Byline: Paul Reis Daily Herald Correspondent
Some words of advice for those living in or planning to be in the area surrounding Palatine High School on Labor Day weekend.
Sure hope you like youth sports.
Palatine High School is doing its part to add to the sporting flavor with a home football game against Prospect. Likewise for the Pirates' boys soccer program, which hosts a mini-tournament.
And then there's the Celtic Soccer Club. With the numbers of people these club members will be drawing to the area, they'll be anything but lost in the crowd. They'll be the crowd.
The 18th Annual Square D-Palatine Celtic Youth Invitational Tournament, to be held Friday through Monday at Palatine High School and other nearby sites, will bring together more than 220 of the Midwest's top boys and girls teams, along with more than 1,000 local volunteers and 15,000 guests. Teams from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin are entered in the event, including the Arlington Aces, Ela Lions and Mount Prospect Green and White. That's including the 400 or so Celtics players on 25 teams and in age groups ranging from nine to 19.
The local team entries read like a veritable Who's Who of area soccer programs. Among those scheduled to participate are several teams from the Arlington Aces; the Buffalo Grove Hurricanes, Raptors, Sting, Storm and Wizards; Crystal Lake Force; Lake Zurich's Ela Lions; Hoffman Heat; Inverness Burn and Eclipse; Libertyville entries Attack, Blast, Blaze, Dragons, Fire, Hornets, Jaguars, Legends, Leopards, Lightning, Lynx, Pride, Strikers and Wildcats; Mundelein; Schaumburg Scorchers; and St. Charles Celtics, Fire, Shockers and Vipers. The Palatine teams set to compete include Clovers, Dynamite, Dynamos, Emeralds, Falcons, Hornets, Jades, Lightning, Magic, Palatine Soccer Inc., Phoenix, Power, Rockers, Shamrocks, Sidekicks, Spirit, Soaring Eagle, Stingers, United and Wolfpack.
Equally impressive is the roster of teams from outside the area, including M.K. Tosa Borg, the 1998 Wisconsin State Cup champs in girls' U-13 competition; the Bettendorf Blitz, another U-13 girls squad, which won the Iowa State Cup in 1997; WDK Odyssey, the 1998 Iowa State Cup champs in girls' U-14; and the U-17 QC Strikers, winners of the 1997 Iowa girls' State Cup. All said, four 1998 State Cup champion teams and four current or former state runners-up will compete. …