Life’s Reflections: Tiger football team makes Ansonia proud

Fire, rescue and police cruisers escorted the Ansonia Tiger football team, its coaches and many fans out of Ansonia Saturday and headed for the football field in Greenville for the play-off game with New Bremen. The unidentified woman on the bicycle, far right, even pedaled her way through town at the end of the line all the while cheering for the team. (Linda Moody photo)

ANSONIA—I have to admit I haven’t followed Ansonia football for a long time but as this year went on, the scores and the wins the Tigers were producing intrigued me and my son Jamie.

I agree with so many others that the boys don’t have to be ashamed of losing Saturday night against New Bremen in the play-offs. It sounds like the Tigers tried their best as they’ve been doing all season, and that’s what counts.

Here are what some people were saying on Facebook after the play-off game that took place in Greenville: Jason Kelch: “To say that I’m proud to be an Ansonia Tiger would be an understatement. We may have lost tonight but you guys have won the hearts from so many. Such a great group of kids and coaches…the best part of this team for me that you don’t see very much anymore is that they all played for each other and not just themselves. Great senior leadership and great coaches.”

Alex Peace: “Tigers’ season comes to an end tonight with a hard-fought loss to New Bremen 26-22 and what a crowd! Great season…really excited to get to go to the games and film and watch them fight in the trenches.”

Candy Stump: “Boys, you had one hell of a season. Stand tall and be proud you are awesome. Tiger proud!”

Angela Widener: “Awesome job on a great season guys! No need to hang your heads; be proud of how far you got! You fought a good fight!”

Brian Marshal: “Great season guys! Played hard right up to the end. Should be very proud of themselves!”

There were more comments and they are my sentiments exactly. They sound like a wonderful group of young men.

I did go take some photos of the Tigers and their fans being escorted out of town and headed for Greenville late Saturday afternoon. After it was over, I got a little misty-eyed. Don’t know why but I did. Guess it is because once a Tiger always a Tiger and I could see how proud this moment was for all concerned.

Once again, I am so proud of the team. If I would have thought ahead of time I would have gotten a roster and listed all of them on here, but I didn’t. However, Joey Schmitmeyer in a special, lengthy tribute to them, named names and didn’t mince words when he talked about each one of them. Others and myself re-posted his tribute on Facebook and it’s a great read.

These boys have been admired and respected by their fans, it is evident in these comments.

Jamie and I were amazed all season when we heard the results of each game, especially when you saw the high scores and all of the wins. Losing only one game in a season? What a record!

Congratulations, boys and coaches who made this all possible!

We wish you well in your future endeavors.

Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families and friends of Susan Jenkins, Kathy Cromwell, Joan Ranly and Harvey Crick,


Please pray for these people: Angie Brown, Melikka Riffell, Amanda Mote, Tom Moody, Gary Francis, Anthony and Theresa Grillot, Lee Everhart, Paul Gigandet, Doug Whittington, Tracy Pratt, Kara Harter, Kinley Bernard, D’Arleen Waymire, Tish Hodson Shepherd, Clinton Randall, Sherry Klingshirn, Zach Urbancic, Sharon Gamster, Connie Stachler, Susie Francis, Rick Libert, Harold Libert, Randy Heck, John Rimmer, Joan Keen, Carol Hemmerich, Sharon Hummel, Dave Hinshaw, Larry P. Fitzwater, Jim Thomas, Neal Gray, Michael Mowery, Debbie Mayse, Kenny Edwards, Judie Hathaway, Ralph Byrd, Della Burch, Ned and Brenda Wallace, Connie Buemi Hodson, Jim Kammer, Rick Marker, Randy Garrison, Steve Waymire, Warren Menchhofer, Kenton Turner, Gary Knick, Karen Hecht, Barbara Alexander, Jannie Barrow, Kathy Gragorace, Danny Foster, Noella Combs, Clay Sheffer, Becky Everhart, Sharon Miller, Marie Rieman, Mary Bryant Arnett, Becky Oliver, Ronnie Young, Albert Duncan, Jayden Martin, Jeff Rider, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, James Enicks, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Brenda Wallace, Linda Subler, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Sally Burnett Ganger, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Cory Meadows, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.


Happy birthday:
Nov. 17 to Steve Mills, twins Caleb and Jacob Custer, Goethe and Patty Rodeheffer, Jerry Neal, Shirley Marker, John Boehner, Shawna Meadows Kimmel, Denny Barga and Grace Widener.
Nov. 18 to Kara Harter, Mendi Burns, Debra Pohl, Pam Idle and Greg Whittington.
Nov. 19 to Suzanne Brown and Evan Mann.
Nov. 20 to Kenny Edwards, Steve Mehaffie, Sondra Armstrong, Nina Barga, Dave Shellhaas, Jake DeMange and Dave Westfall.
Nov. 21 to Michelle Coppess Hiestand, Yvonne Runner, Katrina Hoening, Jacob Erwin, Tracy Wendel, Dalton burk and Phyllis Bennett.
NovB. 22 to Brandon Liette, Sherri Feitshans, Jeff Brocious, Kathy Stone Brewer, John Guttadore and Paul Mueller.
Nov. 23 to Dennis Soward.
Happy anniversary to: Dane and Linda Leeper, Jim and Robin Hesson and Jack and Jodi Smith, all on Nov. 20, and Randy and Bev Garrison and Paul and Elaine Mueller, all on Nov. 23.


Think about it: “Some love stories aren’t epic novels. Some are picture books or short stories. But, that doesn’t make them any less filled with love.”– Author Unknown