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AYSO counts pennies to play

By Susan Hallock
NARROWSBURG — March 11, 2008 — Board members, volunteers, parents and soccer players hosted a Penny Social on Saturday at the Tusten Town Hall to raise funds for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) of the Town of Tusten.
AYSO Regional Commissioner Wendy Julkerski noted that the event would not have been such a success without assistance from the community.
“We received so many donations from local businesses to businesses in Pennsylvania as well in our surrounding area,” Julkerski said. “We thank these businesses for their generous donations for the kids of AYSO and they deserve credit for the success of today’s event.”
Doreen Wyss, Child Volunteer Pr

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KRIS RAMOS OF Liberty smiles and runs back upfield after scoring a goal during a match last autumn at the Liberty Central School field.

Spotlight's on the pitch; Democrat names all stars

By Rob Potter
SULLIVAN COUNTY — March 11, 2008 — Soon after the scholastic soccer season ended back in November, the Democrat contacted the coaches of the boys’ teams at local high schools to gather nominations for a Democrat All-Star Team.
The coaches were asked to nominate some of their own players as well as those from the other local schools which fielded a varsity boys’ soccer team for the 2007 season.
And the all-stars are…
• Justin Armstrong, Sullivan West, Junior, Center Midfielder
Armstrong tallied three goals for the Bulldogs last fall.
• Nate Coelho, Tri-Valley, Senior, Forward
Despite being injured for part of the season, Coelho scored five goals for the Bears.
“He has outstanding overall soccer ability,” T-V Coach Becky Piechuta said.
• Bill Miller, Fallsburg, Senior, Center Midfielder
Miller scored one goal in each match to help Fallsburg defeat The Family School and Tri-Valley in a pair of non-league contests last September.
Later that month, he scored one of the Comets’ goals in a double-overtime loss to Liberty.
• Eric Minton, Sullivan West, Senior, Forward/Defender
Minton received the team’s Coaches Award following the season. He scored three goals and had one assist.
• Gavin Perrella, Tri-Valley, Senior, Midfielder
Perrella scored three goals and assisted on five goals scored by teammates during the season.
• Kris Ramos, Liberty, Junior, Midfielder
Ramos registered a team-best 10 assists last autumn. He also scored six goals.
• Saeed Robinson, Liberty, Senior, Forward
Robinson was the Indians’ top scorer last autumn. He recorded 24 goals and registered eight assists.
• Matt Sentore, The Family School, Senior, Center Midfielder
Sentore had eight goals and 11 assists for the Falcons last autumn.
• Dennis Stafford, Monticello, Senior, Goalkeeper
Stafford posted three shutouts last season and averaged 11 saves per match.
“He was instrumental in all of our wins and in keeping our competitive games competitive,” Monticello Coach John Maranzana said. “He was a four-year varsity starter and he made many outstanding saves this year.”
• Mike Vaughn, The Family School, Senior, Forward
Vaughn scored a team-high 12 goals for the Falcons and also recorded nine assists.
• Mike Walton, Eldred, Junior, Midfielder
Walton led the Yellowjackets’ offense with seven goals in 2007.

otection Advocate for the AYSO, added, “These businesses have not only helped us out with their donations, but they have helped our kids gain new equipment as well as helping us with the additional costs that it takes to run the AYSO.
“The parents and the kids that are here today should also be commended,” Wyss continued. “They are also a big part of this and we thank them for their support.”
The funds raised by Saturday’s AYSO Penny Social will go toward offsetting the costs of referees’ equipment, supplies and equipment including goal cages and additional coaches’ training which may be required.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Town of Tusten AYSO and its upcoming season is asked to please call Julkerski at 557-8555.

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