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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pioneers finalize 2016 Home Schedule

We have finalized our 2016 HOME SCHEDULE:
Friday April 29th: 7:30pm - Granite City Renegades
Saturday May 21st: 5pm - North Bank Bulls
Saturday June 4th: 5pm - Mankato Brawlers
Saturday June 25th: 7pm - Kansas City Bulldogs (PIONEERS HOMECOMING)
Saturday July 9th: 5pm - Minnesota Sting
Saturday July 16th: 5pm - Minnesota Valley Warriors

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Second tryout set for Feb. 6

Only one team in Minnesota regularly competes for a National Championship. Only one team in Minnesota has WON a National Championship.

The St. Paul Pioneers.

We invite you to come see if you have the makings of a champion. If you have skill, passion and determination, you may have what it takes to be a St. Paul Pioneer.

Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. The tryout will begin at 3. Please wear workout clothing and cleats. It is an aritificial turf field.

Participants will be run through a series of football drills to test speed, agility and football IQ.

Cost is $20 to ALL players trying out for the first time who did not finish the season on the Pioneers' active roster. If you were invited back from the Jan. 3 tryout, there is no cost.

This is one of those times, a real possible changing of the guard. Great teams adapt, change, grow, add talent... and continue to win. We have been making the necessary changes and additions for 15 seasons now.
Players: This is a real opportunity for you to make one the area's -- one of the country's -- great teams.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Pioneers fall to Mustangs in national title tilt in Daytona

For the first time since 2003, the St. Paul Pioneers lost in a national championship game, falling 37-18 to the Muskegon Mustangs in Daytona, Fla., on Jan. 16.

The Pioneers trailed only 20-15 at the half, but could not overcome a balanced Muskegon attack. The Mustangs scored touchdowns three times on fourth down and converted another fourth down attempt to continue a scoring drive.

St. Paul recorded touchdowns by running back Riza Mahmoud and quarterback Cleve McCoy, along with two field goals by kicker Eric Ellestad -- including one of the only Pioneers points of the second half.

With the loss, the NEFL champion Pioneers closed out the 2015 season with a record of 13-1. The top-ranked Mustangs finished 14-0.

The Pioneers now turn their attention to the 2016 season, the team's 15th year of competition, as they try to win the Northern Elite Football League for a seventh consecutive time. St. Paul will hold its second 2016 tryout on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Concordia University-St. Paul.