Westhampton’s First World Cup


Guinea Pigs and Mush Monsters head into the final round.

Dante Mansfield and Heath Sumwalt

The World Cup has made its way to WHBHS. On Thursday, December 15 students competed on the high school turf to raise money for Adopt a Family, a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for individuals, families, organizations, corporations, and schools to donate gifts to FCA’s program participants during the holidays. This year WHBHS student government adopted a family of 10 from Westhampton.

This year’s World Cup was a chilly setting on the Carl A Hansen Memorial Field with a high of 34 degrees and winds up to 15 miles per hour. According to junior Will Drake, “It was so windy the ball could go anywhere. That definitely made things challenging.”

Sixteen teams of four participants battled it out in these rough conditions. Each team paid a $20 initiation fee which was donated to buying Christmas gifts for a local family. In the end, the tournament raised $320.

The WHB student government did all the organizing of this event with the leadership of president Miller Brennan, who also came up with the idea.  Miller said, “We had as many games going as we could.  Three matches were played at a time with each game lasting five minutes.”

The final match came down to Guinea Pigs vs Mush Monsters. This was a challenging match-up between junior varsity soccer players and varsity soccer players. Against all odds, the junior varsity Mush Monsters came out on top. The Mush Monsters had a strong lineup consisting of Justin Molina, Charlie Schwenker, Dylan Fink, and Dan Shannon.

Thank you to all that participated and for making the family’s Christmas dreams come true.