Earlier this week, Washington High School senior Kassidy Hines signed a letter of intent to attend Ohio Christian University in Circleville, where she will continue her education and her athletic career as a member of the women’s soccer team.
“I was looking at Cedarville, but, I was looking for a smaller school,” Hines said. “A Christian school and Ohio Christian just seemed to be the place.
“They had a good education program there and I’m looking to go into education,” Hines said. “And their soccer program is really good, too.”
The last four years on the Washington Lady Blue Lion soccer team has been, to say the least, challenging for all concerned, especially for Hines, who would surely play for any team in the area.
“It’s been different,” Hines said. “We’ve pretty much had a different coach every year. We finally won a game again this year. We won two games my freshman year. We didn’t win any games my sophomore or junior year.
“It was pretty rough (winning three games in four years),” Hines said. “It was hard to keep going, but, we had to push through it.”
What will it take to make a success of things at the next level?
“There’s definitely going to be a lot of work to put in,” Hines said. “But, it’ll be worth it.”
What was Hines’ favorite subject in high school and who was your favorite teacher?
“American history,” Hines said. “Probably Mr. (Ryan) Day.”
“Right from the start, Kassidy was able to adapt to our philosophy,” Washington head coach coach Chris Chambers said. “She has some awesome capabilities. I can’t wait to see what happens when she gets with coaches that know more than I do about the game, because of her work ethic and determination.
“She was injured, I would say, a total of six games that she had to sit out,” Chambers said. “She was still our leading point-scorer. She played three games with a fractured foot and during those three games, she scored three or four goals. She’s just an all-around competitor and she’s been really fun to coach.
“I’m really excited for her to be able to play soccer at the next level,” Chambers said. “She has raw talent. Just working some more on the fundamentals and just perfecting her game, I have no doubt that when she gets around those coaches, she’s going to do really well at the next level. I’m really glad she chose a place close to home so we can go and watch her.”