Spearfish Soccer Association donates $44K to high school program

July 12, 2018

SPEARFISH — Leaders of the Spearfish Youth Soccer Association and members of the Spearfish soccer teams presented the Spearfish School District a $44,000 check Monday to help fund the high school soccer program.

Monday’s donation marked the fifth consecutive year the association made the donation as part of an agreement between the association and the district to sanction the sport.

“We really appreciate the board and everyone taking on the association and believing in us and believing in the kids. I think they are really proud of it,” said Rick Ellerton, president of soccer association.

Over the five years, a combined $220,000 has been donated to the school.

“Thank you guys as well,” said Kirk Easton, superintendent of the district. “What a commitment. … That’s a lot of work.”

Sixteen high school soccer players along with coaches were on hand to make the donation.

The high school sanctioned soccer as a sport in 2015. Previously it was played as a club sport.

The boys’ team has made several state tournament appearances since it was sanctioned. This included a state victory in 2016. The girls’ team has reached the state tournament for the last three consecutive years, including a third-place finish in 2015.

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