As a near lifelong participant in the Badger State Games, Scott Nash, for one, is a little disappointed to see the games move to the Fox Cities in 2009.
"I was not upset, but I was sad to see it go," said Nash, who has been participating in soccer at the BSG since he was in grade school. "I actually just found out about it a couple days ago. I said we should get a team together again next year and (the response was), 'I'm not going to (Appleton).' "
Nash and his Shooters team aren't the only adult soccer participants who will have some decisions to make next year. Of the various area teams represented Saturday at the Daleo soccer fields in Westport, most were uncertain about making the trip to Appleton.
While soccer options certainly exist in the Madison area - most notably the Madison SoccerAssociation - open, organized tournaments like the Badger State Games are few and far between.
Jaime Barbian, 31, who played for Madison Chili, said the Badger State Games provide a unique opportunity for her to play organized soccer.
"There could be a lot more soccer in Madison (for women)," Barbian said. "Most of us just play small-sided women's. There's a great men's league in Madison, but not so much for the women yet."
One of the main reasons Nash, 31, cited for probably skipping next year's games was cost. Many of the players on his team have families, and with that comes added travel costs.
"To be honest, my team probably wouldn't (make the trip) because we're all from here and, as you can see, everyone has their kids with them," said Nash, who is from Janesville originally, but now lives in Madison. "Once you're up there, it's probably going to be a hotel room. It's probably our last, (unless) it comes back."
Jason Hook, captain of the co-ed team Madison Chili, also expressed hope that the 2008 games wouldn't be the last for his group.
"We've had this team together six, seven years, if not longer," said Hook, 34, who lives in Verona. "It's tough to find babysitters for the weekend. (With) gas, all that, it's a big factor on whether or not we go up next year."
But for the younger demographic, the change in venue provides an opportunity for new experiences. Jeremy Murn, who will be a senior at the University of Wisconsin in the fall, felt his team, the UW Soccer Club, probably would make the trip.
"We'd be more than willing because we love playing in tournaments," Murn said. "I'm also kind of excited to play in Appleton. It's new, just traveling (will create) lots of memories."
Andy Brown, who also will be a senior at UW, said the Badger State Games simply allowed the opportunity to continue playing soccer in the summer.
"I was disappointed because our (Madison Soccer Association) season ended a month ago," said Brown, who scored the lone goal in the UW Soccer Club's 1-0 victory over the Shooters. "There's nothing to do this summer for soccer, except for pick-up games."
Art Hallinan, 49, who moved from Ireland to Brooklyn 13 years ago, says his men's 40-plus team, La Cafe de Belle Italia, plans to continue competing in the Badger State Games.
"It's getting further away and now it's going to be in Appleton next year, which is a disappointment," Hallinan said. "But, I mean, we'll travel. I don't know if I can still be able to play when I'm 50. We've been in it every year for the last 10, 15 years, you know. Nearly every year we're playing."
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