BTW's Carwile hopes to lead unbeaten Hornets to state soccer title
BY ERIC BAILEY World Sports Writer
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
5/08/12 at 5:34 AM
Booker T. Washington's Tom Carwile craves a sparkling piece of jewelry earned by his older brother Chris four years ago.
"He won a state championship in my eighth-grade year," Tom Carwile said. "If I could get a championship ring, it would be perfect and the best feeling I could ask for. I've been working hard for it in the last four years ... it would be a great way to end my high school career."
The unbeaten Hornets (12-0) will travel to Northwest Classen in a semifinal contest Tuesday. Washington is trying to secure its third trip to the Class 5A soccer championship game in four years.
Tuesday's winner will face the survivor between Cascia Hall and Carl Albert in a Saturday title match. That game's time and site are to be determined.
Carwile, who is a team captain along with Jasen Kingsley, said the team has come together as one. Especially during last Friday's 3-0 win against East Central. The Hornets were ushered out of the playoffs by the Cardinals last season.
"Everyone has been so close," Carwile said. "We know how it feels to lose and to get close and lose. We've been motivated, especially the senior class, and trying to make every possession count."
Carwile has been a catalyst. The player has plenty of international soccer experience, playing in an Olympic Development Program and getting matches in Argentina, Costa Rica and Mexico. He's also trained with a club team in Holland.
Carwile will play soccer next year at Trinity University, a Division III program in San Antonio. He'll be joined by Jenks star Emmanuel Raranje.
"I'm excited because the soccer environment is important to the school," Carwile said.
His focus now continues to be on the Hornets, which is looking for its first state title since 2008.
"He has really developed his skills and lets his work do the talking," Washington coach Robert Wakeley said about Carwile. "He's the quieter of the two captains, but he'll tell the team to pick it up in practice so we don't lose any opportunities (to get better)."
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