Redfield's Replays: May 16
SCOUT GUARDS HUSKIES GOAL
Senior Scout Watson is not just the varsity keeper for the Blue Valley Northwest soccer team.
She is also a member of the track team, running the 100 meters and competing in the high jump, long jump and triple jump.
And if she letters in track this spring, she will have lettered in five different sports in her career at Blue Valley Northwest.
The other sports she has lettered in are volleyball, basketball and softball.
How did she get her first name of Scout?
“My first name comes from the book, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ because it is one of my mom’s favorite books and she loved the name,” she says.
Scout is the narrator in novel.
The senior's favorite sport is soccer, in which she will be a four-year letter-winner in the sport.
“I got started in soccer when I was in pre-school and my mom signed me up for the Blue Valley Recreational league, doing the same thing as my two older sisters,” she said.
It was in the seventh grade when she started playing keeper.
“I became a keeper when I decided to try out for a new club team and wanted a change from playing on the field,” she says. “I always loved to be a keeper in practice when I was younger, so I thought I would try it out.”
What are some highlights of her soccer career?
“Winning state my junior year and shutting out the whole weekend, and winning the St. Louis Classic this year,” she says.
She has nine shutouts this season and the Huskies are ranked No. 1 in Class 6A this season.
She has a simple philosophy regarding the keys for being a successful keeper:
“I think the most important thing to being a good goalkeeper is communications; having communications with the rest of the team, especially the defense, is extremely important because many goals happen off miscommunication,” she says.
And the versatile senior athlete does have some items to work on as a keeper.
“I need to work on high driven shots or chips,” she says. “I tend to stand further away from my goal line allowing forwards to chip me.
"I need to work on my footwork to get back to the goal and either catch the ball or tip the ball over the crossbar.”
Working on two sports in the same season isn’t easy.
“It can be hard, but both coaches are understanding about the seasons. Both teams and the coaches know that soccer is my first priority which makes it easier,” she says. “I always go to soccer practice after school first, then once it’s over, I go to track practice.
“The track coaches stay longer to work with me. It's extra work, but I am used to it and enjoy it.”
She is working hard to letter in track.
“I am the first girl in my school to play sports all three seasons all four years,” she says. “With doing track, I will hopefully receive a varsity letter allowing me to have lettered in five different sports at Northwest.”
Next year it will be off to college.
“I will attend Colorado and play soccer there and study broadcast journalism.”
SYMONS IS NEW VOLLEYBALL COACH AT BV SOUTHWEST
Blue Valley Southwest will have a new volleyball coach when the 2014 season unfolds in the fall.
The new coach is Tom Symons.
He played high school volleyball at North Allegheny in Wexford, Penn.
He has been an assistant coach on the collegiate level and head coach at Nebraska Wesleyan, Marietta College (Ohio) and Ottawa University.