Local soccer club fares well in competition
Sierra Mountain Soccer Club (SMSC) is fast becoming the Truckee/Tahoe area’s premier soccer club, having grown to more than 175 players since its inception in 2002.
This fall, the following SMCS teams competed in league play within the Great Basin Youth Soccer League (GBYSL):
– The U12 Boys Atomics coached by Jim Fereira and Steve Funk placed first in the GBYSL U12 Boys Competitive Division. The Atomics also earned the U12 Boys Championship in the Sagebrush Fall Friendship Tournament in October.
– The U12/13 Girls WildCats coached by Tad Herrington and Chris LaBar once again placed first in their age division, GBYSL U13 Girls Competitive Division.
– The U13 Boys Coyotes coached by Ken Cutler, Andy Beiderman and Jenni Dewald placed second in the GBYSL U13 Boys Competitive Division. The team also placed second in the U13 Boys Division at the Sagebrush Fall Friendship Tournament.
– The U14 Girls Tahoe Angels coached by Dave Orebaugh and Steve Day came in fourth place in the GBYSL U14 Girls Competitive Division.
– The U14 Boys Strikers coached by Mark Pearson and Antonio Mora placed second in the GBYSL U14 Boys Competitive Division, and placed second in the Sagebrush Fall Friendship Tournament.
– In addition, returning spring-season teams include the U15 Girls TNT Fury coached by Tom Arnstein and Mary Forsyth; the U15 Boys Twisters coached by Mark Brixey, Kirby Reed and Antonio Mora; the U16 Boys Blizzard coached by Odie Prodaniuk; the U17 Boys Lightning coached by Gary Glander; the U17 Girls team coached by John Paganelli; and the U18 Girls Momentum coached by Greg Nicholas and John Decrescenzo.
The majority of these athletes played for their respective high schools this past fall, representing either Truckee or North Tahoe in the NIAA 3A State Championships on Nov. 10.
Several new teams are currently being formed, including two new U11 squads for the spring season ” one in the girls’ division and one in the boys’ division. The Great Basin Youth Soccer League has also just given SMSC the opportunity to develop teams for a U10 Competitive Division this spring ” they will play eight-on-eight ” which opens the door to more local competitive soccer for young players.
The Sierra Mountain Soccer Club is focused on fostering a learning environment to enhance player skill development and team concepts. As a non-profit organization, SMSC accepts donations that are used for scholarships for its young athletes as well as club equipment and uniforms. For more information call 587-3361 or e-mail SierraMtnSoccer@aol.com.
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