Youth soccer: VanNess recognized
Ya’nique VanNess of Ballston Spa was recently named to the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program 1999 all-star team.
A member of the Albany Alleycats, VanNess was selected based on her stellar performance at the Nov. 24-29 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls’ Thanksgiving Interregional at Spanish River Athletic Park in Boca Raton, Fla.
Of the nearly 300 girls that participated in the event, four all-star rosters were put together, one each for the 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 age groups. The 1999 roster has 12 players, and VanNess is among four from Region I.
Madison Lowe (1999 team, Region I, Webster, Buffalo Soccer Club) was the only other New Yorker to earn all-star status following the tournament.