CD Panthers earn a birth to National Tournament. Input provided by Michael Bible Jr.
The U9 Central District Panthers are headed to Naples, Florida to participate in the National Championship Tournament. The CD Panthers won the Greater Seattle Youth League by going undefeated in the regular season then suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss to Parkland in the NW Facts Championship game.
Despite the loss the CD Panthers qualified for the U9 Championship bracket, while Parkland qualified for the U10 bracket. Both teams will represent the West Coast in the 8 team 2017 FBU National Tournament to be held in Naples, Florida December 17th thru December 21st. The Panthers earned the National Tournament bid over teams from Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, and Washington.
According to FBU Washington Director Robert Mason both teams deserved a bid to play for the National Title, “Watching the CD Panthers in both the regular season and winning their league championship was a pleasure. They are put together that Championship game vs Parkland Raiders last year in the NW Facts Championships, That game could have gone either way and CD is rightfully deserving of the bid as well” said Mason.
“This is a huge deal, these kids will remember this opportunity to put the CD Panthers on the map”, Panthers head coach Shawn Thomas said of his teams birth to the National Tournament.
“I believe the CD Panthers can compete and have the potential to beat any team in the country. They have a great organization top to bottom. Their selection is a validation that PNW has some of the most competitive youth football in the country.” Said Eric Medeiros Director of Player Development for the Pacific Northwest and West Coast.
The FBU administration used the NW Facts Rankings and NW Facts Western Washington Championships in research to find another representative to play for their national championship.
NW Facts “Western Washington Championships” is recognized as a major postseason tournament.The NW Facts tournament will be played the weekend of November 18th and 19th. A league championship will most likely get an invitation to battle against the state’s best teams to fight for the rights to be #1 in Washington State.