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Spartans dominate

Posted by Carl Seafoot at Oct 2, 2002 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Spartans dominate
Strathmore high school team picks apart Drumheller in home opener

Mario Prusina
Thursday October 03, 2002

Strathmore Standard — Darcey Martens scored four touchdowns and Mark Leboldus added two more as the Strathmore Spartans high school football team beat up Drumheller 62-0 Sept. 28 at the high school.
Luis Gudiel, who had a superb game at quarterback and the kicking positions, scored on a one-yard sneak and added a 42-yard field goal in the contest to help the Spartans improve to a 2-1 record on the season.
"It was a good game," said Gudiel. "We came in strong and we clicked right off the start - we wanted to get the offence involved right away.
"We had a really good running game today and that was huge.
"That was really important today and the defence stepped it up right away."
The Spartans jumped out to a 7-0 lead just 1:39 into the game when Martens scored on a long rushing play.
Then with 5:53 left in the first quarter, Gudiel found Leboldus for a 22-yard pass to take a 14-0 lead.
With just 3:16 to go in the opening quarter, Martens added 55 and 31 yard rushing plays to give the Spartans a huge 26-0 lead (both converts were missed) heading into the second half.
"That was a good game - I liked it," smiled Martens, who added a 55-yard touchdown in the second half after receiving a pass from back-up quarterback Brock Reimer. "It was an excellent game personally and as a team.
"I think the most important aspect of our game was that our defence shut them down - they did a good job and they made our job (on offence) easier.
"I didn't expect to have a blowout like this - everything clicked today."
The Spartans, who lead 42-0 at the half, also got touchdowns from John Bonami-McRae and Justin Quong.
The team capped off the scoring with 3:47 in the fourth quarter when Leboldus caught a 56-yard pass from Reimer.
"I can't complain today," beamed Leboldus, who played on both offence and defence throughout the game. "Our offensive line did an amazing job opening the holes and our defence shut down their passing game.
"It was fun for me to be out there pretty much the entire game - being the glamour boy at receiver you get the passes and on defence you get to knock some guys around.
"This game is a huge confidence builder as we head towards the playoffs."
Leboldus credited both of his quarterbacks as key ingredients in the win.
"Both Luis (Gudiel) and Brock (Reimer) were bombing those passes," said Leboldus. "The passes were beautiful - they couldn't get anymore perfect.
"The passes were falling right over our shoulders... I'm sure both of them had really good completion ratios.
"High school football isn't known for its passing - it's more of rushing. So far this year we're opening up the passing game too."
Spartans head coach Brett Bastable, who wanted to get almost all of his players involved in the contest, was happy with the win.
"We stuck to our game plan," said Bastable. "We started out by showing them the running game before we added the passing game.
"I think that we finally have the right personnel in the right positions."
The Spartans will now travel to Canmore on Oct. 12 before they host Hanna on Oct. 19 in the final game of the season.
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"Men not mice"

Posted by Carl Seafoot at Sep 4, 2002 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

"Men not mice"
Strathmore Spartans bantam football team impresses coach with tie against Chestermere

Mario Prusina
Thursday September 05, 2002

Strathmore Standard — With half a roster of a regular football team, the Strathmore Spartans bantam football team impressed their head coach en route to a 12-12 tie with the Chestermere Chiefs Aug. 31 at the high school.
The Spartans, with just 18 players dressed for the contest, earned great praise from head coach Rob Musselman.
"We played like men not mice - that's the only way I could refer to those boys," said Musselman. "We had only 18 players today and everyone one them played ironman - everyone of them played on both sides of the field.
"I can't respect these guys enough - they're all hard workers.
"After only four days of practice...that was amazing."
After trailing 6-0, the Spartans tied the contest before the Chiefs took another lead with a touchdown. The Spartans replied with one of their own to send the game to overtime, where they had a glorious chance to win it.
"They're a good competition - I like playing Chestermere," said Musselman. "We have a strong disliking for each other but they're good competitors.
"Both teams show up when we play each other - I like playing against them."
The Spartans, who used the option and the pitch quite effectively throughout the game, hope to polish up their entire game for their season opener next week at the high school.
The Spartans will host Drumheller at 1 p.m. to open the campaign.
"I think that it should be a good matchup," said Musselman of the contest. "They beat us last year by one point when we took some stupid penalties...we should have won that game.
"We're looking to come out and dominate against them. I hope that we're hungry against those guys.
"I'd rather have 20 hungry, intense players who show up to play every game than 40 basic players."
So coach, with this crew that has played one game, "Are the playoffs obtainable?"
"Obtainable?" questioned Musselman. "I think that the playoffs are more than obtainable.
"Without a doubt, I think that we can win the league. We're going to go out and give every team a run for their money."
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Golden athletes get going

Posted by Carl Seafoot at Aug 14, 2002 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Golden athletes get going
Various athletes and coaches head to Alberta Summer Games in search of a gold medal

Mario Prusina
Thursday August 15, 2002

Strathmore Standard — Athletes and coaches from Wheatland County will be looking for medals this upcoming weekend as Camrose hosts the 2002 Alberta Summer Games Aug. 15-18.
Nearly 20 athletes and coaches from the area qualified to compete in the four-day event.
The County will be well represented by female volleyball players, which include Strathmore's Blaire Anderson, Joeclyn Drake, Brittany Ferguson, Kristen Harriman and Tara Lein. Tannis Corbiell (Cluny), Lacy Kaiser and Debbie Knudensen of Hussar will also take part in the sport. Carrie Westgard and Louise Bleier of Strathmore will coach.
Strathmore will also send Jessica Kisell (triathlon), Joseph McAfee (football), Kaleb Hembrough (football) and Chase Bachman (football).
Siksika will send basketball players Megan Yellow Fly, Lanny McHugh and Jarrett Pretty Youngman.
Strathmore's Zane Anderson qualified for the baseball team, but he will not attend because of other commitments.
With nearly 3,000 athletes, coaches and technical officials participating in 17 different sports from across the province, the Alberta Games is the province's multi-sport event for youth aged 12-17.
The opening ceremonies begin on Aug. 15 and can be seen live on television.