Reed City boys soccer team gets back to business

LOOKING THINGS OVER: Reed City soccer coach Dave Mix keeps an eye on the action during a practice last week. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)
LOOKING THINGS OVER: Reed City soccer coach Dave Mix keeps an eye on the action during a practice last week. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — It’s beginning to look at lot like boys soccer season.

At Reed City, twice-a-week workouts started last week at the practice field and will continue for awhile as the Coyotes and coach Dave Mix get ready for the fall season. Practices officially start on Aug. 8.

The kickoff to summer practices was last week, July 17.

“Quite a few boys went to some camps,” Mix said. “This is the first time (coaches have been here).”

Workouts were scheduled again for Tuesday and Thursday of this week.

“But (next week), it will be just Tuesday because then we get into a dead period before the season,” he said.

Mix noted some graduates from the program return to help out with the preseason.

“The young guys get to get some good touches again,” Mix said, adding that conditioning remains a key part of the offseason.

Mix had 16 players to his first workout last week. Pickup games is usually on the agenda.

“Then we do a lot of things...we rotate everyone around,” Mix said. “Open field is open to all young gents in the area. Ideally it’s the freshmen through seniors.”

After practices open, the Coyotes will gear toward their first action Aug. 18 at the Leelanau Invitational.

“We just want them good and hungry for getting back into the game,” Mix said. “A lot of them are two sport athletes. Their summers have been booked up between baseball and basketball.”

Ricky Droke has played varsity soccer for the Coyotes since his freshman season.

“He’ll have a little bit of burden on his shoulders for this fall,” Mix said. “We have the Voelker brothers, Kyle and Eric.”

Ben Schermerhorn is a leading candidate to take over for Dylan Kichak in net. Trevor Nelson is also a key returning player.

“He initiated for us the comeback against Ludington in the district finals,” Mix said, pointing to the 4-2 Reed City victory.