Monthly Archives: May 2015
What a difference a week makes. Last week for the season opener at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway it was almost too hot for afternoon racing. This week as four more divisions got their season under way it started off cool and windy, turning into a typical Saskatchewan “not bad but a bit breezy” Saturday afternoon of racing.
Race cars like the cooler weather though and the track is always faster when it cools down, so the afternoon started off with three new track records in the time trials, as the track keeps getting faster and faster each year.
Blake Erb started the ball rolling with a new track record in the Legends cars, showing a lap of 15.978 seconds. Next up, the Bandoleros with 12 year old Tyler Emond coming to us from Leduc Alberta wound his car around the track in 19.063 seconds.
In the Super Late Models, after holding the track record last year for all of about 45 seconds, Jim Gaunt laid down a new track record time on Saturday of 14.054 seconds. In the Sportsman Division, Matthew Shirley had to settle for a non track record time in of 15.359 seconds.
In the Chase for the Mac’s Cup Legends Series, a culmination of two races in Saskatoon and one each in Edmonton, Medicine Hat and Hythe Alberta, the #21 of Blake Erb claimed wins in the Heat A and Heat C as well as the Mac’s Feature. A familiar name in Saskatoon, Trent Seidel picked up the win in the Heat B race and the #94 of A.J. Morrison took Heat D.
The #18 Bandolero of Tyler Emond made it a perfect afternoon, winning the heat, the qualifier and the feature in the Crime Stoppers Bandolero Division. #22 Kelsey Toth took runner up in the feature, with #24 of Jaxen Gervais rounding out the top three.
The Shell VPower Sportsman division had a good afternoon. The #12 of Matthew Shirley picked up the first heat race, while the #93 Burco Electric Dodge Avenger of Neil Schneider took the Qualifier Race. Matthew Shirley rounded out the afternoon, taking the feature flag in the #12 Co-op Grand Prix.
And finally in the WSSL Auto Parts Plus Super Late Model Division, there were five different winners through the five races. Trevor Hannay took the first heat race in the #44 Barga.ca Dodge Charger, with Jared Reddekopp taking the second heat race in his #97 Legends Golf Course 2015 Ford Fusion. Jim Gaunt took home the first qualifier race in his #55 Sky Financial 2015 Impala SS and Rob Janzen picked up the second qualifier win in his #17 2015 Toyota Camry.
The first WSSL Auto Parts Super Late Model Feature win of the year went to the #56 TG Graphics Monte Carlo SS of Howard Crossman, coming home ahead of the #88 of Jason Gervais and the #17 of Rob Janzen.
Next week racing moves back to evening racing, with the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks, the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks, the Crime Stoppers Bandoleros and the Earth Works Sask Legends series all hitting the track Saturday night. The front gates at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway open at 5:00, with the first of many green flags at 6:05pm on Saturday, June 6.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Legends Cars Chase for the Mac’s Cup, presented by Earth Works
Time Trials (seconds)
Kelowna Rockets forward Rourke Chartier claimed the title of CCM Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year at the 2015 CHL Awards on Saturday.
Chartier finished tied for 14th in WHL scoring with 48 goals and 34 assists for 82 points while recording just 18 minutes in penalties in 58 games played this season. The 19-year-old from Saskatoon, SK, was selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the San Jose Sharks. Finalists for the award included Kyle Farrell of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, and Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters.
Chartier is in his third season with Kelowna. In 188 career regular season games, the forward has amassed 170 points (85g-85a) and 34 minutes in penalties.
This is the second consecutive year that a WHL player has won the award after Sam Reinhart claimed the honour in 2014. The awards were presented as part of the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup festivities at Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City.
2015 CHL Awards – WHL Finalists
Jack Link’s Top Prospect of the Year:
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are set to open training camp at Griffiths Stadium this weekend.
This season is going to be a very interesting one as I think the Green and White are coming into the season with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove. Let’s face it, prior to Darian Durant’s injury in the Banjo Bowl the Green and White were 8-and-2. They of course would finish the season 9-and-9 before bowing out to Edmonton in the West Semi-final.
As the Green and White prepare for the 2015 season here are my top ten things to watch in no particular order.
10 – Darian’s elbow. Despite all reports indicating that his surgically repaired elbow is 100% Rider nation wants to see for themselves if Darian is ready to return from his injury and lead the new Jacques Chapdelaine offence.
9 – Staying with the offence and will they buy into Chapdelaine’s scheme? The Rider offence for the most part is a veteran group and if they buy-in the sky may be the limit. Especially considering that they finished 2014 with the league’s worst passing/game offence. A number that will improve with Darian at the helm.
8 – Protecting the Quarterback! What once was the undisputed strength of the team, the Riders lost Ben Heenan and Dominic Picard in the off-season. All-star caliber players not to mention Canadian starters. Who will step up to fill their shoes?
7 – Ratio breakers. With the loss of those two starters as well as Ricky Foley and Sam Hurl the Riders are in need of National starters. Will Jerome Messam make a statement in the backfield, can Nick Demski go from first round pick to offensive starter?
6 – Giving it the boot. 2014 was a season to forget for Chris Milo. He struggled with consistency kicking field goals and his kick-offs were among the shortest in the league. Milo needs to rebound or face being replaced.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that international running back Terrance Cobb, and offensive linemen Michael Philipp and Randy Richards have signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contracts were not released.
Cobb (5’11 – 220) joins the Riders after spending last season in the NFL. The Tennessee native joined the Oakland Raiders in December after attending 2014 training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he saw action in three preseason games.
Before going pro, the 25-year-old spent four seasons at Towson where he set school records with 4,414 rushing yards and 47 touchdowns.
Philipp (6’4 – 315) spent last season between the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers practice rosters. The California native had 48 career starts with Oregon State through four seasons at left tackle.
Well the wait is finally over CFL fans! Training camps will open this weekend. Be sure to catch my special edition Top 10 list this weekend for what to watch for at Saskatchewan Roughrider training camp.
In the meantime here are my thoughts on everything else going on in the world of sports.
I don’t think that it’s a big surprise that the TSN wanted to extend their TV deal, which they did last night. I do find it interesting that they would do it one year into their current 4 year-deal. That being said I am shocked the league would go for it and not look for a competing bid from Rogers or the new commissioner’s old employer in the CBC.
Staying on the new deal and one has to wonder if the TV contract extension was in anyway a part of the purchase of the Toronto Argonauts. Of course Bell, TSN’s parent company is the new owner of the Argos. Additionally, the Argos have reportedly been granted not one but two Grey Cup (aka money makers) games. Not a bad deal for the new owners to keep the franchise afloat in the Big Smoke!
One more on the TV deal and I was disappointed to hear that the Radio rights for the Grey Cup were also extended in the contract. That means that local radio play-by-play guys like Rod Pedersen, Mark Stephen, and Bob Irving won’t get a chance to call a Grey Cup game which is a shame and a crime in my opinion!
The Canadian Football League (CFL) and Bell Media’s TSN and RDS announced today they have extended their long-term, successful partnership through to 2021.
As part of the extension, TSN and RDS continue to hold exclusive media rights to all CFL games, including pre-season, regular season, playoffs, and the iconic celebration of Canadian sports that is the Grey Cup. In addition to broadcast and digital rights, the deal features exclusive radio rights to the Grey Cup for Bell Media’s Grey Cup Radio Network.
“The CFL’s partnership with TSN and RDS has been central to our growth and momentum and we look forward to working together to reach new and even bigger audiences,” said Jeffrey L. Orridge, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.
“The CFL continues to rank as one of Canada’s leading sports properties,” said Phil King, President – CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. “With many new stadiums opening across the league and a new era beginning in Toronto, this is truly an exciting time for the CFL. We are thrilled to extend our partnership and to continue to shine the spotlight on this beloved Canadian sports institution for years to come.”
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that international linebacker Jake Doughty, international defensive back Tyree Hollins, and international defensive lineman Lee Pegues have signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contracts were not released.
Doughty (6’0 – 234) signs with the Riders after attending 2014 training camp with the Green Bay Packers. The 23-year-old Utah State product saw action in four preseason games, collecting eight tackles. He originally signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent in May, 2014.
Hollins (5’9 – 190) joins the Green and White after spending four seasons at Grambling. The 24-year-old Louisiana native played 37 career collegiate games, totaling nine interceptions for 147 return yards. As a senior, Hollins registered 72 tackles, five interceptions, two forced fumbles, and fumble recovery.
Pegues (6’2 – 291) joins the Riders after attending 2014 training camp with the Chicago Bears where he saw action in four preseason games. The 23-year-old originally signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent in May, 2014.
After several weeks of vacancy, the Iron Horse Kindersley Klippers are pleased to announce the Head Coach & General Manager position has been filled. The Klippers would like to welcome Coach Geoff Grimwood to the organization.
“I am very excited by the opportunity to join the Kindersley Klippers and join the community of Kindersley,” said Grimwood, “I feel we have a really great opportunity to build on the previous success of the team, and feel we have the pieces in place to continue to get better as a team.
“I am looking forward to reaching out to all of our returning players,” Grimwood continued, “Next season really starts today, and we are going to be an extremely hard working hockey club. I would like to once more thank Garnet Gramlich and the Klippers Board for this opportunity, and look forward to becoming part of the community in Kindersley.”
Grimwood comes to the Klippers after serving as an Assistant Coach with the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League (WHL) during the 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015 seasons. During that time he also oversaw the South Island Royals Major Midget Program of the British Columbia Major Midget League (BCMML) for parts of parts of 3 seasons.
(PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock)
The Regina Pats have reorganized the team’s hockey operations division. While his role has not changed, John Paddock has added General Manager (GM) to his title along with Senior VP of Hockey Operations and Head Coach.
Assistant Coach Dave Struch’s role is expanding to include being the team’s new Assistant General Manager. Further, Gord Pritchard, currently the Director of Corporate Affairs will now be the Assistant to the GM.
“When Dave and I started working together it became pretty clear early on that we had similar ideas and philosophies about what makes an organization successful,” said Head Coach John Paddock. “As the season went on, our communication and trust grew which made elevating Dave’s role with the team a no-brainer.”
Other moves include extending the contract of Goaltender Coach Rob Muntain. In addition, the Pats are pleased to announce the contract extensions for the team’s Athletic Therapist Greg Mayer and Equipment Manager Gord Cochran.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that national defensive linemen Rory Connop, Tyler Langlais, and Brendon Tennant, fullback Matthew Rea, defensive back Kwamie Adjei, and running back Melvin Abankwah have all signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contract were not released.
Connop (6’5 – 282) was selected in the 3rd round (26th overall) after four seasons at Western University. Last season the Edmonton native picked up 10.5 defensive tackles and three quarterback sacks in eight conference games.
Rea (6’1 – 242) was selected in the 4th round (35th overall) out of Michigan State University. The 23-year-old played three conference games for the Spartans last season.
Adjei (6’1 – 205) was selected in the 5th round (42nd overall) after four seasons at Mount Allison University. The Brampton, ON native picked up 34 defensive tackles, four interceptions and three quarterback sacks in eight conference games last season.
Langlais (6’2 – 270) was selected on the 6th round (47th overall) after four seasons at the University of Calgary. The 25-year-old Dryden, ON native was limited to five games last season, picking up 3.5 defensive tackles.
Abankwah (5’9 – 190) was selected in the 6th round (50th overall) after four seasons at Saint Mary’s University. Last season, Abankwah totaled 534 yards and two touchdowns on 112 carries in seven conference games.