MAC honors standout boys soccer players

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published November 16, 2017

 Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse’s Chris Walters prepares to kick the ball during a regular-season game against Sterling Heights High. Walters earned All-League honors in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse’s Chris Walters prepares to kick the ball during a regular-season game against Sterling Heights High. Walters earned All-League honors in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

Another fall boys soccer season has come and gone for teams in the Macomb Area Conference.

Here’s a look at the final standings, along with the players and coaches who were honored by the conference.

Utica Ford II’s Alex Steinwascher was the top player in the league and was named MVP; Macomb Dakota coach Stefano Moraccini earned the division’s Coach of the Year honors; and Sterling Heights Stevenson received the Sportsmanship Award.

All-League honors went to Steinwascher, Mateo Gjurghaj, Gabe Parra and Jordan Chinoski, Ford; Jack Barnett, Mario Corella, Brendan Petz, Stefano Moraccini Jr. and Alexander Kaiser, Dakota; Michael Honaker, Chris DeClerq and Ryan Sturza, Utica Eisenhower; Brian Alexiev, Christian Margilaj and John Solomon, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley; Dawsun Schrum and Alex Wystepek, Stevenson; and Tyler Waelchli, Fraser High.

In the final standings, Dakota went 6-0-4 to win the division. Ford was next at 6-1-3, followed by Chippewa Valley (3-3-4), Eisenhower (3-4-3), Stevenson (2-6-2) and Fraser (1-7-2).

MAC White
Grosse Pointe North made a clean sweep of the MVP and Coach of the Year awards, with Dylan Watts and Eric Vanston taking the honors, respectively. No Sportsmanship Award was given in the MAC White.

All-League players were Watts, Alex Siluk, Brendan Bergeron, Thomas Kohler and Avery Clark, North; Roberto Vitale, Arem Barekes, Peter Milne and Evan Bassey, Utica High; Mitch Meldrum, Andrew Krupp and Mase Delauney, New Baltimore Anchor Bay; Justin Burns, Simon Miners and Brandon Demand, St. Clair Shores Lakeview; Dylan Wismont and Reed Duerbusch, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North; Ryan Danaj and Cris Gjelaj, Romeo High; and Anthony Frasier, Grosse Pointe South.

North won the White with a 9-1-2 record. Utica was next at 8-2-2, followed by Anchor Bay (5-2-5), Lakeview (5-6-1), LCN (3-6-3), Romeo (2-8-2) and South (2-9-1).

MAC Blue
Warren Cousino’s Amer Karic was named league MVP and his coach, Kelsie Brown, earned Coach of the Year honors. Clawson High received the Sportsmanship Award.

All-League honorees were Karic, Morees Toma, Joel Kosttko, Jordan Glaser and Nathan Frazier, Cousino; Travis Newman, Francisco Alvarez, Nick Bosnic and Logan Thomas, Clawson; Christian Hidou, Tyler Shaba and Thomas Howard III, Sterling Heights High; Abdulla Al-Ubaidy, Chris Walters and Tyler Rossi, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse; Eric Sexton and Jacob Caton, Warren Mott; Jacob Schroll and Tim Doyle, Port Huron Northern; and Brett Berger, Madison Heights Lamphere.

Cousino finished 10-0-2 to claim the division championship. Clawson finished second at 8-1-3. Sterling Heights took third with a mark of 6-5-1, followed by L’Anse Creuse (5-5-2), Mott (3-6-2), Port Huron Northern (2-9-1) and Lamphere (2-10-0).
MAC Gold
Marysville High’s Brett Robinson earned league MVP honors and his coach, Diana Dykstra, was named Coach of the Year. Center Line High received the Sportsmanship Award.

All-League honorees included Robinson, Brendan Willox, Alex Garcia, Marshal DiGrobehn and Ben Oles, Marysville; Matt Rach, Peter Mackenzie, Ben Sullivan and Chris Federlein, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore; Ryan Johnson and Bradshaw Roberts, St. Clair High; Noah Daudlin, Austin Lorentzen and Ryan Shiemke, Roseville High; Jeremy Rindall, David Asmar and Eric Yeng, Warren Woods Tower; Daniel Oliver and Benjamin Wentzel, Port Huron High; and Martin Bautt, Center Line.

Marysville went 10-1-1 to take the crown, while Lake Shore was next at 9-1-2. St. Clair, Tower and Roseville all finished 5-6-1, followed by Port Huron (2-8-2) and Center Line (2-10-0).

MAC Silver
Warren Fitzgerald’s Joynul Hussain and Jason MacKay earned MVP and Coach of the Year honors, respectively. Marine City received the Sportsmanship Award.

All-League honorees were Hussain, Andray Gilyana, William Lee, Sinan Khamesea and Samer Khamesea, Fitzgerald; Sebastian Petroj, Esteban Barba, Liam Baumann, Caleb Geister and Mario Ortega, New Haven High; Brendan Jackins, Trenton Bohr and Hunter Daniels, Marine City High; Adrian Musiej, Mihali Aronis and Frenki Dhembo, St. Clair Shores South Lake. Eastpointe High and Madison Heights Madison did not provide any All-MAC players.

New Haven and Fitzgerald tied atop the standings at 9-1-0 to share the division championship. Marine City finished third at 5-4-0, followed by South Lake (3-6-1), Madison (1-7-1) and Eastpointe (1-9-0).