Hawks soccer team prepares for new season of success

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By Charles Holloway

For LaRue County High School boys’ soccer, success can be found on the scoreboard, on the field and in the classroom. It is the result of skills, heart and determination.
Many athletes have contributed to the teams’ success: The Dylans, Andrews, Brents and Bo. The Logans, Todds, Justins, and Damons laid down the foundations of success and Hawk pride. The list of contributors stretches a long way.
Thus, the present boys soccer team exemplifies the mores of their predecessors. Triple-digit temperatures and high humidity have not swayed the commitment and determination of these young Hawks. Twenty-seven to 30 players were participating every day to improve their foot skills, speed and ball-handling techniques.
Coach Derek Bell is an invaluable and integral part of this soccer program.  Coach Bell imparts his knowledge, experience and training to improve the basic fundamentals of “football” for the players and the community.  Under his tutelage, success has been realized. We are fortunate to have him. Thanks, Coach Bell!
New season
Junior Alex Cook (4 goals, 6 assists) and senior Shawn Hull (3 goals) will be charged with the offensive output responsibility of the team. A strong supporting cast is led by junior Ricardo Collado (5 goals, 11 assists), senior James Crosswhite (2 goals, 4 assists) and sophomores Curtis Milby and Raymundo Perez.
Juniors Marshall Metcalf and Brock James solidify the defensive midfield.  Newcoming freshmen Alex Ramey and Hunter Smith will give recovery breaks at many positions. Juniors Austin Puryear and Tyler Skaggs, sophomores Catfish Hurt and Kyle DeVary, and freshman Brian Anderson will continue the Hawk tradition of a strong defense.
The stalwart and the key leader in either a diamond or straight-back defense has been the sweeper. This year the position is aptly manned by senior Dakota White.
The third installment of the goalkeeper is fortified by freshman Eli Royalty. Micah Dyer and Bo Haun established the standards during the past seven seasons.
Royalty vows to continue the tradition and has worked hard and diligently to improve his skills.
Gone but not forgotten are the leaders of the past. We don’t look to the past; we look forward to a very bright future.  
“We are in the business of winning and right now business is good!”  Success will continue with this Hawk team. Witnessing the team’s commitment and determination, the coaching staff for the LaRue County
High School boys soccer team is well-pleased ... but never satisfied.
To the Hodgenville community, support your team. Watch success and Hawk pride continue to flourish.
The first match is Tuesday, Aug. 16 at Hawk Stadium against North Bullitt.