Gompf brothers help gridiron Wolverines

Two sons of Tim and Judy Gompf of Oak Lake each contributed in their own way to the Westman Wolverines this past fall.

Tyson was a second-year receiver for the team. Meanwhile, Dylan was on the other side of the ball as a rookie defensive back. The Brandon-based squad competes in the Manitoba Major Junior Football League. The Wolverines and the MMJFL offers players ages 18-23 the opportunity to play football after high school while also pursuing careers or an education.

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As a receiver, Tyson “brings great hands, and some sneaky athleticism to the table,” Wolverines head coach Brady Dane said. The Westman sideline mentor praised the receiver’s development.

“Tyson has consistently improved as a receiver, and I think he’s getting more comfortable out there, more confident,” Dane said.

The head coach said that Dylan is a great athlete who is learning the intricacies of playing 12-man football after competing in the nine-man game at Virden Collegiate Institute. Dylan played half back for the Wolverines. Dane explained the position does not exist in nine-man football so there obviously was a learning curve.

“But he’s doing really well with it and continues to improve,” Dane said. “Dylan’s commitment, and the way he has embraced being a part of this team, and just bought in 100 per cent, has been awesome to see. He has the makings of a real heart and soul kind of guy on the team for years to come.”

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