Now in its 11th year, the annual Four Diamonds All-Star Soccer Game has made a big change.

The benefit game will move from its home since its inception, Waynesboro's Indian Stadium, to the turf field at Greencastle-Antrim's Kaley Field.

The contest, between senior boys all-stars from the Public Opinion coverage area and a team from Washington County, Md., is set for 6:45 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Former Waynesboro coach Steve Tanner, who organized the game in 2002, was coaxed into changing the venue after last year's game, played in rain on the less-than-ideal grass surface at Indian Stadium, turned into a muddy mess.

Tanner said, "Last year was really crappy - cold and wet."

He said that after the game, both Greencastle coach Scott Gelsinger and Chambersburg coach Mike Dent offered up their turf fields for the event.

"We felt that Greencastle was a better fit because it's closer for the Washington County kids," Tanner said. "The Greencastle athletic director (Vicki Ritchey) agreed to host it right away and she's actually doing a lot of the work to get everything ready."

The event has raised nearly $11,000 to date, money that goes to the Four Diamonds Cancer Fund at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to help the families of pediatric cancer patients while the kids are treated at Hershey.

Unlike many all-star games, this contest is a natural rivalry because it pits Pennsylvania vs.


Maryland, and that creates a little more intensity than a typical all-star event.

While the P.O. team has dominated the series, leading 7-2-1, Maryland - sponsored by Screentique - has won two of the last four years, including 7-3 last year in the mud.

Most of the games have produced a healthy number of goals; in fact, the 10 games have averaged 4.1 goals, despite having three 1-0 decisions and a 1-1 tie.

Tanner said, "I just reffed an all-star game Sunday and you could see that the defenses - since they hadn't played together - weren't always working well. Sometimes you'd see two guys push up and others not push up and that left some guys onside and wide open."

NOTES: Waynesboro's Doug Beckner will coach the P.O. team Greencastle has the most Pa. players selected, with five, and Chambersburg is next with four.


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Four Diamonds All-Star Game


Chambersburg - Bryce Stouffer, Jacob Sempowski, Nick Shandera, Bryce Stewart. Greencastle-Antrim - Zach Faulkner, Taylor Kirkpatrick, Paul Herman, Josh Spoonhour, Noah Graham. James Buchanan - Nathaniel Truett. Shippensburg - Jonathan Gerlach, Justin Timko. Waynesboro - Jesse Smith. Fannett-Metal - Jordan Hurrell, Dylan Bradley. McConnellsburg - Jesse Swope, Hunter Miller. Shalom Christian - Brandon Crider, Jeffrey McCracken, Ben Holderman. Mercersburg Academy - Luka Albisetti.


Four Diamonds All-Stars at a glance

Game data: 11th annual Four Diamonds All-Star Soccer Game Wednesday, 6:45 p.m. at Kaley Field, Greencastle.

Teams: Public Opinion (Pennsylvania) vs. Screentique (Maryland).

Series: Pa. leads 7-2-1 after Maryland took a 7-3 win last year.

Admission: $5 adults, $3 students.

Benefit: Four Diamonds Cancer Fund.