Good afternoon Ladies, Gentlemen and fellow football fanatics.
On behalf of the Swatara Tigers football organization and the CFA Football League we welcome you to the 34th annual CFA Football League Super Bowl Championships. Today’s games bring to the conclusion yet another great season of football here in the CFA. We the CFA board of commissioners would like to congratulate not only the players and coaches who will be participating in today’s contests, but each and every player, cheerleader, coach and volunteer who has helped in making this another great season of football.
Each season we as a board work together to bring new ideas and changes that look to not only make the play of football both fun, challenging and rewarding to our organizations, but to also find new and exciting ways of rewarding and honoring our players and coaches as well as in "Giving Back" to our members and those in our communities. Several season’s ago we began to honor our Middle School age players for scholastic excellence by creating a CFA Football League All-American scholastic team and will continue so this year. Players who make their respective teams home school honor rolls are named to this honorable team. Please see your coach if you make your schools honor rolls to see if you are eligible for this years Scholastic All-Star Team.
Also, this season we again continue to move forward and for the third time in the CFA History we are naming a balloted CFA Football League Midget Division All-Star team. Players from all 16 Midget division teams were nominated by their respective coaching staffs and voting was conducted by the head coaches of each team to select not only the best players in each position but to also select and honor each player that our coaches felt earned the special recognition that is deserving of being name a CFA Football League All-Star.
In addition, this season we take our Post-season awards to a whole new level as this year we will be adding onto the list of awards the following:
Peewee and Pony Division MVP’s
Coach of the Year awards for Peewee, Pony and Midget Division levels of play
Volunteer of the Year Awards
And last but not least a new special Yearly Award to be announced at the end of today’s Opening ceremonies.
Assembled to our left/right are over 150 Players, Coaches and Volunteer of the Year recipients representing all of our teams who have been selected by the CFA Football League coaching staffs, League Reps and Commissioners to receive this year’s All-Star Awards presentations.
We ask you to please stand while these young men and the coaches of this year’s
All-Star teams enter the field and form the letters "USA" to honor America to open the 34th Annual CFA Football League Super Bowl games.
(PLAY SONG NUMBER ___10__ OF FIRST CD: LEE GREENWOODS GOD BLESS THE USA AT THIS TIME).
(Read the following at conclusion of song #1 after all players and coaches have formed the letters "USA" on the field in front of you and everyone is settled in place. Start song #2 before you read the following statement):
(PLAY SONG NUMBER ___3__ OF SECOND CD: KENNY CHESNEY’S "WHO’D YOU BE TODAY")
"Please continue to stand as the United States Marine Corps Color Guard enters the field as we listen to Kenny Chesney’s "Who You’d Be Today" to honor the memory and bravery of the September 11th 2001 tragedies and all our fallen hero’s of past and present that have sacrificed their lives for our great country".
(The Color Guard will start to enter the field when the words on the Song start)
(When the Color Guard is stopped, turned and facing you… wait for the first "Chorus" to complete:
Now turn down the music slightly but continue to let the Kenny Chesney song play in the background and say the following just after the end of the phrase "Sometimes I wonder who you’d be today…):
"Throughout the history of America, many brave men, women, friends, neighbors, brothers and sisters have stood side by side, arm in arm, and hand in hand to defend our beliefs and freedoms. The rights and privileges that we hold true today did not come without the sacrifice and courage of many brave Americans and fellow countrymen".
"Today’s generation of youth standing here today have been given this honor and chance because of the sacrifices made by their fellow young Americans who even today bravely face America’s enemies in war and conflict throughout the world".
"Please join us in reflection as we remember those who have lost their lives during the tragic events of September 11th and to honor those who serve to defend their memories and our way of life while we continue to listen to "Who You’d Be Today".
(TURN MUSIC BACK UP AT COMPLETION OF THE ABOVE STATEMENTS)
(Read the following at the end of the Kenney Chesney song "Who You’d Be Today"):
We ask you to please remain standing for the singing of our National Anthem.
(SINGING OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM: Next song after Lee Greenwoods "GOD BLESS THE USA" or your own version)
(After National Anthem, the Marine Corps Color Guard will start to leave the field and then the players will be assembled in front of the home bench behind their respective teams names. "Start the next song as soon as the Color Guard starts to move…" After the players are assembled and you are given the que to start, read the following):
PLAY THE SONG: David Bowie’s Hero’s song # 3 on CD until it ends and then have it repeated until all the Awards are completed. You will end up playing this song at least 4 times or more from start to finish. Just keep playing it till we get to the end and you are que’d to read the statement "One Last Round of Applause".
At this time we would like to introduce you to this years Peewee Division "MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR" finalist:
Coached by Mr. Doug Smith, representing the Good Shepherd Rams, #5 Andre Robinson
Coached by Mr. Steve Mosey, representing the Holy Name Jets, #25 Sheldon Snell
Coached by Mr. Bill Thomas, representing the Northern Polar Bears, #12 Bryce Griffie
And finally, coached by Mr. Tom Karli, from the St Joes Chargers, #31 Mike Hanes
It is with great pleasure we give you this years 2006 CFA Football League Peewee Division Most Valuable Player….. from the Holy Name Jets, #25 Sheldon Snell.
This years Pony Division "MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR" finalist are:
Coached by Mr. Allan Carmichael, representing the Cedar Cliff Cowboys, #28 Xavier Baney
Coached by Mr. Brad Humer, from the Good Shepherd Rams, #3 Teddy Ramsey
Coached by Mr. Chuck Thomas, from the Northern Polar Bears, #22 Adam Geiger
Coached by Mr. Tim Perry, representing the St Joes Chargers, #10 Dylan DeFrank
And last but not least, Coached by Mr. Shane Hitzelberger, #19 Zacharie Smith
And this years 2006 CFA Football League Pony Division Most Valuable Player of the Year is…….. #28 Xavier Baney from the Cedar Cliff Cowboys.
This season the CFA introduces its first ever "Coach of the Year" awards as well for all three Divisions of play. At this time we’d like to introduce you to this years Peewee Division Coach of the Year finalist:
From the Good Shepherd Rams, Mr. Doug Smith
Representing the St Joseph’s Chargers, Mr. Tom Karli
Representing the Susquenita Blackhawk’s, Mr. Jeff Ebersole
And from the Swatara Tigers, Salaman (Si) McCraw
This year’s first ever CFA Football League Peewee Division "Coach of the Year" is Good Shepherd’s Doug Smith….
Now to the Coach of the Year finalist for the CFA Football League Pony Division:
He comes to us from the Cedar Cliff Cowboys, Mr. Allan Carmichael
Representing the Good Shepherd Rams, Mr. Brad Humer
And representing the St Joseph’s Chargers, Mr. Tim Perry
This years CFA Football League Pony Division "Coach of the Year" award goes to Mr. Allan Carmichael….
(after Carmichael’s applause… read the following):
At this time the Peewee and Pony Division players and coaches who are involved in this years Super Bowl games may return to their respective teams to prepare for their games if they wish. Both the Holy Name Jets and Harrisburg Bronco Peewee teams should also now follow Commissioner Brad Humer to the scales for their teams official weigh-in.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please join me in one final round of applause for all of our 2006 Peewee and Pony Division MVP and Coach of the Year finalist and winners….
(after applause and after being que’d, read the following):
This season the CFA Football League returns to it’s credo of "Giving Back", to give back to those who give and go the extra mile for their own Associations throughout the season and the year. The League is proud to introduce to you our first ever "CFA Football League Volunteer of the Year" awards. Finalists were nominated by their Associations to the board of directors and voting was done by the CFA reps and Board of Commissioners. This year 6 League Volunteers were nominated by their respective Teams to be candidates for this year’s award. The Finalist for this year’s CFA Football League Volunteer of the Year Awards are:
Representing the Boiling Springs Bengals, Mr. Rory Morrison
From the Cedar Cliff Cowboys, Mr. David Jacobs
From the Good Shepherd Rams, Mr. Dave Aiello
Representing the New Cumberland Saints, Davita Storm
Representing the Swatara Tigers, Penny Gilcrist
And from the West Perry Mustangs, Lysa Hilzebeger
And this year’s 2006 CFA Football League Volunteer of the Year award winners are:
Dave Aiello from the Good Shepherd Rams and Rory Morrison from Boiling Springs.
Ladies and Gentlemen: Please join me in congratulating all of your 2006 CFA Football League Volunteer of the Year Finalist and winners….
(During the applause the Commissioners will move towards the Boiling Springs Bengal’s team to start the Midget Division awards…. As soon as the Commissioners reach the Bengal’s team you may read the following:
At this time we will turn our attention to the 100 Midget Division Football players and coaches standing before you…
On behalf of the CFA Football league we are proud to introduce to you the 2006 CFA Midget Division All-Star team members.
Representing the Boiling Springs Bengals:
Representing the Cedar Cliff Cowboys:
Representing Good Shepherd Rams:
Representing the Greenwood Buffaloes:
Representing the Halifax Bobcats:
Representing the Harrisburg Broncos:
Representing the Holy Name Jets:
Representing the New Cumberland Saints:
Representing the Northern Polar Bears:
Representing the Seven Sorrows Eagles:
Representing the South Hanover Knights:
Representing the St. Joseph Chargers:
Representing the Susquenita Blackhawks:
Representing the Swatara Tigers:
And representing the West Perry Mustangs:
Ladies and Gentlemen please join me one more time in congratulating the 2006 CFA Football League Midget All-Star team members.
(Pause till applause is completed).
At this time it is with great pleasure that we present to you this years 1st team offensive and defensive teams. Each player that has been selected to 1st team honors will receive a special commemorative All-Star 1st team jersey.
Before we announce this years 1st team members, we would like to announce that photo’s of this years Midget All-Star team can be taken following the awards ceremony. The players will be assembled following the awards in the bleachers for photographs.
At this time it is with great pleasure that we present to you this years 1st team members.
For the offensive team:
Starting at (center) representing the Swatara Tigers,
#71 Trent Miller
At the right (guard) position representing the Good Shepherd Rams,
#38 Colin Rigney
At the left (guard) position representing the Holy Name Jets,
#32 Matthew Kirchner
At the right (tackle) position representing the Susquenita Blackhawks,
#60 Dakota Wieland
At the left (tackle) position representing the Holy Name Jets,
#76 Alec Gonzalez
At (tightend), representing the Cedar Cliff Cowboys,
#11 Ryan Smith
The (receivers) for this years offensive team, representing the Northern Polar Bears,
#84 Tanner Link
And from the Cedar Cliff Cowboys,
#82 Josh Lebo
Our starting (quarterback), representing the Holy Name Jets,
#12 Matthew Johnson
And now for the (runningbacks), which three have been named to the 1st team.
Representing the Good Shepherd Rams,
#33 Brandon Wallace
Representing the Swatar Tigers,
#3 Tre’ Goss
And representing the Holy Name Jets,
#34 Sean Barowski
And finally, our last 1st team offensive player, nominated to the category of (Offensive Specialist), please welcome representing the Susquenita Blackhawks,
#56 Deryk Garland
Ladies and Gentleman, your 1st team members of the CFA Midget All-Star offensive team.
And now, we are proud to present to you the selected members of our 1st team defensive unit.
Starting at (nose guard), representing the Swatara Tigers,
#33 Thomas Turner
At the right defensive (tackle) position, representing the Holy Name Jets,
#92 Drew Zwally
At the left defensive (tackle) position, representing the Swatara Tigers,
#52 Devin Green-Smith
At (defensive End), representing the Holy Name Jets,
#22 Josh O’Halloran
At the other (defensive End) position, representing the Northern Polar Bears,
#70 Cody Stricker
Starting at (corner), on the left side, representing the Swatara Tigers,
#10 Tony McCraw
On the right side (corner), he comes to us from the St. Joes Chargers,
#46 Patrick Devlin
At the (safety) position we introduce to you, representing the Cedar Cliff Cowboys,
#14 Dane Harbold
At the other (safety) position, please welcome from the Good Shepherd Rams,
#1 Zack Morrow
Starting at (linebacker) for this years defensive 1st team, representing the Holy Name Jets, #36 Brandon Pae
At (linebacker) representing the Cedar Cliff Cowboys,
#12 Grant Dickey
And at our last (linebacker) position, please welcome representing the Good Shepherd Rams, #00 Austin Durham
And finally to wrap up our 2006 1st team defensive unit, starting at (defensive specialist), please give a great welcome representing the Swatara Tigers,
#32 Donte Parker
Ladies and Gentleman, please join us in congratulating the 2006 CFA Football League Midget division 1st team defensive unit.
And now, it is with great pleasure that we present to you this years "Players of the Year" recipients.
Presenting the "Players of the Year" awards are the CFA Football League Commissioner Mr. Joe Carbari, CFA Assistant Commissioner and All-Star Awards Coordinator Dave Bickel and the rest of the League Assistant Commissioners. Please join me in giving these gentlemen at hand for all their hard work this past season and their dedication to the youth of our great program.
And now, our "Players of the Year" award winners. We will be naming (1) player for each award including "Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year and a League MVP.
First representing the Defensive team.
Nominated as defensive player of the year, his coach said that this player changes the game, he seeks and destroys. You can try to double team, Cut block, Pull a guard, he sheds blockers like southern women shed’s peas. He’s a great humble young man- with the world at his hands. The crazy thing is – he’s so soft spoken until he puts on his Helmet and Jersey- He becomes Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hide. Please join me in congratulating as the "2006 CFA Football League Defensive Player of the Year", representing the Swatara Tigers and coached by Warren Writter, #4 Frank Simoncelli….
For "Offensive Player of the Year":
This players coach says that this well raised young man is great as great can be. I use the word great with a lot of respect. He glides, he cuts, he shakes, he trucks, he blocks. He’s the go to guy in the clutch. Plain and simple when you need 4 yards- he gets you 6- always willing to go the extra for you. He is one of the non- vocal leaders on the team. He chooses to let his God giving ability do all the talking and he leaves it all on the field game in and game out.
Please join us in congratulating his selection as the 2006 CFA Football League Midget All-Star team "Offensive Player of the Year", Coached by Warren Writter, from the Swatara Tigers, #21 Robert Wilson.
And now for our final Midget Division All-Star Player award.
The selection of League MVP is a great honor that goes to a player who this season has guided his team to this years 34th CFA Football League Midget Division Super Bowl Championship game.
Our MVP award recipient’s coach says this one young man has teams changing their formations, plays and trying to adjust to what he’s does. Just this One KID alone has a lot of these Coaches up late night trying to figure out how to stop him. They run away from him, they shift to his side, they double-team him. We as coaches cannot take all the CREDIT for what he does on the field. He is an Honor Student and He will be playing at the next level. He is this YEARS FACE of the CFA. He shows leadership qualities beyond his years. The CFA would be proud to have this player serve as league MVP.
Please join us in congratulating his selection as the CFA Football League "League MVP" for the 2006 football season, representing the Swatara Tigers, he will be wearing number 9 in this afternoons Midget Division Championship game. Once again, coached by Warren Writter, please give a warm welcome to Mr. Christopher Devan….
(after Devan’s applause):
Ladies and Gentleman, please join us in congratulating one final time, the CFA Football League Midget Division All-Star team, 1st team Offensive and Defensive player selections and our Players of the Year award winners.
And now, ladies and gentleman, we would like to bring forth to you the 2006 CFA Football League Midget Division Coach of the Year Finalist…
The Coach of the Year Awards for all 3 CFA Divisions were voted on by each division’s Head Coaches for their own respective division as well as the CFA Football League board of commissioners. The Coaches who where presented as finalist today, represent those coaches who where the top (3) vote getters for their division. In any case where there were more then (3) finalist, there was a tie in the top 3 and all were considered as finialist…
In the case of the Midget Division Coach of the Year Award, this award is named in the honor of former CFA Football Coach and Assistant League Commissioner Lincoln Wilson who passed away this past year suddenly. Link was a special coach in our league who for many years had his teams running at or near the top of any division his teams played in. His entire life was dedicated to helping others as well as his own family. Link was instrumental in assisting with the CFA All-Star awards and helping the current League Commissioners move towards the direction that we head today. It is with great honor that the CFA Midget Division coaches unanimously agreed to name this special award in his honor.
And here are your Midget Division Finalist…
Representing the Good Shepherd Rams, Mr. Mike Ritter
For the Holy Name Jets, Mr. Tony Buglio
For the Susquenita Blackhawks, Mr. Mike Chronister
And representing the Swatara Tigers, Mr. Warren Ritter…
It is with great pleasure that we present to you, the 2006 CFA Football League Lincoln S. Wilson Memorial, Midget Division Coach of the Year award winner… You’ll see him in action this evening in the Midget Super Bowl game…..
From the Holy Name Jets, please congratulate Mr. Tony Buglio….
Play Song (Bruce Springsteen SONG #1 "The Rising") Prior to giving out this final award.
(read the following at the same time after the song starts)
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that we the CFA Football League Board of Commissioners proudly announce the creation of one final award to be given out annually by our league. The CFA Board of Commissioners is proud to announce the creation of the "CFA Football League Hall of Fame". This award will be devoted to recognizing the special efforts of Coaches, League Reps, Commissioners, area Football Officials as well as others who have contributed extended years of "Giving Back" to the players and associations which make up our league. This award will be given to a very select few each year and the final criteria for possibly earning this award will be considered by the Board of Commissioners in the upcoming off-season.
The CFA Football League "Hall of Fame" will this year however induct their first member as approved by the Board of Commissioners. Our first member to be inducted into the Hall of Fame has been involved with Youth Football since 1973 when he was first elected as Commissioner of the new Catholic Football Association following the former CYO Football League period that extended from 1946 to 1972. In 1972 this inductee also served as Head Coach of the St. Catherine Royal’s Midget team when he guided his team to a perfect 9-0 record and the first ever CFA Midget Division Super Bowl Championship.
Our first inductee despite having no children involved in the league since early after the league incorporation in 1972, has continued to be the face of the CFA and a very active leader in giving back to the league that he has overseen for over 34 seasons. He has seen the league grow from 9 parishes in 1972 to a record 17 community and parish sponsored teams this year with the acceptance of the South Hanover Knights into the league.
We asked his wife Shirley for any comments that she had about this person’s dedication to the youth of the Harrisburg region and she had this to say:
"There was a lot of times when I thought this man was nuts to stay with the league so long, but when I look back over the years and realize how he has been so dedicated and has helped kids and families in trouble, I am really proud of him. The biggest thrill he gets is when one of the kids from the league moves on to High School and College and he says to me: "he was one of our kids". I know then it has been worth it.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that we present to you the first ever CFA Football League "Hall of Fame" inductee, representing the Hall of Fame Class of 2006, please welcome Mr. A. Joseph Cribari, coach and CFA Football League Commissioner from 1972 to present.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this will now conclude our 2006 Super Bowl opening ceremonies, All-Star and Awards program. Coming up next will be the Peewee Super Bowl Championship game between the Holy Name Jets and Harrisburg Bronco’s. As a reminder, photos of this year’s team awards and selections will be taken at this time and if you are interested in taking a photo of your players or the entire team, you can do so after the league pictures have been taken.