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ARGOS â€” Argos played host to over 800 players in 100 games as the North Central Soccer Association (NCSA) held its 18th annual All-Star Tournament over the weekend.
Teams competed in pools playing three to four games to determine a winner. Seven games were played Friday. Over 60 games filled seven soccer fields from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and about 30 more were played Sunday beginning at noon.
â€śIt was quite a sight standing in the park pavilion and looking east over the fields,â€ť said event organizer and Argos High School Athletic Director Jon Alcorn. â€śIt was a quilt of people with the eight distinctive town colors of the kidsâ€™ uniforms. We guess there were over two to three thousand people, with all the players, parents, grandparents and siblings. Itâ€™s become a huge task as it more than doubles the town population, but the weather was great. We also have great cooperation from Argos Schools and the Argos Community Park who allow us to use their superb soccer facilities. We like the chance to show the facilities off a bit.â€ť
Alcorn also thanked fellow event organizers Dennis Cole of Plymouth, who organized the referees, LaVilleâ€™s Julie Schmidt, who handled awards, and Dave and Laura Baldwin of Argos, who handled logistics, concessions and field preparation.
The NCSA, which began play in 1981, is a recreational soccer league serving nearly 2,000 children from age five to eighth grade from Argos, Bremen, Culver, Fulton County, LaVille, Plymouth, Starke County and Walkerton. In 1996, the league added the tourney as an end-of-season bonus.