Young Tigers Football :: History

Tiger Past, Present, and Future

   Young Tiger Football was founded in 2002 by  Allan Ross, Mark  Stamper and Dave McCool.  They had a vision to create better youth competition and to help make better young men within the community of Warsaw, Indiana.

In 2002 Young Tiger Football consisted of one team with 26 kids (ages 8-12). They competed in the Noble County League. Young Tiger Football in 2003  joined the Marshall County Junior Football League (MCJFL). The league is made up of nine communities:    

Warsaw, LaVille, Culver, Bourbon (Triton), John Glenn (Walkerton), Plymouth,  Tippecanoe Valley,Knox and just this year, Wawasee joined the league.

The league is divided into two divisions. A Bronco division (Ages 10-12) and a Pony division  (Ages 8-10). In 2003 , Young Tiger Football gew to three teams. Two of them in the Bronco division and one in the Pony division. Nearly 60 children participated that  year.

 In 2003 construction began at Richardson-Dubois Park to put in a football field for Young Tigers to call home. Other changes were coming as well. At the annual banquet, the board announced that for the 2004 season they were hoping to add a Young Tiger Cheerleading program.

Lori Smith took on this task of organizing, coordinating, as well as coaching our future cheerleaders. In the first year, 40 girls signed up to become a Young Tiger Cheerleader.

These young ladies added so much excitement to our program. What a bonus! 

We also had over 100 boys in the program for a total of over 140 children participating in Young Tigers. What an achievement for us to continue growing !

In October 2004 our home was completed, just missing our 2004 season. On October 17 the field was dedicated "Fribley Field" in the name of Lance. Cpl. David Fribley. David Fribley was a Warsaw Community High School  student, standout athlete and graduate. Fribley was the first Hoosier Marine killed in Iraq. He gave the ultimate sacrifice to his country and his community while serving in Iraq. There is a monument appropriately in honor of David Fribley.

In November 2004 the first game was played on Fribley Field.  It was an annual game between Warsaw and Wabash ("W" game).  The game is played with 6th graders from each community. The winner of this game is given a traveling "W" trophy. 

2005 proved to be another growing year for our Young Tiger youth program. The program was expanded from four teams to five. Over 120boys now enrolled in the Young Tiger Football program and 50 cheerleaders.

Young Tiger Cheerleading.  We had a total of five teams competing in our travel league.

In 2006, we continued to grow with over 230 children participating on 7 teams including the cheerleaders!