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Renna Trembecky attends WHL Seattle Thunderbirds camp

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Another generation from a local hockey family is turning heads on the ice as Renna Trembecky succeeded in securing an invitation to the training camp for the Seattle Thunderbirds in the WHL.
The Tremebecky name in the valley carries some considerable hockey pedigree. Bob Trembecky was a scorer playing senior amateur hockey in Spokane. He spent four years with the Jets and three with the Flyers and finished in the top 10 in scoring in the Western International Hockey League, and was named playoff MVP with the Flyers in their Allen Cup year.
Rick Trembecky played minor hockey in Drumheller and was a rink rat. He went on as a defenseman for the Edmonton Oil Kings and the Calgary Centennials in the Western Junior Hockey League. He also spent time with the Clinton Comets in the Eastern Hockey League.
Rick tells the Mail he doesn’t think there is a “Hockey gene,” but says, “when you are brought up in a small town and the rink is there, you don’t just play with kids your own age, you play with guys who are 20 or 50 or 80. It doesn’t matter as long as somebody is out there, and you learn a few things every time you play.”
His son Jeff also had a considerable career, playing junior hockey in Alberta and BC before attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He played on various teams in the East Coast Hockey League for six seasons, before spending three seasons in the British National League and three seasons with the Tilburg Trappers in the Netherlands.
The next generation is on the up-and-coming. Jeff has a son, Teydon, who is playing in the WHL and his 14-year-old daughter is turning heads between the posts, just returning from the Seattle Thunderbirds camp. Renna is the first female to suit up in the team’s history. She was facing NHL-level talent on the ice and played in the Rookie Game.
“It has been awesome to play against all these NHL draft picks,” she said on a podcast on the Seatle Kraken Audio Network. “It is really interesting to be able to be here and be in this facility. It is really awesome.”
Last season she played 24 games for the Saints Pro Hockey Academy U15 team in Strathcona.

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“I have pretty much been playing my whole life coming from a hockey family. I have been in the rink since I was two,” she said. “When I was seven years old I committed to be a goalie and just stuck with it.”
She said the invite was unexpected. Thunderbird GM Bill LaForge was happy to extend the invitation.
“I was fortunate to watch her a lot last year and saw her be the best player in the championship of her league,” said LaForge in the same interview. “She earned a spot with her play and we were happy to bring her in.
Renna’s grandmother Gayle is impressed with her smarts and work ethic. She is a hard worker and studious.
“When you apply yourself as she does, you see it is worth it,” said Gayle. “She drives herself, and we have hardly ever seen her have a bad game, she figures it out.”
“You don’t want to play cards with her, she will beat you,” laughs Gayle.
Her goal is to earn a scholarship and play in Divison I NCAA in the US. She would also love to play for Team Canada, and possibly represent at the Olympics.


Titans claim top Tier IV ranking in province

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The Senior Drumheller Titans football team has claimed the top spot in Tier IV provincial rankings after soundly defeating the Canmore Wolverines.
The Titans Field was a hive of activity on Saturday, September 17 with a triple header. The Senior Titans took the field at 1 p.m. to play the Wolverines.
The Titans dominated on both ends of the ball and walked off the field with a 26-0 victory.
“I liked our start. We had a couple of random bounces happen, but the boys didn’t seem to let that bother them and continued pushing forward, which was nice to see,” said head coach Ken Fournier. “Defense put on a much better performance. We had three interceptions from Ben Messom, and five sacks from Teigan Sattler. On offence, the ball was distributed around, and got our receivers involved, and runningbacks. The offence was working.”
He is especially impressed with the defence, as they were able to shutout the Wolverines.
“I have always been a defence-first guy, so the shutout was nice. There was some nice bounce for our defence, we did a couple of things differently,” said Fournier. “As the season goes on and you start seeing teams that you play more frequently you can prepare a little bit better, and put together a better game plan, and that was evident and the guys definitely stepped it up this week.”
With this win, the Titans have a 3-1 record, and have a bye this coming week. On September 30, they are hosting Brooks.
While the Titans are sitting in first place, coach Fournier says while it feels good, he knows it is early in the season and the results can be very fluid, and he expects them to change as teams begin regular play.
“It is nice to get the recognition,” he said.

Carbon hosts Provincial Archery tryout camp

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The Carbon Curling Club/ Archery Range was a hive of activity as some of the best young archers in Alberta descended on the village for the first of three Fall tryout camps for the Canada Winter Games archery team. The event was successful, with all the athletes participating in scoring rounds, individual match play and team rounds. The athletes also spent time training with sports nutrition and sports psychology professionals. The athletes are all ready to move on to the first round of eliminations in Blackfalds in October, where the group will be reduced to four athletes in each of the four categories and the final camp in November, where it will be further reduced to one athlete in each category.


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