FB: 11 Dinos named all-stars on eve of Hardy Cup Playoffs

FB: 11 Dinos named all-stars on eve of Hardy Cup Playoffs

CW football all-stars named ahead of semifinals

EDMONTON – With the Hardy Cup semifinals set for this Saturday, Canada West unveiled the 2018 conference football all-stars Friday, with the undefeated Calgary Dinos leading the way.

A total of 11 Dinos were honoured as all-stars, which was the highest total among the conference's six football programs.

Calgary landed five offensive all-stars, five on defence, and one on special teams. Among the Dinos' all-stars were two unanimous selections, as quarterback Adam Sinagra and placekicker Niko DiFonte were acknowledged as the best at their position by the conference's coaches.

Sinagra set the CW and U SPORTS single-season passing yards record (3,233), while DiFonte finished the season with 24 field goals on the season, which sits second in the CW record book behind only Johnny Mark's total of 26 (Calgary - 2015).

Coming in second behind the Dinos in terms of their all-star tally were the Manitoba Bisons, who had all-stars at eight positions. Among the Herd's all-stars was cornerback and return man Marcel Arruda-Welch, who was an all-star both defensively and on special teams.

Calgary and Manitoba will face off Saturday at 12 p.m. MDT in the first Hardy Cup semifinal, while the Saskatchewan Huskies and UBC Thunderbirds will meet in the second semi at 2 p.m. PDT in Vancouver.

In terms of all-stars, Saskatchewan had four players honoured, while UBC earned five all-star nods. Among UBC's all-stars was Trivel Pinto, who along with Arruda-Welch, was honoured at two positions.

The fourth-year Arts student was named an all-star offensively at receiver, and on special teams as a return man.

Next week the conference will unveil its major award winners ahead of the 82nd Hardy Cup, which is set for Saturday, Nov. 10 (1 p.m. local start).

This weekend's semifinals can be seen on SaskTel, TELUS, Bell MTS, and Canada West TV. For channel listings, click here.

2018 CANADA WEST FOOTBALL ALL-STARS

*BOLD denotes unanimous selection

OFFENCE

  • Centre:
    • Jon Harke / Alberta / 5 / Sherwood Park, AB / Native Studies
  • Guards:
    • Mattland Riley / Saskatchewan / 3 / Melfort, SK / Engineering
    • Zack Williams / Manitoba / 4 / Winnipeg, MB / Arts
  • Tackles:
    • Logan Bandy / Calgary / 2 / Calgary, AB / Kinesiology
    • Carter O'Donnell / Alberta / 3 / Red Deer, AB / Education
    • Tyler Packer / Calgary / 2 / Calgary, AB / Arts
  • Receivers:
    • Trivel Pinto / UBC / 4 / Toronto, ON / Arts
    • Hunter Karl / Calgary / 4 / Okotoks, AB / Arts
    • Dylan Schrot / Manitoba / 5 / Winnipeg, MB / Arts
    • Tyson Philpot / Calgary / 1 / Delta, BC / Open Studies
  • Running backs:
    • Tyler Chow / Saskatchewan / 5 / Calgary, AB / Arts & Science
    • Jamel Lyles / Manitoba / 3 / Surrey, BC / Arts
  • Quarterback:
    • Adam Sinagra / Calgary / 4 / Pointe Claire, QC / Arts

DEFENCE

  • Linebackers:
    • Ben Hladik / UBC / 2 / Vernon, BC / Arts
    • Boston Rowe / Calgary / 5 / Calgary, AB / Open Studies
  • Sam linebacker:
    • Nick Statz / Calgary / 4 / Calgary, AB / Kinesiology
  • Interior lineman:
    • Evan Machibroda / Saskatchewan / 4 / Saskatoon, SK / Engineering
    • Connor Griffiths / UBC / Langley, BC / 4 / Arts
  • Ends:
    • Joel Van Pelt / Calgary / Lethbridge / 5 / Science
    • Tristian Koronkiewicz / Saskatchewan / 5 / Regina, SK / Education
    • Brock Gowanlock / Manitoba / 3 / Duncan, BC / Arts
  • Cornerbacks:
    • Deane Leonard / Calgary / 2 / Calgary, AB / Business
    • Marcel Arruda-Welch / Manitoba / 2 / Winnipeg, MB / University 1
  • Halfbacks:
    • Shae Weekes / Manitoba / 2 / St. Adolphe, MB / University 1
    • Sterling Taylor / Calgary / 4 / Atlanta, GA / Arts
  • Safety:
    • Stavros Katsantonis / UBC / 4 / Bakersfield, CA / Arts

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Punter
    • Brad Mikoluff / Manitoba / 5 / Beausejour, MB / University 1
  • Placekicker:
    • Niko DiFonte / Calgary / 3 / Winnipeg, MB / Arts
  • Kick returners:
    • Marcel Arruda-Welch / Manitoba / 2 / Winnipeg, MB / University 1
    • Trivel Pinto / UBC / 4 / Toronto, ON / Arts

 

CANADA WEST FOOTBALL ALL-STARS BY TEAM

CALGARY DINOS (11)

  •  T - Logan Bandy / Calgary / 2 / Calgary, AB / Kinesiology
  • T - Tyler Packer / Calgary / 2 / Calgary, AB / Arts
  • REC - Hunter Karl / Calgary / 4 / Okotoks, AB / Arts
  • REC - Tyson Philpot / Calgary / 1 / Delta, BC / Open Studies
  • QB - Adam Sinagra / Calgary / 4 / Pointe Claire, QC / Arts
  • LB - Boston Rowe / Calgary / 5 / Calgary, AB / Open Studies
  • SAM - Nick Statz / Calgary / 4 / Calgary, AB / Kinesiology
  • E - Joel Van Pelt / Calgary / Lethbridge / 5 / Science
  • CB - Deane Leonard / Calgary / 2 / Calgary, AB / Business
  • HB - Sterling Taylor / Calgary / 4 / Atlanta, GA / Arts
  • PK - Niko DiFonte / Calgary / 3 / Winnipeg, MB / Arts

MANITOBA BISONS (8)

  • G - Zack Williams / Manitoba / 4 / Winnipeg, MB / Arts
  • REC - Dylan Schrot / Manitoba / 5 / Winnipeg, MB / Arts
  • RB - Jamel Lyles / Manitoba / 3 / Surrey, BC / Arts
  • E - Brock Gowanlock / Manitoba / 3 / Duncan, BC / Arts
  • CB - Marcel Arruda-Welch / Manitoba / 2 / Winnipeg, MB / University 1
  • HB - Shae Weekes / Manitoba / 2 / St. Adolphe, MB / University 1
  • P - Brad Mikoluff / Manitoba / 5 / Beausejour, MB / University 1
  • RET - Marcel Arruda-Welch / Manitoba / 2 / Winnipeg, MB / University 1

UBC THUNDERBIRDS (5)

  • REC - Trivel Pinto / UBC / 4 / Toronto, ON / Arts
  • LB - Ben Hladik / UBC / 2 / Vernon, BC / Arts
  • DL - Connor Griffiths / UBC / Langley, BC / 4 / Arts
  • S - Stavros Katsantonis / UBC / 4 / Bakersfield, CA / Arts
  • RET - Trivel Pinto / UBC / 4 / Toronto, ON / Arts

SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (4)

  • G - Mattland Riley / Saskatchewan / 3 / Melfort, SK / Engineering
  • RB - Tyler Chow / Saskatchewan / 5 / Calgary, AB / Arts & Science
  • DL - Evan Machibroda / Saskatchewan / 4 / Saskatoon, SK / Engineering
  • E - Tristian Koronkiewicz / Saskatchewan / 5 / Regina, SK / Education

ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (2)

  • C - Jon Harke / Alberta / 5 / Sherwood Park, AB / Native Studies
  • T - Carter O'Donnell / Alberta / 3 / Red Deer, AB / Education