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Main Camp Preview

06/30/2015, 9:45am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Head Coach Shane Beatty talks camp

Photo courtesy of Tamiko Lyle

The Sun veterans and rookies will combine as one team as the club opens Main Camp this weekend.

Head Coach Shane Beatty enters his third year with the club and is excited about the possibilities of the 2015 campaign and speaks with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Who's Next?

06/23/2015, 4:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Can Jonas Gering be the next Steven Doege?

He’s widely considered the best defensive lineman in team history.  Steven Doege played four brilliant seasons (2009-2012) winning the Canadian Junior Football League’s (CJFL) Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. 

When he finished his junior career in 2012, Doege had amassed a CJFL best 43.5 sacks; seven more than the next closest person on the list (Dave Solie, Hilltops) and 15.5 more than the next closest BCFC player (Evan Foster, Rams).

Could Jonas Gering be the next Steven Doege?  Their paths are somewhat similar.

Doege first played the sport of football in Grade 10 in 2006 at Rutland Senior Secondary (RSS).  Three years later he graduated from RSS and began his junior career with the Sun in 2009, tipping the scale at 210 pounds.  He was named the team’s Rookie of the Year and a BCFC All-Star.

In just his second season (2010) he became the team’s All Time Sack leader after compiling 11.5 sacks that year.  He was also named a CJFL All-Canadian, BCFC All-Star and the BCFC’s Top Defensive Lineman.

In the offseason Doege worked on his speed, and it paid off in 2011 as he was named the CJFL’s Defensive Player of the Year.  He collected 28 solo tackles, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.   He was also named the Sun MVP and established a new BCFC mark for career sacks passing Victoria’s James Llewellyn.

After his record setting 2012 with 34 tackles and 12 sacks, Doege, 21, was 240 pounds and practicing with the BC Lions. His speed was his greatest asset.

Fast forward to the 2015 season and Jonas Gering returns “Doege-esk” bigger, stronger and fully healthy.

Like Doege, Gering got his first taste of football at RSS in his grade 12 year at the age of 18.  Just a year later we was in orange and brown as a member of the Sun, weighing 190 pounds.

His 2012 rookie campaign, Gering was used sparingly but was able to showcase his speed and power with eight tackles, three assists and a fumble recovery.  Perhaps the biggest asset Gering had in his rookie season was his brain.  He was extremely coachable and picked up on schemes and systems very quickly.

In his second season (2013), Gering took what he learned in his rookie year and exploded in his sophomore campaign.  He finished the season with 31 solo tackles, 8 assists and a pair of sacks and was named the club’s Top Defensive Lineman and a BCFC All-Star.

Last year Gering’s season was cut short due to an injury, but in his limited games he collected five sacks and eight solo tackles.

This will be the season to see if Gering can post Doege like numbers.  In his three years with the Sun, Gering has heard the coaches using Doege and his abilities as the standard for defensive linemen.  This season Gering is looking to raise the bar.

The big German was invited to BC Lions Evaluation Camp in the spring and tipped the scales at 252 pounds, 12 pounds heavier than Doege.  Gering has the speed to back it up as well.

Both Doege and Gering have similar strengths, however Doege has the numbers to back it up.   It’ll be up to Gering to use what he has learned during his very long offseason to come back, bigger, stronger and faster when the Sun open main camp on July 4th and the season July 25th at the Apple Bowl.

Studying The Secondary

06/16/2015, 10:45pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

After the Sun lose Yochim and Janke, will the DBs be strong?

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

For most teams across the country, the graduation of players like Robbie Yochim, Dexter Janke and Landon King would usually mark a season of rebuilding in the team’s secondary; after all these three players accounted for nine interceptions last year and 242 defensive points ... but this is the Okanagan Sun.

Yes the Sun secondary loses three very talented players, but there is a load of skilled players just waiting for their chance to shine.

Defensive Backs coach Andre Knights enters his fourth season with the Sun and knows a thing or two about playing in the secondary.  As a former star for Saint Mary’s University and 2002 Vanier Cup champion Knights knows the leadership he lost after 2014 will have to come from a number of veteran players here in 2015.

“Other than Brennan Van Nistelrooy, the leaders in our secondary are Matt McConnell, Beck Fullerton, Cord Delinte, Wes Geisler and Jamie Turek,” says Coach Knights.

Does the philosophy of the secondary change after the graduation of Yochim and Janke?

“Yes, we lose Robbie and Dexter, but no, the philosophy doesn't change.  All of our guys need to step up and fill those shoes.  They are expected to fly around, get picks, hard hits and of course run the defense that is called.”

As a coach, do you need to change any styles or systems without those two players?

“No, we do not need to change anything. Yes, Robbie and Dex are great players and we will miss them, but we have a lot of young talent, hungry to fill those shoes.”

What about the way you coach? You lose two vets, any changes to your style with younger players, although it sounds like you have a great group coming back.

“We have Van! He will be our leader vocally and will lead by example on the field.  Our younger players are all going into their third year.  Our core group has a lot of game-time experience making it to the post season two years in a row so it’s not like we are starting over or rebuilding.  I will continue to push them, prepare them, motivate them and expect nothing than 100% when they're on the gridiron.”

Typically the Sun secondary is always very strong.  Will the DB’s be the strength of this team this season?

“The DB's will be as strong this season.  The majority of our group has been training with Coach Beatty through the off-season, so they will come back stronger and faster.  I feel like we will be the strength of the 'D', as most of our vets on defence are in the secondary.”

It’s hard to argue with Coach Knights looking at the players he mentions.  Van Nistelrooy collected two picks and 88 defensive points last year, Delinte had 15 solo tackles and 10 assists, Geisler made three interceptions, as did Fullerton.

The Sun secondary will get back to work on July 4th when the club opens Main Camp, before the home opener on July 25 with the Westshore Rebels in town.

New Defensive Coordinator Mike Botterill

06/15/2015, 11:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The new DC talks about what he likes following spring camp

Photo courtesy of Tamiko Lyle

The Sun have a new defensive coordinator for 2015 and it’s Mike Botterill.  The former CFLer joined the coaching staff last year as the linebackers coach.

Coach Botterill got an opportunity to begin putting his stamp on the defence at Spring Camp and talked with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) at it’s conclusion.

Spring Camp Review: Donelson

06/09/2015, 1:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Regina native Shamar Donelson makes his first trip to Kelowna

Photo courtesy of Tamiko Lyle

Wide receiver Shamar Donelson from Regina speaks with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) following Okanagan Sun spring camp

"Kicking It" At Spring Camp

05/31/2015, 11:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Thomas Huber enters his graduating season

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

It must be a strange feeling for Thomas Huber entering his final year in a Sun uniform.  For the past four seasons Huber has seen his fair share of changes and leaders.  Now entering his last year, perhaps the biggest change is the fact Huber is now one of the leaders on a team expected again to compete for a BCFC title.

Huber completed his final spring camp with the orange and brown and jokingly stated "there's a lot of rookies out there."  The same spot he was in just four seasons ago.

He talked with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) following the intersquad game on Sunday.

Dexter Drafted

05/12/2015, 8:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

With the 44th overall pick the Stampeders selected Janke

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

His junior career lasted just one season, but it was an impressive one, as Dexter Janke has been selected 44th overall by the Calgary Stampeders in the 2015 CFL Draft.

Janke will report to Stampeders Rookie Camp on Friday May 29th as he begins his quest for a roster spot.

This is the second straight year the Stamps have selected a former Sun players, taking Max Caron last year.

Congratulations Dexter!

Sun Spots: Terrance Huston

05/10/2015, 12:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

One of the greatest running backs in Sun history

He’s regarded as one of the best running backs in Okanagan Sun history.

Terrance Huston dominated the BC Junior Football Conference from 1995-1998.  In just three seasons he collected 44 career touchdowns, 35 of which were on the ground.    His 44 majors is still a Sun record.

In the three seasons, the Sun appeared in two Canadian Bowls, losing both times to the Regina Rams in 1997 and 1998.  In his first season in 1996, the Sun fell to the Saskatoon Hilltops in the National semi-final game.  Huston made three interceptions, a National semi-final record that still stands and collected the highest return average, averaging 30 yards a return, also a National semi-final record that still holds true.

Huston states playing with his brother Jermaine Haley was one of his highlights during his tenure with the Sun.  He also says, still remembered as one of the best players ever to wear a Sun uniform, 17 years later, is another highlight.

Following his three dominating years in the Okanagan, Huston enrolled in Butte College in Northern California, where it didn’t take long to be noticed. After just one season at Butte, Huston signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2000.

However, Huston never dressed for the Dolphins, getting released at the beginning of the season.  He was picked up by the Oakland Raiders and placed on the practice roster for that season.  Following the year, Huston was given permission to play in the XFL in 2001 to gain more experience with the Orlando Rage.  As a tight-end he caught five balls for 51 yards.

After the XFL folded he returned to the Raiders in 2002, before suffering a career ending neck injury.

Today Huston lives in New Westminster and is a correctional officer at North Fraser Pretrial Centre in Port Coquitlam and has been there for the past four years. 

The love of football hasn’t left his heart as back in 2012 he helped coach Frank Hurt high school to a provincial championship.

That said, when asked if he would trade places with any members of the Sun today, he says NO, claiming he came in at a good time.  He does believe head coach Shane Beatty is doing a good job of getting “that old Sun attitude back that has been missing for years.”

The advice he gives the current Sun running back core is this:  First off, try and score every time you touch the ball.  Second, see the whole field and third remember, great players make great plays when they are tired.

Huston is a family man now, living with his girlfriend and expecting his third child in July.  He kids Jannae and Jaydee are growing like crazy and he has a message for Sun fans; ”Kelowna should here some noise from my son on the football field in a few years.”  Music to the ears of fans who remember watching #8 tear up and down the Apple Bowl for three wonderful seasons.

If his son is half as good as his Dad, Sun fans will be in for a real treat!!

Machado Invited By Lions

04/27/2015, 4:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Lucas will join seven of his teammates this weekend

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Defensive lineman Lucas Machado has been invited by the BC Lions to attend their Evaluation Camp this weekend in Surrey at the Lions facility.

Machado will join Cliff Crews, Dexter Janke, Robbie Yochim, Brennan Van Nistelrooy, Michele Vecchio, Jonas Gering and Matt McConnell and 13 other BCFC players at the Lions E-Camp.

The Winnipeg native is coming off a fantastic season collecting 11 tackles, 3 assists, had a team leading 6.5 sacks, 2 knockdowns a fumble recovery.

The Lions will record each player’s height and weight along with bench press, broad jump and vertical.  They will follow the same testing procedures that occur at the CFL and NFL combines.

The Sun will open Spring Camp on May 29 at the Apple Bowl and Parkinson Rec Centre.

Getting Another Shott

04/24/2015, 11:15am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Former kicker signs with the BC Lions

When it comes to perseverance former Sun kicker Steven Shott could win an award … or better yet a contract with the BC Lions.

This has finally happened for Shott who played his last game in a Sun uniform back in 2010.  Since then "Shooter" has been to four Lions’ spring camps and played a season in the Ontario Football Conference, winning a title with the Windsor AKO Fratmen in 2014.

Shott signed a contract with the Lions following his 2010 season with the Sun, however was one of the last cuts.  He continued to be invited to camp, despite the Lions having multiple kickers on their roster.

Last season Shott, a free agent, kept his dream of kicking in the CFL alive by joining the Fratmen after the OFC decided to raise their age limit.

As he did during his days with the Sun, Shott was solid punting and kicking field goals.  He finished his lone OFC season with the second highest punting average, was 7 of 13 in field goals and collected a Conference high in kick-off average.

Shott has signed a multi-year deal with Lions and has been invited back to camp with an opportunity to finally win a spot on the roster behind veteran Paul McCallum.  He’ll be in Kamloops when the Lions open up camp on May 31st.

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Main Camp Preview

06/30/2015, 9:45am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Head Coach Shane Beatty talks camp

Who's Next?

06/23/2015, 4:15pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Can Jonas Gering be the next Steven Doege?

Studying The Secondary

06/16/2015, 10:45pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

After the Sun lose Yochim and Janke, will the DBs be strong?

New Defensive Coordinator Mike Botterill

06/15/2015, 11:15pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The new DC talks about what he likes following spring camp

Spring Camp Review: Donelson

06/09/2015, 1:15pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Regina native Shamar Donelson makes his first trip to Kelowna

Michele Vecchio With BC Lions

06/03/2015, 10:45pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun veteran took part in Lions rookie camp

"Kicking It" At Spring Camp

05/31/2015, 11:15pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Thomas Huber enters his graduating season

Sun Open Spring Camp

05/27/2015, 11:00pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Sunday Intersquad game at the Apple Bowl

Brennan Van Nistelrooy Enters His Last Season

05/27/2015, 1:00pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Spring Camp preview

Spring Camp Preview with Coach Beatty

05/27/2015, 12:00am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Shane Beatty prepares to enter this third Spring Camp

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