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Saints win silver at home tournament

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    The St. Anthony’s Saints Junior girls basketball team earned a silver medal at their home tournament last Saturday, December 16.
    The Saints hosted teams from Airdrie, Three Hills and Berry Creek in a round robin tournament.
    The team started strong versus Three Hills Saturday morning and won 23-12. This was their first win of the season and the team was excited.
    They next faced Berry Creek. While Berry Creek had a young team, they were led by a pair of  Grade 9 players and were able to take control of the game early. The Saints chipped away at the lead but were soundly defeated 32-13.
    Their final game was against Airdrie and it was a spirited contest. It was a back and forth game, but Airdrie was leading down the stretch. The Saints were trailing by four points in the fourth quarter and it came down to the last minute and the Saints pulled ahead 19-17. This earned them second place.
    Charlie Calon led the team in points and was helped along with a solid effort, and saw a number of players scoring.
    The Saints won’t have any more games until after the Christmas break.

Dynos Cheer team gearing up for new competition

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    The Dynos cheer team has an exciting year ahead of them as their first competition soon approaches on January 13.
    This particular competition will be held in Medicine Hat to kick-off the competitive side of the season.
    “We have been practicing our stunting, our routine, and our dance for our competition,” said coach Marquita McNeice.
    Each year, the routine changes but remains consistent throughout the season.
    “We hopefully get better and better every time, that’s the whole idea,” said McNeice.         “This is going to be their first one and it’s always a test but I feel that there’s nowhere to go but up from here.”
    The team has not only females but also a single male.
    “We have incorporated him and he is an amazing flyer; just an all-around unbelievable little athlete,” said McNeice. “He really adds to the team.”
    A flyer is the person who is lifted into the air, often becoming the centre of attention. They tend to be the smallest member of the team but must also maintain a high level of skill to completely perfect the stunt performed.
    Tim Hydzik of the University of Alberta cheerleading team has made a career in the sport. The juniors were given the chance to work with him on how to make a strong impression at competition.
    “When Tim came down from Cheerific out of Edmonton, he was helping the girls with their stunting and cleaning up their motions and everything that they need to have a good routine,” said McNeice.
    The routines can also range in complexity.
    “Everybody on the team has to be able to do every position like they can be a flyer, a base, a back spot, but they all have to be able to do all of the positions in case someone is away,” said McNeice.
    Next year’s Grade Nine students will have the option to launch a Senior High team under Alberta Schools Athletic Association (ASAA) rules.
    McNeice has also noticed how well her team is progressing in training sessions. The highlight being the mentorship between rookie and veteran.
    “They are actually doing amazing because last year at this point in time it was a totally different ball game,” said McNeice. “These girls, a lot of them have been here since last year so they know a little bit more so it’s nice that they have more experience.”
    The cheerleading season ends in April 2018.


Quilting for a Cause

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The Pioneer Trail Senior Centre donated 11 quilts to the Grace House for those in need on December 12. The centre has made this a Christmas tradition since 1988, donating 319 quilts to this day. Seen from left to right: Farris Nagy, Ella Beck, Daryl Heslip, Barb Barker and Joanne Moulton.

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