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Schellenberg claims XFC Welterweight belt

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A Drumheller man is proving his prowess in the ring taking home a belt in his most recent mix martial arts bout in Vernon B.C.
     The Mail reported in April of this year that Dylan Schellenberg made his comeback into the ring when he battled at the National Amateur Championship. Coming back from an injury he was 1-1 at the contest.
    On August 24 he was a headliner at the Extreme Fighting Challenge (XFC) Unbanned event. He took on B.C. fighter Kenny Pope in the Welterweight Championship.
    He explains it was an inaugural belt. This event was called “unbanned,” because MMA fighting had been banned in Vernon for about 10 years. The ban was recently lifted and they had the show on August 24.
     Schellenberg was efficient and finished his oppo    nent in 28 seconds with a Guillotine choke.
“It was a late night. I didn’t get into the cage until about 12:30 a.m. I was happy to get the quick finish, get out of the ring and go to bed,” he said.
     Schellenberg is entertaining some new career prospects but hopes to be in the ring in the new year.
“Once I get back and start working, I’ll be getting back into the gym hard and getting ready for any opportunity my coach presents to me at that time,” said Schellenberg.

Dinosaur Valley Half turns 10 this weekend

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As racers take to the course this Sunday, September 8 at the Badlands Community Facility, they will be marking the 10th anniversary of the Dinosaur Valley Half Marathon.
The grassroots road race that features a family 5k, 10k and a full half marathon, has remained a fixture in the community and become a destination run for runners from Alberta and beyond.
Over its 10 years, it continues to be popular with more than 500 already registered for this year’s event
 In its short history, it has raised more than $100,000 for the Badlands Community Facility and other local athletic pursuits. It still garners great community support with many local individuals and organizations volunteering for the event every year.
    The half marathon leaves the Badlands Community Facility at 8:30 a.m., the 10k at 8:45 a.m and the 5 k at 9 a.m. There is an early start time for the half marathon for those who need some extra time
      While the race is less than a week away, there is still time to sign up for the event. Go to, and click on the registration link. Racers can also register up until a half-hour before the run starts.

Dragons top Kodiaks in preseason home opener

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The preseason is underway and the Drumheller Dragons are showing some bright spots.
    The Dragons have two preseason games under their belt after completing a home and away series with the Camrose Kodiaks.
    The Dragons were in Camrose on Thursday, August 29 to take on the Kodiaks. Camrose went up 3-1 in the first period. The Dragons opened the second period with a goal, but the Kodiaks answered back, ending the period 4-2.
    The Dragons again struck first in the third period with two goals to tie the game at 4. The Kodiaks had the final say however and won 5-4.
    On Friday night, August 30 the Dragons were back home. And they went on the offense.  Camrose scored first, but Luke Fennig scored twice in the first four minutes of the second period to go up 2-1. The Kodiaks tied it but then Myles Hillman put the Dragons back up on top early in the third. Max Kathol made it 4-2 before Camrose found the net again. A goal by Eric Martin scored on an empty net, lead to a 5-3 win.
    Tonight, Wednesday,

September 4, the Dragons are on the road to take on the defending champions Brooks Bandits. They are then in Stettler on September 6 to take on the Olds Grizzlys and wrap up exhibition play in Olds on Sunday, September 8.

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