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Student Athletes compete for curling national title

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    Katie and Shelby Primrose of Rumsey competed on the Red Deer College (RDC) Queens curling team for a chance at winning a second national title.
    Despite strong efforts on the ice, the team was unable to make headway in Leduc for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Curling National Championships from Saturday, March 24 to Wednesday, March 28.
    “We had a great time at Leduc. Curl 4 Canada put on a great event and it was exciting to curl alongside the Universities,” said Katie Primrose. Katie, the lead for the team, was one of the key components to helping her team win three times during the high-stakes bonspiel.
    She is a second year Management Certificate student who showed her true colours on the ice by having the second highest shooting percentage in her position among female curlers. She shot 70 per cent at the championships, including games as high as 84 per cent and 93 per cent.
    She was also named RDC athlete of the week because of her above average performance.
The team had three wins and four losses throughout the bonspiel, putting the Queens in 6th place in the Women’s Standings.
    The Fleming Knights overtook the Queens 13 – 5 in the morning draw of the final day of competition.
    “The competition was really tough this year but everyone brought their best to Nationals,” said Katie. “Curling on arena ice was a big change for most of us considering none of us had curled on it before.”
    Last year, the Queens came out on top winning the national title in Camrose.
    This will be Katie’s last year as a Queen as she completes her Management Certificate later this year.
    “I had the second highest shooting percentage in my position so that was a great way to end my college curling,” said Katie. “Nationals was a great experience. It wasn’t the outcome we were hoping for but we had a great time curling in Leduc.”


Dragons finish out season

Drumheller Dragons Forward Brady Risk charges the net on Sunday, March 25, during Game 6 of the second series of playoffs against the Brooks Bandits at the Drumheller Memorial Arena. Bandits players Jacob LaPointe, 15, Jack Theis, 19, David D’Agostino, 21, and Goalie Mitchel Benson, 1, attempt to counter the offense. Mailphoto by Terri Huxley

The Drumheller Memorial Arena held an intense energy as the community came out to support the Drumheller Dragons on Sunday, March 25.
1386 people were in attendance to watch the most highly anticipated game of the season. The Dragons entered the game winning the previous two but lost three. This game was the determining factor to whether the team would advance to Game seven for a final showdown against the Bandits before possibly moving on to series three against the Okotoks Oilers.
The Brooks Bandits came out of the gate with a fire in their belly’s as the rival team scored 11 seconds into the first period. The Dragons later replied, scoring at 10:28 thanks to Brayden Nicholetts who was assisted by Dawson Bruneski.
Bandits took advantage of the second period by scoring two goals, one of which was on the power play. Not even four minutes later, they scored their third goal making the score 3 – 1.
Many seemed to be holding their breath during the third period. Brett Edwards made the first goal of the period at 3:05 assisted by Alex Rotundo and Jordan Taupert.
Bandits came back to score two more goals before the Dragons managed to score off the power play by Brayden Nicholetts from Tyler Krecklewich and Andrew Kartusch.
The Dragons were unable to keep up as the Bandits put their 6th goal on the board, making the score 6 – 3.
As for power plays, the Dragons were 1 for 4 and the Bandits were 1 for 6. The Dragons had 21 shots on net to the Bandits 27.
Brooks took the best of seven series four games to two.
The Bandits will now advance to the next series against the Okotoks Oilers this weekend.

 

Photo Caption: Drumheller Dragons Forward Brady Risk charges the net on Sunday, March 25, during Game 6 of the second series of playoffs against the Brooks Bandits at the Drumheller Memorial Arena. Bandits players Jacob LaPointe, 15, Jack Theis, 19, David D’Agostino, 21, and Goalie Mitchel Benson, 1, attempt to counter the offense. Mailphoto by Terri Huxley

Yavis Atom Raptors win provincial banner

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    After an undefeated week in Spirit River, the Yavis Atom Raptors boarded a bus home as provincial champions.
    Last weekend the Raptors captured their league banner, and then headed north for the ATB Alberta Atom C Provincial Tournament. They took it all the way to the championship, and they did it in style.
    “They played excellent from the first game to the last game,” said coach Bryan Olsen.
    The Raptors opened the tournament versus the host team on Thursday, March 15, and beat Spirit River 12-3. On Friday, they took to the ice versus Ponoka and won 8-4. On Saturday, their winning ways continued as they bested Wabasca 12-7.
    On Sunday, the Raptors were in the semifinals versus Westlock and won 5-1. This put them in the final versus New Sarepta.
    New Sarepta scored first, but Tom Scobie answered back three minutes later. Chase Mackey put the Raptors up 2-1 after one period.
    Two minutes into the second period, Mackey added his second. Chase Maunula added a goal at the 12-minute mark putting the Dragons up 4-1. Ryan Schrock found the net midway through the third period as the Raptors went on to a 5-1 win.
    “The other team was always getting the first goal on us and we always fought back and we shut them down after the first goal,” said Coach Olsen. “The kids worked well together. They have been working all year towards this.”
    This wraps up the season for the Raptors, but the future bodes well for the team.
    “Three are moving up to Peewee and the rest are sticking together. So we have a really good group of kids and we’ll have an excellent team next year,” said Olsen.


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