Staff photo by Tommy Millsaps
Sweetwater's soccer field will bear a familliar name as it was named in honor of Mike Ridley on
|Published: 9:49 AM, 10/10/2012
||Last updated: 10:00 AM, 10/10/2012
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER-Friday night was a big
evening for current and former Sweetwater High School soccer, track,
cross country and golf players, coaches, supporters and fans.
As part of SHS's Centennial
Celebration, the school paid tribute to the great history of
these teams mixed in with a girl's soccer match with Walker Valley.
The event could not have gone better,
as the Lady Wildcats beat Walker Valley, 1-0 when the Mustangs
accidentally kicked the ball in the goal for Sweetwater.
But Sweetwater earned its victory
with great defense and team effort on a warm fall evening.
During halftime of the soccer match,
former players from all the above sports were recognized.
Several very special presentations
and honors were handed out as well.
The Mark Houston family was honored for
its great contributions to area soccer growth.
Assistant SHS Principal Mark Rhodes
presented Jennifer Houston and her son, Ross, who was an outstanding
player for the Wildcats in much more recent history, with a
plaque. Ross Houston currently attends the University of Alabama.
The biggest tribute of the evening came
when the school honored the Mike Ridley family by naming the soccer
field after him. Ridley and his family have played a part in about
everything that has anything to do with the sport of soccer in
The current Lady Wildcats team then
presented one of their most loyal fans, Tommy Lemmonds, with a
special shirt in honor of his support.
On Friday Oct. 12, the Wildcats storied
football history complete with three state championships will be
honored during festivities before and during the Wildcats' home
game with McMinn Central.
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