Okanagan Sun grad Robbie Yochim is a CJFL all-Canadian defensive back and return specialist

Six Sun named CJFL all-Canadians

Robbie Yochim selected both as a defensive back and kick return specialist

Led by team MVP Robbie Yochim, the six members of the Okanagan Sun were named this week to the Canadian Junior Football League’s all-Canadian team.

Yochim, the fifth-year player out of Rutland, was selected at defensive back and as the return specialist.

Yochim led the Sun defense with 34 tackles and added four interceptions. He also returned kicks for six touchdowns, and led both the BCFC and the nation in punt return yardage with 685.

Also chosen on defence was, for the second straight year, Brennan Van Nistelrooy at defensive back, and Zak Ironstand on the defensive line.

Nistelrooy had 24 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Ironstand had 12 tackles, six sacks and a fumble recovery.

The Sun had three players named all-Canadians on offence—running back Alex Bradley, and offensive linemen Michele Vecchio and Cliff Crews.

Bradley, an Edmonton native led the BCFC in rushing with 672 yards, while scoring seven touchdowns in 2014 in his fifth and final season with the Sun.

“It’s pretty nice,” Bradley said of the honour. “It would have been nice finish with a national championship team, but things went how they went.”

Vecchio, 19, a product of Rutland Senior Secondary, was in his second season with the Sun.

Crews, the team’s 21-year-old centre from Blaine, Wash., was in his first season of junior football in Kelowna.

 

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