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Thousands gather for annual youth football jamboree

Steve Puterski
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Steve Puterski / Lahontan Valley NewsA Truckee running back carries the ball against Spanish Springs during Saturdayand#8217;s Sierra Youth Football League Experience in Fallon.

FALLON, Nev. and#8212; They came by the carloads.

From Bishop to Truckee to Lassen and across Northern Nevada, thousands of Sierra Youth Football League players descended on Fallon on Saturday for the SYFL Experience at Churchill County High School.

The jamboree is the official kickoff for the leagueand#8217;s season as players weigh in and engage in a scrimmage before the regular season commences Aug. 25. The league acts as a feeder system for 18 high schools in Northern Nevada and California, has cheerleading squads and boasts more than 2,200 players and cheerleaders.

SYFL Commissioner Neal Mulligan said the event was a success and the only issue battling those in attendance was the heat. No complaints or issues regarding the high temperatures were reported.

and#8220;I thought it was very successful,and#8221; Mulligan said. and#8220;I donand#8217;t know how many people were there. Itand#8217;s got to be upwards of 10,000 people, just a rotating mass of people.and#8221;

In its third year of hosting the event, the city of Fallon has its sights set on extending the agreement with the league for another two years. Mulligan said Fallon provides a great venue and said the two-year contract is up for discussion after a new Board of Directors is elected in November.

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He said the league only signs off on one- or two-year deals as not to hamstring an incoming board with deals they may not support. Nevertheless, Mulligan said the league is pleased with Fallonand#8217;s performance and commitment the past three years.

and#8220;There is a high probability that will happen,and#8221; Mulligan said of renewing the contract. and#8220;They (city of Fallon) are going to propose to us again. As far as facilites, and kid volunteers … there is no part about it I think they did wrong.and#8221;

Rick Gray, the executive director of the Fallon Convention and Tourism Authority, said he received numerous compliments about this yearand#8217;s jamboree. Gray, along with the city of Fallon and the Fallon Public Works Department, organize the event and he said it was the best SYFL Experience to date.

and#8220;I thought it went really well,and#8221; Gray added. and#8220;We had so few issues on Saturday. We worked out a lot of the bugs. I thought the weigh-ins were efficient and the scrimmages went well. I thought Fallon put its best foot forward.and#8221;

Visitors and volunteers, though, were prepared for the raging temperatures as hundreds of parents brought ice coolers, water and tents to battle the weather. The event also provided numerous drink stations and two massive shaded tents for individuals to cool down.

Gray said the grass throughout the CCHS scrimmage fields aided in cooler temperatures as previous host sites featured artificial turf, which increases the heat on field level.

and#8220;… The visitors I spoke with … appreciated the grass,and#8221; he said. and#8220;We had cooling stations, misters and added shade. The visitors were really appreciative of that.and#8221;

The future of the SYFL Experience with Fallon will be determined in the winter when the SYFL elects its new Board of Directors. Mulligan said the city has left a positive impression and wouldnand#8217;t be surprised if the league agreed to a new contract.

Gray echoed those sentiments and according to previous reports, the city does not charge the SYFL for use of the facilities.

Rodney Hoadley of Reno, who watched his son participate in his first SYFL Experience for the Reno Renegades said the event ran smooth and has no issue with returning next year, if the SYFL board inks a new agreement.

and#8220;Parking is accessible and you donand#8217;t have to walk a mile,and#8221; he said. and#8220;Itand#8217;s a little over an hour, but weand#8217;re good. I like the wide open. Last year we did one … it was pretty much a lot of dirt.and#8221;