Peninsula kids get a kick out of summer soccer camp

Sheena Darling of Western Baptist College shows Biana Cordero the finer points of soccer at a camp last week sponsored by Peninsula Baptist Church. KEVIN HEIMBIGNER photo

LONG BEACH - More than three dozen budding soccer stars from kindergarten through eighth grade enjoyed a soccer camp at Culbertson Field last week, under the guidance of four varsity players from Western Baptist College (WBC).

Peninsula Baptist Church Associate Pastor Dave Cree said, "We organized the soccer camp as a service to the community. We are happy that this is a great way to get acquainted with more kids, and we want them to know we have a relevant children's ministry as part our church's overall program."

WBC senior, Sheena Darling, starter on their highly successful soccer team since she was a freshman, said, "Soccer isn't the main focus of the camp. We're here to interact with the kids, to give them lots of one-on-one attention, to just play and have fun with them. Of course we try to pass on to them some fundamentals, too."

Darling, from Oak Harbor, was joined at the camp by teammate Sharon Hemsfreed of Orting. The two ladies were key players on teams that finished second in the country in the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association two of the last three seasons.

Sheena related, "Our college soccer team's focus is on playing for the glory of the Lord. We want others to see this in our play and in our attitudes."

Jake Watterberg and Kyle Holmes are both Peninsula natives, with Jake moving to Klamath Falls when he was eight years old and Kyle graduating from Ilwaco High School in 2001. Both are serving as interns at Peninsula Baptist Church this summer and both are on the WBC men's soccer team.

Teresa Daniels and Nate and Zach Wiegardt assisted the quartet in coaching the youngsters in the finer points of the most popular team sport in the world, soccer.

The energetic Darling said, "We're really going to have a good team next year at Western Baptist and hopefully win a national championship."

If enthusiasm, skill, and being a great role model mean anything, these young people already are champs and they passed these qualities on to Peninsula kids at camp - and got a kick out of it to boot.

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