By Jarrod Harris
Times West Virginian
It’s that time of the year. The 2012 soccer season is now a thing of the past.
Among those who will leave a lasting legacy is Charleston Catholic’s Sam Revercomb, who notched 36 goals while pacing his team to a fourth straight state championship.
“Sam was instrumental in helping our team this year,” Charleston Catholic coach Sam Fox said. “For four years, he’s been a unique player for the program at Charleston Catholic.”
Now he’s been named captain of the Class AA-A all-state team as chosen by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
In a 5-0 victory against Fairmont Senior in the state title game, Revercomb capped his immaculate career with a goal, which pushed his career total to 87 scored.
Revercomb not only can could score goals through traffic while having flawless ball handling skills, but he also helped the Irish when using the famous “long ball” offense.
“If you’ve ever saw him play, he has so much natural speed. Because of Sam’s speed, we could play long ball,” Fox stated.
Of course, long ball is where you kick the ball down the field and hope the striker can outrun everybody and score a goal.
“That aspect of Sam’s play helped because he’s so tall, so big and so fast ... he could just outrun other kids to the ball,” Fox said. “Last year, when I started coaching Charleston Catholic, I was talking to a referee who traveled a long distance to ref the game and I asked him, ‘Why did you travel this far to ref a game?’ And his response: ‘I came to watch No. 7 play because the kid is so fast.’”
Because of his hard play, he found himself the chance of putting his name in the record books since he is the lone player in the state of West Virginia to win four state championships in soccer.
“He’s set a record this year because he is the first player ever in the history of West Virginia soccer to win four state championships,” Fox said. “He played varsity as a freshman and nobody else has been able to accomplish that feat. It’s appropriate that he goes out with another state championship.”
Rounding out the rest of the Class AA-A first-team goalies are Matt Bartrug of Fairmont Senior and Garret Bulter of Williamstown. Bartrug rattled off eight shutouts on the season, while allowing an average of just 0.72 points per game. Butler tallied 116 saves, seven shutouts and allowed only 15 goals all season.
Revercomb, Logan Demyon of Fairmont Senior and Zach Wise (Berkeley Springs) are the all-state forwards. Demyon capped his career with 16 goals and five assists on the season.
The midfielder department is led by Jesse Roman of East Fairmont, Adam Fox (Charleston Catholic), Quinton Brown (PikeView) and Parker White (Pocahontas).
Roman helped pave the way for the Bees’ offense as he tallied 26 assists and eight goals. Brown, meanwhile, carried PikeView to an 11-7-2 season and had five goals and nine assists. As for Fox, the senior midfielder tallied 10 goals and 19 assists on the season.
On defense, four players represent the pack — Trevor Moon (Bridgeport), Grant Holbert (Fairmont Senior), Alex Testerman (PikeView) and Domenic Cipollone (Charleston Catholic).
Moon was known as the shutout defender for the Indians. In Bridgeport’s state championship season, he scored five goals and tallied two assists.
Cipollone led a defense that had 12 shutouts and surrendered only 20 goals throughout the entirety of the season.
For Fairmont Senior, Holbert was the anchor who carried the defense and he produced some offense of his own, finishing the season with four goals. Testerman had a doozy of a junior year while nailing four goals and three assists.
The Class AA-A all-state second team is led by Fairmont Senior’s Fletcher DeVaul, who was named captain.
Rounding out the rest of the second team are goalies Tyler Schiefelbein (Philip Barbour) and Brett Matheny (East Fairmont); forwards Brandon Hanlon (Bridgeport), Levi Perkins (East Fairmont) and Kenny Muhart (Weir); midfielders Joey Reese (Bridgeport), Joey Trupo (Charleston Catholic) and Brian Conaty (St. Joseph); and defenders Chad Hensley (Weir), Justin Sloan (Fairmont Senior); Evan Goetz (St. Joseph) and Jon Brown (Bluefield).
Class AA/A Boys All-State
Here is the Class AA/A boys all-state team released by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association:
Matt Bartrug, Fairmont Senior. sr
Garret Bulter, Williamstown, sr.
Sam Revercomb, Charleston Catholic,sr., captain
Logan Demyon, Fairmont Senior, sr.
Zach Wise, Berkeley Springs, sr.
Jesse Roman, East Fairmont, sr.
Adam Fox, Charleston Catholic, sr.
Quinton Brown, PikeView, sr.
Parker White, Pocahontas Co., sr.
Trevor Moon, Bridgeport, sr,
Grant Holbert, Fairmont Senior, sr.
Alex Testerman, PikeView, jr.
Domenic Cipollone, Charleston Catholic, sr.
Tyler Schiefelbein, Philip Barbour, sr.
Brett Matheny, East Fairmont, jr.
Brandon Hanlon, Bridgeport, sr.
Levi Perkins, East Fairmont, soph
Kenny Muhart, Weir, sr.
Joey Reese, Bridgeport, jr
Joey Trupo, Charleston Catholic, fr
Fletcher Devaul, Fairmont Senior, sr, captain
Brian Conaty, Hunt. St. Joe, jr.
Chad Hensley, Weir, sr.
Justin Sloan, Fairmont Senior, sr.
Evan Goetz, Hunt. St. Joe, sr.
Jon Brown, Bluefield, sr.
Cutter Atha, East Fairmont; Austin Banks, Mingo Central; Cullen Bennett, Oak Glen; Issac Van Blaricom, PikeView; Mitch Bobberra, Mingo Central; James Carmichael, Ravenswood; Mason Carte, Ravenswood; Saige Cline, Philip Barbour; Austin Cordell, PikeView; Mert Coskun, Tyler Consolidated; Shane Davis, Weir, Tyler Davis, Pocahontas County; Evan Fowler, Williamstown; Dalton Gandee, Ravenswood; Dallas Golden, South Harrison; Jesse Hamrick, Bridgeport; Alex Hannah, Weir; Ian Hayhurst, East Fairmont; Jacob Lehoist, Notre Dame; Brighton Kunce, East Fairmont; Dylan Leary, North Marion; Michael Miller, Scott; Andy Minsker, Sissonville; Quinton Mouser, Philip Barbour; Chris Petrucci, Notre Dame; Justin Phillips, Bluefield; Drew Poling, St. Marys; Anthony Rinehart, Sissonville; Chaz Rodeheaver, Robert C. Byrd; Dylan Romine, Tyler Consolidated; Luke Smith, Charleston Catholic; Brett Strickland, Herbert Hoover; Mitchell Stanley, Charleston Catholic; Kurt Rogers, North Marion; Alec Wadsworth, Fairmont Senior; Jason Weitzel, PikeView; Garrett Wilkins, South Harrison; Corey Wilson, St. Marys