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Todos Juntos shines at Seaside tourney


The Rowe youths go 5-0 at Tournament of Champions

by: SUBMITTED - The players on Rowe Middle Schools Todos Juntos soccer team did themselves and their community proud at the recent Seaside Tournament of Champions beach soccer tournament, going undefeated and claiming the championship in their division. Vying for the standout team were: (first row, from left) Gustavo Felix, Jesus Olmos, Brian Miguel and Richard Campos; and (back) Gerardo Chavez, Carlos Pereira, Juan Gudino and Louis Bernal. Juan Maldonado coached the team, with assistance from Joe Goodley.A group of young men in Rowe Middle School’s Todos Juntos recreational sports program did themselves proud at the recent Seaside Tournament of Champions beach soccer tournament.

Competing in the 12-team 14-and-under division of the tournament, the group of Rowe seventh and eighth graders won all five of their matches and won their division.

They pretty much dominated their opponents, scoring 51 goals, to 19 goals by their five opponents. They defeated Maple Valley Raiders-Blue 12-2 in the championship final, after advancing through wins over the Washington Timbers (10-4), Portland Argonag (6-4), Maple Valley Raiders-White (10-6) and Heritage Development of Vancouver (13-3).

Strikers Gerardo Chavez and Jesus Olmos did most of the damage on offense. Chavez fired off 55 shots on-goal and found the net on 23 of them; Olmos had 37 shots on-frame and he scored 19 goals.

Juan Gudino starred in-goal, with 76 saves. Back-up keeper Brian Miguel made 10 saves.

Other players on the standout Rowe team included Gustavo Felix, Richard Campos, Luis Bernal and Carlos Pereira.

The tournament was contested in dry sand, making it an even bigger challenge for the competitors.

The competition concluded the year for Todos Juntos, which provided Saturday and after-school sports programs for Rowe youth throughout the school year.

The program, which serves mostly at-risk youth, was sponsored by United Way. Activities offered included flag football, volleyball, basketball, track, baseball and soccer. As many as 82 youth participated in the Saturday activities this year.

“Rowe was having a lot of problems keeping youths out of the juvenile system,” said Rowe custodian and Todos Juntos activity coordinator Joe Goodley. “This is the fourth year for Todos Juntos and since we started the program the risky behavior by youth at the school has gone way down.”

Goodley said that Juan Maldanado assisted with the Saturday program and coached the 14-and-under soccer team.