bw2013-Ellicottville-Little-Eagles-Midget-Superbowl-Championsby Todd Palmatier

The Ellicottville Little Eagles Program just completed a very successful season on the gridiron.

The Midget program, led by 10 third-year players and two third-year cheerleaders, capped off a 10-0 season and Superbowl victory over the Randolph Raiders! Over the past two seasons, they ran up an impressive 19-0 record with back-to-back championships!

This team has been practicing diligently since Aug. 1 under the coaching staff led by Rance Wilson, who has coached his last game for the Little Eagles. Under his head coach leadership, the program he was head coach for has won four Superbowls and ran up an impressive record.

The Midgets will lose players Griffin Chudy, Austin Whitmer, Lucas Foster, Brett Wilson, Deric Leiper, Austin Grinols, Robert Neumann, Hunter O’Stricker, Noah Stuve and Evan Palmatier as these players will move up to junior varsity or varsity at ECS next year. The cheerleaders lose Janel Stuve and Ariah Tocha, who have cheered loud and proud for six years.

The Ellicottville Parents and Eagles Booster Club would like to thank Rance for all his hard work and dedication to the program!

The Pee-Wee program also finished a great season at 8-2 losing to the Randolph Raiders both times, once during the regular season and then in the Superbowl 6-0. It was a hard-fought defensive battle by both teams. The Pee-Wees lose some players, who will be moving up to the Midgets, but return a large core of kids for next season and will build on the success of this season.

The Little Eagles Booster Club would also like to thank the following sponsors for 2013: Holiday Valley, Great Southern Wood Preservers, Ellicottville Optical, Bean & Rinko, Aldrich Painting, Dunkleman Electric, Ellicottville Landscaping, Coffee Culture, Ellicottville Teachers Association and Ellicottville Central Schools.

With your gracious help, we were able to buy some equipment to keep our children safe. We are still looking for donations to the program. We are in desperate need of some new equipment such as helmets, shoulder pads and replacement parts for our equipment.

We would also like to thank the Ellicottville community for all your support and coming out to cheer these boys and girls on!

Don’t forget — 270 days to the first practice of 2014! Again, thank you!