GF soccer coaches to guide West All-Stars
By Scott Loftis
Green Forest will be well-represented in the 2019 Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star soccer games.
Tigers coach Ben West will be the head coach for the West boys and the Lady Tigers’ Ashley Wilson will serve as head coach for the West girls.
Green Forest’s Franklin Morales will play for the West boys, along with Eureka Springs’ Kayden Eckman. Green Forest’s Bryant Escobar will serve as manager for the West boys.
Green Forest’s Neibin Laibwij and Daisy Padilla will play for the West girls with schoolmate Jessica Padilla serving as manager.
In his first season at Green Forest, West led the Tigers to a 16-1-2 record and a second-place finish in the Class 3A state tournament.
It was West’s first season as a soccer coach after he spent the previous five years coaching football and basketball at McCrory High School.
“I’m looking forward to it,” West said of the all-star game. “I’ve never had that opportunity before. … It’s just going to be a fun day.”
Wilson’s Lady Tigers finished 9-7 this season, including 6-0 in conference play. Green Forest reached the second round of the Class 3A state tournament.
“I have 30 years experience in soccer,” Wilson said. “I started out playing when I was 5 or 6, so getting to have this experience is something I would have never thought possible. I’m truly excited and honored.”
Carroll County will also be well-represented in the All-Star basketball games. Eureka Springs’ Garrett Cross will play for the West boys, while Alpena’s Abby Dean, Green Forest’s Ashley Farrar and Berryville’s Hannah Morrell will play for the West girls.
The University of Central Arkansas in Conway will host this year’s All-Star games. The girls soccer game will be played at 5 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Estes Stadium, followed by the boys game at 7 p.m.
The girls all-star basketball game will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Farris Center, followed by the boys game at 3 p.m.