York Lions ‘focused on rising future’

York adds two Ontario commits to their 2019 class.

Tight end Sam Ruby from St. Andre Bessette Secondary School and offensive lineman Evan Anseeuw from Holy Trinity Catholic High School are excited to help revamp the York Lions.

Sam Ruby

Courtesy of Sam Ruby.

There were two key factors that played into Sam Ruby’s decision to commit to York. First, he said, was the academics. He is interested in either business and society, science or criminology. The second was the Lions’ offence.

“I thought it was the best fit for me being a tight end. How they run their offence is perfect with how I can be successful on the field and make their offence better,” Ruby said. “The coaching staff was knowledgeable and encouraging to help me fulfill my potential. They really promote the family atmosphere at the school.”

Ruby, who is 6’4, 220lbs, has spent the last five years playing with the SAB Bulldogs (TVRA). He also spent a season with the Forest City Thunderbirds (OFC). The product of London, Ontario, was a 2018 offensive MVP with the Bulldogs. He also received the ‘best receiver’ award that season.

Evan Anseeuw

By Shelley Haines.

When Evan Anseeuw looks at the Lions, he sees a team on the rise. “I committed to York because I feel that it’s a great football community that’s really focused on the rising future of their program and athletes as well as looking to improve their record, striving to work hard and get better,” Anseeuw said.

He added that the Lions’ coaching staff is highly experienced. “(They) are invested on helping me be the best athlete I can be as well as helping me reach my goals,” Anseeuw said. “They are also really invested in the team and are focusing on reloading and improving their record.”

Beyond their vast football knowledge, Anseeuw said that the coaches “are a great group of people as well, which really helps the transition from high school to university a lot easier.”

The 6’5, 295lbs offensive tackle is interested in taking visual arts in university.

Anseeuw, who is from Walsingham, Ontario, has been playing football for seven years. He has split his time between the Brantford Bisons (OFC) and the Holy Trinity Titans (LOSSA). He was named as offensive player of the year the past two seasons.

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