Silver and gold … and bronze too.
A total of seven teams from the Spruce Grove Soccer Association returned from the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association City Finals with medals around their necks.
At the premier level the U11 boys tier 2 team won gold, taking down the Mill Woods Selects 6-3 in the preliminary round before hammering the Xtreme soccer club 7-2.
The U11 Tier 3 girls rolled through the preliminary round against the MW selects with a 6-0 win, before earning the silver medal in a 3-1 loss to Fort Saskatchewan. The U11 tier 3 boys fell 7-3 to the Southwest Edmonton Soccer Club in the preliminary round, but bounced back with a 3-1 win over the MW Selects to claim the bronze medial.
Additionally, four teams at the community recreation level captured medals for Spruce Grove. The U9 girls squad had the most success, claiming gold in the final after going 3-0 and collecting nine points over the three-game city-final.
Three other teams, including the U15 tier 6 boys, the U15 tier 4 girls, and the U9 tier 7 boys, won silver medals.
Bantam PAC take on Fort Saskatchewan
The Parkland Athletic Club Saints are set to take on the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers in Round 1 of the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League.
The Rangers claimed Game 1 9-1 and can close out the series Thursday. Results from that game were unavailable at press time.
In four meetings with the Rangers during the regular season, the Saints are winless. They have, however, closed the gap between the teams set early in the season. In the first two contests between the teams, the Rangers blanked the Saints 8-0. and 6-0.
Down the stretch, the PAC proved they can hang with the Rangers, losing 6-3, and most recently, 4-2 in significantly closer game.
Training the Saints of the future
The Spruce Grove Saints are ready to show local youth the ropes.
The club announced they will hold their first ever hockey school, in partnership with Subway and Humpty’s in Spruce Grove, from Aug.19-23.
Over the course of one week, participants will receive more than 10 hours of on and off ice training from the Saints’ coaching staff, and a mix of current and former Saints players. Every participant gets a jersey, a t-shirt, and food provided in between training sessions.
Coaches will hone in on specific aspects of players’ games daily, with the goal of enhancing the overall skating, shooting, and puck handling skill of each player. The camp is open to boys and girls of all skill levels in the novice, atom, peewee, bantam, and midget divisions.
Participants will also earn free entry into the Jr. Saints Kids Club. A club that gives local youth the opportunity to participate in a number of team related events.