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Seniors Titans extend winning season to six

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    It was a great Thanksgiving weekend for football in Drumheller, as the senior Titans extended their season record to 6-0 at home in a late afternoon game Saturday. 

    The seniors beat the defending provincial champions Canmore Wolverines in a close 14-6 game on October 12, closing out a day which saw the bantams take the field in the morning and the Terrapins in the early afternoon. 

    After the game, coach Tyson Powell said it was a tough match for both teams which saw a lot of TItans out with injuries.

    “We’ve been coming together as a team real well. Everyone is using the family mentality to bust it out,” says Powell. 

    “This was a little rougher game for us, but our defence is good and always clicking on the right spots. With the big play capability for us, it’s huge. Canmore is always a good team to come out and play so you got to respect them.”

    While the seniors managed to take down the provincial champs, the team isn’t taking the season for granted as they near playoffs in the coming weeks and have their own provincial championship in mind. 

    “That’s always the goal,” says Powell. “Every year is kinda special, but we got a great group of guys who I think has what it takes.”

    With the win, the seniors move up to fourth in the Football Alberta Tier 4 school power rankings. The seniors will be hosting Lindsay Thurber of Red Deer this Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m.


Titans dominate Olds in 75-16 win

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It was another dominating performance by the Drumheller Senior Titans as they defeated Olds last Saturday, September 28.
    The Titans travelled to Olds to take on the Spartans.  When the dust cleared, the Titans came off the field with a 75-16 win.
    Coach Ken Fournier is happy with the result and said while the Titans had a few lucky bounces go their way, at the same time they are fine-tuning their game.
    “Their situational awareness is improving,” said Fournier.
     He said it was a balanced attack with lots of players making meaningful contributions.
    “We had big-play capabilities for sure. We had some of our veterans score a couple of the big ones and had some big contributions from some of the new guys coming up. Ethan Brown is a rookie and he had two touchdowns,” said Fournier.
    For the last few weeks, the Titans have been ranked 5th among Tier 4 teams across the province.  He said standings don’t mean too much.
    “They’re superficial. A team that you beat regularly won’t necessarily move you up, but we would have expected a bit of bump when you take down the defending champions,” said Fournier. “If people want to look at us as a number five team it’s going to come back and bite them.”
    This week the Titans are heading to Pincher Creek, a team they have not played this season.
    “They have had a lot of big changes. They have a bigger roster and the last few years they are throwing the ball a lot more,” said Fournier. “They are doing a lot of things differently, we expect to see a different team than we have seen in the last few years.”

Dragons pick captains

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The Drumheller Dragons have selected third-year forward Derrick Budz to lead the team this season as captain.
    Budz, from Yorkton Saskatchewan, is entering this third year and has spent his AJHL junior career wearing the orange and black of the Dragons. Last season he had 23 goals and 22 assists for 45 points.  
    “Derrick is a leader by example who is well respected by his peers. He comes to the rink well prepared and works extremely hard to do what’s best for the team,” said coach Kevin Hasselberg. “His infectious positive attitude creates a safe environment where development and camaraderie are achieved. He will be a tremendous captain for the Drumheller Dragons.”
    Assisting Budz this season as Alternate Captains defenseman Aiden Yakimchuk, forward Kaden Hanas, and forward Brady Risk.
    Yakimchuk of Edmonton is entering his second season for the Dragons. He was acquired from the Sherwood Park Crusaders at the beginning of last season. Yakimchuk will help with the development of the young defensemen on this year’s roster.
    Hanas is also entering his third season with the Dragons and the Strathmore product has shown throughout the preseason his ability to take charge and lead the room. Hanas split time between the Dragons and Spokane Chiefs in the Western Hockey League during the 2018/19 season. His enthusiasm and energy have contributed 255 penalty minutes and 29 points in 82 AJHL games played.
    Risk is the most experienced player on the Dragons roster. With 176 career games played in the AJHL, the Medicine Hat product is expected to be one of the Dragons leaders offensively. In three seasons, Risk has scored 43 goals adding 58 assists for 101 points. Risk has earned a commitment from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks, a Division 1 college team competing in the WCHA.


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