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Westchase Colts Win National Championship

On Friday, Dec. 8 the Westchase Colts JV football team brought home the big trophy.

The team won the national championship game against Connecticut’s West Haven Seahawks to become the Pop Warner D2 JV National Champions.

Head coach Kurt Wilder led the team.

“They have had a remarkable season to get to the national championship games,” said mom and team volunteer Heather Clute.

The Colts ended their regular season on Oct. 28 with a division title win against teams from across Tampa Bay. Also impressive, the team went the full regular season without being scored on by another team. They won all four games of the Southeast regional playoffs and had a 32-0 score for their final game.

“Westchase should be proud to have these kids representing our great area in a national championship game,” said Clute. “We have traveled all over the state representing Westchase over the past few months. Everyone asks, ‘Where is Westchase?’”

This is the first year the Westchase Colts have been a part of the Pop Warner division. Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) is a non-profit organization that provides youth football and cheer and dance programs for participants in several states and countries around the world. Consisting of approximately 325,000 young people ranging from ages 5 to 16 years old, Pop Warner is the largest youth football, cheer and dance program in the world.

Pop Warner was founded in 1929. It continues to grow and serve as the only youth football, cheerleading and dance organization that requires its participants to maintain academic standards in order to participate.

Westchase Colts Youth Football was founded in 2001 and now has more than 200 families as members. The Westchase Colts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides an extensive youth tackle football and cheerleading program to children ages 5-14 across Tampa Bay. The program stresses learning lessons about self-discipline, teamwork, concentration, friendship, leadership and sportsmanship.

Registration is open for the Fall 2018 season. For more information, visit http://www.westchasecolts.com

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By Marcy Sanford

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