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Boys win, girls lose in Kansas

July 22, 2010

Each of the Newport Beach-based Slammers FC under-16 boys' and under-17 girls' teams opened play at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships on Wednesday in Overland Park, Kan.

The boys won their first match, getting a 1-0 victory against Waza FC 94 Black from Michigan. Goalkeeper Connor Gaal, a player on the Corona del Mar High boys' soccer team, helped the Slammers record the shutout.

The girls fell to the SoCal Blues, 3-0. This is the team's third appearance in this tournament in the past four seasons.

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George Larsen, the boys' soccer coach at CdM, coaches both the Slammers teams. Larsen is the only coach at the five-day tournament guiding two teams.

The boys return to action today against the Blast FC from Ohio at 6 a.m. A victory will help the Slammers' chances of making the final on Sunday. They earned three points for Wednesday's win.

The girls play the Michigan Hawks 93 from Michigan today at 8 a.m. They need a victory to get back in contention.

— From staff reports

Harbor fund-raiser

The Newport Harbor High football boosters will have a poker tournament Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club in Costa Mesa.

The poker tournament is Texas Hold'em, $100 per person. Players receive $1,000 pseudo money in chips.

There will be raffle drawings. Dinner will be provided by the Arches, and beer and wine will be served, as included with the $100 fee.

For additional information, call (949) 515-1707.

— From staff reports

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