Whitesides to play soccer at PC

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Lady Bruins standout

By Robert Howey


The Presbyterian College Blue Hose seem to be the right fit for Lancaster High School Lady Bruins’ soccer star Frances Whitesides.

When she visited the Clinton campus, Whitesides liked what PC had to offer.

“I wanted to play soccer and I liked the small campus,” she said. “When I met the players there, they seem to be close and I liked the coaches.”

Whitesides made her decision official Wednesday, Feb. 5 signing with the Blue Hose in the Lancaster High conference room.

“I’m happy for Frances,” LHS girls soccer coach Ed Humphrey said. “She plays with heart and fire. She hates to lose no matter if it is checkers they’re playing.

“Frances is competitive and her fire drives her.”

Whitesides, in a stellar soccer career, is a three-time Lady Bruins’ soccer MVP as well as an all-region selection.

She has tallied 60 career goals with 46 assists.

“Presbyterian is getting a good one,” Humphrey said. “I hate to lose her, but her signing and having the chance to go to the next level is a plus for our soccer program. It shows our younger girls what they can achieve with hard work, strong drive and commitment. I look for her to continue to do well because I know she will go there and compete.”

Dom Wrenn, Whitesides Discoveries Soccer coach, said she is a talented player.

“She has very good technique and makes good decisions,” Wrenn said. “She’s a real asset to the team.”

Whitesides is also a solid student with a 4.0 grade point average.

“Frances is a strong student and a good person with strong family support,” LHS principal Dr. Joe Keenan said. “I wish in academics and athletics, we had more students with her fire and competitive nature.

“She is the type person you want on your team,” Keenan said. “She never gives up and competes to the end. That type attitude is going to take her a long way. I wish her the best and look forward to following her career as she continues at Presbyterian.”