North Tahoe Rams host action-packed games against Reno

Special to the Bonanza

The North Tahoe Rams cheerleaders.
Courtesy Jessica Nolan-Bowers |

The North Tahoe Rams had a big day Saturday against Reno’s Junior Pee Wee and Junior Midget teams. 

Favored by many to win it all this year, Reno’s Junior Midget head coach Jim Primka commented, “You earned that score…” when seventh-year Ram “utility player” Micheal Hartman not only recorded his first start at quarterback, but threw his first career touchdown pass, a 46-yard bomb to Thomas Mercogliano of Tahoma. 

While the Junior Midget Rams went down 30-6, Reno assistant coach Gary Archie reacted to the Rams score: “I heard the crowd and looked up and thought, what the heck just happened?”

The Reno-North Tahoe friendly rivalry has resulted in a tradition of Reno teams coming up the hill for the Rams’ home openers.

The early game featured an exciting start that never ended when the Jr. Pee Wee Rams took the opening kickoff and turned it into a first-possession score on a clock-consuming drive. 

Head Coach Kurt Frankenberg spread it around with running backs taking turns taking apart the Reno defense behind the strong blocking of a well-coached line. 

Trading scores throughout the game, the Ram Junior Pee Wees fired a shot heard round the league despite coming up short, 25-20. 

“This is the first time we’ve ever had more than 19 kids on a team,” Rams Association President Scott Wilderman commented on the game and the day. “The Junior Pee Wees have a loaded roster of 28 and their coaches will tell you what a huge advantage that level of participation creates on the field and the sidelines and throughout the North Tahoe Rams organization. 

“Not only are we contending with the best teams in the league, we are creating a terrific experience for participating families on both sides of the field. Families stayed around to help their sibling team, the Junior Midgets, and really put out a huge effort to make the North Tahoe experience unparalleled around the league.” 

Said Rams Treasurer/Fundraising Director and Junior Pee Wee Team Manager Julie George: “We all owe the senior Junior Midget team players, coaches and volunteers a great debt of gratitude for positioning the Junior Pee Wees for success this season, and if we all do our job to repay that debt, the Junior Pee Wees will go on to contend on the field and provide everyone associated with the Rams a great 2013 season.”

Wilderman added that Rams Cheer Coordinator Heather Baker sang a soulful renditions of the National Anthem before each game.

The Rams are both at home again this weekend at North Tahoe High School at 12 p.m. (Junior Pee Wees) and 2 p.m. (Junior Midgets) to take on Carson City. For more information about the Rams and to find full season schedule, go to

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