Contents

  1. 1 2011 Pioneer News
    1. 1.1   Team Banquet September 25th, 5pm  
    2. 1.2   Pioneers @ Blaine Titans Youth Football Camp  
    3. 1.3   Numerous Pioneers Win NEFL Awards  
    4. 1.4   Pioneers Are NEFL Champions Again  
    5. 1.5   Pioneers Avenge Lone Regular Season Loss vs Dragons  
    6. 1.6   Poised Pioneers Win on Road to Kickoff the Postseason  
    7. 1.7   Pioneers Miss Winning Division by a Kick  
    8. 1.8   Pioneers Stop Rage  
    9. 1.9   11 Pioneers Selected as 2011 NEFL All-Stars  
    10. 1.10   Pioneers Stop Rage  
    11. 1.11   Pioneers and Mapson Force the Issue, Take Over At End 
    12. 1.12   Dragons Steal Passes, Hand Pioneers First Loss 
    13. 1.13   Pioneers Pull out Win, Avoid Getting Crushed 
    14. 1.14   Ladies Night Out - June 18th 
    15. 1.15   Pioneers Win Their 4th Game In a Row 
    16. 1.16   Pioneers on KFAN's Paul Allen Show 
    17. 1.17   Pioneers Get Their 3rd Win In a Row 
    18. 1.18   Pioneers Were Featured on Twin Cities Live June 3rd 
    19. 1.19   Pioneers Defeat the Rough Riders 46-0 
    20. 1.20   Woodbury Garage Sales Days Fundraiser May 12th-13th 
    21. 1.21   Pioneer Start the 2011 Season with a Victory 
    22. 1.22   Burger Moe's Fundraiser May 7th 6-10pm 
    23. 1.23   2011 Season Preview 
    24. 1.24   Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Event - April 13th 
    25. 1.25   Check Out our Featured Players 
    26. 1.26   Mini Camp Date Change to the 27th 
    27. 1.27   Volunteering at Second Harvest Heartland March 9th 
    28. 1.28   Pioneers Team Up To Help Second Harvest Heartland 
    29. 1.29   Join Our Winning Team! 
    30. 1.30   Team Meet & Greet Feburary 2nd 7-9pm 
    31. 1.31   2011 Internships Available 
    32. 1.32   Pioneers First Tryout a Success 
    33. 1.33  Team Tryout Dates Set - Jan 23rd & Feb 19th 
    34. 1.34  Former Iowa Hawkeye & Rhein Fire D-Tackle Returns 
    35. 1.35  2011 Schedule Released 
2011 Pioneer News

  2011 Season Wrap Up  

The two-time NEFL Champion St. Paul Pioneers recently looked back on an incredible 2011 season – while also looking ahead to building an even better team in 2012.

First, some reflections on 2011, another championship year:
Wide receiver Joseph Mapson was named the Pioneers’ Most Valuable Player. The Concordia University- St. Paul standout played receiver, punt returner and even quarterback at times for the cardinal and black. Mapson proves his value every year, but he came through with perhaps the season’s most sensational play with a leaping, twisting and falling touchdown grab against the Chippewa Valley Predators in the 2011 Elite Bowl to give the Pioneers a lead they would never relinquish in a 15-0 win.  Mapson was also named co-player of the year for the NEFL.

Defensive tackle Jeff McGaster, a Pioneers dominating force since joining the team in 2008, was named Defensive Most Valuable Player. Jeff had 10 sacks, 60 tackles, an interception and a blocked field goal in seven games. More importantly, he is a game-changer that forces the other team to double-team him if they hope to do anything on offense. McGaster was also awarded Defensive Player of the Year for the NEFL National Conference.
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  Team Banquet September 25th, 5pm  

There will be many awards and special recognitions given out at this event!There will also be order forms for championship rings and a limited supply 2011 St. Paul Pioneer NEFL Championship apparel available for sale!Come join the celebration!
Purchase Tickets Here
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  Pioneers @ Blaine Titans Youth Football Camp  

St Paul Pioneers @ Blaine Titans Youth Football Camp

On Wednesday August 10 and Thursday August 12, 2011, 22 players and four coaches volunteered to provide their football knowledge, as coaches, to over 190 kids, ages 8-14, at the Blaine Titans’ Youth Football Camp. The camp was held at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota.

The following offensive players: DeMario Walton, Joseph Ubani, Joe Sellwood, Darius Myers, Ron Toles, Rob Wills, Paul Ciochetto, Ricky Smales, Deshay Hudson, Brian Warden, Zach Thompson, Jacob Husnik and Joseph Mapson demonstrated the proper techniques of how to block, run, catch and throw to the campers.

While the following defensive players: Nate Beulah, Dion Wilson, Kym Trueblood, Terry Jones, Darrel Young, Guillame Paek and Patrick Mitambo taught the young players how to properly tackle a ball carrier, rush the passer and defend a pass.
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  Numerous Pioneers Win NEFL Awards  

It’s good to be a Pioneer.

A week after the St. Paul Pioneers captured their second straight Northern Elite Football League championship, several star players for the team won additional recognition and accolades at the league’s annual meeting and All-Star game in Schofield, Wis.

Pioneers defensive tackle Jeff McGaster, a dominating player against the pass and the run and a two-time league all-star, was named the National Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The University of Northern Iowa graduate has been a star for the Pioneers defense since joining the team in 2008.

St. Paul wideout Reggie Houston, who led the NEFL in receiving in 2011, was chosen as the National Conference Offensive Player of the year. Houston, a Mississippi native who is fearless going over the middle, had more than 900 receiving yards in the Pioneers 12 games, including pre-season and playoffs.
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  Pioneers Are NEFL Champions Again  

It was not looking promising.

On the opening drive of the game, after just squeaking out of an apparent safety, the Chippewa Valley Predators were chewing up yards and the first-quarter clock. Using the legs of C.J. Okogeri, Vince Furby and the running and passing of quarterback L.A. Anderson, the Predators moved deep into Pioneers territory.

Turns out, St. Paul was simply catching its breath. The Pioneers defense stiffened, the Predators attempted a field goal and St. Paul tackle Martell Lightfoot burst through the line to block the field goal attempt – leaving Chippewa Valley empty-handed. It was Lightfoot’s third field goal block in two games.

And it would prove the theme of the day.

Although out-gained in total yardage and outpaced in time of possession, the St. Paul Pioneers on Saturday won their second straight NEFL Championship by bending, but not breaking – and making the big play. Pioneers all-star receiver Joseph Mapson made a thrilling, “how-did-he-do-that” 40-yard touchdown reception and Ben Campbell recovered a muffed punt in the end zone to give the Pioneers a 15-0 victory in Elite Bowl IV.
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  Pioneers Avenge Lone Regular Season Loss vs Dragons  

The third time between the St. Paul Pioneers and the Minnesota Dragons proved to be the charm Saturday, as the Pioneers defeated the top-seeded Dragons 24-10 to earn a spot in their second straight NEFL championship game and the team’s third straight chance for a league title.

In yet another hard-fought battle, only the result was different as the Pioneers showed everyone in attendance who was the better team. Unlike their previous games against the Dragons – a 14-6 loss and a 13-13 tie – the Pioneers this time made the extra play over and over again. And, for the second straight game, they played turnover-free football.

The Dragons could not say the same, thanks to a ball-hawking Pioneers defense. St. Paul picked off three Dragons’ passes over the course of the game.
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  Poised Pioneers Win on Road to Kickoff the Postseason  

It was bad timing for the Rochester Giants to take the field against the Pioneers in the opening round of the NEFL playoffs. A frustrated bunch of Pioneers showed up fired up and ready to play. They may have had a little extra motivation going into Saturdays game, after being told they were hosting this first round matchup… only to have it ripped away from them a mere day later by a league ruling on a technicality.

Four dominant quarters later, these Pioneer players walked away with an impressive 28-6 win.

The Pioneers offense couldn’t have picked a better day to play turnover-free football. Paul Ciochetto led the Pioneers methodically up and down the field against the Giants racking up 323 yards of total offense, including 179 yards on the ground along with 144 yards through the air. Joe Sellwood led the Pioneers in rushing with a monster effort in the fourth quarter that included a 26-yard carry right up the gut and straight through the heart of the Giants defense.
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  Pioneers Miss Winning Division by a Kick  

For the second time this season, the St. Paul Pioneers walked off the field feeling like they let another game against the Minnesota Dragons slip away. In fact, they did.

A game that was full of momentum-changing moments ended in a disappointing draw for the Pioneers. The 13-13 outcome ensured that the Dragons, not the Pioneers, would win the NEFL North Division and have home field advantage in the playoffs.

But it was quite the battle – and quite the game.
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  Pioneers Stop Rage  

Jeff McGaster is back – and just in time.

McGaster, the St. Paul Pioneers’ all-star defensive tackle and one of the most dominant defensive players in the league, led a spirited St. Paul defense that harassed, corralled and curtailed the Lake Superior Rage all day Saturday in a 9-6 Pioneers win. With the victory, St. Paul clinched a spot in the 2011 playoffs that gives them a chance to defend their league championship.

It might not have happened without McGaster’s two sacks, numerous tackles and quarterback hurries – or the holding call he forced against the Rage late in the game that forced Lake Superior to unsuccessfully attempt a 54-yard game-tying field goal.

“I’m baaaack,” McGaster said, noting the previous game he’d missed with a leg injury.
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  11 Pioneers Selected as 2011 NEFL All-Stars  

Coaches of the Northern Elite Football League have chosen 11 St. Paul Pioneers
to the NEFL all-star game, to be played Aug. 13 in Wausau, Wis. The North
Division-leading Pioneers had more players named all-stars than any other team
in the league.
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  Pioneers Stop Rage  

Jeff McGaster is back – and just in time.

McGaster, the St. Paul Pioneers’ all-star defensive tackle and one of the most dominant defensive players in the league, led a spirited St. Paul defense that harassed, corralled and curtailed the Lake Superior Rage all day Saturday in a 9-6 Pioneers win. With the victory, St. Paul clinched a spot in the 2011 playoffs that gives them a chance to defend their league championship.

It might not have happened without McGaster’s two sacks, numerous tackles and quarterback hurries – or the holding call he forced against the Rage late in the game that forced Lake Superior to unsuccessfully attempt a 54-yard game-tying field goal.

“I’m baaaack,” McGaster said, noting the previous game he’d missed with a leg injury.
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  Pioneers and Mapson Force the Issue, Take Over At End 

It was a game befitting two defensive powers, a knock-down, drag-out battle where the team that made one more play would claim victory. Thanks to Joseph Mapson going into a phone booth as Clark Kent and coming out in the final three minutes as Superman, the St. Paul Pioneers were that team.

St. Paul defeated the Fox Valley Force 17-10 in a rematch of last season’s Elite Bowl Championship and, in the process, kept its playoff and division title hopes alive.
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  Dragons Steal Passes, Hand Pioneers First Loss 

For their two previous games, the St. Paul Pioneers lived dangerously. They turned the ball over repeatedly, killed their own scoring chances and were slow to capitalize on field position and the other team’s turnovers.

For two games, it didn’t matter as the Pioneers defense held down the fort until the Pioneers offense could find its mojo.

Not Saturday. Not this time. Tossing six interceptions – including one returned for a touchdown on the Pioneers first offensive series of the game – and fumbling a kickoff return, the St. Paul Pioneers dug too deep a hole in losing to the Minnesota Dragons 14-6 at Humboldt High School. It was the Pioneers first home loss ever in four years at Humboldt and it dropped St. Paul into a three-way tie for the North Division lead in the NEFL National Conference at 4-1.

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  Pioneers Pull out Win, Avoid Getting Crushed 

After all the yards, after all the hard hits, the sacks, the big plays, it all came down to this.

The Eau Claire Crush were driving for a possible tying touchdown and go-ahead extra point.  Crush quarterback Justin Marion had the St. Paul Pioneers defense on its heels, his combination of scrambles and timely throws had driven the Crush down to the Pioneers 9-yard line.

Then linebacker Tierre Thompson stepped into the spotlight.

Marion, under pressure from St. Paul defensive end/tight end Rob Wills, tried to throw away the football before he was sacked. Instead, Thompson snared the low throw and returned it 31 yards to kill the scoring threat and give the Pioneers great field position late in the fourth quarter. Pioneers running back Deshay Hudson would take over from there, dashing away for 51 yards to set up his own scoring plunge to seal the game and give the Pioneers a 20-7 victory over a tough Crush squad at Carson Park in Eau Claire.

With the hard-fought and dramatic win, the Pioneers improve to 4-0 in NEFL play, one of only two undefeated teams in the league, and 5-0 overall. Hudson finished the night with 122 yards rushing on 13 carries, with one touchdown. Thompson, a backup linebacker, won defensive player of the game honors.

“We didn’t make it easy on ourselves,” Pioneers Head Coach Mark Heiser said. “Of course, Eau Claire had a lot to do with that.”

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  Ladies Night Out - June 18th 

On June 18, 2011 the St. Paul Pioneers Football Team at their home game against the Minnesota Dragons will be hosting a Ladies Night Out for their fans!!

At this event, we will be hosting a number of independent consultants who wish to display and sell their products.

There will be drawings throughout the game for prizes from these consultants and local businesses!  Included in the give-aways are four gift baskets from Bloomingdales and a $250 gift certificate from RF Moeller Jewelers!

If you would like to be one of the independent consultants at this event, please contact Becca at becca@pioneersfootball.org.
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  Pioneers Win Their 4th Game In a Row 

After a Tough First Half, Pioneers Find Their Wings
In Reggie Houston and Joseph Mapson, the St. Paul Pioneers have perhaps two of the best receivers in semi-pro football – game-breakers who can take over a contest. But, for the first half Saturday, Pioneers’ quarterbacks couldn’t get them the football.

Starter Paul Ciochetto and Bryan Trulen, who has been alternating at the position, struggled to hold onto the football and struggled to pass it to the right team against the Menomonie Thunderhawks at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  Three Ciochetto interceptions, one Trulen interception and three fumbles by the quarterbacks – for seven turnovers total in the first half – left the Pioneers trailing 10-0 at halftime and gasping for air.

Good thing the Pioneers have a tough defense, or the margin could have been much worse.

Whatever offensive coordinator Rob Neumann and Trulen worked out at halftime seemed to do the trick, however. The Pioneers found Houston for two touchdown passes and Mapson for one en route to scoring 28 unanswered points in the second half to win the game 28-10.

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  Pioneers on KFAN's Paul Allen Show 

On Friday, May 27th, Pioneers' coach Jim Walsh was a guest on KFAN Radio's Paul Allen Show.  Jim and Paul spoke about the 2011 season and the Pioneers undefeated start to the year.
To listen to the complete Paul Allen Show, KFAN has supplied the MP3
(CLICK HERE For the Audio)
Pioneers' Coach Jim Walsh appears at the 25 minute mark

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  Pioneers Get Their 3rd Win In a Row 

Pioneers control ball and clock in 16-3 win
Nick Graham made his wishes known before the game.

“I want 20 carries, I want 20 carries,” he said, looking at the threatening skies.

Graham, who spent last season recuperating from a major injury, wasn’t being selfish. A powerful running game does much to offset nasty weather – such as was on the horizon.

Graham didn’t quite get 20 carries, and the skies ended up sunny and mild for the St. Paul Pioneers’ game against the Lake Superior Rage on Saturday. But he got 16 carries, good for 85 yards and a touchdown, to help the Pioneers control the clock and the tempo in a 16-3 win.

In all, St. Paul rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns – part of a balanced attach that totaled 326 yards through the air and on the ground. That balanced offense was complimented by a Pioneers defense that never allowed the Rage into the end zone and held their often-explosive offense to just over 200 net yards.

The defense especially rose to the occasion in the second half, using two Jeff McGaster sacks, interceptions by Guillaume Paek and Andre Spencer and two goal line stands to keep the Rage from hitting paydirt.
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  Pioneers Were Featured on Twin Cities Live June 3rd 

Twin Cities Live reporter Emily Engberg was out to a recent St. Paul Pioneers practice to produce an upcoming story about the team for the popular daytime news and entertainment program. Emily says her story about the Pioneers – and the men who dedicated their time to the sport they love – aired on Friday June 3rd @ 8pm.
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  Pioneers Defeat the Rough Riders 46-0 

Pioneers run over, around and through Rough Riders
The St. Paul Pioneers ran roughshod over the River City Rough Riders Saturday in St. Paul, dominating their longtime rival 46-0 on a cool, rainy day. It was St. Paul’s NEFL opener. The Pioneers are the defending league champions

The Pioneers scored on offense – receiver Reggie Houston had a big day – and defense as the team in black was clicking on all cylinders. With the win, the Pioneers go to 2-0 overall, 1-0 in league play. The Pioneers have another home game this week, hosting the Lake Superior Rage at St. Paul Humboldt High School. Game time is 3 p.m.
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  Woodbury Garage Sales Days Fundraiser May 12th-13th 

This May, the St. Paul Pioneers will be hosting a fundraiser once again during the Woodbury Garage Sales Days!! Thanks to your help last year, we were able to raise nearly $600 at our garage sale to help fund the operations of the St. Paul Pioneers football season! In 2010, the Pioneers took home the 2010 NEFL Championship title! So, thank you once again for your support!!
 
This year the Woodbury Garage Sales are May 12th and 13th! Please set aside any items you were thinking of getting rid of during your personal Spring cleaning and email corissa@pioneersfootball.org to set up a pick up or to obtain drop off instructions. Anything that is left over after the sale will be donated to another organization in need (Goodwill, Lupus, or the Salvation Army).
Thanks again for your support of Pioneers football!

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  Pioneer Start the 2011 Season with a Victory 

On Saturday April 30th the Pioneers kicked off their 2011 season with a 21-6 victory of the Brainerd Lumberjacks.
For fans of the St. Paul Pioneers, Saturday’s victory in Brainerd, Minn., had all the recognizable elements of Pioneers wins from seasons gone by – a smothering and opportunistic defense, a solid and balanced offense and sound special teams.
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  Burger Moe's Fundraiser May 7th 6-10pm 

Saturday, May 7th 6-10PM

Burger Moe's Fundraiser Event
$10 all you can drink beer (while it lasts) with giveaways, etc...
There will also be great food and drink specials

Website: www.burgermoes.com

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  2011 Season Preview 

A decade. Ten years. For most businesses, surviving a decade is cause for celebration. For sports teams, a decade at or near the top of the heap is rarefied
air, something seldom savored.

Unless, that is, you are the St. Paul Pioneers.

The Pioneers in the past decade have been five times league champions, one-time national runners up, 2009 National Champions – all since playing their first season in 2002. Rare air, indeed.

And, so, as the St. Paul Pioneers embark on their 2011 season – one that follows a 2010 NEFL title – perhaps they can be excused from expecting big things again.  Make no mistake. Nobody with the Pioneers is taking another championship for granted. Nothing is won on paper. No one looking at the Pioneers’ pedigree is going to lie down for the team in cardinal and black. If anything, the 2010 title in a new league against nearly a dozen new teams simply painted a bigger target on the Pioneers’ backs.

But if their past success has taught St. Paul anything, it is that they must continue to scratch and claw and fight through all kinds of adversity, simply to stay at the place where so many of their fans and followers have become accustomed – the top. The 2011 season will be a battle, with St. Paul playing in perhaps the toughest overall division in the Northern Elite Football League. And, yet, this is why they play – to see if they have what it takes to win it all, again.

Pioneers Head Coach Mark Heiser, level-headed and cool under pressure, is sure to keep the team on an even keel in this, his fourth season at the helm.
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  Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Event - April 13th 

Wednesday, April 13th 8-9:30PM

Who is Feed My Starving Children (www.fmsc.org)?
We’re a Christian non-profit based in Minnesota that welcomes and serves all people! We buy raw ingredients for nutritious meals, designed by food scientists to reverse and prevent malnutrition. Then each year, 500,000 volunteers like you pack the rice, soy nuggets, dried vegetables and vitamins into shippable “MannaPack” pouches, shipped free to mission partners and agencies that help people in 70 countries around the world. Feed my starving children is sending at least 600,000 MannaPack meals to Japan to help after the Tsunami.
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  Check Out our Featured Players 

In order to let our fans know even more about our players, we've started a Featured Players section on our roster page.  Players will be cycled through this section frequently so you can better in better touch of what they are up to both on and off the field.
See our current Featured Players HERE

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  Mini Camp Date Change to the 27th 

When: March 27th 6-9pm
Location: Concordia University St. Paul
Sea foam Stadium Dome
Attire: Full Pads
Phone: 651-638-6565

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  Volunteering at Second Harvest Heartland March 9th 

Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime. But what happens when a group of civic-minded people get together to pack thousands of pounds of food for hungry families of Minnesota?

Togetherness.
And a spirit of giving.

Wednesday night, a group of players, coaches, board members and family from the St. Paul Pioneers worked to pack rice at Second Harvest Heartland in Minneapolis. You can see Becky Allen’s great photos HERE.

It was a good night and a good way for the Pioneers to give back to the community. And it was just the first step in a season-long partnership between the team and Second Harvest. At this season’s Pioneers home games, fans will get $1 taken off the price of an adult admission if they bring a non-perishable food item to the game. In addition, the team will host future volunteer opportunities at Second Harvest at with other deserving local charities.

The Pioneers encourage all their friends and fans to join us in a season of giving back… a season of teaching our players and our community the value of togetherness.

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  Pioneers Team Up To Help Second Harvest Heartland 

The St. Paul Pioneers have teamed with Second Harvest Heartland to help battle hunger in St. Paul in 2011. Second Harvest, part of a national consortium of food banks across the country and headquartered in St. Paul, seeks to transform hunger in our community.

Pioneers President Chris Kelderman said the team is excited for an opportunity for us to give back to the community that has supported Pioneers football for nearly a decade.

“As we continue to grow, helping an organization that seeks to feed the hungry and help our neighbors thrive in difficult times is incredibly important to us,” Kelderman said.

Here is how it will work:
Fans coming to all Pioneers home games in 2011 will receive $1 off the cost of admission if they bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Second Harvest.  It’s that simple.

The Pioneers, entering their Tenth Season in 2011, play their home games at St. Paul Humboldt High School, 30 E. Baker St., Saint Paul. Home games are scheduled for May 14th, May 21st, June 18th and June 25th. If St. Paul makes the playoffs, additional dates could include July 23rd, July 30th and August 6th. The Pioneers will collect the food items and then deliver them to Second Harvest.

For more information about the St. Paul Pioneers, a men’s amateur football team based in St. Paul, you can contact Chris Kelderman at chris@pioneersfootball.org or at 763-234- 4426.

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  Join Our Winning Team! 

There is much more to running a championship football team than recruiting a roster of top-level players to don helmets and shoulder pads.

A whole bunch of people who work on the sidelines, in the press box, in the ticket booth and at team practices and events are critical to the success of the St. Paul Pioneers. Guess what? We need more people to do this important work. We need you!

The St. Paul Pioneers Football Club is an all-volunteer organization that seeks to put a championship-caliber team on – and off – the field. None of our players or coaches or staff members is paid. But we all are committed to building a championship team and giving back to the community of St. Paul.

If you have talents and interests that can help us, we would love to hear from you.

Contact Team President Chris Kelderman at chris@pioneersfootball.org for more information about how to sign up to become a Pioneers volunteer and a member of a championship team.

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  Team Meet & Greet Feburary 2nd 7-9pm 

Where: DiGidio’s Restaurant, 425 W. 7th St., St. Paul, MN. 651-291-7105
When: Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Have you always been a little interested in stepping back out onto the gridiron but weren’t quite sure how you could make it happen? Curious about what it takes to run one a football team? Well, you don’t need connections to Leslie Frasier, or have a buddy who doubles as an agent, to get the scoop on what goes on behind the scenes of Minnesota’s best amateur football team.

The St. Paul Pioneers have just the way for you to get involved in the sport you love.Come join the Pioneers for an informal “Meet and Greet” on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at DiGidio’s restaurant in St. Paul. Pioneers coaches, players and staff will be on hand to say hello and answer any questions you might have about St. Paul’s only semi-pro men’s football team. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

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  2011 Internships Available 

The following internships are currently available for the 2011 season.  Please review the info for each position and contact us if interested in being part of Pioneers Football
(View Available Positions HERE)

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  Pioneers First Tryout a Success 

About 50 St. Paul Pioneers new and old got back into the swing of football on Sunday, Jan. 23, during the Pioneers first tryout/practice of the 2011 season.

Head Coach Mark Heiser said he was impressed with the turnout at the Jimmy Lee Recreation Center in St. Paul. Those in attendance included about 30 newcomers to the Pioneers.

“We saw some interesting players in this group,” Heiser said. “Some of them may be able to help us this season.”

Players who tried out for the first time were invited to return to the Pioneers second tryout, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 19th at Bethel University. Newcomers are asked to pay $20 to try out. Players who finished the 2010 season on the Pioneers roster are not required to pay a fee.

The St. Paul Pioneers are defending champions of the Northern Elite Football League. St. Paul defeated the Fox Valley Force 27-10 in Appleton, Wis. In 2009, the Pioneers won the North American Football League National Championship in a thrilling game in Miami, Fla.
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 Team Tryout Dates Set - Jan 23rd & Feb 19th 

If you listen carefully, you can hear it.
You can hear the drum beat.
The chants.
The cheers.

They exist in your memories, your dreams. Now it is time to realize what you have always wanted to experience, time to recapture the feeling that came with padding up and getting ready to take what was rightfully yours. It’s time to see if you have what it takes to be a member of the championship football team, the St. Paul Pioneers.

Not everyone can earn a place among champions. The Pioneers won a national title in 2009, another league championship in 2010. The Pioneers captured five championships in their first nine years of existence. They expect no less in their 10th season in 2011. The Pioneers are recognized as one of the greatest American amateur men’s football teams of the past decade. But, if you have the ability and the desire and the commitment it takes to play like a champion, the Pioneers want to give you a chance to reawaken those dreams and recapture those memories.

Why would you want to settle for second best, when you can earn a place among the St. Paul Pioneers?

The weak never made the journey, the strong survived and prospered. They were the Pioneers. Note: Cost for each tryout is $20. Players who ended the 2010 on the Pioneers roster will be admitted free. Prospective players should wear workout gear and gym shoes.

First Tryout:
Sunday, January 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Oxford/Jimmy Lee Recreation Center: 270 Lexington Parkway North, St Paul MN 55104 Phone: (651) 642-0650

Second Tryout:

Saturday, February 19, 10 a.m. to noon.

Bethel University Field House: 3900 Bethel Drive, St Paul MN 55112 Phone: 651-638-6565


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 Former Iowa Hawkeye & Rhein Fire D-Tackle Returns 

Former Iowa Hawkeye and Rhein Fire D tackle returns to St. Paul Pioneers

Coaching the Pioneers' defensive line in 2011 is one of the best to ever wear the cardinal and black. Scott Sether, a former Iowa Hawkeye and semi-pro All-America defensive tackle, will work with St. Paul's defensive front. Scott played for the Pioneers in 2003 and 2004, helping St. Paul to two MFL league championships, a 2003 Midwest Regional title and a2003 USFA national runner-up finish.

Scott played in two bowl games as a defensive tackle for the Hawkeyes, then went over to play in NFL Europe for the Rhein Fire. As a player, Scott was nearly un-blockable, using his size, quickness and technique to defeat double-teams. As a coach, Scott will help the Pioneers front line of defense -- already one of the better units in the country -- become even more dominating. Pioneers coaches, players and staff are eager to welcome Scott back to the Pioneers' sideline.

"Scott will be a huge addition to our coaching staff," Head Coach Mark Heiser said. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and even more credibility to our staff. We truly have one of the bext coaching staffs in the nation."

Scott lives in Burnsville with his wife and two children and is active in coaching youth football. He is a former state heavyweight wrestling champion from Winona High School.

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 2011 Schedule Released 

Our 2011 schedule has just been released, please check out it out here.

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Contents

  1. 1 Contents1 2011 Pioneer News1.1   Team Banquet September 25th, 5pm  1.2   Pioneers @ Blaine Titans Youth Football Camp  1.3   Numerous Pioneers Win NEFL Awards  1.4   Pioneers Are NEFL Champions Again  1.5   Pioneers Avenge Lone Regular Season Loss vs Dragons  1.6   Poised Pioneers Win on Road to Kickoff the Postseason  1.7   Pioneers Miss Winning Division by a Kick  1.8   Pioneers Stop Rage  1.9   11 Pioneers Selected as 2011 NEFL All-Stars  1.10   Pioneers Stop Rage  1.11   Pioneers and Mapson Force the Issue, Take Over At End 1.12   Dragons Steal Passes, Hand Pioneers First Loss 1.13   Pioneers Pull out Win, Avoid Getting Crushed 1.14   Ladies Night Out - June 18th 1.15   Pioneers Win Their 4th Game In a Row 1.16   Pioneers on KFAN's Paul Allen Show 1.17   Pioneers Get Their 3rd Win In a Row 1.18   Pioneers Were Featured on Twin Cities Live June 3rd 1.19   Pioneers Defeat the Rough Riders 46-0 1.20   Woodbury Garage Sales Days Fundraiser May 12th-13th 1.21   Pioneer Start the 2011 Season with a Victory 1.22   Burger Moe's Fundraiser May 7th 6-10pm 1.23   2011 Season Preview 1.24   Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Event - April 13th 1.25   Check Out our Featured Players 1.26   Mini Camp Date Change to the 27th 1.27   Volunteering at Second Harvest Heartland March 9th 1.28   Pioneers Team Up To Help Second Harvest Heartland 1.29   Join Our Winning Team! 1.30   Team Meet & Greet Feburary 2nd 7-9pm 1.31   2011 Internships Available 1.32   Pioneers First Tryout a Success 1.33  Team Tryout Dates Set - Jan 23rd & Feb 19th 1.34  Former Iowa Hawkeye & Rhein Fire D-Tackle Returns 1.35  2011 Schedule Released 2011 Pioneer News
    1. 1.1   Team Banquet September 25th, 5pm  
    2. 1.2   Pioneers @ Blaine Titans Youth Football Camp  
    3. 1.3   Numerous Pioneers Win NEFL Awards  
    4. 1.4   Pioneers Are NEFL Champions Again  
    5. 1.5   Pioneers Avenge Lone Regular Season Loss vs Dragons  
    6. 1.6   Poised Pioneers Win on Road to Kickoff the Postseason  
    7. 1.7   Pioneers Miss Winning Division by a Kick  
    8. 1.8   Pioneers Stop Rage  
    9. 1.9   11 Pioneers Selected as 2011 NEFL All-Stars  
    10. 1.10   Pioneers Stop Rage  
    11. 1.11   Pioneers and Mapson Force the Issue, Take Over At End 
    12. 1.12   Dragons Steal Passes, Hand Pioneers First Loss 
    13. 1.13   Pioneers Pull out Win, Avoid Getting Crushed 
    14. 1.14   Ladies Night Out - June 18th 
    15. 1.15   Pioneers Win Their 4th Game In a Row 
    16. 1.16   Pioneers on KFAN's Paul Allen Show 
    17. 1.17   Pioneers Get Their 3rd Win In a Row 
    18. 1.18   Pioneers Were Featured on Twin Cities Live June 3rd 
    19. 1.19   Pioneers Defeat the Rough Riders 46-0 
    20. 1.20   Woodbury Garage Sales Days Fundraiser May 12th-13th 
    21. 1.21   Pioneer Start the 2011 Season with a Victory 
    22. 1.22   Burger Moe's Fundraiser May 7th 6-10pm 
    23. 1.23   2011 Season Preview 
    24. 1.24   Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Event - April 13th 
    25. 1.25   Check Out our Featured Players 
    26. 1.26   Mini Camp Date Change to the 27th 
    27. 1.27   Volunteering at Second Harvest Heartland March 9th 
    28. 1.28   Pioneers Team Up To Help Second Harvest Heartland 
    29. 1.29   Join Our Winning Team! 
    30. 1.30   Team Meet & Greet Feburary 2nd 7-9pm 
    31. 1.31   2011 Internships Available 
    32. 1.32   Pioneers First Tryout a Success 
    33. 1.33  Team Tryout Dates Set - Jan 23rd & Feb 19th 
    34. 1.34  Former Iowa Hawkeye & Rhein Fire D-Tackle Returns 
    35. 1.35  2011 Schedule Released