Fifty-Five To Play In Fifth Annual Grace Cup

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Fifty-five players from 17 different area high schools will be playing in the fifth annual Grace Cup all-star soccer game on Saturday, June 8, at Terry Todt/RHSA Field in Raymond.

The day starts off with the Lincolnwood alumni soccer game at 2 p.m., followed by the second annual girls Grace Cup at 4 p.m. The gray team will be coached by Hillsboro High School Head Coach Dave Mattson, while the purple team will be coached by Brent Stuckey of Rochester and Zack Audi of Auburn.

The gray team includes Tess Saathoff, Abbi Jett, Blayze Horn, Aubry Rupert and Lexi Lusk from Hillsboro; Greta Fleming from Litchfield; Gabriella Marchiori and Makayla Proctor of Carlinville and Katelin Weideman, Shania Schoonover and Jeannine Sweeny of Pana.

The purple team includes Kaelee Dyer, Abby Walton, Emily Tibble, Abbey Conner, Emily Wollet and Mariah Irwin of Rochester; Emily Powell and Dallas Eicken of Auburn; Bailey Wassell and Cara Anderson of Springfield Lutheran and Evelyn Harris of North Mac.

The fifth annual boys Grace Cup will begin after the girls game at 6 p.m. Hillsboro High School Head Coach Jason Burke will coach the gray team, while Lincolnwood High School Assistant Coach Ryan Webb will coach the purple team.

The gray team includes Eli Atkins, Isaiah Atkins and Justin Kershaw of Hillsboro; Adin Fleischer, Andrew DeNeve, Matt Schmidt, Travis Osborn, Nate Burns, Michael Douglas and Trey Gall of Carlinville; Kyle Sunderland and Sam Barber of Greenville; Carson Rantanen and Noah Birk of Staunton and Tanner Jacobs and Clayton Compton of Pana.

The purple team includes Brenden Applegate, Cody Knodle, Drew Johnson and Layne Johnson of Lincolnwood/Nokomis; Jerico Butacan, Justin Bounds and Marshal Creasy of North Mac; Justin Thorson, Devan Martincic and David Haage of Riverton/Tri-City; Angelo Collado of Taylorville; Lucas Petersen of Springfield Lutheran; Dawson Klunk and Dylan Klunk of Roxana; Parker Short of Mid-America Prepratory School and Nathan Bailey of Faith Bible Christian Academy.

The game is free to attend, but donations will be accepted and will go to the INADCure Foundation in honor of seven-year-old Grace Herschelman, who is battling a rare genetic condition called infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy.

Concessions will also be available at the game and the public is welcome to watch some of the best soccer players in the area showcase their skills.

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