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Letter: Many invest in success of Warrior football program

To the editor:

As the 2012 Orestimba football season has come to aclose, I would like to thank the assortment of people who continue to put in the work and dedication to helping build a competitive football program.

A football program is a mesh of moving parts in which everyone has their own unique role in helping our student athletes on and off the field. With the help of an array of different individuals we are continuing our quest to put a competitive football team on the field, a team in which all supporters and fans can truly be proud of.

The first group of people who deserve recognition are our weekly meal sponsors. Those people and businesses include Tammy and Alouis Martin/ Senior parents, State Farm Insurance agent Michael Passarelli, Souza Dairy, The Newman- Crows Landing Unified School District, Bill Mattos, Don Arnett, Stewart & Jasper, Bob Morganti Catering, Eddie Godinez, DePauw Farms, Tony Verissimo, Justin & Charise Pruett, John Escobar Farms, Glen Crow Farms and Mike Lopes Catering. The group of parents who set up and served food on a weekly basis includes Scott Shaa, Tammy Martin, Shari Fraga and Mana Byous. I also would like to extend my appreciation to all the other parents that either helped serve our meals or donated a dessert throughout this season.

Each and every game day presents many different jobs and tasks needed to ensure that Friday night is a smooth production; those people deserve recognition and thanks. That would include our PA announcers Alouis Martin, Mike Beevers and Justin Pruett, along with our ball spotter Jeff Zalinski. Our continued appreciation goes out to the Serpa family as they do an outstanding job with our cannon. A special shout out to the chain gang by doing a superb job of keeping the chains moving. I would like to thank Matt Vargas and the rest of his crew for keeping our stadium and practice facilities well kept and full of pride. I would also like to thank Mario Martins, Jerry Valenzuela, and Alouis Martin for their willingness to haul, set up, and clean up all of our equipment for each of our road games.

I would like to thank the continuous support of our administration in Superintendent Ed Felt and Principal Jessie Ceja. It is evident that these two men care about the success of our football teams as their attendance on our sidelines demonstrated that. Mary Williams and the rest of the After School Program continue to be a rock solid aspect and resource for our kids, and I want to extend our thanks to her. Miss Chandler also deserves a round of applause for her willingness to run and supervise all of our weekly study halls. I personally want to thank my parents and my wife for their support each and every day, and each and every game throughout the season.

The two most important groups of every football team are the players and the coaches. Each group deserves a special thank you for their hard work, dedication and sacrifice of their personal time for the betterment of each other, our school, and community.  This team and community were faced with the losses of two beloved members of our football family, Coach Roger Pauletto and Mary Beth Moorehead. The memory, love, and legacy of those two will never be forgotten by the boys who wear the purple and gold.

If there is any person that I may have forgotten in all of these “thank you” recognitions then I want to apologize for that. I want to thank Father God for continuing to provide an abundance of resources and people who care for these boys. I firmly believe that after the highs and lows of this football season that the moment is now for us to return to our roots of the Southern League. The boys of Newman deserve to play in a competitive atmosphere each and every Friday night. I want to thank you all for your continued support of this football program as we continue to promote our family atmosphere based off three words “Unity Equals Strength.”

Aaron Souza

Head Football Coach, Orestimba High School