Seymour senior enjoyed final season on pitch

Blaine Spivey recently wrapped up a long, successful soccer career.

The Seymour High School senior enjoyed his final season, as the Owls won the Hoosier Hills Conference with a record of 7-0.

“My highlight wins would definitely be Floyd Central and Columbus North because during my career I had never beaten Floyd Central or Columbus North, so it was really fun beating them,” Spivey said.

Spivey began his soccer career playing in the Seymour Park and Rec. before joining the Seymour Cyclones travel team.

“My dad played soccer (in North Carolina) when he was in high school. He got me into it, and I loved it,” Spivey said.

He played left wing on the junior varsity his freshman and sophomore years, and continued at both wings his last two years on varsity.

“It was a lot of fun,” Spivey said. “It was a lot of running. My teammates got the ball to me and I had to get it into the middle.”

Spivey said he didn’t mind being marked up by opposing midfielders, as he enjoyed the contact.

During games, the Owls relied on strong communication to score goals.

“Communication is very important because you’ve got to tell somebody what you want to do with the ball,” Spivey said. “If you don’t let them know where to go it can really get messed up and everything will just get confused.

“We had hand signals. If we wanted the ball on a certain play we would hold our hand out to that side.”

He enjoyed the home matches on the schedule.

“Playing on turf was way better than the grass because it’s so smooth,” Spivey said. “It’s way easier to pass the ball.”

Spivey said it was always very uplifting when team scored the first goal in a match.

“That definitely sets the tone for the rest of the game,” Spivey said. “You’ve got to get some momentum going. We beat Columbus East 1-0. We scored early and held them off the whole rest of the game.”

He enjoyed the summer camp at the University of Indianapolis.

“That was a really good team building experience with all of us being together, and getting some good pointers from college coaches and players,” Spivey said.

Spivey said he enjoys attending SHS.

“The teachers are really nice. I’ll definitely remember the experiences from soccer,” he said. “My soccer teammates are pretty much like family here.”

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Name: Blaine Spivey

High school: Seymour

Parents: Johnnie and Carol Spivey

Siblings: Taylor, Cole, Kaylee

Sports: soccer 4 years

Athletic highlights: All-Hoosier Hills Conference honorable mention, HHC champions 2016, 2018, won O Cup twice

Plans after high school: attend college

Favorite food: pancakes

Favorite musicians: Juice Wrld

Favorite movie: Hobbit trilogy