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‘We gave everything we had’

Abbotsford’s W.J. Mouat Hawks lose Triple-A Subway Bowl 42-35 to Mt. Douglas By Cam Tucker, Abbotsford Times December 5, 2011
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Mt. Douglas rallies past Mouat in B.C. AAA football final

By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News Published: December 03, 2011 11:00 PM The Mount Douglas Rams will remember the 2011
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Desmond Bassi

Seeking meaning in life’s knocks

W.J. Mouat Hawks enter Triple A championship with memories of departed player, volunteer By Cam Tucker, Vancouver Sun December 3,
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The Hawks defense was stingy, and flying, as all-star linebacker Jake Heathcote tackles an Irish ball-carrier.

Mouat Hawks soar to B.C. high school football final

By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News Published: November 26, 2011 10:00 PM In the wake of his team’s thrilling 14-13
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Hawks regular season home-opener: Please join us for a special dedication

The Hawks will host the Terry Fox Ravens for their first regular-season home game of 2011 tonight at 7:30pm. The
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Memorial Service for Desmond and Opa

The Mouat football family honours the families of Desmond Bassi and Opa Smeysters
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Mouat football celebrates 25 years

By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News Published: September 16, 2011 8:00 AM A quarter-century sounds like a long time, but
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The W.J. Mouat Hawks Triple-A varsity football team kicked off training camp on Monday, after a summer in which two members of their team lost their lives. The Hawks believe both tragedies should serve as extra motivation.  Photo: Cam Tucker, Times

Abbotsford-Mission High School Football Preview Day One

W.J. Mouat Hawks look to turn tragedy into inspiration By Cam Tucker, Abbotsford Times August 22, 2011 The W.J. Mouat
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Opa Smeysters in his Mouat golf cart. Photo: Y. Churly

Saying goodbye to Opa

Fantastic news story; was edited for space in the published version. Posted below is the original write-up in its entirety.
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Opa Smeysters teaching a volunteer "the sticks". Photo: Y. Churly

Hawks lose their beloved Opa

By Cam Tucker, The Times June 14, 2011 Abbotsford lost of one of its fun-loving and good-hearted characters on Friday.
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Opa Smeysters

Opa Smeysters will be sadly missed

per the family’s Facebook page: John “Opa” Smeysters has passed away (June-10-2011) RIP.  He was loved by all and loved
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