Fast Friday At WGR

You know autumn is just around the corner when Rock 102’s Show & Shine Weekend rolls around, with the school countdown on. Friday was a perfect race day though, sunny skies, 21, More »

Rush Make Bold Move

The Saskatchewan Rush continued their busy off-season by completing a major trade today, acquiring the 2016 NLL Goaltender of the Year Evan Kirk from the New England Black Wolves in exchange for More »

Rush Swap Sniper For Picks

Saskatchewan Rush general manager Derek Keenan announced a trade today between his team and the Toronto Rock that sends forward Adam Jones to the Rock in exchange for a first round draft More »

Action Heats Up At WGR: Great Week Ahead

The countdown to NASCAR started Saturday night at Wyant Group Raceway as four divisions hit the track as part of NASCAR Racing Week in Saskatoon. Legends cars from Saskatchewan and Alberta ran More »

Rain Falls, Cars Fly, Fans Leave WGR Happy

Crashfest!  That’s the only word that can describe the racing that went on Saturday night at Wyant Group Raceway.  Heavy rains earlier in the week washed all the accumulated rubber off, along More »

 

Top Ten Tuesday: The Arm Chair GM/Commish:

While there definitely has been action on the field of play the last seven days, administrative headlines seem to be capturing the spotlight.

Now let’s face it every sports fan loves to play the role of General Manager of their favorite team or even the role of Commissioner for their favorite league. From the off-field news of the week here’s my take from the armchair.

10 – The WHL will pause from their play-offs for this week’s Bantam Draft. The annual selection of bantam age players will be held on Thursday. For the life of me I don’t understand why the league feels the need to take the attention away from the on-ice FINAL series that is set to begin. Additionally, they have hamstrung two of their 30 franchises. Neither the Eastern Conference nor Western Conference Champions can do anything with their roster or list aside from selecting players and dropping list players. As Commissioner for a day the draft moves to one week after the end of the Memorial Cup. That would allow all-teams to fully participate. Capture some off-season media attention and maybe even release your regular season schedule for the upcoming season.

9 – Not done being the WHL Commissioner. The next move for the draft is to make it a midget draft as opposed to a Bantam draft. The reasoning is that a rebuild is sped up for any franchise by one full season. AND fans that may have had to see top end players leave via trade mid-season due to them becoming a seller at the trade deadline can see immediate returns on the ice the following season with the new acquisitions eligible to participate full time.

WHL Lightens Punishment On Winterhawks

Ron Robison, Commissioner of the Western Hockey League, announced today that the Portland Winterhawks’ first round selection in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft has been reinstated by the League. The selection was part of the sanctions imposed by the WHL in November of 2012 due to recruitment violations.

“It was important to the League that Portland demonstrate full compliance with WHL Regulations and, as a result of their compliance, the 2017 first round draft choice has been reinstated,” stated WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “I am not only satisfied the Winterhawks have been fully compliant but they are also committed to continue serving as good partners in the WHL.”

Introducing The Dogs’ Barc

Well you know what they say a Dogs Bark is worse than its’ bite.

However, that’s not the case when it comes to toontownsports.net.

Throughout the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Football season CJWW analyst and former Huskie defenisve back, Barclay Schlosser, and I will take you inside the Huskies huddle for insight, observation and of course analysis from what is happening on the field and inside the Huskie huddle.

The first edition features a complete recap of the Dogs’ spring camp.

Check it out for yourself

Offensive Finish To Huskie Camp

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies spring camp wrapped up Sunday afternoon at Griffiths Stadium with their annual Green and White game.

119 players took to the turf for the final on-field workout of the spring. The coaching staff had scripted 65 plays and gave every player an opportunity to make an impression.

Offensively the players were able to move the ball in spurts at the start of the workout before finding their stride and gaining momentum throughout the session.

Four quarterbacks took their turns directed the offence with Drew Burko taking the first reps followed by Kyle Siemens, Jeremy Long and Ben Leier. The remainder of the offense subbed in at predetermined intervals.

Defensively the first group started very strong with great gap control along the line of scrimmage and the secondary was able to hold the talented receivers at bay.

However, the offence was able to gain traction and would put up seven touchdowns and a handful of field goals in the scrimmage that lasted just more that 90 minutes.

Here is the complete scoring summary:

#30 Kaden Johnson 40-yard TD run.

Huskies Hustle on Day 3 Of Camp: Recap & Sights And Sounds

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies battled the elements and a tough schedule on the second to last day of spring camp.

The Dogs held their lone two-a-day practices of the four day work-outs yesterday.

A crisp morning was fierce with a number of physical battles on both sides of the ball. Additionally, the younger players were given an opportunity to make an impression with a number of the drills featuring them.

In the afternoon the 2+ hour session saw an emphasis on special teams. Both the punt cover team and field goal units were put to the test.

The big positive from both workouts was the effort that the team has put into their off season work-outs as conditioning was not a fact despite two on field sessions today.

Just as admirable

Huskie Camp Day 2: More Sights And Sounds

Day two of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies spring camp was equally as impressive as day one.
The team once again maintained focus despite a lot of mental work that was done in meeting rooms prior to hitting the turf.

The offense continued to work on situational offense and well as the no-huddle offense.
Defensively the group in green worked on run defence and a lot of time and effort was put into individual drills for the secondary. The work with the DB’s should come as no surprise as they clearly have the largest group of players and new players at any position.

PLAY OF THE DAY:

Bombers Extend Willy

(Photo Courtesy cfl.ca)

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announce today the club has extended the contract of starting quarterback Drew Willy. The pivot was entering the final year of his contract in 2015.

The club’s Most Outstanding Player from 2014 started 17 of 18 games last season, missing one due to injury, and finished third in the CFL in passing yardage with 3,769. Willy threw 14 touchdown passes, while growing into the club’s leader both on and off the field. He had six 300-yard passing games, and was twice named the Offensive Player of the Week (Weeks one and six). Willy led the Bombers to multiple come-from-behind wins, including two game winning drives in the first six weeks.

“Drew Willy is the leader of our football team. Both his skill set and his leadership on and off the field are the attributes you look for to build a solid roster,” said General Manager Kyle Walters. “We knew as an organization that we wanted to get this done before the season, and we’re really pleased we can look forward to Drew being a vital part of this franchise for multiple years to come.”

“I’m very excited to remain a Blue Bomber following this season and get this agreement in place,” said Willy. “In just one season I have really grown to love the city of Winnipeg and the entire province of Manitoba. The passion they have for our game, and specifically the Blue Bombers, makes a decision like this much easier.”  

Huskie Spring Camp: Sights And Sounds – Day 1:

After an inspiring Dogs Breakfast the University of Saskatchewan Huskies took to the turf at Mosaic Stadium for day one of spring camp.

First off, congratulations to the Huskie Football Foundation for another successful Dogs breakfast! Nearly 2000 patrons took in the 15th anniversary breakfast that raised $100,000 for Huskie scholarships. Additionally, Ronnie Lott was one of the best speakers that I have ever had the pleasure of hearing! Lott was sensational and his message to find a little “Woo” in our life everyday was tremendously inspiring.

Riders Coming Back To Toontown To Camp

The Saskatchewan Roughriders officially confirmed today that they will once again be holding this year’s training camp at Griffith’s Stadium at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

This will mark the third consecutive season the team will travel to the U of S campus to hold training camp after the Green and White held practice sessions there in 2013 and 2014.

The 2015 edition of Saskatchewan Roughrider training camp will open with on field workouts beginning Sunday, May 31st. The team will stay in Saskatoon practicing through Wednesday, June 17th at which time they will return to Regina ahead of their final preseason game June 19th at Mosaic Stadium versus the Calgary Stampeders.

Further details including practice times and fan events will be released in the coming weeks.

 

IMPORTANT TRAINING CAMP DATES

Sunday, May 31:

  • First day of training camp at the University of Saskatchewan’s Griffiths Stadium.

Thursday, June 4:

  • Afternoon walk through in Prince Albert

Saturday, June 6:

Huskies Set To Go Camping

University of Saskatchewan Huskie football head coach Brian Towriss announced 25 new faces to the squad for the 2015 season Thursday at the 15th Annual Dogs’ Breakfast.

This year’s recruiting class features some of the best high school and junior football players in the province and Western Canada.  These players are just some of the new athletes who will be in Huskies’ uniforms for the 2015 season.

“Spring camp gives us an opportunity to introduce our systems and evaluate and compare the incoming players with the veterans on our roster,” said Towriss.

Joining the Huskies from the Canadian Junior Football League champion Saskatoon Hilltops is All-Canadian linebacker Justin Filteau, All-Canadian Running Back and Offensive Player of the Year Wayndel Lewis and All-Canadian Offensive Lineman Ben Hodson. The three returned the Hilltops to the top of Canadian Junior Football for the fourth time in five seasons.

Also suiting up for the Huskies with junior football experience is All-Canadian Brooks Falloon, linebacker Chris Brown-Fillion and defensive tackle Brett Schulz. The three suited up for the Winnipeg Rifles in 2014, while All-Canadian defensive back Vince Greco (Calgary Colts) and linebacker Bret Selinger (Regina Thunder) all transfer to the green and white.

Saskatchewan continues to add home grown talent with 15 of the 25 recruits playing their high school or junior football in the province.

Among the Saskatchewan talent is Canada’s U18 Team standouts Ben Whiting (defensive back, Marion Graham), Payton Hall (defensive back, Campbell, Regina) and Eric Thakurdeen (linebacker, Notre Dame). Whiting, Hall and Thakurdeen, who are all also members of Team Saskatchewan, helped Canada to a 53-9 win over the USA in Arlington, Texas.