburn

Rafael Lopez, sr., Corvallis

Calvin Lucas, sr., Wilsonville

Marco Reyes, jr., South Albany

Edwin Rivas, jr., Hillsboro

Angel Sonato, jr., Hood River Valley

Casey Weaver, sr., Summit

Cole Whritenour, sr., La Salle

Quintin Castner, fr., La Salle

Coach of the Year

Stan Baker, Woodburn


Contact Eric at esinger@eastoregonian.com or (541) 966-0839. Follow him on Twitter @ByEricSinger.

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