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Robert C. Byrd High School boys’ and girls’ soccer team are not only being recognized for their achievements on the field, but for the work they have been doing off the field. Not only did both teams take home the Sectional and Regional Titles but were awarded prestigious honors by the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commissions (WVSSAC). The Flying Eagles girls were named the WVSSAC Academic GPA winner for the state with an overall GPA of 3.948 and an average of only two missed days per player for the 2017-2018 school year.
Senior mid-fielder Eli Williams was selected as the WVSSAC’s Male Athlete Community Service Award recipient.
Robert C. Byrd’s Assistant Principle Scott Davis expressed that he just wants these kids to have their story told. This group of kids are incredibly special, and they are not just athletically gifted, but are spiritually and morally gifted, as well. Davis went on to explain that the combination of these attributes is why these kids are so successful.
The girls’ soccer defending State Champions have recognized the importance of working hard on and off the field. Senior Ashton McKane stated, “the team sees the importance of working just as hard off the field as they do on the field, and the Lady Eagles show that school comes first with the display of their GPA”. The senior Lady Eagles have set a standard for the underclassmen, and to excel both on and off the field you have to stay equally dedicated to both. “There’s no other teams in the state that can say they have been able to accomplish what we have”, said McKane.
The Lady Eagles recently brought home the Sectional and Regional Titles sending the team back to states to defend their designation as State Champions another year. “We know what it feels like to win states and knows what it takes to do so, so it puts more pressure on our team, but it can be intimidating to the other teams who play us”, said senior Lura Simons. The Lady Eagles credit their coach Tina Smith, and the bond the team has formed off the field.
In addition to the girls, the boys’ team has had equal success. Williams was recognized for his overwhelming service to the community. Described by others as having a peaceful personality and a quiet temperament, Williams does not expect recognition for the work he’s done, but instead does it to serve God. Williams initially began participating in community service projects because of how he was raised, but as he grew older he chose to receive Jesus into his heart and continue on with God’s work.
Eli has participated in countless hours of community service work with his church and youth group but felt the most rewarding was the rehabilitation to Dougie Layfield’s home. “I’ve participated in great causes, but with this I got to the see the outcome of the project and was able to help someone we all know”, said Williams. Williams expressed his gratitude to Mr. Davis for his nomination, Allen Hill, and his mom and dad.
Just like the girls, the boys have also brought home the sectional and regional titles and are heading back to the state tournament. This is the third year that the senior boys will take the trip to states, and they feel this year is their year to win the championship. Senior Kaden Lucas said, “the chemistry on and off the field is better this year, and a family always attitude has been instilled into the team”.
The boys will take on Winfield at 1:30p.m. Friday, November 2 at and the girls will play Friday at 6:30p.m. Both games will be played at the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex in Beckley.
The City of Clarksburg would like to wish both teams Good Luck in the State Tournament.