5 things you should know this week

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

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The birth flower for Novem­ber is the chrysan­the­mum

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On

this day in 2012, Sci­en­tists de­tected ev­i­dence of light from the uni­verse’s first stars, pre­dicted to have formed 500 mil­lion years af­ter the big bang.

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Guess who is 105 years old this year. See page A2.

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At 37 years old, New Zealand elected Jacinda Ardern as their youngest fe­male Prime Min­is­ter on Oct. 19

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Ban­tam foot­ball team fin­ishes sea­son on a pos­i­tive note.

The Ban­tam Ti­tans made it all the way to the post­sea­son but saw it end Satur­day ver­sus a tough team from La­combe.

The Ti­tans had an­other strong sea­son, and on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 28, went to La­combe to play in the B Tier semi-fi­nal ver­sus La­combe. The two teams met once this sea­son, with La­combe get­ting the best of them. This time La­combe con­tin­ued their dom­i­nant ways win­ning 52-38.

Coach Ryan Hatch was happy with how his team played.

“I have a good ex­pe­ri­enced group of Grade 9s but I had a lot of first-year play­ers and guys play­ing in spots they don’t usu­ally be­cause of in­juries. We were patch­work­ing a bit of our team to­gether, but they did re­ally well,” said Hatch.

The Ti­tans were in strik­ing dis­tance for the bulk of the game

“We were in the game, but a few small mis­takes in the sec­ond half of the game started to put it out of reach for us,” said Hatch. “We had a fum­ble on the 10-yard line and a few things like that, but they bounced back re­ally well, which was good to see.”

In the Cen­tral Foot­ball League, how a team played dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, de­ter­mines how the teams are tiered for the post­sea­son. This was the first time in a few sea­sons the Ti­tans were play­ing up in the Tier B play­offs.

“It was good to be play­ing up at this level. All four teams play­ing at this level had the same record, so it was re­ally good,” said Hatch.

There is a pos­i­tive out­look for the young team as while they had a strong core of veter­ans, they also had a num­ber of first-year play­ers who will be back and even stronger next year.

“There is also a good crop of pee­wee play­ers com­ing up as well. So that is what I am look­ing for­ward to,” said Hatch. “That is go­ing to be a good boost for our team.”

Photo cour­tesy Heather Jones

The Ban­tam Ti­tans played well but fell to the La­combe Raiders in the Tier B Semi­fi­nals on Satur­day.

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