Droke, Schermerhorn on CSAA soccer first team

REED CITY – Ricky Droke was dangerous every time he put his foot on the ball for Reed City’s boys soccer team this season.

Droke was among five Coyotes to win all-Central State Activities Association honors this season. He and Ben Schermerhorn were on the first team while twins Eric and Kyle Voelker earned honorable mention acclaim.

Droke, a senior, had 21 goals and seven assists this season plus three hat tricks. He had four goals in a game against Lakeview.

“The amount of improvement he had from his junior to senior year was something spectacular,” said Reed City coach Dave Mix. “From our records, his 48 career goals is a (school record) high.”

Droke’s 21 goals for a single season is the highest, Mix said, since he’s been coaching.

Droke, along with Schermerhorn, also earned all-district honors.

Schermerhorn, a senior goalkeeper and central/midfielder, scored two goals and had four shutouts.

“He’s a tremendous athlete,” Mix said “He’s a good overall leader. He’ll be missed after four years.”

Erick Voelker, a senior sweeper, had two goals and two assists. He also earned all-district honorable mention honors.

“Erick became a mainstay defensively for us this year,” Mix said.

Kyle Voelker, a senior forward, had four goals before a knee injury ended his season after nine matches.

“We were not the same team after his injury,” Mix said. “For the limited play he had, he ended up being third high in goals this season.

Wyatte Baker was all-conference honorable mention as a junior fullback.

“He developed well defensively,” Mix said. “He’s a strong fullback.”

Schermerhorn, both Voelkers, Nick Forgue, Trevor Nelson, Kolt Slater and Corey Saladin were all-state academic players and the squad earned all-state academic honors.