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Former owner hopes Seagulls stay in Mobile 

05/16/01 WAYNE D. ROWE Mobile Register
The Mobile Seagulls of the National Indoor Football League have been sold to a Birmingham businessman, the team's former owner said Tuesday night. More>>

Fire Ants weekly update

05/14/01 Fire Ants press release
Huntington game highlights, players of the week, tickets online information and more Ants news More>>

Locos turn to defense, King to end losing skid

05/14/01 David Walsh The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON -- The statistics for two individuals help explain how the River Cities LocoMotives beat the Tupelo Fire Ants, 33-20, Saturday night to end their five-game National Indoor Football League losing streak. More>>

Locos’ skid finally ends

05/13/01 David Walsh The Herald-Dispatch
Solid defensive play against Tupelo helps propel River Cities to first-ever victory More>>

Fire Dogs bomb Bayou Beasts

05/13/01 Sun Herald 
MONROE, La. - The Mississippi Fire Dogs remained in the chase for first place in the National Indoor Football League with a 41-6 road win over Monroe Saturday night. More>>

Beast can’t put out Fire again

05/13/01 Hillary Smith News Star
When the running game wasn’t working and the passing game wasn’t working and special teams could use some help, the only thing that kept the Bayou Beast in Saturday’s game against Mississippi was the defense. More>>

Seagulls bounce back by knocking off LandSharks

05/13/01 WAYNE D. ROWE Mobile Register 
Redemption was what the Mobile Seagulls were looking for Saturday night against the Lake Charles LandSharks - and they got it. More>>

Storm takes stumble 

05/13/01 Adam Thaler Argus Leader
They talked trash before the game and after the game. In between, the Sioux City Bandits did just enough to back up their talk. More>>

Locos Win Over Fire Ants, 33-20

05/12/01 Fire Ants press release
TUPELO, MS-The Tupelo Fire Ants lost to the River Cities Locomotives, 33-20, Saturday night in Huntington, WV. More>>

Cavalry Rounds Up Shockwave Offense 

CASPER, Wyo. -- So much for the sequel.
A week after playing its best game of the season in the debut of coach Ron Lyell, the Yakima Shockwave would probably rather forget the follow-up. More>>

Cunningham, Locos keep the faith 

05/12/01 DAVID WALSH - The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON -- So, Melvin Cunningham, the hometown team is 0-5. Would you buy a ticket to the next home game? More>>

Beast add 4 to team roster

05-12-01 Hillary Smith News Star
This is becoming a habit with the Bayou Beast: another week, another new batch of players. More>>

Rangers bitten by J-Dogs, 69-34

05/12/01 Town Talk sports services
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - The Louisiana Rangers started and ended Friday's NIFL contest in symmetrical fashion. More>>

Tri-City rallies past Outlaws

05/12/01 Billings Gazette Staff
KEARNEY, Neb. — The Tri-City Diesel scored nine points in the final 26 seconds of the game to rally past the Billings Outlaws, 50-43, Friday night. More>>

Game has additional meaning for rivals

05/12/01 ADAM THALER Argus Leader
Storm coach Mike Aldrich spent all week telling his team that tonight is just another football game. More>>

Tri-City Diesel outlasts Outlaws, 50-43

05/12/01 Paul Freelend The Independant
KEARNEY -- Tri-City Diesel kicker Jeremy Jensen, returning to the site of a missed extra point that cost his team a win more than a month ago, exorcised some personal demons and came up with two key plays in the last minute to give the Diesel a 50-43 win over the Billings Outlaws Friday. More>>

Vercher out, Domec back in

05/11/01 LandSharks press release
The Lake Charles LandSharks will be without quarterback Earl Vercher when they take on Mobile Saturday night, after a turf toe injury suffered last week did not heal. With Vercher out of action, Lance Domec will be in uniform for the game. More>>

Hounds hand Heat fifth loss

05/11/01  KRIS HENRY Medford Mail Tribune
CENTRAL POINT - Southern Oregon's new wrinkles made things interesting Thursday night at the Inferno. More>>

Rangers’ Goodman coach on, off field

As far as coaches in the National Indoor Football League go, Jim Goodman, at 45, isn’t too old. More>>

Utah Edged by Rapid City

05/11/01 Salt Lake Tribune 
Playing under a new name proved unlucky Thursday night for the National Indoor Football League team formerly known as the Utah Express. More>>

Rangers hit the road

05/11/01 Jeff Matthews Staff reporter Alexandria Town Talk
The Louisiana Rangers are ready to atone for last week's embarrassing loss to in-state rival Lake Charles. More>>

Bandits sign three ex-Attack standouts 

05/11/01 Terry Hersom, Sioux City Journal 
The wheels of change continue to spin for the Sioux City Bandits indoor football team. More>>

Upbeat Shockwave Hits the Road 

Buoyed by its best performance of the season in the most tumultuous of weeks, the Yakima Shockwave hits the road tonight for the first of two consecutive games away from the SunDome. More>>

Locos return for three-game homestand

05/11/01 DAVID WALSH - The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON -- Jayson Grayson would like to put the shovel away for a week. More>>

LandSharks Prepare for Seagulls

0 5/10/2001 Landsharks staff article
The Lake Charles LandSharks are preparing for the final game of their five-game road trip to open the 2001 National Indoor football League. They take on the Mobile Seagulls Saturday night hoping to stretch their winning streak to five. More>>

Greyhounds refuse to lose

05/11/01 Greyhounds staff article
"This win is big for us we played so hard and refused to lose." commented Hounds Head Coach Wilkie Perez. More>>

Bye week has Diesel ready for action

05/10/01 JASON LUTH Hub Sports Writer
KEARNEY — With a week of rest and recuperation under its belt, the Tri-City Diesel of the National Indoor Football League is ready to get back to work. More>>

J-Dogs LB Caro Expects Success

This season has been everything Dan Caro imagined indoor football could be in Johnstown. More>>

Heat hopes home edge pays off

05/10/01 Kris Henry Medford Mail Tribune
For a change, the Southern Oregon Heat will catch a break tonight when it takes on the Ohio Valley Greyhounds in a non-conference National Indoor Football League tilt. More>>

Seagulls have sights set on Southern Division title 

05/10/01 WAYNE D. ROWE Mobile Register
The Mobile Seagulls are trying to forget about their 76-13 thrashing by the Ohio Greyhounds and focus on Saturday night's home game against the Lake Charles LandSharks for first-place in the National Indoor Football League's Southern Division. More>>

Red Dogs host Express for war 

05/10/01 Jeff Easton Rapid City Journal
RAPID CITY — This National Indoor Football League game is sizing up to be an all-out war. More>>

Cavalry hands ball back to Fuentes

05/08/01 WILLY ZIMMER Star-Tribune
CST - The Wyoming Cavalry is in the toughest division in the National Indoor Football League. With the team's playoff prospects in jeopardy after two straight losses to divisional opponents, the Cavalry front office looked to the past to arrest that slide. More>>

Greyhounds travel West

05/08/01 Don Clegg Sports Editor News- Register
WHEELING, W.Va. - The Ohio Valley Greyhounds set a franchise record when they hung 76 points on the board against Mobile last week but head coach Wilkie Perez won't have quite as much firepower at his disposal this week. More>>

Fire Ants weekly update

05/07/01 Fire Ants press release
Bayou Beast game highlights, players of the week, dance team information and more Ants news More>>

Jobe can turn the Heat’s fortunes around

05/07/01 Kris Henry Medford Mail Tribune
Forget professional wrestling or the XFL, the National Indoor Football League has replaced all challengers for the title of best soap opera in sports. More>>

Wells to file complaint against Yakima

Fallout from last Friday's Southern Oregon-Yakima indoor football game won't be fully felt for another week thanks to pending action by both teams. More>>

J-Dogs Knock Locos' Off Track

It’s not just about rebounding from a loss, but how high you bounce back.
Judging by the Johnstown J-Dogs’ 51-8 blowout victory over the River Cities Locomotives on Saturday at Cambria County War Memorial Arena, last week’s first loss of the season is a distant memory. More>>

Hounds are for Real

05/06/01 Gregg Montgomery Times Leader
One thing is for sure when it comes to the National Indoor Football League, the Ohio Valley Greyhounds are for real. More>>

Hounds Send Fourcade South

05/06/01 Don Clegg Sports Editor Intelligencer
The Ohio Valley Greyhounds literally blew out the lights on the Wheeling Civic Center scoreboard Friday when they blasted the Mobile Seagulls 76-13 to post the largest margin of victory in the National Indoor Football League this season. More>>

LandSharks win fourth consecutive game

ALEXANDRIA -- The situation for the Lake Charles LandSharks appears a lot better than that of the Louisiana Rangers, on the field and off. More>>

Land Sharks devour Rangers to remain unbeaten

05/06/01 Jeff Matthews Town Talk
Lake Charles linebacker Darnell Lee is on good terms with his former teammates on the Louisiana Rangers, but he expected emotions to run pretty high when he and several other former Rangers came to town as members of the Land Sharks Saturday night. More>>

Dogs calm Storm 44-33

BILOXI -Kenny Causey walked down the aisle Saturday and then helped the Mississippi Fire Dogs walk over Sioux Falls. More>>

Locos derailed again in Johnstown

05/06/01 The Herald-Dispatch
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- The Johnstown J-Dogs got back on track Saturday night at the expense of the winless River Cities LocoMotives. More>>

J-Dogs Set for Battle

Cats always land on their feet when they fall. Tonight, the Johnstown J-Dogs will be put to the same test. More>>

Rangers to see familiar faces tonight vs Lake Charles

05/05/01 Jeff Matthews Staff reporter
Ask Louisiana coach Jim Goodman about former Rangers Eric Young and Darnell Lee, and you will likely get a glowing report. More>>

Rapid City finishes strong, downs Outlaws 42-23 

05/05/01 JOE KUSEK Billings Gazette
Mitch Donahue came out of the locker room, leaned up against the wall and offered his assessment. “That hurt," he said quietly. More>>

LandSharks surprising 3-0 on season

The Lake Charles LandSharks have been one of the best-kept secrets in Lake Charles. More>>

Beast add players, look for first win

05-05-01 HILLARY SMITH News Star
Number of weeks into the National Indoor Football League season: six.
Number of new Bayou Beast players: four. More>>

Kerns field goal lifts Bandits to first NIFL victory, 38-36 

05/05/01 Steve Allspach, Sioux City Journal 
Redemption. Last week, Sioux City's Jeff Kerns missed a potential game-winning field goal with time running out, allowing Rapid City to hand the Bandits their fourth loss in as many National Indoor Football League games. More>>

Shockwave Jolts Heat, Ex-Coach 

Ex-Yakima coach Larry Jobe shouldn't take it personally. More>>

Locos return to action tonight

05/05/01 DAVID WALSH - The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON -- On paper, it appears the River Cities LocoMotives are catching the Johnstown J-Dogs at a bad time. More>>

Storm seeks to stay perfect 

05/05/01  ADAM THALER  Argus Leader
Team faces 3rd in row on road 
When Sioux Falls Storm coach Mike Aldrich looked over his team's schedule before the season, he had an idea which stretch would be the most difficult. More>>

Storm surprises won't shake Fire Dogs' game plan

BILOXI -The Mississippi Fire Dogs come into tonight's game against the Sioux Falls Storm without much knowledge of their opponent. More>>

LandSharks Ready for Alexandria 5/4/2001 

05/04/01 Landsharks Press release
Lake Charles LandSharks coach Kip Texada says his team is well prepared for Saturday’s showdown with the Louisiana Rangers in Alexandria. More>>

Recent events add to Heat-Yakima rivalry

05/04/01 Kris Henry Medford Mail Tribune
If there wasn’t one already, recent events have made a Southern Oregon Heat-Yakima Shockwave rivalry official. More>>

Vanderwegen going back to where he started

05/04/01 Kris Henry Medford Mail Tribune
Eric Vanderwegen has come full circle since the Southern Oregon Heat opened the season against Yakima on March 28. More>>

J-Dogs Looking to Rebound from Loss

SOMERSET – LaMonte Coleman was visibly upset after the Johnstown J-Dogs’ first loss of the season last week in Wheeling, W.Va.
The normally playful and wide-smiling J-Dogs running back was different. His eyes rarely rose above chest level and his voice took a lost, deeper monotone. More>>

Russell Copeland: Fire Ant with plenty of sting

05/04/01 Gene Phelps DJ Journal
Saturday night, Russell Copeland knew he was a Tupelo Fire Ant, not a Buffalo Bill. More>>

Coach VanderWegan Can't Stop Playing 

Eric VanderWegen hears the fatherly advice.
He just won't follow it. Not quite yet. More>>

Ex-Shockwave Coach Hired by Heat 

Ex-Yakima Shockwave coach Larry Jobe wasn't gone from town long. More>>

Former Rocky standout Luke Twibell thriving as Outlaws’ defensive leader

05/04/01  JOE KUSEK The Gazette
Luke Twibell didn’t wait for the invitation in the mail. More>>

Red Dogs look to get more than a passing grade tonight

05/04/01 Jeff Easton, Journal Sports Writer
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Whoever said life in the National Indoor Football League was easy? Certainly not the league's schedule-makers. More>>

Shockwave to Name Lyell New Coach 

Mitch Donahue, DSA Sports director of football operations, tapped a familiar source to fill the head coaching vacancy with the Yakima Shockwave. More>>

Record-setting Rangers face familiar foe

05/03/01 Jeff Matthews Staff reporter
In the second half of Louisiana's wild 94-70 victory over Tupelo Saturday, Rangers quarterback / head coach Jim Goodman had what is undoubtedly one of the best problems a coach can come across - how to share the historic moment with as many players as possible. More>>

Hounds Gulls Videocast

05/03/01 Grehounds Press release
This weeks game in Wheeling vs. Mobile Seagulls will be video broadcasts on on HOUNDS TV More>>

LandSharks sign receiver

05/02/01 LandSharks Press release
The Lake Charles LandSharks have signed wide receiver Joey Mouton of Port Arthur, TX. Mouton is 6' 180lbs and played most recently for the New England Sea Wolves in the Arena Football League More>>

Sweet Revenge

05/02/01 Gregg Montgomery The Times Leader
Sweet Revenge. That's how Coach Wilkie Perez should view last Saturday night's emotional 36-19 victory over the Johnstown J-Dogs in front of around 3,000 rabid Ohio Valley football fans. More>>

Kicking off with 'I do'

BILOXI - One of the Fire Dogs is hearing bells this week - and not from a hard tackle. More>>

Fire Ants enter record book in debut season

05/01/01 Gene Phelps Daily Journal
Tupelo's 94-70 loss to Louisiana highest point title in professional history More>>

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