Hickory's Boston wins County's Kicker of the Year!

Hickory's Boston wins County's Kicker of the Year!
Posted on 01/07/2019
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Hickory’s Boston wins Catawba County

“Kicker of the Year”

 

Harrison Boston, a senior at Hickory High, could probably play a pretty mean “kick the can” during his free time.

Growing up, he never realized that “kicking” would prove to be such an asset through high school athletics.

Soccer has been Boston’s athletic passion from early childhood through every season at Hickory High. He primarily played as goalie for his team.

But Boston’s talented “kick” was noticed early on by his goalie coach, Coach Bruno Ramos, who encouraged Boston to try kicking for the HHS Tornado football team.

“When I began kicking, I never thought I would enjoy it as much as I did,” said Boston.  “I became the HHS starting kicker and punter for three years and continued to be goalie for soccer.”    

It’s because of this special talent that Catawba Shoe and WNNC recently recognized Boston as the “Catawba County Kicker of the Year!” The award was recently presented to Boston at HHS by Catawba Shoe Manager, Trent Peeples, based on Boston’s outstanding record this season: Harrison Boston scored 59 points; was 34/36 in extra points; and 8/9 in field goal attempts including kicks of 45 and 46 yards.

According to Boston, his career stats include a long field goal of 47 yards and a career long punt of 63 yards which tied with former kicker Ryan Succop's punt record at Hickory High. Succop now kicks for the Tennessee Titans. Boston was also recognized as the Conference Special Teams Player of the Year for both 2017 and 2018, and his HHS soccer and football teams were recognized as All-Conference for 2018.

“I was fortunate to be blessed with a natural ability to kick and to have great coaches who gave me the opportunity to play both soccer and football,” said Boston.

The son of Geff and Amy Boston, Harrison has enjoyed the opportunity to play soccer with his brother, Ben, a sophomore at HHS.

“I am thankful to Catawba Shoe Store/WNNC for sponsoring this award, which was voted by coaches from across Catawba County. I am also thankful to my coaches including football coaches, Russell Stone and Bruno Ramos, and my soccer coaches, Brian Jillings and Bobby Dettelbach.”

As for his future, Boston plans to attend a four-year college and study engineering. “I currently don’t have plans to ‘kick’ on the college-level, but I will always leave the doors open,” said Boston. “In the meantime, I am honored and proud to have received this special award.” 

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Photo ID: (Front, L-R:) Geff Boston, Trent Peeples, Harrison Boston, Russell Stone; 2nd row, L-R: HHS Principal, Katherine Morningstar, Brian Jillings, Bruno Ramos, Amy Boston, Ben Boston; joined by Harrison Boston’s HHS classmates)

(Post and photo by Beverly Snowden, HPS director of communications) More photos can be found on the Hickory Public Schools Facebook page.