MOUNT VERNON — The world’s most popular sport has a solid foothold with the youth in Mount Vernon.
Just ask anyone affiliated with the Mount Vernon Sting.
The Sting recently held tryouts for the 2013-14 season, following what could only be described as an enormously successful 2012-13 season.
The Sting, which fielded six teams in different age groups, saw two regular-season and two tournament championships over the Mid-Ohio Select Soccer League spring season. This followed first- and second-place finishes in the 2012 fall league.
But the program isn’t about championships. It’s more about teaching.
“When I looked through their early history, I saw that they used to lose every game,” said outgoing Mount Vernon Sting president Sean Ries. “Later, those kids would get up to the high school level, and they would make it to national tournaments. One group won the state cup of Ohio.”
Saturday’s tryouts at Hiawatha Park were packed with experienced players as well as young hopefuls. Over 100 turned out throughout the day. Just over 80 will be kept.
The kids were judged individually on different skills and enthusiasm levels by Sting coaches as well as coaches from other levels, such as Mount Vernon High School.
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