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    CLUTCH CATCH - Travis Heggart of the Bellerose Bulldogs grabs a pass for a 52-yard catch and run touchdown as Isiah Erskine of the Centennial Coyotes of Calgary watches the play unfold during the Tier I provincial north semifinal Saturday at Foote Field.

    Bulldogs the underdogs in Tier I north final

    11/15/2017, 12:15pm MST
    By Jeff Hansen - St. Albert Gazette

    Foote Field – “We can shock the province.”

    That’s the inspirational message delivered by defensive coordinator Brayden Guy to the Bellerose Bulldogs, the long shots in the Tier I north final against the Harry Ainlay Titans, inside a crowded and amped-up change room following the first provincial victory in team history.

    The Bulldogs will challenge Ainlay for a berth in the Alberta Bowl after overwhelming the Centennial Coyotes of Calgary 42-14 in the north semifinal.

    Saturday’s kick-off is 1 p.m. at Clarke Stadium.

    “We can upset Ainlay in the north final and if we do that it would shock everybody,” Travis Heggart, a Grade 11 Bulldog, said with conviction. “It will be tough. We definitely have to practice hard this week and we have to (man) up on defence.”

    The Football Alberta Tier I (1,250-plus students) rankings list Ainlay (10-0) at No. 2 and the Bulldogs (7-3) at No. 5.

    “They’re a tough team but we’re going to prepare and we’re going to try our best and go kick the crap out of them,” declared James Suranyi, a Grade 12 offensive guard. “We can definitely do it, we just need to make sure we get our practice in and don’t make any mistakes.”

    In the metro Edmonton division one Carr conference, Ainlay imposed its will on the Bulldogs with lopsided results of 44-14 in league play and 48-14 in the final. The halftime scores were 24-0 in the first game and 34-7 in the rematch.

    “Three times is the charm,” head coach Chad Hill told the Bulldogs in the post-game celebration. “We’ve got to give them a fight and give them something that they haven’t seen before.”

     

    The Bulldogs are over the moon over the provincial breakthrough.

    “It’s just magical. We finally got a win at provincials and there is nothing better than that,” said Suryani of Saturday’s milestone after losing last year’s provincial debut 38-6 to the Bev Facey Falcons. “It means a lot to us. You can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

    The winner plays the No. 1 St. Francis Browns (8-0) of Calgary, the defending champions, or the No. 4 LCI Rams (7-2) in the Alberta Bowl on Nov. 25 in Lacombe.

    “Getting a win in provincials is not something that happens to too many teams every year, especially division one tier one provincials. That’s an accomplishment guys,” Hill stressed during his victory speech.

    The Bulldogs shrugged off the adversity of losing Quade Kozak, the Haliburton Trophy winner as the MVP in the Carr, to a broken leg suffered in the third quarter of the 38-29 Carr semifinal win against the Salisbury Sabres, and backup QB Cordel Callioux, a strong two-way player at wideout and defensive back who was sidelined with a broken ankle in the second quarter of the final.

    “We actually showed a lot of resolve, a lot of fight-back and a lot of mental toughness. There are not a lot of teams that can lose players like Quade and Cordel and keep fighting,” Hill said as the Bulldogs nodded their heads in unison. “We knew we were going to win this game and I felt you guys knew we were going to win this game and (heck) yeah, you came out here and we won the game. Well done, boys!”

    After the Bulldogs erupted into thunderous applause, Hill added: “I want to say huge props to a junior quarterback who stepped in and did a great job,” in reference to Zach Froese, a Grade 10 junior Bulldog, who started his first senior game and completed touchdown passes to Nathan Brake and Heggart and ran for an 18-yard major.

    Froese’s backup was Cory Hannam, a receiver on the senior team who hadn’t played a meaningful game at QB since peewee, when he was thrust into the final behind the centre when Callioux was injured.

    “When Quade first got hurt I had no idea what was going to happen and then Cordel got hurt and then Cory came in and did really good for that situation and now we had Zach come up – he just did amazing,” said Heggart, a game-breaker at slotback and defensive end who scored the team’s sixth TD on a 13-yard fly play to close out the scoring with 7:06 to play and late in the game sacked the QB with such incredible force it moved the needle on the Richter scale.

     

    This year’s mantra for the injury-plagued Bulldogs is Last Man Standing after last year’s ‘24 Strong’ motto personified the gritty 5-5 team.

    “It just makes it harder with the injuries but at the end of the day you’ve always got to win it in the trenches and that’s what we did,” said Suranyi, 17, a Sturgeon Composite High School student.

    The 2016 All-Edmonton Football Team selection in the Carr joined forces with Nolan Biesinger, Nick deChamplain, JP Parent and centre Parker LeLacheur on the O-line to protect Froese from the eighth-ranked Coyotes (3-7).

    “The O-line was making me look good and we came out with the win,” Froese said. “Our O-line was blocking, they were really holding their blocks, and my running back (Ben VanLeeuwen) was making good blocks and good runs and the receivers were making me look good too.”

    So, was Froese nervous as the dude at QB in the big game?

    “It’s a thrill but you get nervous too because it’s a high level and you’ve played all year in junior but when it comes time to do your job you do it to the best of your ability and at the end of the day it’s football. Win or lose it’s just for fun,” said the Grade 10 student at Sturgeon.

    Froese, 15, looked comfortable running the offence like a seasoned veteran.

    “The plays are a little bit more developed at senior but with most of them I’ve run them in senior practices sometimes so I knew most of the plays.”

    In the third quarter, and the Bulldogs leading 35-7, Froese was injured on a pass completion to Logan McCullough and was replaced by Hannam for a few plays.

     

    “I just got winded and I fell on my elbow and my arm went numb,” said Froese, who was joined by about a dozen junior Bulldogs (5-2-1 as division one semifinalists) for provincials, including Jordan Howe starting at cornerback, Jakob Kikkert as a returner and on special team coverage and Zachary Roberts also got a few reps on the defensive line and punt coverage.

    Karl Haasz, a defensive lineman, and the Phillips brothers, Kyle at receiver and Kolby at defensive back, are senior team Bulldogs who are among several Grade 10s contributing down the stretch.

    Froese’s first TD strike for the senior Bulldogs was a 36-yarder to Brake to cap off a four-play 56-yard drive on the team’s second possession. Brake, slotted as the wideout on the right side, caught the ball near the line of scrimmage and followed his blocks in the race to the corner marker of the endzone.

    The play before, a 14-yard catch and run by McCullough, was somewhat identical to Brake’s TD. The Bulldogs noticed on film the corners played off the receivers so they took advantage of Brake and McCullough’s speed with Froese connecting on the short throws.

    The first quarter included a tackle by Heggart and company to stop the Coyotes at the Bellerose 33 on third and one.

    The next TD was Heggart’s 52-yarder down the sideline on a great throw by Froese and an even greater catch by the Ginger Giant.

    “I saw (the defender) bite down and I said, ‘I have to catch this ball’ and I went and got it,” Heggart said. “I saw an open lane and I just went into the endzone. It was a nice touchdown.”

    The scoring play with 10 minutes left in the half was set up by another third-down stop as McCullough was credited with the tackle at the Bellerose 27 on the first play of the second quarter.

    After the kick-off, the Coyotes put points on the board with a 13-yard TD run to complete a 73-yard drive.

    The Bulldogs answered back on their next possession and the 67-yard match to the endzone included Froese’s quarterback plunge on third and one as a measurement determined the first down by the nose of the football, some nimble footwork by VanLeeuwen to escape a tackle for an 18-yard gain, a swing pass to McCullough for a 19-yard catch and run to the Centennial 20 and an 18-yard pass to the endzone as Heggart juggled the ball in the air while mugged by a defender. The Coyotes were flagged for pass interference and two plays later VanLeeuwen plowed over the goal line from the two with 1:52 remaining in the half.

    After a two and out by the Coyotes, the Bulldogs huddled up at the Centennial 43 and on second down Heggart pulled off a 23-yard grab at the 18 and on first down Froese followed a convoy of blockers into the endzone with 49 seconds on the clock.

    “I just ran where my blocks were,” Froese said. “Ben made that really good block for me and there was a big hole.”

    VanLeeuwen’s conversion made it 28-7 and before the half ended sacked the QB from behind as Heggart forced the Coyote to scramble under intense pressure.

    VanLeeuwen’s second TD was from the one on the first offensive series in the second half. A basket catch for 29 yards by McCullough in tight coverage while falling forward to squeeze the pigskin put the Bulldogs at the Centennial seven and VanLeeuwen scored on his third crack at the endzone.

    Leading up to quarter time, the Bulldogs faked a punt and Brett Yost was picked off at the Bellerose 53 on a pass intended to Heggart.

    Trailing 35-7, the Coyotes found the endzone on a 16-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter.

    Hard running by VanLeeuwen to the Centennial 13 for a 19-yard gain was followed by Heggart’s galloping TD run.

    “We executed, we’ve got confidence in our offence and we’ll keeping rolling,” said Hill, the 2016 Carr coach of the year. “Defence, enjoys this. You bent but I think we can do better and we’ve got to do better next weekend on defence. We have to clean some stuff up.

    “But man I’m proud of you guys. You showed a lot of fight and a lot of courage today.”

    The Bulldogs will have Big Mo on their side for Ainlay after the emotion setback against the powerhouse Titans in the Carr final.

    “It’s really great to bounce back from that loss and win a provincial game,” said Heggart, 16. “It’s amazing when you think about what we’ve done: the first Carr final and the first provincial win. It definitely feels good and we’re going to carry that good feeling into the north final.”

     

    SEIZED - Logan McCullough of the Bellerose Bulldogs is reeled in by Willem Denouden's jersey pull in the Tier I north semifinal against the Centennial Coyotes of Calgary last weekend at Foote Field. The Bulldogs (7-3) won 42-14 and will play the Harry Ain

    Bulldogs and Skyhawks advance to north finals in provincial football

    11/13/2017, 12:30pm MST
    By Jeff Hansen - St. Albert Gazette

    Saturday the Bellerose Bulldogs tackle the Harry Ainlay Titans in Tier I at 1 p.m. at Clarke Stadium and St. Albert High Skyhawks huddle up against the Holy Rosary Raiders in Tier III at 3 p.m. at Lloydminster

    The Bellerose Bulldogs and St. Albert High Skyhawks are one big win away from the trip of a lifetime to the Alberta Bowl in high school football.

    The metro Edmonton teams were victorious in their respective opening provincial rounds for berths in Saturday’s north finals.

    In Tier I (1,250-plus students), the No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (7-3) battle the No. 2 Harry Ainlay Titans (10-0) in a rematch of the division one Carr conference championship. Kickoff is 1 p.m. at Clarke Stadium.

    In Tier III (450 to 749 students), the No. 5 Skyhawks (6-3) and the No. 3 Holy Rosary Raiders (7-4) go head-to-head for the third consecutive year with a spot at the Alberta Bowl on the line. Kickoff is 3 p.m. at Holy Rosary High School in Lloydminster.

    The Alberta Bowls are Nov. 24 in Tier III and Nov. 25 in Tier I at Lacombe.

    The first provincial win for Bellerose in its second year in a row in the Tier I playdowns was 42-14 against the No. 8 Calgary Centennials (3-7) of Calgary at Foote Field.

    The halftime score was 28-7.

    “It means a lot to us. You can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Grade 12 offensive lineman James Suranyi.

    Grade 10 quarterback Zach Froese, a call-up from the junior Bulldogs, completed touchdown passes to Nathan Brake and Travis Heggart and ran for an 18-yard major.

     

    Froese drew the start with Quade Kozak, the Haliburton Trophy winner as the MVP in the Carr, out with a broken leg suffered in the third quarter of the 38-29 metro semifinal win against the Salisbury Sabres, and backup QB Cordel Callioux sidelined with a broken ankle in the second quarter of the 48-14 loss to Ainlay in the final.

    Cory Hannam, a receiver on the senior team who was the backup QB on the junior Bulldogs last year, was Callioux’s replacement behind the centre in the final and it was his first meaningful game at QB since peewee.

    “When Quade first got hurt I had no idea what was going to happen and then Cordel got hurt and then Cory came in and did really good for that situation and now we had Zach come up he just did amazing today,” said Heggart, a Grade 12 slotback and defensive end who scored the team’s sixth TD on a 19-yard fly play to close out the scoring with 7:06 to play.

    Ben VanLeeuwen also punched the ball in twice from inside the five for TDs.

    The Bulldogs have a score to settle with Ainlay after losing 44-14 in week three of the league schedule and in the final it was a done deal at halftime at 34-7.

    The Carr final was the first for Bellerose in the post St. Albert Storm era. The Bellerose football program was formed in 1998 after birth of the Skyhawks ended the Bellerose-based Storm team.

    “Three times is the charm,” head coach Chad Hill told the Bulldogs in the post-game celebration. “We’re got to give Ainlay a fight and give them something that they haven’t seen before.”

    The winner plays the No. 1 St. Francis Browns (8-0) of Calgary and the defending champions or the No. 4 LCI Rams (7-2) in the Alberta Bowl.

    Meanwhile, the Skyhawks are headed to the fifth north final in their sixth appearance in the Tier III provincials after knocking off the No. 7 Peace Wapiti Academy Titans (7-4) of the Mighty Peace league for the second year in a row.

     

    Ewan Vanderheide, a top-notch Grade 10 quarterback, Christian Pulis, a dangerous Grade 12 running back and the team’s nominee for the division two Miles conference MVP award, and Matt Swecera, a Grade 10 two-way force, ran for TDs in the 22-9 victory in Grande Prairie.

    The Skyhawks also had three TDs called back because of interesting calls by the officials.

    Danny Johnson and Josh Lebrun dished out some monstrous hits against the Titans and aggressive plays by Jackson Ganton and Swecera also forced the Peace Bowl finalists into committing turnovers

    The Skyhawks led 8-1 at halftime.

    Last year’s provincial results for the Skyahwks were 22-7 against the Titans at Johnny Bright Park and the 61-0 loss to the Raiders at Clarke Stadium.

    Two years ago, the Skyhawks were shutout 28-0 by the Raiders in the north final at the Border City.

    This year’s Raiders are winners of four consecutive Wheatland league titles and the Skyhawks are the Miles semifinalists

    The winner huddles up against the No. 1 Cochrane Cobras (9-0), last year’s champions. or the No. 2 Cardston Cougars (9-1) in the Alberta Bowl.

    The Skyhawks were the 2012 Alberta Bowl finalists.

     

    Check out Wednesday’s edition of the Gazette for more coverage on the Bulldogs and Skyhawks.

     

    BULLDOG ON THE RUN - Cordel Callioux eyes up an opening as James Thompson-Dick (3) of the Harry Ainlay Titans sets his sights on stopping the Bellerose Bulldog in the division one Carr conference final. Also pictured in the play is Travis Heggart (86). Ca

    Bulldogs limp into Tier I provincial playdowns

    11/08/2017, 9:15am MST
    By Jeff Hansen - St. Albert Gazette

    Commonwealth Stadium – Bad breaks continue to hurt the Bellerose Bulldogs.

    Bellerose will huddle up in its second Tier I provincial playdowns in two years without starting quarterback Quade Kozak, the Haliburton Trophy winner as the division one Carr conference MVP who broke his leg in the third quarter of the 38-29 semifinal victory over the Salisbury Sabres, and Cordel Callioux, the backup QB and 2016 All-Edmonton Football Team selection in the Carr at defensive back who started behind the centre in Friday’s final in the snow and cold against the Harry Ainlay Titans and broke his left ankle in two places in the second quarter and the Bulldogs trailing 20-7.

    Cory Hannam, a Grade 11 receiver on the senior team who was the backup QB on the junior Bulldogs last year, was thrust into a no-win situation with Bellerose reeling.

    “With Cordel going down in the first half it was obviously something we didn’t count on,” said a stunned-looking Chad Hill, head coach of the Bulldogs, after the 48-14 drubbing by Ainlay. “Cory Hannam got a few reps in practice, he was running some scout team stuff, but he hasn’t played quarterback since peewee so I have to give him top marks for going in probably the most adverse situation a kid can ever imagine. He’s a Grade 11 kid who hasn’t played quarterback in a meaningful game since peewee.”

    The Bulldogs will now refocus their sights on Saturday’s north semifinal against the Centennial Coyotes of Calgary. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. at Foote Field.

    “We’ve got to piece something together for (provincials). Beating a team from Calgary would be great. Beating them without one of our top quarterbacks would be even better so we’ve got a lot of work to do,” said Hill, who was waiting Tuesday morning for film on Centennial to arrive but was informed by his spies in Calgary the Coyotes like to run the ball and are led by a mobile quarterback and quality players at running back and slotback.

    The winner plays Ainlay or Salisbury in the Nov. 18 north final.

    In the Football Alberta Tier I (1,250-plus students) rankings, Ainlay (9-0) is second, Bellerose (6-3) is fifth, Salisbury (5-3) is sixth and Centennial (3-6) is eighth.

    “We’ve got to go to work, it’s as simple as that,” said a grim-sounding Ben VanLeeuwen, a Grade 12 running back, linebacker and kicker who converted his five-yard touchdown run 2:59 into the second quarter to cut the lead in half at 14-7. “We’ve got to practice this week and work our hearts out. We’ve got to give Cory reps at QB (and) get him ready and we’ve got to come back on Saturday and play as hard as we can.”

     

    Are the Bulldogs snake bitten with injuries? Even Jacob Neuls, a defensive/offensive line coach and former Bulldog, broke his ankle last week.

    “It’s just part of the sport I guess. It’s not always the best part of the game but it happens and there is nothing we can do about it,” VanLeeuwen said.

    Zach Froese, a promising Grade 10 quarterback on the junior Bulldogs (5-1-1), is expected to join a rapidly shrinking senior team roster for provincials.

    “We’ re a bit of a MASH unit right now. We’re running out of bodies,” Hill said. “The nice thing about provincials is juniors don’t lose any eligibility so we’ll have a bunch of juniors called up to play special teams and some will get meaningful minutes.”

    The juniors (5-2) played in Tuesday’s division one semifinal against Salisbury (5-2) but the score was unavailable at press time. The final is Nov. 14 against the defending champion Jasper Place Rebels (6-1) or Ainlay (4-2-1) at 7:30 p.m. at Clarke Stadium.

    As for the senior Bulldogs, the first Carr final in the post St. Albert Storm era was eerily similar to the 44-14 loss to Ainlay in league play.

    “We just didn’t execute and losing Cordel was a big part of that. He’s a great part of our defence and a big part of our offence too,” VanLeeuwen said. “We knew we had to play our hearts out for Cordel and Quade and Dylan (McCoy, a Grade 11 lineman) and all those guys that are injured. We didn’t want to disappoint them. We wanted to play hard for the rest of our family.

    “It’s a pretty hard loss to accept but we’ve just got to go to work and see what we can do at provincials.”

    The halftime score was 34-7.

     

    “It’s disappointing. Ainlay is a great team, we knew that, and the better team won tonight but our season is not over,” Hill said. “This will sting for the weekend, it really will, but we’ve got to get right back at it for provincials.

    “We may see them in a couple of weeks and by then we had better figure something out.”

    An early break gave the Bulldogs the ball at Ainlay’s 41 as the punt returner fumbled away VanLeeuwen’s kick and Logan McCullough fell on it and the offence returned to the field for the second time after receiving the opening kick-off.

    However, on third down a pass fell incomplete and Ainlay took over possession at its 27.

    The teams exchanged punts and the first play for Ainlay on its second possession was a 90-yard TD run with 1:57 left in the opening quarter.

    The quarter ended with a 65-yard catch and run TD by Ainlay.

    VanLeeuwen’s TD was set up by two clutch catches by McCullough of 31 and 27 yards as Callioux threaded the needle perfectly, plus a shifty 11-yard run by Callioux.

    Ainlay’s third TD was a 28-yard reception after a horsecollar flag against the Bulldog put the ball at the Bellerose 31.

    After the kick-off, on first down at the Bellerose 15, Callioux was injured while scrambling in the backfield adn was sacked for a five-yard loss. After a lengthy delay, Hannam entered the contest. After a two-and-out, the Bulldogs punted the ball away and Ainlay huddled up at the Bellerose 52. A few plays later, Ainlay scored from the 18 and the conversion made it 27-7 with 2:11 remaining until halftime.

     

    Callioux was eventually carted off the field and spent the second half inside a viewing room.

    The last Ainlay TD before the half was a six-yard major following an interception at the Bellerose 50.

    The body language of both teams spoke volumes as they entered their respective change rooms. A pumped-up Ainlay squad had a spring in their step while the Bulldogs shuffled forward in single file with heads hanging low.

    The second half included VanLeeuwen’s 60-yard punt single with 4:16 left in the third quarter to make it 41-8, a pair of picks by Ainlay and three catches in a row by Travis Heggart on a drive that ended with McCullough’s seven-yard TD grab to put the score at 41-14 with 5:43 to play.

    “I wished we wouldn’t have let in as many touchdowns as we did however that’s tough when the offence isn’t moving and clicking like it normally does,” Hill said. “They have the superior speed, great athletes over there but there was some sloppy tackling on our part, just footing stuff.

    “But the boys fought their guts out and I have to give them credit for that.”

    The last metro championship for the Bulldogs was 2007 in the division two Miles conference.

     

    MVP - Quade Kozak of the Bellerose Bulldogs is this year's recipient of the Haliburton Trophy as the most valuable player in division one Carr conference football. Bryan Anderson presented the award to the Grade 12 Sturgeon Composite High School student o
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    KOZAK MVP

    Congratulations to QB Quade Kozak voted by Metro League Carr Conference Division I coaches as the league MVP!

    Quade had his amazing season cut short in the Carr Conference Division I semi-final with an injury but his stats for the season and his leadership on the field speak for his nomination and being voted as the league MVP.

     

    QUADE KOZAK stats for 2017

    8 Games played, 6 wins 2 losses

    PASSING - 189 Passes attempted, 117 Completions for 1868 Yards 61.9% completion percentage. 18 TD, 6 Int.

    RUSHING - 97 Attempts, 611 Yards 6.3 Yd avg, 5 TD

    PUNTING - 46 Punts - 1673 Yards - 36.4 Yd Avg.


    AWARDS BANQUET TICKETS

    Here are the details of our Bulldogs Football Awards Banquet in two weeks.
    • Date: November 22, 2017
    • Place: St. Albert Inn & Suites - Ballroom
    • Time: Doors - 6 pm, Dinner - 7 pm.
    • Tickets: $40 each (Players, Parents, Guests)

    Maximum of approximately 160 tickets to non-Bulldogs staff (coaches, trainers and guests) so please do not delay in ordering your tickets, our deadline is November 20th so only 12 days away. First come first served.   

    This year we are going to offer 2 ways to buy tickets in advance of the deadline which is Monday, November 20th so we can confirm our commitment of seats at the venue.

    You can go online as of today and purchase the tickets with your credit card on our apparel site. 

    1. Click on the "DAWGS Store" tab on our website (www.bulldogsfootball.ca).
    2. Click on "Shop" under Banquet Tickets, then click on the ticket on the next page.  Order your tickets $40 ea plus GST.
    3. Tickets will not be shipped to you but will be waiting for you at the doors to the banquet facility on Nov 22.

    If you cannot purchase online, as a last resort you can email me at info@bulldogsfootball.ca and request your tickets and deliver a cheque to my mailbox ASAP.  Ordered tickets must be paid for in advance.  My address is: 111 Delage Crescent, St. Albert, AB T8N 5Y8

    If you have any questions please call me.

    Regards

    Darryl Moroz

    Bulldogs Football


    Larry Olexiuk - Global TV - MVP

    Our Coach O recognized by Global TV Edmonton as this weeks MVP. Click on the link to watch the video.


    Coach 'O' - Larry Olexiuk receives distinguished award

    On Sunday, May 21 at the Football Alberta Bantam Bowl banquet our own Larry (Coach O) Olexiuk will be inducted into the Football Alberta Life Membership/Hall of Fame.  Larry's accomplishments listed below in the Football Alberta press release speak for themselves, but his passion and genuine devotion to the Bulldogs Football program is second to none.  We at Bulldogs Football are proud to have such a distinguished and true gentleman teaching our boys how to become men first, and football players second.

    Please join us in congratulating Coach O!

    Life Membership/Hall of Fame Award
    Larry Olexiuk – St. Albert Minor and High School Football
    Larry Olexiuk’s involvement in football stretches back to 1967 with his first year of coaching the offense with the Jasper Place Bantam Lions.  A year later he became the head coach of the Palmer 49er’s Bantam team in St. Albert and began a close to 50 year love affair with football in that city.  Over the years, Larry was instrumental in coaching at all levels of the game in St. Albert and also supported the Edmonton District Bantam Football Association as head coach of their all-star team in 1986 and 1987.  His most important role in St. Albert was as the main driver for the creation and initial funding of the St. Albert High School Football Association in 1986.  Prior to that players had to leave the city to play high school football.  Since that time the high school situation has grown from one senior team to football at all three high schools in St. Albert.  Thanks to Larry over 200 young men get to play high school football in their hometown each season.  Very deserving of the Life Membership/Hall of Fame award.


    HEAD COACH CHAD HILL TO RECEIVE SPECIAL RECOGNITION BY THE ST. ALBERT PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD


    Head Coach, Chad Hill - Bellerose Bulldogs

    We are all very proud of of coaching staff and players and in fact our whole organization.  I personally feel that we have the best group of volunteers in the entire area.  Once in a while one of our group receives special recognition and although he is too humble to bring any attention to himself I feel we also want to applaud his recognition.  This is an excerpt taken from the St. Albert Public Schools Division meeting agenda for Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

     

    ST. ALBERT PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ REGULAR PUBLIC BOARD MEETING

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

    CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION PRESENTATION - Recipient: Chad Hill, Teacher and Football Coach, Bellerose Composite High School


    Even before Chad Hill joined the staff of St. Albert Public Schools, he was a familiar face in our high school locker rooms, as he put in many hours volunteering with both the Paul Kane High School and Bellerose Composite High School rugby clubs. It wasn’t long, then, before his talents were officially recognized and he was hired as a teacher, first at Sir George Simpson Junior High School in 2004, then moving on to Bellerose in 2008. At Bellerose, Chad has stepped into the role of football coach, in addition to teaching Try 10 and English. Recognizing that coaching goes far beyond calling plays, Chad truly focuses on providing a well-rounded experience for his players.  “Chad is very concerned about his players being productive adults in the future,” says Bellerose Acting Principal Max Chorney. “He wants them to be model citizens and good young men down the road.”

    Brayden Guy, who has coached with Chad, concurs. “He is well respected by all of his players and assistant coaches, and teaches them life lessons while being extremely relatable and approachable in the process,” he says. “He is a motivator and a player’s coach, because every single player that Chad coaches, or has coached in the past, wants to play for him.”

    When it comes to leadership on the field, Chad takes it to a whole new level. “The great leader is a master in the arts of communication, purposeful action, self awareness and service,” says Lorne Akins Principal Graham Jackson, who worked with Chad at Bellerose previously.  “Chad has consistently demonstrated such a clear dedication to these principles that he has become a pillar in our St Albert community, and has become a role model to many.”

    “Chad is a perfectionist,” says Brayden. “He is competitive, and expects the best out of people, because he puts his best into everything that he does, every single day. There are few coaches who have mastered the concept of being incredibly knowledgeable, but at the same time an expert at teaching and conveying the knowledge in a way that can be understood by all. Chad is seamlessly masterful at being able to teach players how to excel on the field, and in life.”

    Those who have ever coached students know that it is not a small commitment. “Chad is so dedicated, he spends countless hours on football during the season and beyond,” says Max. “He’s already getting ready for spring training now!”

    “He has been willing to dedicate a great deal of time to the behind-the-scenes leadership, not interested in recognition but leading for change,” says Graham. “Simply put, Chad is a hard worker, a constant listener and a continuous innovator for his students, his athletes and his colleagues.”

    Concludes Brayden, “He doesn’t do things to get recognized, he does things because he is passionate. That passion is not only for the sport of football, but perhaps more importantly for helping people. He loves seeing people reach their highest potential, and there is no one better at helping people reach and exceed that potential, than Chad Hill. He wants to be a winner, but more importantly he wants to see others win. He is most definitely a role model and an invaluable member of our district as he demonstrates every day that people should aspire to work hard, be passionate and strive to be great in everything that they do.” For his commitment to St. Albert Public Schools, the Board of Trustees presents a Certificate of Recognition to Chad Hill.


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