Greg Davidson and Eric Nance have a long history.
Davidson coached Nance in youth club soccer and was a neighbor for several years on the west side of Indianapolis. In recent years, they have become coaching rivals, albeit friendly ones.
Davidson’s No. 2 Hamilton Southeastern High School girls soccer team takes on Nance’s No. 3 Avon squad tonight in Avon. It will follow the junior varsity game, which begins at 5:30 p.m.
“I coached Eric from his junior high years until college,” Davidson said. “So it’s fun to see him have success. We’re great friends. Eric and I have talked on the phone and said someone has to win and someone has to lose, unless we decide to tie again.”
The teams tied 1-1 last season.
Davidson is in his 14th season as Royals coach while Nance, a former Ben Davis soccer player, is in his third with the Orioles.
Avon has seven starters returning, including senior center midfielder McKenzie Muchow, a second-team 2011 all-state selection who has made an oral commitment to Butler; sophomore goalie Kelsey Dossey; and senior defender Mikayla Lasky, who has committed to Purdue.
The Royals have their Nos. 2 (junior Emily Coudret) and 3 (Jess Miller) scorers returning. Miller, a sophomore, came off the bench last season. Junior Kirsten Timmer returns as a top defender.
“We have a lot of girls who got playing time last year,” said Davidson, who returns just four starters. “Our junior varsity only gave up three goals last year, so we have some strong players to fill in the gaps.”
New soccer site
For the first time since the Indiana High School Athletic Association began holding boys and girls soccer tournaments in 1994, they will be held at a site other than Kuntz Memorial Stadium. The tournaments will move to Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium on IUPUI’s campus Oct. 27. The stadium has installed new FieldTurf Revolution surface.
Brebeuf hires Scott
Jeff Scott was named Brebeuf Jesuit baseball coach Tuesday. Scott has been a head coach with the Indiana Bulls, an elite travel baseball team. He replaces Andy McClain, who resigned after two seasons in June to become coach and science teacher at Norwell. Brebeuf reached the Class 3A state final before losing to Western in June.
“With six starters returning from that team, we hope to get after it again,” Scott said in a school release.
Scott, a former Purdue player, was a varsity assistant coach at Mooresville in 2009 and ’10.
Warren Central hired Lawrence Courtney as girls basketball coach. Courtney, who played basketball at Brebeuf, has been a North Central assistant and Washington’s head coach. The Warriors were 18-4 under former coach Michael Brooks, who resigned to pursue an administration position at another school. . . . Travis Keesling was named Pendleton Heights’ baseball coach. Keesling, a 1995 Pendleton Heights graduate, was a three-year letter-winner under coach Bill Stoudt, who recently retired after 32 years. Keesling had been coach at Greenfield-Central for the past five seasons. . . . Three schools, Christel House, Hammond Academy of Science and Technology and South Bend Career Academy, were approved for initial probationary membership by the IHSAA Executive Committee.