Readers who follow high school sports in Clarke County know that it has been an amazing spring for both Girls and Boys soccer. Both teams are traveling to Northampton High School for state level competition. But, teams competitive at the state level aren’t built after students get to high school. They are farmed in local recreation leagues and—when available—in middle school team sports. Clarke County soccer is built on the youth soccer organization and is then honed by more competitive travel leagues as there is currently no middle school soccer program available.
Two local men have been diligently building a future CCHS girls soccer team for the last few seasons — Coaches Josh David and Mike Deem. Their focus — surprisingly — has been on fitness and a lifelong love of healthy living. Their mechanism for this instruction has revolved around soccer with focused teaching on the finer details of playing soccer but always in a positive tone. Both men have a true love of sports and a competitive nature but frame that drive in good sportsmanship, personal excellence and teamwork.
A highlight of their tutelage was their team’s receipt of the Randy Rawls Sportsmanship Award. The award is designated to the team who best represents the spirit of good sportsmanship—in wins and losses, game play and spectator (parent) behavior. All of the Old Dominion Soccer League’s referees and coaches vote on which team will be the recipient of the award.
In honor of the award the players and coaches received free tickets to a DC United soccer game. At the game, the group got to meet player Steven Knight and also to play on the United game field before the game. At half-time, player Allison Sipe received the trophy on behalf of the entire team. It was a memory none involved will soon forget.
If you are a parent of a young lady in the U-10 (by July 1) age bracket, and would like to be a part of this budding group of superior athletes, please bring your child to a team try-out at Field 4 (by the pavilion) on June 6 at 6:00 p.m. This team embodies all the best Clarke County has to offer.
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