Franklin County’s first venture into its own soccer league has been a huge success.

The league closed out play Dec. 2, with final games and a party, with each player receiving a medal for their efforts.

Taking part in this inaugural year were under-6 teams Ace Hardware, coached by Lloyd Alford; Harrison Bail Bonds, coached by Allen Millender, and Best Western Apalach Inn, coached by Brad Blackburn.

The under-8 teams consisted of Marks Insurance Agency, coached by Caleb Kembro; Ace Hardware, coached by Isaac Diaz; and Five Star Home Repair, coached by Shelby Lipscomb.

The under-10 teams were Blue Parrot, coached by Thomas Noffsinger; and Journeys of St George Island, coached by Clint Taylor.

The under-12 teams were Ace Hardware, coached by Richard Herrington; and Shaun Donahoe Real Estate, coached by Craig Hicks.

The under-14 teams consisted of Cates Electric, coached by Greg Sasnett; and Harry A’s Restaurant, coached by Stacey Kirvin.

“We hope to have more interest next year so we can build up the teams in  Eastpoint and Carrabelle,” said Betty J. Sasnett, president of the Franklin County Youth Soccer League.

She thanked the many parents who showed support, as well as those high school students who came out to help at the concession stand or at practices.  These included Stefan Devaughn, Ashley Butler, Alyssa Haney, Ally Millender, Lucas Sasnett, Katie Seger, Julio Ramirez, Austin Carter and Elisha Patriotis. She also said thanks to Ramon Valenzuela, who served as referee coordinator and head referee.

“We greatly appreciate all their help.  We would not have had such a successful season without them,” she said.

Sign-ups for the Franklin County Youth Soccer League are held every August and will be at all schools for registration on the school registration day.