Morinville Sports Report

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Mavericks end hockey season with visitors

The Morinville Mavericks Fun Team Hockey program ended their 2013-2014 season in Morinville with some special visitors – Westlock’s Fun Team Hockey players.

The local skaters took to the ice to faceoff against the visiting team in three separate games Mar. 15, offering players a little friendly competition from their hockey-playing neighbours to the northwest.

– Stephen Dafoe Photo

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Star power

The Morinville Curling Club saw some star power at their Mixed Bonspiel over the weekend. World Juniors Curling gold-medal winner Kelsey Rocque, who defeated South Korea’s Kyeong-Ae Kim 6-4 to win the women’s title earlier this month, was in Morinville Saturday to play skip for Real Huot’s team.

The curling club will hold a funspiel this weekend to end the 2013/2014 season.

From left: Derek St. Laurent, Kelsey Rocque and Real Huot.

– Stephen Dafoe Photo

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Something to cheer about

Morinville residents got to see some athletic prowess Thursday night, courtesy of the Morinville Community High School cheerleaders. The girls put on a demonstration in the school gymnasium during the MCHS Open House.

– Lucie Roy Photo

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These thirteen young men spend roughly four hours a week playing and practicing together as a team. When they’re not playing hockey they love cooking, learning about animals, studying dinosaurs, practicing math, and playing board games, video games, and Lego. Many of our boys enjoy camping, fishing, dirt-biking, and quading. We have musicians who play drums and guitar; baseball players, archers, snowboarders, and of course, thirteen mini-sticks aficionados!

The many facets of playing hockey and being part of a team provide lifelong skills for our young athletes. The discipline of training, learning teamwork, following the leadership of coaches and captains, and learning to win and lose are all skills that will serve them well in their exciting futures.

It has been an honor and a privilege to manage this remarkable group of young athletes – 9 and 10 year old boys who will stop to hold a door for me even though they’re carrying their heavy hockey bag; hard-working young men who participate in fundraising to take the burden off their families; and appreciative sons who I’ve overheard thanking their parents for the opportunity to play the sport they love.

“Sports do not build character.
They reveal it.”
– John Wooden

Lara Thompson,
Sturgeon Atom 2 Manager

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