The Ray Kocher Classic Football Game named after former John Barsby HS and Nanaimo District HS Principal Mr. Ray Kocher is set to be played this week between the two schools. Mr. Kocher was the administrator who brought HS Football to this town beginning in February 1996 with the inception of the John Barsby Bulldogs. In 2001, coming off of their first BC Championship the Barsby Coaching Staff approached Mr. Kocher and then VP Mr. John Blaine of NDSS about splitting the JB crew and starting a new program at Nanaimo District. Both men supported the idea and led by coach Nate Stevenson, the NDSS program came into existence. The rest has been over a decade of football history affecting in a very positive way, hundreds of young men,their families and their school community to name just a few.
This week we honor our collective history with the big game down in the South-End. Many of the players on each team have grown up playing one another since they were fifth and sixth graders. The game is truly a rivalry and will be hard fought. Barsby had better bring their A-Game!!
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We are encouraging everyone to come on out, wear their school colors and cheer on their squad! Cheer for our team and not against the other team! Bring your A-Game!!