Monday, February 25, 2013

Daily League News & Notes

Arena Football League
Tampa Bay Storm Begin Training Camp Saturday
The Tampa Bay Storm open training camp Saturday, March 2 at Skyway Park (3901 George Road, Tampa) in preparation for the 2013 Arena Football League season, announced the team.
"As a staff we have been hard at work preparing for the season," said head coach Dave Ewart. "We have set the bar high as an organization and we are excited to get to work with the players."
Players report on Friday, March 1 for physicals and meetings at Florida Hospital (2600 Bruce B Downs Blvd., Wesley Chapel, FL 33544), with the first practice starting at 4:00 PM the following day, Saturday, March 2 at Skyway Park. The first two days (Saturday and Sunday) will be non-contact with Monday, March 4 the first day players will wear pads. Most days will consist of two sessions on the field, a practice in the morning and a walk-thru session in the afternoon.
The training camp roster consists of 35 players, plus invitees, who will compete for 24 spots on the opening roster. Final rosters are must be turned into the League office by 5:00 PM CT on Saturday, March 16.
All but one day of training camp will take place at Skyway Park. On Friday, March 8, the team will head over to Orlando and spend the day practicing with the Predators at the Citrus Bowl. The first practice of the regular season is Monday, March 18.
Upcoming Tampa Bay Storm Training Camp Practice Schedule
Date Location Time
Saturday - 3/2 Skyway 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday - 3/3 Skyway 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday - 3/4 Skyway 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday - 3/5 Skyway 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday - 3/6 Skyway 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday - 3/7 Skyway 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday - 3/8 Orlando (Citrus Bowl) 9:45 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday - 3/9 No Practice Off Day for Players - 28 Man Roster Due
Sunday - 3/10 Skyway 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM;
Monday - 3/11 Skyway 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday - 3/12 Skyway 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday - 3/13 Skyway 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday - 3/14 Skyway 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday - 3/15 Skyway 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday - 3/16 No Practice Final Roster due 5:00 PM CST

Champions Professional Indoor Football League
Haymakers Wrapped Up Preseason Play Against Nebraska Danger
The Lincoln Haymakers wrapped up preseason play last Saturday night against the Nebraska Danger in Grand Island, NE. The exhibition game matched two of Nebraska's professional indoor football teams together to evaluate players before final cuts had to be made. Lincoln's starters looked very impressive maintaining the lead for the majority of the first half. Head Coach Dave Brumagen was pleased with the starters' first half performance. "We came out and controlled the majority of the first half; our guys were really competing and playing assignment football."
Game highlights started with Lincoln's former Husker Cortney Grixby picking off the Danger Quarterback on the first series of the game swinging momentum in favor of the Haymakers. The Haymakers relied on steady play from starting Quarterback A.J. Toscano who started the game 5 for 5 and finished with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Although down at the half 21-12 the Haymakers offense moved the ball consistently and the defense limited the Danger's offensive attack.
The second half was used as an evaluation opportunity for the Haymakers second string as they opened up against Danger starters. Overall, the coaching staff was pleased the Haymakers had limited procedure penalties while maintaining their composure as their counterparts had multiple personal foul calls throughout the game. For many of the players Saturday night was their first real time indoor football action.
Several other Haymakers had notable performances in Saturday's exhibition game. Safety Jon Banks' interception late in the first half set the offense up to regain the lead. Receiver Shane Scott had consistent play, reeling in a touchdown grab from Toscano in the first half. This week the Haymakers will continue to update the team roster as they prepare for their opening game March 17th against the Mid-Missouri Outlaws in Sedalia, MO.
The Haymakers first home game will be Friday March 29th in the New Victorian Suites Kickoff Classic against the Sioux City Bandits with kickoff at 7:05pm inside the Pershing Center.

Indoor Football League
Titans Topple Slaughter 58-52
The Cedar Rapids Titans (2-0) jumped out to an early lead Sunday against the Chicago Slaughter (0-2) and were able to hold on despite a late rally by Chicago winning 58-52.
The Titans have now won back-to-back games for the second time in team history and secure the team's first ever road victory.
After defeating the Chicago Slaughter at home last week,41-31, during the IFL's Kickoff Classic Weekend the Titans headed to Chicago this week in a rematch. After a scoreless first quarter the Titans got on the board first with a Radamez Rubio field goal. The Titans then added two Charles McCullum touchdown passes to Carl Sims and Damon McDaniel respectively to help the Titans build a healthy 17-7 lead going into halftime.
The Titans opened up the second half with a bang as QB Charles McCullum broke a 30 yard run for a touchdown to help give the Titans a 24-7 lead early in the third quarter. The Titans were then able to add an 18-yard touchdown from QB Colton Hansen to WR Bryan Pray to extend the Titan lead to 24 points. The Slaughter and the Titans then each exchanged two scores to end the third quarter 44-21.
The Titans and the Slaughter combined for 41 points in the third quarter.
The Slaughter scored quickly and often in the fourth quarter. K Chris Nendick added a 33-yard FG and then LB Lenny Radtke returned a missed Titans FG 35 yards to give the Slaughter a quick 10 point swing. The Titans responded with another Colton Hansen to Bryan Pray touchdown pass, their third TD connection of the night.
The Slaughter rallied late in the fourth quarter as QB Juice Williams dove into the endzone on a two yard run. The Slaughter then scored again on a 25 yard pass from QB Cody Kirby to WR Delric Ellington to pull the Slaughter within six points with less than a minute remaining. That would be as close as Chicago got however as Titans QB Colton Hansen connected with 2012 First Team All-IFL WR Carl Sims for a 24 yard touchdown. The Titans were able to hold on for a 58-52 victory.
After getting gouged for a franchise worst 191 rushing yards last week vs Chicago the Titans were able to clamp down on the Slaughter running game giving up only 53 Sunday afternoon.
Titans QB Colton Hansen finished the game completing five of nine passes for 105 yards and five touchdowns. Charles McCullum added an additional 113 passing yards and two touchdowns, as well as an additional rushing touchdown. Combined the Titans Quarterbacks threw for seven touchdowns, a Titans team record. WR Carl Sims led all Titans Wide Receivers with five catches for 86 yards and three touchdowns. WR Bryan Pray also caught three touchdowns.
Chicago QB Cody Kirby finished the afternoon completing 15 of 24 passes for 171 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. WR Delric Ellington led the Slaughter with seven catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns
The Titans return home to Mediacom Field at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena Friday March 1st to face the Texas Revolution. Kickoff is at 7:05pm. Friday night's game is sponsored by i107-1 and is Student Night. All college, high school, and middle school students will receive $2 off the purchase of a bleacher seat by showing a valid student id.

Professional Indoor Football League
Panthers Announce 2013 YIFL and YICD Schedule
The Back-to-Back Champion and reigning Professional Indoor Football League Champion Albany Panthers are pleased to incorporate the Youth indoor Football and Cheerleading League into a tremendous lineup of festivities, being held in conjunction with each home game. Hundreds of youth and their families are expected to participate in the league, which will begin each Friday night and run through Saturday on Phoebe Field at the Albany James H Gray Civic Center prior to each Panther home game.
"The Youth Indoor Football and Cheer League is dedicated to its players, families and coaches," Albany Panther General Manager WILL CARTER said. "Through the Albany Parks and Recreation Department's leadership, the YIFL will deliver a fun and exciting season while offering a deeper knowledge of the sport and its inherent team-first values."
The season begins on Friday, March 15 and runs through June 29 with the championship games. The Youth participants will receive season tickets to all Panther home games.
Albany Panthers season tickets are still available for the 2013 season, one of the best values in all of professional sports, by calling the Albany Panthers offices at (229) 435-1230 or logging on to

Ultimate Indoor Football League
Missouri Monsters Media Day & Fan Meet & Greet March 4th
The Missouri Monsters will hold a Media Day & Fan Meet & Greet on Monday March 4th. The event will be held at Shamrock's Pub & Grill located at 4177 Veterans Memorial Parkway, St. Peters, MO 63376 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
The event is open to everyone (including kids). During the event the team will introduce the players, coaches, dance team, front office, ownership, and sponsors. After the introductions, fans and media will access to all the Monsters personnel.
Finger food, and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided (first come first serve). Anyone with questions, should contact the team office ay 636-395-0896.

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