Granddaughter of local residents on #1 girl’s team

From Press and Staff Reports

Ann Blocker, granddaughter of Ben and Linda Tharp of Ackerman, was a member of the number 1 girl’s high school soccer team in the nation for 2016.

The Madison Central Lady Jaguars recently received a resolution passed by the Mississippi legislature commending the team.

The team was recently selected as the Best Overall Team in the State by the Clarion Ledger Newspaper at the Mississippi Sports Awards Banquet Thursday, May 19, 2016. Special guest speaker was Tim Tebow.

The Clarion Ledger ran a special section in the Sunday, May 22 edition.

Here it is in it’s entirety courtesy of the Clarion Ledger.

What’s better than being No. 1? Not just in the Jackson metro area. Not just in the state of Mississippi. But in the country?

That’s what the Madison Central girls soccer team, which was named the No. 1 team in the country this year by MaxPreps.com, did. It’s easy to see why such a honor was bestowed on the Lady Jaguars — they went 22-0-1 during the 2015-16 season, the only tie being to a school from Florida.

Not only did Madison Central win, but it often did so big — the Jaguars allowed gave up only four goals all season, and scored 93. The season’s biggest test came last, when Madison Central had to play also- undefeated Brandon in the Class 6A state championship game. Freshman Cady Lloyd took a shot off a bobbling ball on a throw-in in overtime to secure the 1-0 win and the program’s third- straight state championship.

Defender Scarlett Hodges is The Clarion-Ledger’s Girls Soccer Player of the Year, and Tay Cavett, Maggie Overby and Kate Russell Snopek also made the all-state team. Twenty different players scored a goal at one point or another during the season, and Caroline Runion and Anna Blocker combined to hold the other team scoreless 20 times.

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Ann Blocker, granddaughter of Ben and Linda Tharp of Ackerman, poses for a selfie with Tim Tebow at the Clarion Ledger Mississippi Sports Awards Banquet in Jackson

“We and other teams in Mississippi have been competing for years to improve the image of Mississippi soccer outside the state,” coach Cecil Hinds said. “I can say with confidence we have taken a positive step in doing so.”

 
Photos Courtesy of Michelle Tharp Blocker