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December 5, 2011

KICK IT: Hollkamp's national dream

BORDEN —  

Borden's Grant Hollkamp continued on his upward curve in youth soccer circles with his selection to represent the Olympic Development Program's Midwest Region II '97 team in Costa Rica next February.

The diminutive 14-year-old holding midfielder impressed in an inter-regional tournament held in Chula Vista, Calif. over Thanksgiving week, where his team ended up with a 2-1 record.

Despite a 2-0 loss to Region IV, the team bounced back to record two victories against the 1998 National Team Blue (2-0) and Region III (2-0). 

Hollkamp said the venue, the Olympic Training Center, was “really impressive,” while the weather was perfect, around 75 degrees each day. He wasn't, however, there for a vacation.

“I worked hard while in California to get selected for the Costa Rica trip, and I feel very lucky to have made the team because there are a lot of very good players in the Midwest,” he said. “My goal is still to make the national team for my age group, but I know it will take a lot of time and hard work to make that happen.”

The Costa Rica tournament takes place from Feb. 4-11 and comprises the United States' four regional teams, as well four teams from the host nation. They will also attend a professional game and get to experience international play.

This is the second consecutive year that Hollkamp, currently playing his club soccer with Mockingbird, has been named on the ODP Region II team. 

The Louisville Collegiate eighth grader made the 18-player squad following his performance at the ODP camp in DeKalb, Ill. His age group comprised 400 players from 14 states. 

 

TIRED CARDS FALL TO BRUINS

It was highly doubtful that Saturday night's NCAA quarterfinal clash between Louisville and UCLA would match the nine-goal thriller witnessed at a snowy Cardinal Park last year when the pair faced each other at the same stage.

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