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Thomas Huber Named Player Of The Week

07/29/2015, 12:15am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Huber wins BC Conference award

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

The BCFC has named Thomas Huber the “BC Lions Special Teams Player of the Week.”  He accounted for 18 of the 78 points scored at the Apple Bowl on Saturday night.  He connected on a pair of field goals from 22 and 40 yards out, drilled all 10 converts and recorded two single point kicks that sailed through the end zone.  

Huber and the Sun travel to Chilliwack to face the Valley Hsukers on Saturday night.  Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00pm.  Listen to Ryan Watters and the Kick-Off Show at 6:30pm.

Five Takeaways From Week 1

07/27/2015, 2:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Inside the broadcast centre of the David Nagy press box

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

The Sun pounded the Westshore Rebels on Saturday night 78-7 to open the new season.

Here are "five takeaways" from the Sun radio network broadcast booth with Ryan Watters:

1) Jonas Gering back!  After missing six games last season and recording five sacks prior to his injury, Jonas looked great on Saturday.  His was quick off the block and for the most part overpowered the Rebels offensive line.  He tallied two tackles and two sacks.  He is one of the defensive captains and he showed why leading the Sun defence.

2) Josiah Joseph likes playing the Rebels.  Saturday night the Mt Boucherie grad finished 7 of 7 for 155 yards and a touchdown.   In two career games against the Rebels Joseph is 14 of 14 for 296 yards and has thrown four touchdown passes without an interception.

3) Deep O-Line.  With All-Canadian Cliff Crews and veteran Wes Furhmann on the shelf in Week 1, the offensive line didn’t miss a beat as Chase Quewezance and Ryan Wengelinski made their first career starts.  They were able to give all three quarterbacks plenty of time to look down field and blew open holes for the run game.  The Sun rushed for 260 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.  

4) The search continues.   A replacement for Robbie Yochim returning punts will still need to be determined.  Granted the punt returners didn’t get many opportunities to actually receive a punt, but three players were used.  Jamie Turek, Cole Brydges and Shamar Donelson each lined up, but combined they only managed to receive two punts out of the six attempted kicks by the Rebels.

5) No Haka, no problem.  After the graduation of Manu Eli the Sun pregame looked a little different on Saturday.  Over the last three seasons Eli led his team in the Haka chant prior to kick-off which energized his teammates and the crowd.  This past weekend Dillon Fortune was the centre of attention as he pumped up his teammates in a pregame huddle.

BONUS – The new Sun mascot Spike looked GREAT!  Thankfully running out of the tunnel for the first time, Spike showed a great sense of balance by saving himself from a very embarrassing entrance; tripping and landing on the Sun flag would not have been ideal!  Great save Spike, welcome to the Sun Family!

Sun Blast Rebels In Opener

07/25/2015, 10:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

After a 40 point first quarter the Sun cruise to a win

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Coach Shane Beatty couldn’t have drawn it up any better as the Okanagan Sun blasted the Westshore Rebels on Saturday night 78-7.

The Sun scored 40 points in the first quarter alone on route to their first win of the season.  Wes Geisler opened the scoring with a three year pick six early in the first quarter.

Cam Bedore’s first completion of the season was a 56 yard touchdown bomb to Kyle Kawamoto, then five minutes later Kory Nagata took a pitch from Bedore and ran 20 yards to pay dirt.

Later in the first quarter Brennan Van Nistlerooy blocked a punt, sending it back into the endzone where Raquille Cespedes jumped on it for his first touchdown of the season.

In the third Nagata had the play of the night when he bounced off tacklers on his way to a 54 yard touchdown, his second of the night.
The Sun (1-0) will prepare to face the Valley Huskers next Saturday in Chilliwack at 7:00pm.

More details and stats will be included when they become available.

Opening Day!

07/25/2015, 6:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun open season #34 hosting the Westshore Rebels

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

The Sun open the 34th season on tonight at home against the Westshore Rebels.  In their only meeting at the Apple Bowl last season the Sun hammered the Rebels 92-7.  These two teams haven't met in an opener at the Apple Bowl since 2002 when the Sun scored a 21-10 victory in Jay Christensen's debut as head coach.

All-Time Record – 43-6-2 – the two ties happened in 1999 and 2003
All-Time at the Apple Bowl - 22-4-1, only tie was 10-10 in 1999
All-Time Score – 1917 (Sun) – 731 (Rebels)

Comparison in 2014:

Record – Sun 9-1 - Rebels 2-8
Points For – Sun 434 – Rebels 173
Points Allowed – Sun 139 – Rebels 418
Last year's match up - Sun 92 - Rebels 7

Passing Leaders – Cam Bedore 52-111 for 839 and 9 touchdowns (Sun), Josiah Joseph 50-84 for 839 yards and 8 touchdowns (Sun) – Hunter Lake (Rebels) 177-366 for 2677 and 16 touchdowns

Rushing Leaders – Alex Bradley* – 77 carries for 672 yards and 5 touchdowns – Hunter Lake – 62 carries for 546 yards and 5 touchdowns

Receiving Leaders – Lerone Robinson - 23 catches for 407 yards and 5 touchdowns – Jordan Rodinsky* – 45 catches for 840 yards and 6 touchdowns

Field Goals – Thomas Huber – 12 of 14, 86% - Brett Johnston – 3 of 6, 50%

Takeaways/Giveaways – Sun +36 – Rebels -7

Leading Tacklers – Robbie Yochim* - 34 (Sun) – Chris Pastro* - 43 (Rebels)

*indicates player no longer on that team

Watch and listen to the play by play HERE with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) beginning with the Kick-Off Show at 6:30pm.

Okanagan Sun Coaches Show - Week 1

07/24/2015, 12:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Head Coach Shane Beatty looks ahead to Week 1

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Week 1 is finally here as the Sun prepare for the Westshore Rebels.  Head Coach tells his club after practice on Thursday, "I think we are ready men."

He talks with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) in the Okanagan Sun Coaches Show:

Sun Host Rebels In Opener

07/23/2015, 3:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The 34th season opens on Saturday night against the Rebels

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

The 34th season of the Okanagan Sun will kick off on Saturday night with the visiting Westshore Rebels in town.

This is the first time since 2003 that the Sun open the season at home against the Rebels and the first time since 2009 that the two clubs have locked up in an opener.  In ’09 the Sun traveled to Westshore and helped open the brand new Bear Mountain Stadium.

These two clubs met just once last season.  Following the sudden passing of JT Fernandez, the Sun blasted the Rebels 92-7.  Robbie Yochim returned three kicks of touchdowns.

Speaking of Yochim, this will be the first time in five seasons the RSS grad will not take part in a Sun home opener after graduating last year.  So who will return kicks?

That will be unveiled on Saturday night as the coaching staff is still looking at possibilities.  It appears Beck Fullerton maybe the front runner.

The defensive will once again be strong. The graduation of Yochim, Dexter Janke, Zac Ironstand, Landon King and Manu Eli left some big holes to fill, however younger players and new recruits are up for the challenge.  Jonas Gering and Lucas Machado will anchor the defensive line, while Brennan Van Nistlerooy, Matt McConnell, Wes Geisler, Cord Delinte and Jamie Turek lead an extremely talented group of defensive backs.

On the other side of the ball, Coach Beatty is very excited with the speed they have added.  Quarterbacks Cam Bedore and Josiah Joseph will have plenty of speedy receivers to choose from.  Shai Ross, Shamar Donelson, Kyle Kawamoto and Terrance Williams just to name a few will join veterans Lerone Robinson, Cole Lindsay and Kyle Patchell.

In the backfield, the graduation of the BCFC’s leading rusher Alex Bradley has opened the door for Dillon Fortune and Kory Nagata to bust through.  Newcomers Abdi-Nasir Abdi, Jack Welsh, Marcus Cooper and Braden Mann will be pushing for more touches, while Kasey Russell will be a key cog in short yardage situations and blocking.

The best offensive line in the country in 2014 continues to get even stronger as All-Canadians Cliff Crews and Michele Vecchio return, while veterans Wes Furhmann and Josh Troman are poised for a big year.  Cole Bertram and 20 year old Ryan Wengelinski at 340 pounds will give the backs plenty of time to make good decisions.

Despite the lopsided score last year in their only meeting, the Rebels have vastly improved.  They have a core of CIS transfers including 6’7 quarterback Ashton Mackinnon.  Their most dangerous weapon from a year ago returns in Hunter Lake.  He led the club in passing and rushing last year.

The Rebels will have a fresh new look at the Apple Bowl on Saturday night with red helmets, a new logo and coaching staff.  

Unlike in years past, this Week 1 match-up is very intriguing.  There has been a lot of buzz coming out of Westshore this offseason, but will they be able to transform that onto the field and into a winning performance?

Tickets for the home opener are still available and can be purchased HERE.  It’ll be an exciting night at the Apple Bowl as the 34th season opens up.

In The Huddle: Delinte

07/21/2015, 6:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The third year defensive back is ready to break out

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Defensive back Cord Delinte enters his third season with the Sun and is primed to have a break out year.  A year ago he compiled 25 tackles, had seven assisted stops, a sack and two knockdowns.  

A native of Pincher Creek Alberta (population 3,685), Delinte was a star in high school with the Mustangs playing a number of positions, including quarterback.  However since arriving in Kelowna, he has been of the defensive side of the ball.

He goes “In The Huddle” with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

From Player to Coach, Mock Style

07/19/2015, 9:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Jeff Mock joins the coaching staff after graduating

For the past five seasons Jeff Mock has been a leader on the defensive side of the ball at the linebacker position.

He has now graduated the program following the 2014 season in which he made 19 tackles, had a knockdown, a fumble recovery and an interception.
Graduation however has not stopped Mock in being involved as he’s taken over coaching his former teammates at linebacker.

He talks with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) about making the transition from player to coach.

Healthy Competition For Top QB Job

07/15/2015, 12:30pm PDT
By Warren Henderson - Capital News

Four pivots are in the running

Photos courtesy of Greystoke Photography, Warren Henderson and Tamiko Lyle

One of the most intriguing competitions in the 2015 B.C. Football Conference this season might not be between two rival teams.

Perhaps it will be for the No. 1 quarterbacking job with the Okanagan Sun.

The most veteran and incumbent among the team's pivots is Cam Bedore, 22, who is entering his fifth and final season of junior football.

But the W.J. Mouat grad fully expects to be pushed again by Josiah Joseph, 19, the second-year pivot out of Mt. Boucherie who gained some valuable playing experience in 2014.

Rounding out the QB corps are two 19-year-old rookies, Keith Zyla and Nick Wenman, who are coming off knee injuries last season and are anxious to get their junior football careers started.

Sun QB coach Greg Patchell likes what all four pivots bring to the position, but as the most experienced twosome, Bedore and Joseph are the logical frontrunners for the No. 1 job.

"Both are good athletes," Patchell said of Bedore and Joseph. "Cam has been around the program, he's experienced and he's well respected by all the guys. Josiah is a very good quarterback and is going to have a bright future.

"We have a fabulous group of receivers and athletes on offense, so it's going to be a matter of who shows the most composure, trust and confidence," Patchell added, "and which guy can take carry that into a game situation the best."

Still, the Sun isn't discounting the possibility of using Zyla, who was an all-star in his final season of high school football in St. Albert, AB. Born in Florida before moving to Edmonton as a teenager, Zyla brings a unique skill set to the position.

"He's a big, tall fast kid with a strong arm, very athletic, he runs options and stretch plays well," Patchell said. "We'll put a package in that matches his skill set and we'll be prepared to use him."

As for Wenman, Patchell said the Cold Lake, AB product is eager to learn.

"He's a smart kid with a nice arm. Nick has recognized he's here to develop and learn. He's going to be an important part of our group and a key guy down the road."

From Cam Bedore's perspective, it all adds up to some healthy competition and in turn, positive residuals on the field.

"All the guys are young and talented and I think they're all going be huge assets," said Bedore. "I'm just treating each day like another work day, I just have to go out and do what I can do.

"Everybody wants to play and they're going to have a lot of weapons around them on the offense," added Bedore. "If it's me, great…if not I'm prepared to fill whatever role the coaches ask."

With Bedore sidelined by injury late last season, Joseph stepped in and started three games for the Sun, winning all of them.

A year older and wiser, Joseph feels better prepared for his second go-round but knows competition will be stiff and playing time will have to be earned.

"Competition makes us all better, we're all good friends, close knit guys, we like each other so we welcome it," said Joseph, who completed 50 of 84 passes last season.

"The game has started to slow down for me a bit (from last year), practising against our defense every day, you can't help but improve. Cam has helped me out a lot, too.

"But whatever happens, whoever plays, the rest of us are going to be cheering him on."

The 6-foot-3 1/2 Zyla, who spent the off-season rehabbing his knee in Kelowna, is excited to be in the mix and hopes to make the most of the opportunity.

"I'm just happy to be able to come back and play this year and be getting an opportunity from (Shane) to show what I can do," said Zyla, 19. "It is a competition…we all look to Cam, he's a fifth-year guy, Josiah is a tall, smart quarterback, and Nick is a good young player, too.

"Whoever the coaches choose, it's what's best for the team that matters most."

Wenman, who underwent surgery last July to repair a torn ACL, is content with his place on the depth chart and is just happy to be back playing football again—particularly on a team with as much talent as the Sun.

"I know I'm the fourth guy and I'm good with that," said Wenman. "I'm on a learning curve right now, my goal is to pick up the playbook as fast as I can and just get better everyday. To be with three other good quarterbacks and good guys like they are is a nice opportunity for me."

The Sun will open the 2015 BCFC regular season on Saturday, July 25 at the Apple Bowl against the Westshore Rebels.

Photo - Josiah Joseph (left), Cam Bedore (middle), Keith Zyla (top right) and Nick Wenman (bottom right).

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)

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Thomas Huber Named Player Of The Week

07/29/2015, 12:15am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Huber wins BC Conference award

Five Takeaways From Week 1

07/27/2015, 2:00pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Inside the broadcast centre of the David Nagy press box

Sun Blast Rebels In Opener

07/25/2015, 10:00pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

After a 40 point first quarter the Sun cruise to a win

Opening Day!

07/25/2015, 6:00am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun open season #34 hosting the Westshore Rebels

Okanagan Sun Coaches Show - Week 1

07/24/2015, 12:00am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Head Coach Shane Beatty looks ahead to Week 1

Sun Host Rebels In Opener

07/23/2015, 3:15pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The 34th season opens on Saturday night against the Rebels

In The Huddle: Delinte

07/21/2015, 6:00pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The third year defensive back is ready to break out

From Player to Coach, Mock Style

07/19/2015, 9:15pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Jeff Mock joins the coaching staff after graduating

Slotback Terrance Williams

07/17/2015, 2:15pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Born in Detroit now calling Kelowna home

Healthy Competition For Top QB Job

07/15/2015, 12:30pm PDT, By Warren Henderson - Capital News

Four pivots are in the running

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