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The Gorge League is heating up

By ADAM LAPIERRE

News staff writer

May 17, 2006

After a heated and emotional division-one championship game last summer, and a series of events that followed, the Columbia Gorge Soccer League change form from 32 teams last season to 20 this season. Of the twelve teams dropped, six formed a separate mini-league that plays in areas outside of Hood River.

The CGSL kicked off this year’s action in April and the season will last through August, with 18 regular-season games and a championship tournament.

“This year looks good,” said League Director Jose Bibian. “The competition is better than last year. We have a lot of positive things going on.”

New to the league this season is the CGSL’s status as a nonprofit organization.

“We don’t do this for the money,” Bibian said. “We want to make sure people don’t think we’re making money off the league. We do this for the players and for the community.”

This year the league donated $3,000 to help maintain two Wahtonka soccer fields that will be used throughout the season. Last year they donated $4,500 to the Hood River School District for field maintenance.

After five games, three teams (Morelia, Mt. Adams and Abasolo) sit at the top with three wins and two losses each. But that is sure to change fast.

Games will be played this season on Saturdays and Sundays, in Parkdale, The Dalles and Wy’east. Typically, ten games a weekend will be played, five on each day, starting at about 2 p.m. and lasting into the evening.

Division 1 standings:

Team W L T

Morelia 3 2 0

Mt. Adams 3 2 0

Abasolo 3 2 0

San Antonio 2 1 0

Jalisco 2 1 0

Juventus 2 1 0

Apple City 3 2 0

San Pablo 1 2 1

The Dalles 1 3 1

Azteca 0 4 0

Division 2 standings:

Dep. Charo 3 0 1

San Antonio 3 1 1

Azteca Jr. 3 0 1

Cruz Azul 3 3 0

Durango 2 1 2

Brasil 1 3 0

Silver 2 3 0

San Pablo 1 2 1

Eagles 0 2 3

Hood River 1 4 0

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