Scores of Stow residents are trekking to Copley today to cheer on three of the Stow Youth Football program’s five qualifying teams as they compete in All Ohio Youth Football Association league championship games.
Both of the SYF program’s junior varsity teams and one of its varsity squads are set to square off on the turf field at Copley High School, with the first game starting at 12:30 today. No admission fee will be charged.
Steve Baranowski, SYF director, is proud of his coaches and young players.
“We are typically a playoff program, and this year we have three out of five qualifying teams going to league championships. Our coaches deserve a lot of credit,” he said.
Here is today’s schedule of SYF championship games:
- 12:30 p.m. kickoff for the SYF Junior Varsity Maroon Division 2 team coached by Randy Keen. The team has 8-1 season record after beating a Medina team 7-6 in an Oct. 29 playoff game. Click this link to view a roster of the JV Maroon Division 2 team.
- 2:15 p.m. kickoff for the SYF Varsity Maroon Division 2 team coached by Jeff Shaver. The team has a season record of 8-1 after beating a Wadsworth team 12-6 during an Oct. 29 playoff game. Click this link for a roster of the Varsity Maroon Division 2 players.
- 4 p.m. kickoff for the SYF Junior Varsity Gold Division 1 team coached by Rick Sheppert. The team has an 8-1 season record after beating a Medina team 13-0 during an Oct 29 playoff contest. Click this link to view a roster of the Junior Varsity Gold Division 1 team players.
Baranowski said Stow Youth Football, formed in the late 1960s/early 1970s, is a competitive youth football program that serves as a feeder system to the middle and high school football programs in the .
He said there are nearly 300 area youth involved in SYF, including about 230 boys ages 7-14 who play football, and 60 girls in third- through eighth-grades who participate in the cheerleading program.
Baranowski said those interested in the outcome of today’s games can check the home page of Stow Youth Football’s website.