By Ed Greif
When Jeremy Conner came into the program, there were 12 girls in summer practice. That grew to an outstanding number of 15.
"They grew together as a group and recreated the CCHS program. They had it rough for a couple of years. The seniors bought into that," said Conner at the annual soccer banquet Nov. 3. "They will be here for each other."
"It was hard to make my selections for awards. They had earn these awards," the first-year coach added. "Meghan Server was phenonimal as goalkeeper. Wherever I put Brooke Golden, she was as happy as a lark."
Before presenting awards to the players, he thanked Dr. Kim Johnson for her support this season.
Jennifer Hedgecoth was the overall MVP.
"She was willing to give up time to help me out. She helped people on the field," Conner added.
Breanna Taylor was the Offensive MVP.
"I always had an idea who this would be. She went with a bang," he added.
Golden won the Midfielder Award.
"It was very hard to pick a midfield award. We were always strong in the back. She did it with a smile. She is one of the strongest players I've ever coached," said Conner, whose team finished 3-9-1.
Kirsten Cox was the defender of the year.
"She helped whoever through the ropes and always did what I said. She did it quickly and quietly," stated Conner.
Sydney Clark won the Rookie of the Year award.
"How amazing is she going to be?" he replied.
The team's 11 seniors — Kirsten Cox, Whitney Gillihan, Brooke Golden, Jennifer Hedgecoth, Ashley Miller, Taylor Moss, Gabriella Norris, Bailey Richardson, Meghan Server, Shelby Smith and Brianna Taylor — all received a special gift from the coaching staff.
"Don't you forget you revitalized the program. I don't want you to forget what you started," Conner said.
The seniors, along with underclassmen Alli Graham, Mary Kemp, Sydney Clark, Mariah Wisor, Anna Smallwood, Angel Perry, Kaylee Gibson, Kayde Johnson, Emily Monday and Anna Holt Shaw, received their letter awards.