MUNSTER | The Fever West Heat Elite U15 boys team, formerly the MSA Heat team, won the 2013 State Cup championship by defeating Westfield Select on June 9.
Indiana Soccer, governed by U.S. Youth Soccer, hosts three levels of State tournaments: Challenge Cup, the Presidents Cup and the State Cup, the latter of which is the highest level and most elite of all the cups.
Twelve premier teams are chosen to compete in the State Cup, based on league winnings, rankings and previous cup performances.
The Fever West Heat Elite team has won three State Cup championships over the last four years. No other Northwest Indiana premier team has ever accomplished this feat.
The Fever West Heat Elite is affiliated with the Fort Wayne Fever Academy, but the State Cup champion U15 boys team consists primarily of players from the Northwest Indiana area.
The Heat also won their league this past spring going undefeated in the MRL 1st Division and got promoted to the MRL Premier Division, which is a high honor and proven to be one of the toughest divisions in the country.
"Our main focus should be to develop players to be able to compete at his or hers highest level they can achieve," said Dave Kurtz, who started the Fever West program. "This is accomplished by regimented training, conditioning, and a high level of competition against top clubs in top leagues and top divisions.
"The game is the best teacher and competing and playing at the highest levels will help equip these players to be able to play at the highest level that player can achieve."
For more info on age groups and tryouts, contact Dave Kurtz at (219) 746-2111 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.