By John Davis, Sports Editor

Nikki Kesler is headed to Itawamba Community College to play soccer for the Lady Indians. She is following in the footsteps of his sister Kelsey, who plays softball for ICC. <>

Kesler said ICC soccer coach David Strother was very interested in her and his style is how she plays currently.

“They want to attack in numbers and defend in numbers,” she said. “It’s a nice campus. I want to major in BSM with is a bachelors of science in nursing. It’s a great school overall. They’re more concerned about your academics than sports. That’s another positive thing.”

Kesler said she will probably be living with fellow Lafayette teammate, Ana Branch, when she gets to Fulton. At first, Kesler said she wanted to be out of state, but then she realized that she wouldn’t be able to come home like she wanted to.

The Lady Commodores advanced to the MHSAA Class 4A north state title match, and Kesler seemed pleased with the season.

“I would say that I have played pretty well but I wouldn’t say that I’ve reached my max,” she said. “I feel like I can always do better. That’s just the type of person that I am. I would rather criticize myself and get better that way.”

Melinda Scruggs said that Strother came to the Corinth playoff match to check up on Kesler.

“He was so excited to see what they were doing. Nikki was able to put her outside mid role out there and he was able to see how versatile she is as a player,” Scruggs said. “She can play in the back, she can play in the midfield. Obviously that’s a strong point for her.”

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