Argos' Binkley, Osborn to continue soccer careers together at Grace

Staff Writer

Two lifelong Argos teammates will be continuing their soccer careers together at the next level.
Damon Binkley and Josiah Osborn of Argos High School will trade in their black and gold Dragons uniforms for Lancers red under Grace College head coach Matt Hotchkin next season.
The pair helped Argos to four straight sectional and regional championships and a 68-17-2 record since 2011. Argos went 18-4-1 during their senior season, advancing to the Indiana Semistate. Argos won three conference championships in the Northern Indiana Soccer Conference (NISC) during their careers. The friends also teamed up on the Indiana Invaders travel team, winning the 2014 Indiana State Cup.
Binkley graduates from Argos as the program’s all-time leading scorer. The 5-foot-11 forward netted 130 goals in his four years, including a single-season record of 43 goals in 2013. He ended his senior season with 37 goals and 15 assists to earn Third Team All-State recognition.
“Grace is a great fit for me because it’s a good place to grow,” Binkley said. “The personal connections I had with the team were great, and I’m looking forward to helping Grace win a lot of games.”
Binkley was the NISC Player of the Year after his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He was also a three-time First Team All-NISC and a two-time First Team All-District honoree.
“Damon is a quality young man and will bring a lot to our team. He can score goals in unique ways, and I like the way he finds space when he doesn’t have the ball,” Hotchkin said. “He comes from a great family, and he will bring a lot of personality to our team. I’m excited to see him grow as a man over these next four years at Grace.”
Binkley is the son of Russ and Sarah Binkley. He hopes to major in biology at Grace.
“Damon is an outstanding player," Argos coach Todd VanDerWeele said. "He is dedicated to the game and works hard to improve. He was a big part of our program’s resurgence the last four years, and he will be a great addition to the Grace program."
Osborn was a standout 6-foot defender/midfielder for Argos and started all four years. He improved his goals and assists totals each season, climaxing with 11 goals and a school-record 19 assists as a senior.
“I chose Grace because I felt like it’s a place where I can make a difference,” Osborn said. “I want to come in and contribute in any way to make us a better team.”
Osborn was a three-time First Team All-NISC selection and was voted to the 2014 ISCA District 2 Second Team.
“Josiah will make an immediate contribution to our program. He has good size and speed and handles the ball with comfort,” Hotchkin said. “He will improve our defense. I like him as a person, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know his family. I’m really looking forward to the next four years with Josiah.”
Osborn is the son of Jason and Maura Osborn. He intends to study pre-med at Grace.
“Josiah has been a great player for Argos and an even better person," said VanDerWeele. "Josiah gave everything to make his team better, and he will make an excellent addition to the Grace program.”

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