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Local high schools gear up for a day of soccer mania

on November 16, 2012

On Saturday the West Contra Costa Unified School District will host the first ever North Coast Section soccer jamboree. With 15 20-minute games scheduled in less than eight hours, it’s sure to be race car-like.

All games are to be held at Richmond High and admission is free. Kennedy and Richmond kick things off at 9 a.m., while the last game starts at 5 p.m. At noon, Mexican food vendors will fill everyone up with carne asada and guacamole.

Other schools participating in the event are De Anza, Hercules, Pinole, and El Cerrito. Each team will play five games.

District Athletic Coordinator Darrin Zaragoza said the purpose of the event is to have fun, give teams some work before the season starts, and to evaluate players.

“Richmond [High] is known for having one of the stronger soccer programs in the Bay Area,” he said. “But everybody has really good talent. There’s quality soccer in the school district.”

And not to leave other sports hanging, Zaragoza said there are plans to have softball, basketball and volleyball jamborees for next year.

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