U Sports (CanWest): 2018 All-Star teams announced, including 12 CFC100s

Calgary all-star selections Boston Rowe (left) and Joel Van Pelt (right) / Credit: David Moll.

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:

  • CFC100 Mattland Riley / Saskatchewan / 3 / Melfort, SK / Engineering
  • Zack Williams / Manitoba / 4 / Winnipeg, MB / Arts

Tackles:

  • CFC100 Logan Bandy / Calgary / 2 / Calgary, AB / Kinesiology
  • Carter O’Donnell / Alberta / 3 / Red Deer, AB / Education
  • CFC100 Tyler Packer / Calgary / 2 / Calgary, AB / Arts

Receivers:

  • CFC100 Trivel Pinto / UBC / 4 / Toronto, ON / Arts
  • Hunter Karl / Calgary / 4 / Okotoks, AB / Arts
  • Dylan Schrot / Manitoba / 5 / Winnipeg, MB / Arts
  • CFC100 Tyson Philpot / Calgary / 1 / Delta, BC / Open Studies

Running backs:

  • CFC100 Tyler Chow / Saskatchewan / 5 / Calgary, AB / Arts & Science
  • CFC100 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:

  • CFC100 Evan Machibroda / Saskatchewan / 4 / Saskatoon, SK / Engineering
  • Connor Griffiths / UBC / Langley, BC / 4 / Arts

Ends:

  • CFC100 Joel Van Pelt / Calgary / Lethbridge / 5 / Science
  • Tristian Koronkiewicz / Saskatchewan / 5 / Regina, SK / Education
  • Brock Gowanlock / Manitoba / 3 / Duncan, BC / Arts

Cornerbacks:

  • CFC100 Deane Leonard / Calgary / 2 / Calgary, AB / Business
  • CFC100 Marcel Arruda-Welch / Manitoba / 2 / Winnipeg, MB / University 1

Halfbacks:

  • CFC100 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:

  • CFC100 Marcel Arruda-Welch / Manitoba / 2 / Winnipeg, MB / University 1
  • CFC100 Trivel Pinto / UBC / 4 / Toronto, ON / Arts

 

Source: Evan Daum, Canada West Communications

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