Hesston College soccer coach Kurt Hostetler signed six players to letters of intent to play with the Larks beginning this fall.


Hesston College soccer coach Kurt Hostetler signed six players to letters of intent to play with the Larks beginning this fall.

Players signed include Alex Steiner of Kidron, Ohio; Dustin Linder of Louisville, Ohio; David Eigsti of Goshen, Ind.; Calvin Graybill of Goshen, Ind.; Hans Hess of Goshen, Ind.; and Robert Reyes of Wichita.

Steiner was a midfielder for Central Christian High School in Kidron, Ohio, where he helped led the team to a 12-2-2 record and a final-four finish in the Division III state tournament. He was an all-state selection as a senior and was named the Wayne-Holmes Coaches Association player of the year. He was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American. He was the Roy Bates Foundation Player of the Year Scholarship winner, awarded to a Wayne County senior. He also was a Roman Gingerich Award winner, awarded to a Central Christian senior named after a former coach and teacher at Goshen College.

“I see his role being in the central part of the field,” Hostetler said. “Alex has the ability to possess the ball, as well as finding the back of the net. He also will help fill some of the holes in the midfield left by graduating sophomores.”

Steiner also lettered in basketball and baseball. He held a 3.43 grade-point-average and was a member of the Senior Class Leadership Team.

Linder played sweeper and stopper at Central Christian, where he scored four goals with seven assists. He was Channel 5 News (Cleveland) Athlete of the Week and the Akron Beacon-Journal Scholar-Athlete Award winner. He was second-team All-Tri-County League, Wooster Daily Record All-Area first team, Wayne-Holmes Coaches Association first team and Northern Inland District second team. He played in the Wayne-Holmes All-Star Game. He won the Scholar-Athlete award each year.

“Dustin has good speed, and his ability to get into the attack from an outside defender position is going to help us net some goals,” Hostetler said. “He is a strong student, which will make him a smart player on the field. Both Alex and Dustin are multi-sport athletes which helps develop them into well-rounded athletes. Alex and Dustin, and returning player Drew Nussbaum, played high school soccer together, so they all know each other’s skills very well.”

Linder graduated summa cum laude (3.98-4.0), ranked first in his class. He was on the National Honor Roll and was a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. He was awarded the Todd Neuenschwander Scholarship and the Orrville, Ohio, Chamber of Commerce Student of Science recognition.

Linder was the editor of the school paper, Varsity TEAMS, Science Olympiad, Freshman-Sophomore Chorale, Concert Choir, Choir Chaplain and a student council recognition.

Linder and Stiener also signed with the Hesston baseball team. Steiner played shortstop and pitched. Linder was a pitcher, also leading his high school team in hitting. Central Christian finished 14-10 in baseball.

“Both Alex and Dustin will be key players for us next spring,” HC baseball coach Art Mullet said. “They are well-rounded versatile athletes who are hard-working and dedicated to not only their athletic commitments, but also in the classroom.

“I am extremely pleased that they have chosen to join Nick Wesman, another Central Christian student-athlete coming to Hesston. I look forward to their contributions to our program, as well as this college community.”

Eigsti played for four years at Bethany Christian High School in Goshen, where he was a wing midfielder and outside defender. Bethany Christian won the sectional title in 2006 and a conference title in 2007. He was named most improved soccer player. He also played for the Goshen Stars soccer club.

“David is going to be a player who is called upon to help establish a strong, young defense,” Hostetler said. “He has a ‘never say die’ attitude that is only going to make him a better player.”

Eigsti played in orchestra and participated in his church youth group.

Graybill also played at Bethany Christian, where he was a three-year letterwinner. He was an outside midfielder. He was first-team all-conference as a senior and was given his team’s sportsmanship award. He also played for the Goshen Stars.

“As a result (of being able to play different positions), Calvin will be able to fill in spots where needed,” Hostetler said.

Graybill participated in school dramas and musicals, was on the yearbook staff and was a class officer.

Hess played for three years at Bethany Christian, playing defense. He scored 10 goals with 15 assists. He also played for the Goshen Stars.

“Hans has the love of the game and the desire to improve, which is going to pay dividends during his career here at Hesston,” Hostetler said. “Desire is a hard thing to coach, but coaching someone with desire is something every coach looks forward to.

“David, Calvin, and Hans, along with returning player Rick Eigsti (David’s brother), all played high school soccer together. Being familiar with the style and tendencies of each other will be quite beneficial as these guys get together once again, but now at the next level.”

Reyes played at Wichita North for two years, where he was a center midfielder. He also played for the Wichita Select Soccer Club. He was an All-Wichita City League honorable mention.

Reyes’ club team won the Governor’s Cup in 2007 and 2008. His team finished first in the Sports Zone Indoor U-17 division. His six-on-six team won the Quick Foot Nationals. His three-on-three team won the state title in 2006 and qualified for nationals.

“I expect Robert to make an impact in the middle of the field and to fill some holes left by the graduating sophomores,” Hostetler said. “His speed and vision will definitely be an asset to this year’s team.”