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Pinecrest’s Jair Ballesteros earned all-state honors from the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association.

Pinecrest’s Jair Ballesteros was named to the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association (NCSCA) All-State team on the 4-A level.

Ballesteros, a senior midfielder, led the Patriots in scoring with 44 points, coming off 12 goals and 20 assists.

Pinecrest won the Sandhills Athletic Conference tournament championship and was regular season co-champions with Hoke County. Pinecrest earned a No. 6 seed in the state 4-A playoffs, advancing to the third round, falling at Myers Park 1-0 after defeating East Mecklenburg 3-1 in the second round. Pinecrest ended the year with an overall record of 23-3 and 13-1 in the conference.

Ballesteros was joined by teammates Nick Vences, a junior midfielder, and senior goalkeeper Hunter Johnson on the NCSCA All-Region 4 team for the 4-A classification. Vences had a team-leading 16 goals, and nine assists for 41 points on the season.

Johnson had a goals against average of .803, 92 saves and 13 shutouts this season.

Pinecrest also had six all-conference selections. In addition to Ballesteros and Vences, Binka Woody, Gray Smith, Ethan Howery and Justin Phillips also received all-league honors.

The NCSCA named four players from North Moore to the All-Region 7 for the 1-A classification. Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Garcia, senior center midfielder Edgar Hernanadez-Cruz, sophomore center midfielder Brian Loza-Gomez and junior left back Ezequil Pullido were the Mustangs selected.

North Moore finished the season with a 14-6-1 overall mark. The Mustangs were 9-3 in the Yadkin Valley Conference, good for a tie for second place in the league.

North Moore reached the fourth round in the state 1-A playoffs before falling 4-2 to Raleigh Charter.

The NCSCA also named four players from Union Pines to the All-Region 5 for the 3-A classification. Junior midfielder Landon Daugherty, senior forward Josh Klotz, senior defender John Taylor and junior defender Curt Verchick were the players selected.

Union Pines finished the season 13-9-2 overall and 6-4 in the Tri-County 6 Conference, good for a third-place finish in the league. The Vikings’ season ended with a 5-2 loss to Walter M. Williams in the first round of the state 3-A playoffs.

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