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Senior Spotlight: Charlevoix’s Snabes Grabs Division 1 Opportunity

MISportsNow is putting the spotlight on northern Michigan high school senior student-athletes who had their seasons cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

After a successful four-year prep career, Charlevoix multi-sport athlete Blaise Snabes is taking his soccer talents to and continuing his education at NCAA Division I Western Illinois University in the fall.

Snabes starred on Charlevoix’s boys soccer team for four years and served as a team captain from his sophomore through senior campaigns. The forward is Charlevoix’s second all-time leading scorer with 79 goals and 41 assists and is a three-time All-State and All-Region honoree as well as a four-time Lake Michigan Conference selection.

“I went to Southern Illinois’ camp and coach Eric Johnson (WIU head coach) was actually there at that camp and saw me perform,” Snabes said. “He really liked what he saw and thought I’d be a great addition to the team. And I connected with him after the camp and it felt like a great fit for me.”

In addition to his talents on the soccer pitch, Snabes was also a member of Charlevoix’s cross county, basketball, track and field, golf and football teams.

Snabes joins a Western Illinois program that has captured six conference tournament championships and made six NCAA tournament appearances since 2004.

He plans to study civil engineering.

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