Soccer players earn state honors
Floyd County soccer players earn state honors
Posted on 05/14/2013
This is the image for the news article titled Floyd County soccer players earn state honorsPaco Miranda, a senior at Coosa High School, and Emily Reese, a junior at Armuchee High School, have earned Athlete of the Year awards from DiVarsity.com.  Miranda was named the 2A State Soccer Player of the Year.  Reese was named 2A Girls Student Athlete of the Year.  The awards are voted on by GHSA coaches.

Miranda was last year's Rome News Tribune Player of the Year in soccer.  He broke the Coosa High school record for assists with more than 100 in his career.  Miranda has signed a scholarship to play soccer at Shorter University in the fall.  "I have coached many great players over the last 25 seasons, None have had  the skill or ability that Paco has exhibited on the field," stated Randy Vice, coach of the Coosa soccer team.  "We played 19 games this season and he was the most talented player on the field in all 19, which is impressive since we played great teams like Westminster, Calhoun, and Rome.“

Reese played nearly every minute of every game this year for Armuchee.  She anchored a strong defense and was a major reason the Lady Indians had eight shutouts this season.  "She also had five goals and her team often looked for her to make a strong run out of the defensive third of the field," stated Don Bettler, coach of the Armuchee soccer team.  

Armuchee finished as Region 7AA runner-up this season and earned a berth in the state tournament for the fourth year in a row.  Reese's honor was for play on the field and performance in the classroom.  In addition to her soccer accomplishments, she is a member of National Honor Society. Reese was chosen by her team as the Best Defensive Player of the Year.

"Emily is a competitor," added Bettler. "She hates to lose and that shows in her commitment on and off the field."

Miranda and Reese were also named to the DiVarsity.com soccer all-star squad along with Graeme Bettler and Devin Crowley of Armuchee High.

Emily Reese  Paco Miranda
 Emily Reese, AHS Paco Miranda, CHS