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Beast lose after long bus ride

03/31/01 Staff report NEWS STAR
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Hopefully the Bayou Beast don’t believe in omens.
The Beast’s inaugural game in the National Indoor Football League didn’t exactly start with a bang. More>>

Diesel dance team gets ready for action

03/31/01 AMY SCHWEITZER Hub Staff Writer
KEARNEY — The Tri-City Diesel isn't the only team that will be taking the field for the first time at the Tri-City Arena. More>>

Quarterback Bryant leader of the pack

03/31/01 Jeff Easton, Journal Sports Writer
RAPID CITY — A fire's been burning in Terrance Bryant's stomach for nearly nine months now. More>>

Red Dogs ready to be unleashed

03/31/01 By Jeff Easton, Journal Sports Writer
RAPID CITY — Can a tiger change its stripes? Area indoor football fans are about to find out whether that's the case with the Rapid City Red Dogs. More>>

Early Weeks are Critical For Rangers

03/31/01 Jeff Matthews Staff reporter The Town Talk
Jim Goodman has been busy these days in his role as head coach of the Louisiana Rangers, what with practicing and preparing for a team he's never seen before. More>>

New-Look Rangers  Team Spruces Up Image, Facilities
in Second Year

03/31/01 Jeff Matthews Staff reporter The Town Talk
The Louisiana Rangers will take the field tonight for the first time this season, and regardless of how the team performs, one thing is for sure. More>>

Building Red Dogs with a bite

03/30/01 Jeff Easton, Journal Sports Writer
RAPID CITY — Learn from your past, or it is bound to repeat itself. More>>

Johnstown’s J-Dogs home opener Friday, March 30 vs. Monroe, LA

Johnstown, PA –
The Johnstown J-Dogs and head coach Frank Krevetski will open their season this Friday, March 30 versus the Monroe La, Bayou Beast.  The game will kickoff at 7:00 pm at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.  Tickets go on sale beginning at 10 am both Thursday and Friday. Full story>>

Fire Ants Introduce Coaching Staff

TUPELO, MS--- With the 2001 National Indoor Football League season underway, the Tupelo Fire Ants are making headway in training camp both on and off the turf. With Head Coach Bill McWhorter at the helm, he has assembled a key group of individuals to help lead the Fire Ants through a successful inaugural season in the NIFL. Full story>>

Fans enjoy a different brand of football

03/29/01 photo by Drew Fleming Story by Tim Trower Medford Mail Tribune
It was a night of firsts, and you probably already know about some of them. More>>

Vanderwegen just misses being the hero

03/29/01 By Kris Henry Medford Mail Tribune

CENTRAL POINT — Eric Vanderwegen’s dream moment turned into a nightmare within a matter of seconds Wednesday night in the inaugural game of the National Indoor Football League. More>>

Diesel's first foe playoff veteran

KEARNEY — The Tri-City Diesel of the National Indoor Football League faces a baptism by fire in its inaugural game with the Wyoming Cavalry. More>>

Rangers Defense A Hit

03/29/01 Jeff Matthews Staff reporter The Town Talk
If there are two words that the Louisiana Rangers hope personify their defense, they are fast and physical. More>>

Fans enjoy Locos’ crunch time

03/28/01 DAVID WALSH - The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON -- The sights and sounds on the field proved to be a hit with the fans in the stands. More>>

Locos may have a fighting chance where others have bombed

03/28/01 Ernie Salvatore Herald-Dispatch
At last, after a history of red ink, political squabbling and bum managing -- much coming in recent years -- the Big Red Barn appears to have found a niche for itself in Our Town’s sporting life...... More>>

Humble hound RB Coleman glad he's member of J-Dogs

SOMERSET - Of the 13 new names gracing the indoor football scene in Johnstown, none is more recognizable than LaMonte Coleman. More>>

Potentially Potent Rangers Hope They Won't Need Coach to Play QB

03/28/01 Jeff Matthews Staff reporter The Town Talk
Louisiana Rangers head coach Jim Goodman turns 45 Thursday. Two days later, he could be playing professional football again. More>>

Bayou Beast close in on NIFL opener

03-27-01 HILLARY SMITH The News Star
The Bayou Beast cut the roster to 30 players Monday, with only a week to practice before the first game of their inaugural season in the National Indoor Football League. More>>

Heat Shockwave and NIFL dominate Tuesday edition of Medford Mail Tribune Sports.

  • The Heat Is On
    Index of following stories More>>

  • For Wells, this is a dream come true
    Kevin Wells, the president of the Southern Oregon Heat indoor pro football team, is only one restless night away from realizing his dream. "Whew, we made it," he says. Full story>>

  • SOU, area players spark Heat roster
    The concern Eric Vanderwegen has as quarterback of the Southern Oregon Heat really isn’t much of a concern at all. "The biggest problem I’m going to have is figuring out which weapons to utilize..." 
    Full story>>

  • Shockwave promises 'Civil War' 
    Southern Oregon doesn’t have to look far for a natural rival as it embarks on its first National Indoor Football League season. The Heat is one of two NIFL teams in the Northwest. The other is the Washington Shockwave out of Yakima Full story>>

LocoMotives will scrimmage today

03/27/01 The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON -- For anyone who has questions about the National Indoor Football League, tonight’s the night to get answers. More>>

Ex-Bolton Star White Rediscovers Lost Love

03/25/01 Jeff Matthews Staff reporter The Alexandria Daily Town Talk
A first love is never forgotten, but how many people are fortunate enough to find it again after years of separation? Darell White is. More>>

LocoMotives try out new turf during first indoor practice

03/24/01 GEORGE PORTER The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON -- The River Cities LocoMotives and its official roster of thirty-or-so players finally got their first taste of actual indoor turf-play in the Huntington Civic Arena on Friday evening. More>>

Rangers Fan Night Big Success

03/23/01 Louisiana Rangers Staff Article Alexandria, LA
The Louisiana Rangers hosted a "Fan Night - Pick Your Seat" Friday night, before the start of the season next week. It was a big success as over 250 fans came to the Coliseum More>>

Storm lineup taking shape during opening workouts

03/23/01 ADAM THALER Argus Leader
With still 15 days left until the Sioux Falls Storm begins its indoor football season, Coach Mike Aldrich says he could field a team today with confidence. More>>

LocoMotives ready to practice on Arena turf

03/23/01 DAVID WALSH - The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON -- The River Cities LocoMotives have an official roster and tonight the players get to work out for the first time on the new artificial turf at the Huntington Civic Arena. More>>

NIFL Executive Committee makes final decision on  San Francisco based team

03/22/01 The San Francisco area Bay Bandits membership in the National Indoor Football League has been revoked by the leagues Executive Committee. Although many factors went into this decision, an inability to meet the qualifications placed on all NIFL teams were not met. Every opportunity was given the Bandits management before this action was taken.

New schedules will be posted as soon as they receive final ownership approval, which should be later today or tomorrow at the latest.

Bedfords' Caro Happy to be Back

Dan Caro was one Johnstown Jackal who wasn’t ready to give up football. More>>

Land Sharks place Two on IR

03/21/01 The Lake Charles Land Sharks have placed two players on the Injured Reserve List More>>

J-Dogs get ready for indoor season

Some of the novelty of indoor football in Johnstown may have worn off after one season, but the J-Dogs are hoping to give their fans a much different reason to fill the seats at Cambria More>>

Beast coach ready to play

03-01-21 CHUCK CANNON The News Star
Bayou Beast coach Don Shows has his coaching staff set and is looking forward to the team’s first game against Jamestown, Penn., next week. More>>

Rangers coach pleased with opener looming

03/21/01 Jeff Matthews Staff reporter The Town Talk
Louisiana Rangers coach Jim Goodman waited nearly two months to see his team don pads and go through a full-contact practice. More>>

Land Sharks Release Roster 3/19/2001 

03/19/01 The Lake Charles Land Sharks have announced their 28-man training camp roster for the upcoming National Indoor Football league Season. Full story>>

LocoMotives have first training camp

03/19/01 DAVID WALSH The Herald-Dispatch RUSSELL, Ky.
If Greg Ramey and James Branch are moving kind of slow today, it’s understandable.
Sunday, the two members of the River Cities LocoMotives football team went through a 3 1/2-hour workout in full pads at a practice field More>>

Firedogs release training camp roster and schedule

03/13/01 The Mississippi Fire Dogs of the NIFL, in conjunction with Budweiser, your king of beers, Sports Medicine Specialists of Mississippi and the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center have announced the teams training camp roster. Full story>>

Rangers begin practice on new turf in coliseum on Monday

03/17/2001 - Alexandria, LA Louisiana Rangers Staff Article.
The Louisiana Rangers will begin practice on their NEW turf on Monday evening, March 19th starting at 7:00 PM. Fans are welcome to come out and watch as the players and coaches start preparing to meet the Huntington, WV "Locomotives". More>>

J-Dogs Open Camp

The Johnstown J-Dogs will open their National Indoor Football League training camp tonight at Laurel Highlands Exposition Center in Somerset. Full story>>

LocoMotives get ready for camp

03/15/01The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON
The River Cities LocoMotives went through a practice Wednesday night at Veterans Memorial Field House.
The team will have a scrimmage on March 27 at the Huntington Civic Arena. Kickoff will be 7 p.m. The LocoMotives will open the season March 31 at Alexandria, La. More>>

4 more for Red Dogs

03/13/01 The Rapid City franchise of the NIFL announced the signing today of four player expected to help the Red Dog to the Central Division title and NIFL championship. Full story>>

Fire Dogs add to 2001 roster

03/13/01 The Mississippi Fir Dogs have released their 2001 roster. 12 new players look to help secure aa second league title in as many years. More>>

Fire Dogs take look at prospects

Mississippi Fire Dogs coach Irvin Favre wanted to get a good, long look at the prospects who were trying out for the indoor football team. More>>

Rangers Begin Season at Rapides Coliseum

03/12/01 The Louisiana Rangers will "Kick Off" their 2001 Season opener at home on Saturday, March 31 against the Huntington, WV Locomotives in the Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria. More>>

IFL: Outlaws’ roster taking shape

03/10/01 JOE KUSEK Of The Gazette Staff
With the first game rapidly approaching, Mitch Donahue is slowly putting together a roster. More>>

Former Fire Dog John Fourcade aims to guide Seagulls to NIFL title

03/11/01 WAYNE D. ROWE Sports Reporter
He is 40 now but still walks and talks with the swagger that made him a hero at Ole Miss many years ago. More>>

Suess steps down as Shockwave partner

03/07/01 Dick Suess, founder of the Washington Shockwave, has sold his interest in the team to two local investors, one of which is Larry Jobe, the current head coach. Full story>>

Seagulls sign 10 players

03/08/01 The Mobile Seagulls will hold a press conference at Hooters on Airport Boulevard today to announce the signing of 10 players. More>>

Fire Dogs set final tryout

Seven more players have been signed to play with the Mississippi Fire Dogs this season, the team announced Monday, with more expected this week. More>>

Bandits sign Davis, Green, Remm and Coke

03/05/01 The Bandits have signed four more to the roster. Jerry Davis, Gary Green, Nick Remm, and Lemonte Coke are the newest members of the Bandits. Full story>>

Tupelo Names 20-Year football veteran as head coach

03/05/01 The Tupelo Professional Indoor Football team, set to kick off this season in the National Indoor Football League announced today the naming of Bill McWhorter as Head Coach. Full story>>

KOTA to broadcast Red Dogs games 03/04/01 More>>

Former Steel Valley Smash WR moves to AFL

03/04/01 James Adderley (Bethune Cookman) 6'2, 205
James a former New York Jet has signed a contract with the Carolina Cobra's

Rangers start to season with extended homestand

03/04/01 Jeff Matthews Staff reporter Alexandria Daily Town Talk
The Louisiana Rangers should have plenty of time to get used to the Rapides Coliseum, as they open the 2001 season with five straight home games. More>>

LocoMotives’ roster close to completion

03/04/01 The Herald-Dispatch HURRICANE, W.Va.
The first River Cites LocoMotives football team is closer to taking shape. More>>

Hounds To Broadcast Games on the Net

03/03/01 Thanks to the support of First Internet Services, Quintel Web, and you will be able to watch all of the 2001 Ohio Valley Greyhounds games on the internet. Log in to for all the action More>>

Bayou Beast still coach-less

03/03/01 The News Star Monroe’s new indoor football team will have to wait a little longer to get its new coach and take a look at the potential players. More>>

Tupelo team takes to the field in April

03/02/01 Mark Beason  Daily Journal In just six weeks Tupelo's latest professional sports team will be hitting the field. More>>

Fire Dogs sign Doyle, Spencer

03/01/01 The Mississippi Fire Dogs of the National Indoor Football League (NIFL) announced the signing of linebacker Bobby Doyle, defensive end Derrick Caggins, defensive back/linebacker Jarvis Spencer and kicker Jim Terry. More>>

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