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WC soccer standouts ink paperwork

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Rainbolt, Graham & Allen / Dallus Whitfield photo

Three Wilson Central High soccer standouts inked NCAA National Letters of Intent last week to continue their athletic careers at the college level.

Two, Jaime Rainbolt and MacKenzie Allen, signed with hometown Cumberland University while Molly Graham will be attending Erskine College in Due West, SC. Rainbolt is the daughter of Ella and Mark Rainbolt.

Goal keeper for the Lady Wildcats the past two seasons, she played travel soccer with the Legends Club.

Allen is the daughter of Stacy and Monty Allen. A midfielder, Allen was considered the emotional leader of the WCHS team. An all-district selection, she was also served as team captain.

Graham is the daughter of Vicki and Mike Graham. A striker, Graham has been Wilson Central's leading scorer for the last two years as well as team MVP and captain. She is a two-time member of the 9-AAA all-district team.

“These girls are among the first people I met here at Wilson Central, and I’m going to miss them greatly,” said WCHS coach Justin Smith. “I’m proud to be associated with them, and I wish them great success as they go on to play with and lead in college.”

Rainbolt and Allen will be joining a Cumberland University program that finished the 2013 season ranked tied for eighth nationally in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

The Bulldogs won the program’s first-ever regular season conference championship and hosted an NAIA Championship Opening Round contest, defeating Ottawa University to advance to the NAIA Championships final site in Orange Beach, Ala., for the second straight year.

CU finished the season 16-4-1 overall.

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