Jonesboro starts ?Hooligan Club'

By Anthony Rhoads and Jeffery Armstrong

The Jonesboro boys soccer team is taking a cue from their European counterparts as they have started the ?JHS Hooligan Club.' Information about the club can be found on the http://www.clayton.k12.ga.us/schools/002/aboyle/Soccer.htm website.

UG Rifle Team places 2nd: The Union Grove Rifle Team finished second in the Navy National Rifle Championship match Tuesday at Fort Benning.

Three of the top four Navy rifle teams were from Georgia including Brunswick, Union Grove and Henry County. Those teams, along with Chugiak, Alaska, will compete this weekend in the JROTC National Rifle Championships also being held at Fort Benning.

The four Navy teams will compete against the top four Army and USMC rifle teams in the nation.

Union Grove team members are Jeremy Drennan, Andrea Glynn, Heather Gebhart and James Logan

Of the top five Navy Precision Rifle teams at the Navy Nationals, three were from Henry County including Union Grove and Henry County and Stockbridge.

Eagle's Landing NJROTC Sporter Rifle team finished third in the nation in that division. Luella and Stockbridge both have individual shooters who will compete at the JROTC Nationals based on their scores at Navy Nationals.

Union Grove boys destroy Wilkinson: The Union Grove boys soccer team had little trouble with Wilkinson Tuesday night, winning 14-0 in a game that was called at the 60-minute mark.

Daniel LeCates scored three goals and Eston Thomas scored twice and had two assists. Konrad Darling added one goal and two assists. Scoring one goal and getting one assist each were Dustin White, Christian Dane, Ben Arenas and Justin Straider. Scoring one goal each were Craig Kliestratch, T.J. Foster and Colt Van Lanken. Jake Connell recorded one assist.

Starting goalkeeper J.C. Williams had two saves.

Union Grove improves to 10-2-2 overall and 5-0 in region play.

Quoting Emerson: During last Friday's soccer match between Jonesboro and Eagle's Landing, Jonesboro boys head coach Andy Boyle had an unusual slogan on the back of his t-shirt. It was a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson ? "what lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

Boyle got the shirt from Jonesboro English teacher Melissa Langlois.

A coaching veteran: Harry Kustick, the former boys soccer head coach at Rockdale County High School, has been an assistant for the Eagle's Landing girls for two years now.

Kustick is currently an assistant principal at Patrick Henry High School, the alternative school in Henry County.

"I'm not coaching for the money right now; I do it for the love of the game," Kustick said.

Nice gesture: Henry County head soccer coach Jeff Ford made a surprise announcement before the start of Tuesday's home match against region foe Morrow. Ford grabbed the press box microphone and wished a happy 26th wedding anniversary to his wife Linda as the crowd cheered. Wednesday was the actual anniversary date and Ford had no problem reminiscing about his relationship with Linda.

"We met right here on this field. I was a math teacher and she was a biology teacher and we were at an athletic booster club meeting," Ford said. "Our first date was a football scouting trip. I was the junior varsity basketball coach and I helped scout opponents for the football team and she came with me."

In front of the scouts: About 10 scouts came out for the Henry County-Eagle's Landing game Monday night. Representatives from the Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks were out to see Henry County's Michael Rozier pitch.

Rozier, who has signed to play football and baseball and the University of North Carolina, is projected to be a first-round draft choice this spring. Rozier said he tries to block out the attention and focus on what he needs to do on the mound.

"The first game I was kind of nervous but I don't worry about that anymore," Rozier said. "I was focused on Eagle's Landing."