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Positivity carries senior girls Dynos into season

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    The DVSS senior girls basketball team kicked off the season with a home tournament.
    The Dynos hosted eight competitive teams to get a feel for the season, and while the scores were not in the Dynos’ favour, coach Jennifer Raugust likes the progress her team is making.
    “The girls did pretty well for their first showing, but there is plenty of room for improvement,” she said.
    She has a young team with only one Grade 12 and four Grade 11’s returning. The remaining seven players are playing in their first year on the senior team.
    “With having so many new people it takes time to calm the nerves and for a team to find their groove,” she said.  “The girls I do have from last year are good leaders so I feel like the team has a good vibe.”
    She likes the positivity her team is showing, even in the face of adversity.
    “For the most part, the girls had a positive attitude throughout the weekend,” she said, “but we understand that with having a newer group it will take practice to iron out the bigger wrinkles. As long as the girls continue to work hard for me and keep their chins up I think we will have success.”
    This weekend the senior girls are in Acme for tournament play.


Dynos back on court

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    Basketball is back and in full swing at DVSS with six teams ready to take to the court.
    The gym at the school has been chock full of aspiring hoopsters getting ready for the season.
    Athletic director Jeff Messom says they have just completed tryouts.
    “We saw lots of interest in the senior boys teams, our Grade 8/9 boys and Grade 7 girls teams,” he said.
    The Junior B Grade 7-8 girl team will be coached by Elesha Wright, the Junior B Grade 7/8 boys are coached by Ron Davies. The Grade 8/9 girls will be coached by Messom and Nicole Leggott, and Michael Lee coaches the Grade 8/9 boys.
    At the senior Level, Jennifer Raugust and Andy Neuman are back to coach the Senior Girls team, and Dyno alumni, Will Belliveau and James Fournier are coaching the senior boys.
    “All of our teams will be involved in various tournaments throughout the year either hosting or travelling,” said Messom. “Our school also continues to be a member of the Golden Hills Basketball League, providing the teams with additional games during the weeks from December to March.”
    The Junior A boy’s home opener is on December 8 versus Linden and the Junior A girl’s first home game is December 1 versus Trochu. The Junior B boy’s first home game is on December 1 versus Trochu, and the Junior B girl’s home opener is on December 8 versus Linden.
    The Senior boys’ season begins with a tournament in Acme on December 9 and 10, and their league home opener is on December 14 versus Acme.
    The Senior girls open the season with a home tournament on December 2 and 3.

DVSS Sr. Dynos finish off season in Three Hills

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    Three Hills hosted zones on November 18 and 19 which marked the end of Volleyball season for the Sr. Dynos.
    The Drumheller Dynos played against teams from Calgary, Strathmore, Sundre, Didsbury and Three Hills. The Dynos won two out of five matches, one was their strongest plays, according to team captain Makenna Lutz.
    Lutz said, “The weekend was a great finish. We definitely had our highs and our lows but we played the best game of the season this past weekend against Prairie Christian Academy and took them to the third set.”
    For some of the athletes this will be their last tournament before graduating this year. Team captain Lutz and co-captain Nikki Thompson are among these.
    “It was definitely an emotional time for myself and Nikki Thompson as we said goodbye to everyone for the last time. But the season has been amazing, I think I can speak for us all when it comes to the friendships we’ve made with each other and always getting along and supporting one another. I’m very sad to be done for sure but I have so many memories I’m going to cherish forever with these girls!” Makenna Lutz said.