June 27, 2013

A total of 43 youth took part in the J.H. Soccer Academy camp held June 17-20 at Carroll County High School in Hillsville.

While numbers were down slightly from previous years, camp instructor Trey Brown said that didn’t stop campers from having a good time while improving their soccer skills.

“We definitely had a good week. I had a blast like I always do,” said Brown, who played collegiately at Bluefield College before playing semipro soccer for the Winchester Impact. “It was cool because there were senior guys at the camp this week and they were asking about what to do to play at the next level. It was good because I was able to give them a couple of pointers and put them in the right direction because I have been there. I had a blast and I am looking forward to next year.”

J.H. Soccer Academy Founder Marion Harris said 25 youth took part in the high school camp (grades 6-12) and 18 in the young camper (ages four-grade 5).

“I think it was one of the best camps we’ve had. Even though numbers were down a little, there were a lot of new faces, which I was happy about,” Harris said.

During individual goalie war competition, Karaline Wheatley won the title in the JV girls’ division, while Adrienne Harris finished second. Dylan Phillips was the JV boys’ winner, with Ryan “Pepsi” Edwards taking second. Varsity girls’ winner was Gracie Puckett, while Madison Puckett took second. Trey “SeriousSix” Brown won the varsity boys’ title, with Steve Woods taking second place.

Harris said J.H. Soccer Academy will have another camp in July at Grayson County High School from July 8-12, in addition to a night camp at Carroll County High School from July 8-11 from 6-8 p.m. The camp at CCHS is for PreK-12 grade students and cost will be $30. For information on either camp, contact Harris at or (276) 733-6698.