Clarke County soccer teams have grown to represent a powerful force in the Bull Run District and beyond. Both boys and girls teams consistently make it to post season action and last season the Lady Eagles made it all the way to the state semifinals. However, when our finest leave Clarke County they find themselves competing against student athletes from much larger schools. While that challenge can often mean the end of a student’s school soccer career, other times it forces exceptional athletes to step-up their game and rise to the occasion.
Such was the case with local midfielder, Courtney Butterfass.
Courtney graduated from Clarke County High School last year after amassing three varsity letters, three All-District, two All-Region and two All-State selections. She was also named to the All-Area team as a senior on the the Clarke County team that advanced to the state semi-finals.
Courtney elected to attend High Point University in North Carolina and planned to major in Pharmacy. As the new school year approached Courtney felt the draw of soccer and was compelled to try out for the High Point team during the summer. Courtney went to the last summer camp and was evaluated during the camp. Coach Marty Beall explained that there were already 32 girls on the roster, but he would like her to be on the team as well. The coach provided Courtney with a training booklet for running and ball skills that she would be expected to perform. With only 5 weeks between being accepted to the team and the first day of training, Courtney gave it all she had. Due to the excessive heat this past summer, Courtney and her mom were up at 6am every morning traveling to Handley High school to use the turf football field for the running drills. After dinner, the family would go over to the Clarke County recreation center to work on ball skills training. It was truly a family affair.
It paid off, Courtney was excited to be selected as a member of a Division 1 NCAA soccer team and was one of only 9 teammates to pass all the running tests on the first try.
Courtney knew that she would have limited playing time going into her first year, but has already amassed 96 minutes of playing time in the first 11 games of the season.
Courtney is the daughter of Berryville residents Philip and Carlene Butterfass.