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The Brown Middle School soccer team drove away victoriously from the state tournament but the team bus ended up in a ditch.
A deer crossed Highway 59 near Risterville, causing the bus to skid into a ditch. No students were harmed. Brown placed second in their division in the tournament.
“Once we knew they were okay, some of the kids thought it was kind of funny seeing that old school bus stuck in a ditch,” said bus driver A.P. Hill. “You know how kids are.”
State trooper Rose Midgelin reported that she doesn’t think the deer was hit because no marks were found on the bus.
“That thing just came up at us all of a sudden there in the road — there wasn’t anything I could do about it,” Hill said.
The skidding occurred at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday night. The state troopers got the call around 8:30 p.m. and immediately responded. The team arrived home unscathed around midnight.
The kids only had, “a few bumps and bruises and scratches, and some of the kids were kind of shook up,” Hill said. He was thankful they weren’t hurt.
The middle school soccer tournament was held in the state capitol. Thirty-two teams in four divisions played in the tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Brown played two games on each day, and won three of the four games. Brown won their last game against Dorchester Middle School, 3-2. The Brown team coach, Randy Fowler, also teaches social studies at Brown.
“We had a great time. I think we probably learned a lot, too. It’s good to see how other teams from other areas play the game,” said team co-captain Ray Johnson.
“This is the best that any middle school of this area has ever done in a statewide competition,” Fowler said. “I’m very proud of our team. They played with a lot of spirit and showed a lot of skill. Our doing this well will help us continue to build a solid soccer program for this area.”