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taxthedeer
Here's the some information so far according to www.popwarnersuperbowl.com (at least as far as the football goes):

What: 2009 Pop Warner Super Bowl
When: December 5-12, 2009
Where: Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, Lake Buena Vista, FL
Who: Michigan City Division II Jr. Pee Wee Football

Div. II Jr. Pee Wee Super Bowl Qualifiers (subject to change):
  • Team, Region, League,

  • Michigan City Wolves , Mid-America, Northern Indiana
  • Ewa West Saints, Wescon, Oahu
  • Coconut Grove KnightRiders, Southeast, Greater Miami
  • College Station Raiders, Southwest, Brazos Valley
  • Stanley Blue Devils, Mid-South, Greater Gaston
  • Stratford Redskins, New England, Southern CT
  • Wall Knights Red, Eastern, Jersey Shore
  • West Bay Rams, Pacific NW, Peninsula
Pairing Bracket:

Michigan City Wolves, IN
Ewa West Saints, HI

West Bay Rams, CA
Stanley Blue Devils, NC

Coconut Grove Knight Riders, FL
College St. Raiders, TX

Wall Knights, NJ
Stratford Redskins, CT

Schedule:

*-Quarter Final Round: Saturday, December 5, 2009, 12 Noon (Michigan City Time)
*-Semi-Final Round: Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 8 AM (Michigan City Time)
*-Championship: Friday, December 11, 2009, 8 AM (Michigan CIty Time)

*-All games are streamed LIVE online at a small cost: http://www.popwarner.com/09superbowl/videostreaming.asp
Southsider2k12
http://thenewsdispatch.com/main.asp?Sectio...ArticleID=27337

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ON TO DISNEY WORLD!!!!
Regional Championship: Junior Pee Wees 20, Memorial Park (Ill.) 6

Nick Dettmann
Staff Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. - The cold medals hung around the kids necks and clung off their chests with every leap of joy.

They were as wide-eyed and happy as any 9- or 10-year-old kid would be at this particular moment.

Tears seeped out of every coach's eye - until it froze to their cheek. The cameras were out to capture every piece of this historical moment.

With the 20-6 victory by the Wolves' Junior Pee Wees on Saturday at Rynearson Stadium on the campus of Eastern Michigan University over the Memorial Park (Ill.) Spartans, the Wolves accomplished something they've dreamed about since Aug. 1, and what no City Pop Warner football team has ever done - qualified for the national championships.

This time next week, the Wolves will play in the Pop Warner Super Bowl in sunny and warm - much warmer - Lake Buena Vista, Fla., at Disney World's Wide World of Sports complex just outside of Orlando.

You don't have to remind them where they're going now.

"We're going to Florida," City's Ja'Mieriea Woodard exclaimed while standing in front of the large City turnout of as estimated 200-300 people.

Of course he smiled from ear to ear when he said it.

"It's exciting because I've never been to Disney (World)," Aryuan Cain-Veasey said, "and I've always wanted to go."

The Wolves (11-1) are three victories away from winning a coveted national championship.

"I'm proud of the boys," coach Mike Iacovetti said, still wiping away some of the unfrozen tears with temperatures around 40 degrees. "I'm proud of the way they've worked. They've worked their little tails off. I'm proud to be a part of it.

"It's something these kids will never forget."

After emerging from the warmer locker room underneath the grandstands, tears had subsided slightly. But only because they flowed like a river in the confines of the locker room.

Now it was hugs and handshakes of congratulations.

"It's all about the kids," Iacovetti said. "We're so happy for them. We try to make a difference in their life.

"We spend so much time with these kids. I look at them and I see 19 of my own kids. I don't think of any one of them differently than I do my own son. All the coaches feel the same way."

Last week in the sub-regional in Indianapolis, the Wolves struggled to get anything going offensively. They didn't score until the final play of the first half, and that would be the only score of the game.

So if the Wolves got out to another slow start, one couldn't blame them. Thanksgiving was this week, and with the prospect of going to Disney World within the kids' grasp, it would be easy for them to lose focus. It was so close they can taste it. But that was not as big of a problem as most would think.

"Our theme this week was not Disney," said Scott Kaletha, an assistant coach and a longtime coach within the Pop Warner program at City. "It was to make history.

"... With the backing we've just started getting from the community, it's overwhelming. I've been a part of Pop Warner for seven years, and for us to get here, and to finally make the pinnacle is something special. It's history. I'm just thankful that I get to be a part of it with those young men."

Cain-Veasey put everybody at ease on the Wolves' first play from scrimmage.

He took a pitch around the right edge and was never touched for a 67-yard touchdown with 7:20 left in the first quarter.

To make it even easier on the Wolves, they scored again on the first play of their third drive with 44 seconds left in the first quarter. And it was Cain-Veasey finishing it off with a 41-yard touchdown, giving City a 14-0 lead.

Cain-Veasey had himself a ballgame, rushing for 159 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a handful of tackles, including two key sacks. He picked up his third touchdown with 2:19 left in the fourth quarter from 8 yards out to seal the game.

"That was it," Iacovetti said of the first touchdown. "That picked us right up. ... I never felt like we were in trouble. Once we got that first score I felt confident, and the boys were fired up.

"They were seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. ... That took a lot of pressure off."

That tunnel leads right to Disney World.

"I always wanted to do something with my life," Cain-Veasey said, "and I heard about football, so I started playing football. ... I'm so excited."

For Kaletha, this moment - this feeling - is a long time coming.

Twice before has Kaletha gotten to this point as a coach but never gotten over the hump.

"Third time's a charm," he said. ... "Finally!"

Nationals begin Saturday and run through Dec. 12. The Wolves will be one of eight regional champion teams at the Division II Junior Pee Wee level to compete. Each team is guaranteed at least two games.

Their first game is noon CST Saturday, and will play again at 8 a.m. CST Dec. 8. The national championship will be Dec. 11.

"Not every 10-year-old kid has a chance to do this," Iacovetti said.

Contact sports writer Nick Dettmann at ndettmann@thenewsdispatch.com or 874-7211, Ext. 447.
taxthedeer
Here's the path the team took on their journey to Disney World:

Preseason scrimmage:
Aug. 23 VS. Harvey (IL) Colts (Division I) 19-19 T

Regular Season
Aug. 30 @ Duneland (Chesterton) 19-8 W
Sept. 5 VS. Michiana II 34-6 W
Sept. 11 @ Michiana I 54-13 W
Sept 19 VS. Portage 26-0 W
Sept. 26 @ TriTown 18-22 L
Oct. 3 VS. Valpo1 25-2 W
Oct. 10 @ Southlake (Lowell) 24-14 W

Final Regular Season Division Standings

Division Name W L T
JRPW D2 TriTown 7 0 0
JRPW D2 Michigan City 6 1 0
JRPW D2 Portage 6 1 0
JRPW D2 South Lake 5 2 0
JRPW D2 Duneland 3 4 0
JRPW D2 Valparaiso2 3 4 0
JRPW D2 Gary 2 5 0
JRPW D2 Valparaiso1 2 4 0
JRPW D2 Michiana1 0 7 0
JRPW D2 Michiana2 0 6 0


NIPWLS Tourney
Preliminary Round
Bye
Quarter Final Round
Oct. 25 VS. Michiana I @ Merrillville 37-7 W
Semi-Final Round
Nov. 1 VS. Duneland (Chesterton) @ TriTown 12-8 W
League Championship Round
Nov. 8 VS. Southlake (Lowell) @ Ames Field 29-0 W

State Championship
Nov. 14 VS. Indianapolis Northeast Heat @ Ames Field 30-20 W

Mid-America Sub-Regional
Nov. 20 VS. Glenville (OH) @ Indianapolis Heritage Christian HS 6-0 W

Mid-America Championship
Nov. 27 VS. Memorial Park (Hillside, IL) @ Eastern Michigan University 20-6 W
Southsider2k12
WIMS reported that the PW kids are $5000 closer to their trip being paid for. Their goal is $15,000 overall, and they have received donations as big as $1000 from a couple of different people and organizations in town. I do know they are going to be at Buffalo Wild Wings tonight from 5 to 9 to try to raise some more money. BE THERE!
Southsider2k12
http://thenewsdispatch.com/main.asp?Sectio...ArticleID=27339

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Want To Be A Part Of History?
In addition to the Junior Pee Wees, Michigan City will also send its Pee Wee cheerleading squad to nationals in Orlando next week. The cost for each child is an estimated $1,000 for the travel, hotel and food for the entire week. If you would like to donate, contact Gina Kaletha at ginakaletha@yahoo.com or 898-1678.
taxthedeer
The boys coach was on the radio this afternoon and said contributions are being accepted at Captain Ed's Candy Island on U.S. 20.

Also, Here's a video montage of some of the events from this season:

CLICK HERE
taxthedeer
Looks like our game Saturday won't be seen online, I guess only one of the four fields down there is equipped to webcast a game and were not going to be playing on it Saturday, Bummer. sad.gif
taxthedeer
We just sent off to Florida a group of 4 players along with one of their older brothers, all their moms and two of their dads. They all crammed into one of those plain white 15 passenger Ford rental vans along with their luggage (no luggage rack on the roof), football gear, food, handheld video games, Ipods and CD's, etc. It was quite a site to behold. Good luck and be safe.
taxthedeer
Saturday afternoon's weather forecast for Lake Buena Vista, FL calls for 60% thunder showers. Same thing for Tuesday morning.
taxthedeer
I'm currently watching the video feed of the West Bay Rams, CA VS. Stanley Blue Devils, NC game right now, It's killing me because you can see our boys playing on the other field but you can't tell what's going on.

taxthedeer
Disney's video stream is just awful, no game announcers or nothing, just some PA guy that sounds like he's got rocks in his mouth, it's like the guy announces the play then 30 seconds later it's shown on the video. I swear, they must have Goofy operating the camera along with Chip 'n Dale at the control board. We should have either sent the Varcom sports guys or Michael and Parky down there. What a waste of $5.99.
bratguy
QUOTE(taxthedeer @ Dec 5 2009, 01:07 PM) *

Disney's video stream just awful, no game announcers or nothing, just some PA guy that sounds like he's got rocks in his mouth, it's like the guy announces the play then 30 seconds later it's shown on the video. I swear, they must have Goofy operating the camera and Chip and Dale at the control board. We should have either sent the Varcom sports guys or Michael and Parky down there. What a waste of $5.99.



City is up 14-8 at the start of 4th quarter
taxthedeer
QUOTE(bratguy @ Dec 5 2009, 01:42 PM) *

City is up 14-8 at the start of 4th quarter

Any details?

Stanley Blue Devils, NC 34
West Bay Rams, CA 12

Final

I guess we'll play the Stanley Blue Devils, NC if we hang on to win.

bratguy
QUOTE(taxthedeer @ Dec 5 2009, 01:46 PM) *

Any details?

Stanley Blue Devils, NC 34
West Bay Rams, CA 12

Final

I guess we'll play the Stanley Blue Devils, NC if we hang on to win.


Score is 14-6 sorry. City scored on first play from scrimmage. No other details--yet.
taxthedeer
QUOTE(bratguy @ Dec 5 2009, 01:48 PM) *

Score is 14-6 sorry. City scored on first play from scrimmage. No other details--yet.

It had to have been Buck going all the way to the house. biggrin.gif I'm on pins and needles.
bratguy
QUOTE(taxthedeer @ Dec 5 2009, 01:56 PM) *

It had to have been Buck going all the way to the house. biggrin.gif I'm on pins and needles.

I'm trying to get an update from the field. Stay tuned.
bratguy
QUOTE(bratguy @ Dec 5 2009, 01:59 PM) *

I'm trying to get an update from the field. Stay tuned.



FINAL- City20- Hawaii-6

CITY WINS!!
taxthedeer
QUOTE(bratguy @ Dec 5 2009, 02:01 PM) *

FINAL- City20- Hawaii-6

CITY WINS!!

WOO HOO!!!!
Southsider2k12
QUOTE(bratguy @ Dec 5 2009, 02:01 PM) *

FINAL- City20- Hawaii-6

CITY WINS!!


AWESOME!!!

WIMS is trying to get arrangements done to carry the next two games live on the radio. I don't know if the details will be able to get rectified or not, but I will keep you guys posted.
bratguy
QUOTE(southsider2k9 @ Dec 5 2009, 02:04 PM) *

AWESOME!!!

WIMS is trying to get arrangements done to carry the next two games live on the radio. I don't know if the details will be able to get rectified or not, but I will keep you guys posted.


Buck scored twice and Mason Kaletha scored on a keeper. The team is taking the rest of the day off in the Magic Kingdom. Well deserved!
Brian
QUOTE(bratguy @ Dec 5 2009, 02:16 PM) *

Buck scored twice and Mason Kaletha scored on a keeper. The team is taking the rest of the day off in the Magic Kingdom. Well deserved!

That's awesome! Congrats to Mike Iacovetti, Scott Kaletha and the rest of the team. I think the Championship game will be televised?
taxthedeer
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taxthedeer
Here's the pics that the national Pop Warner Site had posted this morning, I'll try my best to describe everything:

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#33 Aryuan Cain-Veasey reaches out to grab the Hawaiian Running Back (#66 Max Willoughby is about ready to close in)
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#89 Noah Jones III prepares to throw a block for quarterback #1 Mason Kaletha
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#89 Noah Jones III eludes a Hawaiian defender after taking a hand off from quarterback #1 Mason Kaletha
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Coach Scott goes over some strategy with offensive team members: #43 Cameron Hoch, #33 Aryuan Cain-Veasey, #89 Noah Jones III, #20 James Henrich II, #54 Matthew Westmen, #1 Mason Kaletha, #66 Max Willoughby, #55 Ben Fore-Knight, #53 Kevin Hootman, #70 Keyshaun Phillips and #44 Austin Warren
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A terrified Hawaiian running back runs for his life as #33 Aryuan Cain-Veasey looks on (he's probably about to get pasted by #66 Max Willoughby)
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#88 Markice Hurt Jr. chases down that poor little Hawaiian running back (looks like he's about ready to cry because he's about to get creamed by #66 Max Willoughby again)
taxthedeer
Coach Iaocovetti's press conference:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ozmIAgAg-U
JHeath
You're not a little partial to Max W., are you? smile.gif
These boys are awesome--to be playing at this level at such a young age takes a lot of hard work and dedication from both the coaches and players. Great job, all! Best of luck in the next round tomorrow.

btw, is that game being streamed live anywhere?
Southsider2k12
http://thenewsdispatch.com/main.asp?Sectio...ArticleID=27482

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City Two Steps From National Title
Junior Pee Wees 20, Ewa West Saints (Hawaii) 6

Adam Parkhouse
Staff Writer

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Michigan City Pop Warner Junior Pee Wee coach Mike Iacovetti never imagined his team would be in this position.

But as long as they're there, why not win the whole thing?

The Jr. Pee Wees moved one step closer to doing just that with a 20-6 Division II quarterfinal win over the Ewa West Saints (Hawaii) during Saturday's game in the Pop Warner Super Bowl at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.

"We knew we were a good team, but you don't know how good you really are," Iacovetti said. "But I never would have thought it."

City now advances to play the Stanley Blue Devils (North Carolina), who beat the West Bay Rams (California) 34-12, at 8 a.m. CST Tuesday.

City got off to a great start against Ewa West. Aryuan Cain-Veasey scored on a long run on City's first play from scrimmage to give his team the early lead. Cain-Veasey also scored again right before halftime, and City had a 14-0 halftime lead.

Ewa West scored in the third quarter, but in the fourth City put the game away. Max Willoughby blocked a punt and City recovered at the 1-yard line. Mason Kaletha than jammed it in the end zone to account for the final score.

"We're guaranteed at least the top four in the country," Iacovetti said.

After the game, coaches allowed the kids to soak up the atmosphere and spring-like Florida temperatures.

"We just decided to take it easy," Iacovetti said just moments after getting off the Tower of Terror ride at the MGM Theme Park.

City will practice each of the next two days and will review film on their next opponent.

Iacovetti also acknowledged how appreciative the team is for the sponsors back home that made their trip possible. In less than five days, the team was able to raise all the money needed to send the team on its week-long trip.

"The community helped us a lot," Iacovetti said. "They took a big burden off the shoulders of a lot of people."

Iacovetti said there are around 50 non-team members following the Wolves' national championship run.

"We're gonna enjoy the atmosphere tonight and probably tomorrow," Iacovetti said. "Then Monday it's bask to business and we'll go back to doing what we do."

Contact Sports Editor Adam Parkhouse at aparkhouse@thenewsdispatch.com or 874-7211, Ext. 461.
Southsider2k12
This is the team we will be playing...

http://www.gastongazette.com/sports/stanle...am-florida.html

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Stanley Junior Pee Wee team advances at Florida
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Youth football
December 05, 2009 8:15 PM
Sports staff reports

Stanley Blue Devils 34, West Bay (Calif.) Rams 12 — West Williams scored three touchdowns to lead Stanley to a win in the first round of the Division II Junior Pee Wee Pop Warner National Championships at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Stanley will now take on Michigan City, Ind. on Tuesday at 9 a.m. A win on Tuesday would send the Blue Devils into the title game on Friday. Moe Neal and Terrell Hager (extra point) added one touchdown each for Stanley. Kerian Digsby posted two extra points, while Tyler Hannifan added one extra point. Hannifan (interception), Brandon Holden, Logan Moore, Matthew Wyont, Brandon McCarter and Trent Barber led the Blue Devils’ defense.



Two more Gaston County teams will be playing for National Championships this week in Florida. Here are their first-round games:

Division I, Junior Pee Wee: Union Road Jaguars vs. East Bay Wolverines (Oakland), Sunday, 9 a.m.

Division II, Junior Midget: McAdenville Dolphins vs. North Long Beach Blue Panthers (Calif.), Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m.
taxthedeer
Who's their quarterback? Opie Taylor Jr. perhaps?........

Town of Stanley, North Carolina:

Population: 3.053
Metropolitan area: Charlotte
Feeder Schools: East Gaston High School
Nearest Major Football College: North Carolina State Wolfpack, Raleigh, NC
Nearest NFL Franshise: Carolina Panthers
Median Household Income: $35,867
Racial Make-Up: 89.42% White, 8.42% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.66% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.
Most Famous for: Proximity to Charlotte, Raidly growing community, Really good Pop Warner Football Teams
Most Notorious for: Tobacco Farming?, a really boring place to live?

Sounds like their High School football program is on the rise alot like Michigan City's:

East Gaston High School finished with a 6-5 record this year, 1-10 in '08 and 0-11 in '07 under third year coach Eric Tippett.

Michigan City High School finished with a 6-4 record this year, 4-6 in '08 and 2-8 in '07 under third year coach Craig Buzea.
taxthedeer
QUOTE(JHeath @ Dec 7 2009, 09:26 AM) *

You're not a little partial to Max W., are you? smile.gif
These boys are awesome--to be playing at this level at such a young age takes a lot of hard work and dedication from both the coaches and players. Great job, all! Best of luck in the next round tomorrow.

btw, is that game being streamed live anywhere?

First let me say that I've been video filming this team for the last two seasons, it's been an honor, everybody (coaches, parents, players, officials, administrators, etc.) have been really nice to me. Those kids just blow my mind every time they take the field. I can't wait to post all their game action highlights after the boys return home from Florida.

Everyone of those kids are special, but the family dynamics of this team is extraordinary, in addition to our diversity, that's what I believe are our two biggest strengths. All five of our coaches has a son on the team which I find inspirational.

Let me tell everyone about some of them:

Max Willoughby's fellow teammates all tell me the the same thing, "Max like to hurt people." Max's older brother Nicholas is a star member of City's Pee Wee team and their dad Christopher is one of his coaches, the Willoughby's are kind of like the Manning's of Michigan City. All I can say is watch out DAC, the Willoughby's are coming. smile.gif

Of course I'm a strong supporter of the Cain-Veasey brothers , Aryuan and Reyquan, but everybody simply knows them better as "Buck" and "Ray Ray" along with their two cousins Markice "'Lil Mark" Hurt Jr. and Ja'Mierea "Nuke" Woodard (Nuke is the self proclaimed "Baddest Player On the Team"). Unfortunately, we lost Ray Ray for the season due to a serious foot injury right after the first week of the season but he's determined to come back stronger and better than ever next season. His older brother Buck has been Michigan City's best kept secret for the past four years (basically now, he's got five seasons of organized football playing experience and he's only 11 years old) but he's definitely no secret any more, Buck is just unbelievably gifted beyond belief and description, he's got serious aspirations of playing in the NFL.

It does not stop either, their good buddy Noah Jones III is just an extraordinary, multi-skilled athlete on both sides of the ball and on special teams, Noah's older sister Jada is also down in Florida competing with the Pee Wee cheerleaders, she's quite an amazing acrobat.

There's also the team's quarterback and linebacker Mason Kaletha, he's kind of the "brains" behind our offense. Mason and his father Coach Scott have a real special rapport with each other in the way they run the offense. Coach Scott tells me that the whole team has 120 different plays set to memory. I'll never forget last season Mason knocked a boy from La Porte unconscious, I believe he had to be rushed to St. Anthony's ER with a concussion, one of the most brutal hits I've ever seen at any level. Mason's older brother "Scotty" is one of the MVP's of City's Jr. Midget Team.

Finally, there's Head Coach Mike Iaocovetti and his son Dominic, whenever I speak to Coach Mike he's a really easy going guy, but when he's on the sideline coaching our defense he's got a Ditka-like intensity about him. After a game his voice always becomes hoarse from yelling his instruction to the team.

I also want to recognize our two team mom's Erica Iaocovetti and Gina Kaletha who have been instrumental in the teams fund raising efforts.

The game will be streamed live via the National Pop Warner Website at www.popwarnersuperbowl.com at a cost of $5.99. A strong and speedy internet connection along with a PayPal account is required. They are also selling DVD's of all the games at the ridiculous rate of $40.00 per game.
taxthedeer
City is down 6-0 early in the second quarter. Appears that Stanley is loaded with "Older/Lighters". Which basically means we're going up against a Pee Wee team.
taxthedeer
City still down 6-0 at the half.
taxthedeer
City down 13-0 in the third.
Southsider2k12
Come on boys!!! Let's get it going!
taxthedeer
Stanley 19
Michigan City 0
Final
Southsider2k12
Dang.

Well Congrats to the boys on a great season! I can't wait until they get their parade home.
taxthedeer
QUOTE(southsider2k9 @ Dec 8 2009, 09:44 AM) *

Dang.

Well Congrats to the boys on a great season! I can't wait until they get their parade home.

Great run boys!!! That game this morning was the one that decided the D2 JPW Champion, I know in all heart if we were placed in that lower bracket we would have been playing Stanley for the prize on Friday and since those guys from North Carolina were really nothing but a good Pee Wee team is disguise we would have still lost than one too, so as far as I'm concerned, WE'RE #1.

I noticed that team from Detroit that eliminated our Jr. Midget's down in Indy 2 weeks ago were defeated this afternoon, while that Lee's Summit, MO squad that squeaked by our Pee Wee's up in Michigan last weekend advanced into the title round.
Southsider2k12
Any word on what happened to the cheerleaders?
JHeath
QUOTE(southsider2k9 @ Dec 9 2009, 07:49 AM) *

Any word on what happened to the cheerleaders?

Its unconfirmed, but I heard that they're ranked at 6th in the nation.

Correction: Look for the Intermediate division results. They are 6th in this division at a National level.
Cheer Results
Southsider2k12
http://thenewsdispatch.com/main.asp?Sectio...ArticleID=27527

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Jr. Pee Wees end 'awesome ride'

Adam Parkhouse
Sports Editor, The News-Dispatch

Tuesday morning's national semifinal game for Michigan City Pop Warner's Junior Pee Wee team may have had a couple of missed opportunities.

But regardless of Tuesday's outcome, it would be ludicrous to label this as a missed opportunity.

The Jr. Pee Wees fought valiantly against the Stanley Blue Devils of North Carolina, but wound up taking a 19-0 defeat at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. In advancing this far, this pack of Wolves advanced further than any Michigan City team that came before it.

"This is no shame in what we've done," coach Mike Iacovetti said. "The boys were upset after the game, and I just told them, 'Hold your heads up.'

"There's nothing to be ashamed of and be proud of what you've done."

On City's opening possession, the Wolves advanced deep into Blue Devils territory before a holding penalty derailed the drive. The Blue Devils took possession and scored, taking a 6-0 lead.

That score held until halftime, at which point Iacovetti and his coaches rallied the troops.

"The boys were a little disappointed and we tried conveying the game was far from over," Iacovetti said.

Stanley turned the ball over on its first possession of the second half, and Iacovetti thought that was a nice opening for his squad. But City turned it over right after that around midfield.

"I figured if we could have scored we could have changed momentum," Iacovetti said.

From there, the Blue Devils offense just wore down the Wolves' defense.

"We couldn't get anything going offensively and our defense was on the field a lot," Iacovetti said.

The Wolves have no more games this week, but they plan to stay in Florida and be home this weekend.

"We knew we'd have to play a great game to beat them," Iacovetti said. "We just made some mistakes and you can't make mistakes against them."

Iacovetti said he and the coaches thanked the players for taking them on this incredible ride.

"We contributed to 19 kids' lives," Iacovetti said. "This is something they'll never forget. I'm proud to be a part of it.

"I'm proud to be on this journey with them. It's been an awesome ride."
taxthedeer
To nobody's suprise the Stanley, NC Older/Lighters took home our boys national title this morning.

The team from Lee's Summit, MO were defeated in their championship tilt early this afternoon.
Brian
It will be interesting to see how many of these boys stay down next year and play again at the JPW level as older/lighter's......if they are 11 years old, they can't weigh more than 85 lbs. I think a few of these kids will qualify.
Southsider2k12
http://www.post-trib.com/sports/1941614,re...er-1216.article

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Pop Warner history
Portage, Tri-Town finish third at national championships
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December 16, 2009
POST-TRIBUNE STAFF REPORT

The Portage Pop Warner cheer program just kept getting better all season long, and it culminated in what is thought to be the best finish by a Northwest Indiana cheer squad at nationals at Walt Disney World in Florida.

Portage's junior midgets earned first in the state and regional competitions, then finished third in the junior midget small intermediate division at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., last week.

The Indians posted a score of 65.66, which was less than a point behind second-place East Brunswick (N.J.). Medford (Ore.) won with 70.02 points.

But Portage wasn't the only region squad to finish third in its division.

The Tri-Town Raiderettes matched Portage's effort in the pee-wee dance division with a score of 67.76. They finished behind Cape Youth (Fla.) and San Francisco. Tri-Town also saw its junior midget cheer squad finish seventh in the small novice division.

Other area programs that made the expensive trip to Florida and placed in their divisions included Hobart (ninth in junior pee-wee large novice, ninth in pee-wee large novice and 10th in junior midget large novice), LaPorte (10th in junior pee-wee large novice and 12th in pee-wee small intermediate), Kankakee Valley (11th in junior pee-wee small intermediate), Southlake (eighth in pee-wee small novice and 12th in junior midget small novice), Michigan City (sixth in pee-wee small intermediate), Merrillville (13th in pee-wee small novice) and Highland (13th in pee-wee small intermediate).
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