Colors: Royal Blue / White
Home Field: Newton Field (Hudson, WI)
2017 Record: 0-8 (Overall 1-9)
Lifetime Record: 5-24 (2015-2017)
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Members of the Hudson Thunderhawks adult amateur football team took time out of their busy days to travel to Saint Paul on Friday morning, March 23rd, to spend some time playing Sports Trivia Bingo and hanging out with the kids at Children’s Minnesota Hospital. The morning started with the Thunderhawks meeting with Tom Marsolais, the Sports Trivia Bingo Host, who led them to Star Studio in the Child Life Zone where the Sports Trivia Bingo would be televised throughout the hospital. The Thunderhawks were able to play along with the kids in the studio as well as interact with the patients in their rooms. Following the Sports Trivia Bingo, the members of the Thunderhawks went into the recreation area of the Child Life Zone and spent time with the children playing with the toys and games in that area.
The Thunderhawk players were excited to give back to the community and spend some very rewarding time with these less fortunate kids. The players were overwhelmed by the looks of awe and excitement on the kids’ faces to not only see, but also talk with and play with these much larger than they were football players.
The event was spearheaded by Thunderhawk Defensive End Nick Filkins. Filkins was joined by Running Back Cortez Adams, Quarterback Mitch Hewitt, Defensive Backs Micadin Kahl and Joe Russell, Linebacker Ben Seipel, Tight End Josh Wilcoxen, and the team’s General Manager Rick Olson. Olson said, “This event was really meaningful for the players and hopefully for the children as well. It sure seemed to be as everyone was having a great deal of laughter and fun. We can’t wait to come back and do this again.”
Former Thunderhawk Troy Young sat down with us to talk about the 2010 season and memories he had from that championship season. Season X!
Q-What was your best memory as a Hawk?
Winning the championship 2010 and that season was the best for me. We went undefeated. It was an experience I will never forget, it was a great feeling holding that trophy and feeling the pride of winning it all.
Q-Tell us what you are doing now?
Now I'm a team lead at Spectrum Industries in Chippewa and also an entrepreneur. I have a lil girl that turns 1 January 6th. Have a lil step son that is 11. It’s always fun balancing being a family man and my football career.
Q-Having a long semi pro career, what was your experience before semi pro?
A-Born and raised in Houston TX. Went to Tyler Jr college then went to Winona state. I’ve always played football, but playing at this level has always been great. Basically still at it playing football!
Troy Young played both QB and Safety for the Thunderhawks in 2010. A long time semi pro football player, Troy continues to play the game that few get a chance to experience. Troy won all football honors in 2010 at both of his positions. He is currently playing in the NEFL for the River City Roughriders.
By unanimous decision, the Northern Elite Football League voted in the Sioux City Stampede.
The Sioux City Stampede carry the ELITE requirements held by the NEFL. Through four seasons the Stampede are 33-8 (including a 0-3 Franchise Start), winning the Midwest Football Alliance in 2017 after an undefeated season. It was their 3rd appearance in the MFA Title game in their 4 years.
Led by Head Coach and part owner, Jason Garnand, the Stampede strive for more, "The Stampede would like to thank the Midwest Football Alliance over the last 4 years. They are a very organized, competitive league. We are truly excited for the move to the NEFL as its a great opportunity to provide new challenges and Big Opportunities for the Stampede."
Sioux City is nestled on the boarder of Iowa, Nebraska, & South Dakota; carrying a population of 165,000+ in the metro area. There are multiple colleges in & around the Sioux City area, helping to bolster the Stampede roster.
The Northern Elite Football League has now attracted League Champions in two consecutive years, while expanding west - Fargo Invaders - and now south for the Stampede. The NEFL is arguably one of the best leagues in the Nation, and continues to build momentum with the addition of the Sioux City Stampede.