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Canadian Bowl returns to BC

04/19/2014, 12:15pm PDT
By CJFL

Courtesy Canadian Junior Football League

The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) is pleased to announce the 2014 Canadian Bowl will be hosted by the BC Football Conference (BCFC) on Saturday November 8.  The last time the Canadian Bowl was in BC, the game was held in Langley and saw the Saskatoon Hilltops defeat the Langley Rams 23-21 in 2012.

The winner of the BCFC will host the winner of the Prairie Football Conference (PFC) in the national championship.

With this announcement, the level of excitement for the 2014 season grows.  BCFC and PFC teams will be hosting their spring camps over the next few weeks.  

The CJFL National Signing Day (#cjflsigning) is scheduled for Sunday June 1, 2014.  This is the date in which CJFL teams can officially sign players to their 2014 rosters.

“We are extremely excited about the upcoming season,” said CJFL Commissioner Jim Pankovich.  “I’m looking forward to seeing how each team unfolds following their spring camp, with the lead up to the National Signing Day on June 1st.  The decision to hold the 2014 Canadian Bowl back in BC is also very exciting news, as in 2012 in Langley we had one of our most entertaining National Championship games in our history.  I have a feeling this will be a very competitive year.”

The BCFC will begin their 10 week regular season schedule on July 26 with all six teams in action; while the PFC will be kick-off their eight week regular season schedule on August 16.

The Ontario Football Conference (OFC) will officially increase the age of their allowable players from 22 to 24 effective immediately.  The CJFL voted to keep the OFC on as an Affiliate Member, but will be excluded from nationally recognized games such as the Jostens Cup National Semi-Final and the Canadian Bowl.

Photo courtesy of Miranda Gathercole – Langley Times
 

WATCH-Under the Helmet with Wes Geisler

04/14/2014, 7:30am PDT
By Ryan Watters

Sun rookies earn Lions invite

04/11/2014, 8:00am PDT
By Okanagan Sun

After stellar 2013 rookie seasons that saw them both earn starting jobs with the club a pair of Okanagan Sun players have been invited to the BC Lions evaluation camp that will take place later this month.

6’3, 215 pound safety Matt Mcconnell (Chilliwack Giants Midgets) was a physical presence in the secondary all season long and contributed 21 tackles and 3 interceptions. Matt’s starting in the Sun defensive backfield was even more impressive as it was considered the top secondary in the conference.

6’1, 295 pound offensive lineman Michele Vecchio (Rutland Secondary) is a local product who was a fixture at centre all season long and played like a veteran since his first game.

Mcconnell and Vecchio join Sun teammates Jonas Gering (DL), Brandon Donkers (2013 graduated linebacker), Brennan Van Nistlerooy (DB) and Jack Rush (2013 graduated safety).

Winnipeger Luke Boschman returns to BC to wear Sun colors

04/05/2014, 7:45am PDT
By Okanagan Sun

The Okanagan Sun has added a 22 year old offensive lineman from Winnipeg, one with a knowledge of the British Columbia Football Conference.

6’3, 285 pound Luke Boschman (Winnipeg-Churchill High School) has committed to the club after spending last season with the University of Manitoba Bisons. Boschman returns to BC after previously being a member of the Westshore Rebels offensive line from 2010-2012 seasons.

Sun head coach Shane Beatty was alerted to Boschman by another Winnipeger heading back for a second stint in BC.  Defensive lineman Kris Stevens who was announced as a 2014 commit two weeks ago suggested Beatty look into Boschman’s availability.

Boschman, who is expected to line up at guard on his decision to return British Columbia and suit up for a former rival club.

“Coach (Beatty) contacted me and since I wasn’t going back to school, the Okanagan was a pretty good choice as far as a team I’d want to play for. The players there I know all say real good things about the team and I like Kelowna so, yeah...I’m excited about it.”

Meet Linebacker Coach Mike Botterill

03/31/2014, 10:30am PDT
By Ryan Watters

Sun get commit from pair of BC Senior Bowl Players

03/30/2014, 2:15pm PDT
By Okanagan Sun

Eric Stansfield talks with Sun head coach Shane Beatty following schedule release

03/29/2014, 6:30pm PDT
By Eric Stansfield-AM1150 Inside Sports

2014 Schedule Released

03/28/2014, 10:15am PDT
By Okanagan Sun

The British Columbia Football Conference released the 2014 schedule today, it sees the Okanagan Sun play a 10 game schedule that kicks off on the road July 26 against the Chilliwack Valley Huskers.

The playoff dates have not yet been released.

Of note in this schedule:

·         The Sun are on the road first two games and three of first four to start. At home 4 of the last 5

·         Home and home with defending BC champion VI Raiders Aug 9/16

·         Sun are in “top tier” of the conference which sees them play the top two teams from 2013 (VI Raiders and Langley Rams) 3x each

·         3 of 5 home games are Saturday night at 7PM.

·         Sunday afternoon game times are 1PM (2PM in past seasons)

Eric talks with CJFL commissioner about OFC decision to withdraw from national competition

03/26/2014, 5:45pm PDT
By Eric Stansfield-AM1150 Inside Sports

2012 defensive lineman returns...club adds receiver

03/26/2014, 6:45am PDT
By Okanagan Sun

Kris Stevens Returns to Sun

The Okanagan Sun have added a physical presence to the defensive line and potentially the fullback position. But this older (22 year old as of August) is familiar to the Sun as this is his second go around with the club. Kris Stevens (Churchill High School, Winnipeg) was with the club the last half of 2012. The 6’, 245 pound bruiser returns to the Sun after spending last season with the Manitoba Bisons.

Stevens on his decision to return to the Sun for his last season of junior eligibility;

“I was with the Bisons last year but when I decided I wasn’t going to school this year it was an easy choice to come back to the Okanagan. I liked it a lot there last time and things are looking really good with coach Beatty there, he has things in the right direction…so like I said it was a real easy decision where I wanted to be for my last year of football.

“I was a bit on and off (the fence) about playing this year but I have been watching coach Beatty’s off season weight training with the guys and we’ve been texting back and forth. When someone is talking to me about weight training, he gets my attention pretty quick.”

Stevens was on Shane Beatty’s radar last season, and while he was unable to get him on the roster then, he is ecstatic about the “edge” the Winnipeger brings to the club now.

“The kid is a beast, he is a real mean, physical player on the field. That’s what you want defensively, someone who will intimidate the opposition and that’s what he brings. The rest of the guys will feed off his attitude.”

 

Receiver added to roster

An already deep Sun receiver core added a big body speedster to the group as Hunter Verhulst (Calgary, Bishop Grandin) has committed to the club.

The soon to be 21 year old sat out last season after playing with the Calgary Colts of the Prairie Football Conference in 2012. The 6’3, 200 pounder is expected to see time at receiver as well as competing for the starting place kicker spot.

Beatty showed little concern that Verhulst sat out last season due to a leg injury suffered late in 2012. Beatty feels the Calgary product can be in impact player for the Sun and he seemed especially excited about what Verhulst can bring to the kicking game.

“Hunter can be an impact guy for us. He can fly, really stretch out the defence and he’s a big kid too. He has a seriously strong leg, he is a great addition to our kicking game.”

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Canadian Bowl returns to BC

04/19/2014, 12:15pm PDT, By CJFL

WATCH-Under the Helmet with Wes Geisler

04/14/2014, 7:30am PDT, By Ryan Watters

Sun rookies earn Lions invite

04/11/2014, 8:00am PDT, By Okanagan Sun

Winnipeger Luke Boschman returns to BC to wear Sun colors

04/05/2014, 7:45am PDT, By Okanagan Sun

Meet Linebacker Coach Mike Botterill

03/31/2014, 10:30am PDT, By Ryan Watters

Sun get commit from pair of BC Senior Bowl Players

03/30/2014, 2:15pm PDT, By Okanagan Sun

Eric Stansfield talks with Sun head coach Shane Beatty following schedule release

03/29/2014, 6:30pm PDT, By Eric Stansfield-AM1150 Inside Sports

2014 Schedule Released

03/28/2014, 10:15am PDT, By Okanagan Sun

2012 defensive lineman returns...club adds receiver

03/26/2014, 6:45am PDT, By Okanagan Sun

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