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Rider Camp Day Three

The following is the Day 3 report from the 2016 Roughrider Training Camp presented by Coors Light.


National fullback Spencer Moore

Number change:
Dillon Grondin is now wearing #76 and has moved to linebacker

Did not participate:
Justin Capicciotti (day-to-day)
John Chiles (day-to-day)
Jorgen Hus (suspended – personal)
Jeff Knox Jr. (day-to-day)
Jonathan Newsome (day-to-day)
Eric Norwood (injured)
Xavier Walker (day-to-day)

National linebacker Nehemie Kankolongo

Top Ten Tuesday Tipping The Cap to Scratch the Head?

Hooray, Hooray, football season began on Sunday! Rider camp opened here in ToonTown on the weekend and this year’s team will be very interesting to watch. From some intriguing battles to new systems they are all on display right now in the Bridge City. At the end of the day the organizations and fans wanted change in the football department and they are going to get it.

On that vein some things remain the same in junior hockey thanks to some forward thinking and a possible second for a Saskatoon landmark on the weekend; that and other news that was in the world of sports from the last seven days. Here’s this week’s Top Ten list, as always, in no particular order:

10 – Battles to watch at training camp: Back-up quarterback. Brett Smith now has had a season and a half to lay claim to the number two job. The question is can he?

9 – Battles to watch part two. I’ll be very interested to see what happens along the defensive line. There definitely is a lot of a talent assembled the question is how do you get them all on the field, and within the ratio, especially with the sudden retirement of Rory Konnop?

8 – More CFL and you have to give the Toronto Argonauts p-r staff a lot of credit. They are doing absolutely everything in their power to make the Boatmen relevant in Canada’s largest city! From going over the top to promote their new jerseys to do anything possible to build momentum for their move to BMO Stadium. Unfortunately, as of this morning for the Argos there is only one section in the entire stadium that is sold out for season tickets which doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence.

7 – A shot across the bow. Well this most certainly won’t help the Argos either. Bell, who also owns TSN in addition to the Boatmen, must be fuming after anchor Jennifer Hedger and the graphics department pointed out that Toronto has been without a professional sports team championship since 1993. The comment sparked a firestorm on social media from Argo player Matt Blanck who tweeted:

Matt Black: Interesting, could of sworn

Rider Camp Day 2

The following is the Day 2 report from the 2016 Roughrider Training Camp presented by Coors Light.


International defensive lineman Tony Criswell (6’8 – 250 – Missouri)
International running back Johnta Hebert (5’10 – 195 – Prairie View)
International defensive lineman Jonathan Newsome (6’3 – 247 – Ball State)

Did not participate:
Jorgen Hus (suspended – personal)
Spencer Moore (personal)
Eric Norwood (injured)
Xavier Walker (day-to-day)

National defensive back Kwame Adjei
International running back Malcom Cyrus

Day two of training camp was another spirited day as the players put the pads on for the first time. The intensity seemed to rise to another level again. All turn to the trenches as the offensive and defensive lineman engaged in one on one battles.

With the pace of the day high, first year Rider Head Coach Chris Jones was pleased to get through the required reps under the allotted time.

First-year receiver Qudarius Ford got a reaction from the morning crowd as he made an impressive diving catch to haul in a 40-yard reception for the would-be touchdown.

The defence answered back as rookie defensive back Marte Sears broke up what appeared to be a sure catch with a flying Superman like leap.

“The good thing is there has been changes but we have a lot of guys that have played in the league, so it is not like you are starting with a bunch of rookies. We do have first year guys but we also have a lot of veterans that have played and won and been very good players. It’s kind of like mixing fuel for a two-stroke. You have to mix it just right or it will smoke.” General Manager/Head Coach Chris Jones.

Riders Add To Camp Roster: Bolster D-Line

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today international defensive lineman Jonathan Newsome has signed with the team. As per club policy details of the contract were not disclosed.

Newsome (6’3 – 247) joins the Riders after spending the last two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts after the team selected him in the 5th round (164th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft. Through two seasons, the 25-year-old Cleveland, Ohio native played 30 regular season games, with three starts, where he collected 47 combined tackles, 7.5 quarterback sacks and four forced fumbles.

Last season, the Ball State product played 14 regular season games, registering 19 defensive tackles,

Day 1 Rider Training Camp – Lots Of Personnel Moves


The Riders made numerous roster moves on the eve of 2016 training camp. See below for the complete rundown.

Did not participate:
Jorgen Hus (suspended – personal)
Spencer Moore (personal)
Eric Norwood (injured)

Training camp opened with a flurry as the team officially hit the field for the first time in 2016. The tempo was high from the get-go as the coaching staff could be heard encouraging players to run to their spots and push the pace.

The first two-hour practice was followed by a 15-minute hydration break before finishing the days on field workout with another 45-minute session.

Veteran receiver John Chiles made several catches in tight coverage for the offence while veteran defensive back Derrius Brooks had several pass breakups for the defence.

Not to be outdone, rookie Canadians Jordan Reaves and Dillon Grondin had strong showings on day one.

“I missed a couple of years because of injury and as hard as it is to believe, I still get really excited about training camp. When you have the game taken away from you for a moment, you appreciate how special it is and as you get older in your career it’s the small things that you appreciate even more. Training camp is the beginning of new opportunities, I can feel the excitement in the locker room and I’m ready to go” Receiver Rob Bagg.

A few hundred fans strolled into the University of Saskatchewan’s Griffiths Stadium on a beautiful May morning for the Riders first on field workouts of camp. The excitement was high as fans cheered loudly following a couple of big plays.

Racers Beat Rain On Saturday At WGR

The rain started with about five laps to go in the final super late model feature race. There was enough heat in the track the water boiled off and the drivers were able to complete the race.

In the end it was 2015 champion Rob Janzen that took home the first WSSL Auto Parts Super Late Model feature win of the 2016 season, slipping across the finish line just ahead of Kenny Heintz and Howard Crossman.

It was Aaron Anderson picking up the first Tiger Automotive Pro Truck feature win, narrowly ahead of Shantel Kalika and Alex Leschenko.

And in the Shell V-Power Nitro Sportsman Division, Nick Jewel took home the first Wyant Group Feature Flag, beating out Ben Busch and Neil Schneider.

Next racing action is next Saturday, June 4 as the Super Truck Racing Series makes its way form Alberta, joined by the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks, the WSSL Super Late Models and the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks.
Gates open at the Wyant Group Raceway Saturday at 5:00, with the first green flag at 6:05pm

Complete Results:

Tiger Automotive Pro Truck Division:

Time Trials (seconds):
1. #51 Luc Haukaas, 15.429
2. #92 Brennan Kirton, 15.618
3. #01 Alex Leschenko, 15.887
4. #49 Shantel Kalika, 15.956
5. #88 Brad Wrennick, 16.000
6. #19 Aaron Anderson, 16.168
7. #94 Mickey Pogoda, 16.230
8. #52 Robin Boomsma, 16.269
9. #18 Bill Zubrecki, 16.350
10. #5 Ian McLean, 16.378
11. #15 David Lowdermilk, 16.436
12. #14 William Stelzner, 16.719

Heat Race:

Riders Put Pen To Paper: Add Non-Contract Invites To Camp Roster

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced international offensive lineman Xavier Fulton has signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contract were not released.

Fulton (6’4 – 300) re-joins the Riders after becoming a free agent in February. The 30-year-old Illinois product spent the previous four seasons with the Green and White after originally being acquired from the Edmonton Eskimos in an April, 2012 trade.

Fulton has started all 65 career regular season games played at left tackle after appearing in all 18 games last season. He has also added four career playoff games and won his first Grey Cup with the Riders in 2013.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to announce the signing of four players from the 2016 CFL Draft class.

Kicker Quinn Van Gylswyk,

Riders Announce Camp Times

Saskatchewan Roughrider 2016 Training Camp officially opens on Sunday, May 29th at the University of Saskatchewan’s Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon. All times are approximate and subject to change.

9:00 am Practice
(Filming available from approximately 9:20 – 9:50 and 11:35-11:45)
12:30 pm Players and coaches available to media

9:00 am Practice
(Filming available from approximately 9:20 – 9:50 and 11:35-11:45)
12:30 pm Players and coaches available to media

9:00 am Practice
(Filming available from approximately 9:20 – 9:50)
11:15 am Players and coaches available to media

Top Ten Tuesday: After A Historical Monday:

Another busy week in the world of sports in Saskatoon here are my top ten thoughts in no particular order including;  A big tip of the helmet to the Football Saskatchewan grid iron crew. Plus a questionable golden goal.

Here we go!

10 – For the first time since the three game-Senior Bowl format was introduced the North topped the South in all three inter-provincial games at Saskatoon Minor Football Field yesterday. In the Six-Man game the North topped the South 22-8. Meantime in 9 man action it was the North downing the South 47-13 while in the 12-man Ed Henick Bowl game the North topped the South 53-29. The three games were all held at Saskatoon Minor Football Field and featured the top seniors in the province.

9 – Congrats to the Football Saskatchewan for making the weekend a must attend event for all players and fans alike. The backdrop of SMF Field was spectacular and the athletes did not disappoint.

8 – One more on football and Saskatoon Minor Football Field has become the crown jewel of football in ToonTown. The Field’s use is spectacular with all types of programs from Rush Girls Flag Football to the U16 and U18 Academies to the Tikes on Spikes program. Those with the vision to make the facility into what it has become deserve a big pat on the back.

7 – To a different green and the Saskatchewan Rush are doing it right on and off the field. The Rush defended their NLL Western Conference Championship on Saturday night completing the sweep of the Calgary Roughnecks. Off the field the game was once again the biggest attendance for any sporting event at Sasktel Centre with just over 15,100 fans in the building, which certainly says a lot. There were some skeptics openly questioning how the team would draw on the May long weekend (yes, that would be me) BUT I am glad to say that I was wrong.

Season Opener At WGS Doesn’t Disappoint

It was opening day for the 2016 season at the Wyant Group Raceway, with the Earthworks Equipment Sask Legends, the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks, the Law Enforcement Guardian Bandoleros and the Golfs Car Wash Mini Stocks all taking to the track.

Full Results:

Law EnforcementBandoleros

Time Trials (seconds):
1. #21 Dakota Wollf, 20.430
2. #14 Ty Stewart, 20.491
3. #1 Tun Maung, 22.365
4. #93 Ryley Schneider, 22.376
5. #33 Jasmine Speidel, 22.377
6. #18 Ashton Everitt, 22.418
7. #8 Braxton Clewes, 25.908
8. #20 Caiden Willey, 29.197
9. #47 Cale Heilman, 29.581

Heat Race:
1. #93 Ryley Schneider
2. #14 Ty Stewart
3. #21 Dakota Wollf
4. #1 Tun Maung
5. #18 Ashton Everitt
6. #33 Jasmine Speidel
7. #8 Braxton Clewes
8. #47 Cale Heilman
9. #20 Caiden Willey