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Northwoods Spotlight - Eagle River youth soccer tournament Oct 2Submitted: 10/02/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

EAGLE RIVER - Soccer is becoming one of the more popular sports around the world.

Last weekend, the Headwaters Youth Soccer Association (HYSA) hosted it's end of the year tournament. It's been going strong for more than 25 years.

We check out some of the sights and sounds in tonight's Northwoods Spotlight.

"Soccer is exciting," HYSA President Patti Gill says. "It's a great way to get the kids to get out and move. We start in August and go thorugh September. It's a great way to get the kids to move."


Kurt Hartwig of Eagle River is watching his son Andrew play.

"This is my fourth child going through," Hartwig explains. "He's the last one. This has been a great weekend. Beautiful weather. He's having the time of his life."

Andrew Hartwig adds, "I like playing soccer because it follows in my brothers and sisters footsteps. You also get to learn different positions and play with different people."

"Years ago, it was a little lumpier," Kurt remembers. "Actually, we have grass now. Before they used to play on brown stuff. It's very green this year. We had a tent before. People used to huddle inside to keep warm. Weather has been great this year."

"I think with World Cup, people are getting excited about soccer," Gill says. "It's growing."


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