Guelph news and links – Feb 19/12

Former Gryphon fullback Timothy Randall won a bronze medal in the team event at the FIBT World Championships in Lake Placid, NY this weekend.  The event is composed of one heat in four disciplines — men’s and women’s skeleton, women’s bobsled, and men’s two-man bobsled.  Randall, a Gryphon player from 2005 to 2009 has been a member of the National Bobsleigh program for the past two seasons.  Randall joined the team right after his 5 year Gryphon football career ended.  Randall came to Guelph after a highly successful career at Burlington Assumption.

[Photo: Tim Randall (left) with Bobsleigh Canada teammates]

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Team World’s 35-29 victory over Team USA in the International Bowl in Austin, Texas is old news now but still worth looking at.

It was an honour for Guelph freshman linebacker John Rush just to be selected to the Team World squad.  Rush is too competitive just to settle for an honour like that.  He went to the Team World camp and earned the starting MLB position.  Then, on top of that he was chosen one of six team captains.

The campus newspaper The Ontarion carried this story on Rush: Rush leads international team vs USA.

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From the 55 Yard Line blog comes a good story on Gryphon WR Saxon Lindsey and his dream of playing in the CFL:

For some, the path to a CFL career is simple: star in high school, earn a scholarship to a big CIS or NCAA school, excel there, earn an E-Camp invitation and get drafted. For others, like Guelph Gryphons’ receiver Saxon Lindsey, there are more bumps in the road. Lindsey’s path has been filled with obstacles, but he said those are worth crossing in pursuit of the dream of playing professional football.

“It’s been a dream of mine since high school to play the sport I love and get paid for it,” Lindsey said.

… ” Going to Guelph has been one of the best experiences of my life,” he said. “I don’t regret it at all.”

Still, even his time with the Gryphons didn’t go quite as smoothly as Lindsey might have liked. He hauled in 32 passes for 387 yards last season, but wasn’t invited to the CFL’s official E-Camp….

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Former Gryphon Offensive Coordinator Perry Marchese has landed his first head coaching position – he’s the new HC at his alma mater Halifax’s St Mary’s University.  The Halifax Chronicle Herald has this story: SMU chooses Marchese head coach.

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The 2012 edition of the annual Wildman Dinner & Awards Banquet is coming up quickly – March 10.  The Upcoming Events page on this blog has details and a link for ordering tickets.

The awarding of the Ted Wildman Trophy is not a new creation.  I just came across this link to an August, 1950 article in the Canadian Journal of Comparative Medicine about the awarding of the 1950 trophy to John Malcolm Baker, the first O.V.C. student to win the award.  Baker was a native of Montreal who “entered the Ontario Veterinarian College following demobilization from the Royal Canadian Navy.”