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Lessons learned on ice


Young hockey players in the valley are getting more ice time thanks to a new program at Greentree School.
    Teacher Rob Hegberg, has extensive coaching experience, and has introduced a hockey program for students in Grades 4 -6. So far, 20 boys and girls have signed up and they are spending Tuesday and Thursday afternoons on the ice learning hockey skills and much more.
    “I am a firm believer that with sport or activity in general, kids learn more about themselves in an athletic environment. They are running into adversity, learning new skills, there is discipline involved, attention to details and focus,” he said. “You put all that stuff into one area, there is a lot going on.”
    “In the end they are all great kids, they come here, they work hard and pay attention and want to get better.”
    The idea of a program like this was bandied about a couple years ago, but at the high school level, however it didn’t fly. This year they revisited the idea and worked out some of the logistics of such a program. Golden Hills School Division was supportive.
    Hegberg says the program is not academy or an elite program.  There are students who play Minor Hockey, but there are also some who have never played the game before. While most of the participants are in Grade 6, the younger players are keeping up in a supportive atmosphere.
    “It is fundamentals, skating, puck skills, trying to get some kids who have never played to be interested in it,” he said. “It is a completely developmental program.”
    He adds it is also helping players who are more experienced.
    “Being on the Minor Hockey board, I know the lack of ice we have, it really helps their hockey,” said Hegberg. “These kids are getting up to 50 more hours of ice this year compared to what they have had in the past. Minor Hockey coaches who have kids in the program are noticing the changes in the kids, which is part of the program.”
    The program is voluntary, but they have designed it so it will have minimal impact on regular school. The ice time cuts into the lunch hour, and they have juggled the students’ schedules so they are not missing core curriculum.
    This is a pilot this year.
    “We are just getting it off the ground, we’ll have to see the interest next year because it is a pay per user program, it is not funded by the division,” he said. “From what I understand there is a lot of interest. There are kids in Grade 7 and 8 who say they wish the program was in place when they were in Grade 3.”
    “We would love to keep it going, it is a great thing for the community.” 

WalMart aims to reopen Monday night


Electricians are on-stie at the Drumhelle WalMar waiting for parts to repair the system after a power outage closed the store Sunday, january 18.


Drumheller’s WalMart is hoping to re-open Monday night after a power outage that has kept the store closed since Sunday morning.
    WalMart said electricians are onsite at the Drumheller store waiting on parts, and if everything goes according to plan, will have the power restored and the store reopened Monday evening January 19, or at the latest , Tuesday morning,.
    ATCO Electric’s Aaron Finkbiner said their system operated as normal.

Saints win Three Hills tourney


    The St. Anthony’s Jr. A Girls basketball team won the Three Hills Royals Jr. A Girls Basketball Tournament on Saturday, January 17.  
    Six teams were invited to participate in the tourney, including Three Hills, St. Anthony’s, Olds High School, DVSS, Olds Koinonia, and Rosemary.
    The format for the tournament featured two pools of 3 teams playing a round robin schedule, and then each team having a crossover playoff game based on their final placing in round robin play.  
    The Saints had the early 8 a.m. game versus their host Three Hills Royals,  and after a slow start, the Saints pulled ahead utilizing great pressure defence resulting in a 42-18 win.
    High scorers for the Saints were Payton Zacharuk and Hannah Reed with 14 points each and Ocean Bossert with 10 points.
    The next round robin game for the Saints was against Olds High School at 10:30 am.  This was OHS’s first game and the Saints’ second with only a game’s rest after their first game.
     The Saints were sluggish to start as they were still tired from the 8:00 am game but once again utilized great defence to find their transition game.  This resulted in a number of fast-break points and lead to a double-digit lead at the half.  
    In the second half, the Saints controlled the tempo of the game by slowing down the play to eventually find scoring opportunities in the low post.  The Saints ended up defeating OHS 36-22.  Bossert and Reed lead the Saints in scoring netting 14 points each.  
    This  win now placed St. Anthony’s in 1st place in their pool and into the final vs. the winner of the other pool Olds Koinonia Christian School.  
    The Saints had a 7 hour wait for the final game but came out with tremendous energy and intensity igniting an early 10-0 first quarter lead in the final.  OKCS answered back and got within 10-9 near the middle of the first quarter but then the Saints pressure defence took over for the rest of the game forcing many turnovers leading to easy transition points.  
    The Saints never looked back resulting in a 47-26 championship win.  
    Reed had a game high 21 points and Zacharuk chipped in with 12 points.  
    Head coach Gavin Makse was pleased with the overall defensive performance of the Saints and believed this was the key ingredient in winning the tournament,
    “I was proud of how well the girls battled defensively all day.  It was a long day and the girls should be proud that they were able to keep their intensity on defence strong in every game,” he said,
     Next action for the Jr. A Saints is on Thursday, January 22 when they travel to Delia for league play.