SIOUX CITY | Boys soccer squads from East, North and Sergeant Bluff-Luton made strong postseason runs, each team reaching the substate semifinals in their respective classes.
The future looks bright for each team as veteran talent returns, including a combined four of the five first-team selections on the Missouri River Activities Conference all-conference squad, which has been released by the head coaches.
Conference champion East will return junior forward Emmanuel Coronado. Junior forward Efrem Sadi and junior midfielder Christian Lavariega will come back for North, which like East, reached the Class 3A substate semifinals. Meanwhile, junior defender Colin Margellos of Sergeant Bluff-Luton, a Class 2A substate semifinalist, also returns.
Coronado, a second-team MRAC selection a year ago, provided 16 goals and nine assists for East (13-3). Two more of his high-scoring classmates, honorable mention picks Eduardo Ramirez (12, 6) and Jose Ruiz (14, 8) will also return next year to give the Black Raiders a chance at a second straight conference crown.
Sadi and Lavariega scored four and three goals, respectively, for North. The Stars also had one more first-team selection, senior defender Jerry Luna (2 goals), a first-teamer for the second consecutive year.
Defense was among the reasons Sergeant Bluff-Luton (10-5) posted its first winning season in several seasons. Margellos led a defense that allowed more than two goals only three times.