December 7, 2012


Top teams dominate all-league honors

Staff Writer

The top two boys’ soccer teams in the Central Counties League this past season also dominated the all-league first-team selections.
Five-time champion Cincinnatus had four players named to the elite squad, including seniors Bryant Loomis (forward-midfielder), Nick Lindley (defender) and Jesse Constantino (forward) and junior goalkeeper Shea Feehan. Runner-up McGraw’s first teamers are seniors David Levitskiy (defender), Aaron Hitt (defender) and Nick Cowen (forward). Representing DeRuyter on the first team is senior defender Tim Roodenburg.
Hitt and Cowen are repeat first-teamers, while Constantino, Feehan, Levitskiy and Roodenburg made the second team last year.
The first team also includes Logan Reed and goalkeeper Cody Beeching from Brookfield, Brent Rasmussen from Otselic Valley, Evan Kinney from Stockbridge Valley and Dylan Diehl from Madison.
Cincy junior midfielder Matt Lindley, senior defender Nick Peri and senior defender-midfielder Mickey Halstrom made the second team, as did junior midfielder-forward Mike Smith, senior midfielder-forward Devin McGuinness and junior goalkeeper Ryan White from McGraw and sophomore midfielder Mike Booth from DeRuyter. Also on the second team are Madison’s Logan Snyder and Brenden Hummer, Otselic valley’s Trevor Marston and Brandon Huntley and Brookfield’s Jake Cowen.
DeRuyter’s honorable mentions are junior midfielder Justin Fish, senior midfielder Connor Grime, junior defender Brandon Purtell and sophomore forward Zach Wheeler. Also accorded honorable mention were Otselic Valley’s Matt Neal and Jason Olin, Madison’s Tyler Peters and Shane Renfrew, Brookfield’s Wade King and Preston Reilly and Stockbridge Valley’s Nathan Durant.
The three local coaches had the following comments on their first-teamers.
On Bryant Loomis: “Bryant’s size and knack for finding the goal made him a big threat to any opponents he came up against. He was the leading scorer for our team, is excellent at reading the game and could be played in any position on the field.”
Loomis scored 17 goals and five assists for 39 points this season.
On Nick Lindley: “Nick is one of the reasons why Shea has had so many shutouts these past several years. His ability to break up plays before they can develop make him a very valuable defender. Nick has a drive and passion to win each challenge.”
In addition to his defensive duties this fall, Lindley scored two goals and also had three assists.
On Jesse Constantino: “Jesse was blessed with lightning quick speed, and mixing this with his foot skills made him a very dangerous player on the field. If the opposing team took their eyes off of him for a split second they were in big trouble, usually finding Jesse coming up behind their defense.”
Constantino totaled eight goals and eight assists on the season.
On Shea Feehan: “This was Shea’s second season of recording 11 shutouts since he started his varsity career. He is not only a great keeper by the way he makes saves in the goal, but is also a team leader by the way he encourages his teammates and talks to them all through the game.”
Feehan surrendered nine goals in 17 games this season, a goals-against average of 0.53 a game, and made a total of 72 saves.
On David Levitskiy: “David has been sweeper on the team for the past three years,. He is a very smart player and knew what needed to be done in that position. He came up from the JV team as the leading scorer and was not sure at first when told of his new role. He took the role as sweeper and took much pride in how he played. He no doubt became the leader of the defense. David was very aggressive in the back and played hard; if he was going for a ball you could count on him to win it every time. Over the past three years David scored two goals and had six assists. He was also a big part of a defense that over 53 games only let in 34 goals and had 30 shutouts. David has also been a leader over the years and was chosen as a captain by his peers. He will be greatly missed next year and will be hard to replace.”
On Aaron Hitt: “Aaron has been playing tough defense over the past three years for the varsity program. He was easily the most feared player in the league, not because he played cheap but because he played hard. He was not only feared by the league but also by his own players. He always gave it his all whether it was a game or practice. Over the past three years Aaron scored six goals and had five assists, none being more important than the two goals that he scored in the win this year at Cincinnatus. Aaron knew when it was time to make a run up front or to stay back at defense. He also picked up his leadership role on the team and was picked as a captain this year. He is one of three defenders that we will be losing and will be missed.”
On Nick Cowen: “Nick has been on the varsity team for four years. He has played up front for most of the time but when needed could be counted on to play some defense. He has been a goal scorer over the years with last year being his best year with 29 goals and 12 assist. This year he did not score as much, but other teams were concentrating on him knowing how he could score. He still led the team this year with 10 goals and had five assists. Over the past four years he combined for 58 goals and 23 assists. Nick was also a captain this year, being chosen by his teammates. Nick has been playing soccer since a very young age and has a true love for the game. He will be missed come next year.”
On Tim Roodenburg: “Tim was an excellent defender. As the anchor of our defense, he finished the season with two goals and five assists. The team was better with him leading on the field. He was a very vocal and emotional leader who also set the standards through example and would do anything in his power to win a game. He is a very well deserved first-team selection.”
The McGraw team was named a New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar/Athlete Team, an award that goes to squads with composite grade averages of 90 percent or above. Those cited in conjunction with the award were seniors Levitskiy, Hitt, Cowen, Justin Morgan, Ben Hammond, Anthony Bean and Brandon Sherwood, juniors Christopher Sweeney, Ryan White and David Leach and sophomores Jeffrey Steinhoff and Austin Harriger.


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