Archive for Thursday, July 19, 2001

Eudora 16-and-under team to rough it up in CPA scrimmage

July 19, 2001

Football will take center stage at the CPA Picnic, but there won't be any helmets, pads or field goals.

The international version of football, known to Americans as soccer, will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday at Kerr Field. The game will feature an inter-squad, Crimson and Blue scrimmage between 15 and 20 members of the 16 and under Eudora Soccer Club, with a few players from De Soto and Gardner also playing in the game.

Suess Lounsbury said the exhibition game will be a good chance for residents of Eudora and CPA Picnic-goers to see the game of soccer and possibly help the high school start a team in the near future.

"This is an exhibition to show people in town about soccer," Lounsbury said. "It is also a good chance for the younger kids to see the older kids play."

Eudora Parks and Recreation Director Dianna Beebe said that soccer was an excellent choice as a showcase exhibition for the 2001 CPA Picnic.

"As far as recreation goes, it is a great activity," Beebe said. "It is a great exhibition for the kids to play in."

The majority of the club's games and practices take place behind Eudora High School where team members often referee games before they play their own. CPA will give the team a chance to be in the middle of the festivities.

It will also give the busy students, many of whom have part-time jobs outside of Eudora, the opportunity to get together during the summer.

"The kids really wanted to get together and play this summer," Lounsbury said. "They will play together in the fall and then again in the spring. This is an opportunity for them to play and enjoy the community festival."

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