Williamsport soccer players double their fun

November 18, 1996


Staff Writer

Winning a high school soccer state title wasn't enough for Steve Ritchie and Clayton Llewellyn.

Following Williamsport's 2-1 victory over River Hill for the Class 1A boys' soccer state championship Saturday, Ritchie and Llewellyn left Millersville, Md., for Raleigh, N.C., to join their club team, the Hagerstown Scramblers, in the prestigious Raleigh Cup.

And once again, they came away champions.

The Scramblers defeated Summerville (S.C.) in the under-19 Gold Division championship game Sunday afternoon.

"This was definitely the best weekend of my life for soccer, for sports," said Ritchie, who scored the third and fourth goals in the Scramblers' 4-2 win. He also netted the game-winner against River Hill on Saturday.

Ritchie and Llewellyn left Maryland late Saturday afternoon, stopped for dinner and arrived in Raleigh around 1 a.m. The Scramblers played a semifinal game at 9 a.m., followed by the championship around noon. Ritchie and Llewellyn played in both, making it three soccer matches in 24 hours.


For Ritchie, the extended soccer weekend won't be over until tonight, after he takes part in the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer senior all-star game at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

He will be joined by North Hagerstown's Nathaniel Krumpe and Joe Gossard, Linganore's John Stevens and Paul Clark, Smithsburg's Justin Stevens, South Hagerstown's Joe Mills and Middletown's Paul Parsoneault. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Seniors selected to the MACS all-state teams are eligible for the contest.

Thomas Johnson's Carol Higbee and Linganore's Jenny Loofbourrow will play in the girls' game, which precedes the boys. Higbee was second-team all-state. Loofbourrow was honorable mention.

TJ junior Samantha Meyers was a first-team selection. Middletown junior Meghan Marcantonio was a second-team pick.

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