Soccer

Fort Payne’s Cristian Barrientos and Collinsville’s Roberto Diaz highlighted the list of 11 DeKalb County boys soccer players garnering all-state acclaim this week.

Coaches selected first and second teams for the 2021 Super All-State squad, made up of all classes, and for the four classes in the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

Barrientos, a freshman defender for Class 6A Fort Payne, was voted as a first-team member of the boys’ Soccer Super All-State and 6A teams. Diaz, a junior forward for Collinsville, was a second-team selection for the Super All-State and Class 1A/3A teams.

In 6A, Fort Payne’s Ivan Chavez (junior defender) and Jesse Espinoza (senior defender) were selected to the second team.

In Class 4A/5A, Crossville’s Anthony Lucas (senior forward) and Jessie Venegas (senior defender) were among first-team members. Teammate Rodolfo Balcazar (junior midfielder) was voted onto the second team.

In 1A/3A, Collinsville’s Jesus Francisco (sophomore midfielder), Bryant Parker (freshman midfielder), Alex Cornejo (senior defender) and Christopher Corona (senior defender) joined Diaz as first-team selections.

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