Dauphin’s Sully Fox will represent Manitoba at the U16 Western Challenge in Langley, B.C., July 1 to 7, after making the U16 provincial football team.
A center for the Dauphin Clippers football team, Fox attended several tryout camps before finally making the cut.
“The tryouts were pretty intense, but all the guys there were looking for a spot on the team,” he said.
Fox, 15, plans to work hard to crack the starting lineup and hopes to learn as much as possible, which he plans to share with his Clippers teammates.
“Trying to make us better, too,” he added.
Manitoba enters the four-team tournament as the fourth seed and will play its first game, July 3, against number-one seed Saskatchewan, while number two B.C. will play number three Alberta.
The bronze and gold medal games will take place, July 6.
In trying out for Team Manitoba, Fox was asked to play as a defensive lineman, a position he had never played before.
“And I really, really like it. It’s really fun on the D-line. So I think I’d probably prefer playing on the D-line,” he said.
Fox wishes to thank his coaches with the Clippers for their support in helping him to make the provincial team.
On May 14, the Rural Manitoba Football League held its east-west all-star game. Fox was joined by his Clippers teammates Matthew Zurba, Will Stinson, Damon Nepinak, Garrett Thompson, Scott Gower and Joseph Lopez on the East all-star team, which won, 16-8.
Lopez was then selected to represent the Manitoba rural all-stars against the Saskatchewan rural all-stars in the Challenge Cup, May 23, in Melville, Sask., which was won by Saskatchewan, 24-16.