Statistics can be great, and they’re an integral part of sports. Whether its the past, present, or the future, stats will remain to play a vital role in the world of sports.

After all, stats tell the story about whether or not an athlete has had a banner year, and most all coaches are judged by the bottom line, and the most important stat of all — wins and losses.

But, sometimes, even stats don’t tell the entire story about an athlete.

Sometimes, an athlete’s importance to his/her team goes well beyond the bottom line on a stat sheet.

Take Somerset’s Anna Reeves for instance.

Sure, her career stats on the soccer field were absolutely glowing, and on par with any opponent she went up against.

However, Anna Reeves importance to the Somerset Lady Briar Jumpers went far beyond a simple number, and that’s a large part of the reason why Reeves is going to have the opportunity to play soccer at the next level.

Earlier this week, the Somerset senior signed with the University of the Cumberlands, and Lady Patriot head coach Aron Bassoff is simple ecstatic that he has the Honorable Mention All-Stater on his soccer team for the next four years.

“Anna is a hard working player who has a great attitude and athleticism,” pointed out Bassoff. “I think being in the college environment will help her continue to improve. She has a great upside, and we look forward to the next four years with her.”

Reeves had a sensational senior season last fall for the Lady Jumpers, notching 10 goals and three assists on the year from her sweeper position.

However, she was so much more valuable to her club.

Reeves served as Somerset’s team captain last year, and she was a member of the All-District Team for three seasons, 2004, 2005, and 2006, and she was also a member of the Commonwealth Journal’s All-County Team as a junior and senior.

Reeves was voted to the Class A All-Tournament Team in 2005, and she was named to this past year’s All-Region Team, while making the All-State squad as an Honorable Mention selection.

Reeves was also named as Somerset’s Most Valuable Player for the 2006 season, and she was voted as the Lady Jumpers Defensive Player of the Year for the 2004, 2005, and 2006 seasons.

In short, Anna Reeves was the heart and soul throughout her career for the Somerset Lady Jumper soccer team, and nobody knows that any better than the man who coached her at Somerset during an outstanding prep career — coach Bill Hamilton.

“Put it this way, there’s a lot of people in this region that are glad that Anna Reeves is gone, and I just think that’s probably the biggest compliment those coaches can give her, and that’s the fact they’re all glad to see her leave,” stated Hamilton.

“She did a phenomenal job for us at the sweeper position, and I’ve told a lot of people when talking about her, that she was just a little girl with a very big heart,” Hamilton added. “I can tell you this. If you had 11 Anna Reeves’ on the field, it would be a coach’s dream.”

As for Reeves herself, having the opportunity to play at the University of the Cumberlands — a place close to home — was one of the biggest reasons why she chose to continue both, her academic and soccer careers at the tiny school located in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity I have to go down there and play,” stated Reeves. “It’s a small school, but it’s also close to home and my family will be able to come down there and watch me play, and that was important to me.”

Reeves, a noted leader who left it all out on the field, says she will have no problem taking on a leadership role at the next level, once she gets to Cumberland and gets adjusted to the college game.

“I know I’ll be really shy and probably be nervous when I get there, but once I can get adjusted to the college game and get to know my teammates, if I need to take on a leadership role, I will have no problem doing that,” said Reeves.

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