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AHS Boys Soccer Ready To Start Season




Members of the AHS boys soccer team are, sitting from left: Nate Rodriguez, Nathan Wachtmann, TJ Weirauch, Adrian Ramirez, Aaron Bontrager, Blake Drewes, Travis Roehrig, Gabe Peña. Second row: Jeremy Lerma, manager; Jay Miller; Brodie Nofziger; Santos Quintanilla; Chandler Wyse; Jonny Lantz; Ryan King; Ben Eggers; Jarett Lerma; Shae Hernandez; Gavin Morton, manager. Third row: Sean Stewart, head coach; Alex Hurst; Jordan Velez; Clayton Lehman; McCaylen Croninger; Seth Yoder; David Bontrager; Phil Bontrager, assistant coach. Absent: Jacob Ott, Justin Allison, Ali Gracia, assistant coach.– photo by Mary Huber

Members of the AHS boys soccer team are, sitting from left: Nate Rodriguez, Nathan Wachtmann, TJ Weirauch, Adrian Ramirez, Aaron Bontrager, Blake Drewes, Travis Roehrig, Gabe Peña. Second row: Jeremy Lerma, manager; Jay Miller; Brodie Nofziger; Santos Quintanilla; Chandler Wyse; Jonny Lantz; Ryan King; Ben Eggers; Jarett Lerma; Shae Hernandez; Gavin Morton, manager. Third row: Sean Stewart, head coach; Alex Hurst; Jordan Velez; Clayton Lehman; McCaylen Croninger; Seth Yoder; David Bontrager; Phil Bontrager, assistant coach. Absent: Jacob Ott, Justin Allison, Ali Gracia, assistant coach.– photo by Mary Huber

Boys soccer, under the guidance of Sean Stewart, head coach, has begun its first year as a sanctioned sport at Archbold High School.

The Archbold Area School Board sanctioned the sport at its May 17 meeting.

The Archbold Soccer Club pledged to cover all expenses, but sanctioning allows the team to play in postseason tournaments.

“Our club program has been strong, but we will see better opposition than we are used to,” said Stewart, who has coached for three years.

“Our ability to adjust will determine whether or not we will be successful.

“We have a great opportunity to surprise some people.”

Seniors with years of experience are Aaron Bontrager, the captain, and Justin Allison.

Stewart said he has a strong junior class, including vice captains Adrian Ramirez and Jonny Lantz, the goalkeeper.

He also said he has a talented freshman class, with some expected to see some varsity playing time.

Stewart said the team’s strengths include the fact they’ve come through a successful club program, and that there’s a healthy mix of upperclassmen and youth.

Weaknesses include that it’s the first time they’re playing a full schedule of varsity-level teams, and a possible lack of overall depth.

“Keeping players healthy will be key,” said the coach.

The Streaks were scheduled to open their season, yesterday, Tuesday, against St. John’s Jesuit High School.

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