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As a soccer player you are often required to use your head. For the soccer teams at Owen County High School, they can use their heads both on and off the field.
The boys under the direction of Jerry Doolin have once again been recognized for academic success by the Kentucky High School Soccer Coaches Association. The team, along with seven other schools across the state, was honored for having a team grade point average of 3.25 or better.
The girls, under the leadership of Mike Haines, also have several players who achieved success in the classroom. Kaelin Sizemore, Mikala Byers, Adreanna Dalton, Lacey Trautwein, Kaity Smith, Morgan Walker, Stephanie Colligan, Andi Wash and Alexis Ellis were all named KHSAA Academic All-State Honorable Mention.
Several of the girls were named KHSAA First Team Academic All-State. They include Ashley Byers, Katie Haines, Autumn Gover, Mattie Cook, Gracie Roberts, Christina Johnson, Rachel Herring, Callie Towles and Samantha Toole. Gover, Cook and Roberts each have 4.0 GPAs.
The girls also handed out their team awards Sunday. Alexis Ellis was given the team offense award while Rachel Herring was given the team defense award. Callie Towles was given the coach’s award. Goalie Samantha Toole was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. The junior keeper, who recorded three shutouts this season, was also named to the 2nd Team All-Region for the 13th Region and All Conference, Purple Division for the Central Kentucky Girls Soccer Conference.