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Titans international program shines on field

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Drumheller Community Football has grown in its scope and successes in its short history, from simply fielding a team to a place where student-athletes are given a chance to learn and develop.
    The program has seen success on the field, but just as importantly has seen players go on to successful careers, in various fields, taking their lessons from the field to their professional lives. Many have also continued playing football at the Collegiate and University level as well as junior football.
    Some of this goes beyond the borders of the province, or even the country.
    A growing component of the program is the participation of the international students who come to the valley to study at DVSS. For many, this is their first experience with American style football, but they are excelling on the field.
    This year the Titans have two players from Korea on the squad and they are playing well. Myung Ju Jung is a lineman and is in his third year.  Sam Jung is a linebacker and kicker, this is his first year playing for the Titans.
    Sam played basketball last year as well. At home in Korea, he says soccer is the most popular sport, but he also played basketball in Korea.
    Myung Ju says he is enjoying playing football and that he has fun. As a lineman, he likes the hitting.
    “It gets the stress out,” he laughs.
    He says there is not much interest in football in Korea, but it is growing, but he has a chance to practice with some players there.
    He says there are about 8-10 universities in Korea that now have teams. Many of the players are coming back after their military service to play.
    Coach Ken Fournier says international players have made a big difference in their program. Over the years they have had players from Mexico, The Czech Republic, Belgium, Turkey, Brazil, the UAE, China, Nigeria, and Japan.
    “They bring lots of energy and excitement and they have the opportunity to go home and play further,” said Fournier.
    He says the sport is growing internationally and for these players to get this experience in Canada, and then go home, it gives them a great advantage. He adds that not only do they contribute to football but to other programs including soccer and basketball.
    Sam is in Grade 11, so he will have another season of basketball and football. Myung Ju is in Grade 12 so this will be his final season. He is planning to continue his studies at the University in Calgary so he is unsure if he will continue to play. He does want to one day coach.
    “If I get a chance, I will try,” he said.


Sabres win bronze at home tourney

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The St. Anthony’s Sabres senior girls volleyball team claimed bronze at their home tournament.
     The Sabres hosted a four-team tournament last Friday, October 18 and played well.
    The Sabres first faced Beiseker but fell short in both hard-fought games. They bounced back with a good showing against Hugh Sutherland of Carstairs and won two games straight.
    “That was probably some of the best volleyball we played all season,” said coach Darcy Bertram. “Hugh Sutherland provided some really good competition so it was really nice to see them win.”
    In their third game, they fell to Strathmore. This put them in the bronze medal final, only to face Strathmore once again. This time they were strong from start to finish and won third place.
    They battled back to win, so we ended on a high note,” said Bertram.
    The Sabres are away this week to play Hanna, and then this coming weekend will be participating in a tournament at Wheatland Crossing. After that, the Sabres will be competing in regionals.

Titans move into third spot in province

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The Senior Titans are now 7-0 and have moved into the third spot in the province after another coming performance last Friday night.
    The Titans hosted the Lindsay Thurber Raiders under Friday Night Lights on October 18. Lindsay Thurber plays in a separate league at the tier 1 level. The Titans didn’t know what to expect.
    “This was the first time we played them at the senior level. It was a good game. We knew they had a big running back and they throw the ball side to side, so we prepared for that,” said Coach Fournier.
    The Titans stood tall and won 25-14.
    As always Coach Fournier says it is a work in progress with areas they still need to work on, but “we are heading in the right direction.”
    The Titans are now in the final stretch of the season. This week they have a bye, before they face either Olds or Canmore for the league championship.
    “Having a bye week at this time of year isn’t really what I’d like. We do have some guys waiting to get back into the line-up with injuries so that will help and get everyone fresh and ready, but at the same time I prefer to be battle-tested,” said Fournier.
    He adds they are looking to possibly get a mid-week scrimmage to prepare the team.
    This coming weekend Canmore and Olds will be playing off, and coach Fournier expects Canmore will come out of the contest victorious. So far this season, the Titans have topped Canmore in both outings, but both were close games.
    “When you play a team that many times in a year it gets frustrating preparing for each other because you kind of know what to expect. The way you play them early in the season isn’t necessarily how you play them later on in the year,” he said. “So we will have a new game plan from the get-go, so next time we play them they will be seeing something different from us.”
    If the Titans win the league the provincial regional finals are November 16 and the Alberta Bowl Provincial Finals is on Saturday, November 23. It will be played at Comet Stadium in Raymond.


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