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M-A Vikings reach Pop Warner semifinals

Original post made on Nov 9, 2012

The Menlo Atherton Vikings, the local Pop Warner football organization, hosted the first round of the Peninsula Pop Warner (Division 1) playoffs at Menlo-Atherton High School on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 9, 2012, 11:24 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by Voicing what everyone else is thinking but won't say
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Why is there always so much coverage about Pop Warner Football and relatively so little coverage about all the other high school and college sports. No one cares about Pop Warner other than those participating in it!! Obviously the Pop Warner people are tied in close with the Weekly/Almanac and do a great job of submitting articles...but enough is enough. It is only Pop Warner, a club sport. NO ONE CARES!! It is NOT newsworthy -- especially not to the extent you cover it. Local High School Sports are MUCH more newsworthy. Please spend more time covering those rather than writing stories about your buddies on Pop Warner.

Posted by Vikings fan
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on Nov 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

What a big weekend for the Vikings!

Good luck to the Viking PeeWee team and the Viking Junior Midget team!

Posted by Bob W
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm

@Voicing what everyone else...

Sorry you're so disappointed in the occasional coverage of youth football in the Almanac. Please allow me to correct a couple points:

- ...always so much coverage? We play a nine game season and have only posted a few articles. As we are currently in the playoffs, as time permits, I or another volunteer will hopefully submit timely information to keep MA Pop Warner fans and alumni informed on our player's progress and the exciting quest for a championship.

- ...Pop Warner people are tied in close with the Weekly/Almanac? No. Never met them or communicated in any way other than submitting the occasional article. However, we are very appreciative of the ease of reporting that the Almanac allows through it's website. Type it up and click!

- Local High School Sports are MUCH more newsworthy? Of course! However, youth sports can also excite a local community as well. Perhaps you followed the progress of the Petaluma team this fall as they chased a national title in the Little League World Series. I, along with many others who are not parents of team members, enjoyed the coverage of the team in the regional papers as well as local TV reports.

Perhaps you would like to submit articles covering your interest in Local High School Sports so that the rest of us can share in your excitement.

In the meantime, two MA Pop Warner teams chase a Peninsula Championship in the upcoming weeks, as noted above. The Peninsula Pop Warner champion team earns the opportunity to compete for a national title at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

Peninsula Pop Warner Little Scholars is comprised of 35 non-profit associations, run entirely by volunteers for the benefit of the 7,000 youth cheer and football participants and our community. These clubs play the game at a very high level and are known as national contenders, having competed frequently at the Pop Warner Super Bowl. Just last year, the MA Viking PeeWee team and the Redwood City Jr PeeWee team earned the opportunity to participate in the PW Super Bowl.

It was an experience the players will never forget, much as the Petaluma team will never forget their experience or a high school athlete pursuing a state championship.

Pop Warner teaches players a love for the great game of football. Come on by and watch a game!

Posted by Mike
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Nov 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

@ Voice

How could you be tired of hearing about young kids doing something positive in the community? Would you rather here about the kids getting into trouble or losing their lives over petty acts of pride? This is what local reporters usually cover when they are covering this age group.

Hat's off to the Almanac for their coverage of the local Pop Warner program that doesn't get much coverage!

I agree with you, the coverage shouldn't stop at the Pop Warner level. We should continue to cover the positive aspects of the youth in the community through High School, including high school sports.

Posted by Joe
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Nov 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Truth hurts why was my post taken down ? I watched the game seems like with all the national coverage he was trying to make his son look good. Sad politics in Pop Warner I guess

Posted by old coach
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Nov 10, 2012 at 9:44 am

A lot of youth games feature QB's that run. I was out of the program by then, but I recall that game. If I recall correctly, that team had three QB's, they all ran some. twenty keepers, though? Not as I recall, a silly exaggeration.

Personally, when I constructed youth offenses, I used the QB as a running threat far more than passing threat, at least until they get to be 13 or 14. Why have a talented kid just hand off the ball to another talented kid? Have the back lead for the first kid, along with mixing up your plays, of course.

Seems like some bitter feelings in a couple of these messages -- one wonders if they are from parents that were dissatisfied with reliving their old glory through their child?

Posted by Kelly Feick
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I enjoyed reading the article with all of its color- I love great competition in any sport! Kudos to the coaches who give their time and volunteers who submit articles.It's got to be fun for the team to see the success of their efforts captured in print.

Posted by Nice work!
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Nov 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm

The article is well written and local youth news is GREAT to include in our local paper. It is doubly impressive this program volunteer run. I am hopeful that many youth are being positively influenced by the coaching and mentorship a youth sports organization provides. Mr. Williams, congratulations on the program and thank you for your grace in the reply to the first commenter.

I normally do not comment on articles, but I'm shocked and saddened by that first comment. I would suggest to that reader to simply skip around the news and only take time to read articles you think you have an interest in rather than bash a good local story.

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