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Public Opinion All-Stars show off

November 16, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - As easy as it is to spot Dion Lehman's shaggy blond hair on the soccer field, The Herald-Mail All-Stars had an awful hard time tracking down the James Buchanan senior Wednesday night at the Four Diamonds Senior All-Star Game.

Lehman had two goals and two assists to lead the Public Opinion All-Stars to a 7-1 victory at Rip Engle Stadium.

"Everyone just got me good balls," Lehman said. "There were a couple that I screwed up and didn't finish, but we communicated pretty well."

Lehman helped the P.O. team remain unbeaten (4-0-1) in the annual event which pits seniors from Franklin, Fulton and Cumblerland counties in Pennsylvania against Washington County seniors. Proceeds from the game go to the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Fund.

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"For a group of guys who didn't practice together, they were very impressive," said Shalom Christian coach Jeff Garner, coach of the P.O. All-Stars. "We controlled it with four guys in the middle and we passed it well. It's quite a rebound from last year."

The P.O. team responded from last year's 1-1 tie by scoring three first-half goals.

Chambersburg's Corey Grove got the scoring started by lining his shot to the back right corner of the net in the sixth minute. Less than three minutes later, Shippensburg's Steve Xereas scored to put the P.O. ahead, 2-0.

"We knew it was going to be tough," said North Hagerstown coach Glen Singer, coach of the Herald-Mail squad. "We ended up with only 13 guys that could play and (the P.O.) had a deeper team talent-wise than us."

Lehman cracked the goal in the 24th minute and once again in the 50th minute to extend the lead to 4-0. Lehman's assist to Fannett-Metal's Donovan McGee in the 59th minute gave the P.O. its fifth goal.

Grove sent a corner kick to Xereas in the 62nd minute to make it 6-0.

The Herald-Mail team avoided the shutout in the 67th minute when St. James' Cullen Garrity scored on a shot from beyond 30 yards.

"It's always nice not to be shut out," Singer said. "They played hard the whole game and nobody gave up. You could tell they were playing hard with all the contact that was made."

Greencastle-Antrim's Jaren Gembe added a goal for good measure for the P.O. team late.

The Herald-Mail All-Stars included: Boonsboro's Rick Tonetti and Nick Stitely; Clear Spring's Kyle Reese, Roger Shoemaker and Andrew Beadle; Grace Academy's Zach Koontz and Steve Wilson; North Hagerstown's Josh Borland and Will Abeles; Smithsburg's Matt Baer and Ryan Keller; South Hagerstown's Matt Adams; St. James' Colin McWilliams, Cullen Garrity, Cyrus Morgan and Way Chen; and Williamsport's Brison Cordelly.

The Public Opinion All-Stars included: Chambersburg's Corey Grove and Spencer Crider; Fannett-Metal's Donovan McGee; Greencastle-Antrim's Jaren Gembe; James Buchanan's Dion Lehman; McConnellsburg's Evan Mellott and J.J. Grace; Mercersburg Academy's Tim Rahauser, Matt Engle and Dusty French; Shalom Christian's Derek Oberholzer and Joe Horner; Shippensburg's Brent Russell, Steve Xereas and Mitchel Hess; and Waynesboro's Nick Adams.

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