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Allegany's Caedon Wallace named Edward C. Finzel Player of the Year

Feb. 15—CUMBERLAND — A key member of Allegany's run to the state title game, senior Caedon Wallace was named the Edward C. Finzel Area Player of the Year, as chosen by the area coaches.

Wallace is the fourth Camper to receive the award and second consecutive, following his teammate Blake Powell from 2022.

"Caedon helped to spearhead an attack that put over 110 goals in the back of the net. He was one of four players on our squad this year to start every match, playing most of the majority of those," Allegany head coach Blake Geatz said.

Cameron Bohrer in 2015 and Josh Marchini in 2013 are the other Alco players to win the award. Marchini shared it with Fort Hill's Austin Parker.

In the 2023 season, Wallace led the Campers with 26 goals and he contributed on 31 goals mostly from the winger position.

"Caedon exemplified superior composure in front of the net and had a knack for finding the corners," Geatz said. "On set pieces, he was a threat in the air and scored numerous goals this year with his head."

The 2023 Campers finished a perfect 16-0 in the regular season and advanced to the state title game for the first time in school history.

Allegany lost to Harford Tech 2-0.

The Campers joined the 1989 Mount Savage team as the only area squads to come up a win away from an undefeated state championship season.

Until Harford Tech scored the game's opening goal, Allegany had gone 1,509 minutes and one second without trailing.

Allegany won 17 of its 19 games by at least two goals and 14 by five or more.

Wallace has been a first-team All-Area, All-WestMAC and All-City player all three years of his varsity career. He was voted Allegany's offensive player of the year each of the last two seasons by his teammates.

"Caedon also had a knack for checking down in front of the center backs to receive," Geatz said. "Many times, this opened up space behind the defense for our wingers and overlapping outside backs to create chances."

Wallace is also a standout in baseball, earning a second-team All-Area selection in 2023. He's been named to the All-WestMAC teams the past two seasons.

Wallace was also a member of the 2023 Fort Cumberland Post 13 Legion baseball state title team.

Wallace balances this with multiple AP and college level courses with a 3.75 GPA. He's part of the National Honor Society and has played for the Frostburg Soccer Club and AVID Soccer Club.

"I am going to miss having Caedon around tremendously," Geatz said. "Not only was he pivotal to our success this year as a program, but he's a fantastic kid who brings a contagious energy to the table. I'm positive that he'll go on to be successful in whatever he tries to do."

Jordan Kendall is a Sports Writer for the Cumberland Times-News. Email him with scores and story suggestions at jkendall@times-news.com.