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Volleyblog - July 12, 2010
July 12, 2010 - Brian Ferry
The annual Foote Rest Campground Volleyball Tournament was held this past weekend in Lantz Corners. Here's the background... for the past 20 years, a two-day tournament with round robin play on Saturday and double elmination playoffs on Sunday has been held at the campground. Most players and teams arrive Friday, some as early as noon. Some stay into the night on Sunday. For years, groups would even stay overnight on Sunday. I don't think that happens any more. The level of play is pretty solid. We had men and women who just finished collegiate seasons, many coaches, and most of the rest, like me, just plain volleyball junkies. Many of the players have been coming for a dozen years or more, meaning we're getting a little long in the tooth. The camping can get pretty rowdy. Almost all of the teams stay in the primitive area of the campground, several hundred yards from the nearest of the humans. For many teams, Foote Rest is a chance to visit with people you see once a year. I've been there something like the last 19 years. My team probably travels farther than any other. Although I'm a local - about 50 minutes away - my teammates are folks I started playing with in my college years. They're concentrated in the Allentown area and Foote Rest is something of an annual pilgrimage for them. Some of the younger teams still go for the volleyball. The tournament is worthy of them. Many of the best players from this portion of Pennsylvania and southwestern New York play. There are two (three this year) divisions. For those folks who don't want to play against the likes of St. Francis men's volleyball standout Jordan Varee there is a semi-power division. A total of 26 teams (I think) participated (all divisions) this year. When I left, after gathering up all my infrequently used camping gear and giving my farewells to teammates and friends, team Goose (including Varee and fellow Red Flash starter Tyler Mattera) was playing a team out of Erie (I don't remember their team name, though I know the members of the team) in the finals.
If you like (rowdy) camping and volleyball, I have to suggest giving the Foote Rest tournament a try. Directions and dates are available at www.footerestcampground.com
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