Harry Kelderman has coached plenty of talented individuals during his 33 years leading the Neenah High School boys soccer program – including his son, Kris, who went on to play in Major League Soccer and is now the UW-Milwaukee men's coach.
The elder Kelderman said that Adam Pohlman, who finished his career with the Rockets last month, is among the three or four best players to come through the program.
"He is just something out of the ordinary," Harry Kelderman said.
Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association all-state voters agreed with that assessment, as the group recently named Pohlman its 2013 state Player of the Year.
The 5-foot-10 midfielder, who has verbally committed to play for Kris Kelderman and the Panthers next fall, had 36 goals and 30 assists for Neenah (16-3-1) – meaning he had a hand in more than 77 percent of the Rockets' 85 goals.
"He had a huge year," Harry Kelderman said of Pohlman, whose goal total was one more than the previous Neenah record set by the younger Kelderman in 1985.
Six of the 11 players on the all-senior First XI also earned all-state honors in 2012, led by Pohlman, the only repeat pick.
Germantown forward Paul Ciszewski, who's committed to Drake, had 27 goals and 11 assists this season and moved up from the second team – there wasn't a second team selected this year. Ciszewski finished his prep career with 51 goals and 34 assists.
Four others were named "Best of the Rest" in 2012: Brookfield Central goalkeeper Tyler Moore, Green Bay Preble midfielder Evan Garcia and the duo of forward Brody Kraussel and defender Trevor Bednarek, who led Muskego to the WIAA Division 1 state title.
Kraussel, a Loyola (Ill.) recruit, had 30 goals and 10 assists for the Warriors (22-4-2), while Bednarek had three goals and two assists and led a backline that allowed 0.76 goals per game and posted 13 shutouts.
Garcia had 32 goals and 15 assists, playing a role in 57 percent of the goals for the Hornets (23-3-2) – in the playoffs, Preble scored eight goals in a run to the Division 1 state final, and Garcia had five goals and an assist. Moore will join Ciszewski at Drake, while Bednarek and Garcia haven't yet committed to college programs.
Milwaukee Marquette and Kettle Moraine, which had faced off in the previous two Division 1 state finals, each had two players on the First XI.
Defender Quinn English, who will play at Brown, and midfielder Danny Jarosz, a Marquette recruit, were the Hilltoppers' representatives. English had four goals and one assist, while Jarosz added two goals and four assists for Marquette, which saw its three-year run of state titles ended by Muskego 1-0 in a sectional semifinal. Jarosz was the only Wisconsin player picked to play in next month's High School All-America Game.
Midfielders John Schwalbach and Andy Chmielewski made the top team for the Lasers (20-4-1), who fell to Madison West 2-0 in a sectional final. Schwalbach played an integral part in the Kettle Moraine attack with nine goals and 19 assists, while UW-Milwaukee recruit Chmielewski added eight goals and three assists.
Another player who has committed to play for Kris Kelderman at UWM rounds out the First XI: Hartland Arrowhead defender Colin Koerber. He recorded six goals and four assists for the Warhawks (19-1-2), who were unbeaten until they lost to Muskego 1-0 in the state semifinals thanks to a last-minute goal by Kraussel.
Interestingly, six members of the First XI – Bednarek, Chmielewski, Koerber, Kraussel, Moore and Schwalbach – are teammates on an SC Waukesha club team that qualified for the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships last summer and will make its debut in the USYS National League later this week.
There were two other juniors along with Pohlman on the top team last fall: Middleton defender Jack Hagstrom, who was a "Best of the Rest" pick as a senior this year, and Muskego striker Andrija Novakovich, who opted to forgo his senior season and is playing with Chicago Magic PSG in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy this fall.
The WSCA also announced its coaches of the year. Muskego's Eric Hess claimed the Large Public Schools award after guiding the Warriors to the Division 1 state title, while Jock Mutschler of Division 4 state champion Milwaukee University School was the Private Schools recipient. Jeff Rousselow, who led Barron to the Division 4 semifinals in its state debut, won the Small Public Schools award.
|GK||Tyler Moore||Brookfield Central||Sr.|
|D||Colin Koerber||Hartland Arrowhead||Sr.|
|D||Quinn English||Milwaukee Marquette||Sr.|
|M||Danny Jarosz||Milwaukee Marquette||Sr.|
|M||Andy Chmielewski||Kettle Moraine||Sr.|
|M||John Schwalbach||Kettle Moraine||Sr.|
|M||Evan Garcia||Green Bay Preble||Sr.|
Player of the Year: Adam Pohlman, Neenah. Coaches of the Year: Small Public Schools – Jeff Rousselow, Barron. Large Public Schools – Eric Hess, Muskego. Private Schools – Jock Mutschler, Milwaukee University School.
Goalkeepers: Connor Rortvedt, sr., Verona; Garrett Shibilski, sr., Pewaukee; Dominic Spano, jr., Kettle Moraine; Mitch Sutrick, jr., Hartland Arrowhead; Jason Tauschek, sr., Green Bay Preble; Thomas Whiting, sr., Ashland.
Defenders: Anthony Biasiotta, sr., Kettle Moraine; Nate Bronikowski, sr., Germantown; Ben Cooksey, sr., Watertown; Gus DeMuelenaere, sr., Milwaukee Marquette; Tony Donagan, sr., McFarland; Jonny Dusing, jr., Brookfield Central; Teon Fountain, jr., Madison Memorial; Jack Hagstrom, sr., Middleton; Rashwan Jackson, so., Neenah; Max Johansen, sr., Appleton North; Mike Kemnitz, jr., Brookfield East; Jake Nevermann, sr., Pewaukee; Spencer Pearson, jr., Oregon; Sean Reynolds, sr., Mequon Homestead; Ryan Rogahn, sr., Waukesha West; Joe Sakmar, sr., Cedarburg; Peter Schumacher, sr., Hartland Arrowhead; Bennett Wiley, sr., Pewaukee; Alex Young, jr., Madison Memorial.
Midfielders: Connor Alba, so., Waukesha Catholic Memorial; Jordan Altekruse, jr., Neenah; Jon Bucklew, sr., Somerset; Oscar Ceniceros, sr., Oshkosh North; Marco Delbacchi, sr., Hortonville; Jake Demerath, so., Grafton; Zack Filtz, sr., Cedarburg; Jimmy Franken, sr., De Pere; Isaiah Gronholz, sr., Lakeside Lutheran; Sam Hatem, sr., Racine Prairie School; Zach Heller, sr., Whitefish Bay; Luke Jansen, sr., Waupun Central Wisconsin Christian; Woo Jin Jeon, sr., Madison West; Vuk Latinovich, so., Brookfield Central; Mike Lesar, sr., Brookfield East; Winston Markusse, jr., Brookfield East; Matt McCann, sr., Marshfield; Eric Meyer, sr., Green Bay Notre Dame; Mitch Noreen, jr., Slinger; Ghedi Omar, sr., Madison West; Peter Rentzepis, sr., Eau Claire Memorial; Ray Rice, sr., Hartland Arrowhead; Garrett Spellman, jr., Mount Horeb; Sean Tabbert, sr., Milwaukee Pius; Logan Tamke, sr., Ashland; Jackson Weiss, sr., Milwaukee Marquette; Jack Wirth, jr., Pewaukee.
Forwards: Jason Baron, sr., Ashwaubenon; Colin Dibb, sr., Hartland Arrowhead; Christian Elliheusen, sr., Milwaukee Marquette; Nick Gonzales, sr., Menomonee Falls; Keegan Govin, sr., Appleton North; Tyus Groos, sr., Stevens Point Pacelli; Griffin Jende, so., Pewaukee; Andrew Knoebel, sr., Green Bay Preble; Mitchell Krismer, sr., Waukesha Catholic Memorial; Brock Lisowe, sr., Fond du Lac; Jack Menard, sr., Whitefish Bay; Jimmy Pierson, sr., Brown Deer; Osvaldo Ramirez, sr., West De Pere; Peter Raymonds, jr., Brookfield East; John Rimkus, sr., Kenosha Bradford; Issac Schlenker, sr., Milwaukee University School; Tyler Speakes, sr., Neenah; Brandon Strobel, jr., Kettle Moraine; Alex Suprise, sr., Milwaukee Pius; Sean Surtees, jr., Madison Memorial.