Soccer News for EY Panther Futbol




Photographs by Britt Kaufmann



2018 East Yancey Coed Panther Soccer (Futbol)  Tryouts

Coach: Ric Cedergren 208-1960

see EYMS school web soccer site for most current info. http://eyms.yanceync.net/

2nd and Final Tryout:  Tuesday, August 21

Where: Meet in cafeteria after last bus is called

When: After last bus is called - Around 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm

Pick up time is 4:45 on the upper (baseball field) practice field.


  • Player must have a physical on file in order to try out.

  • Always bring water and shin guards. Soccer cleats before first game.

  • We have twenty uniforms. We will take 20 players

  • FYI: It is not common for 6th graders to make the team (last year we had 2). However, I will take team managers.


What to expect and things to consider:  

Practice Schedule:  We will practice Tuesdays, Wednesdays Thursdays and Fridays on a weekly basis beginning Tuesday 8/21.  NO PRACTICES on Mondays. Our season will end around October 15th.

I will take a few team managers. Team managers practice with the team. They are invited to home games to support the team. They are not servants for our players. All players are responsible for set up and clean up.


Evolving 2018 Game schedule:  I will try to schedule 8-12 games this year. Our average games per season over the past 4 years is 9.


Most games will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and a few on Friday

So far, all games are set for a 5 pm start time: (checking on the Avery away time since they are often later in the evening).

Avery County only has one team this year.


Thursday 9/6        Home: Avery 5pm


Thursday 9/13        Home : Cane River 5pm


Tuesday 9/18        Away Avery (at the high school) ??? Time TBA


Tuesday 9/25         Away: Cane River 5pm


If you make the team: there are some financial costs to consider common to (or less than) all competitive school sports.


  1. Players will need to bring or purchase  black shorts and black soccer socks to be worn at each game. These are not provided by the school.

  2. Players will need to provide and wear shin guards to all practices and games.

  3. Players will need soccer shoes.  

  4. Players will need to bring a water bottle (large) to practices and games.

  5. Home and away pre or post game meals are not provided by the school

  • Kits (Jerseys) will be loaned at no cost to all players who make the team.

  • I anticipate 8 to 12 games in this upcoming season.   

  • Each player will be asked to purchase A Personalized Panthers FC warm up Jacket (cost will be approximately $40.00).


More information will follow for players who make the team.  My cell number (for parents use only) is 208-1960. Work number 682-2281 EYMS - Coach Ric Cedergren 208-1960

Regardless of whether a player makes the middle school team, all players should consider playing for a fall Toe Valley Soccer youth league recreation or competitive team.  


Eric (Ric) Cedergren - EY Panther Coach


Players may be released from the team for the following reasons:

  • Any absence or early dismissal, that is not pre-approved or excused

  • Failing grades (unless student is actively participating in remediation)

  • Any type of In or Out of school suspension.  

  • Parent or Guardian has not met with coach in person, prior to the season.

  • Player does not have a reliable means to get home after practices Tues.-Friday (4:45) or games, or player’s ride home is not present at designated time. Player may be dropped after the 2nd such occurrence.

  • A player talking back to a referee or receiving a Red Card from a ref on more than one occasion.

  • All forms are not completed prior to the beginning of the season.  

  • Any unsportsmanlike conduct


Take a look at WKYK Sports web page or look at the picture above.

Panther Soccer is being noticed.

Panthers are now 12- 0


2017 East Yancey Panther Soccer Club

Coach: Ric Cedergren






Shout Out to Panther Cheerleaders. Wish you could be with us on our away games
** To play soccer at a high level, players need to have a ball at their feet every day.  After practice, in the morning, during the summer, during holiday breaks, indoor in the winter, etc. All great players have this discipline.  Juggle, pass against the wall to work on kicking and receiving passes, join as many Pick up games as you can and by all means play for Toe Valley Soccer Association - Rec or Competitive levels. Our middle school team results are due in large part, to the work of players and coaches in our TVSA youth league.

Special thanks to Coach Dr. Chad Smoker for running practices for the Panthers on the past two Fridays. Dr. Smoker is directly responsible for the development of many of our players over the past several years and holds the highest coaching credentials of any coach in our county.  
  • Meals organized and delivered by Subway - Alisha Martin
  • Calendars designed and printed by Rene Smith
  • Photography by Britt Kaufmann
  • Laundry by many.


My cell number (for parents use only) is 208-1960.  Work number 682-2281 EYMS - Coach Ric Cedergren 208-1960


Additionally, we will stop for dinner on our return from AWAY games farther from home. I anticipate 3 to 4 games of this nature. For these games, students must consider the cost of dinner which is typically $8 to $12 dollars. The school does not provide this. Students have the option of bringing a sack dinner from home.  


Regardless of whether a player makes the middle school team, all players should consider playing for a fall Toe Valley Soccer youth league recreation or competitive team.  




Please see the Office or PE Department for Sports Physical Forms