LAKE COUNTY — Nico Barrio and Dillon Tingle did their jobs, and the Middletown Mustangs have been the simpler for it in 2019 as they received 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 prior to happening to win segment and state championships, so the Mustangs indisputably had not anything to really feel dangerous 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 received two undisputed league titles (2017 and 2019), reached the sectional finals two years in a row (2018 and 2019) and received the 2018 Department five championship via shocking most sensible seed Salesian of Richmond, which bounced again in 2019 to seize the Department 7 segment identify after which a state crown.
Barrio and Tingle went directly to land most useful 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 unusually, each avid gamers are the MVPs at the 2019 All-Lake County staff as picked via the File-Bee.
Barrio is without doubt one of the best operating backs in Middletown’s historical past — and that’s pronouncing one thing given the entire exceptional avid gamers that experience handed throughout 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 necessary to a staff that matched a robust offense with a powerful protection.
“Arguably one of the vital highest operating 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 certainly one in every of our highest receivers additionally.”
Foltmer stated there used to be not anything Barrio couldn’t do, and do smartly.
“Working the ball, a breakaway danger, blocking off, receiving, just right in any respect facets,” Foltmer added. “He used to be the primary power in our offense. He used to be the whole package deal at operating again.”
Barrio and Tingle beginning each tactics for the Mustangs every of the final two seasons (Barrio doubled as a defensive again and Tingle as a fullback). Right through their three-year run in combination, Middletown posted a 29-Eight total list, 18-2 league mark and 7-2 postseason list.
“At center linebacker, he used to be the middle of our protection,” Foltmer stated of Tingle. “We’d transfer him to anywhere we idea he used to be going to do us essentially the most just right. He used to be the center of our protection and a forged all-around participant. Numerous occasions different groups would run clear of him.”
Barrio and Tingle set a handful of Middletown data this previous season. Barrio rushed for a Middletown single-game list of 296 yards in a 41-6 preseason rout of Brotherly love, together with a school-record 94-yard run from scrimmage. He additionally tied the varsity list for many interceptions in a sport (3). Tingle broke the varsity list for many occupation tackles, prior to now held via Middletown nice Chris Hunsaker, who went directly to play Department I school soccer.
“Either one of those children 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 extensive receiver and defensive again).
Two teammates who broke single-season faculty and Lake County data, Decrease Lake Top Faculty junior quarterback Vann Wilkins and his favourite goal, senior extensive 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 list of two,779 set via Decrease Lake’s Elijah Hernandez in 2018. Clark shattered the varsity’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 danger.
Becoming a member of Barrio and Tingle as All-County operating backs is senior workhorse Robert Chavez of Kelseyville and robust junior Treppa Marcks of Transparent Lake. Each Chavez and Marcks grew to become in forged seasons that might had been even higher had they no longer suffered accidents all over the 2019 marketing campaign.
All-County extensive receivers are Clark, Johnson, Transparent Lake senior Travis Howe and Middletown senior Cheyden Tom.
At the side of 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 in conjunction 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) overlooked postseason festival. Middletown beat Pinole Valley 41-6 within the first around prior to shedding to St. Bernard’s within the semifinals. Decrease Lake dropped a 55-14 choice to Justin-Siena of Napa in a first-round sport.