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Thomson awards banquet honors soccer teams

Thomson High School held a banquet in honor of the boys' and girls' soccer teams Monday as the school auditorium.

"It was a great season," said boys' assistant coach Brad Adams. "I still believe we really only got beat by one team this year, and that was by a team that's still playing in the playoffs."

The event featured a fried chicken dinner, award presentations, and a team cake-cutting.

"This season was amazing," said girls' head coach Jessica Ruark. "We're losing a lot of seniors after this year, but we also have a great group of girls coming up, and I expect next year to be just as good or better."

Coaches from each team presented awards to the players. For the boys' team, juniors John Holloway and Richard Wilburn received most improved awards. The Coach's Award went to Cullen Wallace, and Talles Cardoso, Justin Betross, Marcus Ricketson and Marquis Cook received the Captain's Awards.

"It's really tough to lose so many seniors," said head coach Zack Tucker. "The seniors really made my job easier this year, but at the same time I'm excited about our juniors that are coming back next year."

"We're picking up next year where we left off this year," Adams added.

For the girls' team, the most improved award went to Jordan O'Connor; best defensive player award went to Caitlin Carpenter; and Miranda Barker was awarded best offensive player.

"Miranda set a record this year," Ruark said. "She's scored 104 goals over her four years of high school soccer. That breaks the record of Jay Bieltz, who scored 103 goals over four years. That's very impressive any way you look at it."

Brea Boutwell was named the MVP for the girls' team.

"I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Brea is just incredible. Everywhere I put her, she played hard and did what I needed her to do. I am so grateful to have her for another year," Ruark said.

For their part, the players also had presentations for the coaches. The boys presented signed team balls and coffee mugs with team photos on them to Tucker and Adams. The girls' team presented Ruark with a best coach award and a plaque with a team photo and the engraved words "You're not only a coach, but a great friend. Thank you for being there no matter what."

"I thought I might make it through tonight without crying, but I guess I was wrong," Ruark said as she dabbed at tears with a tissue.

Web posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011

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