Ryan Parker

Lexington's Ryan Parker gets tangled up with Bay's Ashton Price during the first half of a match at Lexington High School.

LEXINGTON — He’s the most distinguished player in program history, but you’d never know it from talking to Lexington’s Ryan Parker.

The two time Richland Source Boys Soccer Player of the Year is as humble as he is talented.

A senior, Parker led Lexington to its third straight district championship. The Minutemen (17-4-0) came painfully close to repeating as regional champs before falling to Lima Shawnee in overtime in the regional final.

The loss notwithstanding, Parker had another spectacular season. He scored 31 goals and added 21 assists.

“When we decided on the All-Ohio teams, I would assume he was one of the top two or three player in the Division II room,” Lex coach Peter Them said. “The kid from Bay Village (Brock Pickett) ended up being Player of the Year, but Ryan was in that conversation.

“To be our first two-time All-Ohioan, let alone a first-team All-Ohioan, that speaks volumes.”

Parker was joined on the All-Richland Source team by four other All-Ohioans:

Teddy Togliatti, Lexington: A senior midfielder, Togliatti scored five goals and added 10 assists as the Minutemen won their third consecutive district title. Togliatti was selected to the Ohio Cardinal Conference first team and the North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association first team in Division II.

Gage Potter, Lexington: A junior, Potter scored nine goals and had 10 assists for the Minutemen, who fell in the regional final to Lima Shawnee. Potter was selected to the North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Division II first team and the Ohio Cardinal Conference first team.

Alex Lane, Ashland: A senior defender and midfielder, Lane helped lead the Arrows to a 10-5-1 finish and a runner-up finish in the Ohio Cardinal Conference. Lane was selected to the OCC first team and the North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association first team. He was voted Ashland’s co-defensive player of the year.

Carson Lavengood, Ashland: A junior, Lavengood was selected Ashland’s Player of the Year and helping the Arrows to a runner-up finish in the Ohio Cardinal Conference. Lavengood was selected to the OCC first team and to the North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association first team in Division I.

Dylan Kruty, Ashland: A junior, Kruty was selected Ashland’s Offensive Player of the Year. Kruty was selected to the Ohio Cardinal Conference first team and the North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Division I first team.

Corbin Herr, Madison: It was a rebuilding year for the Rams (4-12-1), but Herr was a bright spot. The junior was selected to the Ohio Cardinal Conference first team and to the North Central Ohio Scholastis Soccer Coaches Association first team in Division I.

Gage Weaver, Ontario: Only a sophomore, Weaver started the season as Ontario’s goalkeeper before shifting to forward. The move paid off as Weaver scored 23 goals, including the game winner in the final seconds of a 3-2 win over Norwalk in the district semifinals. He followed that up with a goal in the opening seconds of a 2-1 loss to Lexington in the district final. He was selected to the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference and North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association first teams.

Seth Stoner, Clear Fork: A senior midfielder, Stoner helped lead a turnaround at Clear Fork. The Colts were 11-3-3 and shared the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference championship with Ontario. Stoner was an All-MOAC first team pick and a North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association first-teamer in Division II. He was selected to the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association All-Ohio second team in Division II.

Trevor Portz, Loudonville: A senior forward, Portz was one of the area’s most prolific goal scorers. Portz was an Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association All-Ohio second team selection and was a North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association first team pick ion Division III.

Kaleb Rinehart, Lexington: A senior, Rinehart enjoyed another outstanding season in goal for the Minutemen. He made 89 saves and had 10 shutouts. The Minutemen allowed 18 goals in 21 matches and reached the regional tournament for a third straight year.

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I have covered high school sports in Richland County since 2000. Email him at curt@richlandsource.com or follow him on Twitter: Follow @curtjconrad on twitter.

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