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Morning photo: Kids!

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FRISCO — I haven’t posted up much recently for the super-social #FriFotos Twitter chat, but I couldn’t resist today’s theme — kids. As my own progeny grows into those sometimes awkward mid-teen years, I sometimes look at him and catch a fleeting reflection of a moment long-passed. As lucky as I was to have worked from home during much of his life, and having been able to spend enormous amounts of time with him, traveling, skiing, coaching and volunteering in his classrooms, it’s still all gone by in a flash. Thank goodness for cameras — and memories! Continue reading

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Gold medal women’s soccer team to visit Denver

Abby Wambach in a Feb. 11, 2012 match against New Zealand. Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer.

Fan tribute tour includes Sept. 19 game against Australia

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Fresh off an Olympic gold medal, the U.S. women’s national soccer team is starting its fan tribute tour this weekend, and the series of friendly matches includes a Sept. 19 game against Australia at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.

The tour starts this weekend in Rochester, the hometown of striker Abby Wambach. NBC will broadcast the match live, with other matches scheduled to air on various ESPN channels. Continue reading

Summit County: Strikers soccer slideshow

Spring season ends with a weekend triple-header

SUMMIT STRIKERS U-13, 2011 SPRING SEASON: 3 - Graham Gaspard, 7 - Dylan Berwyn, 8 - Ruben Valencia, 9 - Omar Esparza, 11 - Triza Marshall, 12.- Kellen Wade, 14 - Johnathan Gutierrez, 15 - Daniel Chavez, 16 - Mauricio Lozano , 17 - Cole Buller, 20 - Alfonso Zuno, 21 - Matthew Resignolo, 22 - Alec Himmelstein, 44 - Haakon George.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Summit Strikers Fútbol Club U-13 boys team ended its spring season with three games in two days, including a double win on a Saturday double-header. The boys started practice when snow was still knee-deep outside, holding their drills indoors in elementary school gyms across the county. All the games except the very last one were away games against Front Range teams that had already been playing outdoors for many weeks. But the patient coaching of Julio Mora paid off the last weekend when the team gelled and scored more nearly a dozen goals in three games. The team consistently showed good sportsmanship, teamwork and a sense of fair play, rarely getting called for fouls, Congratulations to the Strikers and good luck in the coming fall season. Oh, and since it’s half-time during the UEFA Champions League final as I;m posting this — Go FC Barcelona! Summit County is fortunate to have such a great soccer program. Check out the summer camp offerings at the High Country Soccer website.

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Soccer: Summit Strikers slideshow

Good play, but tough loss in Arvada

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By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Summit Strikers U-13 boys played another game on the road in Arvada against Colorado Edge White, losing a heartbreaker 0-1. But the boys are looking sharp. Other than one defensive mistake in the first half that resulted in the goal, the defense was tight and they put together some fine offensive runs.

Tryouts for the fall Summit Striker season are coming up May 25 or May 26 and there should be info posted at the Strikers page of the High Country Soccer website.

High Country Soccer summer camps start in about a month and it’s time to sign up. Get details on the summer progams for kids of all ages at this web page. Programs include a tot camp, an attacking and finishing camp, a goal camp and a speed camp.

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Slideshow: Summit Strikers 1st game

Fort Collins, Colorado v. Storm FC Royal, April 30, 2011

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SUMMIT COUNTY — After practicing for several weeks indoors in Frisco, Breckenridge and Dillon, the Summit Strikers U-14 team finally had a chance to test themselves against a tough opponent on a full-size field. They started out shaky but their game gelled in the second half, promising a strong season ahead for the team. Visit High Country Soccer online to get all the info about current and upcoming soccer programs in Summit County.

Follow Summit Voice on Twitter for the most up-to-date news stream, and please become a fan of our Facebook page. Continue reading

Summit County: Signups for spring soccer under way

Sign-ups for the spring recreational league season with the High Country Soccer Association are under way.

Recreational leaque, tots program set to start in late April

SUMMIT COUNTY — Although local fields are still covered under a thick blanket of snow, the High Country Soccer Association is getting ready for the spring season and taking registrations for the recreational youth leagues, with practice scheduled to begin the week of April 25 and the first games set for April 30. The season runs through June 4.

Registration deadline is April 1, after which a $10 late fee will be assessed, and there’s no guarantee of a spot on a team. Register online at  http://www.highcountrysoccer.org or find mail-in forms at local schools, pre-schools and recreation centers. Continue reading

Taos Eco Park gets FIFA certification

An artists rendering of the FIFA-certified soccer field at the Taos Eco Park.

New Mexico town pursuing sports tourism as part of its economic development plan

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — FIFA, the world’s governing body for the sport of soccer, has given a 2 Star certification to the Taos, New Mexico Eco Park, making it the highest certified FIFA 2 Star training facility in the world.

“This means teams from all over the world will be able to train at high altitude, on a FIFA certified field, in preparation for tournaments and to improve their team’s abilities,” said Joel Israel, Executive Director of the Taos Sports Alliance. “If a team has a game in Mexico City, they’ll be able to come to Taos and train at 7,000 feet for two weeks of high-altitude conditioning for their competition. This is a huge opportunity for soccer teams worldwide and for the Town of Taos.” Continue reading

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