Miners win back-to-back titles
On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Park City Miner Mity Mite Global Youth Football team took to the field at Valley Crest Elementary in Salt Lake City and successfully defended its 2012 Ute Football Conference title against the Judge Bulldogs. This day was the culmination of hard work and dedication by coach Ted Baumann’s boys and staff.
In no small part, thanks to the efforts of Aaron Alford, the district saw an increase in registration which gave the district a chance to split the age group and have two teams representing Park City Mity Mites. Coach Baumann and assistant coaches Greg Bair, Mike Mazzone, Jason Davis and John Moore dedicated their time to the boys each week refining techniques, skills and strategy.
With a roster of only 16 players, the boys learned the responsibilities of multiple positions and conditioned themselves for increased playing time. Starting in August, weekend after weekend the Miners battled district and cross-district opponents alike.
From appearances, each team seamed unbeatable but the Miners suffered only one cross-district loss early in the season, taking them to the playoffs with a 9-1 record, undefeated in their district.
The Miners faced the Skyline Eagles in the playoffs, dealing them a 20-7 defeat to continue on to the 2013 Ute Football Conference Championship. At the championship game it appeared that Park City was going to face an uphill battle, as each of Judge’s players were double to triple the size of the boys. It was a hard-fought battle, the ball changing hands many times before the first score. In the end, the Miners walked off the field with a victorious shutout of 18-0 and back-to-back championships.
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Park City is the lone undefeated team in Region 10 play after a 60-30 win over Mountain View. The Miners have three more region games in their quest to repeat as region champions.