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State championship joy in Admiral Blue
Farragut players motivated to win crown for Brooke, coaches

Upon leaving the hotel for the Class AAA boys soccer state title game against archrival Bearden, Farragut assistant coach Bradley Culbreth had a special request.

“Bradley looked us all in the eye and said, ‘I’m asking you to do this not just for us, but please do this for my little sister,’” senior Brendan Cook said about winning the game for the late Brooke Culbreth. “You looked around the room and everyone was silent. Coming over on the bus we all had that gut-wrenching feeling.”

The Admirals came through.

“From the beginning of this year, my boys, the seniors, promised me that they would win a state championship for our family, that we lost our daughter who’s been our manager for four years,” an emotional FHS head coach Wallie Culbreth said about his late daughter, as FHS clipped Bearden 5-4 to win the state crown Saturday, May 26, in Murfreesboro.

“They came back and met their promise. … and we were going to go to the graveyard and hang a state champion medal on her tombstone.” That took place less than 24 hours later.

Brooke, a 2006 FHS graduate who was a beloved part of Admiral boys soccer, died last September.

Senior standout sweeper Nic Paulocci added, “We put it on our shoulders that we needed to do it for them, because they had given us so much.”

The FHS skipper said, “I love these kids, and they kept their promise.

“ And my little girl, I know she’s looking down and smiling big.”


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