BARBOURSVILLE -- After an exciting week of action at the US Youth Soccer Region I Championships, I had to take a few hours and catch my breath.
The US Youth Soccer Region I Championships might have ended their two-year stay in the Tri-State, but there might be another major tournament that could soon call Barboursville its temporary home.
Back in April 2008, when officials announced that the biggest regional youth soccer tournament in the land was coming to the Tri-State the following summer, the task seemed daunting.
BARBOURSVILLE -- Through the realm of US Youth Soccer, the FC Bucks Vipers (PA-E) and Aristocats (NJ) have built a strong rivalry that has seen the sides face off 14 times.
BARBOURSVILLE -- YMS Xplosion (PA-E) goalkeeper Drew Hutchins has the utmost respect for TSF Academy Celtic (NJ), whom he faced in the U-18 Boys championship Tuesday.
BARBOURSVILLE -- It was just two days ago that the U-18 Boys YMS Xplosion (Pa.-E) were literally packing their stuff at the Barboursville Soccer Complex because they thought they were going home.
BARBOURSVILLE -- One of the loudest celebrations Tuesday afternoon came from the U-15 Girls Beadling 94/95 (PA-W) team at the awards ceremony.
BARBOURSVILLE -- Out of the 18 championships played Tuesday morning at the Barboursville Soccer Complex, six featured defending champions from 2009.
BARBOURSVILLE -- They went to movies and swam, and some even watched the funeral procession for the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd. They also reported no trouble getting around and found local residents to be friendly.