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Herald-Mail, Public Opinion soccer stars battle for charity

November 17, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

When The Herald-Mail and Public Opinion boys soccer all-star teams square off in the third annual Four Diamonds Senior All-Star Game at Waynesboro High School on Thursday evening, the goals will be the same as those of the first two years.

"A win and a grand, that's what we're looking for," Waynesboro coach and event director Steve Tanner said. "We've raised $1,000 two years in a row, and that's what our No. 1 goal is this year, too."

All proceeds from the Maryland vs. Pennsylvania match will go to the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Fund.

The other goals, well, they're something that The Herald-Mail team - comprised of seniors from the All-Washington County first and second teams and honorable mentions - has fallen short of scoring.

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The Public Opinion's Pennsylvania squad, comprised mostly of Franklin County players, won 1-0 last year and 1-0 in 2002.

"Franklin County always has some tough players," said North Hagerstown coach Glen Singer, who will help guide the Maryland team with other Washington County coaches. "I'm sure it will be an interesting game. The last two years have been pretty tight games, and I would expect the same this time."

The natural rivalry between the states adds to the intrigue.

"We're a kicking-a-soccer-ball distance away from these schools," Tanner said. "But we never face them, so it's always interesting. There's some state and county pride involved. It's a big deal to the players."

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

The Herald-Mail's All-Stars: Boonsboro's Scott Hart, Dan Tonetti, Mike Dowell, Corey Robinson, Caleb Burch and Keisuke Matsumo; Clear Spring's Kris Reese; North Hagerstown's Brian Williamson, Patrick Smith, James Idol, Logan Miller and Clay Lucas; St. James' Lekan Fajana and Sam Ashelman; St. Maria Goretti's Joe Spierenburg and Anthony Durski; Smithsburg's Brian Donley, Chris Gyurisin and Jeff Sprecher; South Hagerstown's Sean Marriner, Dave West and Randy Ransier; and Williamsport's Seth Shrader, Dan Gossard and Shawn Miller.

The Public Opinion's All-Stars: Chambersburg's Joey Lapinsky and Cory O'Donnell; Fannett-Metal's Brad Harvey; Forbes Road's Shafer Earley and Brandon Gelvin; Greencastle-Antrim's Dustin Young and Adam Haldeman; James Buchanan's Arin Zimmerman; McConnellsburg's Scott Nunemaker; Mercersburg Academy's Matt Diller and Eric Rahauser; Shalom Christian's Tony Eckenrode; Shippensburg's John Nickey, Brooke Hess and Joel Eckelman; and Waynesboro's Ben Bostic.

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