• 57°

Skidmore, two other seniors, led way

NATCHEZ — Cavin Skidmore was part of a small, unique group for the Cathedral varsity boys soccer team this year.

Skidmore was one of just three seniors, and one of the only two players with more than one year of experience.

But Skidmore and fellow senior Brent Gaudé helped lead Cathedral to their first undefeated season in their league since 2003. Although Cathedral lost in the first round of the MHSAA Class 1A playoffs against Resurrection Catholic Tuesday night, Skidmore said he was happy with what the team accomplished this season.

“It was tough losing nine seniors, but we worked well together as a team,” Skidmore said.

“We had a strong team offensively and defensively. All the way from the defense to the forwards, everyone connected well and really clicked.”

Skidmore also said the Green Wave’s smaller-than-usual roster may have played to their advantage.

“Last year we were kind of jumbled, because we had a lot of members on the team,” Skidmore said. “This year, we had 11 starters and just two to three subs. We were just all compatible, and good at what we do.”

Skidmore and Gaudé locked down the center midfield positions for the Green Wave, and head coach Rick Simons said the chemistry between the two made a big difference.

“They got along great,” Simons said. “They were the driving force for our season. When you have two people that move off of each other in midfield, it allows great things to happen.”

The teamwork between Gaudé and Skidmore dates back to when the two first started playing soccer together when they were young, Skidmore said.

“We’ve been playing together since we were 3-feet tall,” Skidmore said. “He’s my best friend since the first grade and my soccer buddy.

“Our coaches said we were the glue that held the team together, on offense and defense.”

Skidmore also credited newcomer Semmes White, the team’s only other senior, who stepped up despite not having played soccer before this season.

“It was just his first year, and he did really well for us,” Skidmore said.

The coaching staff also deserves a lot of credit for the Green Wave’s undefeated season in their region, Skidmore said.

“Coach Simons and coach (Paul) Burns both did an excellent job. You couldn’t ask for better coaches,” he said.

“They had us running a lot at the beginning of the season. It’s definitely worth it. They tell us that the team who can last the longest without being out of breath is the better team. He’s right.”

And Simons said he was glad to have coached both Skidmore and Gaudé.

“Cavin is an exceptional player. He’s well behaved and had a good eye for the field. I kind of wish he’d be here next year,” Simons said.

“Having Brent for five years and Cavin for four, they learned a lot, and I also learned a lot from them. They were both quality players.”

COVID-19

State health department reports new COVID-19 cases, deaths

News

Merit Health nurse remembered for selfless nature

News

Florida couple start fundraiser to secure, restore historic home here

News

Two men arrested for theft, damage at old International Paper

News

Legislative forum is Monday at Natchez Convention Center

News

Natchez projects awarded over $350,000 from MDAH grants

BREAKING NEWS

Sheriff’s office investigating shots fired in Adams County Wednesday night

BREAKING NEWS

Natchez police arrested teen in Wednesday night murder

News

More donate to Children’s Christmas Tree fund

News

Murder investigation of Natchez native now streaming on Discovery+

News

Harbor Freight Tools excited to be joining Natchez community

News

Supervisors approve contract for new engineering firm

COVID-19

State reports new COVID-19 cases, deaths

News

Adams County seeks study for new fire stations

News

Jackson State band to perform in Biden inauguration event

COVID-19

Bailey appointed interim tax collector until November special election

News

Supervisors reappoint Phillip West to Natchez school board

News

Harbor Freight showing job listings for new Natchez location

COVID-19

Coroner: Two more people died with COVID-19 Sunday at Merit Health Natchez

News

CPSO deputy finds his dog shot in his backyard

News

Missing teen found

News

Former Natchez Mayor Butch Brown off of ventilator in Jackson ICU

COVID-19

State reports 1,606 new COVID cases and 40 new COVID related deaths

News

Natchez native pens third installment of murder series