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 'Shooter' Dalton Knocks Down Six Goals for Cyclones

September 24, 2008 - After a mid-week clinic sponsored by the Knightstown High School varsity team, youths involved in the Knightstown Home Optimist Club’s youth soccer league stormed the fields for a second week of action Saturday.

In the pre-school and kindergarten league, the Storm Troopers kicked it up a notch with a pair of goals from J.R. Plank. Cara Mullen and Emilie Moss each added a goal as well. Cayla Judd and Adam Moss both had assists.

Bryce Dehoney, Molly Cupp and Haylie Johnson all were noted for playing tough defense.

The Polar Bears were anything but cold, as Kylee Fox scored two goals and a generous opponent scored another for the Bears. Emma Hutson, Marcus Vise and Nathan Hochstedler ran hard in the heat of the day.

The Leaping Lizards jumped all over the field with Brachelle Wisner, Zachary Arnold, Benjamin Newby and William Groce all scoring goals. Tough defense from the Lizards’ Carson Smith and Paige “Pinkie” Personette also helped the team. Madalyn Harris, Madison Brockman, Dillon True and Levi “The Hammer” Jones all were tops in hustling.

Blake Donoghue scored a lone goal for the Mighty Mustangs. First-year coach Gabi Harper reported great saves in goal from Emma Wagonner, Violet Alexander and Donoghue. Zoeanna Beabout was tops in hustle, while Aiden Back, Jacob Richardson and Hayden Waggoner all improved their participation. Josiah King, Jon Harper, Shaylynn Allison, Emma Waggoner and Donoghue recorded steals for the crafty team.

The Cyclones were unstoppable, with Garrett “Shooter” Dalton kicking in six goals. Brodin Smith added three, Gatlin McKinney two and John Groce one. Reports that Steve Dalton’s team was playing with a “juiced” ball were unfounded. Braeden Arnett did a great job moving the ball.

The Little Rascals didn’t score on the day, but Brady “Alfalfa” Howell was tough in goal. Kynna “Darla” Ellis and Claire Leakey showed great sportsmanship. Talia McDonald found her grove and stayed on the field for the first time this season.

The Kickerz responded to J.B. Muncy’s added practices with a pair of goals from daughter Megan.

In the first and second grade league, the Cheetahs were off and running with a goal from Sierra Heady and a pair of kicks from Maggie “Mad Dog” Smith.

The Flames were hotter than the 80-degree temperatures, with A.J. Dalton scoring two goals. Wes Emerson and Cora Gordon each added one. Sadie “the Robot” Roberts had three stops in goal. Belle Holler and Ben Klassen each had a stop in their turn in the net.

The Tigers had goals from Grace Hastings and Chase Burton. Ethan Yoder was tough in goal, while Hastings was in top form on her throw-ins. Kira Smith, Skylar Wilson and Heather Townsend were all aggressive on offense, while Alexis Howard and Gavin Back were relentless on defense.

The Huskies were led by great hustle from Brooke “Babyface” Helderbrand, the smallest player on the team. Lucas Lewis scored a pair of goals while Cameron Dean drilled in another.

The Colts couldn’t find the net on offense, but Heather “Action” Jackson and Emerson Hollenbaugh had a couple of solid shots. Jackson stopped four goal attempts in the fourth quarter. Brent Sorrell had a great stop and Alexa Donoghue knocked down two in the third quarter. Hannah Swango was tough on defense and Dakota Swift moved the ball well. Caleb Spiker and Caitlyn Cooley played great defense.

The Inferno was a powerhouse for father/son coaching duo Greg and Brent Butler. Jose Olivo showed why he is already in the sights of varsity coach Larry Loveall by scoring five goals. Trindie Newby and Elizabeth Moore added one apiece. Jessica “the Playmaker” Butler had three assists while Emma Moore was tops on defense.

In the third, fourth and fifth grade league, the Bulldogs continued to chew on their opponents. Haley Fowler, Mackenzie Fowler, and Isaac “the Intimidator” McRoberts all scored goals. Allyson Hauk and Chase Manley were tough on defense. Brock Harding and Andy Selvidge were team players with assists.

The All-Stars lived up to their name with five goals on the day. Ryan Johnson popped in three with Darrin McConnell and Karina Bowling each adding one. Blake Dunaway was a hero in goal, sacrificing himself to tumble after several shots.

The Tigers were intimidating, racking up six goals. Annie Moore and Levi Back had two each, while Zach Hedrick and Shelby Atwood both drilled in one. Braeley Haltom and Luci Wilson were smooth at moving the ball. Kobe “the Foot” Beavers was outstanding on defense.

The Red Devils had goals from Troy Sorrell and Steven Heady, along with great hustle from the entire team.

The Panthers were in solid form with Alex Fields booting in a pair of goals. Anna Grimes added one and Jordan Ventresco powered in another. Jonathan Hunter was a pit bull on defense that kept getting back up after being knocked down several times.

The junior high league continued to show parity with each of the four teams scoring one goal on the day. Eric Richardson scored for the Fusion. Billy Smith was tough in goal. Dakota Coates, Tristen White and Spencer Roberts were tough on defense, while Aaron Jackson, Jacquelyn Hastings and Trent McDonald were all solid on offense.

Kyle Johnson scored a goal for the Hornets. The team had several shots on goal due to good passing from Chris Saunders, Shawn Hilton, Madysen Smith, Ryan Braunschweig and Mason Campbell. Libbie Fender, Sarah Johnson, Abby Moles, John Smith and Conner Stolle led the defense.


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