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Alumni game tradition for St. Anthony’s

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    Basketball players that span the generations came together to play at the St. Anthony’s Sabres Alumni games.
    The seventh annual Senior Sabres Alumni basketball games were on Thursday, December 22. This was an excellent chance for younger players to learn from more experienced players, and also see how sports have a lasting effect on an athlete’s life.
    At 6 p.m., female players from St. Anthony’s playing today took on alumni players from the Senior Girls Sabres teams from previous years. This time the alumni players got the best of the current players.
    After that, the boy's teams took to the court. There was a full slate of players from previous teams taking on the current Sabres’ roster. The alumni players sweated out the win.
    The Alumni Game has become a tradition for the school. It is a chance to catch up with former players and have a little bit of fun on the court.

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Yavis Atom Raptors win two

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The Yavis Atom Raptors had a strong weekend, winning two at home.
    The Raptors faced Cremona on Saturday morning and topped them 4-3. Kerric Chambers had two goals and Gavin Olsen and Tommy Scobie-Gyug each had a goal and an assist. Doan Stanger had two assists in the victory.
    “We gave Cremona their first loss of the regular season. The team really needed to have a good weekend, coming off two tough games against a good Airdrie team,” said coach Bryan Olsen.
    On Sunday, they carried the momentum into play versus Cochrane and had a flurry of goals, winning 5-2. This time Chambers had a hattrick and Seth Walker contributed two.  It was a team effort as seven players notched assists. Goalie Austin Hartman faced 21 shots.
    Coach Olsen is seeing improvement with his squad.
    “They were skating, passing and working as a team. The team is starting to realize hard work will win you games,” he said.
    He adds the defense is going the right way with two stand-up goalies.
    “Goaltending is a strength, we have two goalies who can win us games,” he said. “We have improved a lot in our defensive play. Breaking out of our zone and puck movement.”
    He is most impressed with their attitude.
    “This team always seems to have a smile on their face. They have a good time win or lose,” he said.
    This Friday the Raptors are on the road to face Sundre.

Saints start season with wins

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Basketball is back in full swing at St. Anthony’s School with the junior high teams hitting the court.
    Tryouts are complete and teams are selected.  The boys and girls Junior B Grade 7/8 teams have been on the court with some positive results.
    The team hosted Delia to open the season in the first game in the Big Country League last Thursday, December 7. Despite Delia being a Junior A team with Grade 9 players, the Junior B Girls Saints played well and won 21-17, with some strong defensive efforts.
    The boys were next up and they were in for a battle, but held on to win 34-33.
    The teams are back in action this weekend hosting their first tournament of the season. The Junior B Boys will be on the court in tournament play Friday, while the girl’s team will be playing Saturday.