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Tough road trip for Dragons

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The Drumheller Dragons had a tough week on the road, falling in two games straight.
On Friday, November 10 the Dragons were in Sherwood Park to take on the North-leading Crusaders.
Sherwood Park scored first, but Tate Yule tied it up for the Dragons less than two minutes later. The Crusaders didn’t stop the onslaught and scored three more to end the first period up 4-1. The two team matches goals in the second period with Vann Yuhas and Jacob Goudreau scoring. Connor Poffenroth scored for the Dragons in the third period, but the Crusaders topped it off with an empty netter with 1:20 left to win 7-4.
The Dragons hoped to regroup the next evening in Olds when they took on the Grizzlys, on Saturday, November 11. The Grizzlys scored first but Poffenroth and Nolan Viesner each found the net to lead 2-1 after one. Olds scored two unanswered goals in the second to end the period up 3-2 and added one more in the third period to take firm control. Poffenroth scored his second of the game and ninth of the season with 2:18 left in the game, but it was too little too late and the Grizzlys went on to a 4-3 win.
This Tuesday, November 14 the Dragons were back on home ice to take on the Camrose Kodiaks. On Thursday they return the favour and head to Camrose. On Friday, November 17, they host the Olds Grizzlys.


Don Robertson Field dedicated to Titans founder

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For nearly three decades, the name Don Robertson has been synonymous with Titans football in the valley, and on Saturday the field located at DVSS was renamed in his honour.
A ceremony was held on Saturday, November 11 before the Titans took to the Don Robertson Field in the South semi-finals versus Willow Creek of Clarsholm, where they beat the Willow Creek Cobras 27-22.
Literally, thousands of local kids have put on black and gold helmets in the valley thanks to his hard work.
He passed away in 2022.
Jason Blanke was a student at DCHS when he queried about starting a football team. He spoke to then-vice principal Tom Zariski who put him on to Robertson.
“Don was the visionary,” said Zariski. “There are lots of people like Jason and I that got on board and helped him, but it was always Don. He was the one who came up with all the ideas. There were so many people who were involved, and Don would be the first today that…but it was his dream and his absolute dream came true.”
Blanke was never able to put on a jersey as a student.
The Drumheller Community Football Association was formed in the fall of 1994, and the first games were played in 1995.
“We met and began to plan on how we would be able to get the program underway, and I believe without that meeting the Drumheller Community Football Associaton would not have come to fruition,” said Blanke. “Don stayed involved for years, always taking over ordering the bomber jackets for the senior team. He was also instrumental in creating the Strathmore Spartans football program as well as the Big Sky Football Conference.”
He saw generations pass through the program, including three grandchildren, who were on provincial winning teams. He was a booster in the community.
He spent time coaching, mentoring and teaching the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship. His enthusiasm never wavered.
At the dedication were members of Robertson’s family who were very supportive of the dedication.
“He had a passion for it, a passion for football, a passion for his community and he brought all of those things together and it is still going,” said Don’s son, John. “It is really special, I am really happy to see all of this. It's so good for all of these young players.”

Drumheller Curling Club cancels 2023-2024 season

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Concerns for public safety after a leak was discovered in the roof of the Drumheller Curling Club building has prompted the organization to make the difficult decision not to operate during the 2023-2024 season.
The leak was discovered as ice was being prepared to be put in for the upcoming season and, although the Town of Drumheller assisted in repairing the exterior of the roof, damage inside the roof has uncovered air quality concerns.
“The Town and the Drumheller Curling Club are, of course, concerned with everyone’s safety,” says Drumheller Curling Club President Debra Walker. “We are also expecting a heavy snowfall year, and we are just not certain if other leaks in the roof will arise, or how sound the roof is.”
Due to damage to the inside of the ceiling, a section of ceiling fell into the bar and concession area of the Curling Club. Mold was discovered on these pieces, and the area was cordoned off by the Town, and a quality assessment was requested.
However, upon receiving the air quality report, it was determined there were “significant levels of air contamination” in the boarded off area.
The Curling Club has faced challenges with its current facility since March 2022 when it was initially announced the lease on the facility would expire in June of the same year. This was due to extensive infrastructure repairs needed on the facility to bring it up to code amid health and safety concerns. It was estimated at the time it would cost about $1 million to complete all the necessary repairs on the facility, though this cost could increase if additional repairs and work were identified through the process, and did not include any aesthetic or ice upgrades.
However, the Town and the Club executive members came to agreements to allow the club to continue leasing and operating out of the facility until June 2024. Some minor repairs were completed to the facility roof to ensure no leakage, modify its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning control, and sealing the basement to prevent air flow between the basement and main floors.
“Without repair we are not able to benefit from the full use of the upper level. The concession/bar is a source of revenue for the club, and awaiting repairs would set our season back even further,” Ms. Walker says, noting even if repairs were completed it could lead to extensive work, and would require a second air quality assessment.
Currently, the Club’s executive are in communication with the Carbon Ag Society to see if teams can join their season for this year, and are hoping to hear response back later this week.
The Curling Club continues to look for ways to bring a new facility to fruition for the Drumheller community, and Ms. Walker says a company is being considered. She notes, however, the cost of a new facility is estimated at approximately $3 million. The Club will continue to fundraise to make a new facility a reality, and Ms. Walker says this will be a significant undertaking by the Club which will require support from its members and the Drumheller community as a whole.


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