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Trio of Stampeders sign with OUA schools

 Stampeders commit to OUA schools


   Lidster, Frayne, Kieta, are taking the next step for both school and football

   potentially giving Parkside eight players at the university level next year


January 20, 2022



By Rob J. Ross 

ST. THOMAS - There is a high school in St. Thomas that could have eight graduates playing football next season at the university level.

The Parkside Stampeders recently had three Grade 12 students commit to schools in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA).

Five former Stampeders are already on the OUA gridiron; Zach Copeland, with the Ottawa GeeGees, Ryan Long, Laurier Golden Hawks, Rudy Bukich and Connor Holburn, Windsor Lancers, and Craig Coleman, who won the 2021 Vanier Cup with the Western Mustangs.

Other Parkside alumni are along the sidelines, including Andrew Graham, the strength coach at Waterloo, Irv Daymond, the offensive line coach with Toronto and Taylor MacIntyre, a receivers' coach at McMaster.

There is plenty Stampeder blue spread throughout the OUA and now kicker - punter / quarterback Brady Lidster, defensive lineman Daniel Kieta and linebacker Carter Frayne, will start their university careers this September.

Parkside senior coach Jason Congdon offers what each player brought to the Stampeders' program.


One of the top kicker - punter prospects in Canada is heading to the Windsor Lancers.


Brady Lidster kicks off the game. (photo /  courtesy Brady Lidster)


Brady Lidster (10) has been the quarterback for the Parkside throughout his high school career. (photo /  David Rodenhiser courtesy of Brady Lidster)

Brady Lidster will be taking Human Kinetics Sport management and playing football, at the western terminus of highway 401.

"Windsor stood out because of the family environment with the team, the coaches and how welcoming and personable they are and the opportunity to play in my first couple years," said Lidster, who lives with parents, Jason and Belinda Lidster and brother, Brett, in Union.

A graduate of the St. Thomas Hawks minor football program, Lidster has been the quarterback at Parkside at both the junior and senior levels.

Lidster's most memorable football highlight as a Stampeder comes from this past season, when the QB threw four touchdown passes against London Banting and also recovered a punt.

Canada Football Chat has Lidster rated one of the top kicker - punters in the country.

Outside of high school football, Lidster has played for the London Jr. Mustangs and Essex Ravens clubs.

"Brady is extremely intelligent and athletic," Congdon said. "Brady has a calm demeanour and an excellent work ethic that will serve him well at the next level. Brady is an excellent leader and is willing to do the difficult things that will lead to success for his team."


Carter Frayne is taking his abilities on the football field to the Waterloo Warriors.

The linebacker - defensive end with the Parkside Stampeders was impressed with the atmosphere around the black and gold.


Carter Frayne (4) goes in for the quarterback sack against Banting during TVRA senior football. (photo /  David Rodenhiser courtesy of Carter Frayne)

"Waterloo stood out to me because the team is treated like a family. The coaches are extremely supportive, and are willing to help you as much as possible on and off the field," Frayne said. "The facilities are top tier, and the team is continuing to improve every year, and I want to be a part of something like that."

Frayne will be studying Recreation and Sports Business.

The Warriors describe Frayne as "a big bodied linebacker with great length and size, who has shown he can play in the box and in space."

The St. Thomas native also played basketball and planned on running track prior to the pandemic. He's hopeful for a spring soccer season.

"My top memories at Parkside were meeting some of my best friends (and) in school events that everyone can take part of," Frayne said. "My most memorable game would have to be beating Laurier in the rain at Parkside this year. It was a huge statement win for our team."

Carter is the son of Trent and Paula Frayne and brother to Justine.

"Carter is an extremely talented played who is highly competitive," said Congdon. "He works hard in practice and in games and was consistently defeating multiple blockers from the opposing team this season and was a factor in every game he played. Carter's toughness and competitiveness will be an asset at the next level."


For Daniel Kieta, the appeal of a school known to send athletes to the pros stood out.

At the end of the 2021 season, 17 former Laurier Golden Hawks were on Canadian Football League rosters.

"I chose Laurier because of their reputation for putting D linemen into the CFL," Kieta said. "They were close to home, and multiple coaches reached out to tell me why I would be a perfect fit for their program."


Parkside Stampeders, 2018 WOSSAA junior football champions, featuring Daniel Kieta, Brady Lidster and Carter Frayne. (photo / courtesy Daniel Kieta)

Kieta, who carries an 87 percent average, will be in the Bachelor of Arts program.

"My favourite memories from Parkside would be winning WOSSAA my freshman year, and playing football with all of my close friends," said Kieta. "Prior to the year we won WOSSAA I never played sports. This was my first experience part of an organized sports team and I couldn't have wished for a better outcome."

Kieta has aspirations of playing in the CFL.

"My goal is to ride out football as far as it will take me," said Kieta, who lives with his mom and younger sister in St. Thomas. "I have trust in the process. Right now, I have to do whatever it takes to reach the next level, whether it be the CFL or another league."

Congdon has been witness to many of Kieta's defensive plays.

"Daniel is an explosive athlete that made impact plays on defence all season long," Congdon said. "Daniel is a big athlete that moves extremely well (and) was always able to deliver a big play when his team needed it this year. Daniel's desire to do well and his athleticism will help him at the next level."