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04/27/03

Soccer Tournament Remembers Former Player

From age 11 to 18, Kyle Todd played for the Jackson County Sharks under Coach Cooper Kimbrell. The Sharks were down by one, but that didn't stop them from giving it their all--something Kyle always did.

"Kyle was always at every practice, every game. He'd come to the house and they'd kick the ball around," said Coach Cooper Kimbrell.

Coach Kimbrell said even if you didn't like soccer, Kyle would make sure you knew he did.

"He was constantly talking about soccer balls, kicking them in the house. In fact, I have holes in different parts of the house because he and Cooper would play in the hall, knock things down, break things, said the coach."

Todd's long-time best friend Cooper Kimbrell, Jr. now coaches the Sharks. The star player is his brother Kyle Kimbrell, who was named after another great player and friend - Kyle Todd.

Coach Kimbrell said he's sure Todd is looking down from heaven, loving every minute of the tournament.

"Kyle's probably laughing about it. And I think he would be real proud, very proud."

The Sharks didn't win the game, but they say it's not about winning. It's about playing the game for Todd.

Todd was murdered in December of 2001 during a visit home from college. His killer is serving 20 years in prison for his crime.

by Jennifer Holliman

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