Late EHS stand­out Cain to be hon­ored

The Covington News - - Sports - By Josh Briggs

The legacy of for­mer East­side stu­dent and soc­cer player Chasen (Chase) Cain will live for­ever with those who knew him best. Satur­day morn­ing, the Cov­ing­ton Fam­ily YMCA Out­door Cen­ter will make sure he will never be for­got­ten.

Cain, who lost his life in Oc­to­ber 2004 in a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent, will be hon­ored at the cen­ter lo­cated on Ga. High­way 142 at Stone Road in Ox­ford. The cen­ter will ded­i­cate the Chase Cain Memo­rial Soc­cer Field at 8:30 a.m. fol­lowed by a cer­e­mo­nial goal kick at 8:45 a.m. and games beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Cain played on the Ea­gles’ soc­cer team be­fore grad­u­at­ing in 2004. He was also in­volved in YMCA’s soc­cer pro­gram and worked at the Cov­ing­ton YMCA, where his fa­ther Ed­die is cur­rently a vol­un­teer.

East­side as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal and ath­letic di­rec­tor Den­nis Ro­den­berry re­mem­bers Cain as an avid soc­cer player, but more so, he re­mem­bers a happy-go-lucky stu­dent who drew peo­ple to­gether with his per­son­al­ity.

“Chase was not only a good stu­dent, but he has an out­stand­ing soc­cer player in his own right,” Rod­den­berry said. “He was a fun-loving young man that had an in­fec­tious smile that could warm up even the cold­est in­di­vid­ual.”

Cain made an im­pact in the com­mu­nity be­fore his tragic death as he worked as an af­ter­school coun­selor and re­mained in­volved with the YMCA even as a stu­dent at Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege.

The field will per­ma­nently bear his name as a re­minder of the im­pact Cain made on chil­dren in the com­mu­nity and those at East­side will never for­get as they keep his pic­ture near the tro­phy case in the main com­mons.

“Chase demon­strated a com­pet­i­tive spirit and will be al­ways re­mem­bered as an East­side Ea­gle,” Rod­den­berry said. “The en­tire Cain fam­ily has been in­stru­men­tal parts of the East­side ath­let­ics.”

NFL FOOT­BALL

Rook­ies play prom­i­nent roles early in sea­son for Fal­cons

FLOW­ERY BRANCH, Ga. — When Todd McClure and At­lanta's other 30-some­things first saw all those young guys lin­ing up next to them, they were un­der­stand­ably con­cerned. While the top pick, quar­ter­back Matt Ryan, has got­ten most of the at­ten­tion, the Fal­cons handed start­ing roles to their first three draft choices — all at key po­si­tions.

—As­so­ci­ated Press

NASCAR

Logano done at Hall of Fame Racing

The 18-year-old phe­nom is set to re­place Tony Ste­wart in Joe Gibbs Racing's flag­ship No. 20 next sea­son. The team sched­uled him for a hand­ful of starts in a fourth JGR en­try this year, and loaned him to Hall of Fame for an­other five races.

But his first two races in the No. 96 were a strug­gle. He fin­ished 32nd in his Cup de­but in New Hamp­shire and was 39th last week at Kansas.

Logano was sched­uled to make three more starts for Hall of Fame this year, but in­stead will turn the wheel over to Ken Schrader and fo­cus on the Na­tion­wide Se­ries. Logano's still sched­uled to drive the No. 02 for JGR in At­lanta later this month, and he'll com­pete in the Truck Se­ries and ARCA Se­ries races at Tal­ladega this week­end.

LO­CAL SPORTS

—As­so­ci­ated Press Free­lance sports writ­ers wanted

The Cov­ing­ton News is search­ing for free­lance writ­ers who are in­ter­ested in cov­er­ing high school game sto­ries.

Candidates should posess strong writ­ing skills and a ba­sic un­der­stand­ing of news val­ues and sto­ry­lines.

Please sub­mit your in­for­ma­tion for con­sid­er­a­tion to sports ed­i­tor Josh Briggs at jbriggs@cov­news.com.

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