October 21, 2016
Issue 2 Volume 1
Windy City Sports
Southern Alberta Sports, All The Time
University of Lethbridge
goaltender Nolan French
makes a diving save during
U of L’s 2-0 win over the
University of Saskatchewan,
Oct. 8
Pronghorns
host rugby nals
It’s a match up the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns rugby squad
has seen before.
The Horns host the University of Calgary Dinos in the opening match
of the Canada West Championships this weekend at University of
Lethbridge Community Stadium, in a repeat of last year’s matchup,
which the Horns won 35-25, stopping the Dinos’ national aspirations.
Head coach Ric Suggitt says the task will be a tough one for his
young Pronghorns squad.
“The Dinos are very well drilled with some very skillful players,” he
said of his opponents. “They have the correct personnel to do some
damage.”
The Horns will look to shut down the Dinos explosive offence and
force them to rely more on their role players.
“We need to make their players work,” he said. “We have to get to
their third and fourth phase where their opposition is a little more
confused. We have to play a total team defence and play for one
another.”
The Horns do have the advantage of playing at home, although Sug-
gitt says the players have to be disciplined and focused.
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“Sometimes it’s
good to be away,”
he said. “Playing
in front of family
and friends can
sometimes be a
distraction. We
have to show our
maturity and take
that energy and
then narrow the
focus.”
The Horns will also be looking to
the leadership of fth year players
Frederique Trembley and Nicole Ron-
sky, each winding down their university
careers.
“They need to have the game of their
lives,” said Suggitt.” If they play well and
get things to blow up, the rest of the
team will follow. Coming to the end of
their careers here I hope for their gratication that they
play well.”
The fourth seeded Horns will take on the rst ranked
Dinos at 1 pm, Friday, Oct. 21. The second semi-nal
between the number three University of Alberta Pandas
and the number two Victoria Vikes follows at 3 pm.
The bronze medal game will be played Sunday, Oct. 23
at 11 am while the gold medal contest goes at 1 pm. All
games are at University of Lethbridge Community Stadi-
um.
Progressive Fighting Academy members tied each other in knots
during their continuous tournament, Oct. 8
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Rugby host the Canada West Finals, Oct. 21-23
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His inaugural visit to the World Long Drive Championships was
an eventful one for Lethbridge’s Curtis Urniezius.
Urniezius knocked off former world champion and world record
holder Mike Dobbyn in his rst match, his rst test at the highest
level of his sport in Thackerville, Oklahoma, Oct. 6-12.
“I was happy when I found out I was up against him,” said Urnie-
zius. “I knew exactly what I was up against.”
Urniezius got to warm up side by side with the former champ
and liked the way he was hitting the ball, giving him condence
going into the match.
“I knew that as long as I could get my hits together I had a
chance to win the match,” he said. “I wasn’t thinking too much.
I knew that if I got knocked out by a guy who won before it
wouldn’t be the end of the world.”
Some weird weather in Oklahoma also provided challenges.
Competitors were met with soggy conditions after an overnight
rain.
“The grid was so wet,” said Urniezius. “There was no roll at all. It
was more of a contest of who could carry the ball the furthest.”
Strange wind shifts also caused problems for competitors, but
playing in southern Alberta proved to be a boon for Urniezius.
“Playing here, you have to learn hit in every condition imagin-
able.”
Urniezius lost his second match against Paul Howell, but is us-
ing the experience to refocus on next year. He looks forward to
returning the championship and going deeper in the tournament.
“I want to use the offseason to get in as good of shape as possi-
ble and hit as many balls as possible,” he said. “Everything I’ve
learned I needed to know to to be ready for this.”
World’s a
learning
experience
for Urniezius
The Picture Butte Midget Blades took on Fort Macleod Oct. 7. Fort
Macleod won the game 10-3.
Lethbridge’s Curtis Urniezius knocked off a former champion at the
World Long Drive Championships in Oklahoma.
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Ladies league takes off
Local ladies are enjoying a new place to play this win-
ter.
The Lethbridge Oldtimers Sports Association began
their inaugural ladies hockey league this fall, giving
those wanting to play a chance to lace up their skates.
Logan Paisley helped start the league after looking
for a place to play. She was directed to LOSA to help
get the project going, and the association helped with
scheduling, ice time and other logistical problems.
“I hadn’t played in a while and knew some people who
also didn’t have anywhere to play,” she said. “I know
it’s been tried before but I think we had the right timing
and right connections to make it all come together.”
There are currently three teams, comprised of 55
players. They range in age from 18 to 55 and a wide
variety of skill levels, exceeding expectations.
“Our goal was 45 players, and when we got 20 it was
pretty exciting,” said Paisley “We have a couple of
ex-university players on one end and some girls who
have never played but have always wanted to and
now they have a chance.”
The teams play once or twice per week and the addi-
tion of another team next year is already being looked
at. As well, teams from Vulcan and Calgary have ex-
pressed interest in playing games and they are explor-
ing playing in tournaments.
Any ladies interested in playing in the new league can
nd more information and register at losa.ca
Ladies take part in the new hockey league sponsored by LOSA, Oct. 19 at Adams Ice Centre.
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To say Kris Versteeg had an odd offseason
would be an understatement.
After splitting last year between the Caroli-
na Hurricanes and the Los Angeles Kings,
the Lethbridge product appeared to be on
the verge of playing in Switzerland this
year. Instead he ended up in Edmonton
on a Player Tryout before signing with the
provincial rival Calgary Flames just before
the season began.
“It’s denitely been strange from day one,
but things ended up working out in the
end,” said Versteeg.
Versteeg’s time in Edmonton was short, but
one he enjoyed.
“Unfortunately I happened to get hurt while
there,” he said. “But it went well in Edmon-
ton. It was great to see that facility and play
with those guys.”
Instead Versteeg signed a one year deal
with the Flames, giving him the opportu-
nity to play close to his home in southern
Alberta.
“I don’t know how long I’ll play for so it was
always something I wanted to do,” he said.
“Thankfully this gives me the opportunity to
do it.”
In his brief time with the Flames, Ver-
steeg has seen time playing alongside
youngsters Sean Monahan and Johnny
Gaudreau. He says he enjoys his role in
the room as a veteran and tries to help
when asked.
“I just kind of be me in the room,” he said.
“They’ve been playing at high level for so
long they understand from an early age
what needs to be done.”
As well, the Flames have a new head
coach in Glen Gulutzan, former head
coach of the Dallas Stars and assistant
with Vancouver.
“He’s been in the league for a while now
and he loves to teach,” said Versteeg. “I’ve
really enjoyed his coaching so far.”
Being at ease with the players and coach-
ing staff is something Versteeg values and
something he says can only help his game.
“I’ve been comfortable in the room from
day one which is great,” he
said. “I think my play will be
better for it.”
And of course, being close to
home helps in the comfort level
as well. Being only a couple
hours away from home is some-
thing that Versteeg, his family
and friends are all happy about.
“Everyone’s pretty excited,
mostly that we get to see each other more.”
he said. “It’s something you miss.”
Versteeg happy to be close to home
Kris Versteeg
-Photo courtesy Calgary Flames
The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns take on the University of Calgary Dinos,
Oct. 8 at University of Lethbridge Communtity Stadium. The Horns knocked if the
fourth ranked Dinos 3-1.
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Playing in the nal Alberta Cup tournament of the 2016 fall
schedule, the Lethbridge Pronghorn golf team nished third in
the tournament and overall standings in both genders.
At this past weekend’s tournament at the Wilderness Club in
Eureka, Montana, the Pronghorn men’s team nished with a two
day team total of 631 points, while the women’s side was third at
647. Alberta Golden Bears nished rst in the men’s standings
(586) and the Dino women won the women’s side with a domi-
nate showing at 523.
In the overall Alberta Cup standings, the Golden Bears shed
rst with 2400 points after winning three of the four tournaments.
The Pronghorn men were third, nishing with 900 points with a
second place nish at the opening tournament and third place in
the nal three tournaments.
Calgary Dino women went wire-to-wire on women’s side win-
ning all four tournaments and racked up 2700 points. Pronghorn
women nished third in all four tournaments and accumulated
600 points.
“It was a pretty tough weekend for the team, weather was quite
difcult, very cold and rainy,” said coach Ryan Stevenson. “Matt
Taylor and Courtney Dickson had good nishes and the team is
really looking forward to nationals qualifying at the Canada West
Championship in Victoria next week.”
After an opening round of 80, Matt Taylor rebounded with a
solid 74 to nish as the top Pronghorn and tied for seventh
place. Andy Ritchot nished 10
th
(79-76) and Greg Billingsly was
11
th
(79-79).
Other Pronghorn Scores:
14
th
– Kolton Weasel Head – 79 – 80 – 159
16
th
– Mitch Taylor – 82 -82 – 164
18
th
– Matt Ritchot – 82 – 86 – 168
On the women’s side, Courtney Dickson was the top Pronghorn
nishing sixth after rounds of 95 and 94, while Erin Lee was
10
th
with a two day total of 216 (112-104) and Jackie Seilder was
13
th
(125-118).
Pronghorns golf battle tough conditions
University of Lethbridge
Pronghorn Aislynn Koo-
istra battles against the
University of Manitoba
Bisons during a 2-0 loss,
Oct. 7.
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Results
Men’s Hockey
10/14/16-1 vs Regina 2
10/11/16-4 vs Regina 2
Women’s Hockey
10/7/16-0 vs Manitoba 2
10/8/16-1 vs Manitoba 6
10/14/16-3 @ Regina 2
10/15/16-2 @ Regina 3
Men’s Soccer
10/8/16-2 vs Sask 0
10/9/16-2 vs Sask 1
10/15/16-1 @ Alberta 0
10/16/16-2 @ Alberta 0
Women’s Soccer
10/8/16-3 vs Calgary 1
10/9/16-0 @ Calgary 2
10/15/16-0 vs MRU 0
10/16/16-0 vs MacEwan 0
10/14/16-34 @ UBC 34
10/16/16-10 @ Victoria 48
Women’s Rugby
Men’s Bball
10/12/16-83 vs Med Hat 75
10/14/16-81 @ UBC 94
10/15/16-91 @ Fraser Vall 79
10/16/16-73 @ UBC 101
Women’s Bball
10/14/16-48 @Regina 84
10/15/16-53 @ Regina 65
10/15/16-1 vs Red Deer 5
10/16/16-0 vs Lakeland 3
Women’s Soccer
10/15/16-2 vs Red Deer 1
10/16/16-0 vs Lakeland 1
10/8/16-2 vs Mtnview 7
10/9/16-3 vs ree Hills 2
10/10/16-5 vs Med Hat 1
10/14/16-8 @ Stettler 3
10/15/16-2 vs Airdrie 1
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Men’s Soccer
Men’s Vball Women’s Vball
10/14/16-2 vs Briercrest 3
10/15/16-3 vs Briercrest 1
10/14/16-0 vs Briercrest 3
10/15/16-0 vs Briercrest 3
Picture Butte Midget Blades
10/7/16-3 vs Fort Macleod 10
10/8/16-5 @ Taber 3
10/14/16-2 @ HC 10
10/15/16-1 @ Lomand 4
AAA Midget Hurricanes
10/1/16-1 @ Foothills 6
10/2/16-0 @ Cgy Flames 2
10/8/16-4 vs SSAC 3
10/9/16-4 vs KOC Pats 1
10/15/16-1 @ G Prairie 3
10/16/16-2 @ KOC Pats 4
Midget Headwater Hurricanes
10/1/16-2 vs CNHA 2
10/2/16-5 @ CBHA 3
10/8/16-9 @ MLAC 0
10/9/16-6 @ Fort Sask 2
10/15/16-6 vs Lloyd 2
10/16/16-3 vs Rockyview 0
Bantam Val Matteoti
Golden Hawks
10/1/16-1 @ Cgy Bisons 5
10/8/16-6 @ Cgy Royals 4
10/9/16-6 @ Cgy NStars 2
10/15/16-9 @ Southeast 0
10/16/16-1 vs Cgy NStars 3
Pee Wee Hurricanes Red
9/24/16-11 vs Okotoks 4
9/25/16-6 vs Bow Valley 8
9/30/16-5 @ Leth White 5
10/2/16-12 @ Foothills 5
10/7/16-9 vs Okotoks 4
10/15/16-8 vs Airdrie 4
10/16/16-5 @ Airdrie 3
Bantam Hurricanes
9/23/16-1 @ Cranbrook 5
9/24/16-2 vs Bow Valley 3
10/1/16-4 @ Cranbrook 5
10/8/16-2 @ Okotoks 6
10/9/16-2 vs West Central 2
10/14/16-3 vs Olds 3
10/15/16-6 vs Red Deer 4
Midget Hurricanes
10/1/16-3 vs Foothills 3
10/2/16-3 @ NWCAA Bruins 3
10/8/16-4 vs NWCAA Stamps 7
10/9/16-7 @Cranbrook 1
10/15/16-1 vs Central AB 4
10/16/16-1 @ Wheatland 3
Lethbridge Eagles Jr Female
10/1/16-6 vs Calgary 0
10/8/16-2 @ Central AB 3
10/15/16-2 @ Fort Sask 5
10/16/16-3 @ Irma 2
Lethbridge Minor Hockey
Pee Wee Hurricanes White
9/30/16-1 vs Leth Red 5
10/1/16-8 vs Airdrie 2
10/7/16-2 @ Med Hat 7
10/8/16-10 vs Med Hat 9
10/15/16-2 @ Okotoks 3