Big year at MBMS

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Chappell wraps up tenure as head coach with conference title

By Brian Blair

Mission accomplished.
The Maurice Bowling Middle School girls soccer team set a goal at the beginning of the season.
This year marked the first season for the North Central Kentucky Soccer Conference and they wanted to be the first team to claim the title.
MBMS Girls Soccer Coach Scotty Chappell said he challenged the players to win.
“I told the girls at the start of the season they could win this conference and hang a conference championship banner in the gym,” Chappell said.
On Mother’s Day, the team reached its goal as the the top-seeded Lady Rebels defeated Frankfort Middle 2-1 in the championship game.
The victory capped off a season that saw the team finish with a 10-1 overall record. Destinee Epperson, Marlee Lathrem, Jodie Ransdell and Hailey Chappell were named to the NCKSC All-Tournament.
Chappell said the conference championship is evidence of what kids can do when they set goals and then strive together to reach them.
“They proved that by working hard, you can achieve your goals,” Chappell said.
The 10 wins is the most by a girls team at MBMS since the boys and girls began playing as separate teams in 2007.
For the year, the balanced team scored a total of 49 goals while allowing their opponents to find the back of the net just nine times.
The season was especially sweet for Chappell, who is stepping down as coach after three years at the helm.
“I want to thank all the parents and players who have made this a great time for me and I especially want to congratulate the team’s seven eighth graders on their accomplishments.”
The great year for the MBMS girls comes on the heels of the OCHS girls who also had an outstanding year.
The girls became the first team to win the Eighth Region All ‘A’ Classic and the 31st District championship.
Chappell hopes the success at the middle-school level will carry over to high school.
“I wish them luck and I know they will hang more banners and bring home more trophies in their high school careers,” Chappell said.