Imlay soccer players among state’s best
IMLAY CITY – Imlay City has added four of its players to the Michigan High School Division 3 All-State boys’ soccer roster that was recently announced.
Giovani Torres, a junior midfielder, earned a spot on the second team.
Sergio Galiana, a junior striker, was a third team pick.
Edson Zepeda and Luis Barragan, both junior defenders, have been made honorary members of the team.
With their help, Imlay City won a Blue Water Area Conference title, a district championship, and reached the regional semifinals before the season ended.
They are supplemented in the roster by:
First team – Jack Spencer, Elk Rapids, goalkeeper; Luke Vantol, Grand Rapids South Christian, goalkeeper; Kirby Eggers, Holland Christian, midfielder; Thomas Drake, Williamston, midfielder; Kawadri cannon, Grosse Ile, defender; Spencer Ball, Elk Rapids, Forward; Brandon Walters, Holland Christian, midfielder; Levi DeRuiter, Grand Rapids South Christian, midfielder; Ben Smitley, Grand Rapids Catholic Headquarters, defense attorney; Luke Hendler, Flint Powers, midfielder; Andrew Palmer, Williamston, onwards; Alex Cordone, Clawson; Ali Khaled, Grosse Ile, midfield; and Ben Farah, Country Day, onwards.
Second team – Daniel Morgan, Holland Christian, goalkeeper; Caleb Bond, Williamston, Guardian; Jacob Puentes-Sanchez, Wyoming Lee, midfielder; Nathan Isbrecht, Watervliet, onwards; Mashall Warner, Delton Kellogg, onwards; Colin Nieuwenhuis, Hudsonville Unity Christian, midfielder; Drew Matyunas, Richmond, onward; Aidan Parkin, Williamston, onwards; Anthony Redente, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, midfielder; Jon Duke, Grosse Ile, midfielder; Shane Heiser, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard; Forward; Jerenomo Ballesty, Notre Dame Prep, Defense Attorney; Seth LaPointe, Traverse City Christian, striker; Nolan Carroll, Elk Rapids, midfielder; and Kevin Hubbell, Benzie Central, midfielder.
Third Team – Hayden Watson, Grosse Ile, Goalkeeper; Nicolas Santina, Boyne City, goalkeeper; Clayton Lafayette, Grosse Ile, Defense Counsel; Arvin Pandiyan, Country Day, striker; Nick Lanfear, Clawson; Matt Stevens, Howard City Tri-County, striker; Treyton Siegert, Gladwin, onwards; Joel Carter, Boyne City, midfielder; Henry Reineck, Traverse City Christian, midfielder; Kendall Morris, Frankenmuth, onwards; Luke Mattar, Flint Powers, defense attorney; Ryker Johnecheck, Williamston, onwards; Isaac Saavedra, Dowagiac, midfielder; Connor Foley, Grand Rapids West Catholic, defense attorney; and Diego Tiscareno, Grand Rapids South Christian, midfield.
Honorable Mention – Owen Thieme, Notre Dane Prep, Goalkeeper; Joseph Woloszyk, Lutheran North, Guardian; Chase Gabowitz, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, onwards; Ty Garza, Grosse Ile, defense attorney; Trevor Lesnau, Lutheran North, midfield; Cole Heiser, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, Defense Counsel; Kyle Gougeon, Clawson, onwards; Massimo Vitale, Notre Dame Prep, midfielder; Connor Adams, Country Day, defense attorney; Vincent Redente, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, midfielder; Carter Kosovo, Michigan Center, Forward; Brennan Goodrow, Onsted, midfielder; Nikolas Cosmet, Michigan Center, midfield; Zach Hastings, Watervliet, custodian; Ethan Scholten, Grand Rapids Covenant Christian, striker; Henry Weller, Dowagiac, defense attorney; Brady Bornas, Watervliet, midfielder; Edgar Vazquez, Wyoming Lee, midfielder; Landon Culver, Holland Christian, striker; Nolen Sperring, Grand Rapids West Michigan Aviation Academy, midfielder; Diego Pacheco, Grand Rapids Catholic Headquarters, midfield; John Torres, Hillsdale, midfielder; Hector Jiminez, midfielder, Delton Kellogg; Fernando Torres, Comstock, midfielder; Hunter light, birch run, goalie; Jaden Gil, Richmond, Guardian; Braeden Traver, Freeland, midfield; Johnny Hart, Williamston, midfielder; Collin Hale, Frankenmuth, defense attorney; Evan Baker, Frankenmuth, onwards; Connor Lemerand, Alma, onward; Jackson Gil, Richmond, midfielder; Adam Maus, Unionville Sebewaing, midfielder; Nick Kumar, Saginaw Swan Valley, Defense Attorney; Josh Otten, Catholic from Lansing, midfielder; Matthew Palmer, Williamston, Defense Counsel; Liam Prins, Howard City Tri-County, caretaker; Gavan Bignall, Muskegon Oakridge, midfielder; and Arturo Romero-Serrano, Muskegon Oakridge, onwards.
Kevin Kissane has been reporting on high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When he’s not in a field or court with a camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, traveling, and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, a graduate of St. Clair Community College and a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.