Carlynton Little Cougars football team going local
The Carlynton Little Cougars youth football program is trying to get the future of the high school football team ready now.
While in years past the Little Cougars have accepted players from others districts, the group will now be strictly Carlynton.
“It is really important because every successful program in the WPIAL has a huge feeder program,” said John Sciulli, who has been the president of the group for three years. “The junior high coaches said it has been difficult for years because kids in the seventh and eighth grades are just learning to get in the stance. Other schools’ kids have been doing it since they were 6 years old.”
The Little Cougars have three teams for different age groups: 7-, 8- and 9-year olds; 9- and 10-year-olds; and 11- and 12-year olds. The group will hold sign ups for football and cheerleading from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 3 at Crafton Elementary and on June 4 at Carnegie Elementary. Cost is $75 for the first child and $25 for each additional child. All participants must be a resident of the Carlynton School District.
“(Carlynton football coach) Mauro Monz, athletic director Nate Milsom and school board president David Roussos have been great,” Sciulli said. “They have all been really supportive of what we want to do. We want to be a feeder program for the high school.”
To help raise interest in the community, the group is holding the Carlynton Youth Football Camp on May 31 at the Carlynton High School practice field – located in front of the school – from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The camp is open to kids between the ages of 6 and 12 and costs $20. Sciulli said the camp will accept walk ups.
The guest of honor will be Quincy Wilson, the current assistant director of football operations at West Virginia University. Wilson was a running back for the Mountaineers from 1999 to 2003 and played in the NFL for both the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals.
The camp will also feature guest coaches with a wealth of college playing experience, including Juan Williams (Pitt), Matt Gubba (Georgia Tech), Nick Sciulli (Duquesne), Steve Welhorsky (Slippery Rock) and Geno Vacca (Washington & Jefferson).
The camp will also feature Monz, along with members of the Carlynton football team coaching staff and players.
“The Steelers have donated gifts that we will hand out to the kids,” Sciulli said. “We want to make it fun and instructional. Kids will play all positions on offense and defense and learn the positions. Every kid will be able to be a running back and quarterback. We won’t tap them into one position. It will be a great day.”
There will also be a cheerleading camp held the same day in the gym at Carlynton High School. The camp will start at 8 a.m. and last until 2 p.m.
For more information on the camps or the Little Cougars, contact Sciulli at 412-377-1488. Additional information can be found at www.leaguelineup.com/littlecougars.
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