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College soccer awaits five Academy grads

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – Congratulations to 2017 Des Moines Menace Academy graduates Kason Crall, Bryan Danford, Kasey Leaper, Keegan Leaper and Jack Palen, who have committed to college-soccer programs.

“I am so happy for this group,” said Raul Cunarro Rodriguez, their Menace Academy 19U coach. “Their competitive spirit and fight to win games, while playing quality soccer, was a huge advantage for our team this season and will really benefit each of them going forward in their careers.”

 
 

Kason Crall
Western Michigan University (NCAA Division I; Kalamazoo, Mich.)
High school (and hometown): Norwalk
Position: Center midfield
Anticipated major: Business
 
Bryan Danford
Grand View University (NAIA; Des Moines)
High school: Dowling Catholic
Hometown: Des Moines
Position: Left midfield
Anticipated major: Nursing
 
Kasey Leaper
Western Illinois University (NCAA Division I; Macomb, Ill.)
High school (and hometown): Norwalk
Position: Forward
Anticipated major: Undecided
 
Keegan Leaper
Western Illinois University
High school (and hometown): Norwalk
Position: Forward
Anticipated major: Business
 
Jack Palen
Wartburg College (NCAA Division III; Waverly, Iowa)
High school (and hometown): Norwalk
Position: Forward
Anticipated major: Actuarial science

 

“This is a very talented group of players and we were lucky to have the opportunity to support their development,” said Menace Academy Director of Coaching Tomas Boltnar. “The Menace family would like to wish them the best and look forward to following their careers.”

 

 


ABOUT THE MENACE ACADEMY: The Des Moines Menace Youth Soccer Academy provides a fun and challenging soccer environment that allows players to grow as people and reach the best of their soccer abilities.  The academy includes boys and girls teams ranging in age from six to 18.  Players are from all over the Des Moines metro area, coming from diverse backgrounds.  Academy members develop by learning skills and strategies at age-appropriate levels. Youth are exposed to the very best coaching and training on a consistent basis as they grow and mature.

The non-profit Menace Academy is part of the Des Moines Menace – Iowa’s premier men’s and women’s teams. The Menace promotes healthy lifestyles through popular youth programs that also include Junior Menace, camps, clinics and tournaments.



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