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Season ends for flag football league

Thursday, October 4, 2001

The Church of Christ in Alta held the championship game for its fourth through sixth grade flag football league Monday night, and will conclude its season with a "Fun Night" tonight on the church grounds.

The league, founded 11 years ago, has 48 kids enrolled this year, and Diane Sliefert, a volunteer with the program, said it was a good event for the children to be involved in.

"There's been a great turnout every year I've been here, and every player must play at least half the game, so it gets everyone involved," Sliefert said. "There's been a lot of support for this from the community."

The season, which started Sept. 10, lasted five weeks, and is open to all families, including those not living in Alta.

Last year a team from Cherokee played in the league, and kids from Storm Lake and Aurelia have also participated in the past.

Volunteer coaches instruct the players on fundamentals, and the adults also referee the games, teaching the children the benefits of fair play and honesty.

Sliefert said the league has been blessed with good coaches.

"We've been real fortunate to have the coaches we have," Sliefert said. "They're all good people, and they're also very good with the kids."

In addition to the football, players have supper and a devotion time after the games, and Sliefert said the reasons for starting the league involved both recreation and religion.

"It's fun for all of the kids to play, and you should have fun when you're playing," Sliefert said. "It's also an outreach program for the kids, especially those who don't have a church home right now."

There will be a postseason banquet for players and families of the four teams on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 5:30 p.m. at the Church of Christ.

Pictures of all four teams are on page 10A.



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