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.

Thank you for Reading!

Please purchase a subscription to continue reading. Subscribe today and support local community journalism.

Digital Only Subscriptions

Thank you for visiting ThePilot.com and supporting award-winning community journalism. Not everyone wants to have a newspaper delivered to their home, but they want to keep up with the latest news in Moore County. Click here to gain digital-only access and support local journalism.

Starting at
$1.07 for 1 day

Connect Print Subscription to Digital Access

Thank you for visiting ThePilot.com. Your Pilot subscription entitles you to unlimited digital access. Simply log in. From the home page, click on Subscription Services. Then click on "Pilot All Access Print Subscribers." It should show your phone number . If so, click "Sign Up." After a few seconds, it will take you back to the home page. Log out, then log back in. You're set! For any problems, call our customer service number at 910-693-2487 or 693-2488.

Free access for current print subscribers