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Five high school Tigers named all-area for soccer
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Five Dawson County High School Tigers soccer players were named to the All-Area team by The Times of Gainesville.

Named first team was senior midfielder David Velasquez.

Velasquez scored 12 goals for Head Coach Jed Lacey's team with seven assists. He was also named to the Region 7-AAA first team by region coaches.

Joining Velasquez with first team honors was senior Brandon Lund.

Lund was also a first all-region selection. The senior had a great season with 19 goals and 16 assists.

On the second team All-Area was senior defender Josh Sage.

Sage was a big reason the Tigers recorded six shutouts during the season. Sage was also a first team all-region performer.

Included on the honorable mention team are Sal Mendoza, a senior striker for Dawson County, and Ty Anglin, a junior.

East Hall forward Leo Toledo was named All-Area player-of-the-year.

Toledo finished the season with 60 goals and was second on his team in assists. He shared co-player of the year honors with Eduardo Magana from West Hall.

Also named first team were: Cesar Villa (West Hall)-goalie; Rigo Campa (Johnson)-defender; Magana (West Hall)-defender; Sherman Lucero (East Hall)-defender; Simon Cobian (West Hall)-midfielder; Cesar Salcido (Gainesville)-midfielder; Arnold Gamez (Chestatee)-midfielder and Fabian Abarca (Johnson)-forward.

Second team selections were: Robert Pee (Riverside Military Academy)-goalie; Alberto Del Toro (Johnson)-defender; Arlis Nunez (Gainesville)-defender; Carlos Castrejon (East Hall)-midfielder; Christian Lopez (Buford)-midfielder; Christian Salgado (Buford)-midfielder; Luis Caraballo (Jackson County)-midfielder; Richie Castruita (West Hall)-forward; Samuel Coto (West Hall)-forward and Erick Bonilla (Gainesville)-forward.

Honorable mention members were: Cade Minton, Sr., Flowery Branch; Clancey Loudermilk, Jr., White County; Omar Perez, Jr., Gainesville; Arturo Leal, Sr., Chestatee; T.J. Wolcott, Sr., Lakeview Academy; Andrew Miller Bell, Sr., Lakeview Academy; Ronald Portillo, West Hall; Ramsis Martinez, West Hall; Jonathan Corona, West Hall; Adam Dowdy, Jr., Habersham Central; Johnny Zavala, Sr., Habersham Central; Guillermo Cruz-Celis, Sr., Riverside Military Academy; Jake Stephens, Sr., North Hall; Alec Zimmerman, Jr., North Hall; Bryant Anaya, Jr., Johnson; Jaime Rosales, Sr., Johnson; Miguel Burgos, So., Buford; Alan Caballero, Sr., Buford; Alex Torres, Sr., Jackson County; Richard Mendoza, Jefferson and Diego Tello, Jefferson.

DCN regional staff contributed to this story.