Saskatoon Hilltops

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Saskatoon Hilltops
Team logo
Established1947 (1947)
Based inSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
Home stadiumSaskatoon Minor Football Field
Head coachTom Sargeant
General managerLane Bannerman
LeagueCanadian Junior Football League
DivisionPrairie Football Conference
Coloursroyal blue, gold
League titles20 (1953, 1958, 1959, 1968, 1969, 1978, 1985, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
WebsiteOfficial website

The Saskatoon Hilltops are a junior Canadian football team based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Hilltops play in the six-team Prairie Football Conference, which is part of the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) and competes annually for the national title known as the Canadian Bowl. The team was founded in 1921 as a senior team in the Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union, in which it played until 1936. The team reorganized in 1947. Beginning in 1953, the Hilltops have won 20 Canadian Bowl championships, the most of any Canadian junior football team in history. The Saskatoon Hilltops is the only CJFL team to win four consecutive Canadian Bowls 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Saskatoon Minor Football Field at Gordie Howe Sports Complex is the home field for the Saskatoon Hilltops. [1] In 2011, Saskatoon's city council decided that plans for Gordie Howe Bowl were not feasible and plans to upgrade the facility were put on hold.[2] On September 6, 2014, the first Hilltop game was played on the newly installed artificial turf against the Regina Thunder football team. With funding by Friends of the Bowl Foundation, community donors and the City of Saskatoon, new scoreboard, lights and sound system were also new additions. The new clubhouse and ticket office were ready for use for the 2016 season. Also the grounds were upgraded along with a wall of fame which include all the major donors to the complex. A multi million dollar expansion started in 2017 for the Gordie Howe Sports Complex. 2500 seats donated by the Saskatchewan Roughriders from the old Mosaic stadium were installed on the east side ready for the regular season. Further to the seating, another 2500 seats from the old Mosaic stadium was installed on the west side along with nine corporate boxes including a press box and general common room for guests all ready for the 2018 season. In the spring of 2018 excavation started on the grounds for building an Olympic size track and field and skating oval. A 90,000 square foot facility was being built for indoor baseball practices along with a weight room and upper level meeting rooms. New baseball ticket office and rooms with upgrades to the ball diamonds. New Nordic skiing track. Another artificial football field. Five paved parking lots. Slated plan for all of these to be completed is sometime in 2019. [3][4]

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
Position Holder
President Terry Postey
President Elect Chris Hengen-Braun
Past President Eric Nimilowich
Vice President Rod Janzen
Team Manager Lane Bannerman
Treasurer Greg Peacock
Secretary Cliff Powlowski
Operational Director Jeff Shyluk
Operational Director Janice Kozun
Operational Director Jerry Rice
Operational Director Walt Smith
Media Coordinator Chris Hengen-Braun
New Clubhouse Coordinator Al Gibb
Sponsorship/Program Coordinator Gerald Dewald
Golf Tournament Coordinator Spero Kokonas
Alumni Game Coordinator Gabe Mackesey
Roughrider Luncheon Coordinator Walt Smith
50/50 Coordinator Craig Cupid
Gate Personal Craig Allan/Ron Krieger/Don Lavallee
Head Coach Tom Sargeant

Coaching staff[edit]

Kilburn Park in Buena Vista is the practice field of the Saskatoon Hilltops
Position Holder
Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator Tom Sargeant
Quarterbacks Shane Reider
Running Backs Andre Lalonde
Defensive Backs Brent Turkington
Offensive Line Donnie Davidsen
Defensive Line Dave Fisher
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Jeff Yausie
Receivers Barclay Schlosser

2014 Season[edit]

The Hilltops entered the playoffs with 6 wins and 2 losses which resulted in a first place standing. On October 19, 2014 the play off game against the Winnipeg Rifles was finalized with a 43 to 13 score in favour of the Hilltops.

Final Score on the new scoreboard at the playoff game between the Winnipeg Rifles and Saskatoon Hilltops on October 19, 2014 at the Saskatoon Minor Football Field

. The Hilltops proceeded to the Prairie Football Conference PFC finals on Sunday October 26, 2014, defeating the Calgary Colts 27 - 7 at Saskatoon Minor Football Field. On Nov 8, 2014 the Hilltops completed their successful playoff run with a victory over the Langley Rams at MacLeod Stadium with a final score of 39 - 14. This was the first of four consecutive Canadian Bowls.

2017 Season[edit]

The Hilltops entered this season having completed their third "threepeat", the first being three consecutive Canadian Bowl Championships in 2001, 2002 and 2003; the second 2010, 2011 and 2012, and the most recent 2014, 2015 and 2016. Everyone in the Hilltop family was determined to complete a "fourpeat", a feat that only the Regina Rams (1993, 1994 and 1995), the Edmonton Huskies (1962, 1963 and 1964) and the Montreal AAAs (1925, 1926 and 1927) also had a chance at achieving. The only lapse in victories during the 2017 season was a mid-season final minute loss to the Regina Thunder (29-26). The final regular season win over the undefeated Edmonton Huskies earned the Hilltops a matching 7-1 record, but the head to head victory gave the Hilltops first place in the PFC and home field advantage for three consecutive playoff games. The Hilltops increased consistency in play during their playoff run with solid victories against the Winnipeg Rifles and the Regina Thunder and a convincing 48-0 win over the Vancouver Island Raiders. The stage was set for their attempt to win a fourth consecutive Championship at the home field of the Windsor AKO Fratmen, the oldest CJFL team in continuous operation since 1929 to be played on Remembrance Day Nov 11th, 2017. The Hilltops were victorious thus completing the "fourpeat" on their third attempt.

Canadian Championships[edit]

Hilltops championship mini van

The Hilltops have won 20 of the 23 Canadian Championships they have played in, the most recent being the 2017 Canadian Bowl versus the Windsor AKO Fratmen at Windsor, Ontario.[5] Winning by rising to meet challenges is the Hilltop Way according to Tom Sargeant aka "Sarge" whose booming voice, getting excited and demanding perfection has been a hallmark for two decades and a virtual repetition of last season. “I’m pretty sure the odds are in my favour". The Saskatoon Hilltops were vying for their third straight Canadian Championship against the Westshore Rebels. "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 was Bennett who donned a Saskatoon Hilltop jersey for a day.[6] [7] [8] [9]

Canadian Bowl Championship Games[edit]

Year Champion Finalists
2017 Saskatoon Hilltops 56 Windsor AKO Fratmen 11
2016 Saskatoon Hilltops 37 Westshore Rebels 25
2015 Saskatoon Hilltops 38 Okanagan Sun 24
2014 Saskatoon Hilltops 39 Langley Rams 14
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]


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!!! [10]
Touchdown Hilltops Sept 19 game Hilltops 43 Winnipeg Rifles 9 [11]
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 [12][13]
August 12, 2012 Amazing play... catch by number 28 Kyle McGinnis and run!!! [14]
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 [15]
September 8, 2012 An amazing reception by Chad Braun, Receiver, #11. A 16-yard catch [16]
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[17] [18]
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. The game concluded at Hilltops 42-11 Wildcats.[19] [20]
Wildcat QB Taylor Yaremchuck brought down by Hilltops Donovan Dale [21] [22] [23]
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[24]
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[25] [26] [27] [28]
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).[29] [30] [31]
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 [32] [33] [34]
Touchdown by QB Jared Andreychuk at the Semi Final Game
Hilltop Toudhdown Playoff game between the Winnipeg Rifles and Saskatoon Hilltops on October 19, 2014 at the Saskatoon Minor Football Field SMF (was Gordie Howe Field). Game finalized with a 43 to 13 score in favour of the Hilltops. The Hilltops proceed to the Prairie Football Conference PFC finals on Sunday October 26, 2014
Catch by 73 Davis Mitchell Hilltop Receive Playoff game between the Winnipeg Rifles and Saskatoon Hilltops on October 19, 2014 at the Saskatoon Minor Football Field SMF (was Gordie Howe Field). Game finalized with a 43 to 13 score in favour of the Hilltops. The Hilltops proceed to the Prairie Football Conference PFC finals on Sunday October 26, 2014
60 Drayke Unger Offensive Line Touch Down Playoff game between the Winnipeg Rifles and Saskatoon Hilltops on October 19, 2014 at the Saskatoon Minor Football Field SMF (was Gordie Howe Field). Game finalized with a 43 to 13 score in favour of the Hilltops. The Hilltops proceed to the Prairie Football Conference PFC finals on Sunday October 26, 2014


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