Teddy bears recognition: Argos’ Redinger named Player of the Year
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
The Argos boys soccer team set a high standard for itself after winning the Class 1A state title in 2019.
It almost followed up on that in 2020 when it got back to the state title game before falling to Providence 2-1.
Argos needed junior Teddy Redinger to increase his production, and he did, and that’s what made him our area player of the year. However, it was a tough call over high-scoring Rochester forward Zach Pickens.
While Argos was the best team in our area, Culver was the most improved, going from zero wins in 2019 to the Hoosier North title in 2020.
Fine players were sprinkled all over the area, including at Caston, Tippecanoe Valley and Winamac as well.
All-RTC boys soccer
Teddy Redinger (Argos) (Player of the Year) – Redinger scored his 27 goals despite receiving increased defensive scrutiny from opposing defenders as the season progressed. He’s a strong, athletic player.
Zach Pickens (Rochester) – Pickens scored 32 of Rochester’s 61 goals, utilizing elite speed and explosive finishing ability.
Michael Richard (Argos) – Richard added to his legend with the game-winning goal against Heritage Christian in the semistate. It was his 23rd goal in a superb season for the Argos playmaker with a powerful left foot.
Wade Shafer (Rochester) – Shafer was among the state leaders in assists with 31 and added 13 goals to boot.
Devon Allen (Argos) – Allen is a gem of a player, technically proficient and always in the right place making the right play at the right time.
Gabe Stone (Argos) – Stone tied for the team lead in assists with 12. Whenever Argos made a quick transition from defense to offense, Stone was usually involved.
Colton Markley (Argos) – Markley anchored a strong Argos defense.
Cameron Markley (Argos) – Markley was another Argos player who exhibited speed through the midfield. He also won the state mental attitude award.
Trayden Schrimsher (Culver) – The diminutive Cavalier – Schrimsher stands only 5-4 – scored clutch goals all year.
Christian Ramirez (Tippecanoe Valley) – Ramirez plays with creative flair and scored a team-high 13 goals.
Max Murray (Winamac) – In a year of a lot of good goalkeepers in our area, we’ll go with Murray, who came up big in a lot of narrow Winamac wins.
Jon Ruiz (Tippecanoe Valley)
Adam Maroney (Rochester)
Jake Stults (Argos)
Layne Backus (Rochester)
Rowan Jellison (Caston)
Arturo Dominguez (Tippecanoe Valley)
Caleb Petgen (Tippecanoe Valley)
Sean Richard (Argos)
Brayden Breed (Caston)
Braxton Conley (Culver)
Parker Wallace (Rochester)