Extreme tourney wraps up with a win
The PowerAde Park City Extreme Cup’s jump from 60 teams to 165 appears to have been a smooth one. According to Marie Jackson, one of the event organizers, the tournament ran "without a glitch."
"It was a huge success," Jackson said. "It ran so smoothly."
Three hundred games were held during the three-day tournament that started on Thursday. Games were held at soccer fields all over Park City and the Snyderville Basin. An extra field was even added behind Treasure Mountain Middle School for the event.
According to Jackson the tournament committee received a lot of positive feedback, including comments about both the organization before the event and the volunteers that helped staff each of the individual venues.
"Park City’s getting on the map for soccer," Jackson said.
Soccer teams in age divisions from 9-and-under up to 18-and-under from Utah and surrounding states competed and Jackson said one of the best parts of the event was working with programs from different places.
"It was fun as a volunteer to meet people," Jackson said.
The tournament utilized 200 volunteers, including one person from each of the participating teams. They received sponsorships and donations from a number of local businesses and community members.
"It was cool to see the city come together," Jackson said.
As the cherry on top, the Park-City based Black Diamond girls’ 18-and-under squad won the championship in their division. Many of the girls on the team will play on the Park City High School team this fall and some have even accepted scholarships to Division I college programs.
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