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Dragons exhibition season starts tonight

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Tonight Drumheller hockey fans have the first opportunity to trade the sweltering August sun for the crisp air of the Drumheller Memorial Arena.
The Drumheller Dragons begin the exhibition season on Wednesday, August 30 as they host the Calgary Canucks. The Dragons will be playing in a six-game exhibition season, taking on Viterra Southern conference teams.
The exhibition season is a great time for teams to get a better look at players as they build their roster for the regular season. They are drawing on a fresh crop of rookies to take a look at, some are already familiar, such as Wyatt Yule who was able to get eight games in with Drumheller last season, and added three points.
The roster also has many familiar faces that have blossomed in the black and orange including Van Yuhas and Adam Raesler.
Between the posts, the Dragons have a fresh crop to look at including Sean Cootes, Ty Matonovich and Manny Panghli.
Game time on Wednesday is 7 p.m. versus the Canucks. The Dragons are back on home ice on Saturday, September 2 to take on the Blackfalds Bulldogs.


Drumheller Miners shine at provincials

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The Drumheller Miners U13 AA baseball team had a great season that culminated with a great appearance at provincials.
The team entered the start of the year in the Baseball Alberta AA category which had 48 teams entered province-wide. The teams played all season and then they were tiered based on game results. The Drumheller Miners U 13 AA team finished ranked #2 and thus qualified for Tier 1 status which placed them in the top eight teams who competed in Okotoks on August 4 to 6, 2023.
The teams were divided into two pools of four teams. in Game 1 Drumheller defeated St. Albert Cardinals 11 to 5. Game 2 saw Drumheller defeat Red Deer Northstar Braves 9 to 3. Game 3 Drumheller defeated SWEMBA White Sox Black (Edmonton) 7 to 4.
Drumheller then crossed over to play Okotoks Outlaws where the winner would advance to the gold medal game. Okotoks jumped out to a 4 to O lead. Drumheller played catch-up all game and got to within 1 run but their season ended with a 10 to 8 loss.
Okotoks went on to play Consort Cubs who were ranked #1 and Consort came away the Alberta Champions with a 17 to 10 win. A huge than you goes out to the coaching staff for the many hours spent improving the boys baseball skills!

New course for Dino Half

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September 10 is race day, and the Dinosaur Valley Half Marathon is on course, albeit a new course, for a great event.
The event, which includes a 5K family fun walk and run, as well as a 10K run and a full 21K half marathon, takes competitors through a tour of the river valley, and into the badlands. This year it will be even more badlands focused with a new route.
The organizers of the race learned their previous route, which centred at the Badlands Community Facility, would not be usable because of the ongoing flood mitigation work in downtown Drumheller. They pivoted, and now the Midland Community Hall will be the base for the race.
“We had to dramatically change the course due to the ongoing construction,” said race organizer Morgan Syvertsen.
“I actually like it better. The 5 and 10k runners actually get to run the pathway to McMullen Island, and 10K runners get to go to the Royal Tyrrell Museum and back. They have never done that before, so they are getting to see a much

different part of the valley, more beautiful, I think.”
The half marathon course will closely mirror the 10K course and complete the loop twice.
He notes it will feel like a much bigger race with more runners on the path at one time.
Syvertsen says the popularity of the event hasn’t waned, even through COVID-19, and already there are more than 400 registered over all of the events. The Dinosaur Valley Half Marathon has become a destination run for many. It attracts both local runners, and from around the province. A quick look at the registration shows runners from all over Western Canada, and as far away as Nova Scotia and even Texas.
Registration is open, and that wishing to participate can go to www.dinosaurhalf.com. Race package pick-up is at Midland Hall on September 8 and 9.
For more information, go to www.dinosaurhalf.com.


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