Thank you Coaches

 

The Okanagan Sun would like to take this opportunity to thank Head Coach Ben Macauley and the rest of his coaching staff during CJFL Coaches Week.

Your dedication and determination to produce the best players on the field, mirrors the dedication and determination it takes to produce the best people off the field as well. As an organization we pride ourselves on doing both. You and your team of coaches have embodied what it means to truly show #sunpride and we thank you for your time and commitment to this program, players and community.

Jay Christensen
Okaganan Sun Football Club
Vice President and General Manager

 

photo of Ben Macauley courtesy of GreyStoke Photography

Oct 1st SUNDAY 1pm Apple Bowl

Okanagan Sun Fans!!

Sunday, October 1st is the final Regular Season home game for the boys!

The Okanagan Sun and SHAW have teamed up, providing activities and information for fans and customers alike!!

SHAW will be broadcasting the game live, CH. 11.

Get out and show your support as the team gears up for a big playoff push!

Tickets can be purchased as always by CLICKING HERE 

VOTE NATE ANDERSON

BC Conference Offensive Player of the Week!!
WR Nate Anderson had a pair of highlight reel touchdowns in the BC Interior rivalry game at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. Nate also caught a game high six touchdowns for 131 yards helping the team to their seventh win of the campaign!!

Nate is now up for Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) Fans Choice Award! Polls close at 4:00pm PST Wednesday!
                                                    VOTE FOR NATE BY CLICKING HERE                                                          

 

Last Regular Season Home Game

 

Okanagan Sun Fans!!

Sunday, October 1st is the final Regular Season home game for the boys!

The Okanagan Sun and SHAW have teamed up, providing activities and information for fans and customers alike!!

SHAW will be broadcasting the game live, CH. 11.

Get out and show your support as the team gears up for a big playoff push!

Tickets can be purchased as always by CLICKING HERE 

Sun earn home playoff date

The Sun ran their unbeaten record to 7-0-1 Saturday night with a 20-10 victory over the Broncos in Kamloops.

The win, coupled with Langley’s loss to the Westshore Rebels, means the Sun can finish no lower than second.

Kamloops got on the board first Saturday with the only points of the opening quarter. After Isaac Wegner hit the up right on a field goal try, the Broncos marched down the field and got a field goal of their own.

A pair of field goals in the second quarter put the Sun up for the first time before Keith Zyla hit Nate Anderson with a touchdown pass to give the Sun a 13-3 lead at the half.

The Broncos cut the deficit to three with a pair of field goals and a conceded single by the early stages of the fourth quarter.

A second touchdown to Anderson closed out the scoring.

Anderson now has four touchdown receptions on the season, tied for the team lead with Shamar Donalson.

The Sun will host the Langley Rams next Sunday afternoon before closing out the regular season the following weekend in Victoria, a game that will determine who captures the BCFC regular season title.

Article Courtesy of Wayne Moore and Castanet News

Boreham giving back after following his football dreams

Jamie has been a welcome addition to the staff this season. Both players and coaches alike can lean on his experience, particularly in the special teams that has allowed us to take advantage many times this season already. Jamie is a teacher first and foremost. He brings a passion and intensity that our players feed off of. – Head Coach Ben Macauley

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EDMONTON – His football journey took many turns, down different paths, across the Prairies to the shores of the Pacific, each leading to the next.

Finally, Jamie Boreham set foot on the campus of the University of Manitoba.

He’s bled brown and gold ever since.

“Manitoba just ended up being the right fit – the right people, the right place, I got into my program – it was just all-around a good situation, so when all the pieces fit together like that it just made perfect sense to be there,” Jamie says.

After spending a year each at Saskatchewan and UBC, playing three award-winning seasons in the BCJFL, and being selected in the CFL Draft by his hometown B.C. Lions, Jamie joined coach Brian Dobie‘s Manitoba Bisons in 2001, culminating with a personal evolution that echoes throughout the man he is today.

“Coach Dobie put trust, responsibilities (and) leadership on me,” continues Jamie, now 39. “He let me be who I was, and I excelled at being that.”

Over three years at Manitoba, Jamie helped the Bisons reach the Vanier Cup for the first time in 31 years, was twice named an All-Canadian, and graduated with his Bachelor of Physical Education. A lengthy and well-traveled CFL career with stints on several different teams followed, before Jamie transitioned in his post-playing life as a junior football coach with the BCJFL’s Okanagan Sun, and athletic director at Immaculata Catholic Regional High School in Kelowna.

“I’ve got to be one of the luckiest people in the world, because when I was five, I said, ‘I want to play professional football’, and when I got into high school, I said, ‘I’m going to be a teacher like my dad and I’m going to be a coach’,” Jamie says.

“So everything I dreamed I was going to do, I got to do, and there’s not a whole lot of people that get to say that. It took me a whole bunch of places and different situations to accomplish everything, but it’s a pretty neat thing.”

Lessons Jamie learned all those years ago are the same he now imparts upon the next generation. Jamie’s teachings bare all the markings of Brian Dobie, one of the most revered coaches in Canadian university football who is now in his 32nd season guiding the Bisons, and father Michael Boreham, who has taught grade school students in Vancouver for four decades, many of them as principal.

“Lots of stuff I learned was from my dad. He was my first coach, and at the end of the day he’s probably going to be my last coach, because I still talk to him and he still coaches me on how I should be coaching,” Jamie says. “With how personal and sincere coach Dobie is, he understands players need more than just a coach, and sometimes he’s your dad and sometimes he’s your coach and sometimes he’s just an ear (willing) to listen.”

There likely isn’t a young player that Jamie can’t relate to. After all, if there’s something to experience in Western Canadian football, chances are he’s seen it. Not only has he played all over the map, he’s lined up all over the field.

As a first-year university player at UBC in 1996, Jamie played running back, slot receiver, wide receiver, cornerback, safety, kicker and punter. He played the next two seasons in the BCJFL with Abbotsford, where he played running back and safety, handled kicking and punting duties, and returned both kicks and punts for the Air Force.

His duties were just as extensive during his season with the Saskatchewan Huskies in 1999, and again when he returned to Abbotsford for one more year of junior football in 2000.

The B.C. Lions drafted Jamie in the second round of the 2001 CFL Draft with designs of making him a full-time kicker. When he was released prior to the start of the season, deciding to go to Manitoba was “the easiest thing ever.

“If I was asked to be on the Lions practice roster, I still would have gone to Manitoba … by that training camp I could kick, but I wasn’t ready to be just a kicker” Jamie says, who was a Canada West All-Star at both placekicker and safety while playing for the Bisons and was named MVP of the Churchill Bowl in 2001 when Manitoba defeated McMaster to reach the Vanier Cup.

“Going back to university was the best thing for me. I got to finish my degree at Manitoba and that’s what leads to where I am here which is amazing situation.”

After graduating in 2003, Jamie would spend the better part of a decade in the CFL as a kicker/punter, making stops in Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto, Edmonton, and Saskatchewan, winning a Grey Cup with the ‘Riders in 2007. He hung up his cleats in 2012 and entered the next chapter of his life, giving “back to other people what other people having given to me.

“Teaching is giving to kids and coaching is just the same, and … at the end of the day, I’m trying to teach the kids that I coach all the things that I wish I knew when I was their age, so hopefully they can be better than me and better than the new wave of kids coming up because they have that experience and knowledge from someone who’s been there,” says Jamie, who prior to this season became Okanagan’s assistant head coach and special teams coordinator, returning to the league he dominated as multifaceted player some 20 years ago.

“A bunch of our kids are going to go play university, and I really hope the good ones go to the University of Manitoba,” he says with a laugh. “No bias there.”

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JT32 #sunfamily

The Okanagan Sun family would like to take a moment to remember one of our own. JT was a young man of commitment and passion. He was a leader, who made an impact on us as individuals, and as an organization, that we will never forget.
JT you left us a few years ago but we will never forget Number 32. JT in so many ways you are still part of us and will be forever in the OK Sun family.

In our hearts forever,
Pastor Gary and the #sunfamily

 

Photo Credit: GreyStoke Photography/Ken Reid

Sun settle for tie despite four TD catches by Donelson

In the lineup for his first game of the season, Sharmar Donelson caught four touchdown passes as the Okanagan Sun salvaged a 31-31 draw with the visiting Vancouver Island Raiders on Sunday at the Apple Bowl.

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Donelson, out with a hamstring injury since training camp after finishing with 425 yards on 22 receptions last season, hauled in a TD toss from quarterback Nick Wenman in each quarter of a B.C. Football Conference game that saw the Sun’s season winning streak halted a five games.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Kelton Kouri of the Okanagan Sun is upended by Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty of the VI Raiders after a reception in the second quarter on Sunday at the Apple Bowl.

Kelton Kouri of the Okanagan Sun is upended by Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty of the VI Raiders after a reception in the second quarter on Sunday at the Apple Bowl.
The Sun are now 5-0-1 for the campaign while the third-place Raiders improved to 3-2-1. The Westshore Rebels of Victoria, with a 38-14 win over the Kamloops Broncos on Saturday, are just one point back of the Sun with a 5-1 record.In their previous meeting two weeks ago in Nanaimo, the Sun handled the Raiders to the tune of 45-11.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Rhett Williams ran 17 times for 137 yards against the Sun defence that included Conor Richard, left, and Cole Klughart, right.

Rhett Williams ran 17 times for 137 yards against the Sun defence that included Conor Richard, left, and Cole Klughart, right.

 

The Sun looked to be continuing their winning ways early on a rare smokeless day on home field when the Wenman-Donelson combination unlocked a scoreless tie with a 22-yard touchdown pass on the Sun’s first drive of the afternoon.But the Raiders answered with an impressive march of their own as Rhett Williams found room to run for 38 yards and pulled his team into a 7-7 tie with a run to the endzone from 12 yards out. On the next Sun possession, Wenman was intercepted by VI’s Nathan Mayers while quarterback Jake Labergesubsequently found North Rainey with a 10-yard TD pass to put the Raiders up by seven.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Sharmar Donelson pulls away from the Raiders' Nathan Mayers for his second of four touchdowns.

Sharmar Donelson pulls away from the Raiders’ Nathan Mayers for his second of four touchdowns.

 

 

The visitors built up their biggest lead (17-7) in the second quarter, taking advantage of the first of two failed punt attempts by Sun on the day to kick an 18-yard field goal.Despite being unable to put together much of an offensive thrust in reply, Wenman and Donelson hooked up again before the half, as the Cold Lake, Alta. import connected with his favourite receiver on the day for a TD that covered 71 yards.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Under pressure, Sun QB Nick Wenman winds up for a touchdown pass to Sharmar Donalson in the second quarter on Sunday.

Under pressure, Sun QB Nick Wenman winds up for a touchdown pass to Sharmar Donalson in the second quarter on Sunday.

 

 

The surprising Raiders held a 23-21 lead after three quarters as the two teams traded touchdowns, with Donelson scoring on a 34-yard pass and run from Wenman.The fourth quarter saw the Donelson, a Regina product score his fourth TD on a 34-yard toss from Wenman while Isaac Wegner’s 22-yard field goal with less than three minutes remaining looked to be the clincher for the Sun.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>The Sun's Brenden Hansen carried the ball 11 times for 67 yards against a stingy Raiders defence.

The Sun’s Brenden Hansen carried the ball 11 times for 67 yards against a stingy Raiders defence.

 

 

But VI came back with a nine-play, 80-yard march to score their final TD (Williams) and added a two-point convert by Rainey to earn a hard-fought one point in the standings.Overall, the game statistics backed up the final score, with the Raiders finishing with 346 total yards compared to the Sun’s 339. VI was better along the ground, gaining 159 yards on 26 carries while the Sun covered 98 yards on 22 runs.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Shaun Robinson (11) of the Sun broke through for two quarterback sacks on the day.

Shaun Robinson (11) of the Sun broke through for two quarterback sacks on the day.

 

 

Brenden Hansen led the Sun with 67 yards on 11 carries, his longest run being a 16-yard scamper in the second quarter. Williams led all runners on the day with 137 yards on 17 carries against a less-than-stellar Sun defence.But it was Donelson who earned player-of-the-game status with his five receptions and four majors for 178 yards. Kyler Mosley added 30 yards on five catches.

Wenman was good on 14 of 25 passes for 250 yards. Laberge finished with 18 completions on 29 attempts.

The Sun will try to regain their winning ways on the road during the next two weeks. They travel to Chilliwack take on the winless Huskers (0-6) on Saturday and will be in Kamloops on Sept. 23. Their next home game is scheduled for Oct 1 when they play host to the Langley Rams.

Perfection eludes Sun

Whether it was rust from a bye week, overconfidence after a convincing win over the same opponent, a combination of the two or neither, the Okanagan Sun were sloppy and made too many mistakes Sunday.

It only cost them a perfect season, not an unbeaten one, after settling for a 31-31 tie with the visiting VI Raiders.

It’s the same Raiders team they throttled 45-11 heading into the leaguewide bye two weeks ago.

The Sun seemed to have dodged a bullet when Isaac Wegner boomed a 22-yard field goal to put the Sun up eight with two-and-a-half minutes left.

But some miscommunication on defence, a theme that played itself out all game long, gave the Raiders a chance to tie it up.

“We unfortunately handed them that last drive,” said head coach Ben Macauley.

“We preach in practice these guys have to talk to each other when they are changing off receivers in coverage from zone to zone, and the communication didn’t happen. The receivers came up and made a good play, and we couldn’t.

The Raiders moved the ball 80 yards in nine plays, including a pair of third down conversions for the touchdown. The two-point conversion tied it.

Things started well for the Sun when Nick Wenman found a wide open Shamar Donelson from 22 yards out. The game marked the return to the lineup for Donelson, who suffered  hamstring injury in training camp.

It was the first of four touchdowns for the speed-demon from Regina.

“Shamar’s been itching to go for quite a while and we’ve had to hold back the reigns a little bit until he got full clearance,” said head coach Ben Macauley.

“We saw early on they had a tough time covering him, so it was just a matter of getting him good protection and getting him the ball. I thought he could have done it two or three more times, but we missed either the pass or there was a break down in protection.”

It started to unravel after that. Rhett Williams followed up a 38-yard scamper with a touchdown from 12 yards up to tie it, then, three plays after a Wenman interception, raider pivot Jake Laberge hit North Rainet from 10 yards out to put the Raiders up 14-7.

A failed fake punt in their own territory led to an 18-yard field goal and a 17-7 Raiders lead.

Wenman and Donelson got the Sun, and the crowd back in it to plays later on a 74 yard bomb down the left sideline.

Donelson and Wenman were at it again to open the third quarter as the two hooked up for a 42-yard strike, putting the Sun up again 21-17.

But, a pair of field goals, the second on another ill-advised fake punt, put the Raiders up again 23-21 after three quarters.

“We have certain checks based on what he (punter) counts for numbers, but, there was miscommunication between players again on the field,” said Macauley of the two fake punts.

“They weren’t intended to go that way, but guys weren’t paying attention and signals didn’t get relayed to the punter.”

The Sun regained the lead midway through the quarter on Donelson’s fourth major, a 34-yard strike from Wenman, one play after Brenden Hansen rambled for 16 yards on third and one.

That set up a thrilling final few minutes that left the teams walking off the field in a dead heat.

“They played their best game of the year and we played one of our worst. That combined, we got out of here with a tie, but it’s not quite good enough for where we need to be down the stretch.”

The positive was the play of Donelson, who caught five passes for 181 yards and the four touchdowns.

He said it was a blessing to be back on the field again and contribute.

“It was a total team effort, and I couldn’t have done it without all 12 guys on the field and the guys in the locker room behind me,” said Donalson.

“It felt good to be out there for the first time this year and make a contribution to the guys.”

While the Raiders played better than they did to weeks ago, Donalsen says it was Sun mistakes that did them in.

“They had a really good effort, but honestly, it was us making mistakes and not capitalizing. They capitalized on our mistakes. We need to come out with a full effort and play to our potential every single play, and every time we’ll win that play.”

The Sun turned the ball over five times, including the two on failed fake punts. They created only three turnovers of their own.

The Sun remain atop the BCFC standings, a half game up on the second place Westshore Rebels.

The Sun hit the road the next two weekends in Chilliwck and Kamloops before returning home to host the Langley Rams Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Apple Bowl.

Article courtesy of Wayne Moore and Castanet News