Stephenville High School’s girls and boys soccer teams didn’t get to finish their seasons in 2020, but a total of eight Honeybees and Yellow Jackets played enough — and well enough — to earn postseason honors from the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches.
For the SHS girls, midfielder Beatris Chavarria and forward Ciara Johnston earned first-team all-state among Class 4A players. Also, midfielder Claire Choate and forward Gracie Bales were honored as second-team all-state performers.
All four are seniors who also played key roles on the Honeybees’ 2017 and 2019 state championship teams.
Johnston and Chavarria had also been first-team all-state selections in 2017 and 2019. Bales was second-team all-state for those seasons as well.
For the SHS boys, senior defender Eduardo (Eddie) Campos earned Class 4A Region I all-state honorable mention from TASCO. Senior forward Jorge Gallegos and junior midfielder J.J. Saldana earned all-region honors. Gallegos was named first-team all-region, and Saldana made the second team.
Also for the Yellow Jackets, junior defender Julian Tamayo received Region I honorable mention.
SHS girls head coach Casey Weil was named as the TASCO Region I-4A Girls Coach of the Year.
“Those girls are very worthy of the awards they received,” Weil stated. “I think that a lot of other girls on our team are also worthy of it. But they only take four (maximum) from each team. I’m just really proud of the girls.”
The Honeybees’ bid to become the first Texas high school girls team to win three UIL state championships in a span of four years ended in March. That’s when the remainder of the 2020 season was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Honeybees had one district game remaining on their schedule, but had clinched the 6-4A title with a 5-0 mark. Their final season record was 18-1-1.
Coach Taylor Smith’s Yellow Jackets also had captured the District 6-4A championship, at 5-1. Their final season record was 14-6-2, one year after Smith guided them to their most successful boys soccer season ever — one victory short of reaching the state tournament for the first time in school history.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the guys,” Smith stated. “Eddie (Eduardo) and Jorge worked four years and had their season cut short with all this so the recognition they got was well deserved. They worked hard and it paid off. I couldn’t be more proud of all they accomplished in that Yellow Jacket uniform.
“As for J.J. and Julian, they were (the) catalyst for many wins and two of our top true soccer players in the program. I know (they) and the rest of the upcoming senior class will have a lot to do with future successes. Everything they earned is well deserved and worked for.”
Note: Photos courtesy of Vasara Photography.