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Are You Ready for Some Football?
Everest Collegiate´s first varsity gridiron team gets off to impressive start

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Everest Collegiate High School football team (photo from the Michigan Catholic newspaper).

Everest Collegiate High School has a history of notable beginnings in its sports programs.  The school is only in its sixth year of existence and has already amassed some impressive awards and achievements. (Read some past stories on Everest´s success in cheerleading, girls’ and boys´ basketball and even an award for their athletic director.)

For the 2013-2014 school year, the high school launched its inaugural varsity football team.  With a 3-1 record thus far, the coach, Mike Pruchnicki, is realistic and optimistic.

“We have 20 boys on the team,” he said. “Our strength is the culture that we have here at Everest of putting our faith first.  The fact that these boys have taken on the challenge to begin a varsity football program at a high level displays their strength and courage.”

How has their performance been so far?  The coach is impressed, along with the local media.
“Against Oakland Christian (the first game of the season) we came out with some success and built upon,” he said.  The team won the game 31-0. (Click here for the news article in the Michigan Catholic newspaper.) “Then against Gabriel Richard we got down early, but kept fighting and that is what I am proud of for our young men.”

(Click here for an article in Student& and here for the article in the Oakland Press newspaper.)

The team was also featured as the local WDIV Channel 4 Football Frenzy game of the week for the game against Gabriel Richard that
A heavenly "endorsement" over the Everest football field during the game against Cranbrook. The Mountaineers won the game 30-6.
resulted in their first loss of the season.  Mike believes such challenges build virtue, and this is why he and his assistants are implementing SportsLeader mentoring into their program. SportsLeader offers coaches and teams a way to integrate virtue building into their practice schedule.

“It is a Catholic based virtue program that involves mentoring athletes along with some special ceremonies,” he said. “It helps call our athletes to a higher level.”

 (Go to the SportsLeader website to find out more.)

Mike admits the Everest program is inexperienced, but he hopes the leadership he shows will help overcome that. “A team plays with the same character, discipline, intensity, passion, and enthusiasm as their coach displays,” he said simply. “The bottom line is this – the players play hard through adversity by refusing to quit because of the love and respect they have for their coach, and he for them.”

He encourages everyone who can to come out to the next game (Everest’s first Homecoming) on September 28, 2013, and cheer on the Mountaineers to victory.

“We appreciate the support of our fans,” he said. “It was great to see so many people out at our first home game and look forward to making football a community event for all.”



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