Fayette County


World Cup win shines light on Starr’s Mill

In front of a framed Kelley O’Hara jersey at Peachtree City’s Mike and C’s Family Sports Grill, Starr’s Mill head coach John Bowen and players Katie McCormick, Abby Adams, Paige Betsill, and Chayla Park take a break while filming a segment for 11 Alive.


Starr’s Mill High School alum Kelley O’Hara must be riding high after the United States Women’s National Team won the World Cup on Sunday. Her old school sure is enjoying some extra attention. Coach John Bowen and several of his players took a break from offseason training to film a segment for 11alive Tuesday afternoon.
There was plenty to say about the rising popularity of women’s soccer, and, of course, a focus on the pride the all feel in seeing on of their own shine on the world stage.
It’s the continuation of a great year for the Starr’s Mill Lady Panthers soccer program. This spring, they won a state championship to get themselves back on top of AAAAA. Now, they have a favorite player on a World Cup champ.
“It’s been a good year all around,” said Bowen, adding that the new titles will require a change to their uniforms, but a welcome one as both teams depict their championship on their kits. “We kind of joked about it earlier. We’ve ruined our jerseys by winning our sixth title, and they ruined their jerseys by winning their third.”
The time is now to celebrate because it won’t be too long before it’s time to get back to work. Both squads have set the bar high for themselves. After ending title droughts they’ll be hungry for more.
“We’ve got to put this year behind us, but at least we know what’s possible now,” said Bowen. “We were kind of like the women’s national team where everyone began to wonder after 16 years. We were never that far away either. It just took this group to get us over the hump, and I’m glad Kelley was part of it.”

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.