Ryan Safley is a member of the Ankeny boys’ soccer team.
The senior helped solidify Ankeny’s defense as the Hawks posted a 12-7 record and advanced to the Class 3A state tournament for the third time in four years.
“He wasn’t a captain, but he was a great leader for us,” Ankeny coach Jordan Burns said of Safley. “He stepped up and took over a starting position this year, and he was also a great teammate for some of the younger guys. We had a lot of freshmen on the team this year, and Ryan was always helping out some of them with rides because most of them can’t drive yet.”