Five soft­ball play­ers qual­ify for Al­berta Sum­mer Games

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

The 16 Pure Venom girls soft­ball team has been per­form­ing well and last week it learned that five of its play­ers have been se­lected to go to the Al­berta Sum­mer Games.

Brook­lynn Hartman, Ten­lee Jensen, Gabby Thom­son, Brook­lyn Lutz and Randi Gill will be rep­re­sent­ing Zone 2 at the games in Grande Prairie. U16 head coach Ciena Sands is also go­ing to the games as an as­sis­tant coach.

“This is huge news for Drumheller Girls Soft­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (DGSA), and huge for Drumheller as a whole to have that kind of rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the Sum­mer Games,” said Pam Hartman of DGSA.

The girls se­lected have been play­ing to­gether for a num­ber of years and they went to two try­outs in early May. Zone 2 en­com­passes com­mu­ni­ties sur­round­ing Cal­gary, from Banff on the west, to the Saskatchew­an bor­der, tak­ing in Olds, High River, Trochu, and Hanna. About 30 play­ers tried out.

Pure Venom have been hav­ing a strong sea­son so far, and in three tour­na­ments they have at­tended this year, they hold a gold, sil­ver and a bronze.

“When you have girls of that cal­i­bre play­ing, the team just reaches new heights,” said Hartman.

The City of Grande Prairie and the County of Grande Prairie are host­ing the Games this July. There, young Al­ber­tans will com­pete in 14 dif­fer­ent sports and the hosts are ex­pect­ing 2,800 ath­letes, coaches and sup­port staff at the com­pe­ti­tion.

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