With who as many people who play soccer now, it is hard to believe this was not always the case. My brothers and I did not play soccer growing up, but I was coaching it as a young man. The article from the Hyrum Crusader does not name me, but if Weldon was doing something, I was doing something. When Peter Banks moved to our community, he took the initiative to get soccer started, and Weldon was a key part of this. We practiced at the baseball diamond at South Cache Junior High School. This was my first introduction to soccer, other than seeing it on t.v. It was just before I left on my mission.
November 26, 1976: First Year for Bridgerland Youth Soccer
The American Youth Soccer Organization has been introduced to Cache County.
Peter Banks has headed the Bridgerland Youth Soccer, region 131 of the AYSO. This has been its first year in Cache County. 225 boys and girls played soccer this year.
Teams practiced at least once a week with games on Saturday at Logan Jr. High. AYSO's motto is "Everybody Plays".
Hyrum based teams did well and earned first place honors in each of three divisions. In division I (eight and nine year olds) the Hyrum team Sharks took first. Playing for the Sharks were: Steve Banks, Kamran Preece, Truman Preece, David Bailey, David Wengreen, Mark Wengreen, Craig Jorgensen, Ryan Brown, Burke Reeder, Joey Maloey, Kurt Johnson and Robi Shelley. Coaches were Weldon Wardle and Leland Preece.
The Eagles, another Hyrum based team, took first in division II (ten to twelve year olds). Members of that team were: Mike Banks, Alex Bell, Randy Funk, Kenneth Gordon, Tim Harrison, Bret Johnson, Chris Johnson, Kenny Johnson, Scot Jorgensen, Jeff Loosli, David Preece, Ryan Reeder, Craig Whitaker, Todd Windlow and Rick Wood. Coaches were Peter Banks and Tor Wedde.
Division III (13 and 14 year olds) saw the Dynamos, a Hyrum, Providence and Nibley team, take first. Players were: Doug White, Corey Smith, Leonard Barton, Chris Checketts, Todd Larsen, Cory Shaffer, Eric Bell, Dewilton Binggeli, Aleck Johnson, Kenneth Campbell, Scot Johnson, Thor Dyson, Robert Johnson, Kevin Banks, Mario Wilson and Dwane Hansen. Their coach was Larry Sanchez.