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WATERLOO, ON – Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football player Alex Pigozzo has been selected to represent Canada at the 2018 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) U19 World Championship getting underway this weekend in Mexico City.

Pigozzo, a 6’4″, 280 lbs. offensive lineman from Kitchener, Ont., joins a Canadian team looking to repeat as gold medalists after winning the 2016 event in Harbin, China.

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Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Amazingly, we are just six weeks away from training camp! The players are working extremely hard this summer and many made it back to campus for our player run practice on June 24th. In fact, 89 players were in town and took part in meetings, which coaches could take part in and then the players went out to the field and the senior players ran the 90 minute practice.

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Photo: Robert Wilson, The Record

Valerie Hill
Waterloo Region Record

KITCHENER — There seems to be a dominant theme when you speak to anyone who knew retired teacher, principal and sports coach Mike Sitko: He was a really nice guy.

Longtime friend and mentor Tuffy Knight, who served as head coach of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks football team, remembers meeting a teenage Mike in the 1970s for the first time. The coach had been scouting for talent, as he did every year, inviting prospective players to visit Laurier’s campus.
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St. Thomas More Knights’ defensive end Tyler Eckert (43) prepares top sack Holy Cross quarterback Nate Hunt earlier this season. (Burnaby NOW photo by Jennifer Gauthier)

Howard Tsumura
Varsity Letters

BURNABY, BC — It’s so easy to get caught up in the out-of-nowhere ascent that Tyler Eckert made as a raw rookie running back last season.

So much so that you chuckle every time you remind yourself that the 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior with Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Knights is actually about as natural and instinctive a sack artist as we’ve seen over the recent history of B.C. high school football.

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Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

We have decided to switch things up a little bit and have this football update and newsletter once a month in the offseason and weekly during the season. I’m sure you are all bombarded with countless emails in your lives and once a month still allows us to keep you just as informed in the Laurier football program. You can expect the newsletter now at the beginning of every month and like mentioned, once training camp begins in mid-August we will ramp things up to every week for the season.

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Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

It was a great week in Quebec City at the 2018 U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl. This all-star game, which featured the top third-year players from across the country, had the West team win a close, defensive battle 15-14.

Unfortunately, running back Levondre Gordon suffered an injury on the testing day and couldn’t participate in the game. All other Golden Hawks, which included receiver Kurleigh Gittens Jr., offensive lineman Drew Mairleitner, defensive tackle Trevaughan James and defensive end Robbie Smith all played well.

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