Four Central Alberta football players on Bantam Bowl north roster

Four Central Alberta football players on Bantam Bowl north roster

Football is clearly thriving in Central Alberta with four players making the grade for the 2017 Football Alberta Bantam Bowl in Edmonton next month.

The north team was selected during a camp last weekend, with runningback Lubenson Pannenbecker (Lacombe), offensive lineman Ardan Kasha (Sylvan Lake), linebacker Josh Harper (Lacombe) and defensive lineman Kevin Kittler (Camrose) landing on the roster.

The Bantam Bowl is designed to showcase the best Grade 9 players in the province in an all-star format. The tournament runs from May 19 to 22. The weekend will include practices Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the game on Monday.

Combining the Bantam Bowl and the Alberta Summer Games Tournament in off-setting years, the idea for Football Alberta is to increase the calibre bantam football across the province.

Edmonton to host UFC216

EDMONTON — The UFC will make its return to Canada this summer with Edmonton’s Rogers Place set to host UFC 216 on Sept. 9.

Information on the pay-per-view card will be released at a later date.

It’s the first UFC show in Canada since a Fight Night card in Halifax last February.

“We are thrilled to hold our first pay-per-view event in Edmonton,” UFC senior vice-president Joe Carr said Thursday in a release. “Fans have long been asking us to bring the Octagon back to Alberta, and we can’t wait to deliver a blockbuster event at state-of-the-art Rogers Place this September.”

Edmonton becomes the 10th Canadian city to host a UFC card.

Since 2008, the UFC has staged 23 events in Canada. Other host cities have included Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

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