Christian Wiley is helping Merrill’s eight-man soccer team make history this season.
The Jefferson graduate is the football coach and principal of the school, which is 12-0 and will play for a state championship on Saturday.
The Vandals will face Martin (10-2) in the Northern Michigan University Superior Dome at 11 on Saturday. In the Division 1 championship match.
After graduating from Jefferson in 1992, Wiley played college football and ran track in college and played for the Southern Michigan Timberwolves.
“It’s great to see boys grow up into young men,” Wiley said. “I’ve done that throughout my career and over the past six years with these seniors and the rest of the team. They’re by no means perfect… but heck… none of us are. They have handled everything that has been thrown at them this season and have responded very admirably.”
PREPARE THE HOCKEY
New Boston United tops the SMCC
WESTLAND – New Boston United opened their season Tuesday with a 6-4 win against St. Mary Catholic Central.
The SMCC led 4-3 in the second period, but New Boston hit three unanswered goals to win the game. Huron scored twice in the first period, twice in the second and twice in the third.
Harry Dembowski led New Boston with five goals and one assist, Bazel Wolf had one goal and two assists, Kenny Gribble recorded two assists and Tyler Oliver added one assist. Goalkeeper Logan Moran made 38 saves to earn the win.
New Boston United is a cooperative team featuring players from New Boston Huron, Airport, and Garden City.
SMCC’s Riley DeSarbo had a hat trick with all three of his goals in the second period. Ian Bird also scored for the Falcons.
“I play back and forth,” first-year SMCC coach Adam Cousino said. “Promising start to the season”.
GET READY FOR FOOTBALL
Rewarded the players of the region
The Monroe County region had 47 players selected First Team All-Region by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association.
Whiteford led all local schools with 10 players picked for Division 8 squad: Shane Suchora (OL), Brayden Luse (OL), Kolby Masserant (TE), Hunter Debarr (RB), Shea Ruddy (QB), Seamus Waterford (DL), Owen Knaggs (DL), Jake Iott (LB), Drew Knaggs (LB) and Ryin Ruddy (DB). Summerfield’s Mason Hall (OL), Brandon Thompson (RB) and Dakota Kohn (LB) were also honored in Division 8
Flat Rock and Dundee also dominated the Division 5 squad. From Flat Rock were Jason Jones (OL), Rocco Breslin (TE), Aaron Salazar (WR), Graham Junge (QB), Mike Beaudrie (DL), Drew Given (LB), Brian Booms (DB) and Corey Lannon; while Braiden Whitaker (WR/TE), Cooper Buhl (DL), Trey Parker (DL), Ethan Layton (DB) and Brayden Ratliff (special teams) were drafted from Dundee.
Monroe’s Braden Pearce (OL) was chosen in Division 1. In Division 2 were Bedford’s Ethan Manger (OL), Tommy Huss (DL) and Trey Brueggemann (LB). In Division 3 were Carlson’s Matthew Hall (OL), Evan Bredow (OL), Omari Carter (RB), Ben Przytula (DL), Timmy Simons (LB) and Kyler Ostrowski (special teams). In Division 4 were Colin Nowak (WR) and Jack Mills (DB) from Airport, and Wayne Flannery (OL) from Milan.
Jackson Wertenberger (OL), Zach Lindsay (DL), Nathan Miller (DB) and Ida’s Max Buschmann (Special Teams) were drafted in Division 6. And Division 7 was Jacob Borer (OL), Riley DeSarbo (DL) and Michael Laboe (DB) of St. Mary Catholic Central, along with Louden Murbach (LB) of Erie Mason.
FOOTBALL FOR ADULTS
The Crean Team wins
Alexa Scroggie scored her first goal of the season to lead Crean Team to an 11-6 victory over Athletico in the Monroe Adult Indoor Coed Soccer League at LevelUp Training Sunday.
Habeeb Bello scored five goals and Jaeden Vega scored one for Athletico.