Reed City soccer team earns all-state academic honors

REED CITY – Reed City recently ended its soccer season with a 6-14-1 record, but coach Dave Mix found plenty to smile about including several academic awards.

“It was successful in terms of both academic and athletic success,” Mix said. “We were able to strive once again for continual development both in the classroom and on the soccer pitch with lofty and challenging goals.

“We have a Reed City boys record setting (seven) seniors that made individual all academic awards,” said Mix, referring to Nick Forgue, Trevor Nelson, Corey Saladin, Ben Schermerhorn, Kolt Slater, Kyle Voelker and Eric Voelker. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 is required.”

Reed City had a team GPA of 3.34 to earn all-state academic honors.

“It’s our fourth year in a row team all academic award,” said Mix. “ Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 is required for the (21) student athletes that comprised our team. The soccer season was successful in terms of both academic and athletic success. We were able to strive once again for continual development both in the classroom and on the soccer field with lofty and challenging goals.”

A district quarterfinal round win against Lakeview 1-0 was a highlight for Reed City . “We started the season very well with wins against Manistee, Newaygo and Lakeview, Mix said.

The Coyotes suffered a key loss in Kyle Voelker who sustained a knee injury and missed two thirds of the season.

“We were not the same team after his injury,” Mix said.

Mix noted that Reed City’s seniors were 7-2 in district action with two district titles in four years.

“This year included a unique situation in the fact that we did not foster a junior varsity team, but still had (21) student athletes that gave their best effort day in and out on the pitch and the classroom,” said Mix.

Droke had a big scoring season for the Coyotes with 21 goals and seven assists.

“A big highlight was the 21 guys coming together as a team,” Mix said. “You had a gap in experience with very young freshmen and then the seniors, playing together.”

It’s the first time Reed City did not have a JV team.

As for next year, “it depends on who is going to come out again as well as the incoming freshman class,” Mix said.