Dawson Creek’s Ashton Cyre has made the cut for the Alberta U17 football team that will compete and practice in the Pacific Challenge in August in Maui, Hawaii.
A defensive lineman, Cyre played three years for the Wembley Bulldogs at the bantam division, commuting with teammates from Dawson to practices and games. For the 2018 season, he moved to Grande Prairie full time with his father, and played for St Joe’s Catholic high school, where he was named rookie of the year and most promising defensive lineman.
He also played at the 2018 Alberta Summer Games, where he played with some of his DC teammates.
This year, Cyre attended tryouts for the U17 and U18 Team Alberta. He made the first cut of 800 kids trying out, which narrowed down to 120. He attended the second round of tryouts in Calgary April 5 and 6, and made the cut for the U17 team as a 15 year old.
He is joining his St. Joe’s teammate and fellow defensive lineman Dakota Power.
The Pacific Challenge sees the players who make the cut take on local Hawaii schools in exhibition games and practice with them. The U17s will also take on the Team Saskatchewan Selects in June in a scrimmage.