Raiders relish all-star experience

Although the final score wasn’t what Logan Townsend had hoped for in Thursday night’s Subway All-Star Soccer Game in Pensacola, the Navarre senior was thankful he had a chance to play high school soccer one last time.

The East squad’s 1-0 loss to the West didn’t put a damper on that feeling at the Ashton Brosnaham Soccer Complex.

“It didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to, but it was still a lot of fun to play in this game,” Townsend said. “I had a chance to play with guys I’ve grown up with. I enjoyed it.”

Townsend was one of four Navarre players on the East. He was joined by teammates Bailey Bridges, Nate Schroeder and Jonah Cruz.

The game featured players from Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties.  The win by the West was the first in the four-year history of the event.

“It was an honor to be around all of these great players,” Townsend said. “I’ve played with a lot of these guys growing up. It was awesome.”

Cruz had similar thoughts on the all-star experience.

“It was nice to be nominated for the game,” Cruz said. “I had a chance to play with my teammates and friends. I definitely enjoyed it.”

Read more in the Feb. 25 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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