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Smashing success at Premier Volleyball tourney

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The Drumheller Club Volleyball (DCV) Smash U18 team were in Calgary competing in a Premier Volleyball Alberta event on February 5 and 6.
The tournament included 12 club teams from the South Region including Calgary, Medicine Hat, Airdrie, Rocky Mountain House, Fernie, Strathmore, Cranbrook, and Consort.
Coach Heather Hamilton said the Smash had a great weekend. They started out the tournament a little rough and finished in third place in their pool. When it was time for their crossover game, they were ready to go! They won that match, and then the next match, convincingly, to get to the Gold medal match.
The ladies fought hard and ended up losing 25-27 and 22-25, winning silver. Coaches Hamilton and Erica Crocker said they are very proud of their team and can’t wait for the rest of their club season.


St. Anthony's Sabres win bronze at home tourney

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The St. Anthony’s Sabres Junior Varsity basketball team hosted a tournament and came home with a bronze medal.
The school hosted the 17th Annual Sabres Invitational tournament on Thursday, January 27. They invited Stettler, Didsbury, and Bashaw.
The Sabres came out strong in their first game versus Stettler, and by half time were within striking distance. The Sabres lost one of their starters, and Stettler pulled ahead for the win.
This put the Sabres on to play Bashaw for third place, and they rose to the occasion, winning 39-37 in a thrilling finish. With just 0.6 seconds St.Anthony’s fouled, sending Bashaw to the line. The player missed the first shot. In an attempt to play the rebound on the second, he shot for the rim. He hit the rim, but was not able to make a play.
Stettler went on to win the championship with a 56-37 result over Didsbury.
The Junior Varsity Sabres have more season ahead in league play.

Drumheller Dragons building for future

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Even as the AJHL season continues for the Dragons, they are continually building for the future, signing two new players.
On Thursday, January 28, the Dragons announced they have commitments from defenseman Ryan Henderson and forward Caden Heins.
We are extremely happy to have these two athletes. They have already been in the lineup once, and each of them has shown they can play at this level. I have been watching them all year, and they continue to progress,” said Dragons’ assistant coach Kenton Levesque. “Henderson is a guy you can expect to see on the backend next year, and Heins will be upfront. They both bring a sense of skill, a sense of composure, and they also both like to chip in to the emotional side of the game, which is something that really stood out for us.”
Henderson is 17 and from Lethbridge. He has spent the last two years playing for the U18 Lethbridge Hurricanes. He says he brings solid skating skills and good playmaking decisions.
“I am ecstatic, it has always been a dream of mine to play junior, I’m happy to have an opportunity,” said Henderson.
Heins, 17, hails from Diamond City also spent the last two years in the U18 Hurricanes’ line-up. He says he brings strong shooting skills and the ability to work the boards and break down defenses.
“I came here for a week and got a really good feel for it. Playing junior was ultimately my goal, so it is good to say I finally made it,” said Heins.
Levesque is impressed with what the players bring off the ice.
“Right from the get-go when we saw them play, and in talking to their parents, they share the same values as we do. They prepare relentlessly, no matter what they do, they work extremely hard, and they are both good people surrounded by good families. That is always what we look at when we’re recruiting Dragons, and those guys check all of these boxes in a big way,” said Levesque.


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