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  • Daylen Ostapowich doubles down with golf silver medals

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    Local youth golfer Daylen Ostapowich (14) has won two silver medals at his first back-to-back tournaments of the season.
    Ostapowich’s first tournament of the year was held at the Henderson Lake Golf Club in Lethbridge where he placed second overall.
    “It was a pretty good tournament – two-day tournament.”
    Then on July 4, Ostapowich participated at the Innisfail golf tournament, to claim his second victory.
    “I only lost by one stroke but I enjoyed it,” said Ostapowich.
    The versatility of the sport is what keeps bringing him back.
    “It’s just something I enjoy doing, even if I’m at home, I just love the sport,” said Ostapowich.
    While practice makes perfect, Ostapowich plans on taking his passion for golf to the top with hopes of playing at the Professional Golfer’s Association (PGA).
    “I usually try to get out there as much as I can,” he said. “My dream is to go to the PGA.”
    Weather dependant, a typical golf season can last until October or November.
    “It can sometimes be like October or maybe a bit past if you’re lucky,” said Ostapowich.
    Ostapowich plays right here in the valley at the Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club.
    “The front nine is a pretty simple golf course but the back nine is a bit more of a challenge,” said Ostapowich.
    Ostapowich has a few more tournaments ahead of him including one at McKenzie Meadows in Calgary.
    When asked on how to get others involved in the sport, Ostapowich gladly shared some expertise of his own.
    “I’d say just try it out, swing a couple clubs and give it a try.”

  • Stingers win silver at provincials

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    The Drumheller Stingers, peewee boys baseball team headed to provincials last weekend and came home with a silver medal.

    The team qualified for the championship tournament and earned a spot in Tier 1 of like sized communities. They headed to Trochu for the playoffs.

    Coach Lyle Cawiezel said the Stingers matched up in pool play versus Trochu, Clive and Dawson Creek. He said the competition was very well matched and they had to go to a tie breaking formula to determine the ranking. Drumheller made it to the semifinals.

    There, they faced Westlock and cruised to a 14-12 win.

    “It was a close game and towards the end we kind of held on and it went down to the final out,” said Cawiezel.

    This win put them into the championship versus Trochu. The Stingers knew they were in tough as they faced them in the qualifying tournament.

    “Trochu is a really good team, they are solid and went undefeated through the whole provincial tournament,” said Cawiezel. “We knew we were going to be in tough and the boys battled really hard, but in the end, it was over for us.”

    Trochu won 15-6.

    “Trochu is a really good hitting team and they have pitchers that are really tough to hit off,” He said. “We never gave up and we tried to keep up with them but they were just too tough.”

    This was a great finish for the Stingers, and Cawiezel said it has been quite some time since they fielded a provincial team.

    “It was their first kick at provincial ball, and they figured it out and did really well,” he said.

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