The second Santa Fund Soccer Classic will kick off Sunday, Nov. 18 with a pair of all-star games hosted by the Greater Johnstown School District.
The games benefit The Tribune-Democrat Santa Fund, which has distrubuted nearly $80,000 in toys to area children over the past five years.
Both games feature the area’s top senior talent.
The girls game begins at 1:30 p.m. and will be followed by the boys match. Several of the area’s top players from championship-level teams will be represented.
The Bedford boys, who have advanced to the PIAA Class AA semifinals, headline the South roster.
Samuel Felix, Steven Stroup and Zach Barbus of the Bisons were selected to play. Joining the trio are James Bassette, Andrew Gowarty and Nick Felton of Conemaugh Township; Gavin Will and Tanner Bloom of Johnstown Christian Academy; Alex Myers, Bradley Lemmon and Jonathon Waltermire of Rockwood; Zach Ferchalk and Ian Hicks of Somerset; and Jacob Hanley and goalie Garrett Walerysiak of Windber.
The Ramblers are coming off their first District 5 Class A championship and PIAA playoff appearance.
District 6 Class A champion Bishop McCort fields a pair of representatives to lead the North roster.
Sean Ingram and Adam Wood, key cogs in the Crushers’ championship drive, have been selected. They will be joined by Michael Pyo and Matt Deskevich of Bishop Carrolll; Dominic Williams, Tyler Gary and Zachary Wingard of Cambria County Christian; Tristin Irwin and Dylan Maurer of Cambria Heights; Greater Johnstown’s Tyler Varner; Bobby Colvin, Curtis Colvin and Ismail Ahmad of Richland; John Nau and Tyler Ofman of United and Westmont Hilltop’s Dan Durham and Dominic Ramirez.
District 5 Class A champions Conemaugh Township places two of its best seniors on the Girls South squad.
Indians’ standouts Allyson Lonas and Chloe Reese will be joined by Carrie Baker and Hannah Grimes of Bedford; Jordan Eutsey and Marah Riley of Berlin; Taylor Euen and Lindsey Najjar of Johnstown Christian; Katie DeMayo and Maddy Grimm of Ligonier Valley; Aleigha Deal and Janelle Long of Meyersdale; Chasity Dupont and Ashley St. Clair of North Star; Chelsea Baker and Sarah Foy of Rockwood; Hope Griffith, Megan Lenzi and Bri Trent of Somerset and Windber’s Jaycey Hunter.
Ligonier’s Grimm finished her scholastic career with more than 100 career goals.
Forest Hills, which won its first District 6 Class AA championship, placed a pair of 100-goal scorers in Casey Gallaher and Briana Kostan on the North team. Gallaher was recently selected as an All-State player by the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association.
They’ll be joined by Bishop Carroll’s Olivie Kirsch; Laura Seitz and Cecilia Stasko of Bishop McCort; Kady Bills, Kiera Bills and Alyssa Wills of Cambria Heights; Larissa Hunt and Allie Thompson of Central Cambria; Maren Meyer and Sierra Steele of Greater Johnstown; Nicki Mihalik, Lauren Miller and Sabrina Wingard of Richland and Westmont’s Maddie Helsel and Melissa Walko.