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Baltimore Mariners Will Host Second and Final Open Tryout
The Baltimore Mariners will host its Second and final open combine on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Check-in and day-of registration will run from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. The combine will serve as an open tryout for all players interested in making the 2014 roster.…in Baltimore Mariners
Atlanta Sharks Announce Front Office Team
The Atlanta Sharks announce one of the most important additions o the team since adding vveteran indoor coach Marcus James. Breeze Gipson is The new Executive Director of marketing, Legal consultant and Host of the Financial Breeze Show for the Atlanta Sharks. Breezy Gipson is a native of Niagara Falls,…in Atlanta SharksTags: Atlanta Sharks
Atlanta Sharks Name Head Coach & Director of Football Operations
Marcus James named Head Coach and Director of Football Operations for the Atlanta Sharks. Atlanta Sharks have named veteran indoor football coach Marcus James head coach and Director of football operations. James who played at Temple University from 1980-1982, went on to attend training camp for the USFL Philadelphia Stars…in Atlanta SharksTags: Atlanta Sharks
York Capitals Name Matthew Steeple III Head Coach
The York Capitals are pleased to announce the hiring of Matthew Steeple as its new head coach. Matt brings a wealth of professional indoor experience both as a player and a coach to the Capitals, having played nine seasons in the Arena Football League (AFL). Last season Coach Steeple was…in York Capitals
Cleveland Patriots Host Tryout December 8
The Cleveland Patriots will host its second open try-out on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Check-in and day-of registration will run from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m, and this combine will serve as an open try-out for all players interested in making the 2014 roster. The…in Cleveland Patriots
The Cape Fear Heroes are pleased to announce their opening game on March 29th against the Washington Eagles will be carried live on the MHE Sports Network.
MHE is an internet based sports network from Durham North Carolina that video streams live sporting events, Mike Wood will be the play by play announcer for this game, Mike is the host of the MHE Sports Network signature show the Overtime Sports Show that airs Monday thru Friday in the 1:30 to 2:30 pm time slot.
This broadcast will enable the Heroes to increase their out of town fan base, fans will be able to view the opening game of the 2013 season as well as the special ceremonies slated for that evening. In addition with the Heroes new affiliation with the Bahamas American Football Federation (BAFF) this will allow our new fans though out the Bahamas to view and enjoy this professional arena football game.
The telecast will air on March 29th and will begin at 7:15 pm (EST) with a special pregame ceremony followed by the game kickoff at 7:30 pm.
To view the game go to one of the following outlets.
Cape Fear Heroes – www.capefearheroes.com
MHE Sports Network - www.ihigh.com/themhesportsnetwork
Gamin’ Ride returns to the Heroes tailgating experience opening night Friday March 29th. They join the all-girls band 45 RPM who will be performing a free outdoor concert that night as both look to enhance this year’s tailgating experience. Excitement will be abundant on a night when the Heroes celebrate last year’s AIF Championship Season and our local youth.
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Tailgating starts at 4 pm, come out and enjoy the activities with your family and friends then enter the Crown Coliseum and watch the Heroes take on the Washington Eagles at 7:30 pm in the Heroes opening night professional arena football game.
The Cape Fear Heroes will open up their 2013 professional indoor football season against the Washington Eagles on Friday night March 29th at the Crown Coliseum, tailgating starts at 5:00 pm, game starts at 7:30 pm.
The theme for the evening is “Celebration and Youth” with a poster give away to the first 700 fans through the door. Game night festivities include the official unveiling of the 2012 Heroes Championship Banner, entertainment for all ages, recognition of area youth groups as well as City and County First Responders.
The fun starts at 5:00 pm in the tailgating area with our Heroes Fan Fest, Heroes fans will be able to enjoy a free kids inflatable area with various games. Bring your favorite food and tailgate with your family and friends before the game. City and County First Responder Units will have special vehicles displayed in the tailgating area.
At 6:00 pm on our outdoor stage the band 45 RPM takes the stage for an hour long concert. 45 RPM is an all female band. "RPM" stands for "Representing Positive Music" 45 RPM made up of 4 teen multi-instrumentalists, whose goal is to put out positive music along with a positive image. The band consists of Katie Goulet (instruments - Bass guitar/Keyboards/Guitar/Vocals), Tayler Morgan ( instruments - Drums/Keyboards/Bass/Vocals), Teraasia Archer ( instruments - Percussion/Keyboards/Vocals) and Sarah Martinico (Instruments – Guitars/Vocals)
Just learning their instruments within the last 2 years, they have accomplished and performed as opening acts for Josh Thompson (Country Artist). They were asked to perform as Clarence Burke's ("Ooo Child") band for several shows and performed for ABC's Extreme Home Makeover Fayetteville concert. They have performed at the Crown Coliseum (Fayetteville, NC) on various occasions, Fayetteville's Amphitheater Festival Park multiple times and performed at many local Fairs and school functions. The group was founded and produced by Grammy nominated producer Brian Morgan.
For game day tickets contact the Crown Coliseum Box Office or any Ticketmaster location or go online to ticketmaster.com. For group tickets contact the Heroes offices at 910-835-0919.
What started out as a trip for the Cape Fear players after a great inaugural season has turned into a humanitarian endeavor.
Cape Fear Heroes owner and CEO Barbara Spigner announced Wednesday in a news conference that the team has formed a relationship with the Bahamas American Football Federation (BAFF) and will travel to Grand Bahama in November to hold football clinics.
The Heroes, who went undefeated and won the AIFA championship last season, will also hold open tryouts in Grand Bahama during that time for Bahamian players. Those who show promise may have the opportunity to play for Cape Fear in 2014.
The Heroes plan on making and keeping strong connections with the BAFF.
"We are doing this as a means to give promise to a nation," Spigner said. "We wanted to help out and increase diversity between both areas."
"At first, I didn't think it was real," Anthony said. "I've had offers before but what struck me was that the Heroes weren't trying to make this a one-time thing, which is why we agreed to do this."
The players were ecstatic about the news - perhaps no one more than wide receiver Jay Jackson.
"When I found out about the opportunity, the first thing I said is 'let me get my passport' because I am definitely ready," Jackson said. "I coach anyway, so this is in my field."
Jackson is one of six players from last year's squad signed for the 2013 season. The other five are wide receiver Tymere Zimmerman, offensive lineman Troy Bennett, defensive back JeRome Mann, and defensive linemen Dontre Brown and Quincy Malloy.
The Heroes also have signed two new players - quarterback Aries Nelson and wide receiver Tim Jones.
Cape Fear Heroes football team partners with Bahamian federation
By Junious Smith III
Want to try out for a champion, the Heroes will be holding their last open tryout Saturday March 2nd , 2013. Players should be prepared to participate in a variety of drills including short shuttle, timed 40 yard dash for skill positions, timed 20 yard dash for OL/DL and one on one drills.
Cost of the tryout is $55.00 per person the day of camp, $40.00 in advance. To pre-register go to www.capefearheroes.com and click on the team store tab. No checks will be accepted. Tryouts will be led by the Heroes Head Coach Charles Gunnings.
Participants must be at least 19 years of age and able to provide proof of their birth date. This is a professional tryout and participants will no longer be eligible to participate in NCAA sanctioned football should they participate in testing. The tryout is indoors, participants should wear t-shirts, shirts and turf shoes or sneakers
|Date: Saturday March 2nd, 2013
Cost: $55.00 Day of the Event / $40.00 By Pre-registering
Time: Registration: 8:00 am to 8:45 am
Tryout: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Crown Arena 1960 Coliseum Drive, Fayetteville NC 28306 (this is the small arena at the complex and not the coliseum)
|Pre-Register For ONLY $40
This past fall Barbara Spigner acquired the remaining interest in the Cape Fear Heroes Arena Football Team and is now its sole owner.
Last year Barbara was a partner in the team but she had a vision to take the team to the next level and wanted do to some exciting things going forward. Being a successful business woman she knew her skills would allow her and the team to do great things with the right goals and objectives behind her, part of her vision was for the team to be more accessible and active in the community and for the team to work more with charitable causes. That being said the Heroes where set up as a non-profit legal entity and although it still will a take strong participation from team sponsors and ticket sales to make the Heroes successful our non – profit status will help us do many additional things within our community.
Barbara has always had a golden heart and looks for ways to be a positive influence to others.
Barbara is no stranger to professional Indoor Football having been a team owner for three years, two of those with the Florence Phantoms and last season with the Cape Fear Heroes. In two of those seasons her teams won national championships (2008, 2012). Over her three seasons as an owner her teams have amassed an overall record of 25 wins and 12 losses.
One of Barbara’s first acts of giving back to the community was during this past season when she donated five laptop computers to players from the Heroes Youth Football Organization, a member of the AIF for Kids program. Players were asked to write about one of their heroes in life, a player with the best essay was then selected from each age group.
The essays were well written as well as emotional and it was hard to choose just one winner from each age group but the winners were finally chosen. Many of the heroes written about came from that child’s family structure or a teacher in their school. The age groups represented were 8 & 9, 10 & 11, 12 & 13 and 14 & 15. Ms. Spigner hopes to expand upon the program this season.
Build – A – Bear Workshop
When the tragedy happened in Newtown Ct. recently Barbara and the Heroes we looking for a way to acknowledge the twenty six people who lost their lives with a positive reinforcement for the surviving family members and loved ones.
The Heroes sent each family through the Newtown Police Department A - Build – A- Bear Workshop Heroes custom teddy bear in remembrance of their lost loved one.
Heroes Ring Ceremony
Heroes owner Barbara Spigner shown with county commissioner Charles Evans and Heroes team members and staff (photo courtesy of the Fayetteville Press).
This past Saturday night January 19th, 2012 the Cape Fear Heroes held their Championship Ring Ceremony at the Holiday Inn- Bordeaux in Fayetteville North Carolina. Over one hundred people attended the event honoring players and staff of the 2012 Heroes undefeated and national championship season.
The evening started out with a cocktail and reception hour at the All American Sports Bar and Grill then later moved over to the hotels Wellington banquet room for the ceremony. The ceremony opened up with County Commissioner Charles Evans who talked about the benefits of the Heroes to the community followed by a speech from team owner Barbara Spigner who thanked everyone in attendance for their commitment to the Heroes and shared her plans and vision for the team’s future.
At that point Barbara Spigner and Heroes Head Coach Charles Gunnings presented championship rings to Heroes coaches and players in recognition of their undefeated 2012 season and AIF National Championship. While it is not uncommon for teams to give championship rings to reward their players of such an accomplishment Barbara took it one step further.
Each Heroes player was also given a special gift from Ms. Spigner and told not to open it until later in the ceremony. After a brief video, players were told to open their gifts and were surprised to see a certificate for a team cruise on Celebration Cruise Lines to the Bahamas from Barbara. Barbara went on to explain the cruise was the first component of a long range plan for a Heroes Goodwill Tour to the Bahamas.
As part of the Goodwill Tour proposed future plans include the Heroes working with the Bahamas and Grand Lucayan Resort to have Heroes coaches and players teach instructional football clinics across the Bahamas.
Barbara is a longtime resident of Fayetteville where she owns and operates Spigner Management Systems, Inc. and B.J. Hill & Associates. She serves on the City of Fayetteville Board of Adjustment and the Nursing Home Advisory Board.
Harrisburg Stampede Head Coach, Bernie Nowotarski announced today that WR Prentice Quince has signed with the Stampede for the 2013 Season.
Prentice is a player with quickness, speed and seems to just find the open area. The former Boynton Beach Community HS and Tallahassee Community College Grad has been a thorn in Coach Nowotarski’s defensive game plan for several seasons as part of the Fayetteville Guard and Force and last year’s AIF Champions Cape Fear Heroes.
Prentice signing with the Stampede will give the Stampede another speed threat. As well his Indoor experience and understanding of the game should pay off in points scored especially with veteran QB EJ Nemeth.
“If you would have told me a week ago that we were going to sign a starting WR from Cape Fear, I would have told you that’s just crazy. When Prentice messaged me I was shocked that he asked if he could come play for us in Harrisburg. Over the last 4 or 5 seasons this kid has probably caught more TD’s against us than any other receiver. So we are excited to have Prentice and we look forward to him getting into town. I think he will be a big hit with the kids and our fans. He understands how to play this game and entertain,” mentioned Nowotarski. .
Just a Reminder: The Stampede’s first Open Try-Out is Saturday January 12 from 10am to 1pm at Sports City Harrisburg. See our Team Web Site and our FB and Twitter pages for details. Opening night is Saturday March 16 at 5:05pm. Our FREE Super Bowl Ticket promotion is running til the end of this week. Don’t miss your chance for 2 tickets to the Big Game in New Orleans.
The Cape Fear Heroes are pleased to announce the re-signing of Head Coach Charles Gunnings for the 2013 season. Charles led the Heroes to a perfect 9-0 record last season, including a 79-27 victory against the California Eagles in the American Indoor Football title game this past June. The 2012 season was Charles second undefeated and national championship season having previously led the Fayetteville Guard to a perfect 13-0 regular season record in 2007 with a win over the Wyoming Calvary.
Charles is recognized as one of indoor football’s best coaches, his teams have consistently won and his defenses are usually ranked either 1st or 2nd almost every year. With a group of returning veteran players Charles and the Heroes have the opportunity to go after back to back championships a rare accomplishment in any sport.
Barbara Spigner owner of the Heroes is excited to have Coaching Gunnings back at the helm and anticipates another successful season for the Heroes
Charles was born in Gastonia North Carolina and raised in Laurinburg, North Carolina where he attended Scotland High School. While in High School he lettered in 3 sports: Football, Basketball, and Track. Later Gunnings earned a Football Scholarship to Elizabeth City State University as a defensive back where he was converted to linebacker and earned All CIAA honors at that position. Upon graduating from ECSU, Gunnings stayed at ECSU to coach as a linebackers coach while he pursued his NFL Dreams. After 3 failed tryout attempts with the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL Gunnings began his professional football career in 2000 with the AF2 Cape Fear Wildcats where he played running back and linebacker, and recorded the team’s first rushing touchdown in their history. Gunnings went on to play for the Cape Fear Wildcats for another 3 years before injuries sidelined him indefinitely and he turned to coaching.
Charles is married to Shaunee Langford Gunnings, and has 2 children, a daughter Laila and a son Charles Jr.
The Cape Fear Heroes have signed three players from their first open tryout for the 2013 season held this past December 9th. Heroes Head Coach Charles Gunnings was pleased at the high level of talent displayed by those athletes as he looks to add additional depth to last years undefeated championship team.
Andrew Parsons just finished his collegiate playing career, having played at Coastal Carolina University and Catawba College. He is a 6'1" - 270 lb lineman from Rockingham North Carolina who played high school football at Richmond Sr. High School where he was named All Conference and Best Lineman.
Chad Walcott a 6'3' - 205 lb wide receiver and defensive back was a three year letterman at Northern Durham High School where he was a team captain and MVP. Chads other honors include playing in the North Carolina East - West All Star Game as well as being named a two time Pac 6 All Conference player. In addition he received All State and All Area honors
Brandon Thompson a 5'10"- 175 lb wide receiver played his college football at Fresno City College where he was named All Conference and finished with 1,000 all purpose yards.
The Heroes will be holding two more open tryouts in the near future, go to www.capefearheroes.com for more information.
The AIF, American Indoor Football held their annual league meetings this past December 6th at the Historic Yorktowne Hotel in York Pa. Ownership groups from all 2013 AIF teams where represented at the meeting, the Harrisburg Stampede, Roc City Thunder, Washington Eagles, West Virginia Badgers, York Capitals and last year’s AIF Champion the Cape Fear Heroes Also in attendance was the ownership group from the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Pa. market who has committed to play in the 2014 season.
The first order of business announced was the six AIF team members that will be playing in 2013 as well as the under contract expansion markets of Wiles-Barre/ Scranton Pa. and Baltimore Maryland with the return of the AIF to 1st Mariner Arena in 2014. In addition the AIF announced it was in discussions with two ownership groups about securing teams in the State of South Carolina for the 2014 season
In a long day of meetings league officials and team owners covered a wide variety of topics from team budgets, team revenue streams, vendor products, a weekly AIF radio podcast as well as the radio broadcasts of team games. In addition a league executive and standards committee was formed featuring the owners of three AIF teams as well as members of the AIF ownership and management team to steer the direction and vision of the league. The final order of business was the 2013 AIF Schedule which was completed and will be released to the public in the next several days.