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New Sun President Is No Stranger

02/23/2015, 11:15am PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Former player, coach and broadcaster Bill Long is back

During the recent Sun Annual General Meeting, the team elected a new board of directors along with a new President.

Former player, coach and broadcaster Bill Long was re-elected President for his second term after two successful seasons in 2010 and 2011 8-2.  During those two seasons the Sun had an overall record of 17 -3 and saw growth in attendance.

Bill was part of the original roster of the Sun in 1981 and is a wealth of knowledge begin around the team in a number of different roles for a long time.  His most recent role with the team was the club’s treasurer.

Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) talked with Bill following the AGM who begins his two year term immediately.

Spring Camp 2015

02/16/2015, 12:45pm PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun will hold their 34th Spring Camp May 29-31

Photo  courtesy of Tamiko Lyle

The Okanagan Sun will play in their 34th season in 2015 and again expectations are very high coming off a terrific season last year.

Veterans, new recruits and rookies will be on display for the first time at Spring Camp May 29-31.  The club will hold three major practices then allow the offensive players to face the defensive unit in a scrimmage on the 31st.

The club has announced the itinerary for this season’s Spring Camp.  Click HERE to view.

"The Great Gillespie"

02/05/2015, 2:45pm PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Long time Head Therapist honoured

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Sun head therapist Roy Gillespie was honoured on Wednesday night for his unbelievable contribution to the local sports community. 

Roy was named a Community Volunteer/Sport Hero for his commitment to local sports and 20+ years with the Sun.

Roy graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degree from Dalhousie University and went on to work as a physiotherapist in Australia and Nova Scotia before settling in British Columbia in 1993. 

Since then, he has earned his Masters of Physical Therapy, has become certified in traditional Chinese acupuncture and Intramuscular Stimulation (I.M.S.) acupuncture and has become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  He uses these skills daily, working full time at the Pinnacle Physiotherapy Clinic while pursuing his Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy. 

Roy is not only the volunteer head therapist of the Sun, but he also works with several National and Provincial team programs; supports the University varsity teams and athletes and provides services to local sport

organizations as well as numerous high level and professional athletes.  
As a community sport science resource, Roy is always willing to share his insight and experience at sport education workshops and lectures; provide volunteer physiotherapy support at sporting events; and, develop injury rehabilitation and exercise programs for athletes at all levels.  Success in Roy’s mind is helping an injured person return to their active lifestyle and he’s willing to do what it takes to get them there!

Congratulations Roy and thank for all that you do!

Another Day, Another Invite

01/30/2015, 4:15pm PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Devon Kozar has been invited to a CFL Regional Combine

Photo  courtesy of Greystoke Photography

The invitations sent to former Sun players continue to roll in.  Former Offensive lineman, Devon Kozar will join Dexter Janke in Edmonton at the CFL Regional Combine.

Kozar becomes the fourth member of the Sun family to be invited to a CFL Regional Combine, showing the talent that CFL clubs are watching in junior football.

Kozar helped the Sun to one of Canada’s best running attacks in 2013 securing the left tackle side of the line.

He spent the last two seasons of his junior career on the offensive line, after coming over from the defensive side.

Here is an excerpt from the letter Kozar received:

"Dear Devon,

The Canadian Football League is inviting select Draft eligible players and the top 5th year CIS and CJFL players to attend an exclusive Regional Combine in their part of the country.

Due to an interest from our CFL teams, you have been selected to attend the Regional Combine in Edmonton on Monday March 23, 2015."

Kozar and Janke will attend the CFL Regional Combine in Edmonton, while Jack Rush and Brandon Donkers will be attending the CFL Regional Combine in Toronto on March 26, 2015.

Good luck Devon!

Janke Invited To CFL Regional Combine

01/29/2015, 11:30pm PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Dexter Janke is off to Edmonton

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Thursday showed more proof that junior football is paving a path for players to the CFL.

Sun safety Dexter Janke received an invitation to attend the CFL’s Regional Combine in Edmonton presented by Reebok on Monday March 23, 2015.

During the 2014 regular season, Janke recorded 14 tackles, five assisted tackles, a knockdown, had a fumble recovery and intercepted three passes during his lone season with the Sun.

“Dexter Janke is a young man who not only is a great ball player with a tremendous upside, but he is a phenomenal human being,” said head coach Shane Beatty.  In my 23 years of coaching, I haven’t had many like him.  He’s a 5’11, 215 pound safety who is fearless and can run.  He never missed a practice, was always early to watch film and if he didn’t know something he would call me all night until he figured it out.  It’s been a privilege to coach this young man, I can’t wait to see him in the CFL.”

While at the Regional Combine Janke will take part in the following drills:

8:30am – Begin circuit – height & weight, hand, arm measurements, video shot, vertical jump, broad jump, bench press.
10:30am – 40’s, short shuffle, 3 cone drill
1:00pm – Positional drills and one on one’s
2:45pm – Special teams drills
3:15pm - Announcement of players invited to the CFL Combine in Toronto

Here is a copy of Janke’s invitation letter:

"Dear Dexter,

The Canadian Football League is inviting select Draft eligible players and the top 5th year CIS and CJFL players to attend an exclusive Regional Combine in their part of the country.

Due to an interest from our CFL teams, you have been selected to attend the Regional Combine in Edmonton on Monday March 23, 2015."

Janke joins a long list of Sun players that have been given an opportunity to play football in the CFL.  The Edmonton native is hoping a little home cookin’ will help send him to Toronto.

Good luck Dexter!

Sun Spots: Mac Wynsouw

01/26/2015, 11:30am PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Quarterback turned Defensive Lineman

It’s been one of the most impressive “change of positions” in Canadian Junior Football League history.

In 2008 Sun alum Mac Wynsouw move from his back-up quarterback position to starting defensive lineman; chasing the quarterback.  “My decision to move to DL was made after a sit down talk with coach (and now GM) Jay Christensen.  I wanted to play and help the team more than I was and we decided on DL. Best football decision I made for my career.”

The move paid off as Wynsouw was named the team’s most Improved Player in his first year on the defensive side (2008), which he says is one of his most memorable moments as a member of the orange and brown.

His other moment came in his first season in 2004, when the Sun played the Edmonton Huskies in the Canadian Bowl on October 30th.  Though the Sun fell 24-7 in Edmonton, Wynsouw said it was the highlight of his career.

Unfortunately for Wynsouw, 2004 was the only taste of a national championship game he played in.  Over the next four seasons he played in the Cullen Cup but didn’t advance.  In 2005 the Sun lost in the BCFC title game to the South Surrey (Langley) Rams, before losing to Andrew Harris and the Vancouver Island Raiders in 2006, 2007 and 2008.  Oddly enough in the 2008 game, one of the only positives for the Sun that afternoon was a Wynsouw fumble recovery which led to the lone Sun touchdown.

In 2009, his second year on the defensive line, Wynsouw injured his knee in Kamloops in the third game of the season and never played again.

Following his rehab the KSS grad had university opportunities but decided not to risk further injury and went to work in the oil patch. Which is where he met his beautiful fiancé and ultimately led to the birth of his son.

When asked if he would trade places with any of the current defensive line Wynsouw says, “of course I would trade with a current player and do it all over, playing with the Sun was some of the best years of my life!”  The decision would be that much easier if his friend and former teammate Larry Hillary was invited back as well, “we both played strong side DL and had lots of little fake audibles and calls which made it lots of fun. He's one of my best friends still to this day!”

To the current players the Kelowna native offers this advice, “Enjoy it! Work hard, you practice against the best offense in the league everyday and don't take it for granted. These are the best years of your life so don't waste the time on the field because when you're off it, you miss it forever.”

Wynsouw was part of the 2008 Sun team that faced tragedy with the sudden passing of teammate Janson Towers on the eve of their playoff game with the Rams.   One of the lessons he takes away from that tragedy is something Mrs. Towers told the team, “"Never give up, never retreat, get this sh*t done, and give 'er hell!" And "To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.”

Today Wynsouw isn’t playing football, instead he’s a loving father of his son Xander, engaged to Christina and working with Import Toole Corp in Edmonton.

Rookie Class Of 2014

01/16/2015, 11:00am PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

No less than 10 true rookies made an impact this past season

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Taking a closer look at the Sun Rookie Class of 2014 reveals the future is bright after a 9-1 season and a trip to the Cullen Cup.

At least nine true rookies made solid contributions on the field this past season, all of them just 18 years old. The breakdown:

#1 Josiah Joseph, QB – A graduate of Mount Boucherie in West Kelowna, Joseph looked comfortable in the pocket in just his first season. He completed 50 of 84 passes for 839 yards, threw seven touchdowns and six interceptions.  The Peachland native completed 59.5% of his passes and finished with a 95.3% passer efficiency rating.

#6 Lliam Wishart, WR – The Kamloops native and graduate of Valleyview Secondary, Wishart is another big target for the Sun quarterbacks.  In his rookie season, Wishart made seven catches for 97 yards, including catching his only touchdown pass in his hometown of Kamloops.

#25 Kory Nagata, RB (pictured) – With a very low centre of gravity and great speed, stopping Nagata wasn’t easy for defenders.  The Richmond native and Hugh Boyd Secondary grad carried the rock 24 times for 213 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.  On his very first carry at the Apple Bowl Nagata scored from 25 yards out.

#26 Keegan Hughes, LB – Primarily used on special teams during his rookie season, the West Kelowna native collected two solo tackles and was often the first man down the field to cover a kick.  At just 18 years old, the future is bright of this Mount Boucherie grad.

#30 Isaiah Stewart, DB – The Coquitlam native received great experience in his rookie campaign, making four solo tackles and forced a fumble.  The Centennial grad could make a big impact in the 2015 season after the loss of some important secondary pieces.

#33 Chris Pereira, LB – He was one of the most noticeable rookies this past season, following in the footsteps of some outstanding Winnipeg natives.  The St. Pauls high school grad posted six solo tackles, had two sacks and two forced fumbles.  Whenever he was on the field Pereira was heavily involved in seemingly each and every play.  He will be asked to step up even more in 2015 after the graduation of Ron Mwamba and Jeff Mock.

#40 Jean Ventose, DB – The Calgary native appeared and had an impact in many of the regular season games making five solo tackles.  The Henry Wisewood grad improved each time he stepped on the field and will be looked upon to carry a heavier load this upcoming season.

#57 Connor Novak, DL – After an extremely successful high school career at Kelowna Senior Secondary, Novak brought his drive and intensity into his rookie season.  He finished the year with an impressive nine solo tackles and the coaching staff took notice.  The Kelowna native is poised to have a very big 2015.

#58 Hayden Nellis, DL – The D-Line has been one of the strengths of the Sun for the last number of years with names like Doege, Ironstand, Eli, Machado, Gering, Hurlock, Law and Wynsouw.  The next name included in this list could be Nellis.  The Winnipeg native and Dakota High School grad showed great progress and growth moving into the junior ranks.  Nellis could be a big piece on the line in 2015.

#74 Elias Rodriguez, DL – Another Kelowna Senior Secondary grad, Rodriguez showed command on the defensive line at just 18 years old.  The Kelowna native played well enough during the regular season, to win a spot on the 40 man playoff roster.  He made three solo tackles during the regular season, but the highlight must have been recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown during the semi-final victory over the VI Raiders at the Apple Bowl.

Happy Holidays

12/22/2014, 6:00pm PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

What are some of their favourite presents

Kyle Patchell, Keagan Hughes, Lerone Robinson and Josiah Joseph volunteered Downtown Kelowna over the weekend for the 26th Annual Light Up promotion.

They entertained kids and parents while they waited in line for Santa, as well helped with organizing supplies for the cookie decoration station.

The foursome also got a chance to pose with Santa and tell us their all-time favourite Christmas gifts and any family traditions they might have ...

Sun Spots: James Green

12/05/2014, 10:45pm PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

One of the best returners in history

He was one of, if not the most dangerous weapon for the Sun from 2001-2004.

James Green collected over 3,000 yards in kick returns in his Sun career and scored 14 touchdowns.

Green played for Butte College following his junior career, before playing at the University of Calgary.  He was then selected by the Toronto Argos in the third round of the 2009 CFL player draft.

Green just concluded his first season with the Ottawa Redblacks and reflects on his Sun career with our Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)  ....

Head Coach Shane Beatty Begins Recruiting

11/20/2014, 11:15pm PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Vancouver, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba on the list

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

The recruiting trail for Head Coach Shane Beatty has begun to bolster the 2015 roster which has already started to take shape.

Coach Beatty, who was named the CJFL Coach of the Year, has a number of positions on his wish list and tells Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) it'll be a busy few months ....

  • Graduating King

  • 11/01/2014, 11:30pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)
  • Landon King played five years with the Sun and now grads
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New Sun President Is No Stranger

02/23/2015, 11:15am PST, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Former player, coach and broadcaster Bill Long is back

Spring Camp 2015

02/16/2015, 12:45pm PST, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun will hold their 34th Spring Camp May 29-31

"The Great Gillespie"

02/05/2015, 2:45pm PST, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Long time Head Therapist honoured

Another Day, Another Invite

01/30/2015, 4:15pm PST, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Devon Kozar has been invited to a CFL Regional Combine

Donkers Gets An Invite

01/30/2015, 4:00pm PST, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Former linebacker Brandon Donkers prepares for Combine

RUSHing To The CFL?

01/30/2015, 3:30pm PST, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Former safety Jack Rush heads to Toronto

Janke Invited To CFL Regional Combine

01/29/2015, 11:30pm PST, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Dexter Janke is off to Edmonton

Sun Spots: Mac Wynsouw

01/26/2015, 11:30am PST, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Quarterback turned Defensive Lineman

Okanagan Sun Annual General Meeting

01/25/2015, 3:15pm PST, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Saturday February 14 beginning at 10:00am

Rookie Class Of 2014

01/16/2015, 11:00am PST, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

No less than 10 true rookies made an impact this past season

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