Big Rapids soccer players recognized by CSAA

Selena Wright tallied 27 goals and 12 assists this season. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Central State Activities Association soccer champion Big Rapids has landed five players on the first-team all-league list announced recently.

Coached by Curt Ray, the Cardinals also won their district and advanced to the regional finals where they lost 1-0 to Freeland last week.

Honorees for Big Rapids were Kaitlyn Ray, Selena Wright, Leah Morningstar, Josie Sanders and Halle Stork. Brettanya Zimmer was on the honorable mention list.

Ray is a senior center-mid, who is a four-year varsity player, and two-year captain who has been three years all-conference, three years all-district and three years all region. She was an honorable mention selection at the state level.

She had 21 goals and 12 assists.

“Kaitlyn is one of the most technically skilled players in program history, who scored over 80 goals in her four-year career to rank her in the top five

all-time at Big Rapids High School,” Curt Ray said.

Wright, a junior forward, is a three-year varsity player, two-year all-conference, two-year all-district and two-year all-regional player. She had 27 goals and 10 assists.

“Selena’s speed and determination has earned her a spot as the leading scorer on the lady Cardinals this season,” Curt Ray said. “She is able to play any position on the field and has led to the success of the program the last few years.”

Morningstar is a senior right-forward four-year varsity player, who is two-year all-conference. She had eight goals and six assists.

Leah Morningstar’s speed and agility makes her one of the most athletic players on the field at any given time,” Curt Ray said,

Stork, a senior goalkeeper, played in 23 games with a record of 21-2 losses with a save percentage of 84 percent. She allowed 14 goals.

“Halle is a team captain and her excellent foot skills allow her to play a dropped ball with confidence and accurately deliver it up field to her teammates” assistant coach Don Zimmer said.

Josie Sanders, a junior right outside back, had six goals, and eight assists with 30 shots and 17 of those shots on goal from a defensive position.

“Josie plays with speed and dribbling skills to carry the ball up field to the opponents’ goal,” Zimmer said. “She has started every game and is a team captain.”

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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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