Time Out

With the start of a new athletics season just over the horizon, the excitement on campus is on the rise, and our excitement here at the paper is no exception.
The teams have been training hard and are eager to get their seasons underway.
No team more so then our football team.
After a dismal 2-6 record last year, the Stingers and their head coach Gerry McGrath are out for redemption and to prove that last year was only a small bump in the road.
There are already some positive signs out of training camp. Despite losing some key veterans and their leadership, McGrath sees a lot of positives in camp so far, with his players, old and new alike, working hard in camp.
This is McGrath’s second season at the helm of the football team and there is nowhere for him and his troops to go but up.
Under former head coach Pat Sheehan, the Stingers were a more than formidable opponent, making it to the O-QIFC semi-finals in his last year here in 1999. McGrath will be looking to get his team back to that point, if not further.
It will not take much for the team to improve their record as they lost a number of close games last year. This year, they will be looking to be on the other end of those close games and take their performances to the next level.
McGrath will be counting on his returning veterans, most notably Jon Kronemeyer as well as the new blood that has been brought into the Stingers fold over the summer.
The football team has long been the premiere sport at Concordia, but they are now facing some stiff competition from the hockey and basketball programs which have been on the rise in the past two years.
The players will be playing for their own pride and to attempt to once again become the undisputed kings on campus.
They do not have an easy task to begin the season however. Their first game is against the O-QIFC fianlists Laval Rouge et Or, whom they play three out of their eight games this season.
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