DANIEL SAUERS, LAKEWOOD senior, boys soccer and cross country
The facts: Sauers earned all-league and honorable mention all-state a year ago, and is in his fourth year as a varsity player and second year as a captain of the boys soccer team. He is the sweeper or center back of a defense that helped the Vikings to a 1-0 win over Lansing Catholic last week that was their first ever against the Cougars. Lakewood is 7-5-1 overall and finished 3-2 in the CAAC White. In cross country, he was Lakewood’s top finisher in both the Middleville Thornapple-Kellogg Invitational last month and the CAAC White Jamboree on Tuesday. He is also a member of the basketball and track and field teams.
From soccer coach James Leveque: “He’s the anchor to our defense, and did a great job keeping Lansing Catholic out of the 18 (the 18 yards closest to the goal also known as the ‘big goalie box’). He doesn’t miss practice, and he comes to every weight-lifting opportunity and scrimmage. He keeps busy as a multi-sport athlete, but he’s extremely dedicated to each one.”
From cross country coach Jim Hassett: “Daniel has shown excellent leadership since joining the cross country team. He is a dual-sport athlete, so he is not with us much since school started, but before then he was at nearly every summer practice and has been the one the rest of the boys look up to when he is present. Daniel has already improved his time about 30 seconds or more from what he ran last year at the same invitationals.”