The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News 2

June 25, 2014

Athens' Ridgeway is News Courier’s Girls Soccer Player of the Year

— Just like scoring a touchdown in football, it’s always the goal scorer that gets the credit in soccer. But without that slick pass from a midfield maestro or perfect cross from a winger, that person probably doesn’t score the goal.

Recent Athens graduate Riley Ridgeway did both for Athens and is the News Courier’s Girls Player of the Year.

Ridgeway leaves Athens as the all-time assists leader, an achievement she reached as a junior. A four-year starter at Athens, Ridgeway reached the state tournament each season, including the 5A state championship game three times.

“It’s really exciting,” Ridgeway said about playing in three straight state finals. “As a freshman, I didn’t know what to expect until I got there. The atmosphere was a lot different when we got to the finals.”

Playing on high school soccer’s biggest stage caught the eye of college coaches. Ridgeway committed to play soccer nearby at UAH last year and signed with the Chargers in February.

She will most likely play right midfield or right winger at UAH, a position she is comfortable with both at Athens and her club team.

“I played different positions, but I definitely prefer right midfield,” said Ridgeway. “That’s my comfort zone. I know that position. I know where I want the ball. If I had to choose where I wanted to play, that’s where I would be.”

Ridgeway played predominantly in right midfield for Athens this season, but was also used in central midfield and at forward. Regardless of position, Ridgeway excelled.

As a senior, she led the team with 18 assists and 14 goals. The versatile midfielder put up similar numbers in her previous three seasons, but this year was different. As one of only two senior starters, Ridgeway and fellow senior Miranda Hudleston had to take on a bigger role.

“It was a lot different. It was a lot more of a leadership role,” said Ridgeway.

Along with her expanded role as of one of the team’s senior captains, she and her teammates had to adjust to a new coach after Athens boys basketball coach Stace Tedford took over.

“In general, he’s just a really good coach,” said Ridgeway. “He knows what to say to push you. Me and Miranda (Hudleston) were in Tedford’s office every day.”

She recently returned from the USSF Regional Tournament in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where her Huntsville club team competed against teams from across the Southeast. After graduating from Athens last month, Ridgeway will finally have a break from the sport she loves until heading to UAH this fall.

1
Text Only
Local News 2
  • tractor*pull!2!.jpg TRACTOR PULL: A new generation takes over in Tanner

    One of the first families of the Tanner pull is the Haneys. Horace Haney, along with brother, Shirley, co-founded the event in 1976 that draws thousands to the county each year. The sons of those pulling pioneers now run the show.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clay! Haney!.jpg Clay Haney follows in father’s footsteps

    After watching his dad pull for the past 20 years, Clay finally got his chance. Although he has pulled multiple times over the years, this will be the first year to compete for points in the Mid-South Pullers Association.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • North win streak improves to 12

    The South last won 85-76 in in 2002.

    July 24, 2014

  • Local athletes lead North to soccer sweep

    East Limestone’s Dilan Sayer scored the opening goal and was named MVP of the boys game in a 3-0 win while Jordan Runion scored her team’s opening goal in a 3-1 for the girls.

    July 23, 2014

  • Davidson helps North tie

    She was one of only three North players to record a hit in the opener, which ended 3-3.
    Pitching duties were shared by Lexington’s Jessie Butler, Central-Florence’s Ashley Irons and Hartselle’s Jada Hayes along with eventual North MVP Maddie Moore of Winfield.

    July 23, 2014

  • Tedford, Potts take on the South in All-Star hoops game

    Stace Tedford has had a busy year at Athens. After leading the basketball team to a school-record 24 consecutive wins and regional finals appearance, he jumped straight into soccer season, where he took the varsity girls soccer team to another 5A state championship game.
    Wednesday, Tedford will be on the court again, coaching in the North-South All-Star basketball game.

    July 23, 2014

  • Strong local presence at state All-Star Week

    Some of the top rising seniors from the Athens-Limestone area will play in six of the games, beginning with softball and soccer games Tuesday.

    July 19, 2014

  • Chris Seibert -1996.jpg Before politics, Seibert played for the Tide

    A standout on West Limestone’s football team, Seibert’s road to Tuscaloosa wasn’t an easy one. Determined to play at the highest level, he attempted to join the Tide as a walk-on in fall 1993.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • State softball tournament begins in Athens today

    The three-day, double-elimination event begins at 6 tonight at the Athens Sportsplex.

    July 11, 2014

  • Run with goats Saturday

    Belle Chevre Creamery will hosts the first annual ‘Running with the Goats’ Saturday in downtown Elkmont. The event will feature a 10K, 5K and fun run on the certified Rails to Trails course.

    July 10, 2014

Photos


Poll

Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

Russia-Ukraine
Israel-Palestine
Iraq
None of the above
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee