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The 2009 Vancouver Island Raiders National Championship Team

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Position Head Coach Defensive Coaches D Coordinator/Assistant D Line/Recruiting Coordinator Line Backers Defensive backs Strength and Conditioning Equipment Manager

Position General Manager Offensive Coaches Doug Hocking O Coordinator/QB Bryan Wyllie Offensive Line Curtis Hansen, Doug Avender Recivers Jonathon Hale Running Backs Jon Wengel Head Trainer Trainer/Taper Dave Cormons

NAME RAIDERMAN Matt Sawyer Justin Hardy Andre Beech Ryan Veale James Riley Tyson Buchannon Derek Cooper Kyle Pavan Jared Ralko Clark Petrick Dom Tracy Joe Holder Jordan Yantz Marc Migneault Levar Hayden Graham Norrish Walker Morrison Anthony Bienvenue Aaron Davies Michael McMaster Erling Skuggedal Tremaine Apperley Jordan Botel Prashant Chaube Andrew Harris Loukas Stravropoulos Lucas Desmet Catlin Kezama Brett Willsie Ranjit Atwall Sage Dilworth Glenn Boyce Brandon Huddleston

HOMETOWN Nanaimo, BC Regina, SK St. Albert, AB Jamaica Nanaimo, BC Sherwood Park, AB Port Coquitlam, BC Calgary, AB Port Coquitlam, BC Regina, SK Winnipeg, MB Calgary, AB Winnipeg, MB Regina, SK North Battleford, SK Calgary, AB Carrot River, SK Wilcox, SK Vegreville, AB Nanaimo, BC Prince George, BC Prince George, BC Regina, SK Prince George, BC Maple Ridge, BC Winnipeg,MB Calgary, AB Calgary, AB Regina, SK Nanoose Bay, BC Richmond, BC Dawson Creek, BC New Westminster, BC Courtenay, BC

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Coach Matthew "Snoop" Blokker

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Coach Hammead Rashead Daryl Rogers Mike Gilcash Taylor Slaght Hammead Rashead, Matthew Blokker Andrea Leitch Anna Thompson

Dan Baxter Corey Trinkwon Dillon Dilworth Kyle Moore Cody Jensen Wyatt Jensen Graham Romanovsky Kevin Erickson Scott Milton Mark De Swart Matt Ready Cam Hoffman Joe Hinton Bronson Nicol Ray Lamson Travis Schug Curtis Vizza Kyle Macleod Tanner Sokalotsky Landen Yantz Gottselig Greg Akinola Nick Woznesensky Wade Schmidt Tom Bremner Jordan Barnes Robin Medeiros Dustin Pedersen Mark Mueller Michael Schaper Andrew Smith Clay Scheller Cole Scheller Quinton Clarke Brandon Roberts Josh Williams

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Nanaimo, BC Nanaimo, BC Dawson Creek, BC Prince George, BC Nanaimo, BC Nanaimo, BC Winnipeg, MB Maple Ridge, BC Regina, SK Calgary, AB Winnipeg, MB Duncan, BC Viking, AB Courtenay, BC Nanaimo, BC Parksville, BC McBride, BC Surrey, BC Regina, SK Regina, SK Winnipeg, MB Nanaimo, BC Calgary, AB Canmore, AB Courtenay, BC Hamilton, ON Surrey, BC Regina, SK Nanaimo, BC Nanaimo, BC Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg, MB Regina, SK Nanaimo, BC Weyburn, SK


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Yantz completed 17-of-28 passes for 353 yards. Jared Ralko caught three touchdown passes, his longest a 35-yard effort on a third-and -three gamble in the second quarter.

It's the second straight Canadian title and third in the last four seasons for the Raiders. They won last season, 35-8 over the host Burlington Braves and in 2006, 27-26 over the Wildcats in Nanaimo.

That made it 11-7 Raiders. They never trailed after that.

The Wildcats, who trailed 287 at halftime, gained some life early in the third quarter, turning a Medeiros fumble on the opening kickoff in the second half into a quick score (quarterback Andy Pilon to Aaron Watkins, eight yards).

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Harris answered with his score moments later.

Robin Medeiros hauled in two touchdown passes while tailback Andrew Harris, in his final junior football game, had a 52-yard run for a major in the third quarter.

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"It's a really hard thing to do (repeat) and these guys did it," said Raiders head coach Matt Blokker, whose team went a perfect 13-0 on the season. "We put pressure on ourselves to win every game, no matter who we were playing. When you do that then you are accountable for something. We thought we were account-

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Quarterback Jordan Yantz threw for five touchdown passes to lead the Vancouver Island Raiders to a 51-14 win over the Edmonton Wildcats in the Canadian Bowl national junior football championship at Nanaimo's Caledonia Park.

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The Vancouver Island Raiders, 2006, 2008, 2009 Canadian Bowl Champions, are proud to announce a partnership with Five Star Embroidery as the team's official merchandise store front. Fans receive an exclusive discount of 20% off! All you have to do is mention you're a fan of the VI Raiders and any item in store can have the Raider Logo embroidered on it with 20% off the regular retail price. Please fill out the order form

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PLAYER: Andrew Harris NICKNAME: H20 NUMBER: 33 POSITION: RB

The doors of opportunity open and close throughout a person's life. For graduated Vancouver Island Raiders tailback Andrew Harris, the door to an amazing junior football career has been sealed shut, and a new door to the college or professional ranks is wide open. Which direction Harris goes is still up in the air. The 2009 Canadian Junior Football League offensive player of the year and All-Canadian is mulling over his options for next season. His amazing five-year junior career is complete. The final junior game was over one month ago as he helped the Raiders to a 51-14 dismantling of the Edmonton Wildcats in the Canadian Bowl national championship game. It was his third national crown in five seasons. He ends his junior career as the first five -year Raider. A likely step forward for Harris is the professional ranks. During the last two seasons, Harris has been on the radar of the B.C. Lions. He went to Lions training camp in 2008 and 2009, getting cut in the first week of main camp two seasons ago. This season, he had a solid camp and was one of the final players cut from the active roster. He was assigned a practice roster spot for the season as a territorially-exempt junior player. The Lions allowed him to play for the Raiders this season. Because he was a junior player in B.C., the Lions were allowed to protect him. But since he's graduated from junior, that no longer applies. If they want his

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services, they'll have to sign him to a contract. He's a free agent now.

In reflecting on his junior career, he knows he's grown up quite a bit from the fresh-faced high school "The Lions want me to sign a graduate that came out west in 2005. contract right now but I'm He's set numerous B.C. Football just waiting it out," said the Conference and CJFL records dur22-year-old Winnipeg native. ing his career. He'll go down as one "I have a couple of options. of the top Canadian junior football I'm a free agent now so I players of all time. could go and sign with another CFL team. Either way, "It's crazy to sit back and see some of I'm going to a CFL camp. I the guys from the teams in 05, 06 and want to stay in B.C. but I also 07, talk with them and share stories," have to look for a better op- said Harris. "It's gone by so fast. I reportunity if it's out there." member my first game. I figured I'd play There's also the option of Canadian college football, of which he has two years of eligibility remaining. That's a viable option in Harris's mind if the CFL doesn't work out next season. "If I don't make an active roster, then I'll be on the practice roster and I don't want to do that again, especially if I'm not playing junior," said Harris. "I'll go on to CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) for a year then I'll be in the draft and be back in the mix again." Admittedly, he's in no hurry to decide his future. This past season, he pulled double duty, training with the Lions three days a week (MondayWednesday) before joining the Raiders the rest of the week for practice and games. His body tells him it's time for a rest.

a year or two then move on, and then you realize you've been here for five years and you've been a big part in building something like we did. It's special. It's unreal. I'm always going to be a part of this team no matter where I am. I'm always going to come back. I love Nanaimo. It's always going to be a big part of my life."

Andrew Harris flying by a Calgary Stampeder

"I'm going to back to Winnipeg in a couple of days and I'm going to spend some time with my daughter, just clear MRhode@nanaimodailynews.com my head a little bit," he said. Š Copyright (c) Canwest News Ser"It's been a bit of a hectic vice season. I just need a break

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Deciding where to play your junior Career at? Why not the best? Why not the Vancouver Island Raiders! Since inception in 2005 what have the raiders done? Let‟s start with the first season. 2005 the Raiders had 8 wins 2 losses but unfortunately they lost the semi‟s at home to the Rams. Not a bad start for your first year, but is it beginners luck? 2006 the Raiders go 10-0 score 407 points and average 11.6 points against for the season. The playoffs they beat Victoria at home, they beat the Okanagan Sun in the BC Championship and wait for the Edmonton Wildcats to come to town. The raiders tame the wildcats to win the Raiders first Canadian bowl Championship. So beginners luck I don‟t think so my friend. 2007 The raiders follow up their Championship season by going 8 -2 the 2 losses are away games and it‟s 1st place for the third straight year. The Rams come to Raider Nation and get chopped up 53-0. The Raiders are going to the BC Championship again. There they play the Okanagan Sun and take the BC Championship 33 -27. The Raiders didn‟t make it past the St. Leonard Cougars in 07 to get to the national title, still a good season by most winning a League championship. 2008 the Raiders go 9-1 to take first place in

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BC, in the Semi‟s they play the Chilliwack Huskers which the Raiders popped the corn right out of them 47-10. BC Championship game the Raider yet again play Okanagan in the BC Championship where the Raiders win in a squeaker 48-8. Off to the Intergold game in Saskatoon where the winner goes to Burlington to play for the Canadian Bowl. The Raiders knock off the Sasktoon Hilltops 27 -25. The Raiders were and still are the only team to goto the Prairies and win. Now off to play the Burlington Braves for the Canadian bowl. The Raiders take the Canadian bowl back to Nanaimo for the second time in 2 years tying the BC Record (Okanagan Sun(2)), beating the Braves 35-8. 2009 the Raiders start the season with a bang 71-0 over Kamloops and never looked back the Raiders took all ten games scoring 505 points and just letting up only 10 points a game. The Playoffs they met first the Okanagan Sun the Sun were looking to make their 24th Straight trip to the BC Championship, Yah No! The Raiders stopped them dead in their tracks beat them 25-16. Then the Raiders have Ram chops cooking the rams 5014 in the Raiders 4th straight BC Championship. Now the Canadian Bowl Edmonton wildcats come to town again and it was close for a minute or two, but the Raiders tame the cats raiding in front of a sold over capacity

crowd, Raiders 51 Wildcats 14. The Raiders record is 45-5 with 33 Straight wins at Caledonia, has outscored their opponents 2379 to 856, 4 straight BC Championship, the most national titles in BC with 3 ( 2 back to back). First team in the BC league to win in the prairie league, record against prairie teams 3 wins no losses. If you dream is to play in the CFL two players from the raiders are on CFL teams. Lorne Plante with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Andrew Harris with the BC Lions. All this done since 2005, the Raiders do not talk the talk they only walk the walk.

CJFL most outstanding Offensive linemen LT #66 Curtis Vizza Putting a husker in his place LT #66 Curtis Vizza AKA: Moose


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VIU student wins national community service award VIU student Curtis Vizza won a national award for community service. Here, he teaches the finer points of football to Fairview student Shayla Carlson. Curtis Vizza gives new meaning to the term „well-rounded.‟ Vizza is a student, athlete, and volunteer who recently received national acclaim for outstanding community service. A Vancouver Island University student and popular player with the Vancouver Island Raiders football team, Vizza received the 2009 Past Commissioners Community Service Award from the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL). The award is given annually to an outstanding CJFL player who contributes in a significant way to his community. The national accolade complements a provincial honour Vizza received in October when he won the Ron White Award, a BC Football Conference Community Service Award. He was in the running for the national award, competing against two other players. “It‟s fantastic,” said Vizza. “I feel humbled to be recognized in this way for doing something I love.” Vizza will be the first player to earn his degree through the Vancouver Island Raiders Scholarship Program. He expects to graduate in June 2010 from VIU with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Sport, Health and Physical Education. He intends to enter VIU‟s Education program to pursue a career as a teacher and administrator. “I‟ve wanted to be a teacher ever since I was in high school,” said Vizza. “Helping others and seeing their progress is rewarding. I absolutely love the VIU program, from learning about the body and leadership, to learning about myself. There has been a lot of opportunity to work in the community and make an impact.” Curtis has made a tremendous contribution to VIU‟s department of Sport, Health and Physical Education, said professor Rick Bevis. “He has served as a teaching assistant in one of my courses and continually demonstrates a positive, dynamic outlook for all his fellow students to embrace. He is engaged in the multi-disciplinary nature of our field, and deserves all of the accolades that he has recently received.” Last month, Vizza was part of professor Guy Le Masurier‟s class working with elementary school students at Fairview Community School in Nanaimo. “It was an awesome experience,” said Vizza. “I wore my Raiders jersey and taught a football lesson to kids. It was a great opportunity to put my classroom skills into practice and be a positive role model.” Vizza is not only an outstanding offensive lineman for the Vancouver Island Raiders, but he‟s been a consummate teammate and valuable contributor to his community. His junior career includes three national championships, four BCFC titles, two BCFC all-star selections, and an all-Canadian selection this year. Vizza created Raider Day at the Boys and Girls Club of Nanaimo, where he and fellow teammates go to the club to play games and read to children, and encourage them to be active. He is also a volunteer coach for the Nanaimo Redman bantam football team, and helps out at elementary schools organizing events and sharing his experiences with young players. A fully certified personal trainer and group trainer, this summer Vizza co-organized a Boot Camp for Breast Cancer in which all funds raised were donated to breast cancer research. When his playing career ends, Vizza wants to continue to be an integral part of the Vancouver Island Raiders and plans to organize volunteer events for the team. “I feel that every junior player needs to volunteer, not to satisfy the needs of the team but to better their community and have a positive impact,” he said. “Junior football players are a special breed. The more we can share with those around us the better everyone can become.” Click on the picture to go to the Raiders recruiting website or send a Email to our General Manager Hammer here


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Raiders pay respect to friend The Voice of the Raiders; gone forever. Michael Rhode passed away on January 10th 2010, the Raider Family is going to miss a dear friend. Michael was there throughout it all.

and only team win in the prairie conference in 08. He was with us only a short time ago to see the Raiders win their 3rd National Title just this November.

Michael started with the Raiders in 2005 and was he was one of the few to see #96 Jake Cody run onto the gridiron at Caledonia Park. He followed the Raiders closely becoming a friend to head Coach Mathew “Snoop” Blocker. He saw a lot, with the start of Raider man in 2006. The Pirate ship unavailing in 2007, he wrote about the Raiders become the first

No one can replace Michael he is truly one of a kind. His articles simply jumped off the page and into your hearts, he was truly an artist. But his sprit will live on by his loving wife Kristyn; son, Evan; daughters Megan and Rebecca; parents Dennis and Elaine Rhode; his brothers Patrick (Karla) and Alan (Liz)

nephews Ryan, Eli, Jack, Ian and Josh; nieces Melissa and Caitlin mother-in-law Kathie Fox; uncle Elwood (Sheila); cousins Chris and Kelly and many other relatives and friends. We thank Michael’s family for allowing us to have him part of the Raider family; Michael will always be part of the Raider Family as he is the first and only non team member to be inducted into the raider Alumni. Good-bye Michael you will be missed but never forgotten.

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Travis Schug friends and family start the Tailgate PLAYER: Travis Schug NICKNAME: Schuggy NUMBER: 65 POSITION: OL Travis Schugs a starting Offence Linemen for Vancouver Island Raiders, his family and friends took a page from the Oakland Raiders when they showed up to the Canadian bowl hours before the Canadian Bowl in the parking lot. Starting for the first time is the Vancouver Island Raiders Tailgate party. Could it be a tradition they started? Only time will tell.

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