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U14 Boys CASSA Tri-Hawks, Fall 2015 Divisional Champs


U14 Boys CASSA Tri-Hawks are fall divisional champs. Pictured left to right, back row: Mason Morey, Jaydon Moleski, Alex Solorio, Cody Blake, Adam Grant, Morgan Petersen, Benny Van Dusen, Jack Bentley, Henry Matthew, Coach Chris Frilen. Front row: David Burger, Christian Moleski, Robert Burger, Hunter Mahoney, Porter Kenyon, Nolan Hall.

U14 Boys CASSA Tri-Hawks are fall divisional champs. Pictured left to right, back row: Mason Morey, Jaydon Moleski, Alex Solorio, Cody Blake, Adam Grant, Morgan Petersen, Benny Van Dusen, Jack Bentley, Henry Matthew, Coach Chris Frilen. Front row: David Burger, Christian Moleski, Robert Burger, Hunter Mahoney, Porter Kenyon, Nolan Hall.

One group of local young men attained an outstanding soccer season this fall. The U14 Boys CASSA Tri-Hawks beat their spring record of 0-6-2, in the same division, by becoming undefeated divisional champions at their last game of the season, October 31.

The team, comprised primarily of soccer players from Cedar Springs but also, Greenville, Tri-County, Kent City and Rockford, took the first-place title after competing against teams from Ludington, Montague, Cadillac, Big Rapids, Northview and Rockford, and will therefore advance to the next division up in the spring.

Head coach Chris Frilen, new this year to CASSA and the U14 boys, believes that success as a team isn’t only measured on scoreboards. “I was confident that if the young men on the team bought in to what we were going to instill in them,” said Frilen, “they would have a successful season. I didn’t know how that would translate in terms of wins and losses, but the evidence of success would be in their attitudes, collective spirit, work ethic, and technical and tactical development.”

Even so, it is an extremely challenging undertaking for a team to make the 180-degree turn after such a difficult season. One of the key ingredients infused into the winning recipe from the beginning of the fall was the comradery. “It’s absolutely vital,” said Frilen. “A collection of players is just that until there is a distinct team spirit developed. We spoke a lot about commitment this season. For us, it was more than a commitment to us coaches and the CASSA program. We wanted our players to commit to each other that they would work every training session to make themselves better players, better teammates; full credit to our great group of young men that they really bought in and took it very seriously.”

Frilen is known for motivating his players by peppering his practices, pregame and half-time speeches with analogies and metaphors, referring to the kick-off whistle as a “dinner bell,” during a recent pre-game ritual. Frilen speaks somewhat rhythmically to the tightly-huddled players in a smooth calm voice, “If you throw a starving dog a piece of meat, does he go after it half-heartedly or with everything he’s got? Now, in a minute, when the dinner bell goes off, how are you going to fight for this game?”

Clearly, the metaphors are an effective coaching tool, as the obvious enthusiasm builds and the boys zealously respond with intensity but also youthful growls, snarls and laughter as they take the field.

When asked how the team will approach next spring’s tough challenge a division up, Frilen replied with yet another motivational analogy. “We talked this fall about our season being a climb. It takes a lot of work and dedication to reach the summit, but most climbers will tell you they’re never satisfied when they get to the top of the first hill they climb. They’re always looking for the next challenge, the next ascent. We’ll approach the spring season as a new and more arduous challenge. I know our players will be up for it. They’ll give it a real go.”

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CASSA Tri-Hawks make it to the championship finals in Traverse City


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The CASSA Tri-Hawks girls U-12 soccer team traveled to Traverse City, on May 15, for the annual Cherry Capital Cup soccer tournament.  The tournament hosts hundreds of teams from Michigan.  Under the direction of coaches Dan Buchner and Tim Lett, the Tri-Hawks made it to the championship game, on May 17, against Carpathia Kickers and took home second place for their division.

“The girls played a well-fought game and showed excellent sportsmanship” noted Coach Buchner.

The team has traveled to Traverse City for the past few years for both the fall and spring tournaments.  This was their first tournament in which they made it to the championship game.

“All their hard work paid off,” stated Coach Lett. “They should be very proud.”

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C.A.S.S.A Tri-Hawks U10 girls win Division title


Front: Elizabeth Fettig  Middle: Left to right: Brandy Singleton, Lily Briggs, Andrea Rios, Darrah Miller. Back Row: Loren Riddle, Makenna Outwin, Olivia Hearth, Ali Carlson, Emma Cassiday, Mia Joppich Assistant Coach Pete Singleton (Gray), Head Coach Ryan Outwin (Red)

Front: Elizabeth Fettig
Middle: Left to right: Brandy Singleton, Lily Briggs, Andrea Rios, Darrah Miller.
Back Row: Loren Riddle, Makenna Outwin, Olivia Hearth, Ali Carlson, Emma Cassiday, Mia Joppich
Assistant Coach Pete Singleton (Gray), Head Coach Ryan Outwin (Red)

The U10 girls clinched their Grand Valley Soccer Association (GVSA) Division 2 title, finishing the season 6-1-1.  This is their 2nd consecutive division title. After winning the Division 3 fall title with a record of 7-1, the Tri-Hawks were moved up to Division 2 this spring season.

This title came down to the final game. Coming into the last weekend, with two games left, the Tri-Hawks were sitting in 3rd place. The top two teams had finished their season and the Tri-Hawks just had to win their final two games to take the title.

On Saturday, they faced a relentless USA WISE team from Zeeland. Even though their opponents were winless on the season and only had one player on the bench to sub in, they put up a great effort. The Tri-Hawks won 2-1, moving into 2nd place. With TC Strikers sitting at 5-0-3 with 18 points, the Tri-Hawks were 5-1-1 with 16 points.  The Tri-Hawks 1 loss and 1 tie were at the hands of the first place TC Strikers team.  A win in their final game of the season would give them 19 points and the title.

The girls played some of their best soccer of the season. Great passing and communication on the field, as well as aggressive pressure on their opponents, got them a 3-0 shutout win and the title. The girls scored 17 goals in 8 games, and only gave up 11 goals on the season.

 

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