Wednesday, May 20, 2015

End of an Era?

One of Regina's most iconic high school football programs is on life support. Members of the Thom Trojans football team recently learned their annual spring football camp has been cancelled, following the resignation of the team's head coach. In addition, a couple of veteran assistant coaches are poised to transfer to other schools in the fall. Administrators are looking for options, including exploring the possibility of merging the football programs at Thom and Johnson Collegiate.

It's another stomach punch for the kids and teachers at Thom, who have had a nightmarish 2015 so far - including the murder of a female classmate and subsequent charges being laid against two male Thom students, as well as a fatal traffic accident on the Ring Road that led to charges against another Thom student.

Here's hoping the Trojans football program can be brought back from the brink, and start to restore some of the school spirit for which Thom was so well known in past years.

Locker Talk Lineup for May 19

I made my return to the Access 7 studio last night, after several weeks away due to RMF spring league coaching duties. Here's the lineup for the show, which aired last night and will hit the airwaves again Saturday at noon.

Locker Talk Guests for May 19/15
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair


1. A preview of the 2015 Ken Goff Memorial Boxing Classic. Guests: Pat Fiacco (Event Chair) & Scott Hubic (Organizing Committee).

2. The Regina Thunder is loading up for a run at a second Canadian junior football championship. Guests: Stefan Endsin (Offensive Coordinator) & Jaeden Marwick (Thunder QB).  

3. The Regina Heat senior men’s lacrosse team takes it show on the road and then some – competing in an international tournament in the Czech Republic. Guests: Jody Schmeltzer & Dallan Larson (Heat Players).  

4. A look ahead to the 2015 Credit Unions Queen City Marathon. Guest: Shawn Weimer (Race Director).  

5. The Regina Auto Racing Club (RARC) is “gearing up” for another exciting summer of racing action at King’s Park Speedway. Guest: Stacey Getz (RARC President). (www.kingsparkspeedway.org

6. The Blair Necessities. Mitch’s weekly sports commentary.


Before I forget, thanks to Drew Dalby from 104.9 the Wolf and Carlo Palazzo for filling in as hosts the past three weeks. Here's the lineup for the previous shows in May, which Access customers can check out via the On Demand menu:

Locker Talk Guests for May 12/15
Hosts: Mitchell Blair & Drew Dalby


1. The registration deadline for Regina Minor Football’s 2015 fall season is in only three days. Get those registrations in! Guest: Kelly Hamilton (RMF President).  

2. A look back at last week’s WHL bantam draft, and what has already been an eventful offseason for the Regina Pats. Guest: Todd Lumbard (Team President) & Lukas Sillinger (Pats prospect).  

3. Locker Talk Fitness File. For May. With hosts Daniel Ince and Michelle Espino (Driven Lifestyle Group).   

4. The O’Neill Titans celebrate an 8th straight city high school badminton team championship. Guests: Trang Dong and Sara Kowalski (Titans badminton players – city girls doubles champs).   

5. A preview of the 2015 Regina Highland Games, featuring the very popular heavy event competition. Guest: Jason Johnston (Organizer/Heavy Events Competitor).   

6. The Blair Necessities. Mitch’s weekly sports commentary. 

 
Locker Talk Guests for May 5/15
Hosts: Mitchell Blair & Drew Dalby
 

1. A preview of the 2015 Saskatchewan Roughriders training camp from the perspective of a player poised for a big “bounce back” season. Guest: Chris Getzlaf (Saskatchewan Roughrider slotback).  

2. Access 7 Sports Plays of the Month. For April. 

3. A preview of this coming weekend’s season opener for the Regina Riot women’s football team. Guests: Shawn McCall (Head Coach) & Claire Dore (Receiver). 

4. Next week’s CFL draft will launch the professional football career of at least one Regina product. Guest: Addison Richards (U of R Rams receiver).  

5. The Blair Necessities. Mitch’s weekly sports commentary.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Locker Talk Lineup for April 28

Here's the lineup for this week's show. Unfortunately, my RMF coaching duties prevent me from being there for the taping. Which may be all the incentive you need to tune in!

The show airs tonight at 9 p.m. and Saturday at noon.


Locker Talk Guests for April 28/15
Hosts: Mitchell Blair & Carlo Palazzo


1. The Regina Pat Canadians celebrate a successful 2014-15 midget AAA hockey season, capped off with a bronze medal at the Telus Cup. Guests: Brad Herauf (Head Coach), Arthur Miller & Connor Chaulk (Forwards).  

2. The Regina Lawn Bowling Club has a busy 2015 season planned, starting with an Open House this coming weekend. Guests: Jean Roney & Jordan Kos (Regina Lawn Bowling Club).  

3. The Film Room. Locker Talk sports movie reviewer Carlo Palazzo offers his thoughts on the sports cinema classic Maverick

4. An introduction to the men’s and women’s champions from the 2015 WCP Cup indoor soccer tournament. Guests: Sarah Novak (Team Scotland - Women) & Jarvis Huyghebaert (Team Canada – Men).  

5. A review of this past weekend’s University of Regina Rams spring camp. Guest: Mike Gibson (Head Coach).  

6. The Blair Necessities. Mitch’s weekly sports commentary.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Locker Talk Lineup for April 21


And here's the lineup for this week's show. It aired last night at 9:00, and will hit the Access 7 airwaves again Saturday at noon.

Locker Talk Guests for April 21/15
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair


1.   Golfers and course operators are hoping winter weather is finally behind us, so the 2015 golf season can begin. Guest: Bryan Raymond (Flowing Springs Golf Greens). 

2.   Locker Talk Fitness File. With hosts Daniel Ince & Michelle Espino (Driven Lifestyle Group). 

3.   A post mortem on the 2014-15 season for the Traveland RV (Pilot Butte) Storm junior B hockey club. Guest: Dale Lewgood (General Manager). 

4.   The Regina Riot is gearing up for a run at the Western Women’s Canadian Football League (WWCFL) championship in 2015.  Guests: Emma Hicks (General Manager) and Katie Rogal (DE). 

5.  A preview of Spring Meltdown, the annual extravaganza hosted by High Impact Wrestling in Regina. Guest: King Kash (HIW CEO). 

6.   The Blair Necessities.  Mitch’s weekly sports commentary.



 


Locker Talk Lineup for April 7

Well, I certainly haven't been keeping on top of this, have I?  Here's the lineup for the April 7th edition of Locker Talk on Access 7, which aired for two weeks in the Tuesday (9 p.m.) and Saturday (noon) time slot.


Locker Talk Guests for April 7/15
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair


1.   A preview of the 2015 Regina Red Sox Sports Dinner and Auction. Guest: Gary Brotzel (Team President).

2.   Regina Minor Football is a busy place these days, with the spring league starting this week and registrations pouring in for the fall league. Guest: Len Antonini (RMF Executive Director).

3.   Access 7 Sports Plays of the Month. For March.

4.   An update on the annual World Class Players (WCP) Cup indoor soccer tournament. Guest: Adam Ailsby (Organizing Committee & player – Team Laos). 

5.   A post mortem on the 2014-15 season for the Extreme Hockey Regina Capitals junior B hockey club. Guests: Jeff MacPherson (Team President) & Rob Crone (Board Member).

6.   A preview of the 2015 training camp for the Regina Riot women’s football team. Guests: Olivier Eddie (Offensive Coordinator) & Aimee Kowalski (Quarterback).

7.   The Blair Necessities.  Mitch’s weekly sports commentary.