Two boys/girls make All Region 4-AAA team

COVINGTON -- Trent Taylor and Calvin Miller for the boys and Amber Lafond and Kari Dylong for the girls were recently named to the All 4-AAA Region team.

Taylor led the region and possibly Class AAA, according to head coach Champ Young, with 35 goals. Taylor, who is bound for Truett McConnell, was second on the team with assists as he passed the ball off 12 times for a goal.

"He was our emotional leader and our physical presence in the back," Eastside head coach Champ Young said. "He had no problem running through anybody. He brought effort to every game."

The thing that made Miller a surprise for the Eagles is that he didn't show up for tryouts until the last day after not playing last season.

Being named on second team for the boys were keeper Andres Sarimento, who had more than 110 saves including 14 in the 1-1 tie with Heritage, and Jacob Alwes, who had the second most goals with 10 and led the team with 16 assists.

"They all worked hard, every one of them," Young said. "They were all there from the beginning, working every day. They were always doing what was best for the team. That's a great group to lean on for next year. Those are both sophomores that made the second team."

The Eastside boys finished the season with an 11-7-2 record including 5-3 in region play for finish at the No. 3 seed for the state playoffs.

In total, the Lady Eagles team had six players named to the first and second team. Making the second team were Carly Farrow, Sarah Gaddis, Tara Harrison and Emily House.

While playing center midfielder, Lafond led the team with 30 goals and 18 assists for the season. Of her goals and assists, 15 goals and seven assists came in region play. She also had five game-winning goals, with two coming in region play.

Dylong was a key defensive player in giving the Lady Eagles a 12-7-1 (7-1 in region play) record. While she had seven assists from her sweeper/defender position, she led the defense to nine shutout wins -- six in the region -- with 19 defensive saves.

On the second team, Harrison (defender/midfielder) made five goals and had 14 assists while getting nine defensive saves.

Offensively, Gaddis made other teams notice her as well with 27 goals, of which five were game winners. She also passed the ball to get five assists.

Getting a single game-winning shot was House, who had five goals and six assists.

Farrow had a busy time playing the keeper position. Out of her 20 starts, she gave up 42 goals while stopping the ball 153 times.

The Lady Eagles hosted a state playoff game for the first time in their history finishing with a No. 2 seed.

Both squads also had a pair of first-time events as each squad advanced to the second round of the playoffs.