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Story last updated at 3:13 PM on Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Homer soccer team wins sportsmanship award


Sporting new team warm up jackets and full of optimism, Homer Vortex U13 Boys Soccer Team participated in the 26th Annual Alaska Far North Tournament in Anchorage last month. The players on Vortex were recognized for their positive attitudes not only by their coach, Tommie CarlinSchauer, but by the tournament as a whole and were granted the "Spirit of the North Award" out of 31 other teams for their superior sportsmanship.

The team did well to represent small town underdogs and according to the Soccer Association of Homer website, Homer is the only town its size to regularly compete in Anchorage tournaments.

The team secured a 0-0 tie in the first game but lost 3-0 their second game. Vortex was beat 10-0 against the highly skilled Anchorage CISC Velocity 00B Blue team. That team advanced all the way to the semifinals.

CarlinSchauer said that Vortex was down several players due to injuries and sickness but were able to maintain positive attitudes throughout the competition.

"We had a good tournament," said CarlinSchauer. "They were working hard and doing a great job. We were missing some of our higher (skill) level players so we were just coming in to have fun."

The team also was missing their main goal keeper, seventh grade Adam Brintxter, but substitute goal keeper, sixth grade Cole Roberts stepped up to the challenge.

"(Roberts) had never played a game before. For never playing an organized game and only going to practices he played superbly," said CarlinSchauer.

Co-manager of the team Amy Russell said that despite the two losses the boys kept their heads up.

"I attribute a lot of it to the coach, but they just handled it really well. They carried themselves with pride, no stomping feet," she said.

Vortex finished up their season with an eight hour "funball" tournament last Friday and had their final game last Monday against Homer's U15 Girls team.

Homer lacks the facilities to allow soccer teams to practice yearround. CarlinSchauer is pushing for a turf field as well as increased community contribution and involvement.

"We're always looking for support," said CarlinSchauer. "Whether it be just talking about it, coming to games or being more active. Financial support is always welcome."

Russell wanted to specifically thank Homer Medical Clinic for their contributed funds.

"These boys are so passionate about soccer, their parents are just trying to keep up with them," she said. "We just need financial support."

More information on the Homer's soccer programs can be found online at www.homersoccer.com.