2016-11-03 / Sports

Dyer leads Dream Team after breakout season

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff

If it wasn’t a rivalry before, it is now.

Leland and North Bay split their regular season series, finished with matching 8-2 records in league play and for the first time shared the Northwest Conference championship.

As a result, both clubs have secured four spots on the 2016 Enterprise Boys Soccer Dream Team.

Members of the Dream Team are nominated by their coaches, then voted upon by opposing Leelanau County coaches and the Enterprise sports staff. Nine of 17 nominees made the cut this year, including a North Bay junior who paced the peninsula in goals and assists.

Brett Dyer developed into a dynamic striker this fall on a North Bay team (17-6-1) that scored 94 goals in 24 games, won its first league title and set a program record for wins.

Dyer finished with 31 goals and 17 assists and is one of five players returning to the Dream Team. The others are Leland senior striker Noah Fetterolf (four-time selection), Glen Lake senior striker Glen Bredin (three-time selection), Leland senior center back Gerardo Vasquez (three-time selection) and North Bay senior defensive mid Eli Kramer (two-time selection).

DREAM TEAM honorees set aside their differences and cross-county rivalries Tuesday for an all-star picture in Leland.DREAM TEAM honorees set aside their differences and cross-county rivalries Tuesday for an all-star picture in Leland.
“I give credit to Brett Dyer — he works for it,” said Vasquez, a four-year starter for the Comets (16-7-1). “I respect the kid. I played travel soccer with him and he definitely works for everything he gets.”

Fetterolf, another four-year starter, led the way for a Leland offense that scored 91 goals this season. He capped his career with a 26-goal, 11-assist campaign and moved his career goal total to 106 in Leland’s 4-0 win over Glen Lake in the second round of districts, placing him 30th all-time in the MHSAA boys soccer record books.

“It meant a lot,” Fetterolf said.

Fetterolf, fellow senior forward Hugo Calderon and sophomore forward Nick Saffell were an effective 1-2-3 punch for the Comets.

Calderon finished with 16 goals and 11 assists while Saffell, the lone underclassman on this year’s Dream Team, supplied 15 goals and eight assists.

Calderon scored the final goal of Leland’s season in a 2-1 loss to Harbor Springs in the district final.

“I’m proud of my team and I’m sad about not making it further, even though we had the potential to do so,” he said. “I’m going to miss them.”

Harbor Springs, the beneficiary of two first-half penalty kicks in the win over Leland, also ended North Bay’s season in controversial fashion.

Calderon’s cousin, North Bay senior midfielder Jesus Calderon, said North Bay’s 3-0 district loss to the Rams came after a bad break.

“We had a bad call from the start, from what I could tell, then we just couldn’t put it in the back of the net,” Jesus Calderon said.

Jesus Calderon racked up 14 goals and seven assists for North Bay this season, securing a Dream Team designation for the first time in his career.

Fellow senior midfielder Evan Busby rounds out the list of Dream Team honorees from North Bay after amassing 16 goals and eight assists.

Bredin, meanwhile, was quietly lighting up the scoreboard for a 5-13 Glen Lake team that finished 2-8 in Northwest Conference play.

The speedster not only led all Glen Lake players in assists with eight but also finished third among county players with 17 goals — accounting for more than 75 percent of Glen Lake’s goal-scoring production in 2016.

“Our team improved a lot over the season and had a lot of chemistry going but just couldn’t pick up the wins,” he said.


#13 GLEN BREDIN

Team: Glen Lake Grade: Senior Position: Striker Parents: Todd and Jeanne Bredin Memorable moment: Scoring the game-winning free kick against Buckley at home Game day ritual: Putting the captain’s band on the right arm before the coin flip Sports influence: Parents and coaches Rival: North Bay By the numbers: 17 goals, 8 assists Coach’s comment: “Glen’s speed, agility and dribbling ability allowed him to create space and as a result he was a continuous offensive threat to any opponent. On top of being an outstanding athlete and team captain, Glen is an all A student." — Jason Howes

#13 EVAN BUSBY

Team: North Bay Grade: Senior Position: Center mid Parents: Shawn and Kelli Busby Memorable moment: Beating Leland Game day ritual: Listening to music Sports influence: Shawn Busby Rival: Leland By the numbers: 16 goals, 8 assists Coach’s comment: “Evan Busby had an incredible appetite for scoring and winning. He never stopped hustling. He turned challenges by guys twice his size into mismatches in his favor. He was always in the right place at the right time and truly lived our motto of never giving up.” — Tom Spencer

#22 HUGO CALDERON

Team: Leland Grade: Senior Position: Forward Parents: Pedro Calderon and Imelda Balcazar Memorable moment: Tying North Muskegon Game day ritual: Eating a Tic Tac before every game Sports influence: Pedro Calderon Rival: North Bay By the numbers: 16 goals, 11 assists Coach’s comment: “When Hugo played fast and forward, his quick feet would dice up any defender. He was a strong presence on the left side of the field.” — Joe Burda

#3 JESUS CALDERON

Team: North Bay Grade: Senior Position: Outside mid Parents: Jesus and Erika Calderon Memorable moment: Beating Leland Game day ritual: Relaxing and listening to random music Sports influence: Jesus Calderon (his dad) Rival: Leland By the numbers: 14 goals, 7 assists Coach’s comment: “Jesus came through time after time for us. He can really strike the ball. His volley skills are as good as it gets. His winning goal against Leland was one of if not the best shots I have ever seen.” — Tom Spencer

#8 BRETT DYER

Team: North Bay Grade: Junior Position: Striker Parents: Jeff and Jackie Dyer Memorable moment: Finding out North Bay won a share of the conference championship after a win at Glen Lake Game day ritual: Putting on the left shoe first Sports influence: Jeff Dyer Rival: Leland By the numbers: 31 goals, 17 assists Coach’s comment: “Brett had a fantastic year. He is a very technically strong soccer player. Some of his finishes left goalies in awe — as well as me. There wasn’t a better finish in Northern Michigan.” — Tom Spencer

#11 NOAH FETTEROLF

Team: Leland Grade: Senior Position: Forward Parents: Jeff Fetterolf and Nichole Warner Memorable moment: Tying North Muskegon Game day ritual: Eating a good breakfast, staying hydrated and listening to music Sports influence: Landon Donovan Rival: Western Michigan Christian By the numbers: 26 goals, 11 assists Coach’s comment: “Noah’s raw speed made him the most dangerous player on the field. He played with a lot of determination that led to the ball finding the back of the net.” — Joe Burda

#19 ELI KRAMER

Team: North Bay Grade: Senior Position: Defensive mid Parents: Amy Marowitz and Ron Kramer Memorable moment: Beating Leland Game day ritual: Drinking as much water as possible, stretching his calves and listening to music Sports influence: Ron Kramer Rival: Leland By the numbers: 5 goals, 3 assists Coach’s comment: “Eli was the engine that drove us. He led our offensive and defensive efforts and sacrificed many opportunities to be a big scorer by accepting the less glamorous defensive positions in the name of winning. He is incredibly talented and very determined.” — Tom Spencer

#3 NICK SAFFELL

Team: Leland Grade: Sophomore Position: Center mid Parents: Leslie and Jim Saffell Memorable moment: Scoring a bar-down goal late in a win at Buckley Game day ritual: Eating a Tic Tac before every game Sports influence: Lionel Messi Rival: North Bay By the numbers: 15 goals, 8 assists Coach’s comment: “Nick Saffell was our best all-around soccer player. He could control the entire field while in the middle, and produced a lot of offense when he played the front line.” — Joe Burda

#15 GERARDO VASQUEZ

Team: Leland Grade: Senior Position: Center back Parents: Gerardo and Rosie Vasquez Memorable moment: Winning the sword against Muskegon Catholic Central Game day ritual: Grabbing grass and signing a crucifix across his chest Sports influence: Gerardo Vasquez Rival: North Bay By the numbers: 0 goals, 0 assists Coach’s comment: “Gerardo is the heart of our team. He was the core of the back line and won just about everything around him, especially in the air.” — Joe Burda

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