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The Blitz Is On In Saskatoon

The Blitz is on for the Friends of the Bowl in downtown Toon-Town today.

Morning commuters are invited to support the Field Goal Campaign with a hot cup of coffee from Tim Hortons Friday morning. Starting at 7:30am youth football players will be handing out coffee in exchange for donations in the round-about by 3rd Avenue and 19th Street.

The Friends of the Bowl Foundation is hosting the Bowl Blitz on Friday, May 16 from 9:00AM – 1:00PM at River Landing. This will be the largest event for the Bowl Field Goal Campaign.

Greg Yuel, Campaign Chair, along with Coaches Tom Sargent and Jeff Yausie will lead a pre-blitz pep rally at 9:00AM. Football players from Saskatoon Minor Football, Kinsmen Football, High School Football and the Hilltops will be in attendance. Following the pep rally, the players will blitz downtown Saskatoon and visit businesses to collect donations to the Campaign. The morning will wrap up with a BBQ sponsored by Prairie Meats from 11:30AM – 1:00PM.

I had the chance to speak with major donors James Yausie and Cora Weenk yesterday about their $2-million donation and today’s activities.

M.H. QB MVP Of Hilltop Camp

An interrupted Ice Fishing trip may have landed the Saskatoon Hilltops a real good quarterback.

Medicine Hat’s Kevin Chopek was on an ice fishing trip when he got a call from Hilltop Head Coach Tom Sargent inviting him to the Toppers spring camp.

Three-and-a-half months later and the freshman quarterback was named the Rookie-MVP of the camp.

Sarge says he was impressed by what he saw particularly in his demeanor and command of the huddle.

However, it isn’t a slam dunk that Chopek will be with the Hilltops when they open main camp in August as he will work out for three British Columbia based teams this week.

Hilltops Set To Go Camping: Head Coach Tom Sargent AUDIO


More than 100 players will take to Ron Atchison Field this weekend for the Saskatoon Hilltops Spring camp looking to earn an invitation to main camp in July.

The Toppers’ quest for a fourth consecutive Canadian Championship came up short last year when they lost the Prairie Football Conference Final to Regina.

2014 will be a season of re-tooling and renewing for the Blue and Gold who will look to get back to the Hilltop.

Players will take the field for five work-outs this weekend:

Tonight (Friday) 7pm.

Million Dollar Day For The Bowl!

At a news conference today, the Friends of the Bowl Foundation kicked off the public phase of its Bowl Field Goal Campaign.

Campaign Chair, Greg Yuel, announced the capital campaign goal of $11 million, which will be used to revitalize the Bowl at Gordon Howe Park.

“We are moving forward in campaign with the full scope of the Foundation’s proposed upgrades. Our community wants to see the full scope of the project realized,” said Mr. Yuel. “Our $11-million goal will cover new artificial turf, scoreboard, lights and sound system, plus a stunning 12,000 square foot clubhouse, complete with concession, locker rooms, equipment storage, and a second floor multi-purpose room with a balcony for a stellar vantage point viewing of games.”

Hilltops Release 2014 Schedule

Ask and you shall receive or as my mother would say patience is a virtue.

Yesterday, the Saskatoon Hilltops released their 2014 schedule. The team will open the season in Regina in a rematch of last year’s PFC Final on Sunday August 17th. The first Hilltop home game will be the following week when they host the Edmonton Huskies at either the newly turfed Gordie Howe Bowl or Griffiths Stadium.

The schedule will also feature a pair of trips to Edmonton to play both the Wildcats and Huskies, while the Toppers loan meeting with Calgary will come September 21 when the Colts travel here to the Bridge City.

Here’s the complete schedule:

Plans Proceeding For New Look Bowl

The Friends of the Bowl Foundation have released new plans for what the revamped Gordie Howe Bowl is going to look like.

The facility will get a new scoreboard and field turf installed for the upcoming High School football season. Work on that phase of the project will begin in April or as soon as the frost is out of the ground.

Additionally preparation will begin for a brand new locker room/concession/storage facility with the hopes of its’ completition in 2015.

Riders Add Three Including Former Hilltop and Thunder


The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today they have signed non-import receiver Mitch Thompson, non-import running back Andre Lalonde and non-import linebacker Tyler Greenslade. Financial details of the signings were not released.

Thompson (5’9 – 185) attended training camp with the Riders and spent last season on the practice roster as an eligible junior non-counter.

The Regina native played the 2013 season with the PFC’s Regina Thunder where he collected 35 receptions for 526 yards and five touchdowns. The 21-year-old added nine catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns as the Thunder won the CJFL Canadian Bowl.

Sarge Will Be Back In Charge in 2014

Tom Sargent will be back in 2014 for a 24th season on the Saskatoon Hilltops sideline.

Sarge announced his intentions to return yesterday to attempt to avenge a loss to the Regina Thunder in last month’s Prairie Football Conference Final.

Sarge admits despite double digit numbers leaving his team due to graduation that there will be a different look to his roster next season.

Next Phase For Friends Of The Bowl

There were smiles all around when the football season in Saskatoon came to a close.

No people weren’t happy that the ultimate team sports season had come to an end with the High School 4A final.

More so the giant Cat that dug into the Gordie Howe Bowl turf signaling the end of the natural surface brought cheers from many users who were in attendance.

Chairman of the Field Goal Campaign Greg Yuel

One More Hilltop All-Canadian:

The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) is proud to announce the Defensive Jostens/CFL All-Canadians for the 2013 season.

The BCFC has five All-Canadians for most the CJFL.

In total there are 12 Defensive All-Canadians and one Return Specialist All-Canadian.

Defensive Line
Evan Foster – Langley Rams (second consecutive year) – 15 tackles, 16 sacks*, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 interception, 1 touchdown
Ash Gayat – Vancouver Island  Raiders – 18 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries
Steve Dignard – Ottawa Sooners – 7 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 touchdown
Brett Pisio – Saskatoon Hilltops – 17 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 knockdowns, 1 fumble recovery