Charli Apodaca of Norway blocks a shot from Anna Theriault of Minot Wednesday during the McG United Soccer Academy at Auburn Middle School. The five-day camp has 127 children and teenagers being led by coaches from Lewiston High School, Central Maine Community College and current and former players from LHS and Edward Little High School. “This all starts with their local youth soccer associations, and we are here to reinforce that,” said camp founder Mike McGraw, who coached LHS for 44 years before retirement. “Being here is a testament to those kids that want to get better. It gives them an appetite to play more.” Apodaca and Theriault are goal keepers for the Saint Dominic Academy soccer team. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Coach Abdijabar Hersi works with Antonio Peralta, 13, of Turner during the McG United Soccer Academy on Wednesday at Auburn Middle School. The five-day camp has 127 children and teenagers being led by coaches from Lewiston High School, Central Maine Community College and current and former players from LHS and Edward Little High School. “I’m so lucky to have the kids that we have this year,” said camp founder Mike McGraw. “Those kids will get a lot of soccer in this week.” Hersi is an assistant coach for Central Maine Community College. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Abby Cyr, 8, of Auburn reacts to her coach’s announcement that it is snack time Wednesday during the McG United Soccer Academy at Auburn Middle School. Cyr wore rabbit ears for the camp’s “Wacky Wednesday.” Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Mike McGraw talks with young soccer players Wednesday during the McG United Soccer Academy at Auburn Middle School. The five-day camp has 127 children and teenagers being led by coaches from Lewiston High School, Central Maine Community College and current and former players from LHS and Edward Little High School. “This all starts with their local youth soccer associations, and we are here to reinforce that,” said McGraw, the camp founder who coached LHS for 44 years before retirement. “Being here is a testament to those kids that want to get better. It gives them an appetite to play more. I’m so lucky to have the kids that we have this year. Those kids will get a lot of soccer in this week.” Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Sophie Dulac, 8, of Lewiston sprays her face with water to cool down Wednesday during the McG United Soccer Academy at Auburn Middle School. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Ronan Marshall, 9, of Auburn takes a seat on his water jug and ball Wednesday during the McG United Soccer Academy at Auburn Middle School. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Will Diamond-Stanic, 13, of Lewiston and his goalkeeper teammates stretch Wednesday morning during the McG United Soccer Academy at Auburn Middle School. The five-day camp has 127 children and teenagers being led by coaches from Lewiston High School, Central Maine Community College and current and former players from LHS and Edward Little High School. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Max Caron, 8, of Minot wears his colorful socks on “Wacky Wednesday” during the McG United Soccer Academy at Auburn Middle School. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal


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