Local 3v3 soccer team qualifies for Nationals

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A local 3v3 soccer team, ranked No. 9 in the nation, was invited to play at Disney World’s ESPN Fields in Orlando, Fla. The tournament will take place on July 25 and the team is asking for donations. Members of the team include Zach Deibel, Anthony Alberti, Keegan Harris, Robert Christopher Colonius, Hunter Taylor, Johnathon Baugh and coach John Harris.


Members of the local Springfield Demize ’02 3v3 soccer team have qualified for the National tournament held at Disney World’s ESPN Fields on July 26-28, 2019.

Coached by John Harris, members of the team include Zach Diebel, Anthony Alberti, Keegan Harris, Robert Christoper Colonius, Hunter Taylor, and Johnathan Baugh.

In the teams last 14 games the record is 13-0-1 they have outscored their opponents 47-2, and have accolades such as the Heartland League Champions (Kansas City), Coca-Cola Tournament  Champions (Springfield), and Stockyard Tournament Champions (Kansas City).

As you can imagine, the boys are thrilled that they are ranked 9th out of over 800 teams in the Nation and are excited and honored to be invited to play the ESPN Fields.

However, as you can imagine it will cost a lot to take six kids to Florida for three full days of soccer and some fun exploring Disney.

The team is asking for sponsorships for the next 12 months and if your business is interested in doing so, contact April Davis at april.davisces@aol.com or Nicole Taylor at nicole_taylor74@yahoo.com. Checks can be made out to Nicole Taylor or you can donate through PayPal with Taylor’s email address. All sponsor names and logos are due by July 8.

They have also setup a Facebook page that you can make single donations at by going to the page “3v3 National Championship Tournament” and give money there. These donations can be accepted until July 25.

Members of the team play on various team throughout the year. This spring, they have competed at tournaments in Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis, and Springfield.

If you are in the Lebanon area on July 13, check out the teams bake sale in front of Tangled Salon from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. to help with funding.

Below are bios of each player on the team submitted by their parents, so you can get to know them a little better.

Zach Deibel (Class of 2020) — Zach has been playing soccer since he was 3 years old.  He holds record at school of the Osage for most goals scored in a single game (6).Position Midfielder. Zach wants to play soccer during his college career.
Anthony Alberti (Class of 2021) —He has been playing soccer since he was 11. Positions: Forward, Right wing, Center mid. Class of 2021 School of the Osage. Anthony wants to play soccer during his college career.
Keegan Harris (Class of 2020)  — Keegan is a student at Conway High School. He has been playing soccer since he was 3 and started with the Lebanon Soccer Association. Position Full Back and Defender. Keegan wants to attend Drury University and hopes to play soccer for them all 4 years.
Robert Christopher Colonius (Class of 2020) — Robert is a student at School of the Osage and he has been playing soccer for 14 years and plays all positions. Robert wants to play soccer during his college career.
Hunter Taylor — He moved to the States when he was 4 years old. He has two older siblings and one younger one. Hunter has been around soccer his whole life. He grew up on the fields watching his older siblings play and actively. Started playing recreational soccer when he was 7 years old. He has been playing club level for the Demize Soccer Academy in Springfield for the last four years. During high school season, he plays for Waynesville High School. During off-season, he plays either indoor or 3v3 soccer. He annually attends soccer camps and if not at practice or at a game; he juggles the ball or meets up with friends at the fields. Soccer is his passion and he wants to continue playing after he graduates.
Johnathon Baugh (Class of 2021) — He started at the Carthage YMCA where his seven siblings could also play soccer and watch each other play. When a brain tumor diagnosis and surgery stopped him from playing his U11 spring season, he was anxious to work through the physical therapy and be back on the pitch that fall. Sure enough, he not only returned but excelled at this sport he loved so much. He later played at Lawrence County Youth Soccer in Mt. Vernon, MO, and then joined the competitive Demize Academy, where he currently plays with their U17 team.


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