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Three former members of the Kindersley Kobras football team competed with the Kamloops Broncos of the Canadian Junior Football League this season.
Derek Walde, Casey Powell and Riley McLean each played for the team that finished the year with a 2-8 record.
Walde, in his fourth season with the Broncos has now started more than 40 consecutive games at centre and was recognized for his efforts once again this season, earning the team’s offensive lineman of the year award for the second straight season.
Walde also won the award last season, when he was also named to the BCFC all-star team.
“I’ve put in a lot of hours watching tape and getting better each season and it is great to be recognized,” he said.
Walde is taking his Bachelor of Arts with a major in history and minor in Math at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.
He hopes next year to be back in Kamloops playing football for the Broncos for a fifth and final year.
Following this, he hopes to work towards getting his education degree.
Kamloops just won two of 10 games this year and finished in fifth place in the six-team league. However, Walde said that his team was in a lot of close games that could have gone either way.For more on this story, please see the Oct. 18 print edition of The Clarion.
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