12-and-under champs

The Pickens Recreation Department 12-and-under soccer team coached by Milton Aleman was the champion of  the 2019 Palmetto Soccer Tournament. They had to play three tough opponents to come home with the gold — beating a squad from Seneca and two from Walhalla. “The kids played their hearts out,” Aleman said. Pictured, from left, are coach Milton Aleman, coach Jasmine Aleman, Avery Ferreira, Carolina Keith, Jacie Whitlock, Tara Sharpe, Kaylen Kelley, Trinity Fisher, Noah Welborn, Chase Lyday, Colin Gilstrap, Noah Aleman, Anders Fernstrom, Tyler Sexton, David Orzeck and coach Jeremiah Aleman.