Two metro area students are the first to sign for Rose State College’s new Raiders men’s and women’s varsity soccer teams.
Front, L-R; Kyla Nicole Sharry, President Jeanie Webb, Skyler Blake Walker. Back, L-R: Coach Damon Solomon, Coach Billy Martin
The first signees to the team are Skyler Blake Walker, 18, soon to be a graduate of Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, and Kyla Nicole Sharry, 17, soon to be a graduate of Southmoore High School in Moore.
Both signed at their respective high schools, then visited the campus for a ceremony with President Jeanie Webb. President Webb told the students that phase one of enhancing the college's sports programs is underway, with the ultimate goal of a new sports facility complex for baseball, softball, and soccer.
“We have a vision,” Webb told the students. “And now you are part of our history. This is an exciting time.”
Walker, who plans to major in nursing, said he was coached in the sport from the age of four and considers himself “a born soccer player.”
“For fourteen years, it’s been nothing but soccer,” Walker said. “I just want to help start up the new program.”
Sharry said she also played from the age of four, primarily for the “Celtic Fury” of the Norman Youth Soccer Association. She said he chose Rose State College because she wants to major in Radiology at the college’s recently-built Health Sciences facility.
“I was looking for my major first, and this college has radiology,” Sharry said. “I’m nervous, but excited about starting a new chapter in my life.”
Both men’s and women’s Raiders soccer teams will hold tryouts at upcoming dates.
The Rose State Raiders men’s soccer team plans tryouts for April 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Rose Field, located at 701 E. Lockheed Drive in Midwest City. Players are asked to bring each a white and dark t-shirt, soccer shoes, shin guards, and water. For more information call Coach Billy Martin at 405-736-0367 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women's Raiders soccer tryouts will be held on Saturday June 7, from Noon-2 p.m. at the same location in Midwest City. Those trying out also need to bring white and dark t-shirts, soccer shoes, shin guards, and water. For questions and more information, please contact Damon Solomon at email@example.com or call Amber Long at 405-733-7350.
Fri, April 25, 2014
by Ben Fenwick