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Sportsplex USA Hosts Military Appreciation Tournament

To honor our military, Sportsplex USA in Santee will host an Armed Services Appreciation Tournament for indoor/arena soccer teams on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The tournament features ten teams that will play three qualifying rounds each, with the top teams advancing to the playoff rounds. At noon there will be an appreciation ceremony featuring Santee Mayor Randy Voepel and several members of the military.

The City of Santee is an appropriate place to hold a military appreciation event, as it is the only city in the county to have adopted military units. Not long after 9/11, then-Congressman DuncanHunter (Sr.) approached city leaders in San Diego County with the idea of adopting military units as a show of support. For Mayor Voepel, this was a “no brainer.” As a former U.S. Marine and a Vietnam Veteran, Voepel has been active in supporting the military on his own time and did not want Santeeto seem like it was “slacking off” in its duty. So, with his support, the city adopted two USMC units: the 2nd Battalion 1st Regiment (“The Professionals”) stationed at Camp Pendelton and HMH 462 (“Heavy Haulers”) helicopter squadron from MCAS Miramar.

The tournament is presented by SportsplexUSAin conjunction with, a premier online soccer magazine focusing on Southern California club, college, and professional teams. San Diego Countyshowed itself to be one of the top soccer areas in the country during the World Cup, and it is home to thousands of youth and club players. Members of some of the local professional teams, including the Sockers, Flash, and Boca, will be on hand to share tips with players and fans.

Entry to the Sportsplex USA complex for general public (over 18) is $2.50, but this includes a token for an equal value in drinks at the on-site restaurant. Military members are free with I.D. Sportsplex USA is located at 9951 Riverwalk Drive, just east of Rio Seco School and the adjoining ball fields. For more information on the event, visit the Sportsplex USA website.

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Dutch Invade Santee

It was an invasion of Oranje proportions on Sunday, July 11, as fans of the Netherlands descended on Carlton Oaks Country Club to root for their team in the 2010 World Cup championship game. Local business owners Thomas and Caroline (VanderWel) Hootman welcomed the small but enthusiastic crowd to the newly renovated Oaks Bar and Grill, which was suitably decked out with orange tablecloths and decorations. In an effort to counter the prediction of a Spanish victory by Paul the prognosticating mollusk, the couple even brought octopus salad for everyone to share. Sadly the sushi sacrifice was ineffective and Spain did go on to win in overtime. But in spite of the disappointing conclusion to the game everyone enjoyed the chance to get together and cheer for the Oranje.

Caroline, a native of the Netherlands, wore orange for her team, as did nearly everyone else who attended. However her sartorial enthusiasm for the Dutch was eclipsed by her husband who threw himself completely into the colorful theme from head to toe. For more on the game and the day, check out the story on Santee Examiner.

Enjoy a few more pictures from the day.

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