Tigers compete in postseason
The Douglas Tigers Pee Wee division football team saw its undefeated season come to an end Saturday with a 30-0 loss against the Arizona state champion Gilbert Ridgebacks at the Pop Warner “Best of the West” Championships in Temecula, Calif.
Douglas (10-1) stayed within striking distance against the Ridgebacks through one half, as the Tigers only trailed 12-0 at the intermission in a game played at Rancho Christian High School. The Arizona squad led 18-0 at the end of three quarters.
“We kind of ran into a brick wall,” Tigers coach Terry Carson said. “We didn’t play Douglas football, but no excuses, they’re just a very talented team.”
Nonetheless, the season was a successful one for the Pee Wee Tigers, who won 10 straight games on their way to Sage Brush Empire League, Snow Bowl and Pacific Northwest Region championships. The Tigers defeated the Santa Cruz (Calif.) Sharks 38-8 on Nov. 23 in the regional championship game.
“It was nice being Snow Bowl and Pacific Northwest champions,” Carson said. “Winning the Snow Bowl … that was our Super Bowl.”
One highlight for the Tigers was the $15,000 they received through fundraisers to make their road trip to Southern California possible. Carson extended his gratitude to the community for making the trip possible, including visits for the players to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.
“This is a world class community and our team and families, they’re world class people,” the coach said. “We were disappointed about losing, but we had a lot of fun.”
Midget cheerleaders third at regional
The Douglas Tigers Midget cheerleaders brought home a third-place trophy in their division from the Pacific Northwest Pop Warner Regional Championships held over Thanksgiving weekend in Santa Clara, Calif. Dozens of teams came from as far away as Vancouver, Wash., and included several teams from Northern Nevada.
First-place went to the Mountain View Marauders, and the Pacifica Tigersharks finished second. Both teams qualified for the national championships held annually in Orlando, Fla.
One consolation for the Tigers was taking third-place, ahead of the South Tahoe Vikings in the regional event. Previously, the South Tahoe squad had edged Douglas during the local competition held in Reno earlier this season.
The Midget classification is for Pop Warner girls of middle school age, and prepares them to take the next step on to their high school cheer teams.
This year’s Douglas coaches were Carol Swart, Lisa Mocklin and McKenzie Jorgensen.