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1971 Regina Rams Football Club

Canadian Jr. Football Champions - 1971

Left to Right 1st Row: J. Francis, (Trainer); R. McGuigan, (Manager); S. Harrison; G. Hambley; J. Joynt; R. Forsyth, (President); R. Salter; R. Chadwick; B. Mang; J. Holash.

2ndRow:A. Relkey, (ass't Coach); M. Riley; J. Broderick; K. Flissel; R. Lane; D. Zimmerman; D. Wormsbecker; G. Selinger; M. Adams; G. Currie, (Head Coach).

3rd Row: N. Fong, (Equipment Mgr.); K. Dobra; G. Wilson; D. Sawa; C. Treleaven; R. Manz; M. Hill; R. Pyne; T. Husli; S. Mazurak; 0. Schmidt, (Ass't Coach).

4th Row: J. Donison; R. Cherkas; M. Messner; R. McCullough; K. Ziola; R. Storey; L. Kratt; L. LeBlanc; B. Saip.

5th Row: D. Killoh, (Ass't Coach); R. Winter; P. Schaeffer; R. Shiplack; J. Orban; D. Pelzer; J. Hopson; B. Walker; T. Renwick; M. Fiissel, (Ass't. Coach).

Missing Players: G. Glass; B. Dimen; A. Nicolson; T. Hincks; G. Treleaven; R. Brittner. Missing Executive: E. Fluter; W. Gee; J. Kanuka; R. Livingstone; G. Mather; V. Moore; T. Shepherd; J. Stewart; E. Strass; K. Wheeler.

The 1970-71 Regina Rams Canadian Junior Football Champion teams join the 1966 team inducted into the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame in 1969.

In 1970 the Rams fashioned a 6-2 league record, finishing in second place in the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Junior football. They defeated the Winnipeg Hawkeyes in the league final; went on to defeat Edmonton Huskies in the Western Canada semi-final and the Vancouver Meralomas in the western final. They culminated the season with a 39-8 victory over the Burlington Braves for the Canadian championship.

In 1971, the Rams went through the regular schedule with a perfect 8-0 record, only the third time a team had recorded a perfect season in the 19 year history of the Man.-Sask. league and the first time in eight years it had been accomplished. The Rams defeated the Winnipeg Hawkeyes in the league final advancing to the Western final, defeating the Vancouver Meralomas 34-12. Once again they met the Burlington Braves in the National final and won the National title for a second successive year, 42-13 over the Braves.

During regular season play in 1970 and 1971 the Rams amassed a total of 572 points, an average of 36 points per game, while giving up a total of 147 points or an average of nine points per game. The Rams, since 1965, have been under the direction of head coach Gord Currie. In 1970 and 1971, the assistant coaching staff included AIf Rekey, Doug Killoh and Former Rams, Mel Fiissel, who played on the 1966 championship team and Don Schmidt, a member of the 1970 squad.

The Rams, during the two years, won 27 games: 19 in a row, while losing only three. The 19 game win streak extended from the 1970 playoffs to the conclusion of the 1971 season. In 1970, 10 rams were selected to the Man.- Sask. All-star offensive and defensive team. There were no league all-star selections in 1971.

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1975 Regina Rams Football Club

CANADIAN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS 1975

Back Row: Doug KiIloh (Coach); Tim Ziegler, Kevin Harle, Doug McKenzie, Craig Kenyon, Jeff Reimer, Gord Lang, Bernie Schmidt, Dave Hall, Frank McCrystal.

Fourth Row: Doug Zerr, Rene Glenn, Dale Von Hagen, Jim Kenyon, Tim Almas, Eugene LaRocque, Don Mosher, Tom McCord, Bob Poley, Jim Lemmerick, Les Ludwig, Don Wilde.

Third Row: Vern Eli, Mike Mushanski, Shane Armstrong, Brent McConnell, Mark Constable, Don Young, Kerry Berryman, Darrell Herauf, Richard Reltmeier, Tom Parker, Kelvin Derkson.

Second Row: Stan Ward (Director); Bruce Lipinski, Randy LaBatte, Chuck MacDonald, Scott Meikle, Roger Aldag, Mike Sim, Bob Lane, Gerry Fellner, Len Knoll, Ted Dolinski, Harvey Kozakevich, Jim Francis (Trainer).

Front Row: Don McDougall (Director); Norbert Thurmeier (Manager); George Hambley (President); Jack Roenspiess (Equipment); Joanne Lemieux (Asst. Trainer); Mel Flissel, Gord Currie, Gerry Orban (Coaches); Reg Houston, Al Jensen, Peter Byars, Doctor Alexander, Doctor Samuels (Directors), Barry Roenspiess (Ball Boy).

Missing Player: Brian Illerbrun; Missing Ball Boy: Rodney Kobsar.

Missing Directors: Don Black, Eli Fluter, Harvey Johnson, Alex Kerr, Gary Mather, Bob Milton, Jack Stewart, Doug Wilson, Ken Wheeler, Rafe Chadwick, Reg Forsyth, Scotty Livingstone, Tom Shepherd.

In 1975 the Regina Rams took second place in the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Junior Football League with a record of 6 wins, 3 losses. They went on to defeat the Saskatoon Hilltops in a two game total point series by an aggregate score of 86-33.

After a tough western final in which they beat the Edmonton Huskies 35-25 the Rams headed for Hamilton and the national championship. They came away with the Armadale Cup after defeating the Hamilton Hurricanes 38-19. The win represented the Rams fifth national championship in ten years.

Len Knoll of the Rams was chosen as the most valuable player of the game. Gordon Currie, the club's head coach, was selected as Canada's Amateur Coach of the Year. His assistant coaches were Mel Fiissell, Doug Killoh, and Jerry Orban. Norbert Thurmeier was Manager, and the President was George Hambley.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame June 5, 1982.

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1976 Regina Rams Football Club

CANADIAN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS 1976

Back Row: Eugene LaRocque, Bob Moore, Craig Kenyon, Vern Eli, Tim Almas, Steve Sebastian, Greg Nesbitt, Boyd Richards, Alex Camponi.

Sixth Row: Alex Kerr (Dir.), Brian lllerbrun, Rich Reitmeler, Charlie Obrigewitsch, Dave Hall, Frank McCrystal, Terry Read, Jim Lemmerick, Doug Killoh (Ass't. Coach).

Fifth Row: Maurice Butler, Doug MacKenzie, Greg Fieger, Len Knoll, Kelvin Derkson, Les Ludwig, Jim Kenyon, Bob Poley.

Fourth Row: Norm Fong (Eqpt. Mgr.), Rich Crawford, Dale Von Hagen, Tom Parker, Darrell Herauf, Bruce Lipinski, Bill Lozinski, Brent McConnell, Jack Roenspiess (Eqpt. Asst.).

Third Row: Grant Becker (Dir.), Clarence Sacawayacappo, Chuck McDonald, Scott Meikle, Kerry Berryman, Kevin Harle, Mike Sim, Bob Lane, Randy Labatte.

Second Row: Jo-Anne Lemieux (Ass't. Trainer), Dieter Pelzer (Dir.), Eli Fluter (Dir.), Al Jensen (Dir.), Dr. Frank Samuels, Dr. Jack Alexander, Jim Francis (Trainer).

First Row: Don McDougall (Sec'y), Bob Milton (Vice-Pres.), Mel Flissel (Ass't Coach), Gord Currie (Head Coach), Gary Mather (Pres.), Reg Houston (Dir.), Norbert Thurmeier (Dir.), George Hambley, (Past Pres.). Ball Boys: Murray Falkenstein, Barry Roenspiess, Allen Wielgoz.

Missing Players: Cory Elson, Gerry Fellner.

Missing: Directors Don Black, Jeff Bugera, Pete Byars, Harvey Johnson, Tom Shepherd, Jack Stewart, Doug Wilson, Lorne Warnes, Jerry Orban (Ass't. Coach).

In 1976 the Regina Rams played in the Alberta Junior Football League and finished in second place with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss. In the league semi-finals they defeated the Calgary Colts 47-0, and in the final they beat the Edmonton Wildcats 62-28.

The strength of the team was seen in the Western final when they beat Vancouver Meralomas 45-0. Regina hosted the Canadian Championship in 1976, and the Rams went on to defeat the Hamilton Hurricanes by a score of 45-23, capturing the Armadale Cup. The win represented the Rams sixth national title in eleven years.

Head coach Gordon Currie retired at the end of the 1976 season with a record of 109 wins out of 136 games, including six national titles.

Assistant coaches were Mel Fiissel, Dough Killoh and Jerry Orban. Norbert Thurmeier was the Manager and the President was Gary Mather.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. June 5, 1982.

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1953 Saskatoon Hilltops

CANADIAN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

Front row: Walter Pusharenko, Bill Trout, Val Kononoff, Earl Gedir (mascot), John Jasper, Carl Lucychyn, Chick Jacobi.

2nd row : Ed Wyman (manager), Ron Tinkler (coach), Bob Arn (head coach), Ray Syrnyk, Lorne Richardson (president), Brent Logan, John Babineau (line coach), Dr. Sam Landa (club physician), Dan Godley (equipment manager).

3rd row : Ken McMurty, Rusty Chartier, Ted McKenzie, Chuck Boliantz, Johnny Kril, Ernie Gulka, Larry Bretell, Art Risdahl, Cliff Metcalfe, Audie Heier.

Back row : Dick Clark, Bob Henley, Andy Voykin, Ron Adam, Ed Wright, Jules Rawlyk, Olie Olstad, Don Park, Murray Pike, Johnny Sands.

Playing in the newly-established four-member Manitoba-Saskatchewan Junior Football League , the Hilltops defeated the Winnipeg Weston Wildcats in a 2-game series 35-4 and 21-1. The club won the Western title overpowering the Vancouver Blue Bombers 50-6. In the Canadian final held in Saskatoon, the "Tops" beat Windsor AKO 34-6.

This 1953 squad already enshrined in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame was inducted into the Saskatoon Hall in 1986.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.

Date: December 9, 1953.

Photographer: Hillyard, Leonard A.

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1958 Saskatoon Hilltops

CANADIAN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

Front row: Keith Thompson, Don Fowke (capt.), Ian Skene, John Somers (water boy), Murray Dickson (water boy), Bill Mathison, Bob Belak, Theo Dorish.

2nd row: Alex Pameta, George Werezak, Jim Coleman, Jerry Duffus, Chuck Gullickson, Eric Reimer, Bryn Jones, Bob Roland.

3rd row: Gar Mclndoe, Butch Johnson, Dave Shaw, Cliff Pilkey (trainer), George Adolph (manager), John Babineau (head coach), Don Somers (club president), Ron Tinkler (coach), Dr. Sam Landa (club physician), Rod Periton (trainer), Don Folk, Anson Findlay.

Back row : Bob Myers, Howard Kellough, Brian Casselman, Bud Curtis, Al Ledingham, Evan Kyba, Ken Webster, Don Hibbert, Don Barbaro, Garnet McKee, Bill Johnson Missing : Don Featherstone.

The 1958 Hilltops beat the Regina Rams in a two-game series 50-19 and 34-20 to win the Manitoba Saskatchewan Junior Title. In the Western final the Hilltops shut out the Edmonton Wildcats 26-0. In the Canadian final held in Montreal the Hilltops edged Montreal Notre Dame de Grace Maple Leafs 18-14.

The "Tops" unbeaten in the 1958 season scored eleven straight wins. This club, already inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, was selected to the Saskatoon Hall in 1986.

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1959 Saskatoon Hilltops

CANADIAN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

Front row : Johnny Babineau (assistant coach), Sam Samson (team manager), Dave Shaw (captain), Ian Skene(equipment manager), Don Fowke (assistant coach), Jules Hrapchuk.

2nd row : George Short, Al Ledingham, Alex Parneta, Murray Dickson(mascot), John Somers (mascot), Bill Johnson, Garnet McKee, Bob Belak, Gar Mclndoe.

3rd row : Jim Coleman, Bill Mathison, Anson Finlay, George Werezak, Ian Brand (club president), Dr. Sam Landa (club physician), Ron Tinkler (head coach), Brian Casselman (co-capt.), Bryn Jones, Eric Reimer, Frank Scherr, Dan Marisi, Dave Grajczck, Gary Kehl, Don Jones.

Back row : Paul Hazell, Lynn Williams, Evan Kyba, Bob Roland, Don Hunter, Ron Berry, Bob Myers, Wayne Shaw, Jim Kearns.

The 1959 Hilltops made it two years in a row. Saskatoon although losing two games during the regular season defeated the Winnipeg Weston Wildcats 26-16 in a sudden death final. The Toppers whipped the Vancouver North Shore Cougars 61-7 in the Western final. Saskatoon had no problem defeating Toronto North York Knights 46-7 to win the Regina Leader Trophy.

Already in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame the Hilltops were inducted into the Saskatoon Hall of Fame in 1986.

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1968 Saskatoon Hilltops

CANADIAN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

Front row : Larry Simpson, Mel Hitchings, Doug Tastad, Gerry Phillips, Rick Wakeman, Gerry Karpenko, Glen Ponomarenko, Mark Schoenhals, Lyle Johnson, George Calder, Bob Faulkner.

2nd row: Walt Fingler, Ben Mitchell, Don Bentham, Brian Jones, Gord Simle, Hal Lackie.

3rd row: Stan Polak, Gord Remmen, Archie Thompson, Dave Pickett, Doug Rudolph, Garry Reid, Dave Bowler, Darryl Chambers.

4th row : Jim Seaman, Bob Korpan, Chuck Porter (trainer), Tony Saretsky (equip. manager), Clarence Garvie (president), Kay MacDonald (manager), Al Ledingham (head coach ), Paul Schoenhals (coach), Barry Mooney (coach), Keith Kozak, John Storey.

5th row : Tom Dutton, Len Bell, Brian Sopatyk, Owen Charmbury, Max Abraham, Wayne Perkins (co-captain), Don Seaman (co-captain), Don Bjamarson, Dick Chinn, Len Hamm, Al Rankin.

The Hilltops with a record of 6-2 beat the Regina Rams 5-3 to win the Man.-Sask. Junior championship. The Toppers then rolled over the Vancouver Meralomas 40-0 to win the Western Title. Saskatoon beat the Ottawa Sooners 27-19 in the Canadian final in Edmonton, which was known as the Shrine Bowl.

This 1968 team was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and entered the Saskatoon Hall in 1986.

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1969 Saskatoon Hilltops

CANADIAN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

Front row : Brian Carduner, George Halstead, Lyle Oliver, Julian Kaminsky, Darryl Chambers, George Calder, Mel Hitchings, Phil Mooney, Steve Dionne, Judson Wilms, Doug Barber.

2nd row: Hal Lackie, Bob Faulkner, Rick Wakeman, Walt Fingler, Lyle Johnson, Mark Schoenhals, Owen Charmbury, Gord Simle.

3rd row : Dave Bowler, Stan Polak, Dave Pickett, Gerry Karpenko (co-captain), Doug Rudolph (co-captain), Bob Korpan, Gord Johnson, Gord Remmen.

4th row : Frazer Sutherland, Archie Thompson, Gren Smith-Windsor (coach), Murray Richardson (coach), Dean Dickson (head coach), Oscar Breher (president), Kay MacDonald (manager), Scotty Clark (trainer), Chuck Porter (equip. mgr.) Clint Sommerfeld, Brent McWillie.

5th row : Tony Saretsky, Glen Ponomarenko, Jim Seaman, Larry Giles, Don Bentham, Henry Strelioff, Jim Gabert, Gerry Philips, Brian Jones, Dave Hansen, Rob Kimpton.

In the 1969 season the Saskatoon Hilltops and the Regina Rams ended the regular season with six wins and two losses. The league went back to the 2 game total point final with the Rams winning the first game 7-3 and the Hilltops winning game two by a score of 20-14 and the round 23-21. The Hilltops captured the Western title by beating the Edmonton Wildcats 39-17. The Regina Leader Trophy stayed in the West, thanks to a Hilltop victory over the Ottawa Sooners 28-7. Inducted in 1986.

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1985 Saskatoon Hilltops

Head Coach; 5 Rob Achs; 27 Rob Symchyck; 55 Brian Soyko; 79 John Randell; Kevin Scott; 7 Mark Andrews; 28 Jason Bilsky; 56 Spero Kokonas; 24 Kurt Hein; Assistant Coaches; 8 Ted Miazga; 32 Morley Shanner; 60 Randy McDonald; Glen Nowasad; Jim Courtice; 9 Brent Turkington; 34 Grant Leveille; 61 Darin Lundy; Marc Olson; Harry Pringle; 10 Tony Gagnon; 35 Ian Belyea; 62 Jeff Lovegrove; Bob Thomas; Dwight Harnish; 11 Greg Martin; 36 Terry Stopa; 63 Blake Buettner; Danny Urness(m); Axel Fischer; 12 Rick Ruzesky; 40 Mark Kulbida; 64 Egon Phillips; Peter Lesser; Doug Humbert; 15 Jeff Balzer; 43 Allen Klein; 65 Scott Hundseth; Dale Hallson; 16 Dean Newton; 44 Trevor Chandler; 67 Norm Ballek; Trainers; 17 Paul Leier; 45 Dale Solie; 68 Carl Hoath; Lee Reimer; 18 Don Ostertag; 48 Paul Yausie; 70 Tom Sargeant(m)-missing; Patti Rowley (m); 20 Mike Morhart; 50 Derrick Lobbes; 71 Ken Reid Equipment Manager; 21 Darren Hockman; 51 Ward Fengstad; 73 Ken Hodson; Rick Berezowski; 22 Bruce Shelvey; 52 Tim Schnitzler; 74 Brian Thorstad; Team Manager; 23 Mike Lukian; 53 Jim Wilke; 75 Rick Barrack; Rob Findlater; 26 Mark Leier; 54 Jeff Shyluk; 77 Donald Jean.

The Hilltops had an uphill battle all season but managed to win the big games. The Regina Rams were unbeaten during the regular season. The Hilltops, with a record of five wins and three losses sidelined the Edmonton Wildcats 24-15 in the semi-final , then won a tough 31-24 contest over the Rams. The Western final was another struggle with the Tops winning 28-26 over the Richmond Raiders. In the Canadian championship game in Ottawa, the Hilltops beat the Sooners 29-11. Inducted 1986.

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