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North Lake Tahoe Bonanza - August 20, 2008

Two NorthTahoe Rams Pop Warner teams prepare for 2008 seasons

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When it comes to pairing football and Incline Village, sometimes the two don’t mix.

But one year ago, the North Tahoe Rams Mighty Mites Pop Warner team shocked the local world, in a sense, by finishing the season 8-2, a season in which coach Dennis Perry called one of the best ever for North Tahoe Pop Warner, a team he called the best he ever had coached.

Most of those children have moved up a level to the Junior Pee Wee League, thus meaning bigger and more mature teams from bigger cities await this year. But Perry still feels his team is ready to make another name for itself in 2008.

“Well, there’s two divisions in Junior Pee Wee, and the luck of the draw put us in the tougher division,” Perry said jokingly. “One of the teams we play was undefeated last year, and another was 8-1. It’s going to be a tough one, but so was last year. We beat a lot of good teams last year.

“I think we have the talent to be pretty competitive this year. I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people, again, this year.”

The Junior Pee Wee version of the North Tahoe Rams has been practicing since Aug. 4, in anticipation of the season’s first game, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 5, at the Incline High School football field.

Although a certain time has not been set, it will be played in the evening. The team is composed of children from Incline Village, Kings Beach and Tahoe City.

Some of the players returning from the Mighty Mites team of 2007 include Tommy “Touchdown” Thompson at tailback; Jack Clouthier at quarterback; Blake Perry at fullback; and linemen Riley Curtin and Jacob Buhler.

Coach Perry also pointed to Alex Zissis, Jack Dessette and Cole Steinberg, a trio new additions to the Junior Pee Wee team who could contribute a lot this season. However, similar to past seasons, while the team might represent a lot of talent, it doesn’t represent a lot of people. Currently there are 18 players on the team.

“Some cities, like Carson or Reno or Sparks, have more than one team, and they’ve got teams with 30 or 25 kids,” Perry said. “Obviously, with 18 kids, we’re only going to have one team. We always could use more players. I’d like to get about 22. That would be nice.”

While practice already has begun, Perry said the team still is accepting interested children. For information on how to sign up, parents can call Perry at (775) 240-0862 or e-mail him at

Per Pop Warner rules, in order for kids to qualify for Junior Pee Wee, they must be ages 8, 9 or 10 years old and must weigh between 60 and 105 pounds. Or, they can be 11 years old, as long as they weigh between 60 and 85 pounds.

Prior to the opening game of the year on Sept. 5, the Rams will take part in the Pop Warner Jamboree this weekend in Sparks. There, all Pop Warner teams that participate in the Sagebrush League attend to be weighed and registered for the season.

At the Jamboree, Perry said the Rams will play three, 20-minute scrimmages, against teams from Truckee, Fallon and Sparks.

Junior Midgets prepare for 2008 season
Similar to the Junior Pee Wee North Tahoe Rams, the Junior Midget North Tahoe Rams, an older team composed of players from Incline, Kings Beach and Tahoe City, also is looking for late additions to join the 2008 roster.

Coach Guy Thurman said the team currently has 16 players, the minimum number of kids in which a team is allowed to perform. Thurman said he wants to see that number increase.

“We really need some players; the problem is, some kids take vacations on the weekend, and that hurts us,” he said. “Last year, we had to forfeit a game. We don’t want to forfeit any games this year.”

Interested kids from the North Shore should contact Thurman at (775) 722-4205 if they want to play for the Junior Midget Rams. Kids must be ages 10, 11 or 12 and weigh between 85 and 135 pounds to qualify as a Junior Midget. Kids also can be 13 years old and weigh between 85 and 115 pounds to participate as a Junior Midget.
The Junior Midget Rams also play their first game on Sept. 5 at the high school, likewise in a night game. Both Rams teams play on the same day at home, the coaches said. Both coaches said a finalized schedule currently is in the works.

The teams play seven regular season games, then two guaranteed playoff games, Thurman said.

“Then you go from there; if you lose, you’re done,” he said.

Thurman pointed to Mike Wegener (flanker), Hunter Williams (fullback), Christian Biscotti (quarterback) and Joey Thurman (tailback) as some of the Junior Midgets he expects to have big seasons in 2008.

For information about both teams, visit

July 10, 2008

I went to the league meeting last night, so we must be getting close.  The meeting reminded me that we need to address a few items:

1.  If you have not completed your paper work, or turned it in please do so.  You can drop it off at the Bowling Alley, or put it in my mailbox at 110 Selby Dr. Forms are available on our Forms page.

2.  If you haven't paid we could use a check.  It is still $170.00.  If paying is a problem, let me know and we can work something out.

3.  Your child needs to have a Doctor, Nurse or Chiropractor fill out their physical form before the first day of practice.  The league is very strict about this.

4.  First day of practice is Aug. 4 at Preston Field at 4:00pm for Jr. Pee Wee's.  Jr. Midget time will be announced later.

5.  Have you child show up on the first day of practice with cleats, shorts and a sports drink.

6.  I will try to schedule a parent meeting before practice starts.

7.  We still need players for the Jr. Midget team (10, 11,12 yr olds 85 to 135 lbs. 13 yr olds 85 to 115 lbs).  We have room for players on Jr Pee Wee (8,9,10 yr old 60 to 105 lbs. 11 yr. olds 60 to 85 lbs.). Have your child try to talk a friend into playing

Please feel free to contact me with and questions or anything else. Dennis 775-240-0862

July 3, 2008

Our new jerseys are in.  

June 17, 2008

Well baseball is finally over and we can move on to football full time. Here are a few things I am working on:

1.  Sign ups. Still need quite a few players for the Tiny Mite/Mighty Mite teams. I know John and John have been trying, but not much action yet. The Jr. Pee Wee team has enough players, but we could use 3 or 4 more to be sure we have as many as we want.  The Jr. Midget team also needs players. I have promised the league that we will not forfit games at the Jr. Pee Wee and Jr. Midget levels. They are concerned because our forfits may affect the other teams playoff potential. I am going to e-mail the newspaper today, and Jonathan Smith is going to get me a Little League mailing list if he can. Keep trying to recruit and let me know if you have any other ideas to get players.

2.  New uniforms have been ordered. If you player wants a specific number please let me know the number and his jersey size.

3.  I need a few parents to help me go through all our equipment, especially helmets, to see what needs to be replaced and what needs to be reconditioned. We should do this in the next week or two so if you can help please respond and let me know what days/times work for you.

4.  I plan on having a parents meeting about a week before the pratices start on Aug. 4. I will firm up a date and time soon.

Please feel free to contact me with and questions or anything else. Dennis 775-240-0862

April 27, 2008

Here is what we have so far:

Jr. Midget   10, 11 and 12 year olds (85 to 135 lbs) and 13 year olds (85-115 lbs.)
Guy Thurman, Head Coach (722-4205)  
6 players signed up, about 6 more who have expressed interest.  Guy is trying to get players from the Kings Beach and Tahoe City area to sign up.  He also needs assistant coaches.  If you know anyone who may want to play or coach have them call Guy.  This team needs 16 players to be legal and 18 to 20 you realistically field a team.

Jr. Pee Wee  8, 9 and 10 year olds (60 to 105 lbs.) and 11 year olds (60 to 85 lbs.)  
Dennis Perry Head Coach (240-0862)  
We have 12 players signed up and 5 more who have said they are going to sign up.  Again we need to have 16 to be legal and 18 to 22 would be ideal.  Some of those we signed up may be better suited for Mitey Mites (see below)

Tiny Mites 5, 6 and 7 year olds (35 to 75 lbs)
Mighty Mites 7, 8 and 9 year olds (45 to 90 lbs)
We had a Mighty Mite team last year and were very sucessful.  Those kids have moved up to Jr. Pee Wee.  We had some parents of younger kids show up at sign ups.  Thier kids would ideally fit into one of these two age groups.  A couple of last years Mighty Mites may also choose to play there again if we can field a team.  We only have 2 players who fit in here and a couple of returning players.  These kids will not be able to play unless we get a full team, at least 16.  This is a very entry level team and as you can see smaller kids will do fine.  I was told by a couple of parents that the article in the newspaper made it sound like 7 year olds would be playing with 13 year olds and they were turned off, which of course is not the case and the newspaper is supposed to change the article to reflect this.  If any of you can round up players for this age group, or if you know anyone who would want to coach, help coach or help organize this team let me know.  One doesn't need much football experience, if any, to work with this group and it is pretty low key.  Coaches are allowed on the field and in the huddle with the players, for example.

These numbers arn't too alarming, we traditionally add players right up to the start of the season.  However, this is not a good idea and makes us look bad to the rest of the league, which is filled up with very big and very organized teams.

We need to determine very soon which teams we will be fielding, and how many players in each as we will need to buy additional equipment and uniforms.  So help us out and get your kids to grab a friend.  We also will need to do some fund raising soon so if you have any ideas there let me know.  Contact me any time at this e-mail or at 240-0862 with ideas, concerns or large donations.  
Thanks, Dennis

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