Partnering with Security Federal, the Warren County Sports Authority will begin to honor a standout local athlete each week. The WCSA and the Friendliest Bank in Town love seeing great athletic achievement and there are plenty to pick from every week in Warren County. From winter to summer, spring to fall, and on courts, fields, diamonds, dance floors and anywhere else an athlete can succeed, Security Federal and the Sports Authority are going to be on the lookout for the best of the best!
JOHN JACKSON, WCHS SOCCER
Week of April 11-17
John Jackson is putting together a classic senior season. Jackson has been the driving force behind the Pioneer soccer team starting the District 6AAA schedule with two wins, including a huge performance in Tuesday’s blowout of Sparta.
Jackson recorded his first hat trick of the year, scoring three times before halftime in an eventual 9-0 victory over White County. Jackson completed the impressive half with a buzzer beater, scoring with :01 left on the clock to get his third goal.
By then, the senior already knew he had it going. He let his teammates, and the coaching staff, know it too.
“After John’s second goal, he came to the sideline and asked if we had a fire extinguisher because his foot was on fire,” said coach Matt Jackson, John’s dad. “He hit a great shot – easily 30 yards and it never dipped.”
The scoring barrage against Sparta was enough to make John Jackson stand out, but it wasn’t his only great performance last week. Jackson was also a huge catalyst in helping the Pioneers beat Shelbyville 4-3 Monday.
Jackson scored on a PK against the Eagles and had the game-winning assist on a quick-thinking pass off an indirect in the final five minutes.
For the season, Jackson has scored eight goals as the Pioneers have started the year 3-3-1. He has five goals in the team’s wins over Soddy Daisy and White County (along with a score in the PK shootout that helped the Pioneers defeat the Trojans). He also leads the team in assists.
Jackson and the Pioneers will be looking for their biggest win this Tuesday when the group travels to play Cookeville.
Honorable mention: Kason Holder was the driving force behind the Pioneer baseball team coming home with the Chattanooga Classic tournament championship. Holder was named MVP after going 8-for-15 in four victories, including three doubles and a triple. Holder also drove in 11 runs over four games, helping the Pioneers pile up 47 runs. Kason now leads the Pioneers with 18 RBIs this season.
Holder also picked up a win on the hill, throwing five solid innings in the team’s last victory of the weekend over East Hamilton.