Local & CFL News – May 5/14

From a Toronto Sun report on the Argonauts mini-camp in Lakeland, FL:


From working as a contractor to enrolling in a fire fighting college to rejoining the Argos, it has been quite the journey for Jake Reinhart.

When he got the call from Argos GM Jim Barker, Reinhart jumped at it, knowing he could fill a void left by Chad Rempel, Toronto’s long snapper who was snapped up by the Chicago Bears this off-season.

“For first days, I thought it went well,’’ said Reinhart on Sunday, the first of a three-day mini-camp the Argos are holding.

“There’s definitely a lot to improve on. I feel that I can snap the ball faster, be more accurate, more consistent, but it’ll come with more practice.”

Reinhart played his university football at Guelph, and was signed by the Argos for training camp last season.

He dressed for the team’s pre-season opener in Winnipeg, serving as long snapper and lining up on punt returns and kickoffs. Reinhart was later released and returned to Guelph where he worked for a contractor. He then attended a school in Texas, where he earned a certificate in fire fighting. Then came the call from Barker last month.

“I told Mr. Barker I’d be grateful for the opportunity,’’ said Reinhart. “And here I am.”

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logo_East_West_Bowl-2014Three Gryphon players head to London this week for the East-West Bowl – Cam Walker, Jazz Lindsey and Alexander Charette. [My blog post from when the roster was announced is here and it includes a link to the gryphons.ca story.] Defensive Coordinator Kevin MacNeill  and Offensive Coordinator Todd Galloway will be part of the West coaching staff. Attending the camp in their CFL roles will be Kyle Walters, Mike O’Shea and Chris Rossetti. The combine is Tuesday morning with practices beginning in the afternoon. The game itself goes at 1 pm on Saturday, May 10. It will be broadcast on-line here.

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For the third time in just a month Guelph’s Alumni Stadium has hosted a major Ontario youth football event, the Ontario Prospect Challenge. Early in April there was Team Ontario’s Red-Black Weekend, then final OPC tryouts a couple weeks ago. Being able to attract events like these is only possible at this time of year because of the stadium’s new turf. It also reflects well on the goal to make Guelph a centre of football excellence in Ontario, sort of like Eugene, Oregon [Nike/Univ of Oregon] has become.

Eugene, OR is also an important centre for U.S. track and field, so it’s worth noting that Guelph-based Speed River Track Club is hosting a major international event at Alumni Stadium on May 30-31. Check out the website of the Speed River Inferno Track and Field Festival Presented by New Balance here.

The Guelph Mercury’s story  on OPC:

GUELPH — More than 250 top amateur football players from across the province suited up for Sunday’s Ontario Prospect Challenge at Alumni Stadium.

The challenge was a series of four games spread throughout the day at the home of the Guelph Gryphons.

Local players or coaches were represented in each game.

Each game in the series pitted players representing Team West against players suiting up for Team Central, with all the locals on Team West.

Fullback Andrew Newbigging of Guelph played in the FOX 40 minor game. It featured players aged 10 to 12.

There were three locals in the Baron Rings underclassmen game for players aged 13 and 14. Running back Tanner Nelmes scored a convert, while offensive lineman Kyle Forrest and Nelmes did a lot of blocking. Jack St. Hillaire played on both offence, as a receiver, and defence as a linebacker. He caught two convert passes and had an interception.

There were four locals in the Xenith Helmet junior varsity game for players aged 15 and 16. Playing in the game were linebackers Brody Nelmes and Jason Lefkas, defensive end Brandon Ferigo and defensive back Caleb Zigby.

Guelph Gryphon and Guelph CVI assistant coach Zach Pollari was a member of the Team West coaching staff in the Marchant’s varsity game for players aged 17 to 19.


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