Soccer camp provides youth with basic skills

Jasper new girls coach at Yosemite

July 23, 2013 

Mountain Area youth attended soccer camp July 15-19 at Yosemite High School learning the basic skills of the game under the leadership of Yosemite High School's new girls varsity soccer coach Vanessa Jasper.

Children between the ages of six and 12 participated, sharpening their dribbling, passing and defensive skills.

"This is a great group of players working hard and eager to learn," Jasper said.

"Soccer camp is fun" said 10-year-old Julia Noble. "I'm learning a lot like how to play defense and how to pass the ball."

Teagan Niewohner, 7, said she liked the camp because there were nice coaches and nice kids at camp.

Niewohner, who has played soccer for three years, said what she likes best about the sport is being with friends and winning games as a team.

"The camp helped make me a better soccer player, especially in passing the ball."

Jasper was assisted by Yosemite and Minarets varsity soccer players including Heather Reichard, Maddie Kollenborn, Maddy Noonkester, Katelyn Suderman, Savannah Rich, Regan Samora, Mariah Lincoln, Victoria Glanzer, Gianna DeFelice, Brooklynn Griffin, Maya Mendonca, Maribeth Villanueva and Jamie Reichard.

"The students who assisted with the camp did an amazing job," Jasper said.

Jasper coached the YHS girls JV soccer team the past two years before being named the new varsity coach. She replaces Natalie Cooks, who held the position for two years. Cooks and her family are relocating to Reno.

Cost of the camp was $80 per player and the funds benefited the Bass Lake Education Foundation. The foundation, through two grants, recently had a challenge ropes course constructed at Camp Pacifica in Nipinnawasee and will be dedicated at 3 p.m. on Aug. 10.

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