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West Virginia Mountaineer Star, Brings Experience, All-Pro Talent
BALTIMORE, MD (January 29, 2010) – Jermaine Thaxton, a standout defensive back for the West Virginia Mountaineers, an All-Pro performer, and a veteran of five indoor and arena football seasons, has reached an agreement with the Baltimore Mariners for the 2010 season. The Mariners of the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) kick off the 2010 campaign on March 6th at the Harrisburg Stampede and their home opener is slated for March 14th at 4:00 PM against the New Jersey Revolution at 1st Mariner Arena.
“Signing Jermaine brings tremendous skills and experience to an already solid secondary. He has been an All Star in the AIFA and can play on both sides of the football as a receiver as well. I look forward to what he brings to the table in training camp,” said Mariners Head Coach Chris Simpson
AIFA’s Regional Schedule, National Presence Points to Title Game at East Host
BALTIMORE, MD (January 27, 2010) – With teams stretching from California to New Jersey and Alaska to North Carolina, the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA), which the Baltimore Mariners are a member of, will have a true national presence for the 2010 season. Broken into East and West Conferences, the 13 franchises of the AIFA will play a regional regular season schedule leading up to a national championship game in July.
“In 2010 we switch to the East vs. West conference alignment and I am very thrilled abut it. While the tradition of the North is strong in AIFL/AIFA history, this allows teams to keep rivalries and easy travel schedules,” stated Mariners General Manager Greg Justice.
Along with the Mariners the East Conference will include the Erie Storm, Fayetteville Guard, Harrisburg Stampede, New Jersey Revolution, Reading Express, and Richmond Raiders. The West will consist of the Ogden Knights, San Jose Wolves, Arctic Predators (based north of Anchorage, Alaska), Wenatchee Valley (Washington) Venom, Wyoming Calvary, and the Yakima Valley (Washington) Warriors.
The San Jose Wolves are proud to announce the signing of former San Jose Sabercats Wide Receiver Samora Goodsen and former Stockton Lightning Defensive back Mervin Brookins. Samora 6'3 190 comes to the Wolves after spending the 2008 season with the San Jose Sabercats. Samora played collegiately at Southeast Missouri State where in his senior year in 2006 he led the team in TD receptions."Samora is a guy who we are excited to see he gives us some big play ability with his size and should create some matchups problems this upcoming season" said King. Samorra was part of the 2008 Arena Bowl Finalist San Jose SaberCats that lost to the Philadelphia Soul 59-56 in Arena Bowl XXII.
Mervin Brookins comes to the Wolves after spending the 2009 season with the Stockton Lightning of Arena Football 2. Mervin 5'11 195 in 6 games with the Lightning last year recorded 25 tackles and 7 interceptions. Mervin also added 620 return yards on 28 returns for the Lightning with 1 touchdown. Mervin tied the Arena Football 2 single game interception record with 5 interceptions verse the Central Valley Warriors this past 2009 season. "Mervin gives us another dynamic guy in our defensive secondary" said GM Bennie King. "Mervin has great ball skills and we like his return ability as well on specialteams "said King. As we approach camp we will have some competitive battles in our secondary it should be exciting.
Reading, PA – January 25, 2010 – General Manager and Head Coach Bernie Nowotarski announced today that he has signed three more players to the 2010 Express roster.
Ed Giddings is a 6’3” 220lb Wide Receiver from Cheney University. Ed brings extensive indoor football experience from the AIFA and AF2 ranks. The Express have also signed long time WR nemesis, Tim Smith. Express fans will remember the great games and exciting catches the 6’ 195lb Smith provided for the Canton Legends against The Express. The third player signed will be a defensive addition for the Express. Neal Wood, a former Penn State and IUP grad also brings indoor/arena experience, and at 6’3” 245lbs, he adds size and speed to our linebacker crew.
“These are three solid players coming into the Express camp. Ed, Tim, and Neal bring great athletic ability with outstanding indoor/arena experience. We are trying to put together the best possible group for the 2010 campaign and they are great additions. These players also understand and fit in with The Express’ philosophy and commitment to family and community.” commented Nowotarski.
The Express have their third and final open work-out this Saturday, January 30 at 8pm. Visit the “camps” page of our website for more information. Also follow GM/HC Bernie on twitter at http://twitter.com/CoachBDB.
TRENTON, New Jersey (January 25, 2010) – The American Indoor Football Association is awarding a new expansion franchise for Trenton, New Jersey. The franchise, to be known as the Trenton Steel, will begin play in 2011. The team draws its name from the region's rich manufacturing tradition. The logo is inspired by the famed Lower Free Bridge, known for the famous words "Trenton Makes, the World Takes."
The Steel will play at the Sun National Bank Center, a state-of-the-art arena which seats approximately 8,100 fans for indoor football. The building boasts sky boxes and an in-house television production facility. Sight lines are exceptional.
The announcement comes on the heels of a very successful weekend for the AIFA. The league held its annual Kickoff Classic Saturday night in Richmond, Virginia. An enthusiastic crowd of approximately 5,000 fans welcomed the new Richmond Raiders franchise to that city. The Raiders rewarded the fans with a 49-46 victory over a Select Team of AIFA All-Stars.
The game also marked the debut of the AIFA's new national television syndication. The telecast of the Kickoff Classic was beamed to over 40-million TV households nationwide.
"The AIFA is on a roll right now," said AIFA co-founder John Morris. "The awarding of this franchise fits right into the league's momentum.
"Trenton is a perfect fit for the AIFA...the marketplace, the building...everything," Morris continued. "With so many league franchises nearby, the rivalries will be fantastic!"
One of those rivalries will involve the New Jersey Revolution, which joined the AIFA for the 2010 season. To help introduce the AIFA to Trenton, the Revolution will play its regular season home game with the Harrisburg Stampede at the Sun Center. The date for the game is Saturday, June 12th.
The Trenton Steel has established the following number for ticket information. The number is: 1-609-656-3300.
RICHMOND, Virginia (January 24, 2010) - By all measures, the debut of the American Indoor Football Association here was a tremendous success. Nearly 5,000 enthusiastic fans watched Saturday night as the hometown Richmond Raiders defeated an AIFA select team of All-Stars, 49-46.
"There simply couldn't be a better start for Richmond Raiders football," said AIFA co-founder John Morris. "I am so impressed with how Richmond fans responded to the quality of football in our league.
"The atmosphere was sensational, and the fans were very knowledgeable," Morris continued. "We're going to have a lot of Raiders' football fun here in Richmond this coming season!"
The contest was the culmination of three days of activities. Players from around the league participated in the game, while management from various AIFA teams gathered for league meetings held in conjunction with the event. The Raiders built an early lead in the game, withstanding a second-half All-Star rally for the win.
The Kickoff Classic also served as the inaugural telecast for the AIFA's new syndicated television network. The game was transmitted to over 40-million TV homes. The Baltimore Mariners debuted their new radio broadcast team with an Internet radio feed of the game as well.
"This event is growing each year," said AIFA National Director Jack Bowman. "Last year's Kickoff Classic really jump-started the season for the Harrisburg Stampede. I believe the Raiders will benefit from this year's game in a similar manner."
The next edition of the AIFA's Internet radio program, This Week in the AIFA, will provide in-depth coverage of the Classic, as well as other news from around the league. The program is available through the AIFA's web site (www.aifaprofootball.com) and the OurSports Central web site (www.oursportscentral.com).
BALTIMORE, Maryland (January 22, 2010) - The American Indoor Football Association will make its debut in Richmond, Virginia Saturday night, as the Richmond Raiders will take on a select team of AIFA stars at the Richmond Coliseum. The game is scheduled for 7:00PM EST.
The Raiders are coached Mike Siani. The former Oakland Raider standout has a considerable background coaching indoor football. The Raiders will face an all-star squad, featuring some of the league's best players. The Select Team will be coached by AIFA Coach of the Year Bernie Nowotarski, coach of the league champion Reading Express.
The Kickoff Classic is the culmination of three days of activities related to the game, including AIFA League Meetings held in conjunction with the event.
The Kickoff Classic will also mark the debut of the AIFA's new syndicated television package, reaching over 40-million television homes. The package will feature ten telecasts, including the Kickoff Classic and AIFA Bowl IV. Viewers who can't attend the Kickoff Classic are encouraged to check local listings for telecast availability. The game can also be heard on the Internet, through links on the AIFA web site (www.aifaprofootball.com), the Richmond Raiders's web site (www.richmondraidersprofootball.com) and the Baltimore Mariners' web site (www.baltimoremariners.com).
The current edition of This Week in the AIFA features coverage of the Kickoff Classic, as well as the league's new television syndication. Guests on the program are AIFA co-founder Michael Mink and television executive Curt Pires.
The program is available for download through the AIFA's home site and OurSports Central (www.oursportscentral.com).
BALTIMORE, Maryland (January 22, 2010) - The American Indoor Football Association has released the 72nd edition of This Week in the AIFA.
This edition of the program focuses on the AIFA's Kickoff Classic, which takes place in Richmond, Virginia Saturday night. The show also reports on the AIFA's new national syndicated television package. Guests on the program include AIFA co-founder Michael Mink and television executive Curt Pires.
This Week in the AIFA is a downloadable Internet radio program, sometimes referred to as a "podcast." The program is produced by Bill Hazen Productions, in conjunction with the AIFA and OurSports Central Radio. It is available for download directly through both the AIFA's home site (www.aifaprofootball.com) and OurSports Central's web site (www.oursportscentral.com).
This Week in the AIFA is written, produced and hosted by veteran play-by-play broadcaster and AIFA Media/Public Relations Director Bill Hazen. The program utilizes the latest in digital audio technology to increase the quality of interview segments from throughout the league.
The Ogden Knights Professional Indoor Football Team will be holding an open tryout on Friday February 5th, 2010 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Tryouts will take place on field turf at Ogden Indoor Soccer in Ogden, UT. Metal cleats and track spikes are prohibited. Tryouts will consist of a variety of drills that Coach Coleman will look at, as well as Nike Sparq Testing. All participants should come prepared with proper attire.
Registration at the door will begin at 9:00 a.m. Tryouts are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will cost $50. This includes your tryout fee and will get you a Nike Sparq Test Rating.
Address for Ogden Indoor Soccer:
1036 S. Century Dr.
Ogden UT, 84404