Never before has there been an All-Star Game in Clark County high school soccer where seniors (1-3 players per school) are nominated by their coaching staff to play against other top seniors from varying Clark County high school programs.
About a month and a half ago this vision of the Washington Timbers Executive Director, Sean Janson, became a reality. The Washington Timbers are partnering with “The Barbers” and “NW Soccer Locker” to bring what is sure to be an annual event that celebrates and recognizes the top senior soccer players and high school coaches in our area, gives every high school program the opportunity to have a player involved, and ultimately, creates a healthier development relationship between high school and club soccer.
On December 9th, 2018 at Harmony Sports Complex, kicking off at 5 pm, two teams comprised of the best participating seniors will face off, one being coached by King’s Way High School coach and State Finalists at the 1A WIAA Championships, Tina Ellertson and the other by the Greater Saint Helens League 4A Coach of the Year from Union High School, Kelcey Burris. Said Ellertson about the event, “Going to be an awesome event… celebrating talented players all across our county, I’m thankful to Dan Macaya for putting this all together.”
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Washington Timbers College Coordinator, and Camas High School Boys Soccer coach, Dan Macaya, had this to say of the Clark County Senior All-Star Game, “I am thrilled to give these seniors and high school coaches the kudos they deserve by providing a friendly match featuring some of the top soccer players in our area. I was impressed with how quickly “The Barbers” and “NW Soccer Locker” put together jerseys for the players (which they get to keep after the match). I was also blown away with how receptive all of the high school coaches were of the idea and look forward to growing this event in future years.”
This year’s All-Star Game will feature players nominated from all Clark County high schools (except Hockinson, no seniors on their roster) and will take place on the last day of the Timbers Alliance Showcase, which will attract more than 70 college coaches on the weekend. “My hope is that the event helps those players that are not verbally committed to a college program at the time of the Senior All-Star Game be seen by a college coach or two,” Macaya said. “That would be the ‘cherry on top’ for an event that brings the soccer community together for one last high school match for these deserving seniors.”