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High schools: Berneys' chemistry is paying off for Bishop McGuinness

The brothers helped the Irish win the Bomber Classic championship last weekend, and they are The Oklahoman’s co-Soccer Players of the Week.
by Trent Shadid Published: April 2, 2014

Alex and Josh Berney haven’t been playing together competitively for long. The results make it seem as if the Bishop McGuinness soccer brothers have been creating goals together for years.

With Alex being a senior and Josh a freshman, this season is the first opportunity they’ve had to play together for the Class 6A Irish (5-1).

Most recently the pair combined for three goals, two from Josh, in a 3-0 win over Midwest City to claim the Bomber Classic championship last weekend and earn the Berneys The Oklahoman’s co-Player of the Week honors.

“It’s really interesting, because playing in the backyard when we were little almost showed up on the field right away,” said Alex, an attacking midfielder. “I played with my older brother my freshman year, and this has reminded me a lot of that experience. We look for each other out there, and it’s fun to be able to watch my little brother doing the things I remember doing at his age. I can teach him, but also learn from him at the same time.”

Due to being a part of the school’s state runner-up basketball squad, Josh only began practice a couple weeks ago. Last weekend’s three games were the first he had played.

“I’ve known the Berney family for a long time, so I knew what I was getting with Josh coming up as a freshman and I was excited to have him play with (Alex),” said McGuinness coach Billy Martin. “I was interested to see how they would gel together, and the more they’ve played together the more dangerous they’re beginning to look.”

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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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