Month: July 2008

Parkview Kids Soccer Camp Returns Monday

The annual camp for children age 5 up to middle school, run by the Parkview High School Viking’s players. It’s an opportunity for local youth to get some training, have some fun and meet the players.

Parkview Vikings Kid’s Soccer Camp

    Monday, August 4th – Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
    6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Come join us at the 2007 Parkview High School Soccer Camp!
• All levels of players welcome and encouraged to attend
• Registration open to individual players and/or team registrations (Pre-K through 8th grade)
• Coached by PHS staff and players
• Low player/coach ratio
• Positive reinforcement
• T-Shirt and Snacks for campers

This camp is offered to give every boy and girl the chance to improve their skills and become a better player. We are proud of our program and want you to meet our awesome PHS players and coaching staff. All money raised goes towards improvements to our field or to help our program.

Campers need to bring: a “Soccer Attitude”, water bottle w/name, soccer ball, shin guards and cleats or tennis shoes. This year we will meet on our field which is west of the JFK Stadium and just south of the skate park on Thelma.

The cost is $35.00 (checks payable to PHS Soccer Booster Club), if you have any questions please call LaDonna Hansen at 773-2675

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Luke Prater Featured in Wartburg Knights Preseason Outlook

Missouri State Cup: U18s Swanner United vs Springfield SCThe Wartburg Knights have a new head coach this year and he’ll be relying on Kickapoo and Springfield SC’s Luke Prater to help the squad return to the NCAA Tournament:

This year’s squad, looking to extend the program’s run of national tournament appearances to six, will work around the defense.

A quintet, featuring senior Robert Acosta of Tucson, Ariz.; junior Matt Haager of Bettendorf; and sophomores Luke Prater of Springfield, Mo., and Kyle McKenna of Davenport each played 20-or-more matches last fall. They’re part of the recent success by Knights’ defenses, allowing 15 goals or less in each of the last two years. McKenna and Prater each gained postseason awards by being placed on the All-Iowa Conference second team.

The photo is from State Cup 2007, one of Luke’s fierce looks!

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Missouri Nets Two Parade All-Americans

SLUH Billikens Defeat DeSmet Spartans Missed this announcement back in late May but it’s worth posting now. From the St Louis Post-Dispatch:

In 1980, St. Mary’s High senior Keith Meyer was honored by Parade magazine as its high school boys player of the year. This year’s All-America team, which will be featured in the Parade Magazine in the Sunday Post-Dispatch, will include two area standouts — SLUH’s Tommy Meyer and DeSmet’s Will Bruin. Tommy, (who is) Keith’s son, was also named to the Parade team last year.

Meyer, who stands 6 feet 2 and weighs 170 pounds, will begin his collegiate career in the fall at Indiana University, his father’s alma mater. Keith Meyer, also a defender, helped the Hoosiers capture their first two national championships in 1982 and 1983.

Will Bruin (pictured in a game against DeSmet October 13th 2007), a 6-foot-2, 195-pound striker, was a two-time All-Metro selection who had 29 goals and 16 assists last fall as a senior, completing his Spartans career with 103 goals and 39 assists. He will also attend and play at IU.

They’ll be joined by Graham Basecke, Glendale Falcons/Springfield SC, in the Fall of 2009.

And who can name Springfield’s only Parade All-American soccer player?

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Tommy Tombridge Commits To Northwestern Wildcats

Region 2 U16 Semifinal - Springfield SC vs Michigan WolvesSpringfield, and Springfield SC, has another representative in the Big 10. Goalkeeper Tommy Tombridge (Kickapoo 2009) verbally committed to the Wildcats a week ago, where he’ll play for Head Coach Tim Lenahan at the campus on Lake Michigan, in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, IL.

Unlike many of the players I’ve talked to about their recruiting experience, playing college ball wasn’t necessarily on his radar screen. A bit hard to imagine with an older brother who is part of the squad at Washington University (Bryson, Kickapoo 2007) and a club team that will likely see every single player go onto to college ball, it was just a question of time for this young man. So despite carrying a 30 ACT score into the recruiting fray along with his considerable skills, it’s another reminder that goalkeepers are a special breed.

The wake up call came last year after the Springfield SC U16’s lost to the eventual regional champion Michigan Wolves in the semifinals of the Region 2 tournament. Soon after his return to Springfield he began to receive email invitations to consider attending College Camp programs from half a dozen coaches interested in introducing their program to him (NCAA rules limit the contact to that level apparently). He attended the Goalkeeper Camp at Marquette the summer of 2007 and continued his training with Springfield SC, and more importantly Jesse Miech, now GK coach at Clemson University. It wasn’t until March of this year, following the Dallas Cup, that Northwestern became part of the recruiting picture. It was there that Lenahan first saw him play, on the recommendation of the Akron Zip’s coaching staff who saw the team at the Disney Cup the previous December.

Interspersed among these Showcase opportunities, Tommy had begun identifying programs he was interested in and contacting them. He also took the ACT test. Twice! So when the opportunity arose in Dallas, he was ready. Coach Lenehan saw the first game, a 3-2 win. While that never hurts, the feedback Tombridge received later was that his academic results were a requirement before Northwestern would even talk to him. That, along with the earlier recommendation, are what brought Northwestern to his sideline among the many options available to a coach at the Dallas Cup.

NCAA rules don’t allow direct contact at that point but an invitation to visit the Northwestern campus was extended. Tommy did his overnight visit in April, when the Club team was scheduled to be in Rockford IL for MRL games. April in Chicago can be pretty darn nice (in between the snow showers that are always possible) and the Coaches, team and campus made a big impression on him.

There was still more to be done however with additional discussions continuing with programs like Wisconsin, Bradley, Missouri State and Tulsa among others. And then in April, once Coach Miech arrived on campus at Clemson, Tommy was suddenly on the radar screen for an ACC team as well.

I asked Jeremy Alumbaugh, Director of Soccer Operations at Springfield SC, about Tommy and the recruiting process. He had some very interesting things to offer:

Recruiting is an especially difficult process for goalkeepers. There are always questions. The games at Regionals as well as the Showcase events the boys qualified for this year test the entire team and allow constant evaluation. That plays an important role.

More importantly though, Tommy is a player who is focused on pushing himself to the top. I’ve worked with some excellent goalkeepers, from Matt Modersohn (MSU), Brad Guzan (2 time national champ with the Chicago Magic, now at Fulham) as well as Matt Pickens and Lance Parker. Only Guzan came close to Tommy’s work rate. He just likes to work. The individual effort he has put in has taken his game up significantly and is going to help him reach the next level.

Penn State Nittany Lions at Northwestern WildcatsThe final decision for Tommy came down to Clemson and Northwestern. ACC or Big Ten. After attending the Northwestern camp in mid-July, he had verbal offers from both programs and a decision to make. It’s the purple of the Wildcats that we’ll be following. His decision was based upon the academic opportunities, with a major still to be determined. He’s not admitting to any need to be closer to home but that’s OK, I’ll accept that answer. The Northwestern home field has to qualify as one of the most scenic in the Midwest. That’s Ann Cook, Springfield native and assistant at Penn State, pictured at a game last Fall I covered. Lake Michigan is located a stone’s throw behind her in this photo, with the campus stretching for a significant distance along the lake.

I also have a better idea of how I’ll be spending my birthday this year. Northwestern renews their rivalry with SLU, playing at Hermann Stadium on Tuesday September 30th at 7:00 pm. They last played to a 1-1 draw in an exhibition game last August. Before that, Northwestern knocked the Billikens out in the 2nd round of the NCAA playoffs in 2006 enroute to a Quarterfinal finish.

So I’m a happy camper. I’m looking forward to watching the battles between Devon Newport and Tombridge in the future. Club teammates now, college foes soon. Now I’m off to figure out who “Explosions In The Sky” is, Tommy’s pre-game music choice. Congrats Christopher ‘Tommy’ Tombridge! UPDATE – as noted, the other Big 10 player (besides Rachel Lavoy at Purdue) will be Graham Basecke who will be playing for the Indiana Hoosiers. That’s what I get for finishing this story at 2:30 am dubai escort

Lake of the Ozarks West Side Soccer League Registration Ends August 31st

The West Side Soccer League will be holding registration until Aug. 31. Forms can be picked up at Laurie City Hall or Scotty’s Drive-In in Sunrise Beach. The cost is $25 per child with a maximum of $65 per family.

The first 100 kids to sign up will receive a certificate for a free soccer ball.

You can contact Don Dutton at 374-1235 with any questions regarding playing in the league, as well as sponsoring or coaching a escorts