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WHS Alums Enjoy Fourth Annual Post-Thanksgiving Soccer Match

Family and friends cheered on the former WHS soccer players.

Westfield High School soccer players ranging from the class of 1982 to recent graduates enjoyed some friendly competition Friday morning at Kehler Stadium for the fourth annual post-Thanksgiving soccer match.

"We had a great turnout, probably 45 former players," said Chris Partelow, class of '94, who has organized the game with the help of George Kapner, WHS's boys soccer coach. "We had guys from the first WHS state championship to players representing the last."

Kapner coached the older alums while currents boys varsity assistant coach Chris Carson lead the young alums. Peter Franks, the president of the Westfield Soccer Association, refereed the game.

"We separated the teams by age," Partelow explained. "The younger team was those who graduated after 2000 vs. the older team '82-'99. It was a highly contested battle that ended up in a 4-0 win by the youngsters. The score did not reflect the game, as we held them at bay until 20 minutes to go in the game, then the younger legs prevailed."

A large contingent of family and friends turned out to cheer on the teams.

"Although the 1992 grads, who were celebrating their 20-year reunion did not get to celebrate victory, we all enjoyed each others company," Partelow said. "Lots of memories and stories were shared, and old friends got to relieve their youth."

Billy Dee 714 November 25, 2012 at 03:31 PM
To see these generations of WHS players enjoy a holiday morning back on the pitch to play a little, laugh a lot and renew old bonds and memories underscores the importance of those ties and their increasing value as we age. The modern soccer clubs that prohibit h.s. play deprive kids of this, and take too much from their players !
fred norris November 25, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Congrats to Coach Kapner. His leadership of the WHS boys team has been an asset to every one of his former players. I am sure that there were many 30-something players from this game moaning as they arose from their beds and couches all weekend, and wives saying, "I told you not to play that hard."
Humberto A. November 28, 2012 at 05:14 PM
See your 1991 State Champs team mates; play a 90 minutes soccer game against young players; see your team mates (36, 37, 38,39, 40... years old) playing like there is no tomorrow...PRICELESS!!!
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