The 2017 Golden Bear football season has come to an end. Only 15 returning players from the 2016 roster registered for the 2017 team. Six new rookies joined the team to make a roster of 21 players. This was the smallest team in the 25 year history for this coach. Despite the small roster; the Sr. Golden Bear team posted a perfect 5-0 record in Conference 3 of the 2A football bracket. This allowed the team to host Assiniboia in the league semi-final. The refueled Rocket visitors put up a determined effort but the Bears, led by a 52 point outburst from QB Rylan Sokul, prevailed 71-64 and advanced to the provincial elite 8. The big winner of the day however was the local food bank that received $300.00 in cash and 733 lbs. of nonperishable food items. Awesome job students and parent boosters of WCHS!
Wynyard next had the pleasure of hosting a provincial quarterfinal vs. the Dalmeny Cougars on George Lamb Field. Unfortunately, the loss of three-way player Tristan Bergquist to a concussion was a difficult hand to be dealt prior to this "do or die" playoff game. The Bears took the next-man up philosophy into the game. Many players valiantly stepped up during the offensive showdown that was exhibited but the Bears unfortunately fell 68-52.
Highlights of 2017 include how the Sr. program mentored the up and coming stars of the future during the Jr. Jamboree season. Four Jamborees allowed 40 or more athletes from Grade 6 to 9 to learn and develop their football skills.
Jason Gillespie paid a huge tribute to the football program by enhancing the appearance of the Kin score clock tower located on George Lamb Field. Thank you Jason and family for doing an awesome job.
A huge thank you to the Scotiabank for sponsoring an enormously successful progressive 50/50 fundraiser that will keep the program viable for the next two years.
The Co-op also chipped in with a surprise donation during Co-op week. WCHS is blessed to have great support from the parent group, the business sector and the general public. Thank you Wynyard. Hibernation will be light as players will hopefully take the incentive to work on an off season training program and to attend the various camps and football programs offered by Football Saskatchewan. It is nice to see the players of WCHS take their football aspirations to the next level. Go BEARS!
- Mr. Sokul, Co-Coach