Several Tiger soccer players were recently recognized.
Chris Schuster received the Offensive Player of the Year award with 20 region goals and 1 playoff goal. Shuster scored 68 total goals to date.
All Region 1st team
Chris Schuster, Marcell Barton, David Miller, Josh Olsen and Ethan Deemer
Girls All-Region Team 1st Team
Danielle Durham, Allison Burrill and Rebekah Smith
Former Bradwell alumnus Jose Caraballo is in his first full year as the men’s head coach for the Brewton-Parker Barons and this year when he was looking for recruits, he came back home. On Wednesday the Barons’ coach offered one Liberty County High school Panther and two BI Tigers scholarships to play soccer at the Mount Vernon campus.
Panther Wesley Causer
The senior Panther soccer player said it felt great to be able to play at the college level.
"I’m looking forward to the experience," he said.
Causer, who plans to go into the science field said he would push hard to play at the Barons’ level. He said Brewton-Parker’s small campus and small student-to-teacher ratio made the choice an easy one.
In addition to playing for the Panthers, Causer spent the summers playing for coach Tom Sukaratana’s team on the Liberty County Recreation Department soccer squad. Caraballo also played for Sukaratana and he said he heard about Causer’s skills.
"Tom Sukaratana called me a couple of times and told me what a great player he is," Caraballo said. "Causer has character. We want to build a winning program but even more than that we want guys who have character and integrity. We are a Baptist institution and our main goal is to raise young men so they may do well and succeed in life and I think Wesley will fit in real well in our campus."
"I think it’s a great representation of our program," LCHS men’s soccer coach Bryant Durham said. "He is representing the school very well and Brewton Parker is getting an excellent technician on the field. They should benefit greatly from it."
Causer’s parents April and Jimmy said they were proud and are anticipating a few road trips.
"We plan to go to as many games as possible," April Causer said. She said Causer has two younger brothers and hopes they follow suit. "He is setting the pace."
Tigers Josh Olsen
and Ethan Deemer
Caraballo said he was happy to be able to come back to his alma mater and offer two Tigers an opportunity to play in college.
"Josh (Olsen) is extremely fast," Caraballo said. "He has a great work ethic and he told me he has three lungs so he can definitely run for 90 minutes. I like his character and I think he’s really going to develop as a player and really do well at Brewton-Parker. Ethan (Deemer) plays at the back, which is something we really need. I think Ethan has composure and he is going to be able to solidify our backfield."
Olsen’s father Roger said it was a super feeling for a college to even pay attention to his son.
"College is a big step and a lot of kids never go to college," he said. "Whatever he does, it’s a big chance for him to see what the world is really about."
"It means a lot to go to college," Josh Olsen said. "Not many kids from Bradwell go to college to play in our sport so it feels pretty good to go to from here to go play soccer."
Olsen said he is undecided in his major. His long-term goal is to become a commissioned officer.
Olsen was active in BI’s ROTC program and has expressed interest in joining the Army.
"He chose sports over that, but he can take that path after college," his father said of his decision to go to BPC first.
BI Tiger soccer coach Greg Cooke said getting players like Olsen and Deemer college scholarships is the reason he got into coaching.
"Get them to a level where they can succeed at the next level and that’s hopefully what we can do for each of our players," he said. "Both have personified why we were successful at Bradwell for the past 3-4 years. They are hard workers and they know the meaning of team work. They are willing to do everything they can above and beyond what the average person would do. For me their success means everything to me."
Deemer said he plans to study sports medicine and work to become a better soccer player for the Barons’ squad.
"It feels great that I’m going to college in the first place," he said. "It’s even better that I get to continue playing the sport I love. I’m happy to go."
Deemer’s father Pat said he was hoping his son would get a chance to go to college. "I’m real proud of him."
"I’m really excited for Ethan," his mom, Monica Deemer, said. "This is something he has really strived for and he is soccer morning noon and night. It’s wonderful. I’m going to have soccer withdrawal because I’ve been watching him players since he was 7 or 8. There are definitely road trips ahead."