Thursday, February 28, 2013

Daily League News & Notes

Arena Football League
Shock Single Game Tickets Go on Sale Friday, March 1st
The Shock announced today that single game tickets for the Spokane Shock 2013 Net 10 Wireless Arena Football League season are going on sale Friday, March 1st at 10 a.m. PST through all TicketsWest Box Office locations, online, or by phone.
Individual game tickets can be purchased as low as $14 per ticket, or fans are able to purchase a "Football 4-Pack" which includes four (4) single game tickets for $40.
The Shock open their 2013 season schedule with a three (3) game road trip to Cleveland, Chicago, and Iowa before returning home to take on the Arizona Rattlers on Friday, April 12th at 7 p.m. PST at Spokane Arena (720 W Mallon). The first 5,000 fans in attendance at the home opener will receive a free Shock Magnet Schedule compliments of George Gee Kia.
"We are very excited for the upcoming season and what is to be the best season schedule we've had in our eight-year history," said Shock Director of Ticket Sales Andrew Dolan. "We were able to achieve a great balance between Friday and Saturday games, with all of our 2013 home games starting at 7 p.m. PST at Spokane Arena."
Single game tickets can be purchased by visiting, any TicketsWest Box Office location, or by phone at 1-800-325-SEAT (7328).
Season tickets are currently on sale with packages starting as low as $90 for all nine (9) Shock home games at Spokane Arena in 2013. Season and group ticket packages can be purchased by calling the Shock office at 509-242-7462, visiting the Shock Box Office located in the Shock Facility in Spokane Valley (3212 N Eden Rd. Ste B), or by visiting the Shock website at
Shock to Open Training Camp this Weekend
The Shock announced today that the team will officially open their 2013 training camp this upcoming weekend, three weekends before the team's regular season opener on the road against the Cleveland Gladiators on March 24th.
The team will first come together for non-padded practices on Sunday, March 3rd and Monday, March 4th, one week before the team's preseason Orange and White Game on Sunday, March 10th with doors opening at 2 p.m. PST and kickoff at 4 p.m. PST.
The first padded practice of training camp will take place on Tuesday, March 5th, also the 2013 Media Day for the Shock. This event is open to media and practice will begin at approximately 10 a.m. and conclude at 12 p.m. PST. Shock Coaches and Players will be available for media interviews following the conclusion of practice. Media that is interested in attending this event should contact Ryan Eucker at the Shock office by email at or by phone at 509-242-7476.
Most training camp practices will be held at the Shock Training Facility, located at 3212 N Eden Rd Ste. B in the Spokane Valley. The Shock will make every effort to adhere to the released training schedule, though practice times and locations are subject to change.
Please note the below list of key dates leading up to the start of the 2013 season.
Saturday, March 2: Players Report (35-man Roster, Physicians Only, CLOSED)
Tuesday, March 5: SHOCK MEDIA DAY, Practice 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Interviews 12 - 1:30 p.m. (MEDIA ONLY)
Friday, March 8: Practice 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (OPEN TO PUBLIC)
Sunday, March 10: Orange & White Game at Spokane Arena (Kickoff 4 p.m.).
Tuesday, March 12: Practice 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (MEDIA DAY, OPEN TO PUBLIC)
Friday, March 15: Practice 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (OPEN TO PUBLIC)
March 17: Conclusion of Training Camp.
Monday, March 18: 2013 Net 10 Wireless AFL Regular Season Begins
Barnstormers Training Camp Headed Back to Oskaloosa
Iowa Barnstormers General Manager John Pettit along with Head Coach and Director of Football Operations Mike Hohensee unveiled detailed plans today regarding the team's 2013 training camp. For the second straight season, the Barnstormers will be holding their 2 week training camp about an hour south of Des Moines in Oskaloosa, Iowa. All team practices will be held on the campus of William Penn University at the state of the art Penn Activities Center. Training Camp officially opens this Saturday, March 2 when 35 players from around the country will attempt to land a spot on the Barnstormers 2013 roster.
In addition to practices, the Barnstormers will be involved in many community events throughout the Oskaloosa area ranging from meet and greet dinners to visits at local schools and hospitals. The first major community event will take place on Sunday March 3rd when the Oskaloosa Chamber of Commerce will hold a kickoff party at the Penn Central Mall. The event will be held in the Center Courtyard area and begins at 5:00pm and is open to the public. Barnstormers players, coaches and members of the dance team will be on hand from 5:30-6:30 to meet and greet fans and sign autographs.
A year ago, the Barnstormers were seeking a place to hold their training camp. When members of the William Penn Staff along with town officials heard the news, it became a very easy decision. "We felt that it was very important to create an atmosphere where our player s could bond quickly as a team. Taking our camp on the road to Oskaloosa allowed us to accomplish just that. The facilities at William Penn are top notch and the community support was outstanding. Coming back for year number two was the easiest decision we ever made." Stated Hohensee
Practices will take place daily and are open to the general public and all media. The team will hold an inter-squad scrimmage on Friday, March 8 at 8:00am. A complete schedule of practices dates and times is listed below. A full training camp roster will be released later this week, prior to the first team practice on Saturday.
Season tickets for the 2013 Barnstormers season remain on sale now starting at just $99.00 per seat. Don't miss a minute of the action this season! Barnstormers 5-game Pigskin Packages are also available. The home opener is scheduled for Friday, April 5. For more information call the Barnstormers at (515) 633-2255 or log onto
Orlando Predators Report to Training Camp This Weekend
The Orlando Predators return to the city beautiful this weekend for the 2013 season training camp. With three weeks before the regular season begins, the team is preparing for their first regular season game against the New Orleans Voodoo March 24, at 6:00pm ET.
The 2013 Predators are to arrive in town Friday March 1st for a team dinner and initial meeting. Saturday March 2nd, all players report for their physicals and registration. The Predators first practice is scheduled for Sunday, March the 3rd .
After two weeks of training camp, the Orlando Predators will go head to head in a preseason scrimmage against the Jacksonville Sharks. The scrimmage is to be held at 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 15 on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. This game is a great opportunity for the Predators coaching staff to see the talent on the field before making their final cuts.
Training camp practices will be held at Tinker field at the Citrus Bowl, located at 1610 W. Church Street, Orlando Florida 32805. Practices will generally run from 8am-12pm.
Orlando's Arena Football franchise since 1991, the Orlando Predators are heading into their 22nd year in the AFL. In that time, the Predators have advanced to the AFL playoffs a league leading 19 times and advanced to the ArenaBowl seven times winning the championship in 1998 and 2000.
2012 Hall of Fame Selection, DB Clevan Thomas Returns to SaberCats
The San Jose SaberCats announced that they have been assigned 2012 Arena Football League Hall of Fame selection and SaberCats legend, defensive back Clevan Thomas on a two-year contract.
"Being able to add a game-changer like Clevan is huge for us heading into this season," said Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet. "He is the best defensive player I have ever had the pleasure of coaching and mixing him in with our very talented secondary is something we are very excited about."
Thomas (5-10, 195, Florida State), a five-time All-Arena selection, 2002 Rookie of the Year and two-time Defensive Player of the Year (2002-03) will soon join former teammates Barry Wagner, Sam Hernandez and SaberCats Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet in the AFL Hall of Fame.
Voted as the 24th Greatest Player in AFL history by the Silver Anniversary Committee in 2012, Thomas previously played with the SaberCats from 2002-08 and is the franchise leader in interceptions (50), which is tied for second all-time in AFL history with former Orlando Predators great Durwood Roquemoore. Thomas also is the single-season franchise leader in interceptions (13 in 2003), which is the fourth highest total in AFL history, as well as the franchise leader in passes defensed (108) and is second in franchise history in total tackles (460).
A three-time ArenaBowl champion (2002, 2003 and 2007), the former Florida State Seminole was a game-changer for San Jose. His famed defensive style predicated on press coverage is a key factor in what has made Thomas one of the greatest defensive backs to ever play the game.
Lesué to Compete in Dancing with the Salt Lake Stars
Utah Blaze wide receiver Aaron Lesué will trade in his cleats for a pair of dance shoes this Friday, March 1st as he participates in the second annual Dancing with the Salt Lake Stars competition. In an effort to raise support for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Lesué will step off the turf and into the world of ballroom dancing to put his footwork to the test.
Lesué is one of several local celebrities that will perform a routine live on stage tomorrow at the Sheraton in downtown Salt Lake City. Over the past four weeks, he has been as been perfecting his moves with the help of talented dance professional Laura Payne Juarez.
"It seemed like a lot of work at first, but it has actually picked up recently," Lesué stated. "Just like football, it comes with a ton of repetition. It's hard because if you mess up one step, you throw off the whole routine."
"Because Aaron is an athlete, he has great coordination and has picked up the choreography quickly," said Juarez. "I didn't go easy on him with the footwork or tricks and he's really come through. He's going to surprise everyone, and I would love to see him win this competition!"
Dancing with the Salt Lake Stars will be held at the Sheraton in downtown Salt Lake City this Friday, March 1st from 6:30pm - 10:00pm. If you would like to purchase tickets, contact the American Cancer Society of Utah at 801-483-1500.

Champions Professional Indoor Football League
Omaha Beef take on the Nebraska Lawdawgs this Sunday at the Ralston Arena
Omaha Beef announces their first home game of the season at the new Ralston Arena. Omaha Beef will play the Nebraska Lawdawgs this Sunday, March 3rd, at the all-new Ralston Arena located at 7300 Q St. Ralston, NE 68127. There will be a ribbon cutting at 2:00 P.M. at the Ralston arena for all of those who would like to celebrate the new season before the game. The game will begin at 3:00 P.M. Season tickets are at the low price of $89 and single tickets can be purchased for $15. Further ticketing information can be accessed at the Ralston Arena Ticketing Office at (800) 440-3741 or

Indoor Football League
Nebraska Danger Set for IFL Opener against Defending Champion Storm
The 2013 IFL season begins this Saturday, March 2 for the Nebraska Danger as they host defending league champion Sioux Falls. The Storm will bring a 1-0 record to the Heartland Events Center as they defeated the Green Bay Blizzard 64-41 in their season opening contest.
The Danger defeated the Lincoln Haymakers 56-21 last week in an exhibition game with the team from the CPIFL. After a slow start, head coach Mike Davis liked what he saw from his team.
"We didn't have a great start, so that's a concern," Davis said. "But, I thought our guys came together and played pretty well in the second half. That said, the way we played, we are a long way off from beating a team with the resume of Sioux Falls. It will take our best effort on Saturday night."
In the win against the Haymakers, the Danger did most of the work on the ground. They ran 23 times for 68 yards, with newcomer Randy Bell leading the way with 50 yards on five carries and a touchdown. He'll join Daniel Libre in the backfield for the first game of the season.
Davis' defense will be relied on heavily on Saturday as the Storm bring a potent offense to Grand Island led by quarterback Martavious Young. Young, who played at Southern Miss, was named IFL offensive player-of-the-week for his efforts against Green Bay. He threw for 152 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 101 yards on 18 carries and another score.
Storm linebacker Tyler Knight earned league defensive player-of-the-week honors after racking up 13 tackles and a sack in the Sioux Falls win. The Storm held the Blizzard to just 37 yards rushing in the victory.
Saturday's game is part of a full four-game IFL schedule for week two. In other action, Cedar Rapids will host the Texas Revolution and the Colorado Ice will host the Tri-Cities Fever on Friday night. Also on Saturday, the Chicago Slaughter will host Green Bay. Kickoff is set for 7 PM at the Heartland Events Center.
Tickets for Saturday night are available at area Pump & Pantry stores, the Heartland Events Center Box Office, or via Ticketmaster. Theme for the night is Jersey Night! The game will be available via America One on the B2 network at, as well as broadcast live on 2DayFM 103.1 with veteran sports announcer Brad Fossberg on the play-by-play, or streamed live at
Special events during the game:
Pre-game entertainment by Little Danger Football and Lincoln Elementary School
The Nebraska Danger Danger Dolls Fan tunnel by Lincoln Elementary and Skagway
Performance by Grand Island Northwest's 14 Karat Gold
Presentation of the Colors by area Boy Scouts
National Anthem by Doniphan-Trumbull Schools
Coin Toss by Shawn Smith and Boy Scouts
Appearances by Bones and the Texas Roadhouse Armadillo Halftime performances by the Danger Dolls, 14 Karat Gold, Alpha Omicron Pi and Play it Again Sports Wiffleball Throw for Dough contest benefitting the United Way! (Buy a mini-football from their booth on the Concourse Level for $1 for a chance to win!)
T-shirt shooter throughout game
Pizza Eating Contest with The Bunkhouse Section contests for Nebraska Lottery
Following the game, an autograph party/dance party with Players, Danger Dolls, Ball Babes, Mascots, Coaches and Staff will take place.
Storm Head to Nebraska this Saturday
The Sioux Falls Storm travels to Grand Island, Nebraska to take on the Nebraska Danger this Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00pm.
The Storm started the season with a win in Green Bay, WI. Although many new faces the Storm proved that they could step up and work as a team to start the season with a record of 1-0. This game will be the home opener for Nebraska Danger.
Tune in to KOOL 107.9 FM at 7:00pm CT to hear The Silver Fox, Rich Roste, give the play-by-play for the game. To watch live go to and click on the B2 tab.

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