Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Cincy gets Bigg boost
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 8 Feb 2006, p. 18

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Even though Melissa Bigg will graduate from Acton High School this spring, she'll still be able to call herself a Bearcat when she attends classes at the University of Cincinnati starting in August. The 17-year-old from Limehouse has accepted a scholarship offer from Cincinnati to play for its women's varsity soccer team, which is also known as the Bearcats. But the nickname coincidence obviously wasn't a factor when the A student and star midfielder was being wooed by several Division One U.S. colleges. "The reason I chose Cincinnati was because of all of the support they give you academically," the aspiring teacher said while signing her letter of intent last week at Acton High. "The athletic facilities there are very nice and the coach's personality was also a big factor. It's just a nice place to be." Bigg scored seven times during the Erin Mills Eagles' run to a national under-18 championship this past November in Edmonton and has helped the Bearcats to two Halton high school finals. She has also just been invited to a Canadian Soccer Association training camp and is in the midst of the Ontario Indoor Cup playdowns with her Erin Mills' club team. "Endurance is a big asset for me," Bigg noted. "I have a lot of determination to score goals, but I also want to help out defensively." The Bigg family used to reside in Georgetown South, but parents Andrew and Cidilina decided to purchase a two-acre lot outside of town a few years ago, in large part to accommodate the outdoor activities of their athletically gifted children Melissa, Matthew and Holly. "We had to move out of where we lived because we were constantly chasing soccer balls down the street and all over the neighbourhood," Cidilina sighed. "My husband was going crazy, so he built a full-sized soccer pitch for them in the backyard." Multi-talented Melissa, who is captain of the undefeated Acton senior girls' volleyball team and is badminton MVP, said she'd love to close out her Bearcat (high school) career with a Halton soccer championship this coming May. As for the Cincinnati Bearcats, Bigg is joining a rebuilding squad that has won just 12 games in the past three seasons, but coach Meridy Glenn is excited about the team's six incoming recruits.

Maher, Eamonn
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8 Feb 2006
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Bigg, Melissa ; Glenn, Meridy ; Bigg, Cidilina ; Bigg, Andrew ; Bigg, Matthew ; Bigg, Holly
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Cincy gets Bigg boost