Soccer before sunrise

Hugo Nateras, 13, trailed by defender Arthur Lopez, 13, drives the ball forward as the predawn action gets started at Garrison Middle School recently.

Hugo Nateras, 13, trailed by defender Arthur Lopez, 13, drives the ball forward as the predawn action gets started at Garrison Middle School recently. Photo by Greg Lehman.

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Garrison students trickle into the locker room at 6:30 a.m., wipe the sleep from their eyes, and lace up their bright pink and electric yellow indoor soccer shoes. They sport the jerseys of Real Madrid, Barcelona and other professional teams hoping to dribble past opponents and score a goal

All this before breakfast is served in the school cafeteria.

Wyldlife’s Mariachi Indoor Soccer Club is held at 6:45 a.m. every Wednesday at Garrison Middle School. The club, which has run for the past two years, is organized and run by Carl Robanske a Garrison teacher and leader for the organization Young Life and it’s middle-school branch, Wyldlife.

“I like the club because I get to improve my skills in soccer. I like the competition,” said Edwin Romero one of the club captains.

“I really enjoy being a part of this and spending time with Garrison kids doing something they are passionate about. Wyldlife is about kids knowing their worth. I hope that with the early mornings, the soccer, the loud mix of Taylor Swift and classic rock, they see that they are worth all of it and more,” Robanske reflected.

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