Saskatoon Hilltops

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Saskatoon Hilltops
City Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
League Canadian Junior Football League
Division Prairie Football Conference
Founded 1947
Colours Black,Royal Blue & Gold
Home field Gordie Howe Bowl
Championships 16

The Saskatoon Hilltops are a Canadian Junior Football team based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Hilltops play in the six-team Prairie Football Conference, which itself is part of the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) and competes annually for the national title known as the Canadian Bowl. The team was originally founded in 1921, but was reorganized in 1947. Gordie Howe Bowl is the home field for the Saskatoon Hilltops and was to undergo expansion and installation of artificial turf beginning in 2009.[1] In 2011, Saskatoon's city council decided that plans for Gordie Howe Bowl were not feasible and plans to upgrade the facility have been put on hold.[2]

Pass Reception Saskatoon Hilltops, October 10, 2008 playoff game vs Winnipeg Rifles in the Prairie Football Conference

Executive committee[edit]

Going for Touchdown October 10, 2008 playoff game
Cheerleaders
Position Holder
President Ron Zerr
Past President Gerald Dewald
General Manager Craig Cupid
Secretary Cliff Powlowski
Executive Director Al Gibb
Executive Director Terry Postey
Executive Director Spero Kokonas
Executive Director Greg Peacock
Executive Director Jeff Gould
Executive Director Walt Smith
Executive Director Greg Yuel
Head Coach Tom Sargeant

Coaching staff[edit]

Kilburn Park in Buena Vista is the practice field of the Saskatoon Hilltops
Position Holder
Head Coach Tom Sargeant
Quarterbacks Sheldon Ball
Running Backs Jack Nepjuk
Receivers Brent Stevens
Offensive Line Donnie Davidsen
Linebackers Jeff Yausie
Defensive Co-Ordinator/Defensive Backs Brent Turkington
Special Teams/Defensive Line Warren Muzika

Canadian Championships[edit]

Hilltops championship mini van

The Hilltops have won 16 of the 19 Canadian Championships they have played in, the most recent being the 2012 Canadian Bowl versus the Langley Rams at Langley, B.C.[3][4] “I’m pretty sure the odds are in my favour. The Saskatoon Hilltops are vying for their third straight Canadian Championship. They know how to win football games. I am proud to support them, and proud they are representing Saskatchewan. said Kevin Doherty, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Parks, Culture, and Sport of a friendly wager made between himself, and Bill Bennett, British Columbia’s Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. It will be Bennett who will don a Saskatoon Hilltop jersey for a day.[5] [6] [7] [8]

Canadian Bowl Championship Games[edit]

Year Champion Finalist
2012 Saskatoon Hilltops 23 Langley Rams 21
2011 Saskatoon Hilltops 29 Hamilton Hurricanes 1
2010 Saskatoon Hilltops 34 Vancouver Island Raiders 23
2007 Saskatoon Hilltops 26 St. Leonard Cougars 3
2003 Saskatoon Hilltops 59 Victoria Rebels 0
2002 Saskatoon Hilltops 20 St. Leonard Cougars 18
2001 Saskatoon Hilltops 45 Okanagan Sun 11
2000 Okanagan Sun 36 Saskatoon Hilltops 28
1996 Saskatoon Hilltops 38 Windsor AKO Fratmen 7
1991 Saskatoon Hilltops 48 Ottawa Sooners 7

Armadale Cup Championship Games[edit]

Gordie Howe Bowl is the home of the Saskatoon Hilltops
Year Champion Finalist
1985 Saskatoon Hilltops 29 Ottawa Sooners 11
1978 Saskatoon Hilltops 24 Ottawa Sooners 4

Leader-Post Championship Games[edit]

Touchdown October 10, 2008 playoff game
Year Champion Finalist
1969 Saskatoon Hilltops 28 Ottawa Sooners 7
1968 Saskatoon Hilltops 27 Ottawa Sooners 19
1960 Montreal Rose Bombers 22 Saskatoon Hilltops 20
1959 Saskatoon Hilltops 46 Toronto NK Knights 7
1958 Saskatoon Hilltops 18 Notre-Dame-de-Grace Maple Leafs 14
1953 Saskatoon Hilltops 34 Windsor AKO Fratmen 6
1948 Hamilton Wildcats 14 Saskatoon Hilltops 10

External links[edit]

Gallery[edit]

August 12, 2012 Amazing play by Saskatoon Hilltop quarterback number 8 Matt Karpinka. A lateral throw to the wide receiver number 5 Jared Andreychuk who threw it downfield for a catch by number 28 Kyle McGinnis and run!!! [9] Photograph attribution Julia Adamson
Touchdown Hilltops Sept 19 game Hilltops 43 Winnipeg Rifles 9 Photograph attribution Julia Adamson [10]
Hilltops capture Shrine Bowl 66-26, a two-game aggregate score between the Saskatchewan teams. The Hilltops beat the Thunder 24-9 on Sept. 8 and 42-17 on Sept. 22, 2012 [11][12]
August 12, 2012 Amazing play... catch by number 28 Kyle McGinnis and run!!! Photograph attribution Julia Adamson[13]
August 12, 2012 1:00 pm Andre Lalonde number 20 is seen here coming in with a touchdown at 2:29 p.m.
August 12, 2012 Calgary Colts v.s.Saskatoon Hilltops Hilltops Touchdown is shown here followed by an Hilltop attempt at a two point convert to tie the game
September 8, 2012 Tackle by Regina Thunder Defensive Back #38 Landon Walter [14] Photograph attribution Julia Adamson
September 8, 2012 An amazing reception by Chad Braun, Receiver, #11. A 16 yard catch [15] Photograph attribution Julia Adamson
September 22 touchdown places score at Thunder 10 - 40 Hilltops; 5:24 left in 4th Quarter; convert good score 10-41. Game ends Thunder 17 - 42 Hilltops[16] [17]
Sunday October 14, 2012 1:00 p.m. Junior Football game in the Prairie Football Conference (PFC). Canadian Junior Football League teams included Edmonton and Saskatoon. Saskatoon Hilltops were the home team at Gordie Howe Bowl home to the Saskatoon Hilltops . The game concluded at Hilltops 42-11 Wildcats. The Hilltops will continue in the playoffs advancing to the PFC Final next Sunday, October 21, 2012. The Regina Thunder defeated the Calgary Colts 24-21. Hilltops meet the Thunder at Gordie Howe Bowl. The champion of the PFC final will receive the hosting rights for the Jostens Cup. The Jostens Cup is played between the OFC Champion and PFC Champion Teams. The Jostens Cup winner goes on to play the BCFC Champion for the Canadian Bowl Championship. [18] [19]
Wildcat QB Taylor Yaremchuck brought down by Hilltops Donovan Dale [20] [21] [22]
Graham Unruh makes a spectacular reception in the second quarter of the PFC Semi Final game
Hilltops are champions with their 15th PFC championship trophy Oct 21, 2012 at the Regina Thunder - Hilltop game[23]
Chris Friesen interception in the ending moments of the fourth quarter Oct 21, 2012
40 yard run by Andre Lalonde Hilltop 20 Oct 21 2012[24] [25] [26] [27]
Three PFC awards. Hilltop pass catcher Kyle McGinnis earned Outstanding Receiver. Donovan Dale received. The Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award, went to 5th-year linebacker Ben Cressman (pictured here).[28] [29] [30]
Defensive Lineman #79 Donovan Dale Saskatoon Hilltops PFC Defensive Team All Star
Final touch down of the Oct 21 2012 game vs Regina Thunder
Interception and touchdown. Hilltops win CJFL Semi Final versus London Beefeaters Oct 28,2012 51-7, earn Jostens Cup [31] [32] [33]
Touchdown by QB Jared Andreychuk at the Semi Final Game

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