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NBHS – Life is often filled with many

opportunities, and given the right circum- stances these opportunities become reali- ties. Such is the case for Josh Pruett, a senior at North Bun- combe High School, who officially signed

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to play soccer and attend Berry College in Georgia. “Josh has been a starter for four years,

leader the entire time here, and a quality young man,” said Tom LaGuardia, head coach of the NBHS soccer team. During his high school career, Pruett has had 88 career varsity starts, 21 career

goals, 12 career assists, been All Moun- tain Athletics Conference for 2014, 2015, and 2016, and been NCSA All Region Team for 2014, 2015, and 2016. Going into college the senior doesn’t expect to be the top dog, but he isn’t afraid regardless. “I’m definitely going to have to work my

way up, but it’s going to amount to effort,” Pruett said. “The amount of effort I put in will be how much play time - that’ll be [my] reward.” Pruett has played soccer since he was

three years old, building a career as he played in high school for all four years, along with club volleyball. He says he has always wanted to play in college. While

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applying to other colleges, the Vikings of Berry College would be the college of choice for Pruett because of being given a chance to play college soccer, a key point for his college criteria, according to Pru- ett. “Playing soccer in high school and club

has given me the training,” Pruett said “Plus having to do homework and try- ing to multitask. All around, it has been a great experience.” As a respectable member of the team

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and strong on both the field and in aca- demics, Pruett intends to major in exercise science or engineering. “He was a two-year captain, and that means a lot not only to show his ability as

a leader, but our players vote for their cap- tains,” Coach LaGuardia said. “So for the past two years his teammates have looked at him and said, ‘We want you as our cap- tain.’” Hard work and building bonds are both

qualities of being on a team the senior looks forward to. “I’m excited, because I guess it’s a new

chapter. He wanted to play college soccer, and he gets the opportunity to over there,” said Mike Pruett, Josh’s father. “Also it’s a great academic school, which he is going more for academics.” Pruett will be attending Berry College

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