LAKE COUNTY — Nico Barrio and Dillon Tingle did their jobs, and the Middletown Mustangs have been the easier for it in 2019 as they gained the North Central League I championship and reached the semifinals of the North Coast Phase Department 6 soccer playoffs.
St. Bernard’s of Eureka ended Middletown’s season with a 35-7 victory in Eureka ahead of occurring to win phase and state championships, so the Mustangs unquestionably had not anything to really feel unhealthy about. The Crusaders have been the true deal.
And so have been Barrio and Tingle, three-year varsity starters who shut out their soccer careers at Middletown as extremely embellished Mustangs veterans. Of their 3 seasons, Middletown gained two undisputed league titles (2017 and 2019), reached the sectional finals two years in a row (2018 and 2019) and gained the 2018 Department five championship via surprising most sensible seed Salesian of Richmond, which bounced again in 2019 to seize the Department 7 phase identify after which a state crown.
Barrio and Tingle went directly to land most precious participant honors — Barrio on protection, Tingle on protection — at the All-North Central League I staff as decided on via the league’s coaches. Now not strangely, each avid gamers are the MVPs at the 2019 All-Lake County staff as picked via the File-Bee.
Barrio is likely one of the best working backs in Middletown’s historical past — and that’s pronouncing one thing given all of the remarkable avid gamers that experience handed in the course of the Mustangs’ ranks since head trainer Invoice Foltmer took over this system in 1985. Tingle’s play at center linebacker used to be no much less vital to a staff that matched a powerful offense with a powerful protection.
“Arguably one of the vital perfect working backs I’ve coached,” stated Foltmer, who’s coming near some lovely rarefied air himself with 289 occupation wins (270 of them at Middletown). “He is taking giant hits and helps to keep on going. He’s almost definitely certainly one of our perfect receivers additionally.”
Foltmer stated there used to be not anything Barrio couldn’t do, and do neatly.
“Operating the ball, a breakaway risk, blockading, receiving, just right in any respect facets,” Foltmer added. “He used to be the principle power in our offense. He used to be the whole package deal at working again.”
Barrio and Tingle beginning each tactics for the Mustangs every of the ultimate two seasons (Barrio doubled as a defensive again and Tingle as a fullback). All over their three-year run in combination, Middletown posted a 29-Eight total listing, 18-2 league mark and 7-2 postseason listing.
“At center linebacker, he used to be the middle of our protection,” Foltmer stated of Tingle. “We’d transfer him to anyplace we concept he used to be going to do us essentially the most just right. He used to be the guts of our protection and a forged all-around participant. Numerous instances different groups would run clear of him.”
Barrio and Tingle set a handful of Middletown information this previous season. Barrio rushed for a Middletown single-game listing of 296 yards in a 41-6 preseason rout of Cohesion, together with a school-record 94-yard run from scrimmage. He additionally tied the college listing for many interceptions in a sport (3). Tingle broke the college listing for many occupation tackles, up to now held via Middletown nice Chris Hunsaker, who went directly to play Department I faculty soccer.
“Either one of those youngsters have left their mark on Middletown soccer,” Foltmer stated.
Whilst Barrio and Tingle are the MVPs at the All-County squad, they’re additionally amongst 5 county avid gamers to earn two-way first-team All-County honors in 2019, becoming a member of teammates Jared Pyzer (senior offensive and defensive lineman), Greyson Rockwell (junior tight finish and defensive finish), and Decrease Lake’s Makhi Johnson (sophomore large receiver and defensive again).
Two teammates who broke single-season faculty and Lake County information, Decrease Lake Top College junior quarterback Vann Wilkins and his favourite goal, senior large receiver Semaj Clark, sign up for Barrio and Tingle at the All-County first-team offense.
Wilkins handed for two,807 yards to wreck the not-even-one-year-old Decrease Lake and county single-season listing of two,779 set via Decrease Lake’s Elijah Hernandez in 2018. Clark shattered the college’s and the county’s single-season receiving mark with 1,258 yards.
Additionally incomes All-County quarterback honors is senior Isaac Perez, who gave a run-heavy Middletown offense a real passing risk.
Becoming a member of Barrio and Tingle as All-County working backs is senior workhorse Robert Chavez of Kelseyville and strong junior Treppa Marcks of Transparent Lake. Each Chavez and Marcks grew to become in forged seasons that may were even higher had they no longer suffered accidents all over the 2019 marketing campaign.
All-County large receivers are Clark, Johnson, Transparent Lake senior Travis Howe and Middletown senior Cheyden Tom.
Together with All-County tight finish Rockwell, the All-County offensive line options Pyzer, Middletown senior James Hernandez, Decrease Lake senior Alex Castillo, Kelseyville senior Roman Navarro, and Higher Lake senior Ryan Escue, a first-year soccer participant.
Led via MVP Tingle, the All-County protection has Pyzer and junior Niko Elder of Middletown at the line together with Decrease Lake senior Joseph Boyd. All-County ends are Rockwell, Decrease Lake junior Manny Trejo and Higher Lake junior Rocco Bassignani.
The center of the All-County protection options Middletown junior Justin Urbina, Kelseyville junior Chase Larsen, Decrease Lake senior Cole Doud, and Higher Lake sophomore Brandon Sneathen.
Forming the All-County secondary are Barrio, Johnson, Transparent Lake senior Rolando Amaya and Higher Lake senior Benat Love.
Middletown (8-3) and Decrease Lake (7-4) each certified for the Department 6 sectional playoffs in 2019 whilst Transparent Lake (4-6), Kelseyville (2-8) and Higher Lake (3-6) neglected postseason pageant. Middletown beat Pinole Valley 41-6 within the first around ahead of shedding to St. Bernard’s within the semifinals. Decrease Lake dropped a 55-14 resolution to Justin-Siena of Napa in a first-round sport.