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Adaptive Soccer League gains footing in area high schools

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La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW)   Central and Logan met in a huge city rivalry game Tuesday.

It's one that may have slipped your attention.

The competition was intense.

The athletes were passionate.

And the final score was irrelevant.

The Adaptive High School Soccer League is in it's first year and features 4 schools.

"What we really wanted to do and the school district really backed us on this, bring something into the schools to give the kids a sense of pride. Being a part of Central or being a part of Logan they can have their peers come and cheer them on and really feel like they are a part of this community," said Central adaptive soccer coach Matt Meyers.

For the athletes, the rewards go beyond the scoring of a goal or the blocking of a shot.

The same goes for the parents

"Noah's a real gentle kid, real big. But he can't communicate real well. He's getting better with his ball handling. He seems to enjoy it. Big smile on his face. That's really what it's all about. To see these kids smile. They really do take it seriously," said Bill Ninneman, who's son plays on the Central squad.

"They build their self esteem. It brings us much joy as parents just like any other parent watching their child in the stands. We get the same sense of accomplishment that those parents feel," Lauri Alderman, who's son Danny also plays for Central.

"We just treat this like a sports team. we want to push these kids as far as they can go. We want them to have that true feeling of what it's like to be a part of a team," said Meyers.

Onalaska and Holmen also have teams.

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