A gymnasium full of players, coaches, parents and sponsors helped the Steinbach Regional Secondary School's football program say good-bye to season nine.

"It's always great to show off some of the achievements of our team as well as some of the individual performances and highlight those types of things," said SRSS football convenor Jamie Peters. "Just try and keep pushing what our program is all about. It's great to get all the parents and players together for our year-end banquet."

Kerry Friesen completed his second year as head coach of the junior varsity team while Peters, who was the varsity team's head coach since day one, stepped back and took on an assistant coaching role in 2018.

Stephen Fedus replaced Peters as head coach.

"Kerry has taken that JV program by the horns and coach Fedus took the varsity program," Peters said. "They both did an outstanding job. Fedus definitely has a little bit of a different stamp on the varsity team than me but we all work very closely together in terms of what we want from the program and our philosophy. Stephen and Kerry both did a heck of a job with the players that we had and the situations that we were dealing with. We got a lot out of our players and we saw a lot of growth. We just got to keep moving forward."

Peters says it's been an amazing nine-year ride.

"We've had the opportunity to play almost everybody in the league. We played through all three divisions. We have a championship in division three and division two and now we're pushing towards a championship in division one. The JV program is going to be huge for our varsity program taking the next step into the top four."

"It's a slow grind," added Peters. "We went two winless seasons before we got our first victory and then we got a championship and we didn't have a losing season for five years. Now we've had two losing seasons in division one but we've been competitive. Now it's time to get over that hump. Those things take time but when you're able to look back at it, even now....nine years, looking back to year one and year two - to where we are now, it's pretty cool to see the impact the players had and the alumni. It's going to be awesome to see this group of kids that I think are going to take us over the hump in division one and being able to compete in the top four or top five year-in and year-out."

The SRSS football program came to fruition in 2010 which means Jamie Peters has said thank you and good-bye to a lot of graduating football players over the last nine years.

"14 of my coaches are former players so trying to keep guys involved with the program and involved in football is a big thing to me because we don't want them just to be done. We want football to be there for them in high school but also after high school and help support them. Hopefully they are able to give back to the players by coaching and participating and doing different things."



SRSS 2018 Award Winners
Junior Varsity Team
Top Offensive Player - Jaxon Gruninger
Top Defensive Player - Caelan Poetker
Top Special Teams Player - Rylan Penner
Top Lineman - Graham Hunter
MVP - Mason Hartung
Most Improved Player - Austin Duerksen

Varsity Team
Top Offensive Player - Ethan Gruninger
Top Defensive Player - Isaac Dokken
Top Special Teams Player - Payton Falk
Top Lineman - Thomas Peters
MVP - Sawyer Thiessen
Leadership - Ethan Gruninger
Most Improved Player - David Dueck
Legacy Award - Cade Penner
Koby Memorial Award - Brad Waldner


Workout Warriors - Exemplary work in offseason strength and conditioning
Xander Turner, Thomas Peters, Tristan Wiebe, Caleb Pammett, Markus Ginter, Lucas Tourond, Jedrik Francisco, Ryan Kincaid & Michael Amador

2018 Honour Role Players
Austin Duerksen, Jedrik Francisco, Bryson Friesen, Jerrick Peters, Tyson Greenham, Caelen Poetker, Markus Ginter, Luke Mehling, Cade Penner & Sawyer Thiessen

2017 Ring of Honor
Tyler Bueckert, Eric Adams & Sheycoy Selent

2018 Hall of Fame
Luke McAllister & Devon Bueckert

srss grads nov28Coach Peters with the SRSS graduating players (Photo credit: Malachi Dick)



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Friday, February 22nd

La Broquerie at Ste. Anne, 8 p.m.
(Aces lead best of 7 semifinal 2-0)
Grunthal vs Red River @ St. Jean, 8 p.m.
(Red Wings lead series 2-1)

Steinbach at Selkirk, 7:30 p.m.
Waywayseecappo at Virden, 7:30 p.m.
Swan Valley at Portage, 7:30 p.m.
Winkler at Neepawa, 7:30 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman at Wpg Bruins, 7 p.m.
Southwest vs Yellowhead
@ Souris, 8 p.m.

Platinum Promotions Division
SRSS vs Oak Park
@ Steinbach, 7:15 p.m.
(best of 3 Tier II semifinal tied 1-1)

Saskatoon at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

Manitoba at Laval, 6:30 p.m.

Columbus at Ottawa, 6 p.m.
Colorado at Chicago, 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
Anaheim at Calgary, 8 p.m.
Winnipeg at Vegas, 9 p.m.

San Antonio at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Washington at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Chicago at Orlando, 6 p.m.
New Orleans at Indiana, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota at New York, 6:30 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Denver at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Utah at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 23rd

Ste. Anne at La Broquerie, 7 p.m.
(Aces lead best of 7 semifinal 3-0)

Steinbach at St. Adolphe, 8 p.m.
(Huskies lead best of 5 series 2-1)
Springfield vs Mitchell
@ Oakbank, 8 p.m.
(series tied 2-2)

Capital Region Junior Hockey League
Arborg at St. Malo, 7:30 p.m.

Swan Valley at Wpg Blues, 7 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Bruins at Kenora, 7:30 p.m.
Wpg Wild at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.
Interlake vs Norman
@ Thompson, 7:30 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Southwest
@ Morden, 8 p.m.
Central Plains vs Parkland
@ Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.
Yellowhead vs Wpg Thrashers
@ Shoal Lake, 7:30 p.m.

Brandon at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

Manitoba at Laval, 2 p.m.

Washington at Buffalo, 12 p.m
New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers, 12 p.m.
Boston at St. Louis, 3 p.m.
Los Angeles at Florida, 4 p.m.
Carolina at Dallas, 4 p.m.
San Jose at Columbus, 4 p.m.
Colorado at Nashville, 4:30 p.m.
Montreal at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Vancouver, 9 p.m.

Portland at Philadelphia, 12 p.m.
Memphis at Cleveland, 6 p.m.
Phoenix at Atlanta, 6 p.m.
Indiana at Washington, 6 p.m.
Brooklyn at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Maimi, 6:30 p.m.
Boston at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Sacramento at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
Houston at Golden State, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Utah, 9 p.m.