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Athlete of the Week: Fernando Ramirez, Lithia Springs
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
April 16, 2014 11:22 AM | 2006 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After a difficult 2013 campaign which saw the squad placing last in Region 5-AAAAA due to points lost on forfeited matches, the Lithia Springs boys’ soccer team has responded with one of the best seasons in program history, currently sitting at 11 wins and securing the program’s first-ever region championship. Junior midfielder and team captain Fernando Ramirez has set the tone for the Lions.

“When I was hired, Fernando was the first one in my classroom,” said first-year head coach David Ubriaco “He made sure that everyone had the correct paperwork with the administration and well conditioned.”

Ramirez said he has been happy with the positive direction of the program.

“This season has been going great,” he said. “We’re healthy, the team chemistry is very good and everyone is committed. Winning the region title means a lot because we’ve struggled as a program and we want Lithia Springs to stand out.”

Ramirez has helped pilot a Lions’ offense that’s averaged more than three goals a contest.

“The midfield has been able to control the ball, press on offense and use the fast guys on our team,” he said. “I think we can go far this year in the playoffs and build towards a state championship run.” Ramirez said.

He said he plans to pursue a career as a paramedic and work for the community.

The Lions return to action Friday at Pebblebrook.

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