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Player of the Week: Hadley Young, Belton

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Posted: Friday, March 9, 2012 5:37 am | Updated: 10:33 am, Thu Aug 21, 2014.

The showers of praise continue to fall on Belton Lady Tigers’ soccer star Hadley Young.

For the second time in three weeks, the senior forward has received the KDHpressbox player of the week award after receiving 1,305 votes. Young won the award on Feb. 24 after she scored her 100th career goal. This time she won it after setting the school’s career goals record with 108.

She has since pushed the record to 111 goals.

Young had back-to-back hat tricks (six goals) in wins over Harker Heights and Copperas Cove. She also tallied a pair of assists.

One might think Young is overjoyed with all the recent publicity. But being the consummate team player, she prefers the light to be focused on her team.

“I’m just one player with one part to do for this team. There is twenty-some-odd of us and I couldn’t do it with out all of them.” Young said.

Setting records is always a momentous occasion, but both Young and her coach  Barry Elkins, believe that the record being broken at home makes the achievement more memorable.

“It was pretty special for it to happen at home in front of our fans,” said Elkins. “Our long-time announcer was pretty excited about it. It was special.”

Young agreed.

“It was pretty cool seeing all the people supporting me after all these years,” Young said. “Coach wanted me to do it at home because our home field is a special place.”

The senior has some advice for future Belton players on how to surpass the benchmark she’s set.

“Don’t be afraid to dream big.” Young said. “I scored nine goals my freshman year and never dreamed of breaking Chelsea’s (Jones) record. Push yourself to be your best every day”

Shoemaker junior Cion Hicks finished second with 1,226 votes. Hicks won both the discus and shot put toss and helped the Lady Grey Wolves with the throwers relay at the Roo Relays.

Also receiving votes was Salado’s Ryan Simmons who also won the discus and the shot put at the Hornet Relays in Gatesville.

The sophomore helped the Eagles run away with the victory at the track and field meet.Rounding out this week’s lost of contestants is J.T. Gilmore from Harker Heights.

The senior center fielder went 7-of-16 at the plate, scored 10 runs and drove in four more as the Knights went 5-2, including a second place finish at the Wolf Pack Classic.

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