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Local briefs: Shindigz soccer fest nears

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 10:37 pm

The Shindigz National Soccer Festival will once again return to the Hefner Soccer Complex on the campus of IPFW Thursday, Aug. 22 through Saturday, Aug. 24.

Schedules are now available online at http://www.nationalsoccerfestival.com/

Advance discount tickets can now be purchased at Fort Wayne-area Walgreen's, 800 Degrees Restaurants and Connolly's Do It Best Hardware locations. Tickets can also be purchased on the days of the event at the gate as in years past.

Once again, several top-notch high school and collegiate teams will participate in the Shindigz National Soccer Festival.

Also, for the first time in the history of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival, see a match between the back-to-back NCAA men's national champions. North Carolina (2011 NCAA men's national champion) will take on Indiana (2012 NCAA men's national champion) on Saturday, Aug. 24.

All levels of amateur soccer, boys and girls, men's and women's, will be represented at the festival. More than 180 youth teams will compete in the Puma Cup in conjunction with Shindigz National Soccer Festival and area young people serve as ball kids during several games and enjoy the World Cup Walkout.

High school teams play in the Snider High School Invitational tournament. Academy competition is new this year and will be represented by the Chicago Fire Academies from both Chicago and Indianapolis.

Finally, at the collegiate level, all levels of NCAA competition are represented as well, including Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3.

“There is no other soccer event in the Midwest that I'm aware of that represents so many levels of play,” said Shindigz National Soccer Festival Executive Director Terry Stefankiewicz. “Our young people who attend the festival can see the progression throughout the weekend of the skill and talent levels that they need in order to be competitive at each level of play. They can see where they fit in or where they need to be in order to play at each level. Coaches can observe all levels of amateur play in one place and pick up tips on how to be competitive.”

What began in 2000 has now become the nationally known phenomenon of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival.

What was merely a soccer event has now turned into a full-fledged, grass-roots community supported soccer festival. Corporations, foundations and personal donations are the backbone of the festival.

The beneficiaries of the event are the city of Fort Wayne for the national recognition it receives; the area youth for the hands on interaction with the soccer players and coaches from national major universities; the local business people of northeast Indiana, for the added commerce brought to the area; the area universities, for the added exposure and the average Fort Wayne citizen who knows nothing about the game, but loves to have fun in a family oriented atmosphere.

The Shindigz National Soccer Festival has evolved into a true community soccer festival, including youth clinics put on by major university coaches and players, wide ranges of live entertainment, opportunities for youth involvement, food vendors, giveaway prizes and for the 21 and older crowd, beer tents, all located at the Hefner Soccer Complex on the campus of IPFW.

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For more information, contact Terry Stefankiewicz, president of Shindigz National Soccer Festival, at 1-260-705-3967 or mail to:terrystefankiewicz@gmail.com?subject=Contact%20Shindigz .

Railroaders golf resultsat Lakeside from Thursday

Front nine: Roger Platt, Jere Penland, Mike Gibson, Dan Rowe (-9)

Back nine: Jay Young, Nick Steill, Whitey Hay, Mike Wright (-4)

Closest to the pin: Mike Gibson, Jim Schroeder, Denny Demelker,

David Sedgwick

Girls golf at Cobblestone

East Noble 174: Clark 40, L. Handshoe 43, C. Handshoe 49, Alwine 42, Dodson 59.

West Noble 211: Teel 47, Shearer 55, Stohlman 54, Kruger 55, Davidson 87.

Canterbury student on IHSAA panel

Eighteen high school student-athletes from across Indiana will begin the school year as members of the 2013-14 IHSAA Student Advisory Committee (SAC).

The SAC represents the entire IHSAA membership of 409 schools, and its structure reflects that of the IHSAA Board of Directors in terms of classification and districts as well as female, urban schools and minority representation.

Junior Christian Kreiger of Canterbury High School is a member

Johns Jackers lose in Battle Creek

The Johns Jackers lost to the Joliet Dirt Bags, 2-1, in their second pool play game at the NABF World Series in Battle Creek, Mich.

Tony Sedlmeyer (Snider High School, Purdue University) started for the Jackers and went the distance. Ethan Houck (Northrop High School, Ashland University) scored the lone run for the Jackers.

The Jackers will play Fedells Mechanics from Maryland at 3 p.m. Friday.

Orchard Ridge Ladies Thursday night results

Low net

1st (tie) Julie Samek 36

Arlene Reynolds 36

Curling fun coming to Fort Wayne

The 4th annual Fort Wayne Summerspiel is being held Aug. 16-18 at the Lutheran Health Sports Center (3869 Ice Way, Fort Wayne, 1-260-387-6614) located between Lima and Wells at Fernhill.

Fort Wayne Summerspiel features three divisions of curling: elite, open and 5 years or less. The elite division features top U.S. curlers Erika Brown, Debbie McCormick, Cassie Potter and Allison Pottinger. It also features current world champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland and Chinese National Team Skip Bingyu Wang. Admission is free.

Hole-in-one

Kevin Vail scored a hole-in-one at Orchard Ridge Country Club on Thursday. It was on hole No. 17, a 166-yard hole. He used a seven iron.

City Tennis results from Thursday

All matches played at Swinney Tennis Center

Men's Open Doubles – Semifinals

#2 J. Rifkin/N. Barger d. R. Keirns/J. Batuello 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

C. Andrews/M. Andrews d. P. Downs/M. Steiner 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3)

Women's Open Doubles - Semifinal

Aud. Rang/As. Rang d. L. Sutton/R. Sutton 6-0, 6-1

Open Mixed Doubles - Semifinals

#1 C. Andrews/A. Recht d. K. Johnson/As. Rang 6-4, 6-4

#2 J. Rifkin/C. Middleton d. #3 B. Najev/L. Barnes by default (illness)

Women's 45 and over Doubles - Final

J. Bradley/L. Quillen d. C. Friend/M. Graft 7-5, 6-4

35 & over Mixed Doubles - Final

R. Keirns/S. Goeglein d. T. Sullivan/J. Meehan 6-1, 6-3

Men's NTRP 7.0 Doubles - Final

D. Redding/J. Richter d. J. Topmiller/M. Lassus 6-3, 6-4

NTRP 8.0 Mixed Doubles – Semifinal

L. Thompson/J. Meehan d. T. Sullivan/Sh. Hibler 6-3, 6-2

Monday @ 5:30 p.m.

Men's Open Doubles - Final

#2 Josh Rifkin/Nathan Barger vs. Connor Andrews/Mike Andrews

Women's Open Doubles - Final

#1 Amy Recht/Sachi Janek vs. Audrey Rang/Ashlyn Rang

Monday @ 7 p.m.

Open Mixed Doubles - Final

#1 Connor Andrews/Amy Recht vs. #2 Josh Rifkin/Connie Middleton

Lady Lions Invitational at Cedar Creek

A team total of 310 by Penn was a tournament record Thursday at the Lady Lions invitational.

Kari Bellville of Penn was the medalist after defeating Jaycee Bunner of Blackhawk Christian in a 2-hole playoff.

Both girls shot a 2-under-par 70 to set a new individual tournament record.

Hamilton SE was second with a 315, Carroll was third with a 365, followed by Bellmont's 366, Northwood's 367, Leo's 370, Hamilton SE 2's 384, Canterbury's 396, Fremont's 461, Leo B's 466 and Bishop Luers' 470.