Scoring isn't main goal in senior game

November 15, 2005|by DAN KAUFFMAN

The fourth annual Four Diamonds Senior All-Star Game, to be held Wednesday at Waynesboro High School's Rip Engle Stadium at 7 p.m., is a win-win-win situation.

It provides soccer standouts from Washington County (The Herald-Mail All-Stars) and Southcentral Pennsylvania (the Public Opinion All-Stars) a final opportunity to display their skills.

It provides soccer fans an opportunity to see the area's best all on one field, at a price that can't be beat ($5 for adults, $3 for students).


And all of the proceeds - about $1,000 each of the past three years, according to event organizer and Waynesboro coach Steve Tanner - go to the Hershey, Pa.-based Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Fund.

"Usually it's a high-scoring game, and a lot of fun for everybody to see," said North Hagerstown coach Glen Singer, who will coach The Herald-Mail side to what he hopes will be its first victory in the game. The Public Opinion All-Stars are 3-0, winning by 1-0 scores in 2002 and '03 and 4-1 last year.

Thanks to a Maryland rule change that permits players to participate in up to two All-Star events instead of just one, this year's Herald-Mail team may be the strongest yet. The team includes 13 of the 15 All-County first-team members (the other two are juniors), and 12 of the 16 second-teamers.

"Pennsylvania's had the best of us the last couple years, and we'd like to even the score a little bit," Singer said. "What's hurt us a little bit is that some of our better players haven't been allowed to play. That has changed this year, and we have more players there."

Fans who attend can expect to see a fast-paced, back-and-forth contest.

"They're typically that way because we don't get a chance to practice together, and the players aren't that familiar with each other," Singer said. "You won't get as much control or possession. It does tend to be a little more open style of play."

Herald-Mail All-Stars

Boonsboro - Tyler McKenrick, Nick Stenersen, Evan Lowery, Eric Fries; Clear Spring - Adam Kriner; Heritage Academy - Justin Cutchall; North Hagerstown - Mike Verdeyen, Fred Kreiger; Smithsburg - Brian Kiel, Jeremy Rupert; South Hagerstown - Ben Caffarelli, Manny Escobar; St. James - Bobby Wilson, Steve Lee; St. Maria Goretti - Kevin Brashears, Michael Cushwa, Matt Cotleur, Jon Widmyer, Quinn Miller, John Diamond; Williamsport - Matt Oliver, Derek Hadley, Phil Jordan, Charlie Spoonire, Zack Myers.

Public Opinion All-Stars

Chambersburg - Justin Flory, Tyler McNew; CVCS - Jordan McBeth; Fannett-Metal - Ben Junkin; Forbes Road - Brandon Henry; Greencastle - Adam Wiestling; James Buchanan - Chas Mease, Jake Corl, Blain Blontz; McConnellsburg - Andrew Doyle, Jesse Richards; Mercersburg - Chet Tippen; Shalom Christian - Andrew Brown; Shippensburg - Bryan Gerlach, Daniel Brubaker; Waynesboro - Paul Clement, Zach Settlage, Nik Gribbon.

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