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Parkersburg’s Anna Floyd throws the ball in during a match last season against Huntington at Stadium Field. (Photo by Jay W. Bennett)

PARKERSBURG — The second annual Parkersburg High School soccer midnight madness is set to take place this evening at Stadium Field.

Starting at 7:30 p.m., there will be youth scrimmages involving area soccer players in grades kindergarten through eighth.

There are six middle schools teams, five elementary squads and not quite a dozen kids in the K-2 field, which will have one Big Red player on each of the youth teams.

Following the youth contests, there will be a meet the team for both the boys of head coach Billy Shedd and the girls of head man Phil Wilson.

After the alumni game takes place, there will be a mixed boys and girls PHS intersquad scrimmage to cap the evening.

Parkersburg’s Quinton Wright controls the ball during a match last season against Capital at Stadium Field. (Photo by Jay W. Bennett)

“This is the first year we’ve replaced the ice cream social,” noted Shedd. “It was on the same day in the morning and then we played the alumni game and did the midnight madness after that. It was a really long day.

“I think this is going to be better. We’ll see. We are not married to this idea, but hopefully we get a big turnout and they come watch them play. I love to see the young kids in the community come out and play on the turf.”

Along with concessions being available, Kona Ice also will be sold. There will be a 50/50 and raffle baskets with proceeds going toward the soccer programs.

“Last year was the first year we did it,” said Wilson. “This is year number two. It’s actually bigger this year. Being the first time it was kind of hard to organize and get those (youth) teams in.

“This year I think they got 10 teams that are going to be playing. Instead of doing an ice cream social and midnight madness, we kind of combined it all into a midnight madness. We’re trying to make it a big event that’s going to continue on yearly.”

Contact Jay Bennett at [email protected]

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