Bulldogs sign Sparks, Park
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland soccer coach Jeff Loucks announced the signing of Murfreesboro native Hanna Sparks and White House product Mackenzie Park to scholarship papers for the 2010-11 academic year.
Park was a four-year letterwinner for coach Kelly Smelcer at White House Heritage High School, earning All-District honors as a sophomore and junior and All-District Tournament accolades all four seasons. She was also named Team MVP as a junior and All-County as a junior and senior. During this past season Park made 76 saves and allowed 16 goals in 22 matches while posting 12 shutouts.
She is the daughter of Kenneth and Kimberly Park of White House.
“Mackenzie is an accomplished goalkeeper from a good small-school program,” Loucks said. “She expects to be successful. We expect her to adjust quickly to the level of play in the TranSouth Conference. We got caught with only one keeper last season, but that will not happen again.”
Sparks graduated from Blackman High School in 2008 and has spent the last three semesters as a student at East Tennessee State. She was a four-year letterwinner for coach Bill Vice at Blackman, garnering Second Team All-District honors as a sophomore.
She is the daughter of Mike and Jennifer Sparks of Murfreesboro.
“Hanna was an All-District goalkeeper at Blackman High School a couple of years ago. Her love of the game has brought her to us. Hanna has the ability to play at this level. It's just a question of working to get her timing back. When it’s all said and done, she could be in the mix for the No. 1 spot.”
Park and Sparks join Rhianne Parsons (Tavistock, Milton Abbot, England) in the 2010 recruiting class.