Pop Warner Defensive/Scholastic Team of the Year Award

Pop Warner Team of the Year 2013

The Steele Creek Seahawks Jr. Midgets

The Steele Creek Seahawks Jr. Midgets

Pop Warner Little Scholars is an international program that operates for the benefit of its youth participants. Since 1929, the program’s philosophy has been: Academics and Athletics go hand-in-hand. Pop Warner strives to make the game fun for all boys and girls. The program stresses lessons of value far beyond the playing field for the boys and girls involved, such as; self-discipline, teamwork, concentration, friendship, leadership, and good sportsmanship. With such goals in mind, and by providing an opportunity to participate in an organized, supervised environment with emphasis on maximum safety and participation, Pop Warner offers young men and women a unique and memorable experience.

Pop Warner is the first real football or cheerleading experience for most of the participants. At every level, Pop Warner Football seeks to develop well rounded young men and women who learn not only the fundamentals of football and cheerleading, but also the importance of education in an environment conducive to developing sound mind, body and character – and having an enjoyable time along the way. Pop Warner Football in the Mecklenburg County area has been sponsored by the Mecklenburg Optimist club since 1957. The Little Panthers’ League has grown from 23 teams in 1994 to 100 for the 2012 season. Over 2,600 football players and 300 cheerleaders participated in the league this year. The Optimist Club recognizes scholastic achievement by presenting scholarships to deserving players and cheerleaders each year. In addition, at the conclusion of the season, the Doc Martin Sportsmanship award is presented to deserving teams in each age/weight division.

The Pop Warner Little Panthers’ Defensive/Scholastic Team of the Year is determined by the defensive prowess and cumulative scholastic achievements of the entire team. The Steele Creek Seahawks Jr. Midget team coached by Andre Gilliam finished the season with an 8 – 0 record, and won their division championship. The team has not only excelled on the playing field by allowing fewer than 10 points per game, but also has a team grade point average over 90. Six players on the team are candidates for Pop Warner Scholastic All-American recognition.


Front middle: Jake Kuykendall

2nd row from left to right: Bryce Times, Corbin Davis, Mel Plankenhorn, RJ Lewis, Dylan Weybrecht, Deandre Gilliam, Brian Comer, Matt Cowell, Thomas Pozzo, Chris Gates

Top Row Left to Right: Coach Andre Gilliam, Coach Kyle Kuykendall, Simeon Little, Kty Smith, Stephen Lostetter, Nych Weddington, Pierce Cerda, Ike Beirne, Dylan Earney, Coach Mike Beirne, Coach Greg Kent, Coach Torre Earney

Not Pictured: Coach Stephen Lostetter, Noah Berryman, Matt Hall, Gauge Butler, Baylie Bittle