West's Sink leads All-County soccer
Thu. June 05, 2014 at 9:54 p.m. | By Jason Queen
West Davidson’s Anna Rose Sink gets an open shot against Hunter Huss in a recent 2-A state playoff match. (Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch)
Whatever West Davidson’s soccer team needed, Anna Rose Sink was willing to provide it.
Whether it was a little extra offensive firepower, marking one of the opponent’s top scorers, or anything in between, Sink volunteered readily. The results were eye-popping, as Sink led a team loaded with freshmen and sophomores to the Central Carolina Conference championship and a trip to the second round of the 2-A state playoffs. For her efforts, Sink is the 2014 Dispatch All-Davidson County Player of the Year.
West coach Chris Brown recognized the challenges that faced his young squad, and asked Sink to be a leader in every facet. “Anna played defensive center mid,” Brown explained. “She had a lot of good players around her, and she made those players better.
“She won 50/50 balls. She has a good understanding of the game, without a doubt, and her distribution was really good.”
The Dragons only allowed 10 goals on the year, and her played in the midfield was a big part of that. Sink was also capable of finding the back of the net when needed; she scored 12 goals and handed out five assists, including the game-winners in both games against Salisbury that propelled West to the CCC crown. She was named the conference’s Player of the Year, and earned first-team All-State honors.
“We asked a lot from her this year,” Brown continued. “Being a sophomore, we put a lot on her shoulders. She never quit, she never said ‘hey, I can’t do it.’
“She was always the type of player wanting to get better. She’s one of the best practice players, and that makes her so much better during the game.”
Here is a look at the rest of the All-County team:
Morgan Beck, freshman, North Davidson: First-year North coach Sissy Rausch had a squad as young as West’s, but it was a talented group. Beck provided the offensive firepower, with 18 goals and seven assists.
Alex Myers, sophomore, Central Davidson: Talk about instant offense. Myers was capable of scoring goals in bunches, finishing with 39 goals and 17 assists. She was the Mid-Piedmont Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year.
Amanda Snider, sophomore, South Davidson: Also only a sophomore, Snider was another great example of the youth movement in the county. She finished with 34 goals and six assists for the Wildcats.
Madi Hallman, sophomore, East Davidson: The point guard on the Golden Eagles’ basketball team, that leadership carried over onto the soccer field. Hallman was one of a handful of East players capable of scoring at any given time.
Kari Rankin, senior, Lexington: Having to face West Davidson, East Davidson and Salisbury in the CCC was a daunting task for goal keepers, but Rankin was up to the challenge. She was named the league’s Goal Keeper of the Year.
Kaylan Bradley, sophomore, North Davidson: Bradley played center defensive back for the Black Knights, who made great strides as a program in the ever-tough Central Piedmont Conference. She was a team captain and the leader of the defense.
Haley Robinson, Lexington: The Jackets had to replace several key components from last season, and Robinson filled in nicely at the striker spot. She finished with 17 goals.
Erin Hennessee, sophomore, West Davidson: Given the task of marking the opponents’ top offensive threat, Hennessee was the equivalent of a shut-down corner in football. The Dragons only allowed 10 goals all year, and never gave up more than two in a game.
Haley Westervelt, junior, Central Davidson: The best ball handler in the county, Westervelt was willing to do whatever it took to help the Spartans score. She finished with 16 goals and 13 assists, and was named to the All-State team for the second straight season.
Jalyn McGee, sophomore, Sheets Memorial: The Eagles won another NCCSA state championship, and McGee was a huge part of that run. She led the state in scoring with 31 goals and 12 assists.
Chloe Newsome, senior, West Davidson: A tremendously hard worker, Newsome gave everything she had every second she was on the field. She finished with 17 goals and five assists.
Honorable mention: Lori Morgan and Taylor Bell, East Davidson; Sarah Gainey, Sheets Memorial; Kara Beth Worley and Angelica Velazco, Lexington; Summer McMillan, Erike Tilley, Kimmi Templeton, Hannah Mercer and Taz Bacchus, North Davidson; Charity Oliver, Thomasville; Kate Cogar, Kallie Potter and Breann Jarrett, West Davidson; Sydney Woods, Central Davidson.
Jason Queen can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 220, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jason on Twitter: @LexDispatch_jq