This is a comment posted by Coach Chris Shull, Greenwood Blue Jays. I have taken the liberty of posting it in this way so that it can be fully appreciated. The photo is from a game earlier this month against Willard.
I am proud to be in district 6 and not necessarily for reasons that are perhaps apparent to the public. Here is a snap shot of what I can say about each school and I believe it deserves recognition.
Thomas Jefferson: Here is a school that played most the season without a full starting line-up. I have seen T.J. play three times and I can tell you at no time did these boys give up. At no time did these boys get down on each other. Last, their coaching staff stayed positive the whole game. You can see why the players are good individuals.
Aurora: As coaches we always stress the importance of playing soccer in the off season. To my knowledge Aurora has few club players and yet they are still competitive. Their coach is one of the nicest people that I know and even though Aurora may not be considered a “soccer town” just yet-you would never know it by listening to their crowd. They have the most passionate fans that I have ever seen and heard in our district. These fans love their team unconditionally and it shows in how the team plays. The team gives their fans/school/community reason to cheer each and every game.
College Heights: Show me a team that has improved drastically over the season and I will show you a good program. College Heights has had the most success in district 6 over the past 7 years. They have been to the final four three consecutive times since 2002. This year they were well coached and took a led a young team through growing pains and won a game in districts. When I first started coaching at Greenwood I wanted to be as good as this program and experience the success that they had. I am still no where near it but I will keep trying.
New Covenant: This team gave us back to back lessons on how to play with heart in districts. N.C. has went through a coach being dismissed in post season last year to learning under a new one this year. That would be tough to overcome no matter how good you are. This team kept all the positive moments from last year and let go the rest. It takes a group of boys with good character to overcome this diversity and to excel. They came out this year swinging and continued to swing. I wish Greenwood would have ducked 🙂 Good luck to you boys in the finals!
Springfield Catholic: As a quote from Dennis Green “They are who we thought they were!” This team is well coached and their players just flat out love to play soccer. Their school’s passion for soccer is so glaring. Their girls have taken so much pride in their own program and now the boy’s team has reason to be excited. If I could give advice to any school district officials it would be this: Next time a coach and a group of passionate parents stand up for what they believe in please don’t ignore them. Please open your eyes and recognize success. Catholic soccer is good for our district and good for soccer for the southwest!
THANKS COACH SHULL