Maria Carrillo girls' soccer and cancer research

Posted by Press Democrat correspondent Dewey Forget:
For those of you who attend Maria Carrillo girls’ soccer games, you may have noticed the Pumas’ new warm-up shirts. The girls are wearing black T-shirts that read: “Every pepper is filled with hope.”
On their trip to Memphis, Tenn., earlier this season for a tournament, the Carrillo girls and coach Debra LaPrath tried to visit the St. Jude Children’s Hospital – one of the foremost children’s cancer hospitals in the country. They didn’t get to the hospital, but came back with a desire to help with cancer research.
“We wanted to donate to cancer research and also get the kids involved with community service,” LaPrath said.
LaPrath found the T-shirts being sold at Chili’s Restaurant – and no this isn’t a plug for the restaurant chain – hence the thought that each pepper is filled with hope. So, the shirts were purchased and now are worn proudly before each game. Good going Carrillo girls! By the way, LaPrath says she is hoping for another trip to Memphis next year and a visit to St. Jude.
As far as the Carrillo boys’ soccer team …. even though the Pumas are winless, they do have some talent.
Crescencio Torres had a pair of goals against North Bay League leader Santa Rosa in a 7-3 loss this week.
Coach Larry Philpot simply doesn’t have enough players who consistently show up for practice, making his game-day roster a challenge. Philpot said after the Santa Rosa loss that going into the season he had a good feeling about the team, excited even.
Now, at 0-11 he is still coaching and working hard with co-coach Ben Philpot. Larry Philpot said that on more than occasion, he has had to start games with less than 11 players — once with nine. He jokingly said: “At first I think it really confused the other team. It was like, ‘What are they doing?'”