Crossroads’ flag football season comes to end
Saturday was the big game day for 40-plus youths in grades 3-6 at the final flag football game of the 15th annual Crossroads Wesleyan flag football season.
Four teams rotated playing each other until each had played two quarters against each of the other teams. There was no official score-keeping, but every player walked off the field as a winner, according to organizers.
Practices began in September on Monday evenings and Saturdays. Teenagers and parents assisted Coach Todd Burpo and Asst. Coach Lisa Amann.
From a free-for-all spirit at the start of practices, where every player wanted to carry the ball on every play, they grew to teams mastering fundamentals and strong team spirit. Coach Amann brought some of her background playing college soccer and track to the training times.
During one of the practices, player Jake German went to Coach Burpo, and said, “That girl that helps you makes us work too hard.”
Burpo started the flag football about 15 years ago when he noted the summer sports available for kids were primarily baseball and softball and many kids needed an alternative option.
Crossroads Wesleyan converted a parcel of ground just north of the church building. Since its start, the field has been graded and sodded, a lawn sprinkler system was installed and goal posts added.
The coaching staff assistants and helpers this year included Mitch Stretesky, Curtis Musgrove, Michael Musgrove, Carlos Chavez, Colton Burpo and others.
Other parents and teens served as game staff—running the chains and downs markers, helping with refreshments and cheering their players.
After Saturday’s game, the players were awarded certificates of participation and enjoyed a grill-out in the courtyard.