See Greater Lansing’s all-state selections

The Okemos and Lansing Christian boys soccer teams spent a majority of this fall featured in the state rankings.

Both programs claimed league and district championships and reached regional title games.

Some of the key individuals who impacted that success are among the players from Greater Lansing named all-state by the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association.

Okemos had three players honored in Division 1, with midfielder Leo Area earning first team all-state recognition to lead the way. The Wolves also had midfielder Alex Gandhi named to the second team and goalkeeper Sawyer Van Antwerp earn third team honors.

Midfielder Owen Resch was among four players from Lansing Christian recognized in Division 4 and was a first team selection. Forward Elijah Ellis was named to the second team, while goalkeeper Brady Carmichael and forward Tyler Kendrick were honorable mention selections.

Lansing Christian's Owen Resch moves the ball against Hillsdale Academy, Tuesday, Oct.  25, 2022, at Lansing Christian School.

DeWitt, Mason, Eaton Rapids, Alma and Dansville also had multiple players selected all-state.

DeWitt, which tied for the CAAC Blue title with Okemos and won a district championship, had five players honored in Division 2. Midfielder Lucas Perez was a first team selection to lead DeWitt, while Ruslan Masalitin and Brayden Powers were named to the third team. The Panthers also had a pair of honorable mention selections in goalkeeper Jackson Janderwski and defender Caiden McDonald.

Mason captured a district title and had four players recognized. Midfielder Lucas Nay was named to the first team and forward Blendi Jahiri and goalkeeper Dominic Casali were honorable mention selections in Division 2.

Eaton Rapids' Kyle Bush, left, saves a goal attempt as Grosse Ile's Landon Bourdage closes in during the second half of overtime on Thursday, Oct.  27, 2022, at Williamston High School.

Eaton Rapids, which had four players honored, claimed league and district championships and reached a regional final in Division 3. Goalkeeper Kyle Bush was a third team selection, while midfielder Robert Noyes, forward Drew Holevac and defender Carter Buckingham were tabbed honorable mention all- state.

Alma won a Division 3 district championship and had several all-state selections. Forward Leo Richter was named to the second team, midfielder Jack Lemerand earned third team honors and Noah Vega, Daniel Ash and Corey Yates were honorable mention selections.

Dansville forwards Chase Goff and Drew Frantz were honorable mention all-state selections in Division 4.

East Lansing, Ionia, Williamston, Lakewood and Laingsburg also had players honored.

East Lansing midfielder Holden Knapp was an honorable mention all-state in Division 1 and Ionia forward Zane Sarka was an honorable mention selection in Division 2.

Lakewood forward Carter Colby was an honorable mention all-state selection in Division 3 and Laingsburg midfielder earned honorable mention recognition in Division 4.

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