Local Players Help AYF All-Stars Snatch National Crown



Good RINGS: (From still left) Kai Pritchard, Emanuel Gerena, Jayden Nascimento, Najee Calhoun, Colin Izzo and Donato Kastner demonstrate off their components immediately after the New Jersey American Youth Football 14-and-under Meeting All-Star squad captured the AYF nationwide title on Dec. 10. (Supplied Photograph)
A handful of nearby soccer players not long ago had the working experience of a lifetime and helped their group to a countrywide title.
Actively playing together with other select all-stars, Emanuel Gerena, Kai Pritchard, Jayden Nascimento, Colin Izzo, Donato Kastner and Najee Calhoun traveled to Kissimmee, Fla., for the American Youth Soccer Nationwide Championships, and on Dec. 10 the New Jersey AYF 14-and-beneath All-Stars scored a 38-19 victory around Georgia PAC 12 to safe the Conference All-Stars 14U crown.
Following the Jersey boys cruised past Michigan, 35-, in the first round, NJAYF routed Bayside-Maryland, also by a 35- rating, to progress to the remaining. Georgia PAC 12 had defeated Tucson (Ariz.), 35-, and Central Massachusetts, 21-6, just before falling to the elite squad from New Jersey, which was coached by Lou Montanaro. Genera and Calhoun had been named MVPs.
Pritchard attends St. Mary Academy in Stafford Township, although Gerena attends Russell O. Brackman Center University in Barnegat. Nascimento, Izzo and Kastner attend Southern Regional Middle School, and Calhoun attends Lacey Center School. The six gamers this fall performed on the 14-and-less than Southern AYF group coached by Jack Nascimento.
Pritchard and Calhoun also ended up chosen to depict the East all-stars in Las Vegas on Feb. 5 for the yearly AYF East-West All-Star Recreation, a day right before the NFL Pro Bowl in Las Vegas.
Jack Nascimento also coached the NJAYF 12-and-beneath conference all-stars at the nationwide championship match, inserting fifth. NJAYF gained its initial activity from Central Florida, 35-, in advance of dropping a 7-6 determination to Metro-Maryland. In the consolation bracket, NJAYF ousted King/PAC 20 by an 18-12 margin, then crushed Central Massachusetts, 48-14. —D.B.

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