Monday, March 22, 2004
Local High School Stars Bolster Golden Hawk Roster for 2004
Three talented local student athletes will attend Wilfrid Laurier University and play football for the Golden Hawks in fall 2004.
Running Back Joel Gooding from Preston Secondary School in Cambridge was a 1st Team All-Star and the WCSSAA (Waterloo County Secondary School Athletic Association) Football Player of the Year in 2002. At Preston, Joel developed into one of the premiere running backs in Ontario, at 6'0 190lbs; Joel can beat his opponents with both speed and power. Joel will be entering the Bachelor of Arts program at WLU.
Steve Cormack played all over the field in 2003 for the St. David's Celtics. He was recognized as a First Team All-Star at Defensive Tackle, in addition to playing fullback and offensive line. Due to his versatility he was chosen as a finalist for the WCSSAA Player of the Year. At 6'1 260, Steve is extremely athletic for his size. The Hawks will look to Steve to help fill the void left in the Defensive Line with the graduation of OUA All-Stars, Justin Shakell, Tony Bretney and Josh Alexander. Steve plans to study History at Laurier.
Ryan Lynch plays much bigger than his 5'9 180lb frame. As a running back with Waterloo Collegiate, Ryan was selected as a First Team WCSSAA All-Star, helping the Vikings to the final game once again. Ryan is following in the footsteps of many great players from WCI to play for the Golden Hawks, the most recent being OUA All-Star defensive back Ian Logan. Ryan will be entering the Economics program at WLU.
"We are extremely excited about the addition of Joel, Steve and Ryan to out football team and to Wilfrid Laurier University. They are not only outstanding football players but solid students and upstanding citizens of the Tri City community. I am confident these three young men will help contribute to the success of our program both on and off the field," commented Manager of Football Operations and Head Coach, Gary Jeffries.
During the Annual General Meetings for the Prairie Football Conference held this past weekend, it was unanimously decided that 1st Vice President Ron Osterkampf would take over top spot as acting President in the absence of the current leader Rick Hopkins. The position became available following Hopkins resignation due to personal reasons.
Osterkampf has been involved in junior football for the past several seasons as a board of director of the Calgary Colts. He has held positions with the Colts of President, Director and various other posts.
Two Former Beefeaters Nominated for the London Sports Hall of Fame
Once again this year former Beefeater star Ian Sinclair and former Beefs' coach Glen Weir are candidates for election to the London Sports Hall of Fame in the Athlete/Team Modern category. After playing with the Beefs, Ian went on to the University of Miami Hurricanes where he was the starting centre for the 1983 national champions as well as a participant in the 1980 Peach Bowl and the 1984 Fiesta Bowl. Originally drafted by the Montreal Concorde of the CFL, Ian became a B.C. Lion where he enjoyed a decade plus career including three trips to the Grey Cup, winning in 1985 and 1994. From 1989 to 1995 Ian was a captain of the Lions. He was an honourary coach of the B.C. Special Olympics from 1992-1997 as well as Vice-President of the CFL Player's Association from 1991-1997. Ian now resides in North Vancouver and is in the travel business.
Glen Weir took a different route to CFL stardom. He was a graduate of the Senior ORFU London Lords. He began his career with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1972 but was traded to Montreal that season. From 1972 to 1984 he was a mainstay of the Alouettes/Concorde defense, earning an Eastern Conference Defensive award in 1977, finishing second in the Schenley defensive award voting. He was named to the CFL's Eastern Conference All-Star team five times and to the CFL All-Stars twice. He, too, has a Grey Cup ring. In 1992 Glen was the Beef's head coach and was, over the years, on the Beefeater Board of Directors
Also nominated in this category this year are tennis player Susan Hatch, baseball player Ron Stead and hockey player Craig Simpson. Voting on the selections ends on April 19th and the announcement of the inductees will be made later. From www.londonbeefeaters.org
2004 Football Saskatchewan Senior Bowl Game
The 2004 Senior Bowl Game will be played on the Monday, May in Saskatoon, with the players reporting to Saskatoon on Friday, May 21st, for two a day practices.