One undefeated team after week 3.

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Sandy Bay T-Wolves #55 Raddick Maguire scores three TDs in Third Quarter

Week 3 of northern Saskatchewan football is in the books with one team, the defending champion Cumberland House Islanders remaining unbeaten.

On Tuesday, September 18 the Beauval Voyageurs won their first game of the season by a score of 59-12 over La Loche.  The Voyageurs, Hilliard Roy scored four touchdowns and Kolby Bouvier scored three. La Loche’s Nolan Fontaine and Daylen Herman each scored a touchdown for the Lakers.

On Thursday, September 20 a double header of football had Sandy Bay in Pinehouse and Cumberland House in Creighton. Each game was a nail biter as each team had the potential of being first place at the end of the day. In Pinehouse, the league scoring leader, Seth Sanderson had four touchdowns for the hometown Lakers. However, in the third quarter Sandy Bay’s Raddick Maguire scored three touchdowns in five minutes to put the T-Wolves ahead for good. Cory Spencer also had three touchdowns for the T-Wolves who hung on to a 38-32 victory for Sandy Bay over Pinehouse. In a Creighton, a defensive affair saw the visiting Cumberland House Islanders defeat the Kodiaks by a score of 16-12. Scoring for the Islanders was Zaine Fiddler with two touchdowns and Dwayne McKenzie with two kicking converts. Evan Madaresh scored a touchdown for Creighton and kicker Blake Alexander scored on a field goal, two point convert and a rouge. Cumberland House is the last remaining team to be unbeaten with a record of 3-0.

On Friday, September 21, in 9-aside action, the Nipawin Bears played the La Ronge Churchill Chargers. This game was also a defensive hard hitting game with the Bears coming out on top by a score of 14-13.

Looking ahead to week four of northern football action, on Tuesday, September 25 Cumberland House is playing La Loche in Prince Albert at the Max Clunie Field. On Thursday, September 27 a double header will see Beauval at Sandy Bay while Pinehouse travels to Creighton. On Friday, September 28 the La Ronge Churchill Chargers will host Humboldt. Have a great week.

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Two Teams 2-0 after Second Week of Play

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Pinehouse Lakers prepare before a cold and wet game.

With the completion of the second week of northern football, two teams remain with an unbeaten record, while Seth Sanderson continues to lead scoring amongst all players.

On Wednesday, September 12 the Pinehouse Lakers hosted the Beauval Voyageurs on a very cold and rainy day. The field was saturated with several inches of water accumulating on the field. Despite the circumstances, the 2017 leading scorer, Seth Sanderson scored six touchdowns to lead the home team to a 42-20 victory. Sanderson transferred from Cumberland House in the offseason and is the current scoring leader in northern football with his new team who are unbeaten this season.

Also on September 12, the Creighton Kodiaks played the La Loche Lakers under the lights at the Max Clunie Field in Prince Albert. The Kodiaks dominated play defeating the Lakers by a score of 72-0. The Kodiaks record improves to 1-1 for the season. Scoring statistics are pending submission.

On Thursday, September 13 the Sandy Bay T-Wolves were sporting new visiting jerseys for the their game against Cumberland House. Both teams were unbeaten in their first game so an unbeaten record was on the line.  The game was a nail biter for the hometown Cumberland fans who watched the game go back and forth, tied at the end of the first and third quarters. Two touchdowns by Keith Fiddler led the Islanders to a 34-28 victory. Cory Spencer scored three touchdowns for the Sandy Bay T- Wolves.

On Friday, September 14, in 9-aside action, the La Ronge Churchill Chargers travelled to Tisdale to take on the Tornadoes for a Friday Night Lights game. The Chargers led at halftime but some injuries made things difficult as the Tornados rallied for a 33-22 victory. Scoring statistics are pending submission.

Looking ahead for the third week of play, Beauval will travel to La Loche on Tuesday.  On Thurday, a double header of football will see Cumberland in Creighton and Sandy Bay will be in Pinehouse. In 9-aside action on Friday, Churchill will host Nipawin in La Ronge.

Have a great week!

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Exciting First Week of Season

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Christian Lariviere, #22 Leads the Pinehouse Lakers over the La Loche Lakers

There was an exciting start to the Northern Saskatchewan Football season with four games being played last week.  Kicking off the season on Wednesday, September 5, the Pinehouse Lakers traveled to La Loche to play in the Laker Bowl. Leading the Pinehouse team was Seth Sanderson with three touchdowns and Christian Lariviere with two touchdowns as they defeated La Loche by a score of 64-0.

On Thursday, a double header was played. In the first game, the defending champion Cumberland House Islanders travelled to Beauval to take on the Voyageurs. Drake Carriere, Jesse McKay and Kaydin Chaboyer each scored two touchdowns and Dwayne McKenzie kicked six converts to lead the visiting Islanders to a convincing 54-0 win. Over in Sandy Bay the hometown T-Wolves defeated the visiting Creighton Kodiaks by a score of 38-12. The game sheet was unavailable at press time.

On Friday, the Melfort Comets made their very first trip to northern Saskatchewan in 9-aside action. The hometown La Ronge Churchill Chargers put up a great fight, holding the Melfort squad scoreless until the very last play of the first half. Melfort scored another touchdown in the second half while Justin McKerracher from La Ronge responded with the Chargers only score by returning a missed field goal the length of the field. The final score in this exciting game was 14-6 for Melfort.

In the second week of play, a double header will start the week on Wednesday with Creighton playing La Loche at the Max Clunie Field in Prince Albert. This game will be under the lights with a 7:00 PM kickoff. meanwhile, Beauval will be travelling to La Loche. On Thursday, Sandy Bay travels to Cumberland House in a game featuring two unbeaten teams. in 9-aside action, the La Ronge Churchill Chargers will travel to Tisdale to play a Friday Night Lights game. All the best and safe travels to all teams.

 

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Season VI of Northern Saskatchewan Football !

 

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Retired Pinehouse Laker – Dray Tinker

This week the sixth season of Northern Saskatchewan Football begins!  New for the 2018 season is the return of the La Loche Lakers who are being coached by Greg Hatch. Welcome back Lakers! In fact they will be kicking off the season when they host the Pinehouse Lakers on Wednesday, September 5…. The Laker Bowl! This will be the first season that Pinehouse will be playing football without the Tinker brothers, Johnny or Dray but we know that their mom, Lori Hanson will be out to cheer on the team. We also regret to inform fans that the Senator Myles Venne Huskies are taking a year off this season. There are six teams that are playing six aside football.

The season will consist of a round robin schedule of five games. Each team will play two home games, while La Loche will play it’s three road games against Eastern Teams at the Max Clunie Field in Prince Albert. This is to help with alleviate the extensive travel and costs. The two top teams will play for the Ralph Pilz Trophy as the northern champions on Saturday,  October 20th in PA and represent the north in the SHSAA provincials. The 2017 champions, Cumberland House Islanders look to defend their title.

In 9- Aside Football the La Ronge Churchill Chargers will pay their second season in the SHSAA C1 division against Melfort, Tisdale, Humboldt and Nipawin.

Thanks to all the coaches, managers, volunteers, officials and parents for putting their heart into high school football. We strive to play a game that will make a difference in the lives of young people, their families and communities. Without you this would not be possible.

Northern Teams in 2018

La Loche Lakers
Beauval Voyageurs
Pinehouse Lakers
Sandy Bay T-Wolvex
Creighton Kodiaks
Cumberland House Islanders

La Ronge Churchill Chargers

Games this week:

6 Aside

Wednesday, September 5– Pinehouse Lakers at La Loche Lakers
Thursday, September 6– Creighton Kodiaks at Sandy Bay T-Wolves
Cumberland House Islanders at Beauval Voyageurs

9 Aside

Friday,September 7– Melfort at La Ronge Churchill Chargers

See you at the games!

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Creighton and Cumberland’s Week 3 Wins Sets up for Battle in Week 4

 

Northern Saskatchewan Football played its third week of the season with two teams playing twice to make up for previous games postponed due to wildfires.

Kicking off their delayed season on September 18, Sandy Bay T-Wolves travelled to Creighton to play the Kodiaks. A close, high scoring affair, Creighton pulled off the win by a score of 69-55. Highlighting play in this game was Creighton’s rookie kicker, Blake Alexander who kicked seven converts, a field goal and two singles. It is not usual for kicking to be prolific in six aside football, with this being the first field goal in nearly two seasons.

The Cumberland House Islanders continued their winning ways on Wednesday, September 20 when they hosted the Beauval Voyageurs. A formidable defense and six touchdowns by Cumberland’s Seth Sanderson paced the hometown Islanders to a 54-0 shutout. On Friday, September 22 the Pinehouse Lakers played in Creighton in a game that was closer than what the score would indicate. Once again, Creighton’s Blaine Alexander demonstrated exceptional kicking skills by converting on eight touchdowns, and adding a single on a missed field goal. Creighton won the game by a score of 65-14. A little later on Friday, hometown Sandy Bay T-Wolves shutout Senator Myles Venne Huskies from the Lac La Ronge Indian Band by a score of 50-0. In 9-aside action, the La Ronge Churchill Chargers lost their first game of the season to the Nipawin Bears by a sore of 35-20.

Looking ahead at week four of Northern Saskatchewan Football, three six-aside and one nine-aside game are scheduled. Beginning on Wednesday, September 27, Senator Myles is travelling to Pinehouse. On the following day, Sandy Bay will be in Beauval and in a battle of the two unbeaten teams, the Creighton Kodiaks will be playing in Cumberland House to determine first place. Friday September 29 will see the La Ronge Churchill Chargers try to get back to their winning ways when they host the team from Humboldt.

Good luck and safe travels to all teams.

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Week 2 of Northern Saskathchewan Football

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Northern Saskatchewan Football continued its season with three decisive games and another match was postponed due to wildfires. We are planning to have two teams play twice next week.

The Cumberland House Islanders had an extra week of practice with their first game of the season postponed in week #1. On Wednesday, September 13 they certainly demonstrated their preparation in Pinehouse both on the offense and defense. The Cumberland House squad score 13 touchdowns including six by Nigel Cook as they rolled past the Pinehouse Lakers by a score of 84-6. The following day, the Beauval Voyageurs travelled to the Lac La Ronge Indian Band to play the Senator Myles Venne Huskies. The Huskies were also playing their first game of the season. Still, the visiting Voyageurs were too much for the Huskies, as Hilliard Roy scored 5 touchdowns in a 59-0 shutout win for Beauval.

One six aside game was postponed due to wildfires. The Sandy Bay T-Wolves were to travel on September 13 to play the Creighton Kodiaks. This game will be played next week.

On Friday, September 15, the first ever 9-aside northern home game was played at the Churchill Chargers field in La Ronge as they hosted the Tisdale Tornados. The La Ronge team wanted to continue their winning ways in the second of a home and home series. Similar to the game in Tisdale, the La Ronge Churchill Chargers continued to play tight defensively and took advantage offensively when opportunities arose. Justin McKerracher scored two touchdowns, Frithz Culig scored one and quarterback Jacob Glover had the highlight of the night by avoiding a safety in his own end zone and managing to break loose, running the length of the field to score a touchdown himself. The final score in the game was La Ronge Churchill Chargers 41-6 over the Tisdale Tornados.

Looking ahead at week three of Northern Saskatchewan Football, two teams who have not played this season will play two games each on Monday and Friday. On Monday, September 18, Sandy Bay will travel to Creighton for each to play the first game of the season. After the SHSAA regulation of four days rest, Creighton will host Pinehouse while to Sandy Bay will host Senator Myles Venne on Friday, September 22. Beauval will play in Cumberland House on Wednesday, September 19. In 9-aside action, La Ronge will hope to extend its winning streak to three games when they host Nipawin on Friday, September 22. Good luck and safe travels to all teams.

Have a great week!

 

 

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Season Five Begins !

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Dray Tinker #27

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Frithz Culig #13 and Jacob Glover #85

 

Northern Saskatchewan Football has kicked off its fifth season this week with two games being played while two others were postponed due to wildfires.

The first game of the season on September 6, saw the Pinehouse Lakers travel to Beauval to take on the Voyageurs. Pinehouse’s Dray Tinker wasted little time in getting his Lakers on the board with a touchdown on the team’s first play of the game. Both Tinker and James Misponas scored three touuchdowns each in the game. In response for Beauval, Hilliard Roy scored two touchdowns while Deagan Iron and Cory Lafleur each added another but it wasn’t enough as Pinehouse won the game by a score of 38-28.

Two six aside games were postponed to a later date as a result of the wildfires in north eastern Saskatchewan. The Creighton Kodiaks were to travel on September 6 to the Lac La Ronge Indian Band to take on the Senator Myles Venne Huskies. The Cumberland House Islanders were to play the Sandy Bay T-Wolves on September 7.

On Friday, September 8, the La Ronge Churchill Chargers travelled to Tisdale to take on the Tornados. This was the first ever 9-aside game for the Chargers. Tisdale jumped out to an early lead but La Ronge stayed with them. Tisdale led at halftime by a score of 13-12. In the third quarter, excellent defensive play by La Ronge and in particular Tim Zelensky and Joseph Ratt, prevented Tisdale from moving the ball or scoring for the rest of the game. Broken plays and turnovers resulted in excellent field position for the La Ronge offense. Jacob Glover played very well at quarterback after missing most of the last season due to injury. Running back Frithz Culig led the Chargers with two touchdowns as they went on to win the game by a score of 31-13.

Looking ahead at week two of Northern Saskatchewan Football action, the Cumberland House Islanders will travel to Pinehouse on Wednesday. On Thursday, two games will be held. The first game will see the Creighton Kodiaks host the Sandy Bay T-Wolves. This game may be postponed due to widlfires. The second game will have Beauval travel to Senator Myles Venne. On Friday, the Tisdale Tornados travel to La Ronge. Good luck and safe travels to all teams.

Have a great week!

 

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My First Blog and Website

Alright…. so this is my first blog entry in my life and the first website I have ever created. I most certainly have to thank Stephen King, the principal at the La Loche Community School for introducing me WordPress.com and reducing my aversion to the possibilities of social media. This has been a rewarding, learning experience.

Why football? Well I can honestly say that being involved in starting this sport in our school division has provided a source of professional fulfillment at a time when I most certainly needed it. Gabe Andrews, a coach and teacher in La Ronge has been instrumental in getting things going at Churchill and across northern Saskatchewan. It has been a privilege to work with him and the many other people who are committed to coach and officiate.

It only makes sense to me that the focus of this website (including the Twitter, Facebook feeds and eNewsletter) and this blog be focussed on football. At a time when we are looking for strategies to keep students in school, football can be another way. Communities and adults can connect with young people though sport. There are lessons of life to be learned on the field. It’s more than a game.

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