Tigers’ Grimm BEC Player of the Year

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


DERRICK GRIMM, Howards Grove senior midfielder, was voted the BEC’s Player of the Year in boys soccer. – Review file photo DERRICK GRIMM, Howards Grove senior midfielder, was voted the BEC’s Player of the Year in boys soccer. – Review file photo PLYMOUTH — Senior Derrick Grimm of Howards Grove was voted the Big East Conference’s Player of the Year for the 2015 boys soccer season by the league coaches.

Grimm, a midfielder, also earned all-conference first-team honors for the fourth straight year. He was on the All-Central Lakeshore Conference top unit each of the previous three seasons. This past campaign was the first in the new BEC.

The Tigers, second in the conference with a 12-1-1 record, have two other first-team picks in senior forward Devin Gallenberger and senior midfielder Jeremy Berglund. Gallenberger was an All-CLC second-team selection as a junior.

HGHS has two second-team players – senior defender Lucas Jaeger and junior defender Bryce Pedrin. The Tigers’ other all-league selections, each honorable, are senior midfielder Elijah Murphy, sophomore midfielder Peter Grimm and freshman defender Will Rautmann.


JEREMY BERGLUND (8), Howards Grove senior midfielder, earned All-BEC soccer first-team honors. – Review file photo JEREMY BERGLUND (8), Howards Grove senior midfielder, earned All-BEC soccer first-team honors. – Review file photo Grimm is one of six unanimous first-team players. He finished the BEC season with 16 goals and seven assists for a total of 39 points (two points per goal and one per assist).

“Derrick was an obvious impact whenever he was on the field. He is an example of hard work and 100-percent effort,” said Tiger head coach Kasey Smith.

“His speed, ball skills, finishing ability, passing ability and leadership were all qualities that I saw in him and every coach in the conference had to deal with. The focus on him by defenses and his ability to distribute led to high goal totals for several members of our team this year.

“What most impresses me about Derrick is his work ethic. He constantly works hard and this is evidenced by his impressive four-year career at HGHS soccer where he finished with 102 goals – beating and setting the school record,” Smith pointed out.

Gallenberger led the conference in goals with an outstanding 23 and points with 58. He also contributed 12 assists.

“Devin’s scoring touch was impressive this season. The last two years Devin has been on a scoring binge and was the 10th highest point leader [with 84] in the state at the finish of the regular season with 33 goals and 18 assists,” Smith said.

“He set some school records this season as well – notably the most goals in a game when he scored six versus Kiel. He scored more goals in one season than I have ever witnessed as a 20-year head coach.

“Devin also had the ability to take control of a game in the middle with his aggressive play and passing ability.”


DEVIN GALLENBERGER, Howards Grove senior forward, is on the All-BEC soccer first team. – Review file photo DEVIN GALLENBERGER, Howards Grove senior forward, is on the All-BEC soccer first team. – Review file photo Berglund had 10 goals and six assists for a total of 26 points in BEC action.

“Jeremy was a big-game performer for us this season. His ability to move fast with the ball on the outside or past a defense’s back line was a major weapon for us,” Smith noted.

“His fitness level was incredible and defensive skills at midfield stopped numerous attacks. He knows the game well and works his tail off in practices.”

Jaeger, an All-CLC first-team player in 2014, scored one goal. Pedrin made two assists. Murphy contributed three goals and four assists.

Peter Grimm had three goals and five assists. Rautmann totaled five goals and three assists.

The other repeat all-league picks are junior defender Chris TenPas of Oostburg, senior midfielder Noah Hendrikse of Sheboygan Christian/ Lutheran and senior goalkeeper Evan DeBroux, Random Lake.

The other unanimous first-team selections are DeBroux, senior defender Josh Pingel of Christian/ Lutheran, TenPas, Hendrikse and Random Lake senior forward Zack Ross.

Christian/Lutheran had a leaguehigh four first-team players. The Eagles won the BEC title with a 13-1 record.


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