How teamwork and hard work forged First Flight’s championship season

By on November 19, 2023

Cam Summerton and Curren Breiholz celebrate the first goal as Hickory’s players debate the referees in the background. (Photos by Anna Rogers Shorelines/Yearbook)
Junior Colin Rhodes kicks a ball to midfield. (Photos by Anna Rogers Shorelines/Yearbook)
Sam Baldwin defends the goal. (Photos by Anna Rogers Shorelines Yearbook)
Junior Nathan Tsonev fighting for the ball. (Photos by Anna Rogers Shorelines/Yearbook)
Junior Lukas Cook blocking a goal kick. (Photos by Anna Rogers Shorelines/Yearbook)
Lukas Cook and Colin Rhodes react to Marvin Hernandez’s surprise goal from long range. (Photos by Anna Rogers Shorelines/Yearbook)
2023 3A Men’s Soccer State Champions with Dare County Schools Superintendent Steve Basnight. (Photos by Anna Rogers Shorelines/Yearbook)
Goal-keeper Colin Rhodes was named game MVP with Head Coach Juan Ramirez. (Photo credit: NCHSAA)
NCHSAA 3A 2023 Men's Soccer Sportsmanship Award Winners Will Moore (Hickory #13), and Burke Powers (First Flight #4) with their coaches and game referees. (Photo credit: NCHSAA)
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Cam Summerton and Curren Breiholz celebrate the first goal as Hickory’s players debate the referees in the background. (Photos by Anna Rogers Shorelines/Yearbook)
Junior Colin Rhodes kicks a ball to midfield. (Photos by Anna Rogers Shorelines/Yearbook)
Sam Baldwin defends the goal. (Photos by Anna Rogers Shorelines Yearbook)
Junior Nathan Tsonev fighting for the ball. (Photos by Anna Rogers Shorelines/Yearbook)
Junior Lukas Cook blocking a goal kick. (Photos by Anna Rogers Shorelines/Yearbook)
Lukas Cook and Colin Rhodes react to Marvin Hernandez’s surprise goal from long range. (Photos by Anna Rogers Shorelines/Yearbook)
2023 3A Men’s Soccer State Champions with Dare County Schools Superintendent Steve Basnight. (Photos by Anna Rogers Shorelines/Yearbook)
Goal-keeper Colin Rhodes was named game MVP with Head Coach Juan Ramirez. (Photo credit: NCHSAA)
NCHSAA 3A 2023 Men's Soccer Sportsmanship Award Winners Will Moore (Hickory #13), and Burke Powers (First Flight #4) with their coaches and game referees.  (Photo credit: NCHSAA)
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By Anna Rogers | Shorelines Yearbook
Outer Banks Voice

First came the walk through the halls, classmates cheering and band playing. Then came the escort by firefighters and police officers as First Flight’s charter bus began its trip to Browns Summit. And finally, the realization that they had accomplished their goal, winning the NCHSAA 3A Championship on Saturday, Nov. 18.

“Getting escorted by the police and fire department and then seeing the elementary school and the middle school standing out there waving us goodbye brought great energy and emotions for us,” Head Coach Juan Ramirez said. “I don’t think any other school has ever been escorted all the way through Dare County.”

The Nighthawks didn’t let the emotions of the moment get in the way of their mission. They finished an unbeaten season with two goals in the first half and a huge insurance score early in the second half along with the standout defense that saw them allow just six goals the entire season.

First Flight finished with a record of 22-0-1 and outscored its opponents 104-6 this year. Hickory (23-3-2) was the defending 3A State Champion, but saw its high-powered offense shut down by the likes of seniors Burke Powers and Seth Albright, juniors Lukas Cook and Taylor Summerton, and sophomores Marvin Hernandez and Sam Baldwin. Junior keeper Colin Rhodes was named the game MVP after being credited with six saves, including several stops early in the game.

“I am so grateful that I was awarded this, but really I think some other people should’ve gotten this because all I did was block a few balls and be with my teammates,” Rhodes said. “My other teammates blocked the balls coming toward me, got pushed down and scored goals.”

The Nighthawks found the back of the net in the 17th minute when junior Nathan Tsonev took a corner kick that bounced around in front of the goal and glanced in off senior Cam Summerton in a crowd of Hickory defenders. In the 39th minute, senior Seth Albright found senior Curren Breiholz in the middle of the box for a strong shot past senior goalie Watts Tate.

Then, just after halftime, sophomore Marvin Hernandez boomed a shot from between the penalty box and midfield and knocked it in the upper right corner. Even with the 3-0 lead, First Flight kept up the attack, out-shooting Hickory 22-9 and eagerly watching the clock tick toward all zeroes.

“Being the captain of this soccer team is so amazing, and also being able to lead them to the state championship with my other captains, Cam Summerton and Kai Reece, was even more amazing for my senior year,” Breiholz said. “I don’t even have a lot of words to describe how I feel. Our team’s mentality was we knew we were going to win. We haven’t lost this whole season, and it shows how much we work together. But our team shirts say, ‘No one cares, work harder!’”

The Nighthawks worked extra hard to deliver a very cold surprise to Ramirez, who got an icy shower during the celebration.

“This is the first time I have ever been dunked in water by my players and this is something I will never forget,” he said. “I wasn’t sure what was happening, so I moved a little bit out of the way, but I still got soaked. These are memories for the boys and me included. This is my fifth time coaching at the state championships and like all the other ones, I will never forget the experiences we have made.”

This title was the second for FFHS after the men’s team took the 2A crown in 2016.

Before the game, First Flight senior Burke Powers was presented with the NC Farm Bureau Sportsmanship Award along with Hickory’s Will Moore.

 


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