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SCYSA Grizzlies on the rise

Posted: August 11, 2013 10:24 p.m.
Updated: August 11, 2013 10:24 p.m.

Jake Sebek, 13, left, hits the sled as the SCYSA Grizzlies practice at Golden Valley High School on Friday.

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Originally under the umbrella of the crosstown Santa Clarita Youth Sports Association Wildcats, the SCYSA Grizzles youth football program broke away to become an independent team about three years ago.

“The Wildcats were very beneficial to us getting started and really set us up,” said Grizzlies President Dean Cipperly. “They really put us in a position to be successful.”

The Grizzlies, like the Wildcats, are part of the Gold Coast Youth Football League, along with the Saugus Spartans.

And this year has been one of the most successful so far, with 170 kids filling up six teams.

“Our numbers have gone up this year,” Cipperly said. “We were actually, our sign-ups went fast than they usually do. Usually kids come late, but this year we had a lot of kids come early and it’s been really exciting to see the growth of this program.”

When the Grizzlies first began, they had two teams and grew to four the following year.

The program works closely with Golden Valley High School, hosting practices and games at the site and featuring the same black and gold colors and Grizzlies mascot as the school.

“We’re trying to get kids from this part of the area to feed their program to help them,” Cipperly said.

Cipperly said he has a good working relationship with Golden Valley head coach Robert Fisher and tries to implement similar verbiage and style as the high school to better prepare the kids for when the arrive at the next level.

The Grizzlies primarily pull kids from the boundaries of Golden Valley and Canyon high schools, though Cipperly said they do get kids from all over, and sometimes outside of the Santa Clarita Valley.

“(Golden Valley) has been very good to us,” Cipperly said. “I’m not saying we’re a better program (than other youth organizations) but we have a better relationship than anyone with our high school. We’re getting together to implement verbiage. We’ve been to some of their meetings and we want to start putting some of their stuff in.”

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