Congratulations to Notre Dame freshman and Marist graduate Jack Brannigan on being named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper! Jack was one of the all time greats to ever wear a Pioneer uniform, ending his career undefeated as a Pioneer. Jack as a two-way starter led his teams to consecutive SWMFL Championships in 2013 and 2014.
Dear River Valley Youth Tackle Football League Family:
We hope that you are safe and healthy as we fight COVID-19 as a community and a country.
The River Valley Youth Tackle Football League Board of Directors are continuing to monitor and follow the advice of the CDC and public health authorities. As a board we are committed to our athletes, our League, and the 2020 season. We have been meeting virtually every two weeks, and regularly communicating with USA Football and our equipment suppliers such as Riddell.
Your child’s health and safety are our No. 1 priority – we will closely monitor the situation and let you know if we update our schedule based on recommendations from the public health authorities. We do not have any changes to our timeline currently.
As circumstances allow, we are still preparing for the season. When our coaches find the time in these unique circumstances, they have the opportunity to take USA Football’s national accredited coach certification to ensure a great football experience for our kids. We also encourage our athletes to stay active and continue their e-learning.
Please stay tuned for future updates and visit us online at rivervalleyfootball.com and on Facebook.
On behalf of the entire River Valley Youth Tackle Football League, be safe and stay healthy.
Chris Stefanos, President Henry Malinowski, Board Member
Brian Bain, 1st Vice President Paul Massat, Board Member
Marty Dykas, 2nd Vice President Diego Ortegon, Board Member
Dan Hagan, Treasurer Dan Palmer, Board Member
Jenny Czerwonka, Secretary Tim Poynton, Board Member
Sean Bacon, Board Member Greg Ristich, Board Member
Chad Barger, Board Member Steve Rosner, Board Member
Carlton Gordon, Jr., Board Member Paul Tholl, Board Member
Don Largen, Board Member Mike Wellner, Board Member
Congratulations to Pioneer legendary QB Hayden MIkesell who will be playing football for the Western Michigan Broncos next fall. During his youth playing days Hayden was a Pioneer Award Winner having won 39 games in a row and back to back Championships. Hayden also led the 2015 Pioneer team that was our first to win a National Youth Football Championship in Daytona FL defeating the Wichita KS Aztecs 24-13. Hayden led the Marist RedHawks this past season to the 8A semis where they lost to eventual Champion LWE HS. We wish Hayden the best of luck next season!
Congratulations to former Pioneer Captain and Marist Redhawk middle linebacker Colin Bohanek on signing his National Letter of Intent today to play football at Eastern Illinois University. We wish Colin the best of luck at EIU!
Congratulations to our 2019 Pioneer LW Cheer team for winning 1st Place at the IRCA State Championship! Our Varsity, Junior Varsity, and SLW Cheerleaders all took home 2nd place! Congrats to the girls and their outstanding coaches for their hardwork and dedication!
Thank you to our 2018 Pioneer Families on a great year end banquet as well as we say farewell to our President John Stefanos and Athletic Director Mark Mikesell. Thank you for so many years of leadership, volunteering and guiding our program to achive our goals in football and cheerleading. Pioneer Alumni returned for this special event to say farewell. It was great to have them all there.
03 Dec, 2018
A Best Friend Partnership On and Off the Field
By Pat Z. McGavin
Only connect, the writer E.M. Forster famously asserted. Those connections take different forms and shapes, at once random and peculiar and yet somehow always of a piece. About three hundred miles separate the hometowns of John Stefanos and Mark Mikesell. Their lives and careers became entwined through a curious blend of fate, circumstance and chance. Together the two have achieved considerable achievement and recognition...Read More
Jadon Thompson former Pioneer and Marist sophomore starting on Varsity for the undefeated RedHawks has been selected to the 2018 National Combine by the US Army All-American Bowl selection committee! Congratulations!
Former Chicago Bear and current University of Illinois head coach Lovie Smith and his staff stop by to visit former Orland Park Pioneer and current Marist Redhawk linebacker Micah Awodiran. Also pictured are Micah's parents and Marist head football Coach Pat Dunne. Micah has recently received his 28th Division 1 scholarship offer
We would like to congratulate former Orland Park Pioneer and current starting right tackle of the AFC Champion Denver Broncos #79 Michael Schofield on his trip to Super Bowl 50. We wish Michael the best of luck as he prepares for the big game. Michael graduated from Sandburg High School and played for the Michigan Wolverines before being drafted in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.