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13 Huskies helped the defending Western Women’s Canadian Football League (WWCFL) Saskatoon Valkyries to their second straight WWCFL title.
A handful of current and former Huskies helped the hometown Valkyries to the much-deserved win over the visiting Lethbridge Steel 64-21 in the championship game Saturday night at Griffiths Stadium. The win marked the Valkyries second straight title and undefeated season in the past two years.
Eight members of the Huskie family suited up for the Valkyries this season and five others were part of the coaching staff for the undefeated Valkyries this season. Athletes include Huskie women’s hockey star Julie Paetsch, Huskie track and field athlete Janelle Olchowy, Huskie wrestler Beth Thompson, Soccer star Julie David, and Marci Kiselyk, Katie Miyazaki and Jana Spindler all CIS bronze and silver medalists with the Huskie Women’s Basketball team.
The Huskie football program had strong representation on the undefeated Valkyries this year as Tayler Baier (Assistant Head Coach), Kit Hillis (Special Teams), Cody Halseth (Defensive Coordinator), Bret McMann (Defensive Line) and Dan Houle (Offensive Coordinator) took on key coaching roles with the Valkyries in 2012.
The Visiting Lethbridge Steel were virtual unknowns to the hometown team, as neither team had met previously. Lethbridge was undefeated all season leading up the Championship game in Saskatoon.
The Lethbridge Steel started out strong, but the Valkyries defense held the Steel at bay for most of the first three quarters of play, after their initial drive down field. The Valkyries offense like it has all season exploded to lead them to an impressive 64-21 win.
The WWCFL has made it possible for female athletes from all walks of life to take part in a growing sport as women’s tackle football picks up steam especially in Saskatchewan. The Valkyries will look to win their third title starting next spring.