By Gene Phelps
Kevin “KJ” Armstrong was three weeks behind when he joined the Tupelo Golden Wave soccer team for the 2013-14 season, but he quickly made the adjustment.
Armstrong played wide receiver for the Golden Wave’s football team, which played Oak Grove in the Class 6A state championship game.
“When he came in from football, he was pretty much into what we were doing,” THS coach Harris Faucette said. “He’s big, smart and works hard.”
Armstrong, who scored seven goals from his forward spot, will play his final high school soccer match in Saturday’s annual Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Soccer Game at Clinton High School’s Arrow Stadium.
“He was our leading scorer for us last season and he had a good season up top for us this year,” Faucette said.
Armstrong, who is undecided on his college choices, will be joined by his teammate, center back Forrest Timmons, who scored three goals and recorded three assists.
Timmons, a Delta State signee, played a solid role in the middle for the Golden Wave, especially on defense.
“He’s the last guy; you have to dribble it past him,” Faucette said. “He controlled the back for us. He was a team leader.”
Two other Northeast Mississippi players selected to the North roster are Amory’s Ty Young and Oxford’s Ty Barber.
Tupelo’s Charde Hannah heads up the contingent from Northeast Mississippi in the girls match. She is joined by Amory’s Bailey Boyd and New Albany’s Katelyn Watson. Tupelo’s Abbie Banko was selected, but has been sidelined by a knee injury.
Saturday’s girls match is scheduled for 4 p.m. with the boys to follow at 6 p.m. Admission is $5. … The South girls won 2-1 last year for their fourth consecutive victory in the series. The North leads the series 10-6-2. … The South boys won last year’s match 2-1 to give them a 12-10-7 series edge. … The North coaches are Nathan Sistrunk, Neshoba Central (girls) and Cecil Hinds, Madison Central (boys).