For three consecutive seasons, the Saskatoon Hilltops dominated Junior Football in Canada. From 2001-2003 the Hilltops captured three Conference Championships and three Canadian Bowl titles.
During the 2001 campaign the Hilltops finished the Prairie Junior Football Conference regular season with a 6-2 record before rolling through the playoffs with victories over the Edmonton Wildcats and the Edmonton Huskies. The Hilltops overcame adversity in the final against the Huskies. Down 13-7 with only 2:12 left on the game clock, the Hilltops scored a late fourth quarter touchdown to move on to the Canadian Bowl. The Hilltops faced the Okanagan Sun in the Canadian final and came away with a convincing 45-11 victory. Hilltop quarterback Garett Olver threw four touchdown passes earning the game’s outstanding player award, while Gabe Mackasey was voted the game’s outstanding defensive player.
2001 Saskatoon Hilltops Football Club:
Head coach: Tom Sargeant, Assistant Coaches: Kim Pasloski, Shane Reider, Jack Nepjuk, Brent Turkington, Marc Olson, Dave Fisher. Trainers: Chris Facca, Michelle Wandler, Paul Litzenberger, Team managers: Ron Kreiger, Ron Woodley, Team Physician: Dr. Bill Haver, Equipment: Stacey Ostertag, Amanda Lloyd, Video Tech: Bob Stucky.
Players: Jody Kerr, Blair Plemel, Joey Maniel, Aaron Wignes, Bret Thompson, Mickey Jutras, Matt Yausie, Justin Kelly, Tyler Knudsen, Matt Chartier, Paul Adisi, Graeme Bell, Rick Vandenameele, Nathan Morris, Ian Walker, Garett Olver, Tyler Dueck, Mike Sydoruk, Cam Cooke, Tyler Baier, Stefan Geddes, Drew Cox, Brad Grenier, Travis Weiss, Chad Nunweiler, Tyler Pokoyoway, Brent Tysdal, Matt Deshaye, Gabe Mackesey, Bretn Keeler, Dustin Orosz, Chris Eckert, Mark Fafard, Mike Zinkowski, Josh Wiebe, Brian Guebert, Jon Foster, Farrett Houle, Hubert Buydens, Jeremy Sears, Trevor LeFrancois, Jason Siemens, Kurt Wallace, Marco Brandsema, Ryan Peardon, Chris Sutherland, Curt Hundeby, Chris Masich, Martin Skiffington, Mike Gedir, Matt Sochaski, Paul Thompson, Eric Gartner, Jerad Davis, Andrew Ginther, Avery Kober, Sean Brimacombe, Ryan Grieve, Andrew Ford, Brennan McFaul