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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.