- Published on Sunday, 28 April 2013 12:00
- Written by Pat Kolafa | © DrumhellerMail.com
Another Drumheller Dragon is off to an NCAA Division 1 school.
The team announced on Tuesday that Brennan Baxandall has committed to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the 2013-14 season.
“I wish Brennan all the success possible,” said Dragons head coach Brian Curran. “To watch his growth as a player and also as a leader was a pleasure. I believe he will be an outstanding collegiate player and with his potential and growth curve who knows where he might end up.”
Baxandall, the 20 year old defenseman from Calgary, has played three seasons with the Dragons and was captain in his final season. In 49 games he tallied 11 goals and 23 assists for a total of 34 points and 131 penalty minutes.
In his career as a Dragon, Brennan has 159 games played, with 21 goals, 48 assists for a total of 69 points and 350 penalty minutes.
“I am thrilled to be joining the UMass Amherst Minutemen next season making the jump to the next level and beginning school,” said Baxandall. I would like to thank my family, friends and teammates for believing in me and helping get me here. I would also like to thank the Drumheller Dragons organization for a great three years and all of my coaches for helping me develop. Thanks again to my outstanding billets and the fans in the town.”
The Dragons organization would like to congratulate Brennan and his family and wish him all the best in his future athletic and academic endeavours.
- Published on Saturday, 27 April 2013 12:10
- Written by Michael James | © DrumhellerMail.com
Children throughout the Valley are stepping up to the plate for another exciting season of the quintessential summer pastime; minor baseball.
To help kids prepare, the Drumheller Minor Baseball Association is bringing in professional player Geoff Freeborn for a baseball camp.
“He came up with the idea of smaller communities doing these camps, so he’s coming out here for the very first one,” said Lyle Cawiezel, president of Drumheller Minor Baseball.
Freeborn was a pitcher for the Canadian Junior national team in 1999 and Team Canada in the 2011 World Baseball Challenge. Freeborn also played with Britain several times in European Championships.
He will be joined by other professional players Tony Wyllie, Ryan Kennedy, and Garrett Regan.
The camp is scheduled for May 11 at the Newcastle Ball Diamonds.
So far this year, the baseball association is looking at two teams. Registration was good, with a tee ball team and rookie team both filled.
This year also marks a change of direction for Drumheller Minor Baseball. At their most recent annual general meeting, which was held in March, a brand new board was elected.
“Hopefully we can continue on and make a go of it,” said Cawiezel.
For more information about minor baseball or the baseball camp, those interested are encouraged to contact Cawiezel at 403-823-9487.
- Published on Friday, 19 April 2013 11:56
- Written by Johann Kuschke
A local Drumheller resident has been knocking them down, one pin at a time.
Placing first in provincials this year, Lance Tanke, will be advancing to play in the Master’s against some of Canada’s top bowlers this June.
“I’m extremely nervous, this is probably the biggest bowling event of my bowling career thus far,” said Tanke.
After missing provincials by a measly six points last year, Tanke was thrilled when he placed first in this year’s provincial tournament that took place at the Chinook Bowladrome in Calgary.
“This year I made it quite handily,” said Tanke, who is the youngest bowler on his team of five.
“At first it was a surprise,” he said.
Now the 22-year-old has much bigger things on his plate as he must prepare for the upcoming Master’s, which will also be held in Calgary at the Chinook Bowladrome and Paradise Lanes.
Tanke will be bowling 20 games against 36 other male contenders over a series of four days from the 30th of June until July 3.
This has been a longtime goal of his, although Tanke was taken by surprise when he found out that he would, in fact, qualify for this year’s nationals.
“I’ve never been to nationals at all,” said Tanke. “It’s daunting but very exciting.”
Tanke has been bowling for roughly 17 years, six of which he’s spent working at the Sandstone Lanes bowling alley in Drumheller.
“I’ve always enjoyed it, before it was strictly for fun, and now it’s fun and competitive,” he said.
Tanke will have to up his game for the Master’s though, as he will be playing against some of the toughest contenders in the country.
“I’m probably going to step it up a bit. Knowing that I’m going to nationals, I’ll have to iron some stuff out and make sure I’m comfortable,” said Tanke.
“For the most part, at this point it’s just a mental game.”