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Quality, not quantity, at Mason-Dixon

Smaller Mason-Dixon cup still draws plenty

Smaller Mason-Dixon cup still draws plenty

June 23, 2002|by MARK KELLER

keller@herald-mail.com

There wasn't much shade to be found at the Hagerstown Soccer Club on Saturday afternoon.

While hundreds of parents sat in their fold-up chairs along the sidelines - some covering themselves with umbrellas, others braving the sun's rays with only sunglasses and hats - Don Eshleman might have found himself the best seat in the house.

Eshleman, of Lancaster, Pa., sat on the sidewalk of a house adjacent to the front fields of the Paul C. Mellott Soccer Complex, well protected from the hot sun by several shade trees. He sipped at a bottle of lemonade as he waited to watch his grandson play.

"It's one of the best seats. I don't think (the home owners) will mind me sitting here," Eshleman said. "The sun doesn't seem to bother the younger ones as much."

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The sun didn't bother the players as the 12th annual Mason-Dixon Cup got underway. Forty-four teams in nine divisions particpated in the tournament, which began at 8 a.m. Saturday morning and continues through this afternoon.

Teams from all over the Tri-State area - Boonsboro, Waynesboro, Middletown, Frederick - and beyond (Laurel, Fort Washington, Damascus, Mount Airy) converged on Hagerstown for the weekend tournament.

Director Rudy Krumpe had always wanted to put together an event like this in the Hagerstown area, and he's been pleasantly surprised with the progress the tournament has made.

"It's grown more than I ever thought it would," Krumpe said. "We had to move the date this year and that hurt us a little bit. We ran into a little numbers problem, but it's still a good turnout."

Krumpe had a shady seat of his own behind the concession stand, but that didn't keep him out of the heat. He was being pulled in every direction - from coaches inquiring about the tournament brackets to referees needing directions to a particular field.

It seems being the director of a soccer tournament doesn't allow a person to watch very much soccer.

"I got to see the U-15 nationals play half of their game this morning," Krumpe said. "It's not usually this hectic. I get someone to spell me here now and then so I can get out and watch a little bit."

Games begin this morning at 8. The final game of the day is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

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