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Persimmon Ridge soccer kids celebrate season

Kids around the Jonesborough area will have to wait until next year for more fun on the field, as the Persimmon Ridge Soccer Association season has come to an end.
The Persimmon Ridge Soccer Association normally begins with sign-ups in August, and practice starts in September. The association has more than 500 youth athletes come out and play, with equipment, coaches and referees all provided by the Town of Jonesborough Recreation Department.
The Persimmon Ridge Soccer Association accepts kids at the age of 4 until age 15. There were 403 children total who signed up this past year, in addition to a number of parents who volunteered to help the association.
This year, the team winners included the Light Blue Rapids for the 4-to-5-year-old age group; the Light Blue Rapids for the 6-to-7-year-old age group; Yellow Galaxy for the 8-to-9-year-old age group; and Yellow Galaxy in the the 10-to-12-year-old age group.
The 13-to-15-year-old age group did not compete in tournaments, but the season winner was the Red Flame.
Organizers said this year’s season had a lot of positive outcomes, with good weather and minimal rain.
“I’d like to thank the coaches who volunteered time for the kids,” said Tammy Kincheloe with the association. “It was much appreciated!”
Kincheloe believes the tournament showcases the children’s hard work in coming out and participating. It also gives the kids a strong feeling of achievement throughout the season, helping them learn both sportsmanship and team building.
Many of the teams improved this past season, Kincheloe said.
“Watching the growth was amazing,” she said. “The teams kept great spirits, they never faltered in their endeavors at learning the sport, and it had a great end result.”
Kincheloe wanted to thank everyone who helped make the season successful.
“Thank you to Matt Townsend, Rachel Conger and the Town of Jonesborough for their support and making sure that the fields were kept in amazing condition this season,” Kincheloe said. “We would also like to thank Replay Athletics, Tyson Thomson and all of our community sponsors who make this possible!”