2018-07-12 / Sports

Suttons Bay hosts soccer tournament for Eric Royston

by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff


THE TROPHIES for the three on three tournament at Suttons Bay high school were made and donated by a student at the school. THE TROPHIES for the three on three tournament at Suttons Bay high school were made and donated by a student at the school. Soccer is one of the many sports that can bring everyone together.

Suttons Bay high school played host to a 3-on-3 soccer tournament to help raise money for Eric Royston on Sunday morning. Royston is suffering from pancreatic cancer, but has been given a lot of support from the people around Leelanau County.

The event raised $3,419.56 for Royston. Friends and family of Royston came out to the school to support the cause, and help him in any way they could.

“I wanted to help out at the soccer tournament because I know Eric and I feel for the family,” Marian Kromkowski said. “He’s a great guy, and I hoped the community would be strong and help the family.”

There were two different brackets with five teams in both of the brackets. Teams were comprised of players that competed at the high schools around the county.


ELIAS VASQUEZ (left) tries to take the ball away from Nick Saffell (right) during the 3 on 3 soccer tournament at Suttons Bay high school. ELIAS VASQUEZ (left) tries to take the ball away from Nick Saffell (right) during the 3 on 3 soccer tournament at Suttons Bay high school. Ages 16 and older were able to compete, and concessions were on hand for the players and families to enjoy.

Royston is a part of the region’s soccer family and their was no better way to bring the community together and raise money and help his family.

Andy Mosqueda’s “Diablos” defeated Andre Masse’s “Batch, Tub, Dre and Moon” in the finals of the tournament, 5-4. Mosqueda’s team won bracket A with a 4-0 record throughout, and Masse’s team won bracket B with a perfect 4-0 record as well.

“There’s quite a few teams out here, and we got some nice donations,” Kromkowski said. “It’s very nice to see the community come together to help such a great person.”

Athletes from around wanted to come out and support the cause, as well as play some soccer. Participating in the community can go a long way when people need help the most. Some people need help in the community, so helping where you can means a lot.

“I came out to support Eric and his wonderful family,” Bryan Linck said. “I wanted to participate in the community and help out a great cause.”

The tournament brought people out on a beautiful day in the sun. Many people were really happy with the turnout for the fundraiser, and they all played their best in the soccer tournament.

“It was a great turnout for the fundraiser,” Linck said. “It’s always great to see people taking time to help others in the community.”

Elementary paraprofessional Beatriz Cruz met Royston at Suttons Bay school and at the Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy, where Royston is head of schooling. The two shared the same hallways at the schools.

“We would always greet each other with Hola, How are you?,” Cruz said. “He was always very professional, friendly and easy to talk too.”

Cruz was able to witness how well Royston interacted with the children at Suttons Bay. When she learned about what he was going through, Cruz wanted to be there to help.

“He demonstrated compassion and understanding,” she said. “I knew that the community that we lived in would want to help as well. I played with the idea of how we could get the community involved in something that we all love, soccer.”

The tournament brought in a good crowd for the event, and brought the community together, just as Cruz and Suttons Bay was hoping.

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