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 Youth Soccer League Ends Season with Great Games

October 22, 2008 - The Knightstown Home Optimist soccer league closed out the fall season Saturday. Members of the service club cooked up more than 450 hotdogs to give out free at the games.

The Leaping Lizards continued on a fast scoring pace in the youngest division, with Zachary Arnold, Benjamin “Invincible” Newby, Brachelle Wisner and William Groce all scoring goals.

Contributing to the total team effort were Levi Jones, Paige Personett, Carson “The Machine” Smith, Dillon True, Madison Brockman and Madalyn “Mad Dog” Harris. The Yellow Jackets didn’t find the net, but Own Newkirk was a brick wall in goal. Others playing tough defense were Quentin “Big Man” Bland, Colten Leisure, Sara Loveall, and Joyce Townsend.

The insects had great hustle from Ellett Shackelford, Matthew “The Farmer” McDonald, Somer Parker, Rachel Neal and Jerry Hinds.

The Polar Bears kicked it up a notch with Connor “Rock” Pyle scoring two goals. John McDaniel and Lauren “Smooth” Silcox added one apiece.

The team played its best game of the season with contributions from Makayla Kissick, Emma Hutson, Olivia Sherman, Kylee Fox, Marcus Vise and Nathan Hochstedler.

The usually high scoring Cyclones were shut out of the net for the first time this season. Braedon Arnett had three great shots on goal while Audrey “Ice” Tice had two solid kickoffs. Brodin Smith was tough on defense.

The Mighty Mustangs ended the season with goals from Blake Donoghue and Shaylynn Allison. Logan Moss, Violet Alexander and Jacob Richardson led the defense. Emma Waggoner, Jon Harper, Josiah King, Blake Donoghue and Zoe Beabout all contributed on offense. Harper was knocked down and kicked in the face, but got back up and toughed it out. Aiden “Kick” Back was among the horses that were tough in goal.

The first and second grade league reported a great effort by Jonathon Brading and Justice “For Us” Harlow for Colts II.

The Flames had a last second goal from Cora “Golden” Gordon that was determined to go in after the whistle. Garrett “Shooter” Dalton stepped up to play with the older kids after his earlier game and provided a spark on offense. Shelby Hampton had great passing. Luke “Class” Klassen scored his first goal of the season in a sudden death kickoff. Wes Overman was tough on defense and Ben Klassen hustled.

The Colts I had a pair of goals from Alexa Donoghue and another from Dakota Swift “Kick.” The horses were tough in goal with Caleb “Power” Spiker, Caitlyn Cooley, Emerson Hollenbaugh leading the way. Donoghue and Swift also knocked down several shots. Chase Burton and Ethan Yoder drilled in goals for the Tigers. Skylar Wilson, Alexis Howard, Grace Hastings and Gavin Back had nice throw-ins. Kira Smith was tough in goal. The offense was led by Wendall Roberts and Heather “Down” Townsend.

In the third, fourth and fifth grade league the Hurricanes celebrated goals from Sidney Vise and Jacob “The Boss” Bush. Contributing to the team effort were Brooke Vise, Hannah Thomas, Cody “The Couger” Campbell, Elizabeth Loveall, Eric Adams, Loren Mulholland and Lilly “Nice” Vise. The Panthers were led by Jordan Ventrusco who scored a big goal for the cats. Cameron Fender also added a score. Alex “A Rod” Fields was big on both ends of the field. Brianna Phillips and Sarah Smith were tough on defense. Mason Florea and Anna “Montana” Grimes moved the ball well, while Jonathan Hunter played his best game of the year.


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