Tuscola’s Huppe signs with Presbyterian College2013 WNCAC Player of the Year scored 54 goals in year his career
Tuscola High School senior center midfielder Steven Huppe capped a decorated prep career by committing to continue his academic and athletic career on a soccer scholarship.
In a ceremony in the media center, Huppe signed his national letter of intent to attend Presbyterian College on Friday, Feb. 28.
Huppe served the Mountaineers as their captain for three seasons and was the 2013 WNC Athletic Conference’s Soccer Player of the Year and voted Tuscola’s Most Valuable Player. He also was selected to the All-WNCAC first team four times and the N.C. Soccer Coaches Assocation’s all-region team three times.
“PC is a smaller DI school that I felt comfortable at and the coaches are great people,” said Huppe. “I love the atmosphere on campus and I also love the area, it’s close to Lake Hartwell, where my family spends the summers. That is definitely a bonus to me.
“I plan to ultimately earn an engineering degree and Presbyterian has a 3-2 split with Clemson University. I can go to PC for three years, play soccer, earn a degree in general education with a minor in physics, and then go to Clemson for two years to earn an engineering degree. Or I can get a degree and play four years of soccer at Presbyterian and then move on to Clemson to complete an engineering degree. It just means I have options.”
In Huppe’s four-year varsity career at Tuscola, he scored 54 goals and 40 assists.
For his club team, the Highland Football Club 95 Red, Huppe was a key component to a pair of top-four finishes at the NCYSA State Cup and an FC Alliance Fall Classic Championship as well as a trip to the 2013 USYSA Regionals for Region III.
“I am thrilled that we have been able to add another good class to our program this year,” said Presbyterian College men’s head soccer coach Bret Boulware. “They show a lot of promise and I look forward to the fall to begin working with them. As individuals they have demonstrated quality both on the field and in the classroom, but more importantly, each one is a first-class young man.”
The Presbyterian Blue Hose are members of the Big South Conference.