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Charity all-star game good for net results

November 19, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

Sidelined by chemotherapy treatments, Zach Tanner gave his dad, Steve, the extra motivation last year to finally organize a Maryland vs. Pennsylvania boys soccer all-star game for area players.

Thursday, Tanner, a standout midfielder at Waynesboro and cancer survivor, will help lead Public Opinion's Pennsylvania team against The Herald-Mail's Maryland squad in the second annual Four Diamonds Senior All-Star Game at Rip Engle Stadium in Waynesboro.

All the of the game's proceeds will go to the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Fund. Last year's game raised more than $1,000 for the cause.

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"That kind of gave me the jump start for it," said Steve Tanner, the Waynesboro soccer coach. "I always thought it would be a neat idea, because we all play in the summer league together and indoors in the winter, but we never really see each other in the fall when we're at full strength.

"It's a natural rivalry. It was all set up just waiting for someone to say, 'Let's play.'"

Now, Zach Tanner can help the cause with his play.

"Last year at this time, he was doing chemotherapy and looking poor - bald head, no eyebrows," Steve Tanner said. "It seems like a long time ago. ... I'm sure he's happy to be back down on the pitch than sitting in the stands with me."

The Herald-Mail's Maryland team, looking to even the series after last year's 1-0 loss, will be comprised of seniors from the All-Washington County teams.

The players are: North Hagerstown's Dan Ryan, Brandon Bell, Matt Morin and Tim Evans; Williamsport's Rhet Troxell, Tyler Cannon, Jeremy Draper, Chris Ciccarelli and Josh Bowers; Smithsburg's Russell Hoyt and Gerry Spessard; Clear Spring's Ben Sigler and Brad Turner; St. Maria Goretti's Anthony Aziz, Matt Enriquez and Mike Burke; Boonsboro's Jason Muntz; South Hagerstown's Thomas Mitterndorfer and Andrew Corson; and St. James' Tom Davis and Jordan Ottley.

"Last year was a really competitive match. They got an early lead and we put the heat on them," said Williamsport coach Stan Stouffer, who's heading up the Maryland squad. "We tell them to have fun but, at the same time, to play some good soccer and put on a good show. We want to win it, but we're also keeping in mind the true meaning of the game."

Joining Tanner on Public Opinion's Pennsylvania team are: Waynesboro's Nick Kipe and Mark Mishler; Shalom's Josh Tracey; Forbes Road's Cory Hall; Shippensburg's Brett Baker and Eric Chamberlin; James Buchanan's Tyler Appleby; Greencastle-Antrim's Matt Mohler and Danny Oliver; Mercersburg Academy's Austin Mort; Chambersburg's Caleb Davis and David Onomastico; McConnellsburg's Scott Earley; Big Spring's Collin Dalton and Andrew Short; Fannett-Metal's Cole Daniel; and Cumberland Valley Christian's Dom Decker.

"Last year, we had a great time playing and raised some money for kids fighting cancer," Steve Tanner said. "It was a win-win, and lots of the players also saw that.

"But it's also a pride thing. A lot of kids are talking about it."

Game time is 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

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