Times Sports Editor
In the twilight at Northview High School, members of the girls' soccer team competed in drills under the watchful eyes of not only head coach Tony Alstott, but Danielle Smith as well.
Smith was leading the way as the athletes, some with experience while others were just getting their feet wet in the sport, literally, after morning and afternoon rains saturated the area.
"Really there are two sets (of players)," said Alstott. "Those coming back can regain their familiarity with the game and those who have never played can learn a basic understanding of the game."
That diversity of skill levels and the broad range of instruction that Smith is providing is of benefit to all of those attending this year's mini-camp which will end with a scrimmage at Washington High School.
"The purpose of this camp is to expose everyone to a new coach. Danielle has excellent credentials and she's as knowledgeable about soccer as anyone in the Wabash Valley," commented Alstott. "She has a great relationship with the girls and has gotten immediate respect from them."
Alstott also feels that though soccer is a big focus of the camp, that the camp's athletes can learn a great deal about what the sport can offer them off the field as well.
"I think that Danielle is a pretty good role model too. She can show these girls what ambition can gain them," he said.
"The sport took Danielle to college and helped pay for her education," said the second year Northview coach. "She's worked hard and used soccer to further herself. I think that the girls will find that teamwork and attention to detail can be applied to school and your job down the line."
This year's camp had nearly double the numbers of last season's mini-camp, a number not lost on Alstott.
"I'm very pleased with this year's turnout. We've got 18 girls this year and I think we had about 10 last year," said Alstott.