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Skyhawks hoop it up at REB Invitational and female football in St. Albert update

REB Invitational

The St. Albert Skyhawks were winners of six games without a loss this season before playing the Western Canada Redhawks of Calgary in the women’s draw at the 38th annual REB Invitational basketball tournament.

Friday’s semifinal score was unavailable at press time.

Depending on the outcome, the Skyhawks will face the Jasper Place Rebels or the Leboldus Suns of Regina today in the 2 p.m. third-place game or the 6 p.m. final at Jasper Place High School.

At last year’s REB Invitational, the Skyhawks dropped a 66-52 decision to the Rebels for third place in the eight-team tournament.

It was also the last loss for the Skyhawks en route to repeating as metro Edmonton division one champions and winning 4A provincials during a 30-5 season that ended with 22 consecutive victories.

The Skyhawks, winners of the 22nd annual Mike Dea Classic last month, crushed the Strathcona Lords in back-to-backs this week by scores of 106-24 in league play Wednesday at the SkyDome and 96-45 in the REB opener.

The Skyhawks averaged 100 points scored and 36.5 points against in six wins before playing the Redhawks.

The last league game for the Skyhawks before the Christmas break is Monday at home against the Archbishop Jordan Scots at 5 p.m.

Female football

The female football program in the Capital District Minor Football Association is expanding after a successful first season.

In the spring of 2020, the U16 division will feature the same rules and structure as the inaugural four-team midget league for females in Grade 9, 10 and 11 and the U19 division will still be six-on-six full contact football, but the larger league teamwise will include special teams and different field dimensions.

Midget spring league games consisted of 30-minute halfs of running time with the field divided for two games at once and every offensive drive started at the 45-yard line.

The St. Albert Valkyries, with 14 players in the lineup, finished 3-2 as league finalists.

Nine players with the St. Albert Minor Football Association team registered to play metro Edmonton high school football with the Bellerose Bulldogs, Paul Kane Blues and St. Albert High Skyhawks in 2019.

There were no females playing high school football in St. Albert in 2018.

SAMFA opens its registration for female football Jan. 1. Preparation camps begin in February and league play kicks off in April.

For more information, contact SAMFA president Rob Patrick at [email protected]

Jeff Hansen

About the Author: Jeff Hansen

Jeff Hansen joined the St. Albert Gazette in 1991. He writes about sports, athletes and teams from St. Albert and area.
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