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Dragons notch two wins at home

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The Dragons had a successful home stand, chalking up two wins over the weekend.
The Dragons were on home ice on Friday, November 24 to take on the Bonnyville Pontiacs. After a scoreless first period, the Dragons picked up their game and outshot the Pontiacs 20-9 in the second period. Adam Raesler scored 3:29 into the period, but Bonnyville answered back six minutes later. Jordan Luk scored his second of the season, and three minutes later Ryan Henderson scored to make it 3-1 after two.
Bonnyville added one more in the third but that was as close as the could get. Dragons win 3-2.
The next night, Saturday, November 25, the Dragons hosted the Lloydminster Bobcats. The Dragons dominated right from the puck drop and were up 2-0 after one with goals from Raesler and Vann Yuhas.
The onslaught continued in the second with Devon Winder, Yuhas, Luk and Coy Pighin all finding the goal and a 6-0 lead.
The Bobcats only managed 11 shots the entire game. Tate Yule and Connor Poffenroth capitalized in the third period to end the game 8-0 Dragons. Sean Cootes had his first shutout of the season.
On Tuesday, November 28, the Dragons were in Banff to take on the Canmore Eagles, results unavailable at press time. On Friday, December 1, they are in Drayton Valley to take on the Thunder, and on Saturday, December 2, they are in Whitecourt to take on the Wolverines.


Titans pick up silver at Alberta Bowl

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It was a fairytale season for the Drumheller Senior Titans, but that tale came crashing to reality at the feet of the St. Paul Lions.
The defending champion Titans had a great season going undefeated and landing in the top spot in South at the Tier IV level. They battled through the postseasons and ended up back in familiar territory, at the Alberta Bowl.
It was familiar territory for the St. Paul Lions as well. They have been to the final three times before, but never left with a trophy.
This time the Lions roared. By the end of the first quarter, the Lions were up 14-0. By the end of the second, they were up 35-0. One more touchdown in the fourth quarter put them up 41-0 for good.
Not looking for excuses, coach Ken Fournier tells the Mail, the Titans didn’t play to expectations.
“We had only 46 yards of offence. You can’t fumble the ball twice in the first quarter and then throw two picks, and expect to win in a championship game,’ said coach Fournier. “The simple reality is the guys showed up, we made mistakes and we paid for it.”
He said St. Paul played a good game.
“They did some good things, they could kick long field goals, they could run the ball, they were good a blocking at the point of attack and they didn’t commit any errors,” said Fournier.
Despite this loss, the Titans program is in elite territory with this trip to the final.
“We made a lot of progress along the way, but after going all the way and winning it last year, it is hard to replace all of those pieces. That experience in big games plays a huge factor. That was a big part of the reason we made it back, having experience with our grade 10s and 11s that returned from last year,” said Fournier.
He adds that St.Paul made the Titans deviate from their game plan.
“A big part of our success this season was we were able to execute our game plans without much disruption,” he said. “By making those mistakes early our guys were finding it difficult to maintain that level without following a game plan.”
“Sometimes you make it there and the ball doesn’t bounce your way, and it can derail from there. Once St. Paul capitalized from those first turnovers, they were like a locomotive,” said Fournier.
“Looking towards next season, we had some good accomplishments this year. The guys returning got a taste and hopefully, we have an opportunity to play for that again.”

Dynos win zones, provincials-bound

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The DVSS Senior Girls Dynos Volleyball team are the 2A Zone champion and are heading for provincials.
The Dynos have been having a strong season, winning matches and tournaments as they hone their skills. They have an impressive 35-13 win record, including last weekend’s victories.
The 10 member team coached by Erica Crocker, and assisted by Rachel Graff, finished at the top of the pack in the league, tied with Trochu. At the championship night, however, the tables were turned, and Three Hills won the league championship while the Dynos finished in third.
Undaunted, the team went to zones last weekend in Okotoks. They placed third in their pool and went on to play Acme in the quarterfinals and defeated them in two sets. The semifinal put them up against Three Hills, and while it took them three sets they were victorious.
In the final, they faced Strathcona Tweedsmuir of Okotoks, which is ranked fourth in the province. The Dynos dropped the first set but battled back in the next two to win the banner.
This weekend, they are heading to Ecole St. Joseph School in Whitecourt for the provincial championship.


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