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The Oakwood Christian Academy Eagles welcomed Southern Christian Athletic Association foe Rhea County (Tenn.) Academy to Chickamauga for their 2016 high school soccer season opener on Monday.
Step through the fence onto the pitch at an Oakwood Christian Academy soccer practice and the first word that comes to mind is "new".
Two outstanding athletes, who excelled on the diamond and even on the hardwood, have been selected as the 2015-2016 Athletes of the Year for Walker County.
It takes many different parts to make a team successful, but sometimes a single component can take a team to the next level.
It was a prep soccer season of non-stop action and excitement with two teams (Calhoun boys and Sonoraville boys) going all the way to the Class AAA Elite Eight and three others (Calhoun girls, Sonoraville girls, Gordon Central boys) earning State tournament berths.
Sonoraville’s Kevin Villatoro and Avery Hamilton and Calhoun’s Gabriel Garcia and Carter Baggett were four players that made their team go this past season.
The Tennessee All-Stars stunned their counterparts from the Peach State with the tying goal with just over two minutes to play, but Georgia would go on to beat the Volunteer State in a shootout to win the 2016 version of the Tennessee-Georgia Boys' Soccer Classic at Chattanooga Finley Stadium.
2016 Walker County Girls' Soccer Player of the Year - Catherine McConnell (Sr., LaFayette)
McDONOUGH — The discussions on a soccer pitch south of Atlanta on Saturday afternoon were filled with excitement, emotion and pride.
While many prep soccer teams are already in their offseason, some continue to play, tested but ready for the challenges ahead.