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Vinny Gill leads BHS soccer camp

BAINBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL Bearcats soccer players work on touch controlled dribbling under the watchful eye of their Coach Jamie Ard, back left. Controlling the ball out front are Kimani Crawford, foreground, and Daniel Provence, background. Next to Coach Ard, from left to right, are Noah Thorne, Lenorris Flanders, A.J. Bailey and Brent Noble.

College soccer coach Vinny Gill imparted his game expertise to members of coach Jamie Ard’s Bainbridge High School Bearcats soccer team during four days of wokouts that ended this week.

Gill is a native of Ireland and coach of the Middle Georgia Junior College Warriors and Lady Warriors soccer teams.

It all took place at the annual Bainbridge High School Bearcats team soccer camp at the Centennial Field practice field.

Camp sessions were last Thursday and Friday and this Monday and Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Centennial Field practice field.

Two former Bainbridge High School players are members of Gill’s Middle Georgia teams.

Hal Clement, who had 26 goals and 10 assists and was the top Bearcats scorer in school history, was the most outstanding  midfielder award winner for coach Ard’s Bearcats in 2011.

Clement has signed a scholarship to play with coach Gill’s Warriors this coming season.

Midfielder Aubrie Provence, who had 17 goals and 19 assists as the most valuable midfielder with coach Chip Ariail’s 2010 Bainbridge High School Lady Cats soccer team, recently completed her freshman season with coach Gill’s Lady Warriors.

Camp sessions emphasized soccer fundamentals. The Bearcats worked on ball control, passing, dribbling, heading, defense and shooting.

Bearcats head coach Jamie Ard, who led his 2011 team to an outstanding 12-2 record, the best in school history,   assisted Coach Gill with camp instruction,

“We are fortunate to have Coach Gill come to Bainbridge and instruct our players each summer,” Coach Ard said. “He teaches them the importance of team play.”