Ashton Apolinario, Senior, Centerback

Brad Spell, the Clinton High School men’s head coach, revealed that four of its players have been selected for the All-Conference selection for the 2021 East Central Conference football season. They are Lyle Brewington, Kristhian Cabezudo, Ashton Apolinario, and Caleb Kennedy.

The Dark Horses finished the season 8-3 and 8-2 in conference play, which was good enough for second place, and made the NCHSAA Soccer Playoffs for the 15th time in a row.

The team had a very interesting season with the varsity team being quarantined for the last two weeks of the season and the JV players winning the last two regular season games and then in the first round of the playoffs which Clinton lost, First Flight played 4-1.

Despite the difficulties they have faced, Spell remained optimistic about his teams’ achievements this season and wishes his senior players all the best in their future endeavors.

“Super proud of what we have achieved as a unit this year and very much looking forward to our future,” commented Spell. “It was extremely frustrating not to give our seniors the chance to end the season the way they deserve, but they have been a real blessing to me and our program.”

“They continued to believe and I really had the feeling that we had a good opportunity to go deep into the playoffs. I wish our seniors all the best in their next steps, ”concluded Spell.

Clinton Soccer has a quick turnaround, however, as the fall season is just around the corner. Of the 22 players, seven are seniors. It’s fair to say that the Dark Horses have high expectations for their fall 2021 season.

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