Ranger seniors wrap up stellar careers

Published 8:54 am Wednesday, November 28, 2018

CASSOPOLIS — For the first time in school history, seniors Lane Francis, Jeremy King and Niklas Dittman led the Cassopolis soccer program to a winning record over their four-year career.

Cassopolis went 49-35-2 during that span.

“We are thankful for their hard work and dedication to our program,” said Cassopolis coach Austin Francis. “They are not just good soccer players, but also great young men. We also thank all of the fans, parents, volunteers, athletic director, grounds crew, bus drivers, Cassopolis administration and everyone that helps to make Cassopolis soccer a success. It’s a real fun time to be a Ranger.”

The senior class was among those honored recently as the Cassopolis soccer banquet.

Awards were handed out for all-conference, district and state, as well as team awards that were voted upon by the players.

Francis earned All-Southwest 10 Conference honors, as well as Division 4 All-District and Academic All-State.

Dittman was all-district and academic all-state, while King earned all-district honors.

Underclassman Brett Williams and Todd Bussey were both All-Southwest 10 and Division 4 All-District, while Enrique Matamoros earned all-district.

Williams was named the team’s Offensive Player of the Year, while Ryan Williams was named Defensive Player of the Year.

Jason Sopaseuth was named Most Improved Player and Francis was selected as the Most Valuable Player.