Category: Represent


Kickapoo Soccer Alums Face Off in US Open Cup Tuesday

Dane Kelly, Charleston Battery, tangles with Skyler Russell, Orlando City, as they scramble for the ball at Blackbaud Stadium on May 28, 2014.

The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup has reached the fourth round and it offers a tasty morsel for fans of Springfield Soccer and more specifically, the Kickapoo Chiefs. Tuesday night the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer will host the Orlando City U23 PDL squad. Orlando City advanced by beating the Charleston Battery of USL Pro.


It’s like the St Louis Cardinal’s facing their Single A team, that had to beat the Springfield Cardinals to advance in the tournament. The Top Division in US Soccer, Major League Soccer, facing a Fourth Division team from the Professional Development League (PDL), made up primarily of college players in a Summer League. The college player is Skyler Russell, the pro Jack Jewsbury. Continue reading “Kickapoo Soccer Alums Face Off in US Open Cup Tuesday”


Brionna Halverson Invited to National ODP Camp

Brionna Halverson, Bolivar Liberators May 3, 2014 by

Eighteen girls from the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) have been invited to participate in the US Youth Soccer ODP Girls 1999 National Camp, June 15-22 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The camp will coincide with the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team Camp, and US Youth Soccer players will be evaluated for possible participation in U.S. National Team events.

Players were selected based on noteworthy participation in US Youth Soccer ODP and by recommendation by US Youth Soccer Regional Coaches. US Youth Soccer ODP players will get the chance to improve their playing proficiencies with unique training activities, including two scrimmages against the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team. Read more at USYSA.

Brionna is one of six players from Region II invited to the camp. For those paying attention this year, Continue reading “Brionna Halverson Invited to National ODP Camp”

Camdenton Lady Lakers class of 2014

Whitney Snow Sets Missouri Soccer Scoring Record

Camdenton Lady Lakers class of 2014
Whitney Snow scores on header in final home game, 18 May 2014

Senior Whitney Snow of the Camdenton Lakers made her final game a memorable one. In the Class 3 District 10 semifinal, Snow scored on a corner kick early in the first half to tie the game at Waynesville. It would be the only goal for the Lakers who were eliminated in a hard fought match with a controversial game-winner. As noted by the story in the Waynesville Guide

It was announced that Snow’s goal gave her 143 points on the season, which is a new state record. The previous record was 142. Snow scored 59 goals (players receive two points per goal) and 25 assists this season.

Total Points (2x goals + assists)
Name, School, Year, Gr, Goal, Assist, TP
Whitney Snow, Camdenton, 2014, Sr, 59, 25, 143
Whitney Smith, Platte County, 2010, Sr, 65, 12, 142
Michaella Fulmer, O’Hara, 2005, So, 60, 7, 127
Bethany Coons, Union, 2012, Fr, 55, 13, 123
Kaylee Smith, Platte County, 2008, Jr, 41, 35, 117

Missouri High School Girls Soccer Records

Whitney Snow, Missouri Elite FCWhitney has signed to play at Southwest Baptist University where she’ll trade the purple of the Lakers for the purple of the Bearcats. The signing announcement summarized her career well:

Whitney comes to SBU after a very successful high school and club career where she will be a 3-Time All-State Player in Missouri. Considered one of the best players ever to come out of Camdenton and coached by one of the state’s most respected coaches in JD Hunter, Whitney will be a 3-Time All-State Player, 2-Time Conference- Co-Offensive Player of the Year, 3 Time All-Conference Performer, 3-Time All-Central Missouri Performer, 2-Time All-District Player of the Year, and numerous other honors. “SBU is a good Christian school with excellent academics and a very good and improving soccer program,” said Whitney. Whitney will major in Education with plans on being certified in both Missouri and New York as a teacher.

Whitney played club soccer with Missouri Elite FC out of Springfield, Missouri.

On a related note, Head Coach JD Hunter of the Camdenton Lakers has announced his retirement after 17 years leading the girls program. He’s pictured below with his final senior class. Well done Coach and enjoy all that free time!

Camdenton Lady Lakers class of 2014
Head Coach JD Hunter with seniors #17 Danica Brewer, Grace Scheidemantle #24, Kareli Macias #16, Whitney Snow and Morgan Henry

Kitchen 5v5 Tournament Registration Deadline TODAY

The 2nd Annual 5v5 Soccer Tournament to benefit The Kitchen Medical Clinic is now two weeks away. More importantly, the registration deadline is a week away. This event, created by a group of Springfield Catholic graduates, delivers 100% of the registration money to the non-profit clinic located on Commercial Street. Round up six friends and compete!

The Facebook Event

When: Friday August 2nd
Middle School (Rising 6th-8th grade)
High School (Rising freshmen –seniors)
Adult (18+)

Register your team by Friday July 26. Each team must pay a $50 registration fee. Registration Link

All proceeds benefit The Kitchen Medical Clinic. The Kitchen Clinic provides services with the support and cooperation of the professional health care community and the dedicated services of hundreds of volunteers. Services are provided through grants, cash donations, generous contributions of medical supplies, over-the-counter medicines and prescription drugs.

Tommy Tombridge Faces Leo Messi Tonight at 6pm

tommy tombridge northwesternTommy Tombridge, Northwestern 2013/Kickapoo 2009, will be in goal tonight representing “the rest of the world” in the live broadcast of Leo Messi and Friends from Soldier Field in Chicago.

Game time is 6:00 pm and it will be broadcast live on ESPN

Via the Chicago Business Journal – The list of international soccer stars who will play in the Messi & Friends vs. the Rest of the World soccer game at Soldier Field on July 6 has changed just days before the event and will also feature former Northwestern University soccer players, event organizers said. That includes former Chaminade/Northwestern player David Roth.

UPDATED – a more recent story provides the list of players (see below) which includes #1, Tommy Tombridge, goalkeeper!

The announcement comes after a Messi & Friends match scheduled for tonight in Los Angeles was canceled yesterday “due to irreconcilable issues with the local promoter.” The Chicago game, however, is being staged separately by Miami-based event company Numero 5 and is still scheduled to take place.

“I am happy that this upcoming event is coming together, and am glad I can be a part of it,” Lionel Messi said in a statement.

A press conference featuring Mr. Messi and other select players is scheduled for Friday night. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday at Soldier Field. It’s also scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN. Read more.

david-roth-tommy-tombridge-leo-messiAs his Head Coach at Northwestern, Tim Lenahan noted on Tommy’s Facebook profile – What makes this story great is that Tommy will probably playing in his last game as he just committed to becoming a Pilot and officer in the US Air Force which is a 10 year commitment. Great way to go out!

UPDATE – Tommy, in goal for Leo Messi’s side, was part of the ESPN Top Ten Saturday, earning the #1 spot, as his former teammate buried a bicycle.

I’ve got dozens of shots of Tommy through the years but this is the one I used to illustrate his College Recruitment story, from the Region II tournament semifinal in 2007 against the Michigan Wolves. Good luck as you pursue your next challenge Tommy, the Air Force made a good choice. There are almost 600 photos in a Flickr set of the two year run the boys had earning State titles.

Tommy Tombridge, Springfield SC
Tommy with save against MI Wolves, 2007 Region II semifinal