Henry ‘Hank’ Dorsch was a name synonymous with football in Weyburn. Born and raised here in the Opportunity City, he was born November 27th, 1940. He played football at Weyburn Comprehensive School, and earned a football scholarship at the University of Tulsa. Graduating with a degree in Business Administration, he then went on to play for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He played with the team from 1964 to 1971, winning a Grey Cup with the team in 1966.
As a fullback, he didn’t see much time on offense, as he played behind CFL and Rider legend George Reed. On defense, though, he was a strong defensive back. Over his career, he racked up six interceptions, and five fumble recoveries. Tackle statistics weren’t tracked in those years, but he factored on a great number of them.
After he retired from football, Dorsch moved into the administrative side, serving as a board member, and as the general manager of the Riders for the 1978 and 1979 seasons. He left the organization, and went on to work in the public service for 25 years. As well, Dorsch established the Parkinson's’ Curling Classic, which has gone on to raise over $1,000,000 for the disease.
This past December, Dorsch passed away in Regina after a lengthy battle with Lewy body dementia, COPD and cancer.
James Buzash moved to Weyburn with his family, and quickly settled in. He is known for a number of his business ventures, including the Northside Confectionary, and the Kentucky Fried Chicked franchise. From there he went on to a musical career which saw his family, members of the band Betty and her Brothers Five, go on to be the first from Saskatchewan to earn a gold record. Denis Conroy spoke with Buzash.