2021 White House Heritage Patriots Soccer Senior Night
Thank you for joining us tonight to celebrate our 11 outstanding seniors. This class has had quite the journey the past 13 months, but their resilience, determination, and positive attitudes have helped them conquer the challenges they have faced on and off the field. We are honored to have each of them on the team, and to celebrate this milestone with them tonight.
We would like to thank our school administrators, teachers, parents, family members and friends for all your encouragement, support, and assistance throughout the years to ensure that these student athletes reached this memorable day in their lives. Thank you to everyone for being here tonight to help us celebrate and honor our Class of 2021!
Chance Morgan Anderson
Chance is the son of Laura and Buddy Anderson who are joining him on the field tonight. This is Chance’s first season as a Patriot soccer player. Chance has also been a member of the Patriots football team for 2 seasons. In addition to football and soccer, Chance is also a member of the Beta Club. After graduation, Chance plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Chance says his most memorable moment on the soccer team was going to the Gatlinburg Tournament. Chance advises returning players: Continue to build a culture for this team.
Chance AndersonAidan Matthew Cooper
Aidan is joined on the field tonight by his mom, Chrissy Cooper, and dad, Matthew Cooper. Aidan is a 4-year member of the soccer team. After graduation, Aidan plans to attend college to study engineering. Aidan says his most memorable moment on the soccer team was winning the Smoky Mountain Cup in Gatlinburg earlier this season. Aidan leaves the team with this advice: Learn from your mistakes.
Mo is joined on the field tonight by his basketball coach, Carl Miller. This is Mo’s first year on the soccer team and first year at the Heritage. Mo is a native of Neuremburg, Germany, where he primarily played basketball. In addition to soccer, Mo was also a member of the men’s basketball team at Heritage this past season. Mo hopes to continue his education here in the U.S. after graduating high school. Mo leaves returning players with this advice: “Be Confident, give 100%.”
Timothy Anderl Freel.
Timmy is the son of April and Eric Freel who join him on the field this evening. This is Timmy’s first season on the soccer team. In addition to soccer, Timmy has also played basketball and football for the Patriots. After graduation, Timmy plans to attend a trade school and complete a 2-year apprenticeship to become an electrician. Timmy’s most memorable moments on the team are listening to K.T. tell stories. Timmy leaves returning players with this advice: Get a little better every day.
Jaxon Alexander Green. Jaxon is the son of Allen Green and Janelle Thomas, and is joined on the field tonight by Janelle and Lance Thomas. Jaxon is a 5-year member of the soccer team. After graduation, Jaxon plans to attend Vol State and major in Accounting. Jaxon’s most memorable moment on the team was this season beating White House 2-1, the first time in his career. Jaxon leaves the team with this advice: “Always trust your teammates. They will always repay that trust.”
Dalton Michael Kniola. Dalton is the son of Nancy and Michael Kniola, who join him on the field tonight. Dalton is a 5-year member of the soccer team, and this is Dalton’s 3rd season serving as a team captain. Dalton plans to attend college after graduation and major in accounting, as well as continue his soccer playing career. Among Dalton’s most memorable moments on the soccer team were “Bermuda to Bermuda” and Lenoir City FIFA tournaments. Dalton leaves the team with these words: “Keep growing as a family and cherish each moment you have.”
Ian Michael Messina.
Ian is the son of Angie and Darrin Messina, who are accompanying Ian on the field tonight. This is Ian’s 5th year as a member of the Patriots Soccer Team, and he is serving as a team captain this year. In 2019, Ian was named to the All-District Soccer Team. In addition to soccer, Ian is a member of the National Honor’s Society. Ian plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga after graduation. Ian’s most memorable moment on the soccer team came earlier this season when we beat White House. Ian would like to leave returning players with this advice: Carry on the culture we are leaving behind.
Caleb Evan Oehlkers.
Caleb is the son of Pam and Jeff Oehlkers, who join him on the field this evening. Caleb is a 5-year member of the Patriots Soccer Team. In addition to soccer, Caleb is also involved in Boy Scouts. We are proud to say that Caleb recently became an Eagle Scout! After graduation, Caleb plans to attend Tennessee College of Applied Technology to continue his education in welding. Caleb’s most memorable moment on the soccer team was Hunter getting slapped. Caleb would like to leave the team with the following words of wisdom: Play for each other. If you always have someone else’s back, then they will be there for you too.
Emiliano Roque Hernandez.
Emiliano is the son of Adriana Hernandez and Raul Roque. Emiliano is joined on the field this evening by his mother and his brother, Simon Roque. Emiliano is a 5-year member of the soccer team and is serving as a team captain this season. In addition to soccer, Emiliano is also a 1-year member of the Beta Club. Emiliano plans to continue his education after graduation by attending a college to study engineering. Emiliano’s most memorable moment on the soccer team was being named a captain alongside his best friend Ian. Emiliano has these words of wisdom for returning players: No matter how hard things get, always push to be the best version of yourself.
Alec Michael Spears.
Alec is the son of Stacy and Michael Spears who are joining Alec on the field tonight. This is Alec’s first season with the Patriots Soccer team. In addition to soccer, Alec is also a 5-year member of the Heritage Golf Team. Alec plans to attend Vol State after graduation to study Business. Alec’s most memorable moment as a Patriot was getting to spend time with the team in Gatlinburg. Alec leaves the team with these words of wisdom: Lift each other up and help each other out.
Will is the son of Lori Anne and J.R. Wilson who are joining Will on the field tonight. This is Will’s 4th season as a member of the Patriots Soccer Team. In addition to playing soccer, Will is also a member of the Patriots football team, BETA Club, National Honor Society, and WEB. After graduation, Will plans to attend Tennessee Tech University where he will major in Engineering. Will’s most memorable moment on the soccer team was when he broke his collarbone during the Lenoir City Tournament. Will would like to leave the team with the following words of wisdom: Keep striving to get better and trust your teammates.
The team also enjoyed a 6-3 win over Springfield, placing them first in the district with an undefeated district season. Congratulations!
All photos courtesy of Kayla Powers