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By Touko Fukami
The MiTSS News
August 1, 2072

Two-a-days at Mitakihara Secondary School Athletic Stadium are rigorous and parallel the gritty intensity experienced at Mitakihara University, our parent institution. Our boys sweat in the summertime, lifting weights, doing sprints, running drills and running the same tried-and-true spread option attack that is now run by Coach Akiyuki Kaname of the Magi. There was a time that we didn't use the MiTSS moniker. However, this year, we have decided to bring it back for good and our old fight song that we had decades ago is brought back. We are MiTSS, and we are strong.

Entering his 12th year, Johnny Landry is the winningest coach at MiTSS, with an imposing record of 160-5, to go with six provincial AAA Varsity titles. Last season was a major downer, as they were handled by their longtime rivals, the Mount Douglas Rams, 42-28, in the Subway Bowl at BC Place Stadium. This year, they believe now is the time for the Angels to rise like a phoenix and make 2072 the Year of the Angels.

"Oh yeah, we got a really good group of guys coming in, but as far as anyone should be concerned, it's all about our two-way standout, Johnno [halfback/left outside linebacker John Kirigaya]," said Coach Landry. "He's got big hands, he hits you harder than a freighter, he's faster than a cheetah, and he's got the heart of a lion. Johnno's pretty good academically. He consistently earns A+ ratings on his exams and is an active member in a number of clubs. That's the reason why he's our captain this year. He also comes from a really good family. Grandpa used to coach at Madoka, his father pioneered football down in Australia. Really, really good bloodlines.

"I don't think I have to be held to a high standard because I know my standards are already high as they are," said Kirigaya after practice. "I want to play for a good Pac-12 school, but I don't want to play for Washington or Oregon. I'd rather head south and play for either Stanford, UCLA or USC. I thought I would be a Magi, but after the school decided to pursue other local players, I decided to take a risk and go south.

"If you ask me what team I want to play for, it has to be UCLA. They play in one of the best venues in all of sports, the Rose Bowl. And they have one of the winningest collegiate athletics programs in America. I would love to be the man in Westwood. USC is too close to Downtown Los Angeles. I'd rather be near Beverly Hills. I'm excited about this year. I can't wait to get going and show the fans what I'm all about when we face Barsby."

Your Mitakihara Angels take on the John Barsby Bulldogs on August 20 at Tatsuya Kaname Field at Mitakihara Stadium on Legends Night, where former players for the MiTSS Angels are recognized for their years of contributing to the Angels football program. Tickets start at just $10 and all proceeds go to the Angel Wings, the official booster club of Mitakihara Angels Athletics. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT and will be televised by Radio Madoka and CMDO 89.5 FM. John Eilands will have the play-by-play for you and color commentary will be done by former Angel, Waterloo Warrior and Hamilton Tiger-Cat WR Glenn McClellan.

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