Rebekah Hedges/The Sentinel-Record LONG SHOT: Lakeside midfielder Luke Long takes the ball down the sideline during practice Tuesday at Austin Stadium. Long will move from the wing to the central midfield with the loss of Russell Gartner for Saturday's Class 5A state soccer final in Fayetteville. Gartner picked up a red card in the semifinal, so he will not be allowed to play but will join his team on the sidelines.

Rebekah Hedges/The Sentinel-Record LONG SHOT: Lakeside midfielder Luke Long takes the ball down the sideline during practice Tuesday at Austin Stadium. Long will move from the wing to the central midfield with the loss of Russell Gartner for Saturday's Class 5A state soccer final in Fayetteville. Gartner picked up a red card in the semifinal, so he will not be allowed to play but will join his team on the sidelines.

Lakeside's midfield brings special connection to finals

By James Leigh
This article was published May 16, 2018 at 4:00 a.m.

While Valley View may have lost seven seniors to graduation from last season, the Blazers have not lost any momentum as they blew through the competition on their way to Saturday's Class 5A state final at Razorback Field in Fayetteville.

Rebekah Hedges/The Sentinel-Record MAKING THE TURN: Lakeside wing Nic Cato looks downfield for a pass during an intrasquad scrimmage Tuesday at Austin...

Rebekah Hedges/The Sentinel-Record SENIOR LEADER: Lakeside central midfielder Russell Gartner heads the ball toward the goal during practice Tuesday a...

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