Second Pikes Peak Athletic Conference All-Star games to recognize deserving players

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Photo - FILE - Coach Tomas Martinez hugs Michelle Sandoval after winning the Cheyenne Mountain versus Broomfield High School State Championship Match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Cheyenne Mountain, the defending champion, defeated Broomfield 2 - 0. (Gazette file photo)
FILE - Coach Tomas Martinez hugs Michelle Sandoval after winning the Cheyenne Mountain versus Broomfield High School State Championship Match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Cheyenne Mountain, the defending champion, defeated Broomfield 2 - 0. (Gazette file photo)

Colorado Springs possesses an abundance of skillful male and female soccer players. But some of that talent does not get the recognition they deserve.

That is why Cheyenne Mountain girls' coach Tomas Martinez created the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference All-Star games last year.

"We have a really strong conference," Martinez said of PPAC's talent level. "Unfortunately with the state, because there are so many great kids and so many great teams, not everybody has a chance to play in an all-star game."

According to Martinez, PPAC has a wealth of talent and he wanted those players who did not get the appreciation they deserved to get acknowledged for their success.

This is the second installment of the PPAC Soccer All-Star games. And Martinez hopes it receives the same type or excels the feedback it garnered last year.

"It was great," Martinez said. "We had a lot of parents there that were super happy and the kids were psyched to be a part of it."

After last year's game, Martinez received at least a dozen emails from the players' parents thanking him for allowing their kid to play one last soccer game.

While Martinez is still working to make the all-star game a sight to see, he decided to incorporate something he took from the NFL Pro Bowl.

Just like how NFL Pro Bowlers wear their team helmets, each player will don either their school's home or away jersey depending what team they are on. It gives the participants pride, according to Martinez.

The boys and girls PPAC coaches decided who will be participating in each all-star game. Each of the four teams will have up to 17 players. The girls' game is at 5 p.m. and the boys' contest is at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cheyenne Mountain High School.