Six players recognized after stellar season under Ian Reschke

by: GREG ARTMAN / FILE - Wilsonville senior Timmy Bourque (right) was honored as the Northwest Oregon Conference player of the year. He scored 20 goals and carried the Wildcats to the semifinals for the first time in more than a decade.Teammates chased after Timmy Bourque, tried to tackle him and attempted to dump water on him.

It was an unexpected scene to wrap up the Wilsonville boys soccer team’s huddle after its first-round playoff match, but it made sense.

It came after Wildcats coach Ian Reschke revealed to his players that Bourque, who had just notched a hat trick, was voted the Northwest Oregon Conference player of the year by the league’s coaches.

It was official recognition of a stellar senior campaign for Bourque, who led Wilsonville to its first conference title since joining the NWOC and helped the program reach the semifinals for the first time in more than a decade.

Bourque was a multifaceted weapon for the Wildcats, often their target on set pieces and a constant threat at forward. Thanks to his height, savvy and strength on the ball, he scored 20 of their 46 goals a year after earning second-team all-league honors as a defender.

The future member of the U.S. Marine Corps also had all of the desired intangibles, Reschke said.

“When a player has his skill, stature and overall presence, others will follow what they say and do,” Reschke said. “Timmy is one of the best, if not the best, overall team leader since I have coached over the last 13 years. He was truly the captain of this ship.”

Bourque was one of six Wilsonville players to receive all-league honors this season. He earned a spot on the first team, joining senior Sam Parker and sophomore Garrett Bonnell.

Bourque’s individual success might not have been possible without Parker, whose size and smarts on defense also eased Quinn Everts’ transition into the goalkeeping position.

“Sam Parker’s growth and maturity at the center back position allowed us to move Timmy to the front,” Reschke said. “His experience helped anchor down the back line, which was crucial with a new goalkeeper in the net this year. He was able to dominate all the loose balls that got behind our defense.”

Bonnell, meanwhile, showcased his talents as Bourque’s associate on the attack. His long-range laser against West Linn was heralded by Reschke at the time as one of the best goals he’s seen at any level, and his four-goal outburst at Putnam was one of the most prolific individual offensive performances in Reschke’s tenure.

“As a freshman last year, Garrett’s skill was never in doubt, but he needed to get a little size and speed to compete with players two to four years older than him,” Reschke said. “Garrett worked very hard in the offseason to get himself where he needed to be physically this year. It paid off, as he was a large part of our offensive game. If we don’t lose him to the Timbers academy team next year, he will need to help carry on what this team had going this year.”

Wildcats senior Andrew Fairrington was honored on the second team for his efforts as a defender. More than making up for what he lacks in size with speed and sound fundamentals, Fairrington provided varsity experience on a defense that held opponents to 21 total goals in 17 games.

“I was glad to see the NWOC coaches recognize Andrew this year, as he has been at the varsity level the past three years,” Reschke said. “In addition to his on-the-field accomplishments, what I’ve appreciated most about Andrew is his solid character and how he carries himself on and off the field. I would describe Andrew as a young man of integrity that will give his best effort in any endeavor.”

Junior midfielder Jason Johnson and senior midfielder Tyler Martin received honorable mention.

Johnson, whom Reschke praised for his superior physical endurance, often was asked to focus on shutting down the opposing team’s star player.

“While this team was full of hard-working players, Jason was definitely one of the leaders of this pack,” Reschke said. “He would usually be one of the first players to finish conditioning exercises. We would always assign him the responsibility of marking the opponent’s best player because we knew we could count on him to challenge the ball over and over and not tire out. For not playing organized soccer in over two years, Jason did a heck of a job.”

Martin, meanwhile, was a remarkable asset as a throw-in specialist. Thanks to the senior’s power and accuracy, Wilsonville was just as dangerous from the sideline as it was from the corner.

“Along with Timmy and Sam Parker, Tyler was our other ‘big man’ we could count on if we needed muscle or height anywhere on the field,” Reschke said. “I will always remember him for how composed he is as a player — always very relaxed and never in a panic, which is something that you just can’t coach. He has a mentality that says, ‘There’s nothing that my opponent can do to affect the way I play.’ Of course, we will miss his monster throw-ins next year, too.”

Reschke was named the NWOC coach of the year. Despite losing a dozen players from last year’s team, he guided the Wildcats to a 12-4-1 record and a 6-0-1 mark in league play.




FIRST TEAM: Gabriel Parra, Liberty; Sam Parker, Wilsonville; Gustavo Torres, Parkrose; Kegan Makinster, Putnam; Timmy Bourque, Wilsonville; Eric Avalos, Liberty; Zephaniah Hollins, Sherwood; Alex Castaneda, Sherwood; Enrique Baez, Liberty; Fernando Ibanez, Parkrose; Elliot Bixby, Putnam; Garrett Bonnell, Wilsonville; Jonathan Amaro, Liberty; Brennan Giles, Sherwood.

SECOND TEAM: Rodrigo Rodriguez, Parkrose; Ben Windheim, Sherwood; Jason Cortez, Liberty; Andrew Fairrington, Wilsonville; Brandon Lo, Parkrose; Giovanni Hernandez, Milwaukie; Matt Ciobanasiu, Putnam; Brody White, Sandy; Nick Hansen, Parkrose; Oscar Gutierrez, Putnam; Connor Carraher, Sherwood; Cristian Ramirez, Liberty; Nathan Miller, Sandy.

HONORABLE MENTION: Seth Atkerson, Milwaukie; Peter Garcia, Milwaukie; Adrian Torres, Putnam; Justin Pense, St. Helens; Paul Lobaugh, St. Helens; Noe Gomez, Liberty; Edgar Pantoja, Milwaukie; Alexis Sanchez, Putnam; Luis Gonzales, St. Helens; Chase Hubbard, Sandy; Tony Olmos, Sandy; Marquis Richardson, Liberty; David Cruz, Parkrose; Kevyn Lo, Parkrose; Andreas Rubheck, St. Helens; Wyatt Edwards, Sandy; Jason Johnson, Wilsonville; Tyler Martin, Wilsonville; Randall Sam, Milwaukie; Emanuel Valdovinos, Parkrose.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Timmy Bourque, Wilsonville

COACH OF THE YEAR: Ian Reschke, Wilsonville

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