Archive for the ‘Football’ Category

Warriors seeking players for new season

January 28, 2010

This came via e-mail from Karsten Ray…

Although football may be winding down, it is not over for the All American Youth Football League, home of the now nationally recognized Fayetteville Warriors. With the new focus and direction of the league, the Warriors are seeking those serious athletes who want to play football. After competing in two national tournaments this past season, it has been decided that the new focus of the AAYFL will be geared towards both competing here in the state, as well as nationally.

The AAYFL is currently conducting its pre-registrations for the upcoming 2010 Summer/Fall season. Ages range from 9-14 with 8 year olds being allowed to play with a waiver and 15 year olds whose birthday is after September 1st. Divisions are: 10U, 12U, and 14U. The Warriors will be competing this season in three national tournaments (pre-season, Thanksgiving, and National Championship). The cost is $80, which will help with uniforms and equipment.

For more information, call Karsten Ray at 527-4573 or Shawn Campbell at 910-527-8596 or e-mail the league at

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Arena Football – for kids

January 12, 2010

Stephanie Brockish sent this in…

I am writing to tell you of a league I believe that is one of a kind here in the United States and perhaps in the world. The league has been in existence for two years and is in the process of kicking off a third.

This league full of awesomeness I am writing about is the Arena Indoor Football Association (AIFA) for kids. The first season there were only four teams and kids age bracket of 11-12 year olds.

Last year there were 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14 age divisions in the league with 3, 4, and 4 teams respectively in each age division.

The league runs from March until the summer due to the fact that we have to schedule our games around the home games of the Guard teams.

We play all our games at the Cumberland County Crown Auditorium. The kids have the opportunity to hone their skills on a faster surface and a faster paced game. The rules are very similar to traditional grass football with nuances that are crafted to fit the indoor format.

The upside to the growing interest in this league is that the kids are given an extra season to work on their skills, test out a position, stay in shape or just plain have fun. Possibly this could become the spring ball that coaches covet to springboard or hone their programs into the next season.

The real time chance to retool plays, work on a players footwork, tackling, receivers routes, timing, conditioning,
and build a cohesive unit. The childrens hard work is also rewarded by being given the opportunity to play an exhibition game at halftime during a regular season Guard home game.

One of the drawbacks for the season has been the inability for a sponsor to step in and fully support the league with equipment. We beg and borrow to find enough equipment for the kids to play in safely. There are many dedicated coaches and families that put in long hours to help the Guard General Manager Stephanie Brockish to put together the league.

The families absolutely enjoy the games and the crowd participation which is available by having such a closed venue.
This year the age divisions have been expanded as 8-10, 11-12, and 13-15. We invite any other teams to come and join our league and especially any sponsors.

The cost is $60 per child and currently due to the expanded demand you must provide your own equipment, ie. shoulder pads, helmet, thigh, leg, and knee pads. The $60 fee includes the game jersey which is the childs to keep.

One last caveat is that the sisters and friends of these young gridiron stars in training have the opportunity to be cheerleaders for the league. With influence and training by the cheerleaders of the Guard.

Interested? Send an e-mail to

A Lions celebration

December 29, 2009


Thanks to Rosalind Williams for sending me this picture of the Lions’ coaches at a recent banquet in celebration of their FCPR championships.

Coaches pictured, left to right, are: Charles Wright, Kevin Carter, Leroy Touche’, Raymond Rouse, Abraham Washington, James McLeod, Chris Williams, Micheal Jones, Daryl McKinnon and Myers Center Director Michael Nash.

Youth football update

December 14, 2009

Myers Lions

I spent the weekend sick in bed, but our friend Robert Corzette passes on the following…

Congratulations to the Myers Lions football teams for winning the 9-10 and 11-12 football championships. A big thanks also to Dave Eavenson and Methodist University for allowing Fayetteville Cumberland Parks and Recreation to host the football championships in their beautiful football stadium.

And so, another youth football season fades into history. If anyone has a good trophy picture of the two Lions’ teams, I’d love to be able to post it here. Send it to me at

Final FCPR standings

November 23, 2009

From our friend Fred Clark…




Saturday morning playoff action

November 21, 2009

It’s Saturday, so it must be time for some more youth sports action.

Don’t forget that there’s wrestling going on over at the Crown today as well.

My travels this morning took me to Arnette Park for a little soccer and to Westover for as much football as my limited battery capacity would allow.

Well, here’s a photo gallery.

And there was going to be some video, but after almost two hours worth of rendering, it crashed.

So, we’ll give it another go on Monday…

FCPR brackets and standings

November 17, 2009

A treasure trove of information from the good folks at Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation…

9-10 Football bracket

11-12 Football bracket

U10 Soccer bracket

U12 Soccer bracket

U14 Soccer bracket

Volleyball standings

Youth Football Playoffs

November 14, 2009


The high school playoffs are under way, but the younger players in the county are trophy hunting as well.

Here’s a gallery from my trip to Reid Ross and Mendoza Park:

Photo gallery

And here’s a bit of youtube magic:

Spring Lake football

November 12, 2009

Tracey Sanders sent me a note, letting me know that the super bowl game between the Lions and Bears in Spring Lake is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Mendoza Park.

Now, you know too…

Pop Warner Football update

November 11, 2009

From our friend Donna Johnson-Curtis…

The Sandhills Optimist Football championship game ended with a victory for the Fayetteville Blue Devils over the Fayetteville Gators, 19-12 on Nov. 7.

The three Fayetteville teams, (Blue Devils, Tar Heels and Gators) have now joined together to form the Fayetteville All-Star team to compete with Scotland County, Pinehurst, and Lee County, starting Saturday at 5 p.m. at Scotland County High School.