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Mitchell eighth-grader to play in international soccer tourney

Jamison Wear has never been out of the country, but that will change in April. Wear, an eighth-grader at Mitchell Middle School, was selected to the 18-player Midwest Region 05B team after originally being left off as an alternate. He'll now play...

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Jamison Wear has never been out of the country, but that will change in April.

Wear, an eighth-grader at Mitchell Middle School, was selected to the 18-player Midwest Region 05B team after originally being left off as an alternate. He'll now play three games at the Hearts FC Easter Cup in Scotland, taking on Scottish and English academies, and one game in Northern Ireland. If picked to the select team, which has players from all four regions, he'll also play against the Northern Ireland National team.

"I was like 'this is crazy,' " Wear said about being selected. "I was thinking that I'm really thankful, wanting to cry from all the excitement. I just had really great feelings."
To get to this point, Wear has attended multiple tryouts and camps over the past year after originally being nominated by his club team in Sioux Falls, the Dakota Alliance Soccer Association. He started by attending Dakota Olympic Development Program (ODP) camps and tryouts at Northern State University and Presentation College.

However, his confidence started to build when he made the Dakota ODP state camp at Presentation in June.

"When I started making it to state camps, that's when I started thinking I could exceed to upper levels," he said. "I tried to chase my dreams and it's working out so far."
From there, he was picked to the Dakota ODP 05 boys state team and to attend the Midwest Region ODP ID camp at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan. The camp consisted of 105 players from 14 states vying for a spot on the region team.

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"My dad was there and he helped me calm my nerves at night," Wear said. "He helped me not think about that there's people scouting us (and) made me think it was just me on the field."
Despite making the final tryout field, he was selected as an alternate. Although, he was eventually added to the team after it came back from an inter-region tournament in Florida. This year, Wear will attend the Dakota ODP select camp in June and Midwest Region ODP camp in July.

In preparation for the upcoming international tournament, Wear hasn't upped his workout routine. It still consists of practice with his club team in Sioux Falls, as well as working out at Anytime Fitness in Mitchell to help his agility, stamina and strengthen his core to withstand the physicality of the sport, which Jamison said is his favorite part of soccer.

When overseas, he's most excited to explore the castles in Scotland.

"When he was selected to go overseas, seeing his excitement (was special)," said Jamison's father, Jason. "He's happy, his brother is crying for him. It's just a nice family moment."

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