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Valley Soccer Association kicks off a new season

Jan Lart of the Rosthern Raiders U18 soccer team uses his head to keep the ball away from the Waldheim Raiders, during the season opener in Rosthern on Sunday April 30

The Valley Soccer Association’s season started this week as there are a lot of communities in the Clark’s Crossing Gazette distribution playing in that league.
There are teams from Aberdeen, Dalmeny, Hague, Hepburn, Langham, Martensville, Osler, Rosthern, Waldheim, and Warman. The league is made up of divisions U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U18.
The season started on Sunday, April 30 as the U18 division kicked off the season, with a game between the Cudworth Crush and the Osler Cyclones. There was also a game between the Rosthern Raiders and the Waldheim Raiders.
Throughout the season, the U8 division will be competing on Monday, the U10’s play on Friday, the U12 category is in action on Thursday, U14 teams play on Wednesday and the U16 division play on Tuesday.
The majority of the U18 games are on Sunday, with the odd one being on Monday.
The Warman Minor Soccer Association has teams in the U10 and U12 divisions competing in the Valley Soccer Association. However, the U6 and U8 teams play against other teams in their respective division within Warman minor soccer.
There is also a kinder division and those teams just participate in practices.
The U8 and kinder divisions consist of 12 teams each and there are 22 teams in the U6 category. The U8 division plays on Mondays and the U6 division are in action on Tuesdays and Thursdays
The Martensville Soccer Association also has its U10 and U12 categories compete against teams in the Valley Soccer Association. The U6 and U8 divisions play amongst teams within Martensville soccer.
Each division plays in a tournament throughout the season.
The U8 and U10 divisions play in a tournament in Rosthern on May 27 and on June 2 to 4 the U14 category has a tournament in Aberdeen. The U18 division will be in Waldheim on June 16 to 18 for a tournament.
The U16 teams have their tournament in Hepburn from June 16 to 18. Also, that same weekend the U6 division will be competing in a tournament in Warman  on June 17.
The final tournament of the season will be on June 23 and 24 in Osler as the U12 division will be in action.
The Valley Soocer Association season concludes at the end of June.

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Champions crowned during CVAC Districts

VCA’s Megan Laskowski earned the district championship in the junior girls’ singles division on Saturday, April 29 at the Martensville Athletic Pavilion

There was a lot of badminton played last week as schools in the Central Valley Athletic Conference (CVAC) competed in playoffs which concluded with district badminton championships in both the junior and senior divisions.
That was the final tournament for the junior teams, however the top two senior teams in each of the boys’ singles, girls’ singles, mixed doubles, boys’ doubles and girls’ doubles categories will be competing at the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association (SHSAA) regional badminton championships in Prince Albert on Saturday, May 6.
The junior district badminton championships were held at the Martensville Athletic Pavilion on Saturday, April 29.
Playoffs for that tournament were earlier that week as a total of  28 schools within the district competed.
In the first day of the playoffs, teams were divided into two conferences as there were four groups in each conference, with no more than four schools in a group.
The top two teams in each category of each group advanced to their respective conference final, in the second day of the playoffs. The top three teams of from those respective conference finals moved onto the district championship. Six teams from each category competed in that tournament.
The teams that played in the district championships represented  Martensville High, Hepburn, Valley Christian Academy (VCA), Hanley, Langham, Perdue, Vonda, Venture Heights, Delisle, Hepburn, Rosthern, Waldheim, Allan, Borden, Laird and Dalmeny.
After a round robin in each category the top two teams played in a best-of-three final were a champion was named.
In the boys’ singles division, Nathan Yee of Martensville High and Josh Baduik of Perdue competed in the final, with Yee becoming the district champion in that category.
VCA’s Megan Laskowski defeated Langham’s Anja Moger in the girls’ singles final.
In the mixed doubles category, Cole Duperreault and Carlie Meikle of Martensville High overcame VCA’s Alek Gurgul and Nikki Martens in the final.
Rosthern’s Teagan Knoll and Kelsey Deptuck were victorious over Waldheim’s Meela Riben and Zurleny Gomez to claim the girls’ doubles championship.
In the boys’ doubles division, Ethan Bueckert and Luke Hamm of Laird were the champions as they defeated Perdue’s
Carter Mason Luke Gray in the final.
The senior district badminton championship also took place on April 29 but the athletes competed at Clavet Composite School.
There was just one day of playoffs before the district championships as there were 24 schools within the CVAC district that competed in the playoffs. Schools were divided into six groups. The top two teams in each category from each group advanced to the district championships.
Each category was divided into two pools and played a round-robin.
After the round-robin, the top two teams of each pool in its respective category played in a crossover championship playoff.
In the boys’ singles division, Jared Hamm of Warman High and Blaine Lake’s Aaron Greyeyes battled in out in the final with Hamm coming out on top, however both athletes will be competing at regionals.
VCA’s Adrian Laskowski defeated Sophia Matiko of Clavet in the girls singles final to become district champion as she won that title last year.
Zack Reimer and Quinn MacDonald of Martensville High were the district champions in the boys’ doubles as they defeated Perdue’s Chance Pawluk and Shayne Nicholls.
In the girls’ doubles category Meaghan Nicholls and Cassidy Hooper of Perdue earned the district championship by defeating Blaine Lake’s Trinity Yawpisen and Megan Lafond.
Again Perdue was on the winning side as Brayden Wilkinson and Josie Hooper beat Colonsay’s Layne Matechuk and Jessica Sopatyk in the mixed doubles final.

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Badminton playoffs to commence soon

Michael Wiebe of Hague High School uses his full concentration while trying to hit the birdie during a junior badminton game, in the mixed doubles category, at Warman High School on Wednesday, April 12

With the final games of the badminton regular season all wrapped up, the Central Valley Athletic Conference’s (CVAC) playoffs are about to start in both the senior and junior divisions.
The junior badminton playoffs get underway on Tuesday, April 25. That division is split up into two conferences of four groups as there are no more than four schools in one group.
In each group there are five categories which include boys doubles, girls doubles, mixed doubles, boys singles and girls singles.
In conference A, Allan is hosting group one as Asquith and Hanley are the other schools competing in that group. Group two consists of Colonsay, Aberdeen and Langham as the games will be played at Colonsay School. Venture Heights, Clavet, Leask and Vanscoy make up group three and they will be playing at Venture Heights school in Martensville. And Osler School will be hosting group four as the other teams in that group are Laird, Stobart and Valley Christian Academy (VCA).
In conference B, Group five is made up of teams from Hague High, Constable Robin Cameron Education Complex (CRCEC), Martensville High and Rosthern High as Hague School is hosting that group. Blaine Lake, Dalmeny and Hepburn will be playing in group six as they will be competing at Blaine Lake Composite School.
In group seven, Delisle, Borden, Perdue and Valley Manor will be competing at Delisle Composite School. And finally group eight, will be playing at Warman High School as Vonda and Waldheim are the other badminton clubs in that group.
All of those playoff games begin at 2 p.m.
The playoffs continue on Thursday, April 27 at 2 p.m.
The top two teams in each category in Conference A will be playing at Lord Asquith School and the top two clubs in each category from Conference B will be competing at Rosthern High School.
The top three teams of each category of each conference will advance to the CVAC District Junior Badminton Championship on Saturday, April 29, at Martensville High School. The tournament gets under way at 10 a.m.
The senior badminton playoffs start on Wednesday April 26. There are six groups and the top two qualifiers from the mixed doubles, boys doubles, girls doubles, boys singles and girls singles divisions will advance to the CVAC District Senior Badminton Championship.
Group one consists of Blaine Lake, Clavet, Leask and Stobart as the games are taking place at Blaine Lake Composite School.
Colonsay, Asquith, Langham and VCA make up group two and they will be playing at Colonsay School. Group three will actually play on Thursday, April 27. Dalmeny, CRCEC, Hague and Martensville High are competing in that group as the tournament is at Dalmeny High School.
Group four will be competing at Hanley School as Delisle, Waldheim. Allan and Hanley are the teams in the group. Perdue, Aberdeen, Hepburn and Rosthern will play at Perdue School as they are part of group five. And finally group six will be playing at Warman High School as Borden, Rosthern Junior College, Vonda and Warman will be competing in the tournament.
The CVAC District Senior Badminton Championship is on Saturday, April 29 at Clavet Composite School and it starts at 10 a.m. The top two teams of each categroy will advance to regional playoffs
The Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association (SHSAA) Regional Badminton Championship is in Prince Albert on May 6. The SHSAA Provincial Badminton Championship is on May 13 in Weyburn.

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