This past Labor Day weekend, an event that is turning into an annual spectacular took place at the SCHS Soccer Complex. It was the second annual Alumni Soccer Tournament.
Daniel Magana, former Schuyler Central High School soccer standout, has been the tournament coordinator and helped to create the exciting event.
According to Maganda, the event raised $500 that was donated to the Schuyler Athletic Booster Club with the intention that the money will go directly to the men’s program for the current high school team.
This year’s tournament drew nine teams from as far back as the class of 1999.
“We loved the turnout we had this year for the Alumni Tournament," Maganda said. "Many classmates of mine decided that we have a great tradition at Schuyler when it comes to soccer. For a lot of alumni, this sport brought some of the best memories while their time as Warriors. We thought, ‘Why not celebrate our successes?’”
Certified officials from outside of Schuyler have come to the tournament to officiate during the first two years of the event, so this is not simply an informal get together. The matches are taken very seriously by everyone involved.
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Obviously, an event of this magnitude involves several businesses and groups to provide support.
“We had Corn Taco provide lunch services this year," Maganda said. "There were also awards and prizes for the winning teams. After the tournament was completed, we had a social gathering at Chonas for all participants that turned out to be very popular.
"(Pride) comes in seeing old classmates and old teammates that you don’t see a daily basis any longer. Schuyler has had so much success since the high school program was started, and this event helps to celebrate all the past players who have called themselves ‘Warriors.’ Being able to compete and socialize with high school teammates makes this truly a great event.”
With the event growing in its first two years, Maganda is already looking forward to the third annual event over Labor Day weekend of 2020.
“I would like to thank all individuals who helped make this tournament possible gain," he said. "We are hoping to see more teams next year and combine with the female program for their tournament. If you are a Schuyler alumnus who wants to participate next year, you’re more than welcome to join us. We had many players out this year who didn’t play soccer in high school but still participated in the tournament.”
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net.