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High schoolers prepping for season openers

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WHILE two teams in the Winnipeg High School Football League are heading to the U.S. for exhibition games, the remaining teams have been preparing for the WHSFL season, which is right around the corner.

Both the Kelvin Clippers and River East Kodiaks move up to the AAA John Potter Division after finishing the 2012 season with 5-2 records.

But when teams rise, some are sent packing. The Sturgeon Heights Collegiate Huskies and Miles Mac Buckeyes were relegated to the AA Kas Vidruk Division.

The Huskies finished 0-7 last year and even though the Buckeyes made last year's AAA final, the team lost many key players during the off-season and will need to rebuild in the AA division.

The first WHSFL regular season game is slated for Sept. 4 when the Sisler Spartans will host the Clippers at 5 p.m. Sisler finished with a respectable 4-3 record in the AAA division and will be the first test for the Clippers after just raising into the division.

The first high school game scheduled at Investors Group Field will take place a few days later on Sept. 6 at 5 p.m.

The Dakota Lancers will play the Vincent Massey Trojans, who will be fresh off their trip from Hawaii earlier in the week. The game will be the league's inaugural MS Game. All of the money made from the game will go to multiple sclerosis research. Retired Winnipeg Blue Bomber Kelly Butler has been a driving force behind getting the game established.

A second game at Investors Group Field is scheduled for Oct. 4 when the St. Paul's Crusaders will take on the Oak Park Raiders in the annual Laping Bowl, named after Nick Laping who coached and played for the Crusaders, but also helped set up the Raiders football program. The game usually attracts about 5,000 fans.

The Murdoch Mackay Clansmen will host a 50th anniversary "under the lights" special on the same night. In celebration of the milestone, the team has rented lighting for the game. The Clansmen will host the River East Kodiaks.

Full schedules and more information can be found at www.whsfl.ca.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 22, 2013 D4

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