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YOUTH SPRING FOOTBALL BACK FOR 2ND YEAR IN 2013
Written by Staff Report   
Monday, December 17, 2012 6:59 PM

LAWRENCEBURG - Last spring, kids from the Sunman-Dearborn and Lawrenceburg youth football organizations teamed up together to play  in the Tri-State Youth Spring Football League.

The league played 8-on-8 full-tackle football games that culminated with a season-ending state championship game.

TYSFL is an offshoot of the Florida Spring Youth Football League, which will observe its sixth season of play this spring with almost 200 league teams statewide.

Mike Wheat, Sunman-Dearborn youth football president, initially met with the TYSFL last January to seek information. He then contacted local fall football coaches to gauge their interest. They, in turn, polled players and parents.

Local interest, they found, was overwhelming.

East Central (Sunman-Dearborn) and Lawrenceburg suited up nearly 50 players on three teams to compete in the TYSFL's  inaugural 2012 season. 

Local youth squads took on teams from Seymour, Lakota, Brownsburg and Perry Meridian – even picking up games one weekend vs. teams visiting from Chicago.

EC's Trojans Mighty Mite squad, coached by Lane Price, won its division and state championship over Cincinnati's Lakota team.

EC Trojans Pee Wee team, coached by Matt Gindling, lost in overtime to Brownsburg, 19-18.

Dearborn County TNT (combined Tigers and Trojans), coached by Scott Ricketts and Buggie Studer, lost in the state final to Brownsburg, 32-18.

“Most coaches looked at this as a program to help kids who either loved football or wanted more reps for the fall season,” Studer noted. “What they quickly learned was that this is a very competitive league against select travel teams from around the state and region.”

East Central plans to field TYSFL teams again this spring.

If your son loves the game of football, would love to get more practice and play against some of the best from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, this may be what you are looking for.

TYSFL's 2013 season opens April 6. State championship games are the last weekend of May.  Pro Bowl is schedule June 8.

Age group teams include the Mighty Mites (ages 6-8), Pee Wee (ages 8-10), Supers (ages 10-11), Midgets (ages 11-12), JV (12-14), and Varsity (13-15). 

There are some weight rules and age play-down rules for smaller kids. Go to the TYSFL web site for details at www.TYSFL.com.

For more information contact Buggie Studer at (513) 290-1382 or e-mail: studerville02@yahoo.com.

Interested in forming you own team? Contact Dan Stewert at (513) 400-3413 or e-mail: dan@youthspringfootball.com.