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By: Terry Frey
Posted: 06/16/2017 7:02 AM
The SRSS Sabres have accomplished everything they could in recent years as they have won championship titles in both the WHSFL’s ‘A’ Andy Currie Division and the ‘AA’ Kas Vidruk Division.
Now it’s time to play with the big boys as for the first time next season the Sabres will be competing in the top ‘AAA’ John Potter Division in the Winnipeg High School Football League.
Coming off their second Kas Vidruk Division title last fall and introducing a junior varsity program at the school this year, head coach Jamie Peters said they declared their intention to compete in the ‘AAA’ Potter Division this coming season.
Peters said that was confirmed last Friday when the WHSFL held their divisional alignment meeting and subsequently moved the Sabres up into the Potter Division for next season. The Sabres are the only team moving up this year from ‘AA’ to ‘AAA’ while Kelvin will be the only team moving down to ‘AA’ from ‘AAA’.
What division teams are placed in is a based on a number of factors, including the past season’s record and the number of returning players, among other factors, and coaches vote on what divisions team’s should be placed in.
The Sabres were subsequently placed into the Potter Division for next season and Peters says this is the next step in their growth process. "It is time to see how this program can perform at the next level."
We made it to the finals the last two years in a row in the Kas Vidruk Division, we were in a comfort zone in that division, and this is the next step in our growth."
Peters is confident they will be competitive in the Potter Division, "hopefully in about the middle of the pack in the 10-team division." They defeated Garden City in an exhibition scrimmage last week. Garden City competed in the Potter Division last season and will again this year.
"We are excited really about the challenge ahead of us."
The Sabres will again play a seven-game schedule, with three or four games to be played in Steinbach. Peters says the schedule for the coming season will be finalized shortly.
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League released its 2017-18 regular season schedule earlier this week and at first glance seems to be a favourable one for the Steinbach Pistons.
Although there is give and take, and positives and negatives to any schedule, ...
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