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Furseth makes history by signing with U of M

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Munford senior Erik Furseth is joined by his parents, Rebecca Robbins and Steven Furseth, as well as coach Kyle Selby and teammates while he signs a soccer scholarship with the University of Memphis. Photo by Jeff Ireland

There have been a few athletes from Tipton County high schools over the years who have signed Division 1 athletic scholarships over the years. 

But Munford senior Erik Furseth, who inked a soccer scholarship with the University of Memphis last Thursday, is believed to be the first person from the county to sign a D-1 soccer scholarship. 

“I don't know of any others,” Munford coach Kyle Selby said. 

Furseth, who has been Munford's starting goalkeeper since he was a freshman, saved 90 percent of the 819 shots he faced from 2011 to 2013. 

“First off, Erik is a hard worker,” Selby said. “You see kids all the time telling you they're the best, he'll show you he's the best.”

Furseth has been an important piece of Munford's emergence from a program that was mediocre at best five years ago to one that regularly competes for district titles. 

He started all but two games during his first three years on the team. 

“One thing I haven't had to worry about is keeper,” Selby said. 

When Furseth sat down for a signing photo Thursday, he got his teammates to stand with him. 

“It wasn't just me,” Furseth said. “If it wasn't for my team, I wouldn't be here.”

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