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He was competitive, tough, and also very fair and honest. That's how Dave and Betty Ernst remember their late son Seth who loved to play soccer. Seth was a sophomore at Geneseo High School when he died in an auto accident in 2000.

Since that time, the Ernst family decided to do something so that his name would live on in a good way. So, they took financial contributions they received from the community following Seth's death, and decided to spend the money to organize the Seth Ernst Memorial Soccer Slam.

This year is the seventh annual tournament. It will take place this weekend in Geneseo. Coaches will present pins to players who best exemplify sportsmanship. Sportsmanship was very important to Seth. Four, five hundred dollar scholarships will also be awarded.  

More than three hundred youth will be involved in the tourney. Tournament Director Jill DePauw says youth soccer has impacted the lives of many kids. It's the community coming together, all for the love for Seth and for soccer. The tourney takes place at the Geneseo Foundation Athletic Center. It starts tonight and runs through Sunday afternoon. There are fifty to one hundred volunteers involved in making the tourney go.

Betty Ernst says this would make her late son very happy. Dave Ernst says to watch the young players perform, get along, and focus on sportsmanship is very gratifying.