Arena Football League
Doylestown Native to Perform at Wells Fargo Center With Stars On The Disney Channel
The 2012 American Conference Champion Philadelphia Soul, presented by Parx Casino, announce Doylestown native 10-year-old, Aishlinn Kivlighn, will perform as one of the opening acts for the stars of the Disney Channel, Caroline Sunshine and RoShon Fegan as seen on "Shake It Up!".
The 90-minute concert in which Aishlinn will perform will be part of the post-game activities for "Daddy Daughter Night" on June 1 at the Wells Fargo Center. The concert will be hosted by Sierra McCormick, as seen on "A.N.T. Farm." It will begin immediately following the Soul game, when the Soul play the Arizona Rattlers in a rematch of last year's ArenaBowl Championship game.
Currently living in Washington D.C., Aishlinn is the daughter of Salah and Eimear Kivlighn and sister of 16-year-old Emma Kivlighn. She was born in Doylestown, PA and lived there until she was five-years-old. Salah and Eimear both worked for Merck Pharmaceuticals in Doylestown. The family moved from Doylestown due to work reasons.
"This is a special opportunity to not only perform with such big stars in the entertainment industry, but to also have a chance to perform at the Wells Fargo Center," said Aishlinn. "I consider Doylestown my hometown and Philadelphia my home city. Many of my close friends are there."
Aishlinn fondly remembers her days at Wind Mill Day Camp, where she went for child care and got her entertainment career started performing in plays, playing at Kids Castle and Giggle Berry at Peddler's Village, riding bikes at Peace Valley Park, eating and meeting her friends at The Bagel Barrel and feeding the ducks at Lake Galena. Her favorite places to eat in Doylestown were Ooka, Havana Restaurant and Tony Tomatto's. She also remembers learning to swim at the Doylestown YMCA.
Official Host for the evening's concert is the talented Sierra McCormick who is seen daily on Disney's "A.N.T. Farm" and has appeared in the movies: Jack and Janet Save the Planet, Ramona and Beezus, and A Nanny for Christmas. Sierra will also participate with other stars in meeting and greeting VIP ticket holders. The MC will be Adrian R'Mante, made famous from his role, "Esteban," from Disney Channel's, "Suite Life of Zack & Cody."
Caroline currently has a recurring role on the Disney Channel original series "Shake It Up!" In addition to her work on "Shake It Up," Caroline has also begun a successful music career. In 2012, Caroline had featured songs on the "Shake It Up!: Live 2 Dance" soundtrack and the Disney Channel Holiday Playlist. She has also been working on other music, while performing at shows across the US, including Daddy Daughter Night.
Roshon Fegan, as seen on "Shake It Up" and "Camp Rock" movies was also featured on the 14th season of the ABC show, "Dancing with the Stars." He stayed on for eight weeks and was placed in the top six.
IM5 is quickly making waves as the world's next dominant boy band and was founded on a national talent search headed by American Idol creator, Simon Fuller, along with world-famous celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton. The multi-cultured quintet comprised of band members Cole Pendery, Dalton Rapattoni, Dana Vaughns , Gabe Morales and Will Jay boast their own unique style that fuses together hook-driven pop melodies, authentic vocal harmonies, and full-blown dance routines.
Indoor Football League
Heisman Trophy on Display at Revolution's June 1st Home game
Heisman Trophy winner and Texas Revolution General Manager Tim Brown has announced that he will be putting his coveted 1987 Heisman Trophy on display at the Allen Event Center for the Texas Revolution's home game on June 1st against the Colorado Ice.
Brown, who joined the Revolution in its inaugural season as both a Co-Owner and General Manager is honored to be included in a special night paying tribute to his impressive career. The June 1st game will feature not only some of Brown's favorite memorabilia, but also video clips of his playing career highlights and acknowledgement of some of his most impressive accolades. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will also receive a Bobblehead of the 9-time NFL Pro-Bowler courtesy of Dodge City of McKinney!
In Brown's professional career, he had amassed 1,094 catches and 105 touchdowns while playing for the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over his 17 NFL seasons. He has also been named a College Football Hall of Famer in 2009 and is eligible for the NFL Hall of Fame.
Legends Football League
Game Preview: Baltimore Charm at Jacksonville Breeze
The Jacksonville Breeze looked dominant in their 2013 debut that took place nearly two months ago as they breezed past the expansion Atlanta Steam with a score of 48-0. This Saturday, Jacksonville will host another team that is making their season debut, the Baltimore Charm. The new-look Charm are led by a new coaching staff made up of former NFL players. Washington Redskins great Gary Clark inherits the team this year as they look to turn around the Baltimore franchise and make a run at a first-ever winning record. They’ll have a rude welcome to the season however as the Charm begin with a game on the road against potentially the best team in the league.
KK Matheny showed that her arm and decision making is right on par with the best quarterbacks in the league. She went 6 for 9, throwing for 50 yards and 1 touchdown in her game against Atlanta and spread the ball around to four different receivers. Still, her go-to target Bryn Renda, who had just 3 catches for 24 yards in game one, needs to prove she can stretch the field and become a deep-ball threat. Matheny also has other options on offense as Adrian Purnell and Lauran Zieglar are proving to be sure-handed receivers.
Breeze head coach Yo Murphy has proven to be a fantastic play caller and one of the great offensive minds of the LFL. The Breeze offense features a committee of running backs that each have their own use out of the backfield. Shelltrice Turner, the number one running back for Jacksonville, is fast and runs downhill, always falling forward as she gets tackled. Lauran Ziegler keeps defenses guessing as she’s very effective on the end-around play. Saige Steinmetz, a great 4th down power back who can blow through the front line, is nearly guaranteed for two-point conversions. Finally, should Angie “The Giant” Williams make an appearance this Saturday, the Charm had better beware. Williams de-cleated Atlanta’s Alfye Gore as was seen by many in week one’s WOW Clip.
The most fearsome aspect of the Breeze is their defense. Between the playmaking ability of Adrian Purnell (2 defensive touchdowns in game one) and the hard hits coming from free safety Lauran Ziegler (9.5 tackles in game one) this Breeze defense is the scariest in the LFL. They will surely tee off again this Saturday against a rookie filled Charm offense.
The Baltimore Charm are a huge question mark. They finished 2-2 last season, narrowly missing the playoffs, but now without former LFL MVP Kyle DeHaven on their roster the Charm will have a difficult time reigniting the fire and intensity she brought on both sides of the ball. Having not played an LFL snap together, this new Charm coaching staff needs to keep things simple offensively, while the supporting cast has to step up and alleviate some of the pressure resting on the shoulders of quarterback Angela Rypien. Despite being one of the faces of the league, Rypien has proven very little on the field as a passer. She needs to limit her mistakes this weekend and not turn the ball over because as we saw in week one, Jacksonville (+2 in turnover differential) will make you pay for bad decisions.
The order for the Charm is simply too big this weekend. Look for Jacksonville to light up the scoreboard with KK Matheny’s arm, Shelltrice Turner’s legs, and a few big plays on both sides of the football from Purnell. Baltimore will struggle to move the ball offensively, and ultimately fall victim to the bright lights in their 2013 debut.
Kickoff: Saturday, May 25th, 8PM EDT
Professional Indoor Football League
Steelhawks Team Up with NCC Business Club to Dedicate Memorial Weekend Game to Our Nation's Heroes
Lehigh Valley Steelhawks 3rd Annual Memorial Day Tribute - Saturday, May 25th. Pre-game activities begin at 4:00 PM - Kickoff 7:00PM.
Officially proclaimed "Memorial Day" on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, May 30th was intended to be a day of placing flowers on graves and remembering those who died in the Civil War. Many wars have come and gone since then, and Memorial Day now honors those who died fighting in any war.
The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks and NCC Business Club Members would like to dedicate this game to all of the brave women and men who have lost their lives defending this great nation's freedom! Esteemed guests will include local representatives of America's Gold Star Moms, Northampton Community College's "Band of Brothers" (military outreach group), and members of the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council.
The U.S. Marine Corps will be posting the colors in the opening ceremonies. Each branch of the military will be honored. Registered veterans will be recognized for their service to our great nation. Boy Scouts from Minsi Trails Councils will be volunteering their community service to show their support. There will be a bagpipe performance by "Bagpiping by Kim".
All veterans will receive a 25% discount on tickets with Military ID.
Ultimate Indoor Football League
Raiders End Regular Season on A High Note at Home
The Lakeland Raiders, now 6-3, defeated the Missouri Monsters, 59-7 at home to advance towards playoff play.
"We have a game probably two weeks from now. We won our tenth win at home in two years, so we're going 10 out of 13 games at home; we're doing well at home," head coach and offensive coordinator, Michael Mink said.
Jason Harmon started out scoring from the Missouri 7 to give the Raiders a quick lead of 6-0 with 11:50 remaining in the first quarter. Troy Johnson picked up a fumble on the Monsters next possession to score a defensive touchdown with 10:22 on the clock. Quarterback, BJ Hall, passed to Josh Smith to compete the following two-point conversion and further the Raiders lead to 14-0. On a third and five attempt, Hall connected with DeAndrew Rubin for a gain of 35 yards to score 22-0 with 4:30 left in the first. On a third-and-11 Monster pass, Eddie Umeh intercepted the ball and ran the ball 30 yards to score with 0:00 left in the first quarter. The Raiders completed the following two-point conversion with a pass to Roderick Jefferson to bring the score to 30-0 at the start of the second quarter.
The Raiders scored an additional touchdown and added points to the board by getting a safety by the half, leading the Monsters 41-0.
Hall connected with Jefferson on the Raiders first possession of the second half to score with 8:41 left in the third quarter, bumping the Raiders lead up to 47-0 after an incomplete pass thwarted an extra-point attempt. On a first-and-10 attempt on Lakeland's 16, Hall connected with a receiver to boost the Raiders to 53-0 with 5:18 remaining in the game. The Raiders scored once more before Missouri would finally follow up. A three-yard run would post their only touchdown for the night, landing them at a score of 59-6 with 3:13 left in the fourth. The score stood to the end of the game.
By the end of the game, the Raiders team went from six possible linemen to four, after injuries and ejections of two players. "We had one ejection where our player went high on a guy; we have to look at the film and see if that happened or not. If he did something illegal and the film shows it, then he should have been ejected," Mink said.
Quarterback Hall returned to the Raiders this week after having a contract in the works with the Orlando Predators. "I got an offer to play with the Predators, but when I got up there and into the position, they already had a veteran in the spot. I decided coming back to the Raiders was my best decision," Hall said. He plans to pursue his dream of making it to the NFL, and is talking to some teams about career opportunities higher up in the football order.
The Raiders move forward to playoff season. "[Playoffs] are win or go home, so we have to be ready to play at playoffs," Jason Harmon said after the win.