January 20th, 2018

Golf, volleyball and football share the high school sporting stage

By Woodard, Dale on September 13, 2017.

This week’s ‘High School Notebook’ column by Dave Wells

The Alberta Schools Athletic Association South Zone Golf Championships are scheduled to tee-off Thursday in Blairmore at the spectacularly scenic and wildly undulating Crowsnest Pass Golf & Country Club.

Here’s hoping the event comes off as planned.

You see, due to smoky conditions, it is plausible the tourney will be moved to Medicine Hat in the next week, but I certainly hope not.

In addition to South Zone individual and team competitions, berths in the ASAA Provincial Golf Championships Sept. 25-26 in Edmonton are up-for-grabs.

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The Southern Alberta High School Volleyball League welcomes Immanuel Christian this season. That brings the total number of schools in the loop to 12, comprising (gulp) 40 total teams. A dozen varsity girls teams are entered, 10 apiece are set for varsity boys and junior varsity girls action, while eight squads are signed-up for JV boys.

Cardston, Catholic Central, Chinook, Immanuel Christian, Coaldale Kate Andrews, LCI and Winston Churchill put a full slate of four teams (varsity and JV boys and girls) apiece on the floor. Magrath and Taber W.R. Myers have entered both varsity divisions, plus JV boys. Picture Butte are in both varsity divisions, plus JV girls. Raymond compete in both girls divisions, while Taber St. Mary’s are in varsity girls only.

Matches are played on weeknights. The action begins at 6 p.m., whether it includes JV matches in addition to varsity.

The regular season runs through Nov. 1.

I’ll be glad to profile any other area Grade 10-12 high school volleyball leagues, plus all invitational tournaments, in this free-lance column space, if I receive the information. Just email david.wells@holyspirit.ab.ca by the Monday of the week in question. As for results, I presume diligent Herald sports staffer Dale Woodard would appreciate prompt and thorough roundups at sports@lethbridgeherald.com in cyberspace.

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This is the last week of local high school football showdowns before the Southern Alberta High School Football League Division A and B contests, in pursuit of the respective T. Eaton and Jerry Dawson hardware, kicks off. Have to say I’m a big fan of this scheduling format spearheaded and conceptualized a few years ago by Raymond head coach Darryl Salmon.

That’s not to say there isn’t plenty of pigskin chasing to revel in the area this week. In fact, it’s the busiest week of the season with seven games on the menu.

Thursday at 7 p.m. Brooks visit Cardston (ranked No. 2 provincially in Tier III by Football Alberta) on the University of Lethbridge Community Stadium plush faux grass surface.

There are three games Friday, with Sandpoint, Idaho, making an interesting visit to Raymond at 5 p.m., Winston Churchill (No. 10 Tier III) trekking to Claresholm to challenge Willow Creek (No. 2, Tier IV) at 7 p.m., along with another 7 p.m. tilt in Taber as Drumheller tangle with W.R. Myers (No. 3, Tier IV.) Then, at 8 p.m., Catholic Central (No. 10, Tier IV) and Chinook top the night’s proceedings at the U of L.

But that’s not all folks. There’s two games Saturday. Medicine Hat McCoy play the hosts in Pincher Creek at 2 p.m. Then, LCI (No. 5, Tier I) tangle with Calgary Centennial for a 7 p.m. bash.

WELLSIE’S WORLD – Have to say I’ve been dialed in (as much as I’m capable) following the typical starting right side of the offensive line the powerful Calgary Stampeders have fielded this season. You see, the regular right guard is Catholic Central grad Brad Erdos, while the right tackle spot has typically been manned by Dan Federkeil, who played his high school sports for Medicine Hat High.

Erdos is 27, in his fourth season with the Stamps, after completing his university career at Simon Fraser. He’s listed at six-foot-three, 295-pounds this campaign.

Federkeil is six-foot-seven, 309-pounds, according to the Stamps. Although members of Region 1 as are local teams, Hat High does not play in the Southern Alberta High School Football League. However, the Mohawks are a Southern Alberta 4A Boys Basketball League staple and Federkeil, who is 33 now, certainly made his mark in that loop. Federkeil played football at the University of Calgary. In fact, he was asked to play hoops, too, as his Dino tenure progressed, but declined after practising with the squad. He’s a physical freak.

Erdos has obviously put in a tremendous amount of training work to develop his physique. Just look him up on YouTube to see the kind of strength and explosiveness he has developed. Wow.

Federkeil played four seasons in the NFL, including three starts, before a series of injuries, including concussions, sidelined him for three campaigns. This is his fifth year in the CFL.

I’m very impressed with the completed Comet Stadium in Raymond. If you get a chance to take in a game there it’s a gem.

As well, I’m pleased to see the University of Lethbridge Community Stadium carpet added (to my understanding) close to 20,000 pounds of crushed rubber to the playing surface this summer.

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