Posted: Friday, November 08, 2002

Many contribute to successful Pop Warner football season

Kenai Peninsula Pop Warner would like to take the time to say "thank you" to everyone who helped make this our sixth successful year.

But first we would like to bid farewell to our past president, Doug Jung.Doug gave his time, both on (thank you, Carrs' employees!) and off work to make sure things were going to be done right. Our program is what it is today because of his unselfish deeds. Those who served with him on the board will never forget the countless times that he went to the gear shed, dealt with buyers and took the time to talk with parents about our program. Doug, we will miss you and appreciate everything that you gave to Pop Warner.

Goodbye to past vice president Brian "Hawk" Hawkins. Brian made many runs to Kenai to get gear for our coaches and helped to make our teams look sharp by suggesting colored pants (moms everywhere thank you) and spearheaded the idea of team names that will be carried over for years to come. He did this all while he was helping coach high school football. We will miss you, Hawk, and will never forget all your help.

The "thank you" begins with our coaches for this year. The coaches for Pop Warner gave their all to the peninsula kids by teaching the game of football and mostly teaching them what it means to be good representatives of our league. Many times our board members were approached by the officials and told what polite players we have. We thank you for that, coaches and players; you are the best.

Head coaches for the Kenai Packers were Ryan McGee and Steve Carter. Head coaches for the Soldotna Saints were Mark Fowler, Tod McGillvary, Delbert Leavitt, Mathew Glidewell and Todd Syverson.

Way to go, Saints Mighty Mites, for your second-place finish in your division. Congratulations to the Saints Jr. Pee-Wee division for their third-place finish and to the Saints Junior Midget division for their fourth-place finish in the playoffs. You represented Kenai Peninsula Pop Warner very well.

Assistant coaches, we applaud you and the time you took to help with our kids. With your support, more time is given to the players and their understanding of the game. Thanks for fitting our kids into your schedules!

Team moms, thanks for keeping our parents posted, coaches in line and the team organized. You have a big job and you did it well!

We especially want to thank the following groups that contributed to Pop Warner:

The Soldotna Elks Lodge -- with your kind donation, you helped to boost the quality of our program immensely;

Kenai, Skyview and Soldotna high schools -- without the use of your fields we would not have a program. We appreciate that you have worked with us in helping kids on the peninsula learn to love the game of football. We are now seeing Pop Warner players at the high school levels and our football programs can only become better.

To the Referees Association -- We thank you for taking time out of your weekend to ensure our kids' safety and that they also learned about the game. You have a tough job and we want you to know that we appreciate you.

Carlisle -- for shipping our uniforms and weigh-in scales;

Copy Cats -- for printing our flyers;

Dairy Queen and McDonald's -- for "sweetening the hurt" with certificates for our injured players.

Arctic Printing -- for stamps for certifying our books;

Fred Meyer -- for ice for injuries at our local games.

As you can see, it takes much to run our program and without all these contributors we wouldn't be where we are today.

But mostly, without you, the parents, taking time from your busy day to run your players to practice, to Anchorage and seeing to it that they had all their gear, Pop Warner would not exist, so "thank you." We hope that your child had a great year, and we hope to see all of you next year!

Players, have you thanked your parents?

We have new board members! Please take a moment to give your thanks to them for stepping up to see the Pop Warner programs keep moving forward:

Incoming: Doug Munn, president (Soldotna); Amy Bowen, secretary (Kenai) and Kristy Hughes, vice commissioner (Kenai).

Returning: Elaina Spraker, vice president (Soldotna); Dee-Dee Fowler, treasurer (Soldotna); and Helen Aye, commissioner (Soldotna).

Thanks again!

Helen Aye , Past secretary, Kenai Peninsula Pop Warner

No snow, but snowmachine kickoff event was lots of fun

This is a very big "thank you" to the many folks and local merchants for all their help and donations to make the "Snowmachine Kickoff Party" the biggest party in 16 years.

Special thanks to Nancy Dolezilek, Liz Hayes, Troy Tankersley, Denice and David Tourtellot, Nancy and Jesse Burton, and Kathy and Bill Lopeman. There were many who helped with the cleanup after the party, thank you.

Thanks to the following merchants for their donations to the door prizes: A-1 Enterprises, ACS Wireless, Alaska Bolt & Chain, Alaska Oil Sales, Arctic Motor Sports, ATEC, Alyeska, Best Transit Mix, Beyond All Boundaries, Burdick Enterprises, Carlisle, Craig Taylor, Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers, Dale's Unlimited, Davis-Block, Frontier Auto Parts, Great Bear Ford, Glen's Foreign Auto, HP Parts & Machines, K-Beach Diner, Kenai Auto, NAPA, Northern Lights, Outlaw Body & Paint, River Sea & Marine, Riverside Carquest, Ron's Honda Center, Sherman Signs, Soldotna Pharmacy, Safe Kids, Spenard Builders Supply, Sterling Tool Rental, Stubbs Office Supply, Sweeney's Clothing, Vincents Auto, Ron's Rent-it Center, Atigun and Central Emergency Services.

We also would like to say thanks to the officers and members of the Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers for their help and support.

Chuck and Donna Tachick, Soldotna

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