Skyhawks again turn to the Demons

Steve Lewis/Durango Herald file photo

Tim Hubertus is taking his game from Durango High School to Fort Lewis College, the fourth Demons’ soccer alumni to graduate to the Skyhawks’ three-time national championship program.

Herald Staff Report

The Fort Lewis College men’s soccer team is filling up with Durango Demons.

Durango High School alumnus Tim Hubertus is one of four more players FLC head coach Oige Kennedy added to the Skyhawks’ 2012 roster in hopes of bolstering his defending NCAA Division II national championship team next year. Hubertus will be the fourth former Demon on the 2012 roster after graduating this spring.

The midfielder will join defender Maik Brandt of Stadthagen, Germany, midfielder Brandon Dooley of Valencia, Calif., and forward Casey Higgins of Missoula, Mont., on the 2012 team.

Hubertus – 6-1 and 165 pounds – was a three-year starter at center midfielder and forward for Durango, earning first team all-conference honors and DHS’s Golden Boot (most goals) award as a senior, as well as second team all-conference and the Silver Boot (most assists) as a junior.

“We are very happy to be able to add another local player of such quality to our squad,” Kennedy said in a news release. “Tim is a player we have known for a long time and have had the opportunity to work with him as a (Durango Youth Soccer Association) player, and we have been following his progress in the past few seasons. He has areas he will need to improve on but has good vision on the field, is competitive in the tackle, and we feel he is athletic enough to develop into a top college player.”

Hubertus joins DHS alumni Dawson Emrich, Nick Hofman and Joe Casey on the FLC roster.

FLC seems to have a soft spot for Germans, too.

At 6–1, 165, Brandt is a left back who is transferring to Fort Lewis after attending school in Germany for two years. He has six semesters of college eligibility left and will be considered a sophomore on the FLC roster.

Kennedy said Brandt has an “impressive soccer résumé” that will add a “wealth of experience” to a young Skyhawks’ team.

The 6-foot, 140-pound Dooley was a four-year starter at midfield and forward at West Ranch High School in Calif., where he graduated in the spring. He helped West Ranch win back-to-back Football League championships from 2010-11 and was the league’s most valuable player as a senior.

During his nine years of club experience, Dooley also helped his South Bay Force U17 team win a national championship, Premier League championship and an undefeated season.

Dooley’s strong soccer background has allowed him to develop the technical ability Fort Lewis looks for in its players, and he tries to play the “correct way,” Kennedy said.

Higgins, the 6-3, 185-pound forward from Hellgate High School in Mont. was a three-year starting forward in both soccer and hockey, helping his school win a state championship in each sport – 2011 for soccer and 2010 for hockey. He played on Montana’s 2011 U18 state championship team, too.

In high school, his team was named the Great Falls Tribune Super State Soccer Team in 2011, and he won all-state and all-conference honors in 2010 and 2011, as well as Hellgate’s most valuable player on offense.

Higgins scored the second most points all-time in Hellgate High School history.

Kennedy called Higgins a “powerful forward who strikes a great ball and is able to hold the ball up and bring the players around him into the game.”

Kennedy, according to the news release, expects to add a handful of additional commitments in the coming weeks before the team reports for fall training Aug. 12.

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