By Thomas Grubb | After losing to graduation eight seniors, the back line, and the All-State goalie, the APA soccer team enters the 2017 season with a challenging road ahead.
Despite the uphill climb, Coach Shivar Person’s squad, which finished 10-10-2 in 2016, looks ahead optimistically.
Sophomore George Dismukes, a first-year forward, seems excited and hopeful for the year to come: “Yeah, we have a pretty young team this year but I think we’ll end up doing well.”
The veterans of the team also feel enthusiastic about the Patriots’ outlook.
“It’s a good opportunity for me to be a mentor for this team,”said Anton Hnatov, a senior starting defender, who is excited about being captain.
Other seniors include Drew Grice, Tap Perry, Cameron Pope, Trey Kuhn, Phillip Johnson, George Haddad, and Jacob John.
In only his second year as the boys’ head coach, Coach Person looks forward to his second attempt with a fairly new team.
“We’ve got a pretty young team this year but I think we have a good chance at the playoffs,” said Coach Person, who has started five ninth and tenth graders so far this season.
After being connected to the soccer program for ten years, “Coach P” hopes that his coaching experience, along with a little help from JV coach Mr. Mike LaBarbera and goalie coach Mr. Franz Bruckner, will lead the team to a successful year.
With many new additions from the JV team, and the return of “Coach Franz” from Germany’s Bayern Kickers, the Parrott team will be back into competitive shape soon.
Playing against WCDS this Thursday, and with a tournament this weekend at SDS in Raleigh, the team will have ample opportunity to prove itself, despite APA’s 1-3 start.
Its lone win, a 4-1 victory, came against Greenville’s John Paul II HS.
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