Saskatoon Hilltops loses only 4 players until graduation – Saskatoon | The Canadian News

The 2021 season was challenging for Saskatoon Hilltops, a team that has grown used to being the team to beat.

But this year, during the regular season, the Hilltops lost both games of the regular season to their provincial rivals, the Regina Thunder. However, they were able to rally to beat them in the playoffs in Regina and claim the Prairie Football Conference title.

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That earned the Blue and Gold another rematch with the Langley Rams. However, the Hilltops did not prevail in that game, ending their winning streak in the national championship at six.

“It’s been tough, the pain hasn’t gone away,” Hilltops head coach Tom Sargeant said.

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“In the end, it’s up to me. We don’t play great football all the time. We never play a 60 minute game. So I have to train better; I have to do a better job preparing these players and preparing them. You know we have to get bigger, stronger, and tougher mentally.

“If we do all of that, with 21 headlines coming back, it has to be a better product.”

Last weekend, at their year-end luncheon, the Hilltops graduated four players from their roster. These included defensive back Jared Giddings and the two bookends on his offensive line: Jonathan Chisolm and Mason Ochs.

Everyone said they will appreciate his time as a Topper.

“It’s life changing,” Ochs said. “I just came here fresh out of high school, growing up in Saskatoon. You come here, they teach you to be an adult. It’s like teaching you how to live life. Teach you the right way. “

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“The vibe is absolutely there,” Chisholm added. “They all like to connect with each other, talk to each other, and make sure everyone is on the same path.”

“You make these friends, but everything has a time,” Giddings said. “You know, it’s changed my life, but I can’t wait to move on and move on, but it’s a great experience.”

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And the player Sargeant referred to as a trailblazer, linebacker Emmarae Dale, was the first woman to play for the franchise.

“It’s amazing that it wasn’t just a back and forth experience with nothing gained,” Dale said. “I have won a whole family of people. Through the players, the coaches, the coaching staff, the directors, everyone. You have a whole army of support for life.

“There are no words to describe how special it is.”

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