Crossroads soccer duo earns first-team all-conference awards

Ethan Davis tallied 10 goals and seven assists this season. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Two players from Crossroads Charter Academy have earned all-conference honors from the Northern Michigan Soccer League this season, while three are on the honorable mention list.

The first-team players are Ethan Davis and Jackson Wickes.

Davis is a captain and junior center-midfielder. He had 10 goals and seven assists.

“This is the athlete that coach wants to and needs to have with game intelligence, coachability and skills,” Crossroads coach Josh Yurick said. “Although his position was center-mid you could find him involved in 99 percent of the plays and giving 200 percent. There tends to be selfish players in soccer and that has confused me for a long time, teenage years I suppose.

“At one point in the season we had a healthy lead and I watched Ethan give a new player to our team three then four and five chances to score in front of the goal. Ethan could have scored, probably twice but would give that up so that another person could have the chance to experience scoring.

Jackson Wickes

“I told the team that my teenage self would have stopped passing the ball after the first or second service that wasn’t shot. That is a true testament to team culture and character.”

Wickes had three assists as a junior sweeper-center back.

“Jackson returned this season and didn’t come with a set position,” Yurick said. “ We had him in the midfield/forward positions where he did well. Early on we had an issue with the defense and I moved him. I never had any push-back, no comments, nothing other than a great attitude and willingness to learn. A match or two later our defense was back and better. The beauty of this position is to stay calm and stop all scoring opportunities, communicate to teammates and listen to the Keeper. Jackson executed this flawlessly. The never panicking and confident player made his job look simple. He broke more plays in front of the goal and kept the defense organized and efficient.

Honorable mention players for Crossroads were Gabe Cowles, David Barger and Cameron Carnes.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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