Prowlers aim to keep winning tradition alive


By Amanda Dodson - adodson@civitasmedia.com



West Stokes coach Jimmy Upchurch talks to the Prowlers at their annual football and cheerleading camp.


Charles Leftwich | For The Stokes News

West Stokes JV coach Michael Grayson works with a player at the Prowlers camp.


Charles Leftwich | For The Stokes News

Wildcat players assist at the Prowlers annual summer camp.


Charles Leftwich | For The Stokes News

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The West Stokes Prowlers drew in record numbers at their annual football and cheer camp held at West Stokes on July 27.

“I think it went really well,” said president of the league Robert Money. “Right now we have 79 football players and parents are still signing up.”

Money said the kids went through offensive and defensive stations and finished with some great competitive foot races.

“We had already gone through two and half hours of drills but at the end it’s like they got their next burst of energy,” he said.

But the Prowlers program is no stranger to hard work and over the years it’s paid off.

Since forming in 2004, the group has won the Surry County Little League Football Super Bowl Championship in 2005, 2007, and 2008 and been regular season champions from 2005 to 2009.

The Cheerleading program has also excelled placing second in the SCLLF Cheer Competition in 2008 while the JV squad finished first in 2009 and 2014.

“The biggest thing I like to see is for kids to fall in the love with the game,” Money said. “We’re really lucky to have the support we get from coach Sammons at Chestnut Grove and coach Upchurch and his staff at West Stokes. When we talk about a program we’re not just talking about West Stokes or Chestnut Grove or the Prowlers, we’re talking about all three phases of it.”

Money realizes every young athlete who comes through the Prowlers won’t continue on to the high school level.

“We went back and looked and it’s about half who keep playing football. We’d like to get that number up but we know those that stay will be ready to play at West Stokes. That’s why we focus the most on fundamentals.”

Another factor in the Prowlers success is their volunteers.

“They’re the backbone of this organization. We have about 35 and seven or eight of those don’t even have kids in the organization but they keep coming back year after year to support this program,” Money said.

Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.

West Stokes coach Jimmy Upchurch talks to the Prowlers at their annual football and cheerleading camp.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_JimmyU.jpgWest Stokes coach Jimmy Upchurch talks to the Prowlers at their annual football and cheerleading camp. Charles Leftwich | For The Stokes News

West Stokes JV coach Michael Grayson works with a player at the Prowlers camp.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Grayson.jpgWest Stokes JV coach Michael Grayson works with a player at the Prowlers camp. Charles Leftwich | For The Stokes News

Wildcat players assist at the Prowlers annual summer camp.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_ProwCamp.jpgWildcat players assist at the Prowlers annual summer camp. Charles Leftwich | For The Stokes News

By Amanda Dodson

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