Casper soccer players head to first national tournament

(L-R) Madison Burnett, Hannah Trumbull, Paige Hill, and Jordan Redmond make up part of the High Plains Select soccer club that will be headed to the National Championships this weekend. (Brittani Wert, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. ⁠— The High Plains Select soccer club is hot off the heels of their Northwest Regional win in Seattle, Washington. The team is now gearing up for their games in the National Championship, held this upcoming weekend in Denver.

The club, based here in Casper, recruits players from all over the region, including Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and Montana. Over 60 high-school-aged players make up the team, many of which hold All-State or All-Conference titles, according to coach Jason Redmond.

High Plains Select is a tournament and college showcase club, competing in six to seven tournaments a year and only practicing together once. The team relies on the skills, knowledge, and dedication of the girls, Redmond says.

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Both the U16 and U17 girls teams made history when they took home the Regional Championship titles in Seattle; this marks the first time a Wyoming soccer team has made it to the National Championship.

Four High Plains Select players represent Casper – Madison Burnett and Paige Hill from Kelly Walsh, and Jordan Redmond and Hannah Trumbull from Natrona County High School. “I’m excited for the competition and to see how other teams play,” Hill says before a practice session at Kelly Walsh Tuesday afternoon.

High Plains Select will compete starting Friday afternoon with games running through Sunday. If they win their bracket, they will continue with games on Monday.

Photo courtesy of Jason Redmond
Madison Burnett and Jordan Redmond practice at Kelly Walsh on Tuesday afternoon ahead of their National Championship (Brittani Wert, Oil City)
Hannah Trumbull practices at Kelly Walsh on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the team’s National Championship games (Brittani Wert, Oil City)