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
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
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
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