Holiday Cup soccer tourney expands to include adult players

Posted: Friday, December 19, 2003

It's not just for kids anymore.

A record 35 indoor soccer teams - including seven adult squads in a new masters division - will compete over the next two weeks in the 11th annual Holiday Cup tournament.

Round-robin games start at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, and will be held there and at Mendenhall River Community School through Dec. 28. There are no games on Dec. 24 or 25.

Playoffs will be held at Dzantik'i Heeni on Dec. 29 and 30, and championships for the tourney's six divisions will be held there on Dec. 31 from 1 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m.

The six divisions for the Holiday Cup are elementary school, middle school A and B, junior (high school freshmen through age 16), senior (ages 17-21) and - for the first time - a masters division for ages 22 and up.

The masters division was added to accommodate dedicated players who had been with the tournament since the beginning.

"The kids that started out had outgrown it," said Leslie Houston, one of the tournament's organizers. "We added a division because they were truly disappointed" at the prospect of not playing in the tournament anymore.

While all of this year's teams are local, Houston said there is a chance the masters division could draw teams from outside Juneau for future Holiday Cups.

• The Juneau Empire sports department can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.



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