By Chad Wingert
TUSCOLA COUNTY — Another girls soccer season is in the books and that means, it’s time for the 2012 edition of the Tuscola County Advertiser’s All-Advertiser Team.
Frankenmuth High School had quite a spring season, piling up numerous accolades in boys and girls track, baseball, softball, girls tennis, boys golf and girls. That’s why when it comes to handing out this year’s three major awards, it should come as little surprise that the Eagles swept the top honors.
Team of the Year for 2012 went to Frankenmuth, champions of seven Tri-Valley East for the last eight seasons, after posting a perfect 14-0 record in the league. They were also crowned District champs before capping off their season at 21-3-2 overall.
Coach of that squad and the Advertiser’s Coach of the Year, Paul Stenglein, led the Eagles into the Regionals once again. Stenglein also surpassed the 300 win mark midway through this season.
“I have to thank my coaching staff for all of their hard work and support of the team this season. The staff worked hard to create an enjoyable, yet challenging environment,” said Stenglein. “We had numerous helpers this season, however the main assistant coaches are John Deterding, Kitty Flaherty, Heather Stenglein and Katelin Veitengruber. Each coach has special gifts and talents that allowed the whole staff to work effectively with the team.”
Frankenmuth had five players land spots on this year’s First Team, three of which were seniors.
“I will really miss these seniors and all that they have done to make this an exciting and special year. We have shared so much with each other and both they and the coaching staff have grown as caring people because of our time together,” Stenglein said.
“I know that they will continue to grow as young ladies, by continuing to remember the life lessons that we have all learned over the last few years. My prayer for them is that they will use their talents to serve others and God as they continue their journey through life.”
Taking home this year’s Player of the Year honors was the only four-year member of this year’s Frankenmuth team. The First Team All-Conference, All-District, All-Region and Second Team All-State athlete was also a team captain during her final campaign with the Eagles.
Desirae Duvernois is the Advertiser’s Player of the Year for the 2012 season. She led the Eagles in goals with 21 while dishing out 12 assists.
She ended her career as a top-ten scorer at Frankenmuth, racking up 48 goals in four seasons.
“We will certainly miss the ‘Des’ intensity and effort next season. She was an outstanding leader for us these past four years,” Stenglein said. “Her work rate and overall productivity on the field was incredible. She spent most of the time as an attacking forward. However, she was used as a defensive stopper during many critical times this season.
“Her ability to cover vast amounts of the field, both offensively and defensively, was critical to our success this year.”
Duvernois was named to the Saginaw News Dream Team for this season while also earning a spot on the Advertiser’s First Team.
In goal for the First Team is Unionville-Sebewaing senior Michalla Fader, who had a breakout year for the Patriots.
Fader had 151 stops between the pipes while allowing just 19 goals for the season. Fader’s 13 shutouts for the season also helped her earn First Team honors in the Greater Thumb North.
The second Eagle to appear on this year’s squad is third-year player Melanie Dohrmann.
Dohrmann, who was also an All-Advertiser First Teamer in 2011, piled up 12 goals and one assist for the year. Ten of those goals came from headers off of corner kicks.
“Melanie’s main role on the team was playing outside defensive back. She is a very inteligent player that is aggressive when winning balls from opposing attackers,” Stenglein said.
“Melanie was a critical man marking defender who would be used to shut down an opposing teams top attacker. Her hard work and leadership over the past three years will be missed and hard to replace.”
Dohrmann was also awarded MHSSCA Academic All-State honors as well as First Team Tri-Valley East, All-District, All-Region and honorable mention All-State honors.
The first underclassmen to appear on this year’s roster is Frankenmuth sophomore Kristen Kueffner.
Kueffner started at defensive sweeper for the Eagles and there she racked up First Team All-Conference, All-District, All-Region and honorable mention All-State honors.
“Kristen’s position is a critical one that requires skill, patience, inner strength and leadership,” Stenglein said. “She grew beautifully into this position and she will be an important leader of our defensive unit these next few years.”
Rachel Williams is yet another Eagle underclassmen who claimed a slot on our First Team.
Williams, a junior at Frankenmuth, was also an All-Advertiser First Team member last season. This year, she collected 15 goals and 12 assists en-route to her First Team All-Confernece and All-District nods.
“Rachel has great distribution skills and the ability to find open teammates all over the field. Her field vision and skill with the ball will be a critical key for our success in the future,” Stenglein said.
Rounding out the Frankenmuth first-teamers is senior Nicole DeGrace.
In her final season on the pitch, DeGrace was a key member of the Eagles defense that posted 19 shutouts this year.
“Nicole is very fast and is capable of closing down and containing fast opposing attackers. She was used many times throughout the season as a marking back to shut down specific opposing attackers, as well as our internal stopper position,” Stenglein said. “Her athleticisim was critical for us this season when we had to match up against fast opposing teams.”
DeGrace earned MHSSCA Academic All-State Honors as well as Second Team All-Conference and All-District awards.
Another member of the Tri-Valley East conference has claimed the sixth slot on this year’s All-Advertiser team. Bronco midfield attacker Karisma Leon has made her way on to the First Team for the second season in a row.
Leon was also named to the TVC East First Team All-Conference.
Three Patriots who helped the USA soccer program raise the bar this season were Dani Welchner, Sarah Volk and Morgan Thomas, all of whom made their way to the First Team.
Welchner, a junior forward for the Patriots, racked up 16 goals, three assists and 75 defensive stops this season while Volk, a junior defender, posted 279 stops to go with her one goal and one assist. Thomas, the lone freshman on this year’s First Team, tallied 14 goals and five assists as the Patriots forward.
All three members of this year’s USA squad also earned First Team All-Conference honors in the Greater Thumb Conference’s North Division.
Capping off this year’s All-Advertiser First Team is Millington standout Logyn Sebert.
After landing a spot on Advertiser’s Second Team in 2011, Sebert played her way to the next level with the Cardinals this year. Sebert’s efforts also earned her a spot on the TVC East’s Second Team All-Conference.
TEAM OF THE YEAR
Tri-Valley East Champs (14-0), 21-3-2 overall, District Champs
COACH OF THE YEAR
Paul Stenglein – Frankenmuth
Tri-Valley East Champs, 300 career wins
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Desirae Duvernois – Frankenmuth
GK: Michalla Fader USA
Desirae Duvernois Frankenmuth
Melanie Dohrmann Frankenmuth
Kristen Kueffner Frankenmuth
Rachel Williams Frankenmuth
Nicole DeGrace Frankenmuth
Karisma Leon North Branch
Dani Welchner USA
Sarah Volk USA
Morgan Thomas USA
Logyn Sebert Millington
GK: Claire Carter Frankenmuth
Megan Peters Caro
Cassidy Taljonick Millington
Eva Kasperowicz North Branch
Raechel Schmidt Frankenmuth
Hannah Sassone Frankenmuth
Kalie Keyes Frankenmuth
Abby Bowman Marlette
MacKenzie Kelly Marlette
Rachel McEwen Marlette
Rachel Hornbacher USA
Shelby Scharrer, Taygen West – Frankenmuth; Anna Skelton – North Branch; Kailey Mohr – Caro; Danielle Weber – Millington; Maddy Payton – USA; Jessica Boots – Cass City; Ester Crane, Ashley Lucik, Randy Hughes – Marlette.