West Noble Trio Signs With Ancilla College
June 13, 2014By Tom Schermerhorn of West Noble High School
Three Charger Soccer Players Are Ancilla Bound
Thursday was an exciting day at West Noble as three boy’s soccer players decided to further their athletic and academic careers at Ancilla College located just outside of Plymouth. Ancilla is a junior college that specializes in 2 year degrees. Abel Zamarripa, Brian Macias, and Paul Barrientos have all been instrumental parts to the success of the West Noble boy’s soccer program. The program has amassed a 53-17-5 record over the past 4 years along with winning a sectional, 3 NECC regular season titles and 2 NECC tourney titles.
Zamarripa is West Noble’s all time leading assist leader with 41 while also scoring 43 goals during his career. He is undecided in what he wants to study but is probably leaning towards something in the Business school. Zamarripa felt a real connection with Ancilla coach Adam Hall and likes the direction that the program is heading. “They believed in me and are giving me an opportunity to receive a quality education. They have a strong team and I am looking forward to being a part of that.” Abel was an All NECC performer as well as an All Area selection the past couple years at West Noble.
Teammate Brian Macias played outside midfielder for the Chargers this year and was also All NECC and All Area. He is looking forward to majoring in Business at Ancilla while also planning to finish at a 4 year school after he completes his 2 year Associate Degree. Macias said, “I really enjoyed getting to know the coach and it seems like a nice college and they gave me a nice financial aid package.” Macias had 16 assists the last 2 years while playing for the Chargers.
Paul Barrientos is the final Charger and was one of the top defenders this past year in the area. Barrientos stepped up to help the Charger defense this past year after his brother Axel graduated. Barrientos will probably play center back in college while studying Business Administration. “I really liked the setting of the campus on how it was separate from the town. I feel like it will be a good place for me to get my education,” Barrientos said.
West Noble’s coach Ampelio Pizana is excited about the three attending college and continuing to play soccer. “This is good for our program and it helps that the younger kids can look at this as an opportunity that they can work towards. All three players were a big part of our program. Abel is very talented and can play at a very high level while Brian is a good left kicker which is hard to find in soccer. Paul was extremely coachable and stepped up his defense for the team this year. I am proud of all of them.”
Ancilla College coach Adam Hall is going into his 2nd year as the head coach. The Scotland native was voted the Conference Coach of the Year this season and also the Ancilla College coach of the year. Their team won the conference this past season, had 7 players on the Dean’s List and graduated 4 players that all will continue to play at NAIA or NCAA schools. Coach Hall likes what he sees from the Charger trio. “I am very impressed with the work ethic that I have seen from the three and I also like their enthusiasm to be a college student-athlete. I am looking forward to making them part of our program at Ancilla.
West Noble will now have 5 boys soccer players playing in college next season. Chris Marin earlier signed to play at St. Francis in Fort Wayne while Uriel Macias is going to play at IUPUI in Indianapolis this Fall.
Abel Zamarripa is the son of Sandra Melchor and Abel Zamarripa Sr.
Brian Macias is the son of Arturo Macias and Maria Macias
Paul Barrientos is the son of Carmen Barrientos and Jose Barrientos
Congratulations Abel, Brian and Paul!