The annual Georges Valley girls soccer preseason kickoff tourney went off without a hitch Aug. 28 on a beautiful day in Thomaston, as eight teams squared off in a series of contests to not only sharpen their skills for the upcoming regular season, but to claim bragging rights and the event’s first-place trophy.

In the end, the winners of the tourney, which featured two Class A, Class B, Class C and junior varsity squads were the Camden Hills girls varsity, which went undefeated and claimed the championship.

Class B’s Camden Hills and Medomak Valley, Class C’s Georges Valley and Searsport and Class A’s Erskine Academy of South China and Massabesic of Waterboro took part in the tournament, with both Camden Hills and Erskine Academy also bringing their junior varsity teams to the tournament.

Darryl Townsend, the veteran Georges Valley varsity coach and one of the event coordinators, was pleased with the turnout for the event

“The event was outstanding,” he said. “Being able to bring all those eight teams together and have that as kind of a prelude to our season, it went extremely well. Every comment I received from every coach and every fan [was positive].”

There was also a break for lunch and two midday individual competitions for student-athletes. The first was a juggling competition, won by Melanie Vangel of the Windjammer varsity squad. She had more than 160 straight juggling touches. The latter was a goalie competition, won by Medomak Valley’s Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet.

Impressively, Vangel, a freshman, scored 11 of Camden Hills’ 13 goals in helping the Windjammers win the tourney.

The tournament kicked off at 9 a.m., with each team playing in five 30-minute, running-time contests. Traditional varsity games are 80 minutes in length, with two 40-minute halves. Each team was awarded two points for a victory and one point for a tie.

Team scores for the event were: Camden Hills varsity (5-0), 10 points; Camden Hills jayvees (3-2), Medomak Valley (3-2) and Erskine Academy jayvees (3-2), all six points; Georges Valley (2-2-1), five points; Massabesic (1-2-2), four points; Erskine Academy varsity (1-1-3), three points; and Searsport (0-5), no points.

Scores from each contest were not available.

An all-star team was also chosen for the event, with each team’s top two players spotlighted for their achievements with tournament t-shirts. The event’s all-star team included Sierra Chumlan and Michelle Beckwith of the Erskine Academy varsity, Bridget Humphrey and Abby Glidden of the Erskine Academy junior varsity, Micky Melonchie and Ceara Pelletier of Massabesic, Vangel and Kristina Alex of the Camden Hills varsity, Kaelyn Williams and CeCe Beck of the Camden Hills junior varsity, Alanna Vose and Mallory Conary of Medomak Valley, Allisen Brooks and Emma Thompson of Searsport, and Jennifer Denault and Jessie Veilleux of Georges Valley.

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