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Martensville Football Players Hope to Continue Football Careers Beyond High School

by Shanine Sealey

Earlier this month, six Martensville football players journeyed to Langley, B.C. to compete with Team Saskatchewan in the Western U-16 Challenge. This was the first time the tournament has been held since 2019 due to the COVID pandemic. Team from across the four western provinces came together to see who would come out on top. Saskatchewan went into the challenge as defending champions after winning the gold in 2019.


Kyren Houmphanh, Aidan Low, Emilio Rodriguez, Treagen Green-Edmonds, Nick Cook and Cam Kliewer were more than happy to represent their home province and even happier to come home with a gold medal win after Team Saskatchewan beat out B.C. in the final 22-10.


All six players first tried out for the Regional Provincial “North” Saskatchewan team and were selected to play. North Saskatchewan and South Saskatchewan then had a two-game match-up, followed by more try-outs which created the winning Team Saskatchewan.


“The most memorable thing was doing everything as a team, and when we won, running onto the field getting the trophy is definitely up there too,” Treagen Green-Edmonds stated about the experience. For Cam, he noted that he was “ecstatic and honored to represent our province at a high level and have a repeat championship.”


All six of the players have been playing for the past four-five years and graduated from flag football to the Martensville Maddogs. Nick, Kyren, Emilio, Cam and Treagen have all now aged out of the Maddogs organization as of 2021, but plan on continuing to play football with their respective high schools. Cam will be attending high school in Martensville and hopes to wear the Royals blue on the field, while the remaining four will be attending Bishop James Mahoney High School in Saskatoon.


For Cam Kliewer and Nick Cook, and likely the rest of the boys, the dream is to play beyond high school and continue playing at the next level at a University.

PHOTO CAPTION: Kyren Houmphanh, Aidan Low, Emilio Rodriguez, Treagen Green-Edmonds, Nick Cook and Cam Kliewer were part of Team Saskatchewan who won the Western U-16 Challenge earlier this month. (Tracey Kliewer)

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