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PAGE 20 STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE November 12, 2014 SPORTS THE 2014-2015 STONE HIGH TOMCAT VARSITY SOCCER TEAM (SITTING, LEFT TO RIGHT) LEFT TO RIGHT) ARIES FAIRLEY, KALEP AUSTIN, WADE COBB, AARON HOLMES, TAVARUS TY BROWN, SETH PUCKE'I-I', FLETCHER BOND, MAX MAMMITSZCH, NOAH ROWELL, KYLE PRISE PHOTO BY JODY O'HARA. BAILEY PULLIAM, HARPER EVANS, TANNER NATIONS, MASON HUNT, BRAEDEN STRICKLAND, (KNEELING, BRELAND, CLAY TAYLOR, JON TAYLOR, PEYTON PHILLIPS, TYLER SIMMONS, (STANDING, LEFT TO RIGHT), KUNS, JOEY TOUCHSTONE, JAKE CAIN, MICHAEL GRAHAM, CASE SLOAN AND COACH JIM RISEN. ENTER- By Jodg O'Hara Coach Jim Risen was looking forward to this season's version of the Stone High boys' soccer team before last Saturday rolled around. Now, he can barely contain his excitement. The Tomcats rolled through the opposition, allowing just one goal over the course of three games to win the sea- son-opening Tomcat Classic. "It was a great way to start the season off on a beautiful Saturday and we had a large and excited crowd," said the third-year coach. "I'm excited about our poten- tial for this year. "I was able to play at least a 21-man rotation to maximize our depth, and it paidwith great dividends." It would seem the Tomcats barely noticed the loss of Kolby Krohn, a veritable goal-scoring machine, and Dustin Sweeney, a formidable defender as they earned a third straight champi- onship in the tourna- ment. Case Sloan, Tyler Simmons, Aaron Holmes, Tavarus Breland created a wall in front of goalkeeper Tanner Nations, earning a pair of 1-o shutouts over D'Iberville and Pearl River Central. Risen had said he would be depending on senior Michael Graham to pace his offense, and Graham didn't let him down, recording a hat trick in the opener, a 4-1 defeat of Vancleave. Graham also scored the lone goal in both shutouts, on an assist from Jon Taylor against 6-A power D'Iberville and on an assist from Mason Hunt against divisional foe Pearl River Central. Peyton Philips added the Tomcats' other goal. Graham is going to be very important," Risen said. "We're a young team, still and that sen- ior leadership is so important." At the other end of the field, Risen's senior keeper, Nations, will TANNER NATIONS STRETCHES FOR A SAVE DURING SATURDAY'S 4-1 WIN OVER VANCLEAVE IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE TOM- CAT CLASSIC. ENTERPRISE PHOTO BY HEATHER ANDERSON. "Mason's going to be Beach, Pearl River key," Risen said. He'll be Central, Picayune and playing offense and West Harrison. defense. He's very versa- "Long Beach will be tile." improved," Risen said. have to be the leader of ..... The coach sees,having ..... !'They were young,also the defense, so many young players "We'll be fine with as a great advantage as Tanner in goal," the they've been game test- coach said. "He's got ed. good lateral movement, Nearly everyone is good ball perception back from a team which and excellent judge- went 12-7-2 last season. ment." Pearl River Central Senior Jake Cain will brought the Tomcats' lead a defense including year to an end with a 1-o juniors Sloan, Breland double-overtime heart- and Simmons. breaker. The Tomcats will be "We found ourselves looking for production through the adversity from Jon Taylor and last year and a lot of Clay Taylor, a pair of those kids are back," he juniors with experience, said. Sophomore Hunt will In order to win their also be expected to con- division, the Tomcats tribute a scorin.g threat, will have to get by Long and have a lot of return- ing players. Stone has already shown it can beat Pearl River Central. "They do a great job "They've been good for over there," Risen said. quite a while," he said. ' "They play hard and All in all, a strong play- now they'll have a off run is not out of the grudge from this past question for the weekend." Tomcats. He expects Picayune to "We'll definitely be be physical and said aggressive and sponta- West Harrison will like- neous," Risen said. ly be the strength in the division. / THE 2014-2015 STONE HIGH JUNIOR VARSITY No, 21 25 2014-15 BOYS' JV Name Brannon :A!ec Hardy 30 31 M 32 Carson 33 Ben 34 Jim Keith 35 Connor SOCCER TEAM irton coach @sst. coach asst. coach MASON HUNT FIGHTS FOR POSSESSION DURING SATURDAY'S 4-1 WIN OVER VANCLEAVE IN THE TOMCAT CLASSIC. ENTERPRISE PHOTO BY HEATHER ANDERSON. 2014-15 BOYS' No. Name 1 2 3 Clay Taylor : 17 Kyle Kuns ....... Michael Graham 11 12 13 14 15 16 Tyler Case SIo n .... Wade Cobb Jim Ris I head coach Keith K, nedy, a st. coach Patrick Sst. coach