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Monday, March 21, 2011

Southern Kicking, part 2

Last week we previewed eight of this year's kickers in the Southern Indoor Football League. With 16 teams in the league (actually now only 15 after some late breaking news), that leaves with eight more kickers to discuss:

Harrisburg Stampede, J.R. Cipra (Ohio Northern)
"Cipra, a four-time All-Pro kicker, who has led league kickers in scoring three straight seasons, has been signed by the Harrisburg Stampede. In 2010 Cipra helped lead the Baltimore Mariners to an undefeated national championship with several key field goals. Cipra first gained notice as a kicker for Mayfield High School of Mayfield Heights, Ohio. He twice was named to the All-Greater Cleveland Conference team and as a senior in 1996 was named second team All-State. He then went on to letter for four seasons at Ohio Northern University where he was named All-Ohio Athletic Conference in 1999 and 2000, received national player of the week honors in 2000, and was named Division 3 All-American as a senior. He still holds a host of Ohio Northern records including longest field goal (47 yards) and most field goals in a career (19). Cipra made his pro debut with the Peoria Pirates of the Arena Football League 2 (af2) in 2001. Between 2005 and 2008 he shuffled between Erie, Pennsylvania and Canton, Ohio playing for Erie in 2005, 2007, and 2008 and the Canton Legends in 2006 and part of 2007. With Canton he won his first league championship. In 2009 he signed with the Baltimore Mariners."
Houston Stallions, Jon Thompson (Bluffton)
"Thompson was named to the Watch List for the 2009 Fred Mitchell Award. He led the Beavers in scoring in 2008, going 10-of-10 on PAT's and 7-for-11 on field goals. He was named second team All-Heartland Conference. After scoring 11 points in Bluffton's 23-15 victory over Kalamazoo on Sept. 27, 2008, he was selected HCAC Special Teams Player of the Week. Thompson was also active in community service during his time at Bluffton. He assisted with flood prevention efforts during the March 9, 2009 crisis, working with the football team to fill bags with nearly 18 tons of sand. In addition, Thompson raised funds and awareness for victims of domestic and family violence in the Crossroads Crisis Center’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event and he volunteered to beautify the grounds of the Maple Crest and Mennonite Memorial Home."
Lafayette Wildcatters, John Corbello (LSU)
"The second season of the Lafayette Wildcatters indoor football team will not take place after all. The Wildcatters and the Cajundome announced Friday in a joint press release that the 2011 season had been canceled due to the unavailability of workers compensation insurance to legally proceed with the start of the season. 'It is with complete regret that the Lafayette Wildcatters are forced to cancel their 2011 season due to Louisiana Workers Compensation laws,' Cajundome Director Greg Davis said."
Louisiana Swashbucklers, Blake Bercegeay (McNeese State)
" 'I love music,' he says. 'Always have.' His father Shane led him to music when he was in the sixth grade. 'My Dad played in a band (named Pegasus) and he wanted me to play. He played a trumpet and a trombone but the first day of band tryouts, I picked out a saxophone,' Bercegeay said. He played that instrument throughout high school but says that he hasn't played it since. 'I've been playing the guitar for the past few years. I got some graduation money and bought one in Gonzales. I had it until I bought a new Takamine from Lake Charles Music.' "
Mobile Bay Tarpons, Trey Crum (Delta State)
Terry High School 1997-1999, Hinds Community College 2001-2002, Delta State University 2003-2004 (First team All-American, First team All-GSC), Mississippi Mudcats 2008 (AIFA) holds points scored by a kicker in a single game (22), El Paso Generals 2009 (IFL) holds longest field goal made in a single game (61) yards, Columbus Lions 2010 (SIFL) holds most points scored in a season (136)
Richmond Raiders, K/WR/DB Chris Segaar (Virginia Tech)
Segaar has previously played for the Richmond Revolution (IFL), Richmond Bandits (AIFL), Roanoke Wrath (soccer), Roanoke Steam (af2), Charleston Swamp Foxes (af2), and Tennessee Valley Vipers (af2). "Segaar's scrapbook is brimming with football and soccer headlines. In helping Annandale to the 1993 Group AAA state football title, he made a game-winning field goal in the semifinals vs. Thomas Dale. Then, he had a 54-yard touchdown reception in the final against Pulaski. At the time, football was his second sport. He was also first-team all-state in soccer. Segaar's speed made him a natural for any sport. He enrolled at Tech as a recruited walk-on with the idea of playing both sports. 'At the time, my goal was pro soccer,' he said."
Rio Grande Valley Magic, Leo Araguz (Stephen F. Austin State)
"Araguz, a Harlingen native who graduated from Harlingen High, was a punter for four NFL teams, primarily the Oakland Raiders, and one in the XFL during his 10-year career. He last played in an NFL game in 2005 with the Seattle Seahawks before a preseason stint with the Baltimore Ravens in 2006. Now 41, Araguz has two children with a third due next week and is the oldest player on the Magic and doesn’t harbor any hopes of getting back into the NFL. He owns Harlingen-based Araguz Construction.... But the urge to play football as well is still strong, 'It’s always been fun for me. It’s not so much for me to get back in the league or for me to make money. It’s none of that, obviously,' Araguz said. 'It’s just pretty much going out and staying in shape. If I can still do it, I can turn another stone in my career. I’ve played pretty much in every league out there except for the Canadian league,' he added. 'Might as well try something close by and let the local people come out and entertain them and see what we can do.' "
Trenton Steel, Craig Camay (UT-Chattanooga)
"Camay earned Associated Press Second Team All-America honors as a University of Tennessee-Chattanooga senior in 2009. During his last two seasons with the Mocs, Camay hit 19-of-21 field-goal attempts from inside the 40-yard line. In addition to his conventional accuracy, Camay is a master of the drop kick. Indoor Football rules award an extra point for each extra point or field goal converted with a drop kick. He fits the perfect profile for the Indoor game, in which kicking accuracy is more important than kicking power. 'I think I can make a difference for our team,' said Camay. 'I’m looking forward to contributing.' A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Camay came to the United States in 1997."

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