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Cluster Springs 49ers set standard of excellence
SoVaNow.com / October 11, 2012Well disciplined. Consistent. Resolute. Resilient.
The Cluster Springs 49ers have been just that over the past several years, offering a high standard of excellence to our local football community. Regardless of the level of talent, size or football experience, the 49ers always seem to finish high in the Halifax Youth Mites Football League…and this year may be no exception.
Coaches Dale Harris, Kerry Nelson, William Dixon, Dennis Ballance, Brian Rhodes and Brad Miller promote discipline, a strong work ethic, teamwork, fair play and good sportsmanship. While maintaining a high level of discipline, fellowship and respect for others, the coaching staff strongly emphasizes academics. Even at the early ages of 6, 7 and 8-year-olds, the Cluster Springs 49ers are treated as student athletes. Both players and parents learn quickly that academics are given prominence to, while football is considered secondary. This year’s football squad exemplifies this principle by placing 26 of 30 players on the honor roll at interim reports. (Last year 22 of 25 players achieved this prestigious honors award).
The 2012 Cluster Springs 49ers rely heavily on several returning veterans to provide leadership this year: Grayson Ballance, Wylie Watts, Colin Saunders, Joel Owen, Jadyn Lester, Conner Harris, Justin Pool, William Dixon III, Shane Vest, River McClean and Tae Roberson.
Key newcomers contributing greatly are: Zack Carter, Wyatt Nelson, Jaden Waller, Kennedy Miller, Shaquan Carden, Qualik Tucker and Austin Talley. Other notable players gaining valuable experience are: Dalton Womble, Ryker Pulley, Jayden Owens, Zac Rhodes, Reed Womble, Shaun Gagnon, Jayke Owen, Kody Stauble, Taylor Comer, Hunter Oliver, Camren Jefferson and Caleb Pointer.
The Cluster Springs 49ers are a very unique sports team. They are not just a football team—they are a group of young boys who use football as a tool to help promote teamwork, learn discipline, use proper manners, build character and instill self-confidence. Their greatest life’s lesson learned is how to win and lose with dignity and to never, never, never give up.
This football program’s philosophy has been dynamic in past football players’ lives and will continue to help kids overcome adversity throughout their future. The 49ers not only win in the classroom and off the field, but they have been very successful playing football as well.
The 49ers captured the Halifax Mites Football championship in 2008 and 2010 while finishing runner-up in both 2009 and 2011.
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