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Salinas Valley Spartans begin home play

By Jon K. Brent, Anchor, jonkbrent@kionrightnow.com
Published On: Mar 19 2014 04:05:42 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 20 2014 07:43:23 PM CDT
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Gridiron action is back in Salinas

Photo Courtesy: Salinas Valley Spartans

Salinas. Calif. -

Minor league football is back on the Central Coast with the Salinas Valley Spartans. If you haven’t heard, they defeated the Sacramento Wildcats 10-7 in their Home opener at Rabobank Stadium in Salinas on Saturday.

If you’re looking for some homegrown entertainment the whole family can enjoy then why not support the Salinas Valley Spartans? They play in the Pacific Coast League which encompasses teams from the Salinas all the way up to the Sacramento area. The Spartans are off to a good start with a record of 1-1.

Tyrone Ward is the founder and co-owner, he says what makes this team unique is that it’s truly community oriented, “All of the players are required to do a large number of community service hours.  In 2013, even though we didn’t have a team yet, we logged over 1200 hours!  I truly believe in “paying it forward” and am making that belief part of the Spartan Way.”

Ward says that the Spartans will provide you with a professional game ‘feel’.

“We all live, work, and play in the Salinas Valley; heck, we ARE the Salinas Valley!  We are a positive organization that gives back to its community, works hard in this community, grew up in this community, and loves this community!”

What do you say to those he believe there’s nothing to do here in Salinas? “Well, we are here to change that!  We provide a professional game experience with a Tailgate party before the games with live music from local bands, a DJ, Famous Dave’s BBQ, alcohol sales, and fun activities.  During the game we have Famous Dave’s doing concessions, beer sales, amazing local singers, and fun things to do for the whole family!”

Here’s the team’s coaching staff and schedule of games:

Head Coach: Steven Zenk

Quarterbacks: Ron Stefani

Running Backs: Richard Magdeleno

Wide Receivers: Sean Gomes

Offensive Line: Steve Grace

Defensive Line: Mike Aaroe

Line Backers: Roland Glenn

Defensive Backs: Rich Dorr

 

DATE

H/A

OPPONENT

KICKOFF

3/8/14

A

VS. CALIFORNIA RHINOS

2pm

3/16/14

H

VS. SACRAMENTO WILDCATS

1pm

3/22/14

A

@ DELTA DUCKS

4pm

3/29/14

H

VS. PACIFICA ISLANDERS

1pm

4/5/14

A

@ SOLANO CHIEFS

5pm

4/13/14

H

VS. TRI VALLEY BULLS

1pm

4/19/14

A

@ CENTRAL COAST BARNSTORMERS

3pm

4/26/14

A

@ SAN JOSE EAGLES

7pm

5/3/14

H

VS. NORTHBAY RATTLERS

1pm

5/10/14

A

@ GOLDEN STATE GIANTS

1pm

5/17/14

H

VS. SOUTH BEACH OUTLAWS

1pm

5/31/14

B

BYE WEEK

TBA

The next home game at Rabobank Stadium at the Salinas Sports Complex will be March 29th versus the Pacifica Islanders. Game time is 1pm with the Famous Dave’s tailgate starting at 11 am.

For ticket information, log onto the Salinas Valley Spartans website at: www.salinasvalleyspartans.com