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Kaitlyn Huff: The Official Richmond County Female Athlete of the Week

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Kaitlyn Huff has been named the Official Richmond County Female Athlete of the Week. Kaitlyn Huff has been named the Official Richmond County Female Athlete of the Week.

ROCKINGHAM — Sophomore soccer player Kaitlyn Huff has been named the ROSports Official Richmond County Female Athlete of the Week presented by Moss Brothers Tires & Service.

The Richmond Observer is continuing its weekly spotlight on local athletes amid the current spring sports suspension. Instead of it being a performanced-based recognition, the articles will be written using a “meet the athlete” perspective.

Huff, who is in her second season at the varsity level, was off to a fast start in the team’s first five matches. This is her first career selection.

Athletic Profile

Age:16

Birthday: Jan. 30, 2004

Year: Sophomore

Spring Sport: Soccer

Position: Forward

Years on Varsity: 2 years

Height & Weight:5-6, 122 pounds

Experience: 13 years

“ON THE PITCH” WITH KAITLYN HUFF

Through the team’s first five matches before the NCHSAA suspended all play across the state, Huff was tied with the team lead in goals. She and junior teammate Jayla McDougald both scored three goals, with Huff’s coming against Purnell Swett, Gray’s Creek and Jack Britt high schools.

RSHS Academics: This week, Huff is making the transition to all online classes with her fellow Richmond classmates. Currently, she’s taking AP Government and Civics with Suzanne Hudson, Honors Biology with Vivian Hilton, Honors English II with Bellamy Bell and Advanced Weight Training with Jessie Covington. 

“I like biology the best because that’s what I want to major in when I get to college,” Huff explained. “It’s also one of my best subjects. Mrs. Hilton is a good teacher, she’s very organized and makes it easy to learn.”

Aside from playing soccer, Huff is also a general member of the Beta Club.

College Aspirations: Although she still has over two years before she graduates high school, Huff is setting the bar high for herself. 

“I want to play soccer in college, and my dream school would be playing at UNC,” she said. “Right now not playing hurts everyone’s chances of being recruited, but I’m keeping my hopes up.

“If I don’t play at UNC, then I’m considering studying biology or animal science,” she added. “I also like N.C. State.”

Combating Coronavirus: Huff is one of the nearly 200 Richmond spring sports athletes who are currently sidelined during the COVID-19 outbreak. This is her response to dealing with the forced time off.

“My main goal to stay in shape and not lose my endurance,” Huff explained. “Once this is over, I need to be ready for the travel soccer season. It’s been hard to be quarantined because we can’t get together to play. It’s just been me and a soccer ball in my yard.

“I miss the girls and I want them to keep their heads up,” she added. “I hope the seniors use the past years as their memories and find a positive in this and make the best of what they have left. That’s why you always play every game like it’s your last.”

Lady Raider Chats: Due to the coronavirus outbreak and school being suspended until May 15, ROSports did not do a video interview with Huff. Instead, she participated in a phone interview and answered the following questions regarding her performance so far this season.

ROSports: Explain what helped you get off to a fast start with the Lady Raiders with three goals in your first five matches?

Huff: “Me and Jayla work so well at the top together. We have good communication and we have the same goals to play college soccer. Her and I take it seriously and having Jayla up there is a good motivation.”

ROSports: You play a lot of travel soccer and are part of the Olympic Development Program. How does that compare to high school soccer? 

Huff: “I play for the ODP and the N.C. Courage youth team. It differs from high school so much because it’s more competitive. Everything is much more organized, all the passes are ground passes and it requires me to have better communication skills.”

ROSports: What’s a funny story that you often tell from your experience being a Lady Raider soccer player?

Huff: “One of the funniest experiences was when we played Hoke County last year and this girl bucked up and my face and I just stood there. I didn’t know what to do, I couldn’t deal with it.”

ROSports: If you could play professional soccer for any team, which would it be and why? Who’s your favorite soccer player?

Huff: “It would most definitely be the US women’s national team because they have a lot on their shoulders and are an inspiration. I would love to be looked up to the way I look up to them.

“Alex Morgan is my favorite player because she plays the same position as me and I’ve always thought she was the best player ever. She’s my inspiration.”

ROSports: Name an interesting fact about yourself that many people may not know.

Huff: “Many people may not know that I have a good sense of humor or I talk way too much. And I don’t even realize it sometimes.”


Kyle Pillar

Sports Editor. IUP communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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