As we near the end of the season, we pay homage to those that have sacrificed their time to make this season a success.
The coaches. Coaching youth sports entails more than just showing up. As George Halas, Hall of Fame coach of the Chicago Bears, observed, “What makes a good coach? Complete dedication!”
That is why we salute our 2009 coaches for their time and dedication to Optimist Club Soccer players:
Kindergarten-first grade: Bill Morris, Tony Smith, Cheryl Toth and Jim Watt.
Second-third grade: Connie Lathrop, Terese Glasser, Michelle Jordan, Greg West and Ben Sprankle.
Fourth-fifth grade boys: John Patterson, Mike Vanderjagt, Jim Young and Joe Bartos.
Fourth-fifth grade girls: Patty Poling, Lori Lopez and Susan Schiller.
Sixth-eighth grade boys: Fred Kramer, Gary Grisko and Adam Koszo.
Sixth-eighth grade girls: John Patterson, Audrey Darling and Tony Smith.
We also salute the MVPs for week 7.
Kindergarten-first grade: Jake Glasser, Ryan Toth, Eddie Perez, Tyler Chute, Austin McDuffie, Jonathan Watt, Jack Smith and Matthew Vergo.
Second-third grade: Jason Lang, Dustin Noel, Brian Kocak, Jason Ginther, Jillian Pepitone, Bryce Elhen, Andrew Sprankle and Cooper Nettles.
Fourth-fifth grade boys: Jonathan Kriqi, Cody Young, Colin McMullen, Zach Richey, Amelio Nazarko, Kyle Leonia, Kyle Bartos and Zach Pollard.
Fourth-fifth grade girls: Savanah Rose, McKenna Lampos, Sydney Lundquist, Sarah Hines, Vayda Wasem and Brooke Cleary.
Sixth-eighth grade boys: Alan Lora, Cory Snyder, Connor Bowden, Sam Huttle, Alman Banic and Tyler Canady.
Sixth-eighth grade girls: Katie Kirstein, Kristy Thorstenson, Hope Perez, Catherine Remaks, Jessica Richey and Jenna Lundquist.
Speaking of coaches, if you are willing to volunteer your time to coach the Marco Island youth in an Optimist Club of Marco Island sports program, please visit OptimistClubofMarcoIsland.org and contact the program director of information.