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Monday, March 26, 2012
Soccer Rewind: Last week's top stories

By Sheldon Shealer

ESPNHS takes a look back at the top storylines from last week, which included a milestone coaching victory and a scary moment at a Washington high school match.

5. Moving Up: After its struggles with Georgia schools, a top Alabama program made a strong showing at this past weekend’s Southern Soccer Challenge as Vestavia Hills (Ala.) defeated Putnam City North (Oklahoma City) 4-0 in the final. McCallie School (Chattanooga, Tenn.) claimed third place over Virgil Grissom (Huntsville, Ala.) in a 1-0 contest.

4. Kickin’ It 4 Robby: The soccer teams at Avon (Conn.) raised $10,000 for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, where one of its players attends every other week for treatment of a rare form of cancer.

3. Easy Victories: Rather than play on a field that the Wilson (Portsmouth, Va.) boys’ and girls’ soccer coaches felt was unsafe, the school forfeited its games to homestanding Warwick (Newport News, Va.) last week. Warwick athletic director Michael Cooke told the Daily Press, “It’s the same field that’s been played on since at least the 1970s and we’ve never had a problem. It’s never been a concern.”

2. Milestone Victory: Charlie DeLong reached career victory No. 500 last week when Jesuit College Prep (Dallas) handled Lake Highlands (Dallas) 5-0 behind a hat trick by Tanner Coffin. DeLong is the 38th high school coach to reach 500 career boys’ soccer victories.

1. Halted By Gun Fire: A soccer match between Overlake School (Redmond, Wash.) and homestanding Wahluke (Mattawa, Wash.) was canceled after a witness reporting hearing five or six gun shots behind the soccer field, according to a report in the Tri-City Herald. There were no injuries.