Rabl earns trip to korea, Lethbridge's new sports and social club, Inline hockey ready to roll for new season, Kodiaks have eye on futsal championship.

February 3, 2017
Issue 9 Volume 1
Windy City Sports
Southern Alberta Sports, All The Time
University of Lethbridge goaltender Warren Shymko makes a save
as the Pronghorns face the University of Manitoba Bisons, Jan 21 at
Nicholas Sheran Arena.
It may not have been the way he imagined it, but Lethbridge’s
Nicholas Rabl will get the chance to play for a World Junior Curl-
ing title.
Rabl, Colton Geller, Kurtis Goller and Tyler Lautner represented
Alberta at the Canadian Junior Men’s Curling Championships in
Victoria. After a 3-0 start, the team ran into trouble and couldn’t
recover.
“We got off to a great start, but got a little winded after a close
loss to Mantioba,” said Rabl. “It put our backs against the wall and
we knew we couldn’t afford to lose another game. Unfortunately,
we did, and we were pretty gutted by that.”
Rabl and Colton Goller have been playing together for about ve
years. They added Kurtis to the squad three years ago and wel-
comed Tyler this season in a bid to get to the National stage.
“Tyler was a force on the Alberta Junior Curling Tour and we
thought his experience would be the boost we needed to get to
Nationals,” he said. “Our minds this season were 100 per cent on
winning a Provincial championship.”
Getting to the National stage is an accomplishment in itself, with
several high caliber teams capable of representing the province.
With the next level comes the next level of competition.
“The only knowledge we had going into the event was that every-
one there was a champion,” he said. “They all won their respec-
tive provinces, so we knew there would be strong competition.”
Despite the disappointment, Rabl excelled on an individual level,
being named a rst team All-Star after throwing 87 per cent in the
round robin. As well, he was given the Ken Watson Sportsman-
ship Award, selected by his fellow players.
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Rabl earns trip to Korea and the Worlds
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“I couldn’t have dreamt a better week of personal accolades for
myself,” he said. “I’m most proud of the sportsmanship award. Hav-
ing a bunch of guys you’ve only known for a week select you as the
most sportsmanlike player is truly special.”
The honours didn’t stop there as Rabl was asked to join the Cana-
dian champion Tardi team of British Columbia to join them as an
alternate as they play for the World Championship in Gangneung,
Korea, Feb 16-26.
“Honoured doesn’t even come close to how I feel; it’s beyond
words,” he said. “This is every curler’s dream, and for a large ma-
jority of the time that’s as far as it gets.”
With a short turnaround, Rabl has been in constant communication
with Team Tardi as they prepare for Korea.
“They’re working tirelessly to coordinate everything we need,” he
said. “I plan on ying to meet them a couple days early to hang out
with the guys and get to know the way they operate on and off the
ice.”
Rabl has received a tremendous amount of support from family
and friends in Lethbridge, and is excited to know there will be more
of the same as he heads overseas.
“It means the world to me,” he said. “I’m overwhelmed with the
messages pouring in and I’m trying my hardest to thank everyone
who takes the time the send congratulations.”
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individual honours
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Southern Albertans look-
ing to get out and active
and meet new people
now have a new option.
The Lethbridge Sports
and Social Club opened
in late January, and is
looking for members for
a variety of sports and
activities.
Patrick McCullagh with
the club says the idea
came to him when he
rst moved to Lethbridge.
With a limited social
network, he found it hard
to get involved in groups
throughout the city which
offered a variety of
activities for several age
groups.
“When I rst moved here
I was looking for some-
thing like this,” he said.
“Sports brings camarade-
rie, a chance to challenge
yourself and understand
your full potential. We
want to help people make
meaningful connections
with each other.”
Many larger cen-
ters in Canada
have sport and
social clubs, and
McCullagh felt
there was an op-
portunity for one
in Lethbridge
after talking to
other people
about the idea.
“Generally, peo-
ple thought it was a great
idea,” he said. “It seemed
like an opportunity to
bring some people back
to sports who may have
gotten away from it.”
The club has held a
handful of events already,
including hikes in Water-
ton, ski trips and skating.
McCullagh hopes to
continue with a few more
one-off events and then
move into more struc-
tured sports.
“We want to see what
people’s interests are
rst,” he said. “We’re
going to have a few more
events and then move to-
wards more league type
activities.”
The club will be a big
supporter of local busi-
nesses and already is
working towards partner-
ships with places like Es-
cape From LA and Round
Table Board Gamerie. A
launch party for the club
will also be held at Cou-
lee Brewing Company on
Feb 23.
Membership in the Leth-
bridge Sports and Social
Club is $25 per year. To
nd out more about it
and upcoming activities,
head to their webpage,
lethbridgesportsandso-
cialclub.ca
The Lethbridge College Kodiaks Women’s Basketball team continued their hot play,
sweeping the SAIT Trojans in a home and home series, Jan 20 and 21.
Sport and
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opportunity
for activity
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There may still be ice in local arenas, but it won’t be long before
hockey players trade in their blades for wheels.
Roller Hockey Lethbridge is gearing up for their 2017 season and
is looking to continue to grow the game in the community.
The organization will be running clinics for kids aged seven to 10
and 11 to 14. Also, the popular adult drop in games will be a go as
well.
Even in a hockey mad country such as Canada, group members
say they need to be out in community promoting the inline version.
“We’re just trying to keep getting out there, letting people know it’s
here and what it’s all about,” said Dave Sehn with Roller Hockey
Lethbridge.
The kids camps are a full day that focus on the basics of the game,
and introduce players to the differences between ice hockey and
roller hockey. Inline is played four on four and does away with
icings, offsides and body contact.
With so many kids these days playing ice hockey fulltime, Sehn
says inline hockey is a good opportunity for players to branch out
while still playing the game they love.
“It gives them a chance to experience something different, yet it’s
still hockey,” he said. “It’s nice that they get the chance to come off
the ice and get a little different experience.”
The adult drop ins feature between 12 to 14 players. There about
30 regular players, including the odd cameo from Lethbridge native
and Calgary Flame Kris Versteeg.
Roller hockey has continued to grow locally and on the provincial
level as well. Alberta Minor Roller Hockey Association will once
again be sending teams to State Wars in Taylor, Michigan, where
Team Alberta has had a large measure of success in the past few
years in multiple age groups.
The RHL plans to start the season in the middle of April and will
run through the summer. Teams will be taking part in a number of
tournaments throughout the season and are looking into hosting
their own event this year.
Registration is now open and more information can be found at
rollerhockeylethbridge.ca
Inline hockey
ready to roll
into new season
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The Lethbridge College Kodiaks are kicking up their athletic com-
mitments this year, entering both women’s and men’s teams in
the 2017 ACAC Futsal Championship tournament.
The tournament takes place from March 2 to 5 and is hosted by
Ambrose College in Calgary. The Kodiaks are one of four ACAC
clubs to take advantage of a conference-wide trial allowing teams
to compete in the conference championship without rst taking
part in a regular season tournament.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for Kodiaks athletics and the
soccer programs,” says Todd Caughlin, manager of Kodiaks Ath-
letics. “Hopefully it is something that will allow our soccer teams
to compete during both semesters, as opposed to just the rst
semester as it is now. I think that this is something very benecial
to the school, the athletics department and, most importantly, the
student-athletes.”
Futsal is a version of indoor soccer played on a smaller, hardcourt
surface with ve players, including a goaltender, on each team.
Unlike indoor soccer, the boards or walls are not in play.
This marks the fth season that futsal has been an ACAC sport.
This year’s tournament will feature eight teams on each of the
men’s and women’s sides after participation had dipped to just
four teams on each side last year. Lethbridge College will use the
tournament as an evaluation tool to help decide whether to enter
the sport as a full-time member in future years.
“It’s a chance to be part of an emerging sport and it’s something
that we’re exploring right now,” says Caughlin. “It helps promote
the school, and the college as a whole will benet from us being
able to support something like this, if that’s the route we decide to
take.”
Sean Carey, recently announced as the Kodiaks new women’s
and men’s soccer coach, will also be the head coach for both
futsal teams.
“It’s going to be a good learning curve for everybody,” says Carey.
“It’s a great game. I really enjoy playing it, I really enjoy coaching
it and I really enjoy watching it. It’s such a faster game and it real-
ly sets the players up for the outdoor season by working on their
skills and development.”
The Kodiaks are guaranteed to play three round-robin games,
with the top four teams moving on to the playoff round.
More information on the futsal tournament will be available on
the ACAC website closer to the competition. For more information
on the Kodiaks, check out their website or follow them on Twit-
ter and Facebook.
-Courtesy Lethbridge College
The Lethbridge Minor Midget Hurricanes take on the Edmonton KC
Centennials as they host their annual tournament, Jan 20 at ATB
Centre.
Kodiaks have eye
on futsal championship
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Results
Men’s Bball
1/20/17-76 @ Victoria 58
1/21/17-94 @ Victoria 81
1/27/17-75 vs UBC Okan 71
1/28/17-83 vs UBC Okan 61
Women’s Bball
AAA Midget Hurricanes
1/28/17-2 vs Foothills 7
1/29/17-1 @ Cgy Bualoes 4
Bantam Val Matteoti
Golden Hawks
1/28/17-2 vs Calgary Bisons 4
1/29/17-4 vs Raiders 2
Bantam Hurricanes
1/21/17-6 vs Foothills 2
1/22/17-7 vs Wheatland 4
1/29/17-5 @ Red Deer 2
Midget Hurricanes
1/21/17-4 @ Taber 5
1/22/17-5 @ Okotoks 5
Lethbridge Minor Hockey
Pee Wee Hurricanes White
1/21/17-9 @ Cranbrook 4
1/22/17-8 vs Airdrie 2
Ringette
CORA Tournament
1/20/17-6 vs Impact 4
1/21/17-4 vs Crew 5
1/21/17-8 vs Smash 9
1/21/17-2 vs Relit 5
1/28/17-9 @ Blaze 9
1/28/17-12 @ Blitz 6
Midget Headwater Hurricanes
1/28/17-0 @ Rockyview 0
1/29/17-7 vs Stampeders 5
1/31/17-10 @ SEAC Tigers 1
Atom Hurricanes Red
1/22/17-3 @ Leth White 2
Atom Hurricanes White
1/21/17-2 vs Brooks 8
1/22/17-2 vs Leth Red 3
1/28/17-8 @ Chestermere 4
1/29/17-7 @ Okotoks 3
Pee Wee Hurricanes
1/21/17-1 @ Medicine Hat 5
1/22/17-5 @ Medicine Hat 7
1/28/17-7 @ Okotoks 0
Midget Girls
1/22/17-10 vs Canmore 2
1/28/17-7 @ Canmore 5
1/29/17-2 @ GHC Silver 3
Pee Wee Girls
1/7/17-4 @ Canmore 3
1/8/17-1 @ Okotoks 2
1/8/17-1 @ Okotoks 6
1/14/17-6 vs Okotoks 3
1/15/17-5 vs Innisfail 2
Novice Red
1/20/17-2 @ Brooks 8
1/21/17-4 vs Okotoks 12
1/29/17-6 @ Okotoks 9
Novice White
1/28/17-1 vs Brooks 10
1/29/17-3 vs Okotoks 10
Novice Tier 3
1/21/17-2 vs Kneehill 11
1/22/17-3 vs Claresholm 5
1/27/17-2 @ Fort Macleod 2
Atom Tier 3
1/18/17-vs Raymond
Atom Tier 4
1/21/17-3 vs Nanton 3
1/28/17-5 vs Claresholm 4
1/29/17-9 vs Pincher Creek 0
Pee Wee Tier 3
1/21/17-1 @ Medicine Hat 3
1/22/17-4 @ Irvine 5
1/27/17-4 vs Okotoks 4
1/29/17-4 @ Okotoks 6
Bantam Tier 1
1/27/17-5 @ RMAA 2
1/28/17-3 @ Cochrane 1
Bantam Tier 3 White
1/20/17-9 vs Cochrane 2
1/28/17-3 @ Taber 5
Bantam Tier 3 Red
1/21/17-6 vs Cochrane 5
1/28/17-6 vs Warner 4
1/29/17-4 @ Duchess 4
Bantam Tier 6 White
1/21/17-5 @ Vulcan 5
1/28/17-6 vs Foothills 2
Bantam Tier 6 Red
1/21/17-4 vs Foothills 3
1/22/17-4 @ Siksika 5
1/27/17-5 @ Coaldale 3
Midget Tier 4 Red
1/20/17-2 @ Leth White 5
1/21/17-6 vs Nanton 6
1/22/17-6 @ Redcli 3
1/27/17-9 vs Warner 2
Men’s Hockey
1/20/17-0 vs Manitoba 4
1/21/17-3 vs Manitoba 9
1/27/17-5 vs UBC 2
1/28/17-8 vs UBC 7
Women’s Hockey
1/20/17-1 @ Manitoba 5
1/21/17-0 @ Manitoba 5
1/27/17-0 @ UBC 1
1/28/17-0 @ UBC 3
1/20/17-59 @ Victoria 84
1/21/17-61 @ Victoria 72
1/27/17-66 vs UBC Okan 72
1/28/17-81 vs UBC Okan 44
1/20/17-109 vs SAIT 104
1/21/17-66 @ SAIT 77
1/27/17-79 @ Red Deer 78
1/28/17-86 @ Red Deer 77
Men’s Bball
Women’s Bball
1/20/17-76 vs SAIT 32
1/21/17-85 @ SAIT 49
1/27/17-83 @ Red Deer53
1/28/17-66 @ Red Deer 50
Men’s Vball
Women’s Vball
1/20/17-0 @ Briercrest 3
1/21/17-2 @ Breircrest 3
1/27/17-3 vs Olds 0
1/28/17-3 vs Olds 0
1/20/17-1 @ Briercrest 3
1/21/17-0 @ Briercrest 3
1/27/17-3 vs Olds 0
1/28/17-3 vs Olds 1
Pee Wee Hurricanes Red
1/21/17-11 vs Red Deer 0
1/22/17-4 @ Taber 5
1/28/17-1 @ Red Deer 3
1/29//17-6 @ Taber 3
Jr Eagles Girls
1/21/17-5 @ Cochrane 2
1/22/17-6 @ Cgy Warriors 3
1/28/17-5 vs Cgy Titans 2
1/29/17-4 vs Cochrane 7
CanWest 7’s Tournament
1/21/17-19 vs UBC 12
1/21/17-7 vs Alberta 26
1/21/17-10 vs Calgary 26
1/22/17-5 vs Victoria 22
1/22/17-43 vs Fraser Valley 0
1/22/17-17 vs Alberta 24
Women’s Rugby
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I watched a video the other day on YouTube called ‘The Ride
Home”. If you have not seen this video, I highly recommend
taking 90 seconds out of your day and watch it!
Being a coach in this world, I always wonder, how are
my parents to my kids after a game? Or after a prac-
tice? When your son or your daughter is nished practice,
the last thing they want to hear is a parent giving them the
gears about how they weren’t engaged or dedicated to the
sport they love to play.
We as parents have to be supportive, and if your son or
daughter is not engaged at a practice or game, maybe there
is something wrong. Come talk to the coach for feedback on
prior practices. Maybe there is something that we can do, or
get out of your athlete to answer these questions! It will also
open the eyes of the coaches to verify to see if there is any
team bullying going on that has out casted your child.
So, in conclusion on the “The Ride Home,” instead of giving
your child the gears or being a car coach, be the dad or mom
fan they want you to be and let us coaches push your kids to
be better at the sport they love playing. Talk to the coaches
if you feel they are not being pushed hard enough, as that
is what we signed up for when becoming a coach!! Your son
or daughter just wants you to be a parent, a fan of them and
make them feel happy! Don’t be the reason your kid quits
playing a sport!
The #1 reason kids quit is because sports is no longer fun.
In a 2014 study for George Washington University, research-
er Amanda Visik interviewed numerous youth athletes and
asked them why they played sports, and 9 out of 10 said the
#1 reason they played was it was fun! http://changingthe-
gameproject.com/why-kids-quit-sports/
Head Coach
Jason Hueppelsheuser
Coaches Corner
The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Mens Basketball squad
clinched a playoff spot with a sweep of the Univesity of British Colum-
bia Okanagan Heat, Jan 28 at 1st Choice Savings Centre.
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