ELYRIA — The area’s top soccer players had one final chance to hear the applause of their family and friends Wednesday when the Lorain County Soccer Coaches Association handed out its all-county and Player of the Year awards in a ceremony at the Elyria Performing Arts Center.
There was no surprise that Lorain County’s two first-team All-Ohio selections took home player of the year awards with Avon’s Aidan Lacko winning in Division I and Vermilion’s Logan Penton getting the Division II honor.
For Penton, who ended his career with a school-record 47 assists, it was just one of many awards he’s won this postseason.
“I like accepting each of these awards, it feels really good to know I was nominated by my coaches and other coaches,” Penton said. “Now that the season is over it’s all about your teammates and having fun so I’m glad I could be here with so many of my teammates tonight.”
Four Sailors earned first-team All-Lorain County honors and Vermilion coach Kurt Innes was named Division II Coach of the Year after Vermilion won its third straight Sandusky Bay Conference title.
For Lacko, the award comes after being a big part of an Avon team that won back-to-back Division I district titles for the first time in school history.
“This is something I never really expected because there are so many talented players in the county,” Lacko said. “I grew up with everyone around here, so to be able to win awards with these guys is pretty cool.”
Avon’s Chris Dore and Avon Lake’s Pete Klepek shared the Division I Coach of the Year award.
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