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Sports Extra: St. Albert Skyhawks; female football

St. Albert female tackle football seeking more U16 division players
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BUSTING A MOVE – Nathan Olsen of the Paul Kane Blues turns the corner against Jaden Lopez of the Bellerose Bulldogs in Tuesday's metro Edmonton division two junior match at Paul Kane. The Blues won 74-68. League play continues Tuesday as the Bulldogs (2-4) host the Edmonton Christian Lions (3-4) at 5:30 p.m. and the Blues (2-5) welcome the Spruce Grove Panthers (3-3) at 6:30 p.m. CHRIS COLBOURNE/St. Albert Gazette

Female football

Registrations are being accepted for the new U16 female spring league football team in St. Albert.

Females born in 2005, 2006 and 2007 are eligible to play tackle football in the U16 division.

The St. Albert Valkyries, Edmonton Seahawks, West Edmonton Raiders, Wetaskiwin Warriors and Fort McKay Northern Spirits are confirmed for the 2020 season.

Orientation practices start this weekend at Foote Field.

The female tackle component in the Capital District Minor Football Association also includes the midget spring league U19 division for 2002, 2003 and 2004 born players.

The U16 division will feature the same rules and structure as the inaugural four-team midget league in 2019.

The U19 division will still be six-on-six full contact football, but with the addition of special teams and games will be played on a full field.

Last year’s 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 Valkyries, representing the St. Albert Minor Football Association, finished 3-2 as league finalists with a roster of 14 females and the majority of players and some newcomers have signed up for the U19 team.

Nine Valkyries also registered to play metro Edmonton high school football in 2019 with the Bellerose Bulldogs, Paul Kane Blues and St. Albert High Skyhawks and the year before no females played high school football in St. Albert.

This year’s U19 teams are the Valkyries, Raiders, Wetaskiwin, Leduc Wildcats and Sherwood Park Wolverines.

The U19 and U16 season is slated to start in early April and ends May 9.

For more information about the Valkryries, contact SAMFA president Rob Patrick at [email protected].

Free throw event

Youths can shoot for the hoop at the Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw Championships.

The St. Albert qualifier, sponsored by Brother Anthony Council, is Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at Ecole Secondaire Sainte Marguerite d’Youville. 

Divisions are male and female in single-year increments.

Registration is free and all you need is proof of age and indoor shoes.

The winners move on to the regional championships March 15 at St. Joseph High School.

Contact James Dean at [email protected] for more information.

Skyhawks hoops

The last tournament before provincials for the defending 4A champion St. Albert Skyhawks is the No Frills at Jasper Place High School.

Six women’s basketball teams have three games scheduled and there is no final.

The Skyhawks are in action today against the Lindsay Thurber Raiders of Red Deer at 11:45 a.m. and the Medicine Hat Kwahommies at 3:15 p.m.

The Skyhawks were 23-1 overall – 14-1 after the fourth undefeated tournament weekend in five competitions this season and 9-0 in the metro Edmonton division one league – before Friday’s contest with the Centennial Coyotes of Calgary and the score was unavailable at press time.

The latest division one victory was this week’s 95-17 pummelling of the Harry Ainlay Titans (3-7) in the last game at the SkyDome before the March 2 quarter-finals.

The result marked the sixth time the Skyhawks surpassed 90 points in league play and four were triple-digit scores.

First-place is on the line Wednesday against the host Jasper Place Rebels (8-0) at 5:30 p.m.

The Skyhawks defeated the Rebels in the last two division one finals.

The Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association’s first 4A rankings listed the Skyhawks and Rebels second and third, respectively, behind the Western Canada Redhawks of Calgary.

The next ASAA rankings were to be released Friday.

In tournament play against the Redhawks, the Skyhawks lost 76-68 in the Dec. 13 semifinal of the REB Invitational at Jasper Place and the rematch was the 91-66 victory in the St. Mary’s Saints Senior Classic semifinal Jan. 31 at Calgary.

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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