The 15th annual Jackson Hole Fall Classic youth soccer tournament came and went over the weekend, with the three-day tournament culminating on Sunday afternoon at William T. McIntosh Stadium. JH United took the men’s U19 championship in that game, putting together a 4-1 victory over Sparta United.
In the other U19 title game, which consisted of the Jackson Hole women’s U19 team and co-ed squads, the JH United Blue junior varsity boys side upended the U19 women to take the tournament, 4-0.
On the boys side, Jackson Hole’s U15 team took the title.
A big emphasis for the program is on the younger divisions, where competitive programs can be sparse. For that, Jackson Hole Youth Soccer looks to keep the kids engaged and growing through the sport.
It paid off across a number of levels, but it was the U12 girls team that won the tournament 4-1 over the Blackfoot Youth squad to highlight the weekend.
“I think it’s a huge emphasis of the club to try to promote the girls side of the program,” youth soccer President Bud Chatham said. “Getting not only just more numbers, but to create a greater interest in just playing sports on their own.”
With 15 years of the tournament behind them, the expectation is only that the competition, both the level of play and teams involved, can only go up.
“The big takeaway of this tournament is our possibility to create a local event with our families to have very good competition without having to travel to Boise (Idaho), Salt Lake City (Utah) or Bozeman (Montana),” coaching director George Hahui said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for our home teams to be exposed to this type of competition in this little place here in Jackson.”