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Peewee football comes to Strathmore
Strathmore Standard, Bill Duke, Editor
As has been the case for the last many Mays, Strathmore’s football teams have taken to the field for spring camp. This year, however, there are three teams running drills, not two.
For the first time ever, Strathmore will be home to a peewee football team, and new coach Doug Klauck couldn’t be happier.
“I think football is the best team sport out there,” explained the coach. “From my own personal experience, the best friendships I’ve ever had through life were all because of football. The bonds kids make at this age are just incredible. In other sports, you just don’t seem to stay together over the years like you do with football. The kids know it takes 12 players every single play to do something positive or negative.”
Klauck, who has five years coaching experience from his time in Ontario and Chestermere, was part of a group of parents that pushed for the addition of a peewee team to the bantam and senior programs. Klauck and his group worked tirelessly in determining just how much interest there was from the community for such a team. Their findings indicated that there would be more than enough families to make it work.
“We’ve got 23 peewees already pre-registered for the season. It’s better than I thought it was going to be,” said Klauck.
As for the spring camp itself, Klauck said basics are the name of the game.
“We’re getting kids introduced to the game and showing them proper technique so they don’t get scared or hurt. We teach them there are going to be some bumps and bruises along the way. We make it fun for them. A successful season for us would be getting the kids to come back next year. We want to make it fun for them, teach them the game, and get them to come back. I gauge my success on how many kids we get to come back.”
The peewee team will consist of 10, 11 and 12-year-olds. They will play in a league similar to the one the bantam team has been a part of for the past several seasons.
On the senior’ side of the field, the spring turnout is smaller than head coach Carl Seafoot would like to see, but that’s not unusual given the busy schedules of his players.
“Our spring camp suffers a lot because of other sports, which is fine. Guys are playing lacrosse and whatnot,” said Seafoot. “It looks like we’ve got some good guys moving up. We’ve got a couple new bodies in camp that are looking promising. We’ve got some holes to fill from the graduating class, but it’s like that every year. We’re trying to fit the pieces together.”
Seafoot said that with the peewee team heading into their first season the biggest challenge of the spring has been finding enough gear for all the expected bodies. But that minor hassle will be worth the benefits of having a Peewee team in the community.
“We’ll be seeing the benefits of this at the senior level in five years,” said Seafoot.
Local athlete chosen to play on All Star team
Robert Massey , Special to the Standard
A local football player received a huge honour when he was told he was part of the Southern Alberta All Star team.
Christopher Reed, a Strathmore Bantam footballer, made the cut for the South Bantam Bowl Squad in the April 18 and 19 tryouts at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium. The team is a South Provincial Grade 9 (graduating Bantam level) All Star team. It is comprised of Bantam players from across southern Alberta who play one game against their Northern counterparts.
“It was really exciting,” said Reed. “I trained for three weeks before the tryouts. It’s quite an honour.”
Reed, 14, is a defensive end who played with the Strathmore Spartans this past season.
Carl Seafoot, SCFA President and Senior Head Coach, didn’t have the chance to coach Reed in his three years in Bantam, however he did get to watch games and practices. He’s impressed with Reed and his past coaches who have helped him learn the game.
“His effort showed in practices and games,” said Seafoot through an e-mail interview. “He was a team leader, and one you could count on to make (offensively) or break (defensively) the big play. He played hard all year and has been a top performer throughout his time in Bantam football.”
The tryout is by special invitation only with approximately 175 players being asked to come out.
Reed beat out 40 other hopefuls for his position on the team. To even be considered for the team a player must first be nominated by their head coach.
The tryouts are gruelling on the body, with four full practices over the course of two days.
“It was fun,” said Reed.
All their work will climax in their game against the North team later this month. Reed said the game was amazing and he tried not to get over-excited.
“I went out there and just played my game,” he said.
Reed will be moving up to high school next year, and would like to keep playing football.
“I’d like to play as long as I can.”
Strathmore Bantam footballer Chris Reed made the cut in the April 18 & 19 tryouts at McMahon Stadium for the South Bantam Bowl Squad. Chris showed his skills well and put forward a strong effort to earn 1 of the available 40 spots at the tryouts which were attended by ~175 Bantam Players from Southern Alberta. Chris will attend the North vs South Bantam Bowl, Monday, May 18 12:00 p.m. at Foote Field, Edmonton. Nine Bantam Spartans were registered for the tryouts.
The Under 17 Southern Alberta tryouts were also held on April 18 & 19, five players from this age group attended, but no Spartans were selected to go forward on the Provincial Team. Aproximately 170 players were trying out for the 40 spots on the team.
The South Senior Bowl tryouts took place April 24 - 26 at McMahon Stadium. Six graduating Senior Spartans attended this camp, but the Spartans left without gaining representation on the Southern High School All-Star Team. Around 200 graduating High Schoolers from across Southern Alberta attended the camp.
All players made a good showing at the camps, unfortunately everyone cannot be selected, congratulations to all players who represented their Spartan squads at the tryouts.
U17 Strathmore Spartans Registrants: Brandon Doig, Kyron Lloyd, Denton Osborn, Curtis Reid, Jake Yochim
South Bantam Bowl Registrants: Chris Reed, Brady Christensen, Tyson Damen, Anil Karmali, Mitchel Lund, James Nakamura, Nicholas Travis, Andrew Vooys, Cody Betterton
South Senior Bowl Registrants: Russel Warrack, Justin Sinclair, Joshua Atiem, Robby Seabrook, Iain Neely, Erik Peterson