New semi-pro 8-man team seeks players


The Peninsula Storm is seeking players.


The Storm is the newest addition to the Northwest 8-Man Football League, a full-contact semi-pro league, which will begin its second season next March.


Current members of the league are the Neah Bay Eagles (2013 champions), Peninsula Storm, Whatcom County Raiders and West Coast (Everett) Gators.


The Eagles traveled to Las Vegas earlier this summer, falling short to a Las Vegas squad in the national 8-man football championship.


The legacy of 8-man football is rich on the North Olympic Peninsula, said Peninsula Storm owner Dick Suess, with Neah Bay High School logging the state 1B 8-man football championship in 2012.


Suess, a retired former college, semipro and professional coach who lives in Gig Harbor, is looking for players from Kitsap County and the Peninsula for the team.


A tryout session will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, on the Sequim High School greenfield, next to the football field and the baseball diamond.  


There is no cost to tryout.


The team is looking at several sites for a home field in Sequim, Port Townsend and Kitsap County.


Future practices will be in November and possibly December.  In January the team will hold meetings at an indoor site, and then once a week practices in February and March leading up to the first game.  


Players are required to provide their own game helmets and shoulder pads. The team provides uniforms. The cost to play is $75.


To learn more about the Storm go to; to learn about the league go to


Suess can be contacted at 253-851-3780 and