National soccer headlines

Updated: January 9, 2010, 3:36 AM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPN RISE

ESPN RISE offers this quick look at high school-related news around the country:

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010

Navy dad returns to see son score

Florida Times Union: After serving 10 months in Afghanistan, a Navy chief returns in time to see his son score the decided goal in the conference championship. MORE

Friday, Jan. 8, 2010

Former soccer star loses battle with cancer

Stamford Advocate: Keith Segovia, a former Stamford (Conn.) soccer standout and recent youth coach, died following a bout with colon cancer. He was 31. MORE

Florida teen suffers stroke during practice

Associated Press: The Sun-Sentinel was the first to report that a player from Monarch (Fla.) was hospitalized after suffering what was believed to be a stroke during practice. MORE

Florida players cope with cold weather The frozen tundra in Tallahassee? Well, not far from it. A cold snap has gripped the South and soccer players -- the lone outdoor winter sport in Florida -- are finding ways to deal with the near-freezing temperatures. MORE

Friday, Jan. 1, 2010

Gonzalez named Athlete of the Year

Rapid City Journal: Record-setting goal scorer Maria Gonzalez earns Athlete of the Year honors.MORE

St. Louis schools win top honors

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis high schools swept the state titles and the player honors in 2009. MORE

Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009

Former Terps, HS standout coach dies

Washington Post: Joseph Grimaldi, who coached the University of Maryland and prior to that led Walter Johnson (Bethesda, Md.) to a 126-12-12 record in 15 years, died recently at the age of 83. MORE

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