Tri-State Storm to start semi-professional football season on Kaley Field Saturday

JOYCE F. NOWELL, Echo Pilot

The Storm has landed in Greencastle again for its 2014 campaign.

After an inaugural season in Greencastle during 2013, the semi-professional Tri-State Storm football team has returned to play this spring on the Greencastle-Antrim School District athletic complex. The snow has melted just in time for opening day which is Saturday, March 15.

Last season Storm used the north practice turf field behind the high school on Sundays. For its four home games in 2014, the team will make the move to Kaley Field for night contests. Games will start at 7 p.m. with admission $7 for adults and $3 for children. Home dates are March 15, March 29, April 12 and April 26.

“This will be our second season in Greencastle,” said Storm vice president Marilyn Capuano, whose husband Nick is the president and treasurer.

“We are glad to be playing on Kaley Field under the lights.”

Early success

Now in its third year of existence, Storm has already made noise in the Atlantic Football Association. The team qualified for the playoffs during both of its previous seasons and advanced to the semifinals in 2013.

Quarterback Earl Thorne accounted for 2,000 yards of offense in 2013 and defensively Chris Staton led the league in tackles.

“One of our players has been invited to play in a world league in Germany and the head coach was invited to coach in Naples, Italy,” related Capuano.

The team consists of players from Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, including some with local ties.

Capuano added, “We have assisted and encouraged players to gain entrance into college.”

Local support

The Capuanos appreciate the support they’ve received from the Greencastle-Antrim community and hope to see residents come out for some spring football on Kaley Field.

Players have been involved in two book reading days for children at Besore Library and the team has participated in the Greencastle Christmas Parade. Fundraisers have been conducted at Pizza Hut.

“Mrs. (Vicki) Ritchey (school district athletic director) has been generous with her time and help,” said Capuano.

“We also have help from Tony’s Pizza. They allow us to use the dining room for meetings.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available with Storm. For information on that or about playing on the teams, call 973-632-9845 or 717-532-4533.

The Storm has a website at www.thenorthernstorm.com