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Cooper Carter / April 08, 2020
Bluestone’s Cooper Carter has committed to continue his soccer career at Averett University and play for Cougars men soccer team this upcoming season.

The Bluestone senior actually committed to Averett while school was still in session, but the COVID-19 health pandemic forced the cancellation of a signing ceremony at Bluestone.

“I committed right before the whole pandemic started and never got to sit down at the school and sign,” Carter said.

Carter has enjoyed several accomplishments while at Bluestone. He said he was proud to represent the Barons as a student-athlete.

“I got first team all-region (last season) and I’ve gotten all-district since the ninth grade. I play striker,” Carter said. “A lot of people are ashamed of Bluestone, but I’m happy with my roots. I think everybody enjoyed me being around and I enjoyed being around them, same with the soccer team.”

Carter said he chose Averett because he’s comfortable with the Danville area. He noted that the college started showing interest in him after he sent out a highlight video of his play.

“When I started realizing I wanted to play in college I started sending out like a highlight video I had around,” Carter said. “So Coach (Philip Wilson) had like shown interest and was inviting me, and then I went up there and really liked it.

“Plus for like three years I’ve been playing on a travel team in Danville, the Danville Blast. So I like really know the area. I think everything just started flowing into place from that.”

Carter explained that soccer at Bluestone was good but playing travel team soccer helped improve his game tremendously. He thanked his high and middle school coaches, Thomas Wells and Marty Bowlin, for their help in his development as a student-athlete.

“Around here soccer is not really something that people really focus on, and when I went up to Danville it seemed like really competitive so I was brought up a couple levels than what I started with and playing with better people (players) really helped that,” he said.

Carter stated not having the spring sports season was tough to deal with, for some reasons one probably wouldn’t think of.

“It was just sad,” Carter said of the soccer season being canceled. “I’ve been playing since I was little and like my best friend (Kyler Lopez), we always talked about senior season and he unfortunately passed away. That was going to be hard because we were going to have a real emotional Senior Night and it was something I was looking forward to.”

Carter was also trying to break a record this season on goals scored over a high school career at Bluestone.

“I was actually trying to break a record for goals scored ‘cause I have 74 right now,” Carter continued. “I was trying to get to the hundred mark. Yeah, it was just really unfortunate.”

Bluestone was able to participate in two scrimmages, with Park View and Brunswick before schools were closed by Governor Northam. Carter said although the team was young, he thought they would have had a good year.

“One [game] against Brunswick and one against Park View,” Carter said. “They were good. I was actually playing a different position this year.

“I was playing and we had kind of a young team so I talked to the Coach (Clark) and was wanting to do midfield just to try it out and just like help pass the ball around and stuff. I scored two goals and had an assist.

“I honestly think we would have done good. I think we would have finished in second or third place (JRD). Goochland is always good. Yeah, our team is young but we have a lot of experience. I thought we were going to do really good, it’s just a shame we couldn’t do it.”

Carter says one of his coolest memories play at Bluestone was posting four goals on a district rival.

“Scoring four against Prince Edward,” Carter reflected. “I think it was my 10th grade year or my 11th grade year. It was just a bunch of trash talking and I scored one of the better goals that I had ever scored against them it was like everything I was doing seemed right.”

His drive to win a title with the Cougars is evident.

“Hopefully I can bring some winning, and keep a cool head around my teammates and I want to bring a level of offense to the team they may not have had,’ Carter said. “Hopefully in the future I can just help in any way I can, hopefully we win a title or something. Just grow from experience and bring something.”

Crater is the son of Vernon and Gena Cater of Clarksville. His brother Noah is a junior at Longwood University.

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