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It has been a very busy past few months for the Fighting Saints Football program.

On February 11th, St. Patrick High School hosted its annual Open House for prospective Grade 8 students. Despite the poor weather that day, the event was still very well attended. Our booth in the gymnasium was manned by coaches Marcon, Honeysett and Bevilacqua with assistance  from junior players Calen Fennell and Mike Hachey. A number potential recruits stopped at the booth to hear more about our program.

Calen and Mike manning the football booth, February 2015.

Calen and Mike manning the football booth, February 2015.

Also in February, we commenced our off-season workout program under the direction of our new strength and conditioning coach, Mr. Olynick. To raise more interest and incorporate more cardio into the regimen, we integrated our existing BFS (Bigger, Faster, Stronger) program with Crossfit training. The results were very impressive, with upwards of 30 players or more attending the sessions. All of the new interest necessitated a relocation of our existing weight room.

Since we began off-season workouts, our gym has been located in the basement adjacent to our equipment room. It was a small room to begin with, and as we purchased more and more weightlifting equipment, it became increasingly cramped. In consultation with school administration and the Phys Ed Department, it was decided to move the weight room upstairs to the Tech wing of the school. The room already served as a combination weight/wrestling room, so the weight facilities would be expanded and the wrestling mats moved into the old weight room in the basement. The new location affords much more space, is brighter and is much cooler with better air flow. We look forward to making even more use of this new facility in the future.

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One of the most exciting events of the off-season is that our program has continued last year’s revision of our team image with the acquisition of new uniforms. Our current jerseys and pants have been in use since 2004, and it was time for a make-over. In addition, after 11 years of use, many of the uniforms were beginning to show their age. The process will take place in two stages due to budgetary constraints, with the seniors sporting the new look for this season and the juniors to follow in 2016. So without any further ado, here are the new uniforms sported by Kellen Steudle:

 

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With the arrival of spring and nicer weather, attention now turns to our annual spring camps and our trip to the University of Minnesota-Duluth for their team camp. The senior camp will commence June 1st, followed the junior camp on June 15th and 16th. We are hoping to have as many players take the opportunity to travel to UMD with us from the 25th to the 27th. Those that made the trip last year thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic event put on by the coaches at UMD and the opportunity to test their skills against teams from Minnesota.

Please check back regularly for the latest news and information.

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This off-season will provide many opportunities for players in our program to build their football skills. As discussed at the meeting, this post is designed to provide some additional information on up-coming events over the next number of months.

  1. Off-season cross-fit training program will begin the week of February 2nd. Players will be under the supervision of our new strength and conditioning coach, Mr. Olynick. Sessions will typically run Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  2. University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) coaches will be in Thunder Bay in the second week of May to deliver an individual skills camp. This camp is organized by Thunder Bay Minor Football and runs Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the LU Hanger. Registration takes places in late March and the cost is approximately $75. Forms will be available at the school.
  3. St. Patrick spring football camps are held in early to mid-June. The junior edition is 3-day non-contact event for Grade 9’s and interested Grade 8’s. The senior edition will be in full equipment and is full contact; returning junior players are welcome to attend the senior camp. There is no cost for these camps.
  4. The program is planning to attend the UMD team football camp held in Duluth from June 25-27. This is a full-contact event and is one of the best experiences for any football player. Both juniors and seniors are eligible to attend, however players must participate the senior camp to prepare and practice. The cost will be between $210 and $275 Canadian funds. UMD charges $175 (US funds) for all overnight attendees (covers all meals and accommodations at the UMD campus). The additional charges will cover the cost of the charter bus to the camp (the exact cost of the bus is to be determined). All players will need international medical insurance and proper identification.
UMD, June 2014.

UMD, June 2014.

More information will be released as it becomes available. Players are encouraged to listen to announcements and check the program’s Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates. Parents who have questions or require additional clarification are asked to contact the coaches at the school.

The modern manifestation of the St. Patrick Fighting Saints Football program began in 1986. There have been a lot of great moments during the past 28 years.

In our short history, we have always sported a green jersey (with a white or yellow/gold away jersey) and a yellow/gold helmet. There was little deviation from this uniform configuration over the years due to restrictions that had been put into place by our governing body, the Superior Secondary Schools Athletic Association, or SSSAA. When St. Patrick expanded in 1985 after full-funding was extended to Catholic high schools, our varsity sports programs expanded as well. However, there was an issue with our school colours of green and gold, since there was already a school with a predominately green coloured uniform, Hillcrest.

The comprise became that we would have to sport different colour headgear and have a non-green away jersey; hence the reason for the yellow helmets in football. However everything changed in 2009. That year Hillcrest High School closed, and was replaced by a new school, Superior CVI. The new school sported a new name, logo and colours. The change thus left us as the only green team in the league, and paved the way for the change that is about to come.

Selecting a new uniform will ultimately be a two step process, with new helmets introduced for the 2014 season and new jerseys to come the following year. There was a lot debate and discussion amongst the coaching staff and players as to what our new uniforms would look like. Eventually a green helmet was settled on, with a logo and striping on it. A large factor in the decision was the need to accommodate the look and colours of our current uniform, which as indicated will not be replaced for another year.

So without further adieu, the St. Patrick Fighting Saints Football program is proud to unveil our new look for the 2014 season. Many thanks go out to John Ongaro, a former Fighting Saints alumni, for taking these fantastic photos. As well, special thanks go out to current players Kellen Steudle and Cody Baranyk for volunteering to model the new head gear.

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Our players will be showing off the new helmets at this weekend’s UMD/Thunder Bay Minor Football skills camp. Be sure to visit our Facebook page for all the pictures from the photo shoot. Watch out for the new jerseys coming in 2015!

Yes, it does happen! Even though we are in the middle of winter, many things are still happening with our program.

On February 12th St. Patrick High School hosted its annual open house for Grade 8 students. Fighting Saints Football was well represented as usual, this time with its own separate booth. Junior coaches Honeysett and Bevilacqua, along with Senior Head Coach Marcon manned the display. Joining them as well was junior player Xander Scriver. It was a very successful evening with a number potential recruits stopping by to learn more football at St. Patrick.

Football booth, February 2014.

Football booth, February 2014.

Football booth, February 2014.

Football booth, February 2014.

Football booth, February 2014.

Football booth, February 2014.

In other news, off-season workouts have recently begun. Under the direction of Coach Marcon, the Bigger Faster Stronger (BFS) program is in full swing in the football weight room. Sessions run Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:15. Initial turnout has been very good, with over 30 juniors and seniors participating. BFS will continue until spring training camps commence in early June.

BFS, February 2014.

BFS, February 2014.

BFS, February 2014.

BFS, February 2014.

BFS, February 2014.

BFS, February 2014.

Thunder Bay Minor Football is organizing a under-16 team that will participate in a tournament to be held in Winnipeg this summer. Several Fighting Saints Grade 9 players are trying out for this all-star team and have a good shot at making the cut. Best of luck to them!

Please check back often for the latest news, information and photos.

This off-season will provide many opportunities for players in our program to build their football skills. As discussed at the meeting, this post is designed to provide some additional information on up-coming events over the next number of months.

  1. BFS (Bigger Faster Stronger) weight training program will begin the week of February 10th. BFS is an internationally recognized strength and conditioning program designed to teach athletes sport-specific exercises. Players will be closely supervised by coaches. Sessions will typically run Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  2. University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) coaches will be in Thunder Bay on May 10 & 11 to deliver an individual skills camp. This camp is organized by Thunder Bay Minor Football and runs in the afternoon of both days (in the past it has been held at the LU Hanger). Registration takes places in late March and the cost is approximately $75. Forms will be available at the school.
  3. St. Patrick spring football camps are held in early to mid-June. The junior edition is 3-day non-contact event for Grade 9’s and interested Grade 8’s. The senior edition will be in full equipment and is full contact; returning junior players are welcome to attend the senior camp. There is no cost for these camps.
  4. The program is planning to attend the UMD team football camp held in Duluth from June 26-28. This is a full-contact event and is one of the best experiences for any football player. Both juniors and seniors are eligible to attend, however players must participate the senior camp to prepare and practice. The cost will be approximately $275 Canadian funds. UMD charges $175 (US funds) for all overnight attendees (covers all meals and accommodations at the UMD campus). The additional charges will cover the cost of the charter bus to the camp. All players will need international medical insurance and those over 16 will require a passport. More information is available on the UMD website or on the UMD camp brochure: Team Camp Brochure 2014
Fighting Saints at UMD, June 2008.

Fighting Saints at UMD, June 2008.

More information will be released as it becomes available. Players are encouraged to listen to announcements and check the program’s Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates. Parents who have questions or require additional clarification are asked to contact the coaches at the school.