Thursday, January 8, 2009

Area soccer players get some ink

More acclaim for a pair of highly acclaimed Wilson high school players in the Dec. 15 issue of Southern Soccer Scene, a regional soccer publication.

Greenfield's march to its 10th state 1-A championship was mentioned along with senior forward Curran Blackwell's team-best 35 goals. Under the "N.C. Soccer" notebook, Hunt junior Aaron White was saluted for setting "a new school single season scoring record with 44 goals, including eight hat tricks."

I wonder how SSS determined that White's feat was a Hunt record since very few Hunt soccer records have been kept over the past three decades. I would say that it is believed to be a record since there doesn't seem to be any challengers. If former Warriors head coach Brent Walston, now at North Johnston, didn't have anyone with more than 44 goals in his very successful 10-year run, it's very doubtful anyone had 44 goals at Hunt. And Coach Walston is known for his meticulous record-keeping.

Also, Larry Taylor reports from Morganton that his son, Collin, was featured in a story in The News Herald about his freshman season as goalkeeper at Appalachian State University. Collin, who was named to the All-Southern Conference first team and the all-freshman team, is the roommate of his former high school rival, Mark Bridges.

Taylor starred at Morganton Freedom High while Bridges, also on the SoCon all-frosh team, was an East Burke High standout.

For those who don't know, the Taylors lived in Wilson for many years where Collin learned the game playing for the Wilson Recreation Department and Wilson Youth Soccer Association, which Larry served as president for several years.

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