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This article was published 3/3/2010 (4296 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
WINNIPEG - Make way for the newest kids on the block.
At Monday’s meeting of the Winnipeg School Division’s Athletic Council, three new teams, and the formation of brand-new junior varsity league, were added to the Winnipeg High School Football League, which will begin its 77th season in September.
Joining the league, to expand its membership to 33 varsity teams for the 2010 season, are Dakota Collegiate Lancers, Steinbach Regional Secondary School Sabres and Stonewall Collegiate Rams.
Last year, the league operated with three tiered divisions. The top tier, the Potter Division (AAA) consisted of seven teams. The Vidruk (AA) Division had 13 teams, divided into two conferences, and 10 teams made up the Currie (A) Division.
League commissioner Ron Gustafson said that rather than add a new varsity division, "we’ll just have to juggle teams to fit our structure."
One idea, he said, was to add three teams to the Vidruk, which would create two eight-team conferences within that division, or even go to two conferences within the Currie Division.
Schools have until June 11, to commit to entering a team, as well as what varsity Division they will to play in. As of yesterday, no junior varsity teams were confirmed, but Gustafson said, "based on the interest of the coaches at our meeting, I would say that there will be eight teams for sure."
Dakota head coach Ray Jarvis said that there was an outcry from the community for a team at Dakota. "We were very fortunate that the Louis Riel Division, and the Dakota administration and staff were supportive of what the community was asking for.
"At this point, we have anywhere between 60-80 students, (including two or three girls), who have signed up and want to participate," he said, adding that football provides their students with an opportunity to compete in a more rounded athlete program.
Steinbach has 40-45 players who have expressed a desire to play this season, said their head coach Jamie Peters. "We’re a Grade 10-12 school, and can draw from a student body of 600-650 males. This was the first year we applied for entry, but I was hired in September of 2008, but I have been working on getting a team here since then."
The WHSFL season will begin on the first Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after Labour Day.