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RHS senior signs to play soccer at Wentworth

Jeremy Chrisman plays tennis for the Richmond Spartans, but he’s had to look away from home to find soccer teams to join. Chrisman’s quest to continue playing the game will take him to Wentworth Junior College in Lexington next fall. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Jeremy Chrisman plays tennis for the Richmond Spartans, but he’s had to look away from home to find soccer teams to join. Chrisman’s quest to continue playing the game will take him to Wentworth Junior College in Lexington next fall. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

By David Knopf/Richmond News

It’s rare when a college signing photo appears in the Richmond News for a sport not played at the high school.

But it’s what happened recently for Jeremy Chrisman, a Richmond senior who signed a letter of intent earlier this month to play soccer at Wentworth Junior College.

Chrisman started playing soccer at 5 in the Richmond parks program, and with the support of his parents and grandparents, found a way to continue.

“I just love playing soccer,” said Chrisman, who is also a member of the Spartan varsity tennis team this spring. “I never really thought about stopping to play. It just made me want to try harder to find a team.”

Since the parks program offers no soccer for players older than 14, Chrisman had to be resourceful and travel to play. Currently, he plays for three teams -– two at indoor facilities in Independence and Kansas City and on an outdoor team based in Lawson.

As in Richmond, soccer isn’t offered as a high school sport in Lawson. But there are enough players interested there to field a high-school age town team that competes against teams from other communities without school soccer.

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