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Battle of the Bypass Puts Legend Against Legend and Bragging Rights On The Line
August 31, 2011By William Warfield of CKYSports
Nicholasville, KY - Sparks fly for East Jessamine this season with an undefeated record on the line going into Thursday’s game with cross town rival West Jessamine. The Jaguars come into the ball game 6-0-1 on the season. The only blemish came at the hands of Harrison County in a scoreless tie. Meanwhile West Jessamine enters the game 3-1-1 on the season with a loss to Lexington Christian and a 1-1 tie vs. Sacred Heart.
East Jessamine is coming into this game with their best start since 2007 when the Jaguars went 14-4 on the season under then head Coach Alex Shearer. The Jaguars now lead by legendary Head Coach DeAngelo Wiser helped him accomplished a milestone in obtaining his 200th career victory over Montgomery County last week. Since the milestone, the Jaguars have won two more games in blowout fashion. A win over Somerset away 9-1 and a win over Madison Southern at home 6-1.
The Jaguars are lead by seniors Danielle Lee, Victoria Slade, Morgan Black, Annie Bruner, Kelly Hatchett, Emily Montgomery, Ashley Taylor, Beth Taylor, and Becca King. Senior keeper Courtney Griffith has done an outstanding job in the frame. Junior Devin Burnside provides a major offensive attack in the midfield along with junior sensation Makensie Danaher.
West Jessamine continues to be successful under Head Coach Kevin Wright even after losing Miss Kentucky Soccer Arin Gilliland and four other starting seniors to graduation. Big time players have picked up the pieces and patched the open spots. Seniors Hana Henderson, Jenna Bird, Katherine Hale, and Maddie Lockridge lead the way on offense for the Colts while junior Jessica Watson (JWatts) protects the backfield. Freshmen keeper Makensie Via has played an important role on the varsity team stepping in for injured teammate and junior Rebekah Hulsing.
This game has roots. Coach Wiser once coached the Colts and picked up a majority of his career victories in the red and white. Wiser took off a couple seasons due to back problems after the 2006 season. West Jessamine hired head Coach Kevin Wright to fill the vacancy and when Wiser returned in 2008 East Jessamine was his destination.
Coach Kevin Wright hosts one of the biggest camps in Kentucky called "Tough as Nails" where kids from all over the state spend several days with Coach Wright and his special guests. Wright has taking part in the development of many D-1 college athletes and continues to do so today.
This season marks the 20th year anniversary of soccer in Jessamine County and many of the former players will be in attendance for this game. The game is scheduled to start this Thursday night at 7:30pm at the West Jessamine Soccer Field.