Muskies put out football camp call

Joey Payeur

High schoolers with gridiron ambitions should start stretching their muscles now.
The Fort Frances High School Muskies will hold their preseason training camp starting this upcoming Monday, with sessions running from 6:30-8:30 p.m. all week and again on Aug. 26. The practice schedule changes to after-school practices beginning on Aug. 27.
A four-team scrimmage session involving the Muskies will take place on Aug. 29 in Kenora.
Two of the Fort’s fellow members of the ‘A’-level Andy Currie Division in the Winnipeg High School Football League (WHSFL), the host Beaver Brae Broncos and the Dryden Eagles, will provide the opposition along with the Grant Park Pirates of the ‘AA’ Kas Vidruk Division.
“We will be playing three 20-minute scrimmages against the other teams,” said Muskies head coach Chad Canfield, who is preparing to enter his fourth season at the helm of the Black-and-Gold.
“It’s a good opportunity for us to rotate people in,” he added.
Canfield emphasized the importance of aspiring Muskies to come out the first night of camp.
“We’re hoping everyone makes it out on Monday so that we can have a good idea of what our numbers are going to be,” he said.
Last year, the Muskies roster sat at approximately 40 players. But with a turnout at Fort High’s spring camp of 51 hopefuls, Canfield has a positive feeling about this year’s prospective group.
“We are losing quite a few starters, but we have quite a bit of talent coming in to replace it,” said the coach, whose team finished 3-5 last year and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Steinbach Sabres, who moved up to the Vidruk Division for this season.
“I think we are going to have a pretty strong team this year,” added Canfield.
Anyone with questions about the camp can contact Canfield at 276-2755.
The Muskies kick off their 2013 campaign on Sept. 6 at home against the St. John’s Tigers.