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Monday, October 3, 2016

Reigning NEFL Champions set Jan. 7 tryout at Sea Foam

Once again, the St. Paul Pioneers -- winners of seven consevutive NEFL crowns -- are searching for players with the talent, the drive and the character to be champions. We are looking for outstanding players at ALL position groups. We are one of the best amateur football teams in the nation because each year we are joined by new players whose talents and contributions make us stronger. Will that be you this year? Join us under the bubble at Concordia University-St. Paul's Sea Foam Stadium. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. Cost to try out for new players is $20. Players who finished the 2016 season on the Pioneers roster will be admitted free. Wear workout clothes and football shoes. You will be tested in a number of football specific drills. We hope to see you there!

Pioneers hold 2016 Awards Banquet

The seven-time NEFL Champion St. Paul Pioneers held their 2016 Celebration Banquet Sunday at O'Gara's Bar and Grill in St. Paul. It was a great night. Team Mom Marla Collins and Team Heartbeat George "Juice" Hall pulled together a terrific program, filled with an awesome highlight video, fantastic photos and a whole vault full of memories. Honored for their outstanding contributions and performances were:
President's Award: Rick Barrett Deanie Hooks Volunteer Award: Thomas (Tom) Kelly, Griffin Pocock and Mike Kelly. Team MVP: Ronald Zollicoffer. Offense MVP: Ronald Zollicoffer and Cleve McCoy. Defense MVP: Lionel Lamarre and Jeff McGaster. Special Teams MVP: Bobby Wright. Lineman of the Year: Alvin Johnson. Rookie of the Year: Desmond Stevenson. Pioneer Award: Donte Pettis. Most Yards Rushing: Ronald Zollicoffer. Most Touchdowns: Ronald Zollicoffer. Most Receptions: Ronald Zollicoffer. Most Tackles: Jeff McGaster. Most Sacks: Jeff McGaster. Most Interceptions: Lional Lamarre. Receiving NEFL League Awards were: League MVP: Ronald Zollicoffer. All NEFL: Ronald Zollicoffer, Cleve McCoy, Jeff McGaster, Patrick Mitambo, Brandon Murdock, Lionel Lamarre, Donte Pettis, Desmond Stevenson. All NEFL Honorable Mention: Cory Brenner, Delane Woods, Joseph Mapson.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Pioneers contribute to Gridiron Glory at the Minnesota History Center

The seven-time NEFL Champion St. Paul Pioneers were invited by the Minnesota History Center to help conduct their Gridiron Glory weekend Sept. 24, as the Pioneers joined Minnesota Vikings greats Mick Tinglehoff, Carl Eller and Paul Krause in celebrating Minnesota's place among football immortality. Pioneers players and coaches conducted drills for young people on the History Center lawn on a cool, football-weather day. Here are some of Marla Collins' awesome photos of a great day.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Pioneers top Preds 28-10 to win 7th straight NEFL crown.

Thanks to a 28-point first-half scoring barrage and a defense that harassed, hounded and abused Chippewa Valley quarterbacks all night, the St. Paul Pioneers are Champs! Again! St. Paul won its 7th straight NEFL crown, and 8th straight league championship overall, with a 28-10 victory over the Chippewa Valley Predators in Eau Claire, Wis. League MVP Ronald Zollicoffer got the scoring started with a first-half scamper, and would wind up scoring three touchdowns on the night. But bruising running back Ernest Tucker would capture offensive player of the game honors with several critical fourth quarter runs when the Pioneers were trying to keep the ball away from the Preds and run out the clock. Defensive back Donte Pettis also had a big impact on the outcome, playing tight coverage all night and scoring the Pioneers second touchdown after picking off a Keldric Stokes pass and returning it to paydirt. Stokes would later be knocked out of the game after a punishing hit by defensive tackle Jeff McGaster. Before he was hurt in the second quarter, Stokes completed only 3 of 11 passes for 25 yards and an interception. Stokes' replacement, receiver Jauhem Byrd, didn't fare much better. He finished 6 of 20 passing, for 61 yards and an interception by Pioneers defensive back Brock Keaton, which helped snuff out another Chippewa Valley drive. The Pioneers finish the season 10-3 overall and 9-1 in the NEFL. The Predators were 12-0 before running into the Pioneers buzz saw. St. Paul led 28-0 at halftime. The win is the 102nd victory by Pioneers Head Coach Mark Heiser, as well as his and the team's eighth straight league championship to go along with three national titles. Players of the game: Offense - Ernest Tucker. Defense - Donte Pettis and Brock Keaton. Special teams - Jamal McNutt.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Pioneers win West 17-0. Tickets on sale for Elite Bowl in Eau Claire.

The St. Paul Pioneers defeated the North Bank Bulls 17-0 Saturday to earn a seventh consecutive trip to the NEFL title game. This time, we will be on the road. The Pioneers game against the Predators this coming Saturday is sure to be epic. Pioneers fans: don't risk being shut out of getting a ticket. The game could be a sellout. We received the following information from Chippewa Valley: This game will sell out. Have any pioneer fans call and order tickets ahead to be sure they get them! They are $8 until Friday night and if it doesn't sell out by then they are $10 on game day. They can call anytime starting now to order. Tickets will be waiting for them at will call. 715.559.7417 whenever your fans wanna order! Should be a lot of fun!!