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CYSO completes second week of play
Over 1,000 boys, girls sign up for 2016 season
Elijah Bun and the Ceres Panthers competed against the Ceres Dragon Warriors during an 8-and-under boys Ceres Youth Soccer Organization recreational league game Saturday morning at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Proud parents and family members lined both sides of Lou Toste Field just after 8 a.m. at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

They offered words of encouragement as the members of the Ceres Panthers' and Ceres Dragon Warriors' 8-and-under boys soccer teams zoomed up and down the pitch while battling under clear skies and the sun.

Ceres Youth Soccer Organization completed its second week of recreational league competition on Saturday.

"This organization started in 1983," said 66-year-old Toste, whose first stint as president of CYSO was from 1999-2011. "It's not easy to fill the position. I came back to help the league. I love to support the youth programs in Ceres."

Over 1,000 boys and girls, aged 3-14, signed up to play in CYSO's 2015 recreational league.

Games are played between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturdays at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

The 10-week season got underway on Aug. 13.

The league is comprised of 82 teams, including 48 boys and 34 girls squads.

There are five divisions: 6&under, 8&under, 10&under, 12&under and 15&under.

Toste has been affiliated with CYSO since its inception 33 years ago.

All three of his sons were participants.

Lou was named Ceres Citizen of the Year in 2004. He played an instrumental role in getting fields developed at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

"I love the sport," Toste said. "I love what I do. I'm going to continue to do this as long as I can. That's the bottom line."