By Jim Misunas
Great Bend senior Brian Galindo and junior Dani Franco earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference soccer team honors. Franco scored 15 of the Panthers’ 37 goals this season. Franco earned first-team honors for the second straight year. Galindo earned second-team honors last year.
“Dani was a big part of our team,” said Great Bend coach Jesus Loera, Jr. “Brian Galindo was our fourth coach out there. He interacts with the guys and gets them going.”
Sophomore Israel Franco, Jr. earned second team All-WAC honors for the second consecutive year.
Great Bend finished with a 7-10 record, losing seven games by one goal, including 1-0 losses to 6A third-place Manhattan and 6A fourth-place Dodge City. The Panthers beat McPherson, third in Class 4A.
“We were competitive and kept games close,” Loera said. “These boys played good games against quality teams.”
Class 6A fourth-place finisher Dodge City (17-4) featured Player of the Year Eddie Del Toro and Coach of the Year Saul Hernandez. Manhattan defeated Dodge City 3-0 for third place after 6A runner-up Olathe South downed the Red Demons 3-2.
WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
DODGE CITY—Miguel Baca, sr.; Francisco Cayetano, sr.; Eddie Del Toro, sr.; Joshua DonJuan, sr.; Mario Martinez, sr.
GREAT BEND—Dani Franco, jr.; Brian Galindo, sr.
GARDEN CITY—Salvador Bustos, jr.; Genaro Macias, sr.; Rene Lares, sr.
HAYS—Ethan Nunnery, Hays, sr.
DODGE CITY—Cesar Alvarez, sr.; Jesus Herrera, sr.
GREAT BEND—Israel Franco, Jr., so.
HAYS—Zach Wagner, sr.; Traj McCrea, jr.
GARDEN CITY—Jesus Garcia, so.; Alonso Garcia, so.; Emmanuel Carillo, sr.
LIBERAL—Elmer Rivera, sr.; Pablo Marquez, sr.; Ramon Hernandez, jr.
PLAYER OF YEAR—Eddie Del Toro, Dodge City, sr.
COACH OF YEAR—Saul Hernandez, Dodge City