Locals prepping for Central Valley high school soccer all star game

Posted at 2:06 PM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 21:26:14-04

On a week of record breaking heat, seemingly the only place to practice sports is indoors. Training these past few nights inside the gym at Ridgeview, a group that knows all about breaking records. "You can't have superstar teams because of how many schools are in Kern County everybody is kind of split up," said Arvin senior Hugo Magana. "You only have one or two superstars on the team."

This week that number will be 27. "Nothing was done for soccer and so when these guys came along a couple years ago and started putting this together and organizing it, we just thought it was pretty cool because now we can showcase the talent we have here in Kern County," said John Mendoza, head coach of the South All Stars. 

The best of the best soccer players in Kern County will not play against one another like a typical all star game. Instead, this weekend they'll take on the best players in the Fresno area. "I know some of the players (up) North and it's like a really big deal for me to beat them," said Grant Fidler, a standout at Centennial who is heading to UC Davis. 

This will be the ninth installment of the Central Valley All Star Game and players say the rivalry is already there. "It's very competitive," said Max Bluemel, head coach for the south girls all star team. "I don't care about the heat wave."

The boys game will play first Friday night at Lindsey High School with kick off set for 8:00 PM. The girls will play Saturday at 6:00 PM.


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