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Springville's Pee Wee Bills see small team step up

SPRINGVILLE — Numbers are small for the Springville Pee Wee Bills, with 13 players on their roster. The Springville Bills won the Super Bowl-B last year, under now-midget coach Dave Filighera. Andrew Salzler will direct the Pee Wees, as the head man, this season.

“Everyone is pretty much a key player, this season, because I have such a small team,” said Salzler about the team. “They’re a very good squad; very fast.”

Mikey Evans will be under center for the Bills, this season, as the team’s starting quarterback.

“He’s probably the hardest-working kid on the team,” mentioned Salzler, about his quarterback. “His speed is a key for him; he’s a really smart, so that helps a lot.”

Jeff Heim will be looked upon as the team’s starting running back, and also will spend time at linebacker, on the defensive side of the ball. Heim is the younger brother of 2013 Springville-Griffth Institute graduate and football player, Chris Phinney. Phinney has helped out with the Pee Wee program, the last couple years, and returns once again, as an assistant coach. He said he expects big things from his brother.

“He’s a really good tackler and a strong runner,” said Phinney, about his younger brother. “He is probably the most experienced player on the team.”

Returning starters on the line for the Bills will be Ashton Filighera and Devin Hitchcock. Chris Amodeo will play fullback, acting as the teams lead blocker. Other notable contributors, according to Salzler, are Chase Oakes and Brad Scott. The lack of players almost was detrimental to the team, but Oakes, Serenity Heim and Alexis Termer joined the team, to give it the necessary number of players.

“We have a small team, this year, but we’re going to make everything work,” said Phinney. “This is the first time a lot this kids have ever played football; you have to make it fun, for them. I like to see them have fun, more than winning or losing. It’s all about them learning and having fun, at this age.”

Springville opened against Salamanca on Aug. 24.


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