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Ninety 20-minute games were played throughout the day. Other highlights included booster fundraising, sports vendors and a soccer ball juggling contest. More than 30 local businesses and organizations helped to sponsor the event.
Teams were comprised of high school and middle school student athletes as well as players from American Youth Soccer Organization teams from as far away as the Spring Cove school district in Blair County.
“We try to give the local athletes an opportunity to play soccer and have a great time,” tournament director Shawn Walshaw-Wertz said.
“We were so happy to have such a great turnout again this year and the local community once again surpassed our expectations by supporting our event and our student athletes.”
Players gave back to the community that so generously helped to sponsor the tournament. The Line Mountain Soccer Boosters challenged the teams to collect soda tabs for donations to the Ronald McDonald House in Danville, which helps families stay close to children who need to travel to the Geisinger Medical Center for necessary treatments.
In all, the players collected more than 172 pounds of soda tabs.
“It’s great to have a venue that allows the kids to give back,” Walshaw-Wertz said. “Last year we collected 50 pounds and this year we more than tripled that. Outstanding!”
Tournament divisional champions included:
• Shikellamy, high school boys.
• Berwick, high school girls.
• Mifflinburg, middle school boys.
• East Juniata, middle school girls.
• Midd-West, 12/U AYSO co-ed.
• Middleburg, 10/U AYSO boys.
• Shamokin, 10/U AYSO girls.
Although the only local champion was Line Mountain’s own Lightning Eagles, they were the big winners of the day for collecting more than half of the soda tabs that will be put toward helping children in need.