CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - For PikeView coach Bill Hopkins, one play by senior defender Alex Testerman sticks out above the rest this season.
It came in an early October win against Sissonville, and began with Testerman positioned where he normally is - on the back line.
"They had a corner kick and our goalie got it and played the ball to our striker, who won the ball and touched it in front of him," Hopkins recalled. "Alex ran up on it in a mad dash and put it in the back of the net. He did a 100-yard dash and got the goal. He completely changed that game from heart, desire and effort. It was one of the best plays I saw all year. Just crazy."
That was one of Testerman's seven goals this season, but his presence defensively was far more important.
Testerman was the key cog of a defensive unit that recorded 14 shutouts, including 11 over its final 15 games en route to winning a state championship.
His efforts led to him being captain of the Class AA-A boys all-state first team, as announced today by the West Virginia Sportswriters Association.
"He's a hard-nosed kid, but his work ethic in practice set a standard for our kids on what level you're supposed to work at in practice," Hopkins said. "He played 80 minutes every game and gave great heart and effort every game he was out there. He was just relentless and worked hard."
Testerman is joined on the 13-man team by fellow defenders Kevin Steele of Robert C. Byrd, Zach Smith of Sissonville and Ian Hayhurst of East Fairmont. Steele scored six goals and was the leader of a defense that allowed just 11 goals in 16 wins, and Hayhurst had eight goals and three assists for the runner-up Bees.
The four first-team midfielders are Charleston Catholic's Anthony Cipollone (11 goals), Bridgeport's Joey Reese (15 goals, 10 assists), PikeView's Seth Wood (24 goals, 15 assists) and East Fairmont's Colin Harvath (24 goals, 30 assists).