by Stephanie Keis Timblin
The Ellicottville Little Eagles Pee Wee and Midget teams defeated the Springville Colts in two decisive games to kick-off the 2013 season. Under the direction of Head Coach Brad Hurley, the Pee Wee Little Eagles recorded a shutout victory of 18-0, while the Midgets recorded a 39-24 victory under the direction of Head Coach Rance Wilson.
The 2013 Eagles coaching staff includes Pee Wee assistant coaches Jessie Stuve, Mark Chudy, Steve Rowland, Preston Wyatt, Mike Moore and Mike Jennings. Midget assistant coaches include Tim Grinols, Mike Bowers, Charlie Doner, Jim Haley and Dave Whitmer. Jr. coaches for the 2013 season include Lorenzo Smith and Calum Watt. Pee Wee Cheerleading Head Coach is Heather Lafferty with Assistant Coach Bobbie Lafferty and Jr. Coach Shelby Manning. Midget Cheerleading Head Coach is Anne Adams with Assistant Coach Laura Rosenbury and Jr. Coaches Haylee Adams and Emily Rinko.
How it Works
The Ellicottville Eagles were a founding member of the Cattaraugus County Midget Football League, formed in 1962. The current Eagles teams are comprised of children from both the Ellicottville and West Valley Central school districts. Little League football is open to all boys and girls ages 8–13 years old. Typically, signups are held during the summer months. Practice begins every year on Aug. 1 and is held Monday through Friday from 6–8 p.m. at the Ellicottville Village Park.
League leaders work diligently each year to ensure the safety of the young players through head injury education and equipment reconditioning. On a biannual basis, the league invests nearly $1,500 to have the players helmets reconditioned and recertified. The league continually monitors for new and safer equipment for the players.
Volunteers and Fundraising
The Eagles Little League is led by volunteer board members that contribute on a daily basis to the operation of the entire team. The 2013 board is comprised of Board President Todd Palmatier, Vice President Shana Chudy, Treasurer John Pfeffer, Secretary Dawn Rowland, and At-Large Members Kate O’Stricker, Debbie Grinols and Kim Dekay. The 2013 Ellicottville Little Eagles Equipment Manager is Bob Adams.
“We could not exist if we did not have the volunteers and commitment of everyone involved, who puts their time in to run concessions, chains, and set up and clean up on game days. We are always looking for new volunteers,” said Board President Todd Palmatier.
As with any volunteer organization, fundraising is an ongoing, daily effort to sustain the program. Fundraising for the Little Eagles includes Charity Mania tickets that are based on the NFL season. Tickets are available at $20 each. The biggest fundraiser for the organization is concession stand revenues at games and at the annual Ellicottville Fall Fest. The Eagles are the only not-for-profit concession stand at the Ellicottville Fall Fest.
The Little Eagles are currently looking for corporate support.
“Our community has always stepped up. We just always need more,” said Palmatier.
Season Home Opener
The Ellicottville Little Eagles will host the Seneca Sachems in their season home opener on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 1:30 p.m. at the Ellicottville Central School.
2013 Ellicottville Little Eagles Schedule
@ Crowley Park, Salamanca, Sept. 8 at 1:30 p.m. vs. Salamanca Sabers
@ Ellicottville Central, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. vs. Little Valley Panthers
@ Allegany-Limestone Central School, Sept. 21 6 p.m. vs. Allegany Gators
@ Ellicottville Central, Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m. vs. Randolph Raiders
@ Pine Valley Central School, Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m. vs. Pine Valley Longhorns