Wave squads off to nice starts

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 21, 2001

NATCHEZ – Cathedral High’s soccer program is just in its third season of existence and, for the second straight year, coach Rocky Kettering is leading the varsity boys and varsity girls teams.

And while the Green Wave are on track for a third straight district title, the Lady Green Wave, in just their second season, have won more games to start this season than they won all of last season.

The Lady Green Wave’s season started with a tournament in which they finished in third place. &uot;We beat some good team,&uot; Kettering said.

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So far they are 3-1 overall and 1-1 in District 7-1A/2A/3A, a district that includes Franklin County, North Pike and Wesson.

In 2000-2001, the Lady Green Wave were just 2-10 and, because they were in their first season, did not play in a district.

&uot;We have 24 girls on the team, which is a pretty large number,&uot; Kettering said. Most of the players on the team are juniors and seniors. &uot;We’re making the run (to the playoffs) this year,&uot; he said.

Kettering is in his third year coaching the Green Wave squad. His first two seasons, 1999-2000 and 2000-2001, have seen his team win back-to-back district championships.

&uot;We’ve been district champs two years in a row and I wouldn’t be surprised if we win it again,&uot; he said.

The Green Wave are currently 4-2 overall and 2-0 in district play, thanks in part to the play of seniors Byron Zerby and John Erick Myers.

&uot;They are definitely key and instrumental players,&uot; Kettering said. Cathedral next plays at McComb on Jan. 8 and its next home games will be on Jan. 10 against Wesson in district action.