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 Dolby signs with National champs 


   The Parkside Stampeder brings his football skills to the Western Mustangs

   the reigning Vanier Cup champions while studying finance



  February 9, 2022


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By Rob. J. Ross 

ST. THOMAS - The National champions in Canadian university football will adding one of the top receivers in Ontario high school football.

Ethan Dolby has signed to attend Western University and join the Western Mustangs, the reigning Vanier Cup champions.

"When making the tough decision of what university to go to, I had to weigh the education, football, and social experience offered," Dolby said. "Western has an excellent Financial Administration program and it is an honour to be asked to be apart of the best football team in Canada. There is also an amazing family bond amongst the football athletes and coaches at Western."

The Grade 12 student at Parkside Collegiate Institute was named to the 2021/22 ONHSFB (Ontario High School Football) All-Ontario first team at running back.


Ethan Dolby named running back MVP at a showcase camp last summer hosted by MVP Football Academy.

Dolby lives in St. Thomas, with parents, Ryan and Laura, and older siblings, Jessica and Matt.

"The most influential person in my football career would definitely be my dad," said Dolby. "He is the person who introduced me to the game and ultimately made me fall in love with the sport."

Starting his career with the St. Thomas Hawks, Dolby helped the peewee team capture a London Minor Foootball title in 2017, scoring a touchdown in the final.

Dolby attended St. Joe's high school, before transferring to Parkside for Grade 12.

"I had an amazing experience at St. Joseph's. I have nothing but fond memories there," said Dolby. "My fondest memory at Parkside was playing Laurier in the mud bowl, where we beat a tough team. Our team showed a lot of resiliency as the game could have gone either way."

In Grade nine, while at St. Joe's in 2019, Dolby won the midget men's 200-metre sprint and finished fourth in the 100 metres, at the Thames Valley Regional track and field championships. At WOSSAA, Dolby repeated as the 200-metre champ and finished sixth in the 100. His freshman season concluded with a 10th place finish in the 200 at the OFSAA West regional meet.

The 2020 and 2021 track and field seasons were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At St. Joe's in 2020, Dolby was named Junior Male Athlete of the Year.

In 2019, at Football Canada U16 Eastern Challenge semifinals, with Team Ontario, Dolby, at running back, was named offensive player of the game. The event featured four all-star teams; Ontario Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia.

Dolby is the fourth Stampeder from senior football over the past month, to sign with an Ontario University Association (OUA) school. Former Stampeder Craig Coleman is currently with the Mustangs.

"Ethan was tremendous for us this year," said Parkside senior football coach Jason Congdon. "He played both ways for us, as a running back and a safety and could play either at the next level. He has trained hard to develop physically and he is driven to do whatever was needed for our team to succeed this year.

"At the next level Ethan will continue to be highly competitive as his quiet, focused demeanour will serve him well. Simply put, Ethan is a football player and seems to really enjoy all aspects of the game."