HG’s Grimm repeats on All-BEC first team

Tigers’ Rautmann, Bender on top unit
by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

WILLIAM RAUTMANN WILLIAM RAUTMANN Senior midfielder Peter Grimm of Howards Grove was voted to the All-Big East Conference boys soccer first team for the second straight season by the BEC coaches.

Grimm, a unanimous firstteam pick, was All-BEC honorable mention as a sophomore. He has two Tiger teammates who are also on the first team in junior forward William Rautmann and senior goalkeeper Austin Bender. Rautmann was honorable mention in 2015 and 2016. Bender was on the second team last year.

Tiger junior defender Jack Baldwin was named to the second unit. Three HG players are honorable mention – junior defender Blake Pedrin, sophomore outside midfielder Rozz Yost and freshman defender Ryan Baldwin.

The Tigers lead the BEC in the number of first-team players.

“Peter was our field general this past season. Peter was a dynamic midfielder who played the position about as well as you could,” said Tiger head coach Bob Peterson.

PETER GRIMM PETER GRIMM “He was a playmaker the entire season and responsible for getting the ball from their side to ours and creating scoring opportunities while in our zone.”

Grimm scored 15 goals and had eight assists in conference play for a total of 38 points (two points per goal and one per assist).

“William was our most explosive scorer with incredible foot skills with the ball. He played the forward position really well and warranted opposing teams to always mark him because he was very dangerous in open space heading towards the goal,” said Peterson.

Rautmann tallied 18 goals and contributed eight assists for 44 points in league matches. For the overall season, he led HG in goals with 26 and points, 63, and had 11 assists.

Bender had 44 saves and allowed only 14 goals in 11 BEC matches. Overall, he surrendered only 31 goals in 22 games and made 98 saves.

AUSTIN BENDER AUSTIN BENDER “Austin has been a solid keeper for us the past two seasons. He used all of his 6-foot-4 frame on many occasions – stopping tough shots game after game.

“Jack was a big reason for our 1.5-goals-allowed-per-game average [overall for the season]. He was a team captain all season and the glue to our team defense. Jack used his 6-3 size and incredible athleticism to stifle opposing attacks on numerous occasions,” said Peterson.

Yost scored six goals and had three assists in BEC action.

“Rozz played the outside midfield position all season and really did a nice job of running the field and getting in good position to create scoring,” said the coach.

Pedrin had five goals and four assists in conference play.

“Blake played the defensive midfield position the end of the season and playoffs, and was a huge reason for our success. Blake had great field awareness, and very good skills to generate positive movement towards our zone,” Peterson noted.

“Ryan was another big reason for our 1.5-goals-allowedper game average. Much like his brother Jack, Ryan was so tough in the middle of our defense.”

Senior defender Jonathan Gabrielse of Oostburg was voted the BEC’s Offensive Player of the Year. Junior midfielder Ben Herold of Kohler was selected the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. Gabrielse and Herold are unanimous first-team players.

Gabrielse joins Grimm as the only first-team repeaters.

Kohler won the BEC with an 11-0-0 record. HG and Oostburg tied for second at 9-2-0 and 8-1-2, respectively. The BEC standings include four matches for each league team against the Eastern Wisconsin Conference.

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