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Senior Titans trample Olds Spartans

The Senior Titans were strong versus The Olds Spartans Saturday evening, winning 41-6.  Photo courtesy Robin Duncalf

The Senior Titans are sporting a 2-1 record after a convincing win at home versus Olds.

The Titans started the season rolling with a win over Pincher Creek but lost to Canmore 15-25. Last Saturday they hosted Olds and trampled the Spartans 41-6.

Coach Ken Fournier likes his team’s progression. In fact, he felt that the Canmore loss was in reach.

“We fumbled the ball five times and turned over three times at our own 30-yard line. So when you look at the score that makes all the difference,” said Fournier.

They cleaned up some of those mistakes versus Olds last Saturday night. Derrick Carrier led the team with three touchdowns. Despite this, Fournier says there is still room to improve.

“We still racked up penalties,” he said. “We had two touchdown plays called back and a few drives that were halted because of penalties.”

“We have the ability to score, we just have to be more disciplined on retaining position to be able to strike.”

One boost the team has had of late is a longer bench.

“We went into our first game with 18 dressed. At this game (Olds) we had 33. We have had a large jump in players and it helps improve the quality of practice,” said Fournier.

“With these type of practices that are more structured, we can move young players forward, and add depth to key positions.”

The Titans will have their work cut out for them this coming weekend as they travel to Taber to play W.R. Myers. They are currently ranked third in Tier IV.

“They are always a strong team and had a very strong running game last year. We are going to have to potentially look at eliminating their large runs,” said Fournier.


McCarron carries one shot lead into Shaw Championship

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2017 Shaw Charity Classic winner Scott McCarron, left, receives the Shaw Trophy from Brad Shaw, right and Clay Riddell, Tournament chairman, centre, Sunday afternoon at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club.

 

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Pro golfer Rod Spittle was one of two Canadians at the Shaw Open in Calgary in the final round September 3. Here he checks his yardage book while Australian Craig Perry hits his second shot.

 

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Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie traditionally walks with his head down as he moves between the 9th green and the 10th tee.

mailphotos by O.R. Sheddy

 

Dragons find preseason success

The Dragons are in the midst of  preseason play. After their Orange and Black intrasquad game, above, they were in tournament play in Camrose. mailphoto by Terri Huxley

While the preseason sample size is small, it appears that hockey fans in the Valley have an exciting season ahead watching the Drumheller Dragons.

The team was in Camrose for a preseason tournament. On Wednesday, August 30, they played the Whitecourt Wolverines and won 7-4. The next day they faced off against the Camrose Kodiaks and won 8-5, and on Friday, they topped the Spruce Grove Saints, 5-3.

For one thing, it appears they have some firepower.

“Everybody loves to score,” said head coach Kevin Hasselberg.” “ think in the preseason we just take the reigns off and let the kids go. I think there are other things we can focus our attention on as coaches as far as getting our team prepared, but when it comes to the offense, for sure, you just really have to let the horses run and I think that these guys are thoroughbreds”.

They showed they could be creative and put the puck in the net, and I think moving forward for Drumheller fans, it has got to be exciting.”

He said the team also showed a strong kinship, especially early in the season.

“One of the biggest things is the leadership and the camaraderie in our dressing room. Our guys are already having fun and doing things that typically teams at this time of the year would probably wouldn’t do because they are familiarizing themselves with the new coaching staff. They are also very familiar with each other, although there are some new players in there as well. I just love the camaraderie, and love the fact when they are at the rink they are having fun,” said Coach Hasselberg.

This is reflected in their play on the ice.

“It showed through in our performance. We were down a couple goals on two different occasions, they found a way to collect themselves and climb their way back into the hockey game. I don’t think a team that is uptight or nervous about a situation would have been able to do that,” said Hasselberg.

The preseason continues this Wednesday, September 6 when the Dragons host the Olds Grizzlys for their first home game, a very familiar opponent.

“I think as much as we are having a lot of fun here, and there is excitement surrounding a hockey team, I would venture to say there is probably a lot of excitement with the culture change that is happening in Olds,” he said.

“They are experiencing the same things and they have had some preseason success. So obviously they are going to be coming into Drumheller with a lot of enthusiasm and energy as well.”

Game time is 7:30 p.m.

(mailphoto by Terri Huxley)


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