Bison Football announce commitment of two major local high school players

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Gill and Miles both played with high school champion Churchill Bulldogs

The Manitoba Bison football team is pleased to announce the commitment of two major local high school players for the 2010 season. Coming from the 2008 ANAVETS Bowl (Winnipeg High School Football League – WHSFL) champions Churchill Bulldogs are defensive lineman/kicker Evan Gill and linebacker Thomas Miles have committed to the Bisons for the upcoming 2010 season.

Bison football head coach Brian Dobie enthused, “As we begin a new decade, a signature of the Bison Football program has been defence. In keeping with that formula, the Bison Football program are proud to announce the signing of two of the top rated high school defensive players in the nation – Evan Gill and Thomas Miles. Both were heavily recruited by many of the top CIS football programs across the country. We are proud they have chosen to stay home and continue to represent the best of an outstanding group of recruiting class here in this province.”

Gill, 17, has earned numerous football awards and accolades during his young career:
• Part of the 2008 ANAVETS Bowl Champions with Churchill as they went 9-1 during the season and named to WHSFL All-Star Team
• Churchill Bulldogs Team MVP and team captain in 2008 and 2007
• In 2009 season, at the defensive end position, registered 6.5 sacks, 22 tackles, one forced fumble and one block kick and named Special Teams Player of the Week
• The 6’4”, 251 lbs. player was a member of Team Manitoba Provincial Teams (U17) during 2007, 2008 and 2009 and team captain in 2008 and 2009
• Gill was a Third Team All-Canadian in 2009
• In 2009, he was WHSFL All-Star (Defence), WHSFL Honour Roll and Kas Vidruk Lineman of the Year Nominee
• In 2008, WHSFL All-Star (Offence), WHSFL Honour Roll and Kas Vidruk Lineman of the Year Nominee and in 2007, Rookie of the Year Nominee
• With Churchill, Gill was named team’s Rookie of The Year in 2007; Lineman of the Year plus Athlete of The Year in 2008
• He was also a two-way football starter on both defence and offense for all three years at Churchill
• On the Academic Honour Roll (2005-Present)
• In addition, an accomplished player in other sports: 2009 City Champions (Churchill Soccer); 2010 WHSHL (Coca Cola Division) Champions (Churchill Hockey) and team captain of Churchill Varsity Basketball Team
Miles, 17, had a stellar high school career at Churchill with numerous accolades:
• Part of the 2008 ANAVETS Bowl Champions with Churchill as they went 9-1 during the season and named WHSFL Special teams Player of the Year
• Churchill Bulldogs Defensive MVP in 2008 and team captain in 2008 and 2009
• In 2008 WHSFL Championship Game, was named Defensive Player of the Game
• In 2009 season, at the linebacker position, registered 46 tackles, two forced fumbles one sack and one interception and named Defence Player of the Week
• The 6’1”, 220 lbs. player was also a member of Team Manitoba Provincial Teams (U17) during 2007, 2008 and U19 team in 2009 and team captain in 2008 and 2009
• Defensive MVP and All-Star plus led in defensive tackles at U17 Football Canada Cup in 2008
• Miles was a First Team All-Canadian in 2009 and was WHSFL All-Star in 2008 and 2009
• U19 Tournament All-Star and Blue and Gold Defensive Player of the Game in 2009
• Nominated for the Sport Manitoba Junior Male Athlete of the Year Award in 2009
• Named to the provisional roster of Team World for the Team World vs. The USA in Jan. 2010
• In addition, an accomplished player in hockey: 2009 City Champions (Churchill Soccer); 2010 WHSHL (Coca Cola Division) Champions (Churchill Hockey) and named Player of the Game plus high school hockey All-Star in 2010

“Evan on the defensive line and Thomas as a linebacker will be a foundation for our defence to grow over the next five years at Manitoba,” continued Dobie. “They both have the necessary tools to compete at a higher level. Both are outstanding athletes and proven successes plus highly academic with tremendous drive and work ethic. We welcome both Evan and Thomas to the Bison Football program.”

Bison Football Notes: Evan Gill is the grandson of Pat Gill. Pat Gill is the long-serving equipment manager who has been part of the Manitoba Bisons Football program for over 40 years and all three CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) National Championships (1969, 1970 and 2007).

SOURCE: Bison Sports Info

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