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Pioneers at Warriors

Saturday June 8th 2024 @ McNary High School

In Women's Football Alliance Division 3 action, two tenacious teams with different goals in this season square off in front of the devoted Salem-Keizer home fans. Looking to strike a positive note as their season nears its end, the Wasatch Warriors (1-3, 1-2 D3) make the 808-mile trip northwest on I-84 seeking redemption against the Queens of Cascadia the Capital Pioneers (4-0, 4-0 D3), who look to get the biggest victory yet of their dream season and get closer to playoff position in the crowded Pacific Region.

Meeting of the year: Second

Last meeting: The Pioneers defeated the Warriors 21-6 in Salt Lake City on May 18, both teams' only previous meeting to date.

Thoughts on the Warriors: Though the Wasatch Warriors may not get all the publicity of their women's tackle football peers in the hotbed that is the state of Utah and the greater Salt Lake City area, what they bring is the FIGHT to every single game of theirs. It can NOT be overstated how valuable Beckie Reese is to the Dubs in the passing, rushing and defensive games alike; but she doesn't have to carry them on her back all alone, complemented on the ground by Ryley Buttars and Kaycie Marshall and in their tough, battle-tested defense by Marshall, Shaina O'Neal, Nicole Attleson, Demetri Wallentine, Tressa Clark and Ashlee Steele. Yes, this is the foundation of a team that, despite their tough luck this season, will NEVER go down without a fight and has a future as dazzling as the mountain front whose name they bear. If they can hand the Pioneers their first loss of the season (in front of their devoted fans no less) and spoil their playoff hopes, it'd be a signal of the pure talent that lies in the Beehive State and the incredible future that awaits the Dubs.

Thoughts on the Pioneers: Finally having their home opener last weekend after playing the entire first half of the season on the road, the Capital Pioneers proved to their devoted fans that last year was nothing more than a bump in the road, completing the season sweep over the Central Valley Chaos with a 20-3 that extends their record to 4-0. Despite being on pace for their third perfect regular season in four years, the Pios are also facing what this writer calls the "seventh opponent" in the Massey Ratings, only rated fourth and 0.18 points behind the Rocky Mountain Thunderkatz for the last playoff spot in the region. Nonetheless, the Queens of Cascadia have ALWAYS been battle-ready and are looking especially electric this season; Sarah Teubner, Clarissa Adams and Jodi Lindemann are having absolute BREAKOUT seasons at the quarterback, running back and receiver positions, respectively. Joined by their big sister Jennifer Kennedy on the receiving and defensive games, with that OUTSTANDING defense led by Adams, Kennedy, Lindemann, Tabitha Lefever, Ashley Watkins, Ashley Burton and Macy Greif that's held their opponents to a mere nine points this season, capped together by their fantastic coaching staff (led by Grant Carmichael, joined by the likes of DC Jake Marsh, line coach Tiffany Love, DB/WR assistant Steve Polanski and special Camaraderie Assistant/Director of Motivation Alyssa Nicole Flores)...this Pios team is ready to leave NO doubt in both remaining games, leaving the Masseys no choice but to include them in that playoff duo where they'll make the big road warriors' journey to Canton for the first-ever women's football national title won by a PNW team. Another strong victory over the Warriors will be JUST the thing to keep that energy and mission going.

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The questions are: Will the Warriors pick up the big upset, getting redemption for their earlier defeat and proving just why Utah women's tackle football is NEVER to be counted out? Or will the Pioneers flourish once again as they've done all season, sending a message that they will NOT get "22 NYKO'd," but truly cap this year as not only their return to form, but also the season where, in addition to undefeated Queens of Cascadia, they become undefeated champions?

-Michael Burmey, WFA Historian

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CAPITAL PIONEERS

Number
Player Name
Position
School
0
Alyssa Flores
Running Back
Chemeketa Community College
1
Amanda Sanchez
Wide Reciever
Toledo High School
3
Clarissa Adams
Running Back
University of Oregon
4
Maria Rivera
Tight End
McKay High School
5
Tabitha Lefever
Defensive Back
South Salem High School
6
Katie Girten
Wide Reciever
California State University, Chico
7
Jennifer Kennedy
Defensive Back
Thurston High School
8
Sarah Teubner
Quarterback
UW-Green Bay
10
Jodi Lindemann
Wide Receiver
University of Oregon
13
Sarah Lampley
Offensive Line
University of Hawaii
14
Ashley Burton
Running Back
University of Oregon
15
Audrey-Josephine Colella
Wide Receiver
Western Governors University
16
Rebecca Fineran
Center
USMC
17
Willielee Missouri
Wide Receiver
22
Tyler Rowe
Running Back
23
Macy Greif
Corner
Oregon State University
24
Jessica Schader
Defensive Line
Canby Highschool
31
Becky Boehme
Wide Receiver
Western Oregon University
32
Julia McFerron
Wide Receiver
George Fox
33
Kelsea Phillips
Tight End
Black Hills High School
44
Maria Bonifacio-Sample
Center
Western Oregon University
45
Andrea Cortes
Offensive Line
North Salem High School
47
Mandy Moore
Wide Receiver
Dallas High School
57
Ashley Watkins
Defensive End
Willamette University
62
Kala Moynihan
Center
McNary High School
84
Kayla Hayden
Offensive Line
Pacific Lutheran University
85
Ana Reyes
Offensive Line
Fullerton College
87
Daphne Lane
Offensive Line
RSI
91
Nicole LaVoie
Offensive Line
Dallas High School
99
Renee Gonzales
Offensive Line
Canby High School

Wasatch Warriors

Number
Player Name
Position
School
2
Angela Rebeck
Defensive End
Ogden High School
3
Demetri Wallentine
Cornerback
Weber State University
5
Amanda Nielson
Defensive End
Weber State University
6
Shaina ONeal
Line Backer
Reeltown High School
7
Stacey Shipmon
Line Backer
APU University and U of U
8
Jenn Rohde
Line Backer
Utah State University
9
Ryley Buttars
Running Back
University of Utah
10
Nicole AttLeson
Line Backer
SLCC
17
Kendra Hall
Offensive Line
Stansbury High School
21
Tressa Clark
Tight End
College
22
Hailey Stahl
Wide Reciever
Stansbury High School
24
Mckinzi Wallentine
Running Back
Salt Lake Community College
26
Beckie Reese
Quarterback
ASU
27
Kira Menlove
Wide Receiver
Box Elder High School
33
Tiana Turman
Running Back
American Fork
35
Stacy Ewing
Offensive Tackle
Coronado High School
46
Emilie Stahl
Defensive Line
Granger
55
Melanie Hunter
Defensive Line
Weber State University
66
Ashlee Steele
Center
Salt Lake Community College
70
Kaycie Marshall
Offensive Tackle
Arroyo High School
75
Milli Burge
Defensive Line
Maple Mountain
76
Chelsea Tugaw
Guard
Salt Lake Community College
85
Julie Holbrook
Offensive Line
Cottonwood
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