By R. Alan Richardson
Morgan County’s star soccer player, Annie Akins, has signed a scholarship to continue her career next season with the GMC Lady Bulldogs. The 18 year old striker is in her fourth year of competition at MCHS and has been playing the sport for 14 years. She said, “I chose GMC because I know the coach and have played for her. I love the way she coaches. The smaller junior college setting seemed to be a better fit and playing time was a big thing for me. I knew I could get playing time there.”
Akins has been a mainstay on this year’s squad leading the team on offense and as a captain. Head girls’ Coach, Anne Stamps, commented on her star, “Annie is a talented kid. She has put in a lot of time on the soccer field and in the dance studio. She has always done a great job of balancing her work load between both sports. Being able to keep balance between multiple commitments will play into her favor at the next level. Going to GMC and being able to play soccer there is something to be very proud of. Annie is a Captain on our team this year and she has done a great job of stepping up and showing a lot of leadership. I know Annie will be able to add to GMC’s soccer program immediately. She’s a great kid and a great teammate. GMC is lucky to get her.”
Soccer fans around Morgan County probably do not know about her second love of competitive dancing which she has been involved in since she was seven.
Parents Michael and Julia Akins gave us these comments. “Annie has played soccer since she was four years old, and was immediately smitten with the sport. During her recreation soccer years she always took it more seriously than the other kids did. It was all about the competition even then. As she got older and better, she loved it even more. She also has been doing competitive dance since she was seven, and there was never a question of giving either one up. As her high school career drew to a close, she knew the one with which she wanted to continue after graduation, and Georgia Military College seemed a good fit. She has played for Coach Courtney before with MAYSA, and they got along really well. She knows that being a collegiate athlete will be tough, but she’s ready! We are very proud of Annie of all of her accomplishments in soccer and dance. Balancing both at the same time and pulling double duty has at times been a challenge for her. She’s a good student and great kid.”