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25 Year All Time Team announced in 2005 to celebrate 25th anniversary


Al Walls-Quarterback (1982-1984)

Indio, California

Al Walls led the charge as the Sun went from pretender to contender. The clubs leader in all time passing yards, he had three prolific seasons guiding the offense. As fine an athlete the club has ever had, his ability to scramble from a pass rush and either run for the first down himself or to find an open receiver on the run gave a young offense confidence in 1982. He only got better the next two seasons and was easily the top quarterback the league had.

Mike Marasco-Runningback (1986, 1988)

Kam High Red Devils, Kamloops

Mike came to the Sun with college experience as he played at Imperial Valley College in California for 2 seasons before returning to Canada. He played with the Sun in 1986 and 1988 with a season in between at UBC. His presence in the backfield was a key cog in the clubs 1988 championship. He is perhaps the best all-around running back to wear our colors, as there simply wasnt anything he didnt do well. Lauded as a tough inside runner, or a finesse speed back if that was required. He was also an excellent receiver out of the back- field, but it was his blocking ability that made him so valuable and gave him the opportunity for a professional career with the BC Lions following his graduation from junior. (1990-1993)

Jeff Halvorson-Runningback (2003-2004)

Grande Prairie Composite High School
Jeff should have been remembered as perhaps the greatest running back to wear Sun colours. His death on the clubs practice field September 1, 2004 ensured his memory will go deeper than anyone player could ever imagine. As the anniversary of his passing approaches, his on field accomplishments in his one and a half seasons here 2-time All Canadian, 2004 CJFL Outstanding Offensive Player, pale in comparison to the mark the person left on the club. Jeff's wife Leah and his children Cheyne & Gavin make their home in Sylvan Lake Alberta. Hours before that fateful practice, Jeff was named the CJFL Offensive Player of the week for his outstanding performance in the Sun's 18-6 victory over the Victoria Rebels 4 days earlier.

Corrie Lang-Receiver (1986-1988)

Corrie was raised in Kelowna and came to the Sun with no organized football experience. He had one tangible that couldnt be taught though, speed. He picked up the game very quickly and was soon known as much for his sure hands as his ability to out-run the defender. His meteoric rise in the game saw him named to the BC all star team in 87 & 88, while he named Kelowna's male athlete of the year in 1988 when the club won the national title. He was signed by the Calgary Stampeders following junior, before a torn Achilles tendon ended his career. Corrie is a Kelowna firefighter currently on a year- long work exchange in Australia with his wife Lisa and daughters Kaleigh and Allison

Adam Eckert-Receiver (1998-2000)

Sisler High School, Winnipeg
A Winnipeg native, Adam played for the Sun for three seasons (1998/2000). He will go down in history as one of the fastest players to suit up for the club. A standout at wide receiver, he was named to the BCFC all star team twice and was a member of the All Canadian team in 2000, when the club won it's second national championship. Adam spent the 2001/2004 seasons at Dickinson State University and was a three time All-American. Spring 2005 will be busy for Adam as he was a Montreal Alouettes pick in the college draft. In addition to attending camp in Montreal, he will enter the workforce, having just attained his teaching degree.

Jeff Schieman-Receiver (1998-2002)

Westsyde High School, Kamloops

This sure handed man played 5 seasons with the Sun via Kamloops (1998/2002). Known as much for his great hands as his punishing blocks, he was lauded as both an outstanding athlete and a great sportsman while he played. Sun fans will remember his 45 yard touchdown catch in the third quarter of the 2000 Canadian Bowl against the Saskatoon Hilltops that broke a 14-14 tie. A three time BCFC all star, he owns the Sun career receiving records as well as the single season yardage record. In 2003 he joined the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and his game hasn't skipped a beat. Jeff was a member of the Canada West All Star team in 2004

Jay Christensen-Receiver (1982-1985)

Kelowna Minor Football

Sun fans from all eras know this man. A Kelowna native son, he was the club's leading receiver all 4 years he played (82/85), and was a perennial BC all star. Following his junior years, he enjoyed a stellar 10- year CJFL career, high lighted with a Grey Cup in 1993 while he played with the Edmonton Eskimos. Jay was also well known for his community work, being named the BC Lions Man of the Year in 1993. Following his retirement from professional football, he returned to Kelowna and joined the Sun coaching staff as offensive coordinator in 1999. He became the head coach in 2002. Jay was the club's career leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns, until those records were broken by Jeff Schieman in 2002. Jay will joke that Jeff record should be asterisked *coached by Jay Christensen. Jay and his wife Cori have two children

John Guizzo-Offensive Line (1981-1983)

Westsyde High School, Kamloops
John was an original member of the club, one of the first in a long line of players from the football factory of Westsyde High School in Kamloops. John works as a prison guard in Kamloops where he makes his home with his wife and two children

Chris Morrison-Offensive Line (2000, 2003-2004)

Crescent Heights High School, Medicine Hat
Mo was the club's top rookie in 2000 and was the only rookie to start in the 2000 Canadian Bowl. He joined the Regina Rams of the CIS the following season and after two stellar years starting there, returned to the Sun for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. He was named the outstanding offensive lineman in the BCFC in 2004. He will be suiting up for the University of Calgary this season. It is the quiet role of the lineman to make room for the running backs and protect the quarterback and he does that very well, but his leadership is legendary. This past season in a locker room meeting, Jeff Halvorson's team mates met to discuss playing the Victoria Rebels only 3 days following his death. As many expected, they decided to play in Jeff's memory. Silent until that moment, Mo addressed the players and agreed that while Jeff would want us to play, his booming voice echoed "But he would want us to win. We can't win this game, we're not ready! This team is hurting. The rest of the players followed Mo's lead and decided to postpone the game for a week.  Watching one young man lead his team like that, well, for observers fortunate enough to be in the locker room that day, it was a moment we will never forget.

Bryce Finley-Offensive Line (1988-1989)

Westsyde High School Kamloops
Bryce joined the Sun with a year of midget football under his belt after graduating from Westsyde High School. He was an extremely strong player who earned a starters job very quickly upon his arrival. At 6'3, 285 pounds he was bigger than most of the players of the day and used his size and strength to good advantage. His head coach at the time, Lawrence Nagy has said that the sky was the limit for Bryce. If he had really like to play football, he would have made it to the professional level

Moe Elowonibi-Offensive Line (1984-1985)

This big man was a phenomenal athlete and moved extremely well for someone of his size, which was what made him one of the premier offensive lineman in his day. Following his time with the Sun, he enjoyed a successful college career south of the border and was the winner of the Outland Trophy as the top offensive lineman in NCAA football. He played in the NFL for both the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles and has since enjoyed a long career in the CFL with the BC Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Chad Folk-Offensive Line (1989-1992)

Kelowna Minor Football
Chad is the epitome of the local guy who made it big! With the club 4 years (1989-1992), he was a perennial all-star and unquestioned leader of the team his least 2 seasons, as evidenced by him being named MVP in 1992, a rare feat for an offensive lineman. He played at Butte Junior College in California in 1993 & 1994 before a two- year career with the University of Utah, where he was an Academic All American. He was the #1 pick in the 1997 CFL college draft, taken by the Toronto Argonauts, where he has been a cornerstone ever since.


Shane Sommerfeld -Defensive Back(1988-1992)

Westsyde High School, Kamloops

Shane was as hard a hitting safety as you will see. This three-time conference all-star was also named the clubs MVP in 1990. He was the premier punt-returner in the league when he played also. Following his days with the Sun, he was a member of the Dickinson State Blue Hawks where he was an All-American. He returned to the Sun fold in 1999 to coach the defensive backs, and has also been the defensive coordinator the past three seasons. He is known as one of the shrewdest defensive minds in the game

Spencer McLennan-Defensive Back (1986-1988)

Kam-High Red Devils (Kamloops)
"Spenny" was a terrific all-around athlete who played both running back and in the defensive secondary. An explosive runner with incredible balance, he was tough to bring down at running back and would never miss a tackle when on defense. He enjoyed a successful CFL career when he left the Sun, and earned a Grey Cup ring with the BC Lions

Eric Duchene-Defensive Back (1996-1998)

Kam-High Red Devils
Eric made an immediate impact as a rookie at corner and by his second season was the consensus #1 cover man with the conference. Though not tall in stature, he had an incredible vertical that allowed him to battle taller receivers and win. He was the leading punt returner in the province his last two season also. Following his graduation from junior, he joined the University of Saskatchewan where he was a perennial all-star in Canada West. Eric graduated with his Kinesiology degree and has settled in Saskatoon. Eric and his wife Michelle were married this past October at the 55- yard line at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon

Kevin Booker-Defensive Back (1983-1985)

Westsyde High School, Kamloops
"Booker" played for the club three seasons. A member of the 1984 all conference team, it has been said that there was no half speed for this guy, and he was known as a punishing hitter. A graduate of Westsyde High School in Kamloops, he made Kelowna home when his playing days were over. Kevin worked at Save-On Foods when he played, and he has been a valued employee there ever since. Kevin and his wife Karina have three children.

Terrance Huston-Defensive Back (1995-1998)

Bakersfield California
When the term "best ever Sun player" comes up, you will always here this guys name in the mix. Terrance came to Kelowna from California to visit his brother, Jermaine Haley in 1995 and never left. His 4 amazing seasons (95/98) saw him dominate at safety, receiver, defensive end, running back, and punt returner. Despite limited time on the offensive side of the ball, he is the club's all- time leader in touchdowns with 44. As a safety, his dominance was legendary, as he usually had to leave the middle to get involved in the play as few receivers felt the desire to venture within 10 yards of his 6'4 frame. Terrance made a full time move to running back/receiver in 1998 and was named the CJFLs Outstanding Offensive Player. He joined Butte Junior College in California in 1999 and after making his mark there played in both the XFL, and the NFL with the Los Angeles Raiders before a neck injury ended his career. Terrance and his wife have since made Kelowna home to raise their young family.

David Nagy-Linebacker (1981-1982)

Kelowna Secondary School
David was an original member of the line backing corps (81-82) and was not only a hard nose player, but also a real team leader in the clubs crucial formative years. He returned to the Sun to serve as defensive coordinator for two seasons (87-88) under his brother. The triumph of the 1988 national championship was marked by tragedy the following off- season was David died in a construction accident. The communications center at the Apple Bowl was the Kiwanis High Noon Club in David's memory.

Mike Letendre-Linebacker (1994-1998)

Westsyde High School, Kamloops
Mike is a one of a long line of athletes from Kamloops who made their mark with the Sun. His 5 year career (1994-1998) got off to a bang when as a raw 180 defensive back he met Airforce Fullback Owen Dawkins (all 250 pounds of him) with a thundering hit that left his opponent on the bench for the remainder of the game. Mikes season unfortunately ended 2 weeks later while riding his bike to practice and he collided with a truck. The truck had nary a scratch while Mike's leg was broken! He returned good as new the next season and continued his dominating play. By 1997 he was moved to linebacker. He joined the University Of Saskatchewan in 1999 and in his first season was named the Outstanding Defensive Player in Canada. Unfortunately, he suffered a serious neck injury in a game versus Manitoba that season that ended his football career. Mike has settled in Saskatoon.

Ryan Folk-Linebacker (1996-2000)

McCoy High School, Medicine Hat
Ryan was a five year member of the sun out of McCoy High School in Medicine Hat. (1996-2000). He came in as a defensive back and was a starter by mid season. As he matured in both age and size, his punishing play made a move to linebacker the obvious one in 1999. By 1999 he was the unquestioned leader of the defense and one of the most feared players in the BCFC. His career with the Sun ended in grand style as he was named the defensive player of the game in the club's 2000 national championship. He joined the University of Calgary in 2001 and was drafted by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2004. He is currently a member of the Montreal Alouettes.

Len Sawatsky-Defensive Line (1984-1986)

Camrose Alberta
Len was an extremely fast line backer, he hit like a tonne. A real team leader, he was a team captain. His on and off field leadership ensured all his teammates listened when he spoke. He was a very versatile and strong player who was also key on special teams and even played offensive line in short yardage situations.

Jermaine Haley-Defensive Line (1994-1995)

Jermaine was a thorn in the side of the Sun for three seasons (91-93) while a member of the Surrey Rams. When the most dominate defensive player in the conference contacted coach Brezden following the 1993 season to inform him he wanted to play in the Okanagan, jaws nearly hit the floor. Playing mainly at the rush end position, he was a devastating force during his two-year stay with the club. As opposing quarterbacks broke huddle, they would look to see what side of the field Haley was on. He also saw time in the offensive backfield, and along with brother Terrance and Ken Vermette, was a member of the "Oreo Cookie" backfield that would prove more than any BCFC defense could handle. Following his junior career, Jermaine enjoyed a professional career with the Toronto Argonauts, Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins.

Travis Fehler-Defensive Line (1994-1996)

Travis did not play organized football prior to being convinced to try out for the Sun in 1994. His terrific athletic ability and rugby experience made the conversion to football a natural one. This bull of a man possessed a rare combination of speed and strength that made him virtually un-blockable. After graduating from the Sun, he joined the University of British Columbia and was a force there before a serious back injury forced him from the game. Travis and his wife are raising their four children in Alberta where he is a teacher

Jamie Bennett-Defensive Line (1988-1989)

Westsyde High School, Kamloops
Jamie was one of the best natural athletes to suit up at defensive end for the club. A very smart player who knew the game very well, he could make the transition to any other spot on the defensive line with ease. He was a quiet leader of the 1988 national champions. Following his time with the Sun he played at Fresno State University in California and was a draft pick of the Toronto Argonauts. Jamie still resides in Kamloops with his wife Kendra and children Jacob and Kate