The calendar has just turned to January, but Spring sports are right around the corner for local high school teams.
This week, multiple local soccer players earned recognition as Georgia High School Soccer named its Preseason All-State Teams for each classification with the season quickly approaching.
Leading the way on the Class AA Girls All-State Team as First-Team selections were Model’s Perry Durden and Ashley Vicente Perez. Durden is a senior midfielder for the Lady Devils, and Vicente Perez is a senior forward.
Joining her teammates on the Class AA list was Model’s Hadley Johnson who was selected as Honorable Mention. The junior Johnson plays forward for the Lady Devils.
In Class AAAAAA, the Rome boys had multiple players named to the Preseason All-State Team as both Gonzalo Lemus and Issac Vardy earned a spot on the First Team. Lemus is a senior forward for the Wolves, and Vardy is a senior defender.
The Model girls, who are coming off a region title and trip to the Class AA Final Four last season, will open the 2022 schedule Feb. 3 when they host Chattooga.
The Rome boys, who earned a State berth last season, open their 2022 schedule Feb. 4 when they visit Southeast Whitfield.