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Soccer All-State Awards Ceremony

Updated on January 27, 2015

Clyde Simms

Pirate Speaks Truth

Players, parents and coaches were all treated to a speech by a local soccer player that made it to the professional level. Clyde Simms is from Jamestown, North Carolina. He finished up his career as a member of the New England Revolution as the team captain. Now in retirement, he spoke to the most talented high school soccer players in the state of North Carolina.

His speech was genuine and humble. He was a member of the East Carolina University soccer team. "Yes, ECU did have a soccer team at that time", he joked. He went on to talk about how fortunate he was to get the opportunity to play professionally.

The journey he took was long. After college, he went undrafted and ended up playing soccer in the A-league (USL). It was a strike by the US national team that got him a shot to play. He was called up to fill in for players on strike for a World Cup qualifying match. After the strike was over, he was asked to remain with the team. His name got tossed around, and he ended up in the MLS with an agent.

As he closed, Clyde Simms stressed to the players to not give up, and to remember to have fun. This is a message that all of us could learn to use in our everyday lives.

Robert Awarded All-State

Deserving

Robert Cornelius represented Yadkin County today in Raleigh, North Carolina as he attended the NCHSAA All-State awards ceremony with his family. Robert had earned Player of the Year honors in the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference as well as Region 9.

After guest speaker Clyde Simms passed along a few words of wisdom the players were called forward to receive their All-State award and ball. Robert was one of fourteen players in the 2A classification to receive this award.

The four years that Robert put in at Forbush High School earned him the right to attend the banquet. Congratulations!

2A All-State Selections

Name
School
Year
Richard Cato
Carrboro
Senior
Robert Cornelius
Forbush
Senior
Alan Esperilla
Newton-Conover
Senior
Greyson Frye
Newton-Conover
Senior
Leon Gruchmann
Franklinton
Junior
Omar Jimenez
Chase
Senior
Seth Jones
Hunter Huss
Senior
Justin Montgomery
CATA
Senior
Ywa Moo
Carrboro
Junior
Carter Phillips
Dixon
Junior
Miguel Ramos
Ashe County
Senior
Will Silva
Lake Norman Charter
Senior
Graham Smalley
First Flight
Junior
Christian Uribe
Salisbury
Junior

Player of the Year

Tresor Mbuyu

Tresor Mbuyu, from Garringer High School was named the Player of the Year in North Carolina. Tresor is a senior that moved to North Carolina his freshman year, and has taken the state by storm ever since. Tresor, along with CJ Sparks of Jacksonville were selected as NSCAA All-Americans.

© 2015 Seth Davis

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