Shaun Cranston made a positive impression at this years Sask Select Varsity tryouts. Cranston, who resides in Kindersley, was given a spot on the team based in Moose Jaw.
"Football is my favourite sport and I've just been trying to go further in it." Cranston explained, "It's pretty much an open tryouts for the weekend and if you're selected for the team, then you attend practices in Moose Jaw over the winter."
Only 42 of the 88 players at the tryouts, held in Moose Jaw on November 17th and 18th, were selected for the team.
His first impression from the tryouts was the skill level of other players and coaches, "It was a little bit higher level football than what I'm used to."
Cranston is a grade 11 student at Kindersley Composite School. He was awarded Defensive MVP for this past season with the Kindersley Kobras.
The Varsity team has a full schedule, with practices set for almost every weekend over the winter. Cranston said it's a big commitment to be on the team, that he's willing to make while still playing hockey, "I'm trying to juggle that with my hockey schedule. It's 50 plus hours of football over the winter, next three months, so it's pretty big."
Cranston is also #12 for the Kindersley Midgets in the Hi-Way 14 Hockey League.
The program aims to improve skill and team development to prepare for the tournaments later in the winter, including an inter-provincial tournament in January. The Sask Varsity Selects will also travel to San Antonio, Texas in February for the 7th Annual International Pigskin tournament.