Arena Football League
Rain Hits Storm Training Camp
the Storm hit the midway portion of the final week of camp, the weather
chose a bad time to start raining. Due to rainy weather conditions, the
Storm had to cancel the morning session of practice, losing valuable
practice time. While this would normally pose a problem, the players
used the time to rest their bodies and recover.
practice was cancelled, but it wasn't a bad thing," said first-year
Storm defensive back Jean Fanor. "We took the time to rest our bodies. I
got in a workout which helped me feel more alive for the afternoon
session, and helped me get better."
For the coaching staff, the sentiment was the same.
"Sure we had some rain," said Storm head coach Dave Ewart. "But we took the time to improve and we were focused today."
afternoon session consisted of special teams drills. The players worked
on kickoff coverage which is vital in dictating field position. With
the shortened field of arena football every inch counts, making it
imperative for the kicking team to pin the return team deep in its own
The Storm finished the day working on pursuit and team drills.
Perspective: "We didn't let the rain bother us today," said Ewart. "We
were able to finish installing the offense, defense and special teams.
Now we need to iron out the details."
of the Day: On reaching the midway point of the final week of training
camp, Storm wide receiver Joe Hills said, "We've been getting better and
better each day. The hard work will pay off in the end."
Spotlight: Second-year Storm linebacker John-Kevin Dolce is returning
from a season-ending injury. Dolce was injured during the first game of
the season in 2012 versus the Chicago Rush. The former Virginia Cavalier
worked the entire offseason to get back in shape to play for the Storm
fans. His hard work and determination paid off as he has made it
difficult for his quarterback to make plays during training camp.
99.5 WRNO Radio Back with Voodoo for a Third Year
New Orleans VooDoo and Clear Channel Radio announced their 2013
partnership on Tuesday morning with 99.5 FM WRNO serving as the flagship
station for VooDoo football for the third consecutive season. Also
returning for a third tour of duty is play-by-play announcer Ken Trahan.
Joining Trahan will be former VooDoo QB Danny Wimprine. Wimprine will
enter his first year as the VooDoo's color analyst.
FM WRNO "Rush Radio" is a 100,000 watt station, which has a coverage
area as far west as Baton Rouge, La. and eastward into Biloxi, Miss. The
broadcasts will also originate on the internet at www.wrno.com.
are thrilled to enter into our 'Three-Peat' year with Rush Radio," said
VooDoo Co-Owner Dan Newman. "The first two seasons gave our fans a
wonderful opportunity to join Ken Trahan for VooDoo games that they
couldn't see in person. Having them back with us for another season is
really great for our fans and our team."
radio broadcast team for the 2013 season includes longtime local
play-by-play professional Ken Trahan and AFL veteran and former VooDoo
QB Danny Wimprine on color. Trahan brings over 25 years of broadcast
experience to the VooDoo broadcast booth and Wimprine besides being a
well known local high school, college, and professional quarterback is
making quite a mark in performing color analyst duties on area football
Competition Rises for the Final Days of Soul Camp
2012 American Conference Champion Philadelphia Soul, presented by Parx
Casino, prepare to close out training camp in the next few days. Players
are playing harder than ever to earn their roster spot for the upcoming
four days left of training camp, including a scrimmage, the Soul
players are picking up their intensity to show they deserve to stay. At
this point of the camp, practice has become routine but the players are
still motivated. The players know the way to standout in practice is by
making the block, running the precise route, fight for the extra yards,
or make the hard tackle. The coaches need to use all the time they can
to evaluate which players will be the best in assembling a
any camp, the players may become friends in the locker room but they
need to battle out their roster spot on the field. The players have four
days to put forth all their effort as camp ends on Saturday with a
scrimmage against the Pittsburgh Power. Tomorrow, the Soul will continue
with practices at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia.
SPOTLIGHT: DL LAWON SCOTT (6'2, 305, Mississippi): Rookie DL Lawon
Scott joins the Soul defensive line after spending 2012 with PIFL
Columbus Lions and 2011 with the Dallas Cowboys after leaving
Mississippi. During Scott's collegiate career, the St. Petersburg, FL
native recorded 57 tackles and two sacks in 20 starts with the Rebels.
In 2008, Scott earned Honorable Mention All-SEC recognition as a
OF THE DAY: "This camp is going well, this is something you can always
learn from," said Soul veteran DL Dustin Barno. "Whether it's something
Coach Dolezel or anyone else on the coaching staff is teaching us, for
me to be in the league for nine years and still learn from them is
something special. You learn the guys around you and know them as a
person and a player and they are all great. One player that stood out to
me is LB Calvin Fance. It has been a while since I seen someone as fast
as him. He shakes people up and he is learning the game fast. Young
guys need to remember to pay attention to the small details such as
knowing your plays and assignments and to stay healthy; take the rest
whenever you can.
FOR THE BOOKS: During the 2012 season and his first season with
Philadelphia, two-time All-Arena First Team FB Derrick Ross (6'0, 250,
Tarleton) broke every rushing record in the Soul record books except
one: career-rushing touchdowns (32). Ross has six AFL rushing records,
breaking two records last season with the Soul.
reason Ross has yet to break the Soul career rushing touchdown record
is because he is tied with Chris Ryan. Ross will surely break the record
book this season and own every rushing category in the Soul record
signed a max-contract during the offseason to be in Philadelphia
through the 2015 season. At the rate Ross is playing, Philadelphia may
have invested in not only the best rusher in team history, but also the
best rusher in AFL history.
Hyland Returns; Blaze Add Rookies Ikner, Lester
Utah Blaze have agreed to terms with veteran DB David Hyland, as well
as DB Arness Ikner and WR DeJay Lester, the franchise announced today.
Ikner and Lester enter their rookie seasons in the Arena Football
League, while Hyland returns after starting 15 games for the Blaze in
missing the first five games of the 2012 season, David Hyland (6-0,
190, Morehead State) managed to lead the Utah Blaze with 93 total
tackles, including three tackles for loss. He added two interceptions,
11 pass breakups and one fumble recovery. Off the field, Hyland was
awarded the Arena Football League's Community MVP of the Year award for
his philanthropic efforts.
excited to be back with my Blaze family. It's a privilege to be
surrounded by such great people throughout the organization," said
Hyland. "The opportunity to wear the black and orange for a second
season is a blessing that I hope to take full advantage of. I can't wait
to get out on the field and get back to work."
native of Layton, Utah, DeJay Lester (6-3, 200, Wyoming) played two
seasons at the University of Wyoming after transferring from Snow
College. In 2009, Lester hauled in 27 receptions for 456 yards and two
touchdowns while helping Snow capture the Zions Bank Top of the
Mountains Bowl. Snow finished the season ranking fifth in the NJCAA
National Poll with a 10-2 overall record.
humbling and a blessing. It feels great to be part of great
organization," Lester stated. "I'm ready to contribute wherever I'm
needed and hopefully I can help this team win a championship. It's an
transferring from Mt. San Antonio College in 2009, Arness Ikner (5-8,
180, Middle Tennessee State) started 24 games during his junior and
senior seasons at Middle Tennessee State. He totaled 112 tackles with
two tackles for loss over his final two campaigns, adding two
interceptions and 11 pass breakups. Ikner was voted a permanent team
captain for the Blue Raiders as a senior in 2011.
excited and blessed to have the opportunity to play for the Blaze,"
said Ikner. "I hope to bring playmaking ability to the team and I'm
going to do everything I can to help Utah reach the championship in
Sharks Training Camp Report - March 12
2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks took to the Plantation
Park practice field for a full-contact workout on Tuesday morning.
a light rain fell throughout the early portion of practice, the weather
never worsened. In fact, the sky stayed dry throughout the majority of
practice, allowing the team to progress from positional drills to
one-on-ones, three-on-threes and the final team session as scheduled.
the Sharks' first regular season game is still more than 10 days away,
the on-field portion of training camp has nearly come to an end. After
tomorrow's full practice, the team will hold a walkthrough on Thursday
before hosting the Orlando Predators in Friday's preseason scrimmage on
Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
not much time remaining, each and every one of the Sharks' 28 active
players is under pressure to continue to improve on their body of work
from the first week and a half of camp. After Friday's scrimmage, the
Sharks' coaching staff will be forced to make a number of tough
decisions in reducing the team's roster from 28 to 24. These decisions
will be made on Saturday, as from the end of the week through the rest
of the season the team will operate with a 24-man active squad.
rookie receivers remain in Shark training camp, but only one of them
will have the chance to play in front of a hometown crowd on Friday.
Wideout Charles Gilbert starred at Ridgeview High School in Clay County.
After finishing his collegiate career at Concordia University in
Minnesota, Gilbert spent time in training camp with the Jacksonville
Jaguars. Looking to crack the Sharks' roster, Gilbert is excited for the
chance to represent his local team.
definitely exciting to play in front of your hometown, get back here
and run arount a little bit for a bunch of people I know who will come
out and watch," Gilbert said. "It'll be fun, entertainment for them and
fun to go out there and play."
any young receiver, Gilbert has had to adjust to the differences
between Arena Football and the outdoor game. Fortunately, the Sharks
possess a group of veteran receivers that have helped Gilbert and the
other rookies make that transition. After Tuesday's practice, Gilbert
spoke about the specific areas in which the Shark vets have helped him.
helping me out with the route running, how to square up [defensive
backs] and how to put yourself in better situations to get open," he
said. "The vets are doing a good job and I'm just looking at them and
doing what I can."
Moves Following Tuesday's practice, the Sharks announced that defensive
lineman Delvin Johnson has been activated from Refused to Report. An
AFL rookie, Johnson was originally assigned to the Jacksonville roster
on Friday, March 8.
other Tuesday transactions, wide receiver London Crawford was activated
from the Physically Unable to Perform list, while wide
receiver/defensive back Terrance Smith was placed on the Physically
Unable to Perform list.
Sharks also announced Tuesday that offensive/defensive lineman Jordan
Carlson has been placed on reassignment. Following the transactions, the
Shark roster remains at the league maximum of 28 active players.
Sharks will hold their last full practice of training camp on Wednesday
morning at Plantation Park. Wednesday's workout is set to begin at 9:30
a.m. and will be open to the public.
Champions Professional Indoor Football League
Bombers Tickets Available to Early Arrivals
Salina Bicentennial Center in conjunction with the Salina Bombers are
inviting fans to come out early to purchase tickets for the first ever
professional indoor football game in Salina. The Bombers will host the
Wichita Wild at the Bicentennial center this Saturday with kick-off
scheduled for 7:05.
the Bombers and the Bicentennial Center would like to invite fans out
early, in efforts to minimize time that fans may spend in line. "With
expected walkup attendance, we want to encourage people to purchase
their Bomber tickets for Saturday ahead of time. The best way to avoid
box office lines is to have your ticket in hand before the event. Come
by the box office today or buy online at BicentennialCenter.com." said
Chris Bird, Global Spectrum General Manager of the Salina Bicentennial
Center. "The box office will be open until 8 p.m. on Friday and again at
12 p.m. on Saturday. Doors for the game will open early at 5:30 p.m. to
give fans added opportunity to buy in advance and get into the
this time, there are plenty of good seats available for the historic
game on Saturday. Ticket prices start at $9 with $14 and $22 seats
available. Kids ages 2-12 are $4.50 and $7.00 when purchased at the
Bicentennial Center ticket office.
Haymakers Start Season On The Road Against Mid-Missouri Outlaws
Lincoln Haymakers Pro Indoor Football team will start their inaugural
season this Sunday March 17, in Sedalia, Missouri as they take on the
Mid-Missouri Outlaws. The expansion Haymakers squad will be facing a
veteran Outlaws team that finished 7-5 last year in the APFL. The
Outlaws lost in the first round of the playoffs last season to the
eventual APFL Champions the Sioux City Bandits.
Haymakers regular season will start after nearly two months of training
camp. Players are anxious and excited to take the field in Navy and
Gold. Starting Defensive Back Michael Pace said "We're focused and
ready." This historical weekend will mark the first time the Haymakers
will play an official game.
Wichita Wild opened up the regular season with a convincing 70-26
victory over the Oklahoma Defenders. With the twelve week season
underway, the Haymakers would like to start off with a victory to
maintain position running with the top contenders in the league. Top
four teams out of the ten team league will qualify for the post season.
The higher two seeds will have home field advantage.
The Haymakers will have a bye week, next week with the home opener on Friday March 29th against the Sioux City Bandits.
Lone Star Football League
Join Venom for What's on Tap
Amarillo Venom announced the event "What's on Tap" taking place
Thursday March, 21 from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. at the Amarillo Civic Center.
Along with the Amarillo Venom, "What's On Tap" is brought to you by AMA
Techtel, the Amarillo Convention Bureau and various sponsors and
partners of the Amarillo Venom. The event is free and will drawn in
200-500 people as vendors will be prepared with promotional materials
and food and drink samples for the guests.
attending the event will also be treated to a free autograph section as
well as a free ticket to the March 23rd season opener against the New
event showcases what Amarillo has to offer in terms of local businesses
and the Amarillo Venom. The Amarillo Venom will also be dropping their
banner celebrating the 2012 Championship season during the event.