Milford/Harrington Pop Warner celebrate successful 2017 season together

HOUSTON – In celebration of the 2017 Pop Warner season, and as a way of looking ahead to 2018, Milford/Harrington Pop Warner gathered inside Houston Fire Hall Saturday night for a night of family, food and fun.

Awards and trophies were handed out, a catered dinner was served, and bikes were raffled off to a handful of lucky kids.

“It’s a great thing, because you have to have the community involvement and you have to have the volunteers. That’s what makes this engine go, the volunteers, the parents, obviously the players – both the cheerleaders and football players – and the community,” said Milford/Harrington Mighty Mites head coach Chad Hinton of the banquet. “The community, once they become connected to the program, it’ll boost the kids’ morale and pretty much make everything run.”

The Milford/Harrington Mighty Mite football team accepting their trophies for the 2017 season (The Chronicle/Ben Heck).

Last year, in an effort to ensure the kids were able to take the field in the fall, the Milford and Harrington Pop Warner programs joined forces to create Milford/Harrington Pop Warner. Though both organizations were able to put together cheer teams separately, the organizations banded together to create three football squads – Mighty Mite, Jr. Peewee and Peewee – with kids from both towns.

After one year together, the two organizations are ready to branch off in 2018.

Milford Pop Warner and Harrington Pop Warner will be fielding football and cheer teams separately, once again, for the 2018 season.

But before the two programs go their separate ways, Saturday night’s banquet helped to celebrate the season they enjoyed together.

2017 team rosters:

Harrington Tiny Mite cheer

Coaches: head coach Amber Hobbs; assistant coaches Kristina Draper and Brittany Nunes.

Cheerleaders: Kelsie Demoss, Reagan Gillespie, Aubrey Hobbs, Janel Jenkins, Cianna Lindsay, Carmela Pierson, Maria Soto-Jackson, Serenity Thornley, Bridget Warner.

Harrington Mighty Mite cheer

Coaches: head coach Tabytha Hopkins and assistant coach Wendy Stevens.

Cheerleaders: Julia Broadway, Tianna Cheery, Kenzi Cohen, Sadie Fournier, Kennedy Gantt, Esther Kinzer, Shyanne Leonard, Isabel Norris, Fayth Pauly, Addeline Putnam, Avery Schulties, Gabriella Smith, Baylee Stevens, Temperance Thornley.

Harrington Jr. Peewee cheer

Coaches: head coach Ashley Nunes; assistant coaches Diana Brode and Erica Johnson.

Cheerleaders: Addison Brode, Ashleigh Brower, Isabelle Casamento, Denise Castan’eda-Jackson, Mia Cristaldi, Lillian Gonet, Syrianna Reynolds, Ella Robbins, Tessa Rosan, Makenzy Stevens, Taryn Taylor, Hanna Wood.

Harrington Jr. Varsity cheer

Coaches: head coach Abigal Hanson; assistant coaches Samantha Brown and Kirstin Holt.

Cheerleaders: Halia Allen, Anave Arendall, Jocelyn Brower, Brooklyn Brown, Katheryn Brown, Angelica Jackson, Veronica Hoesch, Dakota Hollar, Skylynn Hopkins, Natalie Johnson, Shayna Massey, Jannelys Melendez, Debra O’Brien, Mataya Stevenson, Mackenzie Warrington.

Milford Mighty Mite cheer

Coaches: head coach Trudy Horsey

Cheerleaders: Isabella Disaia, Destiny Horsey, Reina Hinton, Kayleigh Huey, Aubrey Jones, Zorah Pope, Hanna Reynolds, Kamia Seward, Sydney Spahr, Harli Stover, Kathryn Wilson.

Milford Jr. Peewee cheer

Coaches: head coach Casie Calhoun

Cheerleaders: Laila Belle, Tatiyanna Davis, Morgan Denney, Emily DiSaia, Caitlyn Fannin, Lillian Fry, Isabella Hanna, Sunya Hinkel, Nikayla Howell, Ania Matthews, Aviana Shaw, Bianka Thornton.

Mighty Mite football

Coaches: head coach Chad Hinton; assistant coaches Mike Eastman, Wes Cromer and Lance White; team mom Veronica Eastman.

Players: Jaheim Bryant, Caleb Clark, Bastian Clay, Will Cromer, Tayvon Crooks, Logan Cross, Ryan Cutright, Arthur Hamilton, Willie Harrison, Jacoby Hobbs, Michael Hoesch, Bradley Jackson, Jacob Jackson, Matthew Kember, Jack Kreider, Trent Lovett, Conner Maloney-Merlo, Grayson Ross, Chase Shahan, Justice Simon, Kristopher Spadley, Jr., Drew Stevenson, Raekwon Sullivan, Harry Swauger, Terence Thorpe, Jr., Jeremiah Tunnell, Anthony Wayman, Kristifer Whaley, Tristen Whaley, Jayden Williams, Logan Winter.

Jr. Peewee football

Coaches: head coach John Case; assistant coaches Tyrone Simone, Tahraan Clark, Antonio Scott, Christopher Horsey and Adam Reagan; team mom Missy Holochwost.

Players: Matthew Adams, Chad Alexander, Luke Azzanesi, John Case IV, Lucas Cherneski, Trevor Copes, Brian Creel-Pauley, Craig Custis, Josiah Evans, Hayden Gillespie, Jackson Grant, Nathan Hague, Mason Henderson, Julian Hockensmith, DenNare Horsey, Blake Kohout, Chase Lewis, Gregory Lockett, Amare’ Matthews, Drake Melvin, Moreghan Morris, Ty’lon Mullen, Nathan Outten, Aiden Palomarez, Aaron Ratledge, Garritt Reagan, Chase Reisinger, Blake Riddle, Dustan Russam, Justice Simon, Gage Williams, Austin Wilson.

Peewee football

Coaches: head coach Derek Lang; assistant coaches Dale Holleger, Lawrence Lindsey, Josh Webb, George Hufnagel, Benjamin Humes; team mom Kelly Thomas.

Players: Taevon Ayers, DeCartier Dorsey, Blue Evans, Jaye’mir Harris, George Hufnagel III, Talan Humes, Justin Jackson, Kamron Jones, Anthony Kewer, Elijah Lake, Justin Nguyen, Samuel Pasmore, Wyatt Ross, Jay Schofield, Brian Seward, Kasier Seward, Titus Shane, Jaiden Smith, Tresonz Stanley, Carter Stump, Seth Taylor, Brogan Thomas.

Both organizations also handed out the year’s academic awards – the Carl Walls Award (93% of higher GPA) and the All-American Award (96% or higher GPA).

Milford Carl Walls

Matthew Adams, Chad Alexander, Luke Azzanesi, Laila Belle, John Case, Isabella Dasaia, Tatiyanna Davis, Morgan Deeney, Caitlyn Fannin, Kayleigh Huey, George Hufnagel III, Trent Lovett, Michael Mullin, Samuel Passmore, Gerritt Reagan, Hanna Reynolds, Tristen Willey, Kathryn Wilson.

Milford All-American

George Hufnagel III, Samuel Passmore, Jay Schofield.

Harrington Carl Walls

Sadie Fournier, Mataya Stevenson, Isabel Norris, Addison Brode, Mia Cristaldi, Tessa Rosan, Addeline Putnam, Katheryn Brown, Bridget Warner, Lillian Gonet, Isabelle Casamento, Hayden Gillespie, Avery Schulties, Jocelyn Brower, Aubrey Hobbs, Shayna Massey, Brooklyn Brown, Bastian Clay, Brogan Thomas, Willie Harrison, Ian Stump.

Harrington All-American

Lillian Gonet, Shayna Massey, Natalie Johnson, Jocelyn Brower, Justin Nguyen.

Saturday night was used to introduce Milford Pop Warner’s new board, which is made up of six members as of right now.

President: Trudy Horsey
Vice president: Lisa Wingo
Secretary: Shervaun Hinton
Treasurer: George Hufnagel, Jr.
Player safety coach: Lance White
Member at large: Ben Humes

Ms. Horsey, Ms. Wingo, Mr. Hufnagel and Mr. Humes were all on the board last year, but Ms. Hinton and Mr. White are new to the crew this year.

Ms. Horsey, who served as co-cheer director alongside Ms. Wingo last year, is taking over as president for the first time in 2018.

Though she’s not originally from Milford, she’s been with the Milford Pop Warner program four years now and said she fell in love with the program when her son started playing football for MPW.

Milford’s new board (from L-R): secretary Shervaun Hinton, VP Lisa Wingo, president Trudy Horsey, player safety coach Lance White, treasurer George Hufnagel Jr. (not pictured: member at large Benjamin Humes).

After her son’s first year playing, she noticed the program needed help from volunteers, so she decided to help out. She has served as fundraising chair, scholastic rep and cheer

Her main priority as president? Bringing the community involvement back to MPW.

“We’ve had a rough couple of years, so as president I just want to get the community back involved as much as I can,” she said. “This organization can’t run with just board members, we need the parents, we need the businesses, we need everybody to back us. This new board we have, we’re all about the kids and trying to get Milford Pop Warner back to where we want it to be.”

Mr. Hufnagel is entering his sixth year on the board, first getting involved as the head coach of the Mighty Mites when his son started playing at seven years old.

Though his son will now be playing middle school football this year, he plans to stay on the MPW board as treasurer and an assistant football coach.

“I’m going to stay on as the treasurer and stay certified as a coach,” he said. “We’re really trying to build this program up, and player safety is our main concern.”

Mr. White will be taking over as player safety coach as he enters his first year on the board. He first got involved as a coach with the organization last year.

“Last year, the Mighty Mites coach, Chad Hinton, called me and asked me if I wanted to get involved,” he said. “I said yes without even thinking about it. I like working with the kids, I love coaching them and seeing them grow and progress throughout the season, so it was a no-brainer to say yes.”

In order to serve as player safety coach, Mr. White will be taking a course to officially get certified. From there, his duties will include attending every game and being sure the kids are playing the game safely.

“My responsibility as the player safety coach is to make sure that all teams are adhering to the policies of safety, making sure everything is proper,” he said. “Safety is a big emphasis, especially with Pop Warner and making sure every kid is safe.”

Milford Pop Warner’s 2018 sign-ups will take place Saturday, March 24 from 9-12 p.m. at the Milford Pop Warner building.

If interested in getting involved with Milford Pop Warner, you may contact the organization via email at milfordpopwarner@gmail.com.

Harrington Pop Warner will have its 2018 football and cheer sign-ups Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Wednesday, March 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Harrington Parks and Rec.

To get involved with Harrington Pop Warner, you may contact president Amy Greenly at amygreenly@gmail.com.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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