Another Fall season is in the books and though the festivities are not quite complete (more on that below) we’re already looking forward to a busy offseason and 2022. Before we completely turn the page, I thought it would be prudent to celebrate the season that was and acknowledge some of the amazing volunteers who made it all possible.
First - I want to extend sincere thanks to all of our coaches without whom no season would ever be possible. Coaching is a challenge in any season but this year brought the added difficulty of having to navigate a tragic loss within our larger Hill Country Family. I was inspired by the compassion and steadfast leadership of our coaches and all of our volunteers as they grappled with their own feelings while helping the young people, around whom our community is built, process the loss of a peer. This year, perhaps more than in recent years, taught us to cherish these moments with our kids and to more deeply appreciate those in our community.
On a lighter note, I’d like to give a big shoutout to our 8U Timberwolves Flag team who capped a 7-1 season with a 20-0 win and a CenTex Flag Championship! These kiddos played their hearts out all season, boasting one of the top offenses and the top scoring defense all season - never too early to introduce our opponents to the Black Rain!
After a tough 0-2 start to the season, our 5th Grade Varsity Timberwolves put the pieces together and finished the season on a 4-1 run, including a tightly contested loss in the first round of the playoffs. This team will return more than 20 players next season and we can’t wait to see them make a run for the Hill Country Championship as 6th graders!
Meanwhile our JV and 6th Grade Varsity teams book-ended their seasons with wins, featuring very strong showings against Glenn (27-0 and 38-0 respectively) in their end of season bowl games.
Thus brings an end to another fantastic football season. We’re very proud of all of our athletes! Their work, dedication and determination exemplify what is great about youth sports and the community that surrounds CPYFA.
Football may have ended, but our amazing cheer squads are still going strong! After supporting the boys all season and cheering their hearts out on the sidelines it’s now time for our Lady Wolves to take center stage!
First - a quick aside to extend warm thanks to the parents, coaches and of course cheerleaders who not only cheered at every home game, but also traveled with our teams to away games in Liberty Hill, Boerne, and Lampasas. CPYFA would not be what it is without your dedication and support.
For the first time since 2018, CPYFA will send two Competition Cheer squads to the AYC National Cheer Competition in Orlando, FL. Our cheerleaders and coaches have been working hard since August (and even before that) for the opportunity to compete at Nationals, which will take place in early December. Though the football season may be over, our cheerleaders still need our support and encouragement!
It’s no surprise that sending two competition teams to FL for a national competition is a herculean effort. Our girls are working hard to fundraise for the trip and need all the help we can give them. Here are a few fundraising opportunities that will directly benefit our cheer teams:
The Yeti Tundra Haul Hard Raffle is now open and will run through 7pm on November 30th. A $10 raffle ticket gets you in the running for a custom cooler that retails at $399
Tis the season to be jolly at the Timberwolf Cheer Cornhole Tournament! Grab a partner and join us at Anderson Mill West Park & Pavilion on November 28th starting at 2pm.
As 2021 draws rapidly to a close I would be remiss if I failed to pause and reflect on the enormity of the season that was. This time last year CPYFA was closing the books on our first season with Hill Country Youth Football and celebrating our ability to carry on in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic. Unfortunately many of our fellow AYF organizations did not survive the pandemic, some dissolved their boards and reconstituted under new leadership while others struggled through a tumultuous 2020 only to collapse in 2021. Only Cedar Park stands as it was. I am and will always be proud of that accomplishment and want to extend my sincere gratitude first to the members of the board as well as our coaches, volunteers and all the families who held strong and endured for the sake of our kids.
I also want to publicly acknowledge and personally thank Mike Whittington, our Football Director, who after nearly a decade of service to CPYFA will step away from our Board of Directors. Mike’s departure marks the final transition of the old guard of CPYFA founding members, though his legacy of selfless service to the kids of our community will long endure.
Mike’s departure along with the departure of other board members leaves multiple holes in our now depleted Board of Directors. Suffice it to say, nothing we have celebrated above happens without volunteers willing to step forward and lead the way. We need more volunteers! We’ve restructured our board to make it possible for those with even limited time to make a contribution.
Regardless of your skillset, there is a way for everyone in our community to contribute to the board. In the time it takes to watch just one episode of Succession, SquidGame, Ted Lasso, etc...you can make a difference! Time spent in service to our kids and community is not wasted time - I implore everyone to consider joining the board! Please feel free to reach out to me directly or send an email to email@example.com if you have questions about how you can contribute as a member of our board.
I’ll close with one final Thank You to all for a fantastic 2021 season. As always, I am proud to be part of this amazing Cedar Park community.