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January 6, 2017
Issue 7 Volume 1
Windy City Sports
Southern Alberta Sports, All The Time
The Lethbridge Midget AAA Hurricanes took on the Belarus National
U-17 team Dec. 22 at Nicholas Sheran Arena in prepoaration for the
Macs’s Midget AAA World Invitational Tournament. Belarus won the
contest 4-2 and would go on to win the Mac’s Tourney.
Curling Club set to host the world
The Lethbridge Curling Club is preparing to welcome the
world this spring.
The club will be hosting the World Mixed Doubles and
World Senior Curling Championships, from April 22 to 29.
The event gives the club and the city the chance to show off
the new curling club and ATB Centre, which opened last fall.
Co-Chair of the event, Kirk Mearns, says the club agreed
to host the event almost two years ago, even though they
weren’t sure what form the new facility would take.
“We said yes we would do it, but we really had no idea what
the building would even look like,” said Mearns. “We really
made the decision on faith.”
The curling side of the facility will play host to then seniors
event while the mixed doubles will be played in one of the
Almost 50 men’s and women’s senior teams will take part in
the event, with 39 mixed double entries playing. Almost 40
different countries will be represented at the event, which is
estimated to bring in over $4 million dollars to the city and
local businesses.
As always, volunteers are what makes the event run and
the local community has stepped up to help out. Most
volunteer positions are lled with a few specic areas still
needing people.
“As usual, the response was really good for this,” said
Mearns. “This city and area are pretty well known for it.”
Lethbridge has hosted many high level curling events in the
past and each one seems to out do the last one. Mearns
has high hopes that these events will continue that tradition.
“It denitely was a big undertaking, but we’re all very excit-
ed to be doing it.”
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The Kate Andrews Pride
take on St. Joseph’s
Crusaders during the
Pride’s annual Christmas
Tournament, Dec 16 in
The Lethbridge Steel wants you!
The local entry in the Western Women’s Canadian Football
League is holding a pair of new player practice and information
nights later this month, looking to bolster their ranks for the up-
coming season.
Donnelly Sellers with the Steel says the nights are a great
opportunity for local ladies to nd out more about the game and
hopefully sign on as part of the squad.
“Ideally we just want the girls to come out and see if they like it,”
Sellers said. “It’s an opportunity to come out and nd out who we
are and what we do.”
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The WWCFL held its inaugural season in 2011 and has grown in size
since then. The Steel has seen good growth as well, but are always
looking to bolster their ranks.
“We’re one of the smaller teams in the league, so we’re always look-
ing for new players,” said Sellers. “We usually have between 25 to 28
players, but ideally we would like to be over 30.”
Being introduced to the game of tackle football can be a daunting
task for those unfamiliar with the game. However, Sellers says Steel
players do their best to provide some information and show recruits
the ins and outs of football.
“When I rst joined I found it very intimidating,” said Sellers. “But we
always have our veterans there to show how things are done and
show that we’re very welcoming and positive.”
Players must be over the age of 16 to play, but that’s really the only
restriction. The Steel have had players from 17 to over 50, and with a
wide range of experience in football.
“We’ve had lots of players who had no experience at all who have
ended up being on the team for a number of years.”
The Steel have also produced some players who have been rec-
ognized for their skill on the gridiron. Sellers, along with Alex Babi-
arz-Graveline, Wendy Iwaasa and Kendall Bowes recently attended
Team Canada tryouts and impressed on the national stage.
“It was amazing and we did really well,” said Sellers. “All of the girls
gave a real good showing for Lethbridge.”
Practices for the Steel’s upcoming season begin at the end of Febru-
ary with games beginning in May and running through June.
The practice and information nights will be held Jan 12 and 26, from
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption School. For more
information head to
Steel sends four to Team Canada tryouts
Lethbridge Bantam AA Hurricanes are taking home the bronze trophy after a 3-1 win over North Shore Winter Academy in the 49th Kamloops International Bantam
Ice Hockey Tournament which is one of the most prestigious international tournaments in the world!
The Hurricanes went 2 and 1 in round robin to win the quarter nal 8-3. An exciting but heartbreaking 5-4 semi nal loss to Alaska after sudden death overtime that
led to a sudden death shoot out, put them in the consolation game!
The Hurricanes Coaches Gabe Mabin, Devery Edmonds, Grifn Pacholzuk-Fisher, Guy LaPointe, and Ron Preddy
Players: Joel Mabin, Luke Preddy, Colt Brown, Easton Weasel Head, Cole Larocque, RJ Loo, Marshall Finnie, Nathan Bohmer, Evan Merriman, Nate LaPointe, Tyson
Perkins, Logan Kowal, Brody Tallman, Jaden Tsui, Tyler Palmer
Tyler Palmer was also named to the All-Star team as the tournament’s top goaltender.
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A trip east has proven to be a big success for the University of
Lethbridge Pronghorns ringette squad.
The ‘Horns brought home a bronze medal from the University
Challenge Cup Dec. 28-31 in Guelph, ON, going 6-2-1 against
some of the best teams in the country.
“We’re ecstatic,” said coach Trevor Hall. “We went into it feeling
that we had some pretty long odds but we knew we could be com-
petitive if we played our best.”
With nine games in four days of the round robin tournament, the
team knew any setbacks may eliminate them from contention.
“We knew that any mistake could put us out,” said Hall “We had to
go out and earn every win.”
The “horns opened the tournament against a strong Western
Ontario squad and earned a 6-6 tie. They followed that up with a
9-6 win over Carleton, a 3-2 win over host Guelph, their rst ever
win over the University of Alberta Pandas, 3-2, and 10-6 win over
They ran into trouble the next day, dropping a 3-1 decision to Cal-
gary and 5-1 match to Ottawa.
“I think the quick turnaround from the day before may have got us
a little and we hit a wall,” said Hall. The girls were disappointed
they didn’t bring their best game but we came back hard.”
A 5-3 win over Dalhousie put the team into the bronze medal
match, a return showdown with the U of C Dinos. This time there
was no doubt and the ‘Horns came away with a 9-3 win for the
“You could sense in the room that we came to play,” said Hall.
Before this year we had never beaten Calgary so it was gratifying
to beat them for the bronze.”
This has been a successful and impressive season for the Prong-
horns. They have raised their game this year, which Hall attributes
to moving up to play in the Calgary A League.
“It’s really helped us improve,” he said. “Every game there is a
chance to test ourselves.”
They will continue that test in the Calgary Open A Tournament Jan-
uary 20-22, featuring 16 of the best teams in Western Canada.
“It doesn’t get any easier,” said Hall. “There will be some real high
caliber teams there.”
The squad will nish off the few remaining league games in the
coming month, then prepare for Provincials, held in March at the
University of Calgary.
Bronze for
U of L Ringette
The Lethbridge Warhawks battle Medicine Hat during the Leth-
bridge Pee Wee Tournament, Dec 17 at ATB Centre
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University of Lethbridge Pronghorn’s goal-
tender Garret Hughson will be sporting a
new look in 2017.
Hughson, the rst year netminder from
Foremost, recently received his new mask
from Friedesigns in Calgary. The mask fea-
tures a western motif, complete with cow-
boys and settlers, as well as the iconic High
Level Bridge and the Pronghorn’s logo.
“I really wanted the bridge and a cowboy
theme on it as I thought that would be pret-
ty cool,” said Hughson. “I’m really happy
with how it came out.”
Hughson and Friedesigns worked closely
together to come up with the idea on the
mask. The mask made the trip back and
forth to Calgary a number of times before
both sides were happy with the result.
Hughson has had painted masks during
his junior career in Windsor, Spokane and
Brooks, but was looking for something a
little more personal this time around.
“I’ve had some masks that were pretty ge-
neric, so I put a lot of thought into this one,”
he said.
At the Christmas break Hughson is sporting
an 8-5 record with a .914 save percentage
and a 2.93 goals against average for the
8-5-3 Pronghorns. After his years of junior
hockey, the switch to university has de-
nitely been a change for Hughson.
“There’s quite a bit of difference,” he said.
“You have to make time for your school
work and there’s not as much focus on the
hockey side of things, but I’m settling into
Playing near friends and family is also im-
portant for Hughson.
“It’s denitely part of the reason I chose
to come here,” he said. “Going to school
and playing close to home has been a real
The ‘Horns are denitely an improved
squad and have reaped the benets of
head coach Spiros Anastas’ recruiting.
Playing for an up and coming team is
something Hughson, who won an AJHL title
with Brooks last year, is enjoying.
“I’m getting to play a lot of minutes and
working with the defenceman to continue to
learn the system,” he said
With the second
half of the season
about to begin, the
Pronghorns sit fth in the Canada West
standings, although only ve points sepa-
rate them from rst place Saskatchewan.
The team seems to be nding a groove and
Hughson thinks they can make a run to the
top of the standings.
“We’re working on our goals and game to
game we’re doing the right things,” he said.
“As a group, I think we have one of the top
New look for Hughson in 2017
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns netminder Garret Hughson will be sporting a new mask for
the second half of the season. -Photo courtesy of Friedesigns
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1 In 1990 which two major league greats made baseball history by becoming the rst
father-son duo to hit back-to-back homers in an MLB game?
2 Which athlete was the rst to be named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year for the
second time in 2000?
3 In 1920, the University of Texas football players had their mascot at the annual sports
banquet under less than ideal circumstances. What were those circumstances?
4 Which college did Michael Jordan originally want to attend?
5 In 2001 this member of the Chicago Cubs was intentionally walked a record ve times by
the Reds
6 Which famously rotund athlete once scarfed down a dozen hot dogs and shotgunned
eight bottles of soda in between games of a double header?
7 The rst athlete to fail an Olympic drug test was Swedish pentathlete Hans-Gunnar Lilj-
enwall in 1968. What “drug” did he test positive for?
8 Which two Winter Olympic competitions actually debuted as part of the Summer Olym-
pics, prior to the advent of the winter games in 1924
1 Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. 2 Tiger Woods
3 Poor Bevo was, in a sense, the guest of honor. He
had been fattened up, slaughtered and served as the
main course at the banquet 4 UCLA 5 Andre Dawson
6 Babe Ruth 7 Beer. Liljenwall admitted to drinking two
brews to “calm his nerves” prior to the pistol shoot 8
Men’s, women’s and pairs gure skating competitions
were held at the 1908 and 1920 Summer Olympics. Ice
hockey also debuted in 1920
All eyes were downrink during the nals of the Coaldale Granite
Club’s Christmas Cash Spiel, Dec 18.
Kodiaks hit the road
By Ryan Heggie
Lethbridge College Kodiaks Men’s Basketball team attended
North Idaho College Tournament in Couer d’lene Idaho, Dec 28-
Game 1
77-75 OT win over Wennatchee College Knights
Cory Richardson led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds
Grady Taylor also added 17 while Chris Maughan and Taylor
Hammel chipped in with 16 and 10 points. Rory Russell making
his rst career start had 6 points and 6 rebounds
With the win the Kodiaks moved into semi nal play vs Seattle
Elite Prep Dec. 29th
Game 2
This game the Kodiaks were outplayed to the tune of 91-
63. Down only 46-33 at half time, however Elite Prep caught re
going 6-10 from three point land to pull away from Kodiaks.
Chris Maughan and Taylor Hammel led the way with 14 and 11
points respectively.
Cory Richardson and Grady Taylor added 9 points apiece in the
Kodiaks nished the tournament with an impressive bounce back
win over Grays Harbour 67-63 in a highly intense matchup
Game 3
Dec. 30th
Maughan led the way with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Hammel
making his rst career start added 15 points and 9 rebounds
while Taylor had 15 points and 6 rebounds. Van Gallen also was
solid with 8 points and 7 rebounds
As a program we got what we expected, three tough games,
different lineup looks and 2 wins that needed closing in nal min-
utes! I feel we progressed in several areas and was a success-
ful trip!
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Men’s Bball
12/17/16-76 @ Carroll 84
12/28/16-80 vs Montana St 65
Women’s Bball
12/29/16-36 @ Biola Uni 64
12/30/16-61 @ SD Christian 54
12/17/16-8 vs Ban 2
Picture Butte Midget Blades
12/16/16-5 vs Leth White 8
12/17/16-5 vs Leth Red 3
AAA Midget Hurricanes
12/17/16-2 @ Lloydminster 3
12/18/16-4 @ Fort Sask 4
12/21/16-4 @ SEAC 0
Bantam Val Matteoti
Golden Hawks
12/17/16-3 @ Red Deer 3
12/18/16-3 @ Airdrie 5
Bantam Hurricanes
12/17/16-3 vs Okotoks 4
12/18/16-3 vs Taber 2
Midget Hurricanes
12/18/16-7 vs Cranbrook 2
Lethbridge Minor Hockey
Pee Wee Hurricanes White
12/16/16-7 vs Foothills 9
12/18/16-2 vs Chestermere 5
University Challenge Cup
Dec 28-Dec 31
Guelph, Ont.
12/28/16-6 vs Western Ont. 6
12/28/16-9 vs Carelton 6
12/29/16-3 vs Guelph 2
12/29/16-3 vs Alberta 2
12/29/16-10 vs Brock 6
12/30/16-1 vs Calgary 3
12/30/16-1 vs Ottawa 5
12/31/16-5 vs Dalhousie 3
12/31/16-9 vs Calgary 3
Midget Headwater Hurricanes
12/17/16-5 vs CRAA Gold 0
12/18/16-2 vs Blackhawks 0
12/20/16-7 vs SEAC 1
Atom Hurricanes Red
12/17/16-7 vs Chestermere 5
12/18/16-4 vs Strathmore 6
Atom Hurricanes White
12/17/16-6 vs Strathmore 3
12/18/16-7 @ Okotoks 4
Pee Wee Hurricanes
12/16/16-7 vs Cochrane 2
12/17/16-4 vs Cochrane 3
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Midget Girls
12/3/16-1 @ Airdrie 7
12/16/16-1 vs Airdrie 7
12/17/16-6 vs GHC White 6
12/18/16-3 @ GHC White 2
Pee Wee Girls
12/3/16-2 @ Innisfail 3
12/11/16-0 vs Airdrie 6
12/17/16-5 @ Okotoks 3
Novice Red
12/3/16-6 vs Okotoks 10
12/4/16-4 @ Brooks 14
12/10/16-6 @ Chestermere 14
12/11/16-9 vs Okotoks 7
Novice White
12/3/16-5 @ Foothills 4
12/4/16-4 vs Okotoks 8
12/10/16-7 vs Okotoks 14
12/11/16-7 @ Foothills 7
12/11/16-2 @ Chestermere 14
Novice Tier 3
12/3/16-8 vs High Country 15
12/4/16-7 vs Magrath 7
12/10/16-6 @ Indus 4
12/11/16-2 @ Claresholm 5
12/17/16-4 vs Fort Macleod 7
12/18/16-15 @ Drumheller 2
Atom Tier 3
12/3/16-12 vs Picture Butte 2
12/4/16-8 @ Taber 2
12/16/16-3 @ Picture Butte 6
12/17/16-6 vs Brooks 0
12/18/16-3 vs Coaldale 5
Atom Tier 4
12/10/16-1 @ Nanton 7
12/11/16-3 vs Pincher Creek 2
12/17/16-2 vs Chestermere 3
12/18/16-8 @ Indus 5
Pee Wee Tier 3
12/3/16-8 @ Brooks 2
12/10/16-7 vs Airdrie 6
12/11/16-5 @ Coaldale 2
Bantam Tier 1
12/10/16-3 vs Canmore 3
12/11/16-5 vs Olds 4
12/17/16-2 vs Medicine Hat 1
Bantam Tier 3 White
12/9/16-3 vs Okotoks 5
12/10/16-4 vs Taber 3
12/17/16-4 vs Warner 2
12/18/16-7 vs Leth Red 4
Bantam Tier 3 Red
12/17/16-2 vs Okotoks 5
12/18/16-4 @ Leth White 7
Bantam Tier 6 White
12/2/16-7 vs Coaldale 4
12/3/16-2 @ Leth Red 3
12/9/16-5 vs Indus 5
12/10/16-1 vs Bassano 1
12/17/16-5 @ Indus 3
Bantam Tier 6 Red
12/2/16-11 vs Siksika 2
12/3/16-3 vs Leth White 2
12/9/16-1 vs Bassano 9
12/10/16-1 vs Indus 7
12/17/16-7 @ Foothills 2
Midget Tier 4 White
12/9/16-4 vs Redcliff 1
12/10/16-3 vs Taber 1
12/16/16-8 @ Picture Butte 5
12/17/16-1 vs Foothills 1
12/18/16-4 vs Warner 5
Midget Tier 4 Red
12/3/16-1 @ Okotoks 5
12/9/16-5 @ Warner 5
12/10/16-5 vs Picture Butte 8
12/16/16-5 vs Foothills 9
12/17/16-3 @ Picture Butte 5
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Tip’s for New Coaches
What type of coach do you
want to be? There are many
types of coaches out their, with
all different styles. In the begin-
ning set your expectations with
a team meeting. Make sure
you they understand what is
at stake, and what will happen
if the expectations are not
meant. Finally, follow through
with what you say!!! Here are
few tips for you to be an effec-
tive coach to your team
Be Active- Limit the amount
of board time, and standing
around time. Players should be
doing a activity of some sort,
with a good rest ratio.
Communicate- Likely the
number issue on most teams,
is communication. Communi-
cate to that player their weak-
nesses, with ways to improve
that weakness. As well as their
strengths with positive remarks
Scrimmages- Very important to
have in practice. This is where
the fun is for the players. This
is where your drills come to life
and you see it unfold
Conditioning- Always encour-
age extra conditioning. Not
only will this help in the later
stages of the season. This will
also help your players perform
at their best and have immedi-
ate impact. Make it rewarding
and keep reminding them of
the team goal and the “WHY”
Organized- Being organized
helps with decision’s, practice
planning, and game strategies
Have Fun!! Make it enjoyable
to practice. Even in the tough-
est times.This also keeps the
players engaged in the activity
in the sport they are doing, and
will strive to improve!!!
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The Lethbridge Headwater Midget Hurricanes take on the SEAC Tigers,
Dec. 20 at Nicholas Sheran Arena.