Photo courtesy Louis Christ Photography
The defending Prairie Conference champion Saskatoon Hilltops will look very similar this upcoming season after losing just four players to graduation. Two other players have left to pursue their education at the University of Regina and will play for the Rams in 2022.
The four players that have graduated from the Hilltops have joined the CJFL Graduating Class of 2021.
LB Emmarae Dale – she played just one season with the Hilltops but what a season it was. She made history as the first female player to ever play in a CJFL regular season game. She finished the historic campaign with a tackle, three assisted stops, three special teams tackles and an assisted special teams tackle.
DB Jared Giddings (pictured) – he was a leader in the Hilltops secondary in 2021 compiling 16 tackles, two knockdowns and had three assisted tackles.
OL Mason Ochs (pictured) – he graduates as one of the most highly decorated offensive linemen in CJFL history. He is a four-time All-Canadian, a four-time Conference All-Star and four-time Canadian Bowl champion. He leaves big cleats to fill.
OL Jonathan Chisholm – another major piece of the Hilltops offensive line that was able to blow open holes for the run game while protecting his quarterback on passing plays.
The Hilltops will open the 2022 season at home on August 14th when they host the Winnipeg Rifles.