In the tradition of the Harrison County Fillies soccer team, the Batson’s served a feast to close out another successful soccer season.
Coach Kim Jenkins began the program with a recap of the 10-7-1 year.
“This season, like many, was a season of adjustments. The difference was we had to make our adjustments early and continue to make them throughout the year,” Jenkins said. “We first lost a senior leader and one of the better players in the region when Marly (Jenkins) went down with her knee injury. Then Chelsea (Ingram) had a concussion and we were without her, too, so we had to move people around right away.
“The girls accepted the changes and worked hard to fill the positions as we went through our schedule. I believe the loss at Pendleton County was the turning point when the girls saw what they had to do in order to do well in the district and region.”
The Fillies repeated as 38th District Champions in 2013.
Each class was called forward to receive their letters, or bars as the presentations began following Jenkins’ opening remarks.
Four seventh graders and seven eighth graders made up the middle school group followed by the freshmen who played strictly junior varsity. There were a total of six freshmen, four who played junior varsity, one who played varsity and one who played both junior varsity and varsity.
The freshmen were followed by the 10 sophomores, five juniors and five seniors who made up the remainder of the varsity squad.
Jenkins commented on the strengths and value of each of the Fillies, both junior varsity and varsity, before going into great length about her seniors.
“These girls are all like family to me,” she said.
The five seniors who are leaving the program are Elizabeth Brooks, Haley Carr, Taylor Fry, Marly Jenkins and Madelyn Judy.
Jenkins then went over the All Region honors as sophomore Amelia Bolin was named third team All Region, senior Carr was named second team All Region and senior Fry was named first team All Region. Fry and Carr were also named to the All Regional Tournament team. Fry was just home from competing in the all state game in Lexington as she was named second team All State East team and was selected to play in the all star game.
“I have always said that we were the smartest team on the Hilltop,” commented Jenkins. “I believe that the All State Academic Awards prove me right.”
A student has to be a sophomore, junior or senior to qualify for Academic All State. The Fillies had 20 girls eligible and have 17 named as either first team or honorable mention.
Honorable Mention requires a GPA of 3.25 to 3.8 while the first team students must have a 3.8 to 4.0 GPA. The honorable mention girls were Elizabeth Brooks, Carr, Kayla Ford, Ingram, Taylor Landrum, Tarah Martin and Nikki True.
The All Academic first team members were Bolin, Marie Bowen, Fry, Gracie Furnish, Raejean Hurst, Jenkins, Madelyn Judy, Mary Levi, Hannah Thomas and Millie Wiglesworth.
Coach Jenkins wrapped her part of the program up by thanking the administration, Rosemary Whitaker, all of the parents who helped in the concessions and fund raisers and those who fixed the pregame food.
She also announced that eight-year assistant coach John Lair would not be returning next season.
Jenkins expressed her gratitude and the girls’ appreciation for all of the hard work and soccer knowledge that Lair had given over the years.
She also thanked Jeff Kinney for his help as assistant and the families of the coaches who give up their time so the coach can be on the field and at practice.
The crowd then enjoyed a film presented by Richie Photography of the 2013 season.