Aviators among the region’s elite


By Gannon Godsey - For the Drummer



Members of the Butler junior varsity soccer team are back row, left to right, Michael Kreill, Noah Detrich, Fransisco Jimenez, Cyrus Broyles, Bradley Lease, Josh Kemper; middle row, left to right, Parker Jensen, Zane Burgmeier, Matt Crawford, Spencer Imwalle, Andrew Sacks, Stu Royer; front row, left to right, Heydan Davisson, Riley Weber, Noah Taylor, Ethan Kohler, and Jacob Pruszynski.


Photos courtesy Easterling Studio

The Butler varsity soccer team is back row, left to right, Terrance Engle, Matt Parker, Chase Ramont, Jack Spoltman, Tyler Nutt, Ian Grove, Andrew Sprouse, Ben Naas, Hunter Mckracken, Chris Mitrousis, Eric Spieles; front row, left to right, Erik King, Nathan Weber, Brandon Critz, Zach Burgmeier, Andrew Eifert, Ed Lauterbach, and Tyler Sutter.


Photos courtesy Easterling Studio

By Gannon Godsey

For the Drummer

VANDALIA — After one of their most successful seasons in school history, the Butler boys soccer team hopes to continue their winning ways in the upcoming season. Last year, the Aviators finished 16-3 and were district finalists before falling just short to St. Xavier and were voted among the top ten teams in the state in the coach’s poll.

“This season could be special due to the off-season preparation as well as great leadership and promising young talent,” said Butler head coach Steve Doring. “With the strong schedule we have this season as well as a very determined roster, the sky is the limit for what this team can accomplish.”

The Aviators are led by their three senior captains, Andrew Eifert, Brandon Critz and Zach Burgmeier.

“The captains have showed great leadership in the off-season and have bettered themselves and others around them for the challenges to come,” said Doring.

Butler also returns seniors Ed Lauterbach and Nathan Weber who are determined to make this season their best yet.

“This senior class as a whole has shown great talent and desire in previous years and is a role model for upcoming classes,” said Doring. “While we have a strong senior class, this squad also has multiple underclassmen that show overwhelming potential.”

The GWOC overall and the GWOC North division as a whole will be very strong this season and a true test for the Aviators. The Aviators are five-time defending champions of the North division, and hope to run that streak to six.

Troy and Sidney will likely be the biggest divisional tests for the Aviators this season. Butler also has a very strong GWOC crossover schedule with Fairmont, Wayne, and Northmont. The Aviators’ strong schedule will help prepare them for what they hope is a deep tournament run.

The Southwest District is deep with talented teams, so for the Aviators to make a run they will likely face some soccer powerhouses. Fairmont, Beavercreek, and Tecumseh could all present a stiff challenge. Perhaps the biggest roadblock could be Centerville, a team the Aviators will host in their second game of the year on Aug. 25.

Butler will open the season Saturday, August 22 as part of a girls/boys JV and varsity set with Chaminade Julienne. The boys JV is set to start at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity at 7 p.m.

Gannon Godsey is a senior at Butler High School. Reach him at 684-8983.

Members of the Butler junior varsity soccer team are back row, left to right, Michael Kreill, Noah Detrich, Fransisco Jimenez, Cyrus Broyles, Bradley Lease, Josh Kemper; middle row, left to right, Parker Jensen, Zane Burgmeier, Matt Crawford, Spencer Imwalle, Andrew Sacks, Stu Royer; front row, left to right, Heydan Davisson, Riley Weber, Noah Taylor, Ethan Kohler, and Jacob Pruszynski.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2015/08/web1_JV-Boys-Soccer.jpegMembers of the Butler junior varsity soccer team are back row, left to right, Michael Kreill, Noah Detrich, Fransisco Jimenez, Cyrus Broyles, Bradley Lease, Josh Kemper; middle row, left to right, Parker Jensen, Zane Burgmeier, Matt Crawford, Spencer Imwalle, Andrew Sacks, Stu Royer; front row, left to right, Heydan Davisson, Riley Weber, Noah Taylor, Ethan Kohler, and Jacob Pruszynski. Photos courtesy Easterling Studio

The Butler varsity soccer team is back row, left to right, Terrance Engle, Matt Parker, Chase Ramont, Jack Spoltman, Tyler Nutt, Ian Grove, Andrew Sprouse, Ben Naas, Hunter Mckracken, Chris Mitrousis, Eric Spieles; front row, left to right, Erik King, Nathan Weber, Brandon Critz, Zach Burgmeier, Andrew Eifert, Ed Lauterbach, and Tyler Sutter.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2015/08/web1_Var-Boys-Soccer.jpegThe Butler varsity soccer team is back row, left to right, Terrance Engle, Matt Parker, Chase Ramont, Jack Spoltman, Tyler Nutt, Ian Grove, Andrew Sprouse, Ben Naas, Hunter Mckracken, Chris Mitrousis, Eric Spieles; front row, left to right, Erik King, Nathan Weber, Brandon Critz, Zach Burgmeier, Andrew Eifert, Ed Lauterbach, and Tyler Sutter. Photos courtesy Easterling Studio

By Gannon Godsey

For the Drummer

Gannon Godsey is a senior at Butler High School. Reach him at 684-8983.

Gannon Godsey is a senior at Butler High School. Reach him at 684-8983.

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