Hockey, curling, 4-H warm winter chill

I hope the sun is shining for you this week; this winter has gone on a bit too long for me.

I hope the sun is shining for you this week; this winter has gone on a bit too long for me.

Helen Steen sends out a big thank-you to her helpers for the March birthday club that she hosted at St. Mary’s Lodge. Those who were celebrating their birthdays were Margaret Swanson, Ivy Cooper, Arlene Weisenberger and Della Davis.

Everything went well and Helen figured she served her delicious orange chiffon cake to a large crowd. The entertainment had everyone’s toes tapping, so thanks to Marion Stickle and her band from Three Hills. Next month’s hostess will be Donna Sengaus on the third Monday of April. Anyone interested in helping is asked to contact Donna.

The Stettler Storm won the North Central Minor Hockey Association midget girls’ banner on Saturday evening in Lacombe, beating Lacoka 6-3. Harlee Avramenko of Rumsey had an assist on Jessie Anderson’s winning goal. This is a great accomplishment for the team … and congratulations to Harlee for doing so well.

Tataina Avramenko competed in the Hetlinger taekwondo tournament in Wetaskiwin last weekend and bought home a gold medal for sparring in her age group. Well done, Tataina!

The 4-H regional speakoffs were held on Saturday. Lowell Nelson, Mickey Johnson, and Levi Hampton had won at districts, so they advanced on behalf of the Rumsey/Rowley 4-H beef and Morrin Multi-Club.

Lowell placed third, and because the winner is unable to attend the provincial competition in Olds, Lowell will be headed there on April 6. The challenge is in speech — to compete at the provincial level, all the seniors are given the same general topic that they must write their four- to six-minute speech on. How they choose to approach the subject is all up to them. It will be interesting to see how each person develops the same topic. Good luck, Lowell.

Some of our Rumsey men headed up to Big Valley this past week to curl in the men’s bonspiel, and they did very well. Alan Hampton with Mark McNaughton, Greg Primrose and Cayle Griffith won the first division. Well done.

Rod Nelson, Craig Cawiezil, Bradley Nelson and Travis Cawiezil placed third in the first division.

There were also some teams headed to Drumheller for the mixed bonspiel.

Reports are in on the Drumheller teams that our local boys play minor hockey with. The Tier 2 peewee team that Braden Burrows plays on lost out in provincial competition this past weekend after experiencing some tough games. They did finish first in their league, which was an excellent accomplishment in itself.

At the bantam level, we have Reagan Burrows and Carson Hodge together on a team. They played off for the banner in their league this past weekend, but lost. They enjoyed the experience of playing at a provincial level, but didn’t place high in the standings. Better luck next year, guys.

The midget team of Deaver Hodge, Tanner Couturier and Colton Wolfe and a few others won their league banner, and then they went on to the provincial tournament in Coaldale this past weekend, but they didn’t reach the final.

The Boars Cup hockey tournament was played in Byemoor this past weekend, and even though it doesn’t really compare to provincial play, we were proud to see a strong contingency of Steens represented. Randy and Lenard Schofer, Joe and Shane Steen and Sheldon Steen all headed over to play their best game and have a good time. Joe played in the B final against Randy and Sheldon’s team, and then Shane played against Len’s team for the A final.

Bad news for all … Shane’s team won, so that will be the third year in a row that Shane has been on the winning team. There will be no living with the kid after this. A good time was had by all.


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