Always known for his ability to scour the country for recruits, Brian Dobie has done a little more local shopping for the upcoming Canada West football season.
As Dobie, who is entering his 12th season as head coach of the Manitoba Bisons, announced his latest round of recruits, he was proud to say that two more of them come from the St. Paul's Crusaders program.
Wide receiver Clancy Doiron and linebacker Daniel Cobb join quarterback Kevin Hayes and linebacker Thomas Hall and brings the number of Crusaders graduates to four in this round of recruiting.
"In all sincerity, any high school in the country that puts one or two players into the CIS has done well," said Dobie, noting there's a chance that a fifth Crusader could be added if Marshall Williams chooses U of M over the University of Toronto. "Look at all the schools in this province or in the country that won't put anybody in CIS.
"These guys were no-brainers in terms of guys we were going after."
Dobie also unveiled Sisler O-lineman Nathan Jasenn as part of his recruiting class at a press conference yesterday.
Bisons women's volleyball coach Ken Bentley was in attendance with four of his top recruits and is excited to build on last year's experience, which included a run to the CIS Championships that ended in heartache after an opening-round defeat in a five-set marathon.
"It was hard, but we'll be better for it next year," said Bentley. "To think about having six first-year kids coming in and to do what we did, I thought it was remarkable frankly. It set the standard pretty high and you're not going to turn back on it obviously. Let's keep it here."
Setter Samantha Loewen of River East, left side/right side Kate Wasyliw of Major Pratt School in Russell, left side Jillian Enns of Westgate and middle Tricia Mayba of Dakota will be attending U of M in the fall.
"I've been waiting a long time for this, since Grade 9," said Loewen, who is a towering setter at 6-foot-3. "I've always wanted to go to U of M. It was always one of those dreams that was far away but now it's a reality."