Laurier football update – January 2019

img_5483Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

This newsletter is brought to you by our great friends and the best movers AMJ Campbell.

We are currently in week three of our off-season training and what a start it has been. Our players have been kept extremely busy with four early morning wake-ups a week, three spent lifting weights and one used for speed work, conditioning and agility.

On top of that, we meet once a week for film study and system review along with our weekly practices at the indoor field at RIM Park. We then hand out the Hard Hat Award at the end of every week to the offensive and defensive players that worked the hardest in all areas.

For week one, it was linebacker Shomari Hutchinson and offensive lineman Bryce Bell. For week two, linebacker Tanner Cadwallader and running back Kavantye Bailey were recognized for their efforts.

We had our players and parents annual Laurier Football Banquet a few weeks ago at the newly renovated Turret on campus. Thank you to Jeyas and his staff for putting together a great meal and being such great hosts. Our terrific emcee for the night was Dan Polischuk and the evening included handing out many awards, hearing our graduating seniors speak and watching the yearly highlight video.

A special thank you to Peter Izzio who gave our football program a cheque for $2,300 at the banquet because of his “Score to Win” program. For every touchdown or field goal at a home game Pete donating $100.

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MORE: Score to Win program

Another special presentation was from the Annual Gary Jeffries Golf Tournament where proceeds go to Laurier Football scholarships. Thank you to Coach Jeff and Andy Baechler who were in attendance to honour defensive end Robbie Smith with this years award.

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The major award winners for the 2018 season:

Team MVP – WR Kurleigh Gittens Jr

Offensive MVP – RB Levondre Gordon

Defensive MVP – DB Will Amoah

Special Teams MVP – FB Mario Villamizar

Lineman of the Year – DT Trevaughan James

Laurier Leader Award – DB Scott Hutter

All photos from the evening taken by Isaiah Haber can be SEEN HERE.

More Laurier Football Headlines:

Winter Practices Open
We are back a RIM park every Friday practicing from 3-5pm. These practices are open to anyone missing football and wanting to watch your Golden Hawks work extremely hard in the off-season.

2019 Recruiting Class Update
We are up to 10 outstanding student athletes in this year’s class:
Cooper Hamilton – 6’7” 265lbs Offensive Lineman from Barrie
Mekhi Hyman – 6’1” 220lbs Running Back from Toronto
Jordan Brubacher – 6’1” 205lbs Full Back from Cambridge
Tanner Nelmes – 6’0” 195lbs Running Back from Guelph
Pawel Syymanski – 6’2” 206lbs Linebacker from Guelph
Matteo Kucinic – 6’3” 295lbs Offensive Lineman from Mississauga
Colton Longboat – 6’6” 295lbs Defensive Lineman from Caledonia
Dominic Montalbano – 6’0” 187lbs Receiver from Kingston
Brady Loenhart – 6’0″ 200lbs Running Back from Courtice
Ife Onyemenam – 6’1″ 210lbs Linebacker from Toronto

Laurier Grads Soar: Donnie Ruiz
A great article by David Grossman on Donnie Ruiz. We have been fortunate to have Donnie donate his time to our training camp the last few years and pass a long his expertise to our players. READ MORE

March Break Football Camp
For any high school aged football players this is a great opportunity to learn from the pro’s – many of them Laurier Alum like LB Nakas Onyeka.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

2019 Schedule
Start to put these dates into your calendar. We have a schedule that we should all be excited about.

2018/19 Adopt-A-Hawk
Thank you! We have reached 120% of our goal with $48,090 raised towards a goal of $40,000.

Let’s keep it going and help bridge the gap between Laurier and the rest of the OUA. Please consider adopting one of our players today: www.laurieralumni.ca/AAHfootball

Go Hawks Go!

Michael​

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