Magana named Player of the Year

Sophomore standout gets 5A top honor; Rueda, Villegas and Aberg make All-State teams

2013 All State teams were announced earlier this week and three Hood River Valley High School varsity boys players made the cut for the 5A team. Sophomore Giovani Magana was selected as the 5A Player of the Year and was named to the First Team.

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2013 All State teams were announced earlier this week and three Hood River Valley High School varsity boys players made the cut for the 5A team. Sophomore Giovani Magana was selected as the 5A Player of the Year and was named to the First Team.

Giovani Magana, Quique Rueda, Edgar Villegas and Joel Aberg represent Hood River Valley High School on the recently announced Class 5A All-State soccer team. Magana, a sophomore, received the top honor as the 5A Player of the Year — a first for the HRVHS soccer program — for his role in the Eagles’ historic season that ended with a trip to the state finals.

Magana led the Eagles with 17 goals and 13 assists in the team’s 16-2-1 season, highlighted by a thrilling three-goal performance that secured a 3-1 overtime win against Woodburn to carry HRV to a first-ever state championship match. The Eagles lost 2-0 to Summit to finish second on the season.

Magana and Rueda, a senior goalkeeper, were named to the 5A First Team, while Villegas and Aberg, both seniors, were named to the Second Team. The All-State teams are selected by vote from the state’s coaches.

5A Coach of the Year honors went to Summit’s Ron Kidder.

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