All-State soccer honors for East quartet

Lapeer East AD Sharon Miller will need to expand the school’s All State Trophy Case. For the first time ever, the Lapeer East Boys Soccer team advanced to the Final Four. Winning the regional title paid off for he Eagles, who ended the season with the program’s highest ranking ever, 6th in the state! http://www.mihisoccer.org/boysrankings.htm.

Individually, Lapeer East also did well. A quartet from the East squad earned All-State Honors.

Those honors were awarded to:

Junior starting midfielder Justin Henderson was second team All-Metro League. He was the lone goal scorer for East in the State Semi-Final game. He earned Honorable Mention All-State.

Junior starting goalie Colin Owen earned second team All-Metro League. He had 12 shutouts this year to raise his career total to 30 shutouts. Owen made 14 saves in the state semi-final game. He earned third team All-State.

Junior starting forward Alex Podolski was named to the first team All-Metro League. He led East in scoring with 19 goals. Alex earned second team All-State.

Senior Starting midfielder Clayton Tomczyk, a 4-year varsity player for East., also earned first team All-Metro League. He was recognized as one of the State’s best players, and earned first team All-State. Tomczyk joins elite company as he is the third player in East’s history to earn this accomplishment, the highest honor a soccer player can get. Dan Elliott did it in 2007. Niila Arajuuri was the first to do it in 2005.

East Coach Chad Kenny noted, “I am very proud to coach this team. Collectively they are committed to winning with character and class. These four guys are great representatives of our whole program. They were all honored to be selected to the All-State team. They would be the first ones to tell you that soccer is a team sport. These four were recognized at the All-State level, mainly because as a team we did very well. All 17 letter winners on our varsity played an important role in these four being recognized at the highest level.”

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