Several of the 15 prep boys’ soccer teams in the Battle Creek Enquirer’s coverage area enjoyed great seasons and breakout campaigns in 2012.
Yet arguably the best season-long performance by a local squad was turned in by Coldwater, which set a school record for victories in a season with 16.
Thus, earning Coach of the Year honors for the 2012 All-Enquirer Boys’ Soccer Team is Cardinals mentor Ken Delaney.
Under Delaney’s guidance, Coldwater finished 16-5 overall, 7-3 in the SMAC (second place in the league), beat Sturgis three times (the first times in school history the Cardinals beat the Trojans), and also topped Lakeview and annual power Tecumseh during the campaign.
Coldwater additionally advanced to a district final for the first time in school history, getting victories over Three Rivers and Sturgis before being upended 4-3 in a double-overtime shootout by upstart Marshall in an MHSAA Division 2 district title match.
Four of Coldwater’s players are on this year’s 22-member All-Enquirer team: Brothers Yousif (senior), Mohamed (junior) and Nooh (sophomore) Aljabaly, along with junior goalkeeper Ian Wright.
Aside from Coldwater’s four-player contingent, Quincy had the next-most players selected to the All-Enquirer team (via nominations by coaches and chosen by the Enquirer sports staff) with three: Ashton Diotte, Dakota Finley and Nick Haberl.
With two players each on the team are the five city schools: Ni Ceu and Van Lal Thang of Battle Creek Central; Alec Fisher and Jake Andrews of Harper Creek; Christian Elliott and Roland Thanzam of Lakeview; Brayden Bennett and Darin Blocker of Pennfield; and David Downey and Cameron Hiscock of the co-op St. Philip/Calhoun Christian squad.
With one player each on the All-Enquirer team are Frank Henderson of Bellevue, Zach Young of Delton Kellogg, Derek DeGraff of Galesburg-Augusta, Angus Gibbs of Gull Lake and Carney Greene of Olivet.