McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

March 28, 2013

Skye Edwards "sets a precedent"

By Matt Goisman
Sports Writer

McALESTER — McAlester senior Skye Edwards is no stranger to Buffalo athletics. He’d wrestled and run track in previous years, but neither team fit quite right.

“I wrestled from sophomore year until this year, for the first half of this year, and I almost shut my kidneys down losing too much weight,” Edwards said Tuesday. “I lost 16 pounds in two weeks with a body-fat percentage of 7, so the doctor said that if I didn’t stop losing weight, I could shut my kidneys down.”

Edwards began playing soccer when he joined McAlester United last spring at the request Victor Reich Martins, another McAlester senior and one of Edwards’ best friends. Edwards quickly took to the new sport and, unable to wrestle and wanting something more competitive than track, joined the first varsity soccer team in McAlester High School history this spring.

“There’s a lot more running involved, a lot more action, because we don’t have timeouts,” Edwards said. “It’s like constant running for 40 minutes straight, so you have to be in good shape. You can’t slack off on your endurance and still expect to be good.”

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