Trinity boys soccer honors athletes at banquet

The Trinity Lutheran boys soccer team held their end-of-season banquet on Oct. 23 at the house of Levi Froedge, who was one of the five seniors on the roster this season.

Head coach Todd Jack, in his second season at the helm of the Cougars’ program, handed out multiple awards to the players reflecting their play on this pitch this fall.

Jack named two most valuable players, and those went to Andrew Bell and Prader Kiel. Both are seniors, and their leadership was something that stood out to Jack.

“Andrew’s role as MVP was displayed through his tireless effort from the first whistle to the last,” Jack said. “His leadership in that respect is something I hope gets passed on from team to team.”

Kiel’s steadiness in the back line was something Jack was impressed with, especially because his team continuously moved players into different positions to try to find the best combinations.

But something that was always constant was Kiel’s presence on defense.

“Prader was the only player this year to remain in his same position every game,” Jack said. “He was the cornerstone of the defense and leaves behind a heavy mantle for whoever precedes him, thus notching him the MVP tag as well.”

The most improved player award went to Landon Gasaway, who was a freshman this year for the Cougars.

Gasaway bought into the program and is an example of the kind of young talent Jack wants to continue to grow at Trinity.

“Landon showed extreme dedication to his personal growth this year and applied himself to be the best teammate possible,” Jack said. “He was a clear choice for most improved.”

Adam Everroad earned the Cougar Award, which is given to the player that best represents Trinity Lutheran both on and off the field.

“Adam exemplifies every aspect of what it means to be a Cougar student-athlete,” Jack said. “His faith-based leadership, along with Christian character, are the defining factors of his Cougar Award achievement.”

Bell, Kiel and Everroad also all received senior awards for all the years they spent playing for the soccer program. The other two seniors, Froedge and Eli Ballard, were both first-year players this season.

“They were really staple parts of our defense and offense,” Jack said.

Jack thanked his seniors for all they did, saying after the final match in sectionals that all of them played important roles on the team.

He hopes the enthusiasm of Trinity soccer continues to grow as the Cougars look to bring back experience and add some youth in the plans of being a more well-rounded team next season.