- Published on Sunday, 07 April 2013 12:10
- Written by Johann Kuschke
Years of intense practice are starting to pay off for former Drumheller resident, Cersten Peters, since she was recruited to play for the Calgary Xtreme U18 “A” girl’s fast pitch softball team this season.
The Xtreme softball team consists of girls from Calgary and surrounding rural areas under the age of 18. They will start their regular season in the Calgary Women’s Fastpitch Association (CWFA), playing at a Division 1 level.
“It’s definitely been a goal of mine just to be on an A caliber team or a highly dedicated and committed team for sure,” said Peters, who has devoted six years of her life to softball, playing for teams like the Drumheller Venom and the Canadian Adrenaline Fastball Association (CAFA) U18 team.
After trying out for the Xtreme softball team in October last year, she heard the news on Christmas day that she would get to play for the U18 team this year.
“They are a bunch of great girls and they were really welcoming,” said Peters. “They didn’t show me a cold shoulder coming in to play as the new person.”
With team practices on Sunday nights, pitcher’s and catcher’s training on Mondays and team conditioning on Thursdays, Peters said the level of training and commitment that she has experienced in her short time with the Xtreme team is unparalleled to that of previous teams she’s played for.
“It’s a lot more intense,” she said. “Every inning has a strategy. It’s not like you can just go out there, throw the ball, and hope for the best.”
Off-season training for the Xtreme U18 softball team started in October and runs until the beginning of the regular season in April.
The team will play their first tournament of the year indoors in Edmonton on April 21 before the regular season commences on April 30.
All regular season games will take place at the Shouldice four-plex in Calgary with double-header league games being played every Tuesday evening.
- Published on Sunday, 07 April 2013 12:05
- Written by Michael James | © DrumhellerMail.com
Athletes in the area are being encouraged to test themselves on June 8.
The Drumheller Triathlon, which was first held last year, is getting ready for its second race and things are already shaping up to be bigger than last year.
“We’ve already got more people signed up than last year. It’s definitely going to be bigger,” Morgan Syvertsen, who is organizing the event. “The people who have signed up already are serious athletes, so this is going to be a pretty good race.”
The route for the race is remaining the same as last year. The swimming portion will be held at the Aquaplex, the cycling portion will go along North Dinosaur Trail, and the run will utilize the trail system between the Aquaplex and Midland.
There are two distances participants can do; sprint or Olympic. The Olympic distance is a 1,500 metre swim, 40 kilometre ride, and 10 kilometre run. The sprint distance is half of that.
This year will be the first the triathlon will officially be a part of DinoFest. The date of the race has been set for June 8, at 9 a.m.
The race was created last year as a way for athletes in Drumheller to do a triathlon in the comfort of the Valley.
“We’ve got a lot of people here who cross train. They are swimmers, bikers, and runners, so this is an opportunity for them to come together and compete and, because the distances are standard for triathlons, they can compare their results with other races. Maybe they’ll get the bug and go out and try more races,” said Syversten.
Should interest continue to mount, the hope is to keep the race growing.
“If there enough interest, maybe we can go a bit bigger. It’s certainly looking that way. Down the road, maybe we could look at larger distances, or find a section of the river deep enough to swim in. We could even go outside of the Valley and host something for a few hundred people,” said Syversten.
“If you can swim, the rest is easy. Get in the pool and start practicing and remember: no one wins a triathlon in the swim,” said Syvertsen. “If you’re not a swimmer, don’t worry. You can bike and run hard, and still have a great time.”
- Published on Saturday, 06 April 2013 12:15
- Written by Michael James | © DrumhellerMail.com
The snow is melting and the weather is warming, which means residents will soon be hitting the ball diamonds after spending months cooped up indoors.
The Drumheller Slo-Pitch Association is looking for a few more residents to step up to the plate. There is currently room for four more teams. Individual players are welcome to sign up as well, which is a great way to get active and meet new people.
“At the (Sports, Arts, and Recreation) Expo I met a few people who were new to town and wanted to get out, play some slo-pitch, and meet new people. We’re always looking for spare players and anyone who is looking to join a team,” said Kadena Pierce, who helps organize the league. “There are always teams looking for spare players. I have a list, so if teams need a player, they can give me a call and I can get them the number of a spare player.”
The season is shaping up to be business as usual for the most part, though there is one change in store for the final tournament of the season.
“We’re planning on doing a home run derby this year. We’ve wanted to do it before, but didn’t have enough time. So, we shortened the games to fit in both a men’s and women’s derby. I know some people have been itching to show their stuff,” said Pierce.
Potential players and teams only have a little more time to sign up. Slo-pitch teams from across Drumheller will be stepping on to the Newcastle diamonds on Friday, May 3.
“We’d like to tentatively start May 3, depending on the weather. If the diamonds are still under water, we’ll have to delay things a little, but we’re hopeful,” said Pierce. “It’ll feel good to get back out there.”