Photo by ASHLI BARRETT/Advocate Staff

Photo by ASHLI BARRETT/Advocate Staff

Red Deer teams play well in Tradition Lives lacrosse tournament

When you hold your opposition to two goals in lacrosse, 99 per cent of the time you win that game. Unfortunately for the Red Deer Bantam A Chiefs, they fell into that final one per cent in their 2-1 defeat to the Calgary Axemen in the gold medal game at the 24th annual Tradition Lives Lacrosse Tournament in Red Deer.

When you hold your opposition to two goals in lacrosse, 99 per cent of the time you win that game.

Unfortunately for the Red Deer Bantam A Chiefs, they fell into that final one per cent in their 2-1 defeat to the Calgary Axemen in the gold medal game at the 24th annual Tradition Lives Lacrosse Tournament in Red Deer.

After six games in three days, down three players, they were flat out gassed.

“The last game we played against them, I think it was 14-11, so the defence on both sides was a lot better today,” said Chiefs head coach Steve Hills.

Captain Dolan Hills scored the lone goal for Red Deer, as they dug a 2-0 hole through the first period and a half. Brendan Godwin, meanwhile was rock solid in net for the Chiefs giving them every opportunity to stay in the game.

The Chiefs dropped the first game of the tournament, 12-9 to the Sherwood Park Titans, but rebounded to beat the Calgary Hornets 7-5, the Edmonton Warriors 9-7, the Rockyview Rage 8-1 and then topped the Hornets on Sunday morning to put them in the final.

A common theme in those games was the strong play of Godwin.

“We try not to lean on him, but when we do have to he definitely pulls through,” said Hills.

Still, a silver medal is something for the Chiefs to build off of as they prepare for a run at provincials this season. Full results were not available at presstime.

The bantam As were not the only Chiefs’ team to have a good tournament as several other teams from the association also earned medals.

“Definitely against Calgary and Edmonton they have significantly larger numbers than we do, it’s nice to see that Red Deer can be competitive against the bigger clubs,” said tournament director Shelley Koger.

The Tradition Lives tournament attracted 76 teams from Alberta and B.C., as 1,239 kids battled it out for bragging rights. Koger says the tournament continues to get bigger every year, even if it is no longer biggest tournament in Alberta, it is still the oldest and one of the most prestigious.

“It’s part of the overall growth of the game of lacrosse,” said Koger. “We have a lot of field lacrosse players getting into box lacrosse to play year-round, it’s becoming a year round game.”

The tournament is an important one for Red Deer and the Red Deer Lacrosse Association with the vast majority of teams coming in from other centres with parents and family coming to town, staying in hotels or camping and buying food and gas among other things.

Koger says the local community does get behind the tournament in terms of sponsorship, including their top two sponsors Slash Lacrosse and The Grind Sports who get involved on more than just a financial basis.

It takes many hands to put on the weekend long tournament which included 154 games in three days at the Dawe Arena, the Kinsmen Arenas, the Collicutt Centre and the Kinex Arena.

“It’s run solely on volunteers,” said tournament co-chairman Audrey Pennycook. “Every parent in our association is involved in this on some level to make this a success.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A restricted gun licence holder holds a AR-15 at his home in Langley, B.C. on May 1, 2020. Advocates of stricter gun control are urging the Trudeau government to get on with promised reforms, saying they are months overdue. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair has pledged new measures including a buyback of recently outlawed firearms, stricter storage provisions and steps to control handguns. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Get on with promised gun-control measures, advocates urge Trudeau government

OTTAWA — Advocates of stricter gun control are urging the Trudeau government… Continue reading

Janelle Robinson owns and operates Spirit’s Respite Ranch near Stettler. The Ranch, just north of Stettler, is an animal therapy ranch that helps those with special needs and conditions ranging from PTSD to anxiety. Mark Weber/Stettler Independent
Spirit’s Respite Ranch near Stettler provides support through animal interaction

‘I also come from a family of doers - if something that is needed isn’t there, you just figure it out’

Although B.C. has not made masks mandatory in public indoor spaces, some business owners are requiring all customers to wear them before entering their store. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Mandatory indoor mask wearing starts Monday in Red Deer

A municipal bylaw requiring masking in public indoor places takes effect Monday… Continue reading

A pedestrian makes their way through the snow in downtown Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Wild winter, drastic swings in store for Canada this year: Weather Network

Wild winter, drastic swings in store for Canada this year: Weather Network

In this Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, photo taken through a camera lens the word "pandemic" in seen in a dictionary in Washington. Dictionary.com declared “pandemic” its 2020 word of the year. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
Dictionary.com picks ‘pandemic’ as its 2020 word of the year

NEW YORK — On Dec. 31, China reported a cluster of pneumonia… Continue reading

Idyllic winter scenes are part of the atmosphere of the holiday season, and are depicted in many seasonal movies. How much do you know about holiday movies? Put your knowledge to the test. (Pixabay.com)
QUIZ: Test your knowledge of holiday movies and television specials

The festive season is a time for relaxing and enjoying some seasonal favourites

Downtown Iqaluit, Nunavut, is shown after 2 p.m. sunset on November 24, 2020. The territory plans to start lifting a two-week lockdown due to COVID-19 spread on Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter
Nunavut to start lifting its two-week lockdown as COVID-19 cases recover

IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut is to start lifting a two-week lockdown on… Continue reading

Minister of International Trade Mary Ng participates in a news conference on the Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement in Ottawa, on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Ng says she is unable to provide a guarantee to MPs that they will see a bill to ratify the new provisional Canada-Britain trade agreement before Parliament adjourns on Dec. 11.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
No text of Canada-U.K. trade deal, minister says as Dec. 31 tariff deadline looms

OTTAWA — Canada’s International Trade Minister Mary Ng says she can’t guarantee… Continue reading

Quebec Premier Francois Legault responds to reporters during a news conference on Thursday, November 26, 2020 at the legislature in Quebec City. An association of Quebec booksellers says it acted in haste when it removed social media posts outlining Premier Francois Legault’s book recommendations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
Quebec booksellers’ group apologizes, republishes post outlining premier’s top reads

MONTREAL — An association of Quebec booksellers says it acted in haste… Continue reading

Regine Laurent, president of the Special Commission on the Rights of the Child and Youth Protection, arrives at a news conference to deliver a preliminary report in Montreal on Monday, November 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Quebec urged to create national director of youth protection to oversee system

MONTREAL — A provincial commission looking into the protection of vulnerable children… Continue reading

Ontario Premier Doug Ford puts his mask back on during the daily briefing at Humber River Hospital in Toronto on Tuesday November 24, 2020. Ford says he wants a clear delivery date for the province’s share of COVID-19 vaccines, stressing that “the clock is ticking” when it comes to fighting the novel coronavirus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Ontario premier pushes for clear delivery date for COVID-19 vaccines

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he wants a clear delivery date for… Continue reading

Janelle Robinson owns and operates Spirit’s Respite Ranch near Stettler. The Ranch, just north of Stettler, is an animal therapy ranch that helps those with special needs and conditions ranging from PTSD to anxiety. Mark Weber/Stettler Independent
Spirit’s Respite Ranch near Stettler provides support through animal interaction

‘I also come from a family of doers - if something that is needed isn’t there, you just figure it out’

The Alberta government passed new, stricter COVID-19 measures across the province on Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Here’s a list of Alberta’s new COVID rules

The Alberta government has provided a list of new COVID-19 measures to… Continue reading

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2019 file photo, George Clooney participates in the "Catch-22" panel during the Hulu presentation at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena, Calif. In a Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, interview on “CBS Sunday Morning,” Clooney said he's been cutting his own hair for more than two decades with a Flowbee device. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
George Clooney’s secret to cutting his hair, as seen on TV

LOS ANGELES — George Clooney is just like us, maybe. The star… Continue reading

Most Read