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Titans earn home field advantage for league final

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The Senior Titans lost an exhibition game against Taber on the weekend but now have their sights set on league finals in early November.

Drumheller hosted the tier’s number one team W.R. Meyers High School on October 20, but fell 20-0 to the Rebels in what was actually a close game with too many missed opportunities, according to their coach.

“We knew they were going to be a very strong opponent,” says Ken Fournier, adding the Titans came within 10 yards twice before half time. “We just didn’t complete those drives and made some mental errors, but it was just about playing a good game and having a fun night enjoying some fall football.”

The Titans head into a bye week with a regular season record of 6-2 in their league and ranking fourth in their tier according to Football Alberta. The team had a strong season despite their bench being thin, with only around 15 players suiting up Saturday.

The issue has had some players on both offence and defence shifts and has caused the team to try some “creative ways to hang in the game,” however, two players are expected to return before league finals on November 3.

Drumheller earned top seed in the league and will play at home against the winner of Olds versus Canmore in the Big Sky Finals, with Olds being favoured after beating Canmore 51-7 this weekend. The result of the final will decide whether the Titans play at home or away in the first round of provincials, which they are guaranteed a spot.

Looking back on the regular season, coach Fournier says the team should be proud of themselves, and mentions the strong play from Raiden Kipling, Michael Marshall, Ethan Duncalf, and Braden Mazereeuw.

“We have a lot of young guys contributing. And to be out there and play with only 15 or 16 guys we have a pretty good record.”

Game time for the Saturday, November 3 final is currently undetermined.

Sabres win bronze at home tourney

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The St. Anthony’s Sabres junior varsity girls volleyball team earned a bronze medal at their home tournament last Friday, October 19.

The team hosted its 6th annual Spike-O-Rama Invitational Tournament and invited teams from Beiseker, Airdrie, and Didsbury.

The Sabres looked strong early on in round robin where they defeated Airdrie two games to one. The team then ran into some tough competition from Beiseker and fell in straight sets. Didsbury also proved to be a competent foe and the Sabres fell in two games.

This put them in third place to end the round robin. In the bronze medal match, they topped Airdrie again. Beiseker went on to win the tournament.

Coach Darci Bertram says they have a strong core of six returning players as well as three in Grade 9.

“It is a pretty good core of girls, they are still learning,” said Bertram. “They work hard and they try hard and there is not much more I can ask for. As a coach watching them progress is good.”

The team still has two more league games, and a Trochu tournament this coming weekend.

“Depending on how we finish in league, there is the possibility of zones in the second week of November,” said Bertram.


Dragons push win-streak to six

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The Dragons are red hot, extending their winning streak to six games after a 5-1 stomping of the Whitecourt Wolverines at home Sunday. 

    Drumheller got up early and scored four goals in the first period.The team now sits second in their division with a 9-3 record so far this season and only two points behind the Brooks Bandits who are 10-1 on the year. The team hasn’t lost since September 22 and have only lost two games in their last nine played.

Coach Kevin Hasselberg likes what he’s seeing both on and off the ice. 

“We’re excited about this group. Number one, they’re work ethic has been phenomenal. They are an extremely prepared group and they maximize their time and energy, directing that toward making themselves better players,” he says. 

What’s also noticeable about this squad is the passion and energy they bring to the play. Even up four goals against Whitecourt on the weekend, the team didn’t let up on the high-pace and drive for the puck. 

“Guys are finding a common unity in what they’re doing.”

With five days off before their next game in Drayton Valley on Friday, the team is working on upping their power play and other aspects of their play. Hasselberg says the team will be working on “their play without the puck,” working to minimize scoring chances and upping the effectiveness of their penalty kill into the 20 to 30 per cent range. 

The Dragons have been finding this success despite having seven injured players on the roster, with three key defensemen out of play. 

“We’re a little banged up on the back-end – it’s been a bit of a challenge but or guys have managed it well and the affiliate players have been great filling in with us,” Hasselberg said. 

    In roster news, the Dragons picked up Nanaimo Clippers forward Brady Berger last week. The Drayton Valley prospect  stands 6’4” and a hefty 195 pounds. Appearing in 66 BCHL games, Berger tallied 17 points and added 99 penalty minutes. 

    The Dragons won’t be home again until Saturday, October 27 where they meet the Camrose Kodiaks. 

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