Southwest All-Stars

The 2010 game, which will be the 6th annual event for the Boys and the 5th annual event for the Girls, will be played on Tuesday June 22nd at Springfield Catholic High School.

What: 2010 Southwest All-Star Game
When: Tuesday June 22nd
6:00 pm – Girls game
8:00 pm – Boys game
Where: Springfield Catholic High School

The Boy’s team was announced in November and the Girls team will be announced on June 1st.

This event, first played in December 2004, featured a Boys game with two squads created from a list of 30 boys. Played at the Cooper Soccer Complex, at the time the home of the Missouri State Bears soccer program, the game is dedicated to recognizing High School seniors who have exhibited skill and leadership on the pitch. The players in that initial game consider it a significant event in their High School playing career, despite the weather and difficulties associated with establishing anything new.

Organized that first year by Springfield Soccer Club, the second year the website joined as a principal organizer. Here is what Lebanon High School Soccer Coach Mike Gow has to say about the origins of the game and it’s first incarnation:

Around three years ago I mentioned the idea to Jeff Rogers (Glendale HS), Tom Davidson (Kickapoo HS), Mike Howard (Rolla HS) and few other coaches and they all thought it was a great idea. So I got serious about the game, and wanting to see it happen, I started to contact a few more coaches to see if they had any players they would like to see in this event.

I then had a conversation with the MSHSAA and was informed that I, as a High School coach, couldn’t be involved in the setting up of the game. That is when Jeremy and Springfield Soccer Club stepped in and made it happen. It was a really good first year event. The weather was terrible but the kids had as good of a time as they could. There were a few college coaches from outside the area there to watch and the boys I know who participated had a good time in spite of their frostbite and soaking wet clothes.

2004 Southwest Missouri Senior All-Star Game

North Team
GK Dustin Miller Hillcrest
D Jacob Basecke Glendale
D Nick Baltz Glendale
D Michael Gow, Jr. Lebanon
D Bryan Dalton Rolla
D Nick Pfeiffer Carthage
D Joel Jones Camdenton
M Brennon Shockley Rolla
M Kyle White Rolla
M Alex Neely Waynesville
M Brandon LaMar Waynesville
M Chris Dunbar Waynesville
M Steven Whitney Camdenton
M Adam Gagnon Camdenton
F Rob Clements Glendale
F Matt Allen Hillcrest
F Stephen Williams Rolla
F Lucas Shepherd Carthage

South Team
GK Chad Evenson Kickapoo
GK Scott Bartkoski Neosho
D Josh Florez Parkview
D Ryan Mihalik Parkview
D Jonathan White Joplin
D Jason Loden Joplin
D Nick Hay Kickapoo
M Patrick Carver Parkview
M Evan Lord Parkview
M Tyler Clarke Parkview
M Sean Grubb Joplin
M Nathan Schollmeyer Kickapoo
M Jason Schloss West Plains
M Brian Fishback Parkview
F Adam McKay Parkview
F Mike Sides Neosho
F Matt Holloway Neosho
F Justin Alford Poplar Bluff

MVP’s for the first game were Jacob Basecke for the North squad and Adam McKay for the South squad.

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