CSAA all-league soccer team honors Big Rapids, Reed City players

Lewis Macdonald (20) was among Big Rapids’ all-CSAA soccer players this season. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Five Big Rapids and two Reed City players received honors from the all-Central State Activities Association soccer team, announced recently.

Big Rapids was third in the league and Reed City was seventh.

Jonah Hengesbach, Lewis Macdonald, Elliott Seay and Owen Seay were on the first team and Saif Abdulameer on the honorable mention list for Big Rapids.

Reed City was represented by Ethan Maddox on the first team and Kameron Horchner on the honorable mention list.

Owen Seay, a senior midfielder, had 23 goals and 13 assists. He was also all-district and all-region.

“Owen was our engine,” Big Rapids coach Justin Fox said. “He led the team with his tenacity, determination, and competitiveness. He’s a very technical player with great skill.”

Seay’s twin brother, Elliot, had one and six assists. He was also all-district.

“He really grew as a player in a new position,” Fox said. “He had good vision and passing. He’s a selfless player who can win a ball well in midfield.”

Hengesbach was all-district and scored 25 goals and two assists as a junior forward.

“Jonah had a breakout junior year,” Fox said. “He built upon his success and experience from last year and continued where he left off. He has great pace and can finish well, exactly what is needed from a striker.”

He was also all-district, as was Macdonald, who as a junior mid had seven goals and one assist.

“A very physical and great athlete, Lewis is very adept at winning a ball in the midfield and transitioning to offense,” Fox said.

Abdulameer, a senior forward, had nine goals and two assists.

“Saif was determined to improve on his junior season and did just that,” Fox said. “He works very hard out on the field and has a knack of getting himself into positions to score.”

Maddox was a junior co-captain and is a three-year starter. He led Reed City in scoring with 13 goals and three assists. He was first-team all-district.

Horchner is a junior co-captain and three-year starter for the Coyotes as a defensive wing/midfielder.

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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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