Rockets well represented in all-star soccer
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:00 AM
Neshoba Central soccer coach Nathan Sistrunk said he was surprised and honored when he learned he had been selected to coach the North girls in the annual Mississippi High School All-star soccer matches this Saturday.
The games will be played at Clinton High School with the girls game getting under way at 4 p.m. The boys will follow.
The event is sponsored by the Mississippi Association of Coaches.
Joining Sistrunk on the North girls team will be Jenna Pigg. Also, Neshoba Central's Dalton Marshall and Karim Mueller have been selected to play for the North team in the boys all-star game.
"I'm really proud for all of our players who made the all-star teams," Sistrunk said. "They were all very deserving.
"Jenna played sweeper for us, but she can play anywhere on the field," Sistrunk said. "She is very versatile and plays hard.
"Dalton has been on our team since the eighth grade and has been a starter since the ninth grade. He has been a playmaker for us. Karim has been with us the last two seasons and has been a great team player. We are going to miss all of these players next season."
Sistrunk has been with the Neshoba Central program for the six years and has been the head coach for the past three seasons.
"We are trying to build up our program to compete on the 5A level," Sistrunk said. "Many of the players on the teams in our region play year-around on select teams. We get together in the summer, have a clinic and play in the summer league at the park. We are trying to get better."
Pigg and Marshall, along with Neshoba Central teammate Preston Anderson, have signed to play on the next level with Meridian Community College. Mueller has signed to play with Northwest Community College.
"We average having four or five players sign each year, and them getting that opportunity to go to college is what is important to us," Sistrunk said. "We send out information to college teams all over the state and even in Alabama. We make them aware of our kids and their talent and it helps."
The all-star teams won't have much time to practice. They are to arrive at Clinton High School at 1 p.m. Saturday. Pictures will be taken and the players will have time to get to know each other.
"We might get to work with the teams for an hour or so," Sistrunk said. "Some of the players from around the state were competing in the state championship playoffs last week. They told us that this game is to give them a chance to showcase their talents and have a good time."