Soccer in the Bay has new home

By Don Culpepper - bio | email

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - The rebuilt field of dreams for the Bay Area Youth Soccer League was alive with activity Saturday, and that's just the way young Darden Baria would have wanted it.

Saturday morning, parents and players opened the 2008 season with the dedication of their rebuilt facility in Bay Saint Louis, named for the late son of David and Marcie Baria. Darden Baria died in September of 2005 of rabies.

The State Senator and his wife, along with local and out of state volunteers were the primary donors and advocates for the rehabilitation of the fields following hurricane Katrina. Bays Soccer Vice President Sherri Bevis says Darden Baria was, and now always will be, a part of their league.

"These were the fields where he spent many fun days, and he just loved soccer so much. So what a great way to be remembered," Bevis says. "Something that was negative that was so sad and such a tragic loss, it made it such a positive thing for them to have a wonderful memory of him in soccer."

Bevis says they now have about 400 players from five to 14 years old on their roster, and that's only about 100 less than they had before Katrina hit.