Football

Former Vernon Panthers football standout Ben Hladik of the UBC Thunderbirds (top<ins>,</ins><ins> in a game against the Manitoba Bisons, making one of his 38 Canada West solo tackles in </ins><ins>2019</ins>), is one of seven players selected from Canadian university football programs to attend the College Gridiron Showcase in Fort Worth, Texas Jan. 17-21. (Rich Lam - UBC Thunderbirds photo)

Vernon football star to showcase talent in front of scouts

Ben Hladik of UBC selected among 104 players to attend College Gridiron Showcase in Texas

 

Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool makes a catch against the Cleveland Browns during NFL Wildcard round action on Sunday. (Jared Wickerham/Pittsburgh Steelers)

Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool catches 2 touchdowns in Steelers’ playoff loss

Pittsburgh Steelers eliminated from postseason after losing 48-37 to the Cleveland Browns

 

B.C. Lions general manager Ed Hervey, left, introduces Rick Campbell during a news conference at the team’s training facility in Surrey, B.C., Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Campbell and football-operations director Neil McEvoy will be taking over as co-GM’s from Hervey, who stepped down from the post in October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. Lions general manager Ed Hervey, left, introduces Rick Campbell during a news conference at the team’s training facility in Surrey, B.C., Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Campbell and football-operations director Neil McEvoy will be taking over as co-GM’s from Hervey, who stepped down from the post in October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller, right, kicks off as Ryan McCord (27) holds to start the second half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. With the kick, Fuller became the first female to play in a Southeastern Conference football game. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Vanderbilt K Fuller becomes first woman to play in NCAA’s Power 5 football conference

Soccer goalie joined gridiron team after kicker shortage due to COVID-19

Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller, right, kicks off as Ryan McCord (27) holds to start the second half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. With the kick, Fuller became the first female to play in a Southeastern Conference football game. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
The Southern Interior Football Conference’s Peewee division title game between the Vernon Magnums and Kelowna Greys has been postponed to Dec. 9, 2020 due to new COVID restrictions announced by the provincial health officer Thursday, Nov. 19. (Submitted photo)

Vernon Magnums’ shot at football title postponed by new COVID-19 restrictions

Southern Interior Peewee championship game now set for Dec. 9, pending changes to the PHO order

The Southern Interior Football Conference’s Peewee division title game between the Vernon Magnums and Kelowna Greys has been postponed to Dec. 9, 2020 due to new COVID restrictions announced by the provincial health officer Thursday, Nov. 19. (Submitted photo)
Vernon Magnums quarterback Brock Warner (second from right) prepares to hand off the football to Boston Ciccone (4) in the Southern Interior Football Conference semifinal against West Kelowna Junior Sun Green Saturday, Nov.14, in West Kelowna. The Magnums routed West Kelowna 40-6 to advance to the championship final. (Photo submitted)

Vernon Magnums romp to Peewee football final

Vernon crushes West Kelowna Junior Sun Green 40-6 in semifinal play on a snow-covered West K field

Vernon Magnums quarterback Brock Warner (second from right) prepares to hand off the football to Boston Ciccone (4) in the Southern Interior Football Conference semifinal against West Kelowna Junior Sun Green Saturday, Nov.14, in West Kelowna. The Magnums routed West Kelowna 40-6 to advance to the championship final. (Photo submitted)
Vernon Magnums’ Boston Ciccone carries a Kelowna Junior Sun Grey defender with him into the endzone during Vernon’s 24-6 Southern Interior Football Conference Peewee Division clash in West Kelowna Saturday, Nov. 7. The win clinched first place in the division for the Magnums. (Photo submitted)

Vernon Magnums lock up first place

A 24-6 road win in Kelowna gives Peewee football squad first place in the SIFC

Vernon Magnums’ Boston Ciccone carries a Kelowna Junior Sun Grey defender with him into the endzone during Vernon’s 24-6 Southern Interior Football Conference Peewee Division clash in West Kelowna Saturday, Nov. 7. The win clinched first place in the division for the Magnums. (Photo submitted)
Vernon Magnums player Dylan Wapple (33) is brought down by a pair of Kamloops Broncos defender in exhibition Midget Division football play at Greater Vernon Athletics Park. The two cities started a community program for high school players unable to play at that level due to COVID-19 protocols. (Lisa Mazurek photo)

Vernon high school football players see action amid COVID-19

Vernon and Kamloops form community midget-aged teams to allow high schoolers chance to play in 2020

Vernon Magnums player Dylan Wapple (33) is brought down by a pair of Kamloops Broncos defender in exhibition Midget Division football play at Greater Vernon Athletics Park. The two cities started a community program for high school players unable to play at that level due to COVID-19 protocols. (Lisa Mazurek photo)
The Vernon Magnums (light blue, left) rolled to a 33-12 win over the visiting Kamloops Broncos in Southern Interior Football Conference Peewee Division action Sunday, Nov. 1, at Greater Vernon Athletics Park. (Facebook photo)

Vernon Magnums reel in Broncos

Vernon Peewee footballers dump visitors 33-12 in Southern Interior Conference first-place showdown

The Vernon Magnums (light blue, left) rolled to a 33-12 win over the visiting Kamloops Broncos in Southern Interior Football Conference Peewee Division action Sunday, Nov. 1, at Greater Vernon Athletics Park. (Facebook photo)
The  Vernon Magnums fell to the Kamloops Broncos 18-6 in Southern Interior Football Conference Atom  Division play Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Devin Rodger photo)

Vernon Magnums slide against Kamloops in slippery football Sunday

Vernon put in a strong defensive effort but fell 18-6 to Kamloops over the weekend

The  Vernon Magnums fell to the Kamloops Broncos 18-6 in Southern Interior Football Conference Atom  Division play Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Devin Rodger photo)
The Vernon Magnums (blue) defeated the Kelowna Green Sun 30-12 in Southern Interior Football Conference Peewee Division action Sunday, Oct. 18, at Greater Vernon Athletics Park. (Photo submitted)

Harkness helps Vernon Magnums down Kelowna

Oliver Harkness had strong game on both sides of football as Vernon scores 30-12 Peewee victory

The Vernon Magnums (blue) defeated the Kelowna Green Sun 30-12 in Southern Interior Football Conference Peewee Division action Sunday, Oct. 18, at Greater Vernon Athletics Park. (Photo submitted)
Former Vernon Panthers football standout Ben Hladik of the UBC Thunderbirds (right, in action against the Alberta Golden Bears) is a top-20 prospect for the 2021 CFL draft. (Bob Frid - UBC Thunderbirds photo)

Vernon football standout ranks CFL coverage

Ben Hladik of UBC Thunderbirds ranked No. 16 in top-20 CFL scouting bureau list for 2021 entry draft

Former Vernon Panthers football standout Ben Hladik of the UBC Thunderbirds (right, in action against the Alberta Golden Bears) is a top-20 prospect for the 2021 CFL draft. (Bob Frid - UBC Thunderbirds photo)
Vernon Magnums receiver Oliver Harkness (with ball, in a 2019 game) scored twice to help lead the Magnums to a 23-14 win over Kelowna Grey as the Southern Interior Football Conference kicked off its 2020 Peewee Division in Kelowna. (Morning Star file photo)

Vernon Magnums rally past Kelowna

Southern Interior Football Conference Peewee Division starts its 2020 regular season

Vernon Magnums receiver Oliver Harkness (with ball, in a 2019 game) scored twice to help lead the Magnums to a 23-14 win over Kelowna Grey as the Southern Interior Football Conference kicked off its 2020 Peewee Division in Kelowna. (Morning Star file photo)
Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool scampers to the end zone en route to his first career NFL touchdown. (Pittsburgh Steelers Instagram)

B.C.’s Chase Claypool catches first NFL touchdown pass

Abbotsford grad establishes new record for longest scrimmage TD by a Canadian

Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool scampers to the end zone en route to his first career NFL touchdown. (Pittsburgh Steelers Instagram)
Chase Claypool shared a photo of the tribute he made to fallen former Abbotsford Panthers teammate Samwel Uko during his NFL debut on Monday night. (Twitter photo)

Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool honours fallen teammate Samwel Uko in NFL debut

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver wears wrist tape bearing last name of friend and teammate

Chase Claypool shared a photo of the tribute he made to fallen former Abbotsford Panthers teammate Samwel Uko during his NFL debut on Monday night. (Twitter photo)
Vernon Minor Football will join other organizations in Kamloops and Kelowna in playing a 2020 tackle season. Vernon home games, to be announced later, does not allow for spectators. Home games will be played at Greater Vernon Athletic Park at Okanagan College. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon Minor Football readies for 2020 season

Players still needed in all three divisions as league play will begin later in September

Vernon Minor Football will join other organizations in Kamloops and Kelowna in playing a 2020 tackle season. Vernon home games, to be announced later, does not allow for spectators. Home games will be played at Greater Vernon Athletic Park at Okanagan College. (Morning Star - file photo)
Vernon Minor Football will join other organizations in Kamloops and Kelowna in playing a 2020 tackle season. Vernon home games, to be announced later, does not allow for spectators. Home games will be played at Greater Vernon Athletic Park at Okanagan College. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon Minor Football readies for 2020 season

Players still needed in all three divisions as league play will begin later in September

Vernon Minor Football will join other organizations in Kamloops and Kelowna in playing a 2020 tackle season. Vernon home games, to be announced later, does not allow for spectators. Home games will be played at Greater Vernon Athletic Park at Okanagan College. (Morning Star - file photo)
Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool makes his NFL debut on Monday Night Football on Sept. 14. (Pittsburgh Steelers Twitter picture)

Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool making NFL debut on Monday Night Football

Abby Senior grad suiting up with the Pittsburgh Steelers to take on New York Giants in Big Apple

Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool makes his NFL debut on Monday Night Football on Sept. 14. (Pittsburgh Steelers Twitter picture)
Under the watchful eyes of coach Brett Fitzpatrick (left), Joshua Vandenberg (centre), 11, and Tyson Stenhouse, nine, play a game of catch as Vernon Minor Football kicked off its return-to-play training sessions Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon Minor Football kicks off 2020 preparations

Training started Tuesday, Aug. 4, under strict COVID protocols at Greater Vernon Athletic Park

Under the watchful eyes of coach Brett Fitzpatrick (left), Joshua Vandenberg (centre), 11, and Tyson Stenhouse, nine, play a game of catch as Vernon Minor Football kicked off its return-to-play training sessions Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)