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This Riddle Isn't Easy To Figure OUt

Originally published: 2012-11-07 11:17:21
Last modified: 2012-11-07 11:19:31
 


DARREN REESE

SPORTS EDITOR

Hannah Riddle was primarily a defender for the Chuckey-Doak soccer team for the better part of her first three seasons in a black and gold uniform.

But toward the end of last year, head coach Anna Ricker devised a plan to use Riddle's speed on the offensive end of the pitch.

"The plan was to kick it and then me go after it and out-run the other team," Riddle laughed.

The results have proved to be no laughing matter, though.

Riddle scored eight goals in limited playing time at striker toward the end the 2011 schedule, and she carried that momentum into this year.

She finished the 2012 regular season with a school-record 34 goals, and as a result has been named the Region 1 A/AA Offensive Player of the Year.

Greeneville High School garnered three of the top region postseason awards: John Eiskamp was named co-Coach of the Year, sophomore Madison Hite claimed co-Defensive Player of the Year, and freshman Kaitlynn Hadjopolous took the Rookie of the Year title.

Elizabethton senior Christine Hardin was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Her coach, Bill McClay, shared the coach's crown with Eiskamp, and Cosby junior Cyara Williams was the other defensive honoree.

A total of 32 girls were recognized via the All-Region first and second teams.

But there is no question that Riddle was one of the most exciting players in the league this season.

"To say that Hannah (carried) our team is an understatement," Ricker said. "She carried us all season."

"I challeneged her at the start of the season to set the record for most goals scored. Early on, she kept asking how many it was. We finally told her, and she went after it. She surpassed it and now has her own record."

The previous school record was 27 goals.

"Hannah has played about every position for us because she is so fast," Ricker said. "You can coach a lot of things, but you can't teach speed."

"Toward the end of last season, we moved her to striker and she scored a few goals. This year, we just said, 'Hannah, take it'."

All along, Ricker had a hunch that Riddle could be a weapon on offense - not just because of her speed, but also due to her abilitiy to shoot with either foot.

"Hannah is left-footed, and can shoot either way," Ricker explained. "She has this nice little move, and you combine that with her speed, it makes her tough to defend."

Even though Riddle has natural abilities that have made the transition appear seemless for her, she also put in a lot of practice time on her own.

"When no one else was around, me and my mom would come out here and practice a lot," Riddle said. "We have some drills that we do, and just come out here and spend a lot of time working on it."

One of the highlights for the for Riddle this season came on senior night, when she scored five goals to lead the Lady Knights to a win over Morristown East.

GREENEVILLE

Greeneville shared the Region 1-A/AA regular season title with Elizabethton. The two teams tied the regular season meeting, before the Lady Cyclones won their rematch in the tournament.

The Lady Devils brought home three of the top postseason awards, and had a total of seven girls receive All-Region status.

Sophomore Madison Hite shared the Co-Defensive Player of the Year award with Cosby junior Cyara Williams. She started every game and anchored the defense for a Lady Devils squad that went 6-0-1 in region play.

Freshman Kaitlyn Hadjopolous - the Rookie of the Year, along with Grainger freshman Kimberlan Thomson - finished the season with 10 goals and an assist.

"Madison and Katelynn are two special soccer players," Greeneville head coach John Eiskamp said. "I'm extremely proud of them for receiving these awards."

"Madison, at sweeper, kept our defense intact all year long. Katelynn is an exciting forward who has made an impact in our region because of her speed, her left-footed crosses, and her abilitiy to score goals."

Eiskamp, himself, shared the region Coach of the Year honors, along with Elizabethton coach Bill McCay.

Three other Greeneville players received First Team All-Region honors - seniors Caroline Quarles and Kelli Grissom, and sophomore Lynae Wilder. Hite, Hadjopolous and junior Olivia Collier were Second Team selections.

Chuckey-Doak

Joining Riddle as a First Team All-Region selection was senior goal keeper Ashley Anderson.

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Junior Katie Bishop and sophomore Alicia Phillips were named to the Second Team.

"Katie stepped up and played sweeper this year, and played with confidence even though it was her first season there," Ricker said. "She is a natural leader."

"Alicia was the region rookie of the year last year so it is great to see her back on the all-region team. She playes big minutes and big positions for a sophomore."

WEST GREENE

West Greene, which was in its first year of having a girls' soccer team, had two players named to the All-Region squad.

Senior Penny Everhart was choosen as a First Team member, while sophomore Kayla Landers made the Second Team.

Everhart scored three goals and had one assist during the year. She scored two of her goals against Cumberland Gap to lead the Lady Buffaloes to the first win in program history.

Landers played goalkeeper this season and made a total of 150 saves.

 
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