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Sabres delve into training camp

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 08/29/2018 9:53 AM

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The SRSS Sabres football teams are going through the daily grind of training camp to prepare for the upcoming Winnipeg High School Football League season.

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The SRSS Sabres football teams are going through the daily grind of training camp to prepare for the upcoming Winnipeg High School Football League season.

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Kicking off their 2018 training camp last weekend with a pair of on-field workouts each day, the SRSS Sabres are well into the first week of two weeks of preparation leading into the upcoming Winnipeg High School Football League season.

Camp is running simultaneously for both the Varsity Sabres and Junior Varsity Sabres, who will begin their seasons a week apart in early September.

Jamie Peters, who started the football program at the SRSS and was the former varsity head coach, says they have had about 70 players attending training camp between the two teams, including about 36 for the varsity team, which is more than in some years for this pre-season training camp. Those numbers also fluctuate a little from day to day as players still have previous commitments.

Peters has stepped back from his head coaching duties this year and will be the general manager of both teams and an assistant coach of the varsity team. Stephen Fedus is the head coach of the varsity team while Kerry Friesen is the head coach. Both squads also have large coaching staffs, many of them former alumni of the team, including Friesen, who was the first quarterback of the Sabres.

The varsity Sabres will play an exhibition game vs. Oak Park this Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at Oak Park High School in Charleswood. They will open their regular season at home in Steinbach on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 5:00 p.m. at A.D. Penner Park.

The Sabres will playing top Division 1 again this year, which is divided into conferences, the Gustafson Conference and Potter Conference. SRSS will be playing in the Potter Conference along with Dakota, St. Paul’s #1, St. Paul’s #2, Grant Park and Garden City.

Meanwhile, the JV Sabres will open their regular season on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Sisler, they will play in a pre-season game Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Dakota.

The Junior Varsity League, which play their games on Wednesdays, is comprised of Steinbach, Vincent Massey (Winnipeg), Sisler, St. Paul’s, Oak Park and Grant Park.

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