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Greenfield’s Tewes, Lozevski earn all-state nods

Greenfield’s Jo-Willem Tewes takes a free kick during a home playoff win over Harrells Christian Academy. Tewes received NCISAA all-state honors for the 2022 season, and was named the Coastal Plain Independents Conference Player of the Year. Andrew Schnittker | Times

The Greenfield School boys soccer team fell just short of its ultimate goal of winning an NCISAA 2-A state championship in the 2022 fall season, but the Knights still had an excellent year. 

Greenfield won 18 games, captured the 2-A/3-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference championship and advanced to the NCISAA 2-A state title game. A season like that doesn’t come without good players, and the Knights had several who received postseason recognition for their performances. 

The NCISAA named its all-state teams last week, and the Knights’ Jo-Willem Tewes and Nathan Lozevski both made the cut. 

Tewes, an exchange student from Germany, made quite the impact in his only season with Greenfield. He was head coach Justin Wilkinson’s go-to offensive weapon all year, leading the Knights in both goals (19) and assists (12). He came up clutch in Greenfield’s playoff run, scoring five goals over the first two postseason games. 

“It’s definitely deserved,” Wilkinson said. “He’s been our go-to guy from the beginning when we needed someone to put a goal in the back of the net. … It’s something that you look at for comfort knowing that he can be that guy that’s going to step up for you.”  

If Tewes was the Knights’ go-to scorer, Lozevski was the facilitator and distributor. He played in the middle of the field for Greenfield, and everything went through him. 

Lozevski was second to Tewes on the season with 14 goals, and third on the team in assists with 10. 

“He was our middle man,” Wilkinson said. “With him playing as a center midfielder, and him being there for five years now, the ball has to go through him first before we have any production going forward. So he’s been a very key player. He’s definitely going to be missed next year. He’s going to be a hard role to fill in, for sure. He is definitely someone that has been very key to our team.” 

Greenfield’s Nathan Lozevski (8) sends a ball downfield during a home playoff win over Harrells Christian Academy. Lozevski was named NCISAA all-state for the 2022 season, and was also named to the Coastal Plain Independents Conference all-conference team. Andrew Schnittker | Times


In addition to his all-state nod, Tewes was also recognized as the CPIC’s player of the year. He finished second in the league in goal scoring. 

“It’s a great honor,” Tewes said. “But I would say it wasn’t just my achievement. There were many good players on our team who helped me out and who played and assisted me. It’s not just my achievement but also from the whole team.”

In addition to Tewes’ award, Lozevski, Bryson Wall, Porter Wells and Landyn Coolbaugh all earned all-conference nods, and Wilkinson was the CPIC’s coach of the year. 

Wall was the leader of a defensive unit that pitched 12 shutouts on the season. 

“He was our best center back, best defender,” Wilkinson said. “With his speed on anything that was played over the top, we knew nothing was ever going to happen, because he would block it down and make sure he could either get it out of bounds or up the field, so he was something special just because of that with his speed.” 

Wells, who changed positions multiple times over his career, was also a key component of the Knights’ offensive attack with eight goals, and also played an important role on the defensive end. 

“Porter’s come a long way from the beginning,” Wilkinson said. “I think he had it last year as well. But he’s come a long way having to move from outside back to forward to midfield. Once we found him there and with him being able to track back and help defend too, I think that’s where he finally found his right spot. So he’s been fantastic, and I’m glad to see him finally get recognized for that.”

Coolbaugh, the lone underclassmen and returner of the honorees, was fourth on the team with seven goals, and third in assists with 11. After his standout freshman season, he’ll be expected to play a much larger role moving forward. 

“Landyn Coolbaugh is the future, for sure,” Wilkinson said. “He’s going to be someone that we’re looking at for the coming years to be that next Nathan Lozevski or Jo-Willem. His offensive ability and the way he thinks, and how quick he is on his feet is something that will definitely carry him forward and be an offensive threat.”