author: nathan mccarville & john loeppky | sports writer & editor-in-chief
Summertime in pads
Much news has surfaced over the summer concerning the University of Regina Rams and the players that have called the team their own from anywhere to a year all the way to the veterans. Many announcements have been made concerning notable players who have shown considerable merit on the field. To start off, three players from the Rams took part as members of Team West, one of the two teams which played in the East-West Bowl organized by U Sports and hosted by Université Laval on May 12 after this past season. The Rams who represented the University of Regina on the Western team, comprised of the Canada West teams under the wider U SPORTS name, were Cord Delinte, Kyle Moortgat, Polis Koko, and Ryan Schienbein. Ultimately, the Rams helped team West win in the close game played against Team East in the U SPORTS East-West Bowl, ending with a result of 15-14 for the West. Moortgat was named as having the best offensive play of the game in the third quarter, bringing the West to the 41 yard line after an impressive 33 yard catch-and-run. Schienbein had a catch that gave 7 yards to the west, as well Koko played as Cornerback in the game against team East.
Atlee Simon, another notable player who has played for the Rams for four years has been drafted to the Calgary Stampeders as a running back. Simon has become a prolific player for the Rams, breaking records and making his mark on the team’s history. Simon could play for the Rams for another year if he chooses, putting his spot for the Stampede on hold until he finishes his 5th year with the Rrams.
Another Rams player, Noah Picton has been signed by the Toronto Argonauts following the CFL draft. The Rams’ star quarterback currently holds the Canada West record for career passing yards and pass completions. will stay at the university of Regina for his last year of eligibility like his teammate Simon.
Four Rams played at the IFAF U19 championship title, having occurred just this past Sunday in Mexico. Tanner Schmekel, Jaxon Ford, and Josh White represented Team Canada, while Aldo Galvan played for Team Mexico. Team Canada faced off against team Mexico in the exciting world football event, with Canada winning 13-7.