BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — It was a successful but bittersweet season for Maumee’s boys soccer team in 2017. The Panthers played to an overall record of 10-7-3 and a Northern Lakes League mark of 2-4-1 and advanced all the way to the district championship game for a second straight season. In addition, while the 2-1 loss to top-seeded Sandusky on October 26 was a tough pill to swallow, the real tragedy came four days later when longtime Maumee coach Doug Everhart passed away unexpectedly at his home. This year’s team included a quartet of Everhart’s fourth-year varsity players in midfielders Justin Albright and Jeremy Fradette, defender Lucas Krist and midfielder Brock Sautter. Albright scored three goals this year and assisted on another two, while Fradette scored a goal and assisted on eight more. Krist notched a goal and an assist but mainly helped hold the Panthers’ opponents to 40 goals this season. Sautter scored two goals and also recorded five assists. Juniors Sam LaChapelle (defender), Kyle Robinson (midfielder) and Braden Wagener (forward) next joined senior forward Bryan Pouter as third-year varsity players. LaChapelle earned third-team league honors and second-team district honors for his work as Maumee’s sweeper and Robinson scored three goals and assisted on eight others. Wagener earned second-team NLL and first-team district honors after racking up 26 goals and 15 assists. Pouter earned honorable mention from the district after scoring 13 goals and assisting on three more. Senior midfielder Nate Gauthier and juniors Konner Byers (defender), Adam Diegel (midfielder) and Tyler Nayfack (forward) made up Maumee’s second-year contingent. Gauthier recorded two goals and two assists this season, Diegel assisted on a goal and Nayfack earned second-team district honors after scoring 13 goals and assisting on 13 more. Fradette, Gauthier, Krist, Pouter, Sautter and classmate Connor Evans each earned senior academic honors for posting a 3.0 GPA or better throughout their high school careers. Senior Cole Imm (forward), junior Ronaldo Gomez (forward) and freshmen Aidan McGann (defender), Isaac Tolbert (goalkeeper) and Colin Wedge (midfielder) rounded the squad out as first-year varsity players. Byers, Gomez, LaChapelle, McGann, Nayfack, Robinson, Tolbert, Wagener and Wedge also posted GPAs of 3.0 or better up to this point, which helped the Panthers earn a team academic award from the Northwest Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association. This year’s junior varsity team won three games and included Evans, juniors Jack Boeh and Brent Foreman, sophomores Joey Arena, Lorenzo McCardell, Andrew Studenka and Khoal Williams and freshmen Lucas Baril, Todd Carney, Nic Glovier, Justyse Krontz, Devin Williams and Joey Yeager. Arena got off to a great start in the classroom by posting a GPA of 3.0 or better this season.