Local youth advance to district soccer shoot

12 years ago

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer

    HOULTON — Young soccer shooters from around southern Aroostook converged on Houlton High School Sunday for the annual Houlton Lodge of Elks Soccer Shootout.
    The first-place winners from Sunday’s contest advance to the Northern District competition, slated to be held in Houlton Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. weather permitting. Contestants from Old Town, Presque Isle and Millinocket as well as the winners from the local shoot will compete in the event.
    The first place winners at the Northern District shoot will advance to the Maine Elks State Soccer Shoot contest on Oct. 21 in Augusta. At the state competition there will be youngsters from the Maine Coastal District as well as the Maine Central District. The first place winners at the State Competition have the opportunity to advance to the Area 1 New England competition in Rhode Island on Nov. 2–4. There they would compete against children from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Hampshire.
    “In all there are 22 Elks Lodges in the state and any of those lodges have the opportunity to hold a soccer shoot,” said Jon Bither, one of the organizers of the event for the Houlton Lodge of Elks. “The Houlton Lodge helps our local winners with money for gas to attend the state competition. In the last two years, Houlton has had winners at the state level who have attended the New England competition. The Maine State Elks Association and Houlton Lodge will make sure that if Houlton has any state winners that they are funded to attend the New England competition.”
    Moving on to the state competition after finishing in first place or as a runner-up were:
    Age 7 and younger — Boys, 1, Kohl Skehan; and 2, Adam Fournier. Girls, 1, Kalie Bither; and 2, Sophie Lorom.
    Ages 8-9 — Boys, 1, Alex Carmichael; and 2, Austin Winslow. Girls, 1, Kallie Neureuther; and 2, Eden Davis.
    Ages 10-11 — Boys, 1, Cole Winslow; and 2, Nolan Porter. Girls, 1, Sydney Lorom; and 2, Kyliegh Tyler.
    Ages 12-13 — Boys, 1, Jake Worthley; and 2, Colby Callnan. Girls, 1, Carolyn Mooers; and 2, Rebecca Mooers.
    The Elks Soccer Shoot program consists of two different contests that test different level skills at various ages. A “Five Goal Contest” consists of a series of five goals, decreasing in size from 48 inches to 17 inches. The age groups that use these goals are divided into two categories, U-8 contains all ages seven years old and younger, and U-10 group contains ages 8 and 9. The contest is open to boys and girls who shoot separately. The U-8 contestants kick from 15 feet from the face of the goal, while the U-10 contestants kick from 18 feet from the goal.
    The Grid Goal Contest consists of a full-size goal sectioned off so points can be scored when the ball is kicked into certain sections. The age groups that use this goal are U-12, which contain the ages 10 and 11, and U-14, which contain ages 12 and 13. The contest is open to both boys and girls who shoot separately.