Lo­cal sports

Fort McMurray Today - - FRONT PAGE - CUR­TIS PHILIPS

A look at the re­gion’s busy sports com­mu­nity.

As of to­mor­row, Novem­ber 11, the Fort Mcmur­ray Oil Barons will be suit­ing up in com­mem­o­ra­tive jer­seys – crested with a Lest We For­get ban­ner and pop­pies adorn­ing the sweater - when they host the Can­more Ea­gles. Game jer­seys will be auc­tioned off with all pro­ceeds to the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 165.

“As Cana­di­ans, it’s im­por­tant for us to re­flect on the role our brave mil­i­tary men and women have played in serv­ing Canada at home and abroad,” said Oil Barons and North­ern Al­berta Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (NAAA) Pres­i­dent David Fitzger­ald in a me­dia re­lease. “This is our way of hon­our­ing them and rais­ing money to sup­port pro­grams and ser­vices that are of­fered by the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion for vet­er­ans.”

Barons con­tinue to lead the Al­berta Ju­nior Hockey League Viterra North Di­vi­sion with 16 wins, three losses and one over­time loss. Bot­tom of the eight team AJHL North is Dray­ton Val­ley Thun­der at three wins and 19 losses.

The Barons re­cently ac­quired Domenico Ar­gento from the OCN Bliz­zard (Man­i­toba Ju­nior Hockey League) in ex­change for fu­ture con­sid­er­a­tions. Ar­gento has un­packed his bags nu­mer­ous times in the last few years, with cups of cof­fee for the Bliz­zard, Cataractes, Co­bras, Cougars, Hawks, Is­lan­ders, Mon­tang­nards, Moose­heads, Rangers and Tigers.

The Fort Mcmur­ray Le­gion Pipes and Drums, who ap­pear at count­less lo­cal events in­clud­ing sports, are say­ing good­bye to­day to one of their finest. Robert Glashoer­ster, 29, was a gen­tle gi­ant who leaves us too soon. I will truly miss our talks about Freako­nomics.

Re­mem­brance Day re­flec­tion: Back in the 1960s’ one of Fort Mcmur­ray’s best al­laround ath­letes was Gor­don Glenn White, at­tend­ing St. John’s School from Kinder­garten to Grade 11 and later Grade 12 at St. An­thony’s Col­lege in Ed­mon­ton.

Of Métis her­itage, White, who had eight sib­lings, left Fort Mcmur­ray and joined the U.S. Marines and on Oc­to­ber 25, 1968 started his tour of duty in Viet­nam.

In the role of ri­fle­man while a mem­ber of Com­pany G, sec­ond Bat­tal­ion of the 26th, USA Marines, he was killed March 12, 1969 when an ex­plo­sive de­vice was ac­ci­dently det­o­nated by a com­rade, killing White and eight oth­ers.

He was only 23 and for sev­eral years af­ter­wards, a lo­cal box­ing tour­na­ment was held in his honour.

Spin­ning the bas­ket­ball on his fin­ger with Harlem Glo­be­trot­ter fi­nesse, fol­lowed up by a per­fect be­hind-the­back pass, Mayor Don Scott re­cently dis­played his bas­ket­ball tal­ents at half­time of a Keyano Huskies bas­ket­ball game. Steal­ing the im­promptu show though, was his fa­ther Keith Scott, bring­ing loud ap­plause from the crowd . Keith spent over 50 years play­ing com­edy bas­ket­ball for such teams as the House of David and Harlem Aces, even play­ing against hoops leg­end Wilt Cham­ber­lain. At age 82, Keith showed that he still had skills.

Keyano Col­lege Huskies men’s soc­cer team are presently in Nanaimo, Bri­tish Columbia par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2017 Cana­dian Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion Men’s Soc­cer Na­tional Cham­pi­onships. As of press dead­line, the three­time de­fend­ing Al­berta Col­leges Ath­letic Con­fer­ence cham­pion were in semi-fi­nal play. In quar­ter fi­nal open­ing round ac­tion Wed­nes­day, they shutout Hol­land Hur­ri­canes 2-0 with Neto Maguel and Ed­uardo Filho scor­ing. In a post-game locke­room talk, head coach Mu­rad Sukru said: “We’ve gone through the tough­est stage. To­mor­row we go back at it again. We worked hard to­day, we de­fended, we at­tacked, we played our game, we never changed our­selves.“It was also Sukru’s birth­day.

Good luck to lo­cal vol­ley­ball play­ers try­ing out for the Zone 7 vol­ley­ball team this week­end in St. Paul in prepa­ra­tion for the 2018 Al­berta Win­ter Games which Fort Mcmur­ray will host Fe­bru­ary 16-19, 2018.

Keyano Huskies men’s vol­ley­ball are cur­rently ranked eighth in CCAA vol­ley­ball polls from coast-to-coast-to-coast with fifth-year right -side Blazej Pel­lowski at­tempt­ing to be­come the all-time ACAC leader in ser­vice aces. The Wro­claw, Poland na­tive cur­rently has 131 aces in 296 sets. The record is held by for­mer Huskies star and two-time CCAA Men’s Vol­ley­ball Player of the Year Al­wyn Piche who to­taled 176 in 276 sets.

Lo­cal thor­ough­bred owner Danny Dion had one of his star horses Johnny Bear beat the 12-1 odds to win the Grade 1 $800,000 Pat­ti­son Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional at Wood­bine Race­track re­cently. Ac­cord­ing to the web­site Equibase, Dion’s Bear Sta­bles Ltd. has earned a lit­tle over $18,500,000 to date with an in­cred­i­ble 2,509 starts since 2005.

Fort Mcmur­ray’s Jacques Saay­man placed sec­ond at the 2017 ACAC Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships clock­ing a time of 27:33.50 for the eight kilo­me­tre dis­tance. As­sist­ing the SAIT Tro­jans to a ACAC men’s team ti­tle, he com­petes to­mor­row at the 2017 CCAA Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships be­ing held in Lionel­groulx Blainville, Que­bec.

Fort Mcmur­ray Barons Pee­wee AA cur­rently stand atop the Pee­wee AA North­ern Hockey League Black Di­vi­sion with five wins, one loss and two ties be­hind 48 goals for and 33 goals against. Quinn Sz­pak leads the way with 12 goals and five as­sists. They host Lake­land Pan­thers this week­end Novem­ber 11-12 at Frank Lacroix Mi­nor Hockey Arena.

Catch you on the re­bound.

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Keyano Huskies’ Ed­uardo Filho (No. 20) was named Player of the Game fol­low­ing Huskies 2-0 shutout of the Hol­land Hur­ri­canes in the open­ing quar­ter-fi­nal at the 2017 CCAA Men’s Soc­cer Na­tional Cham­pi­onships held in Nanaimo, B.C.

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Fort Mcmur­ray Oil Barons Re­mem­ber­ance Day jer­seys.

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