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Coach: offensive push needed as Sabers head into playoffs

Hanley’s Tyler Halabi (84) tackles Hague’s Jared Unger (11) during Thursday’s senior football game. Surrounding them are Wyatt Hildebrand, Parker Mooney and Tanner Anderson.

By Joel van der Veen

HANLEY — A win over Hague on Thursday capped an undefeated regular season for the Hanley Sabers.

But coach Mark Anderson said he’s aware of a worrying trend as he looks towards playoffs.

The Hanley senior football team hosted the Hague Panthers on Thursday, winning 80-55.

The week before that, they travelled to Carrot River, where they won 76-57 — their closest score so far this season.

“We’ve been challenged offensively the last few weeks,” said Anderson following Thursday’s game.

He said it appeared the team was taking “a couple of steps back,” calling it a somewhat dangerous place to be heading into playoffs.

“The guys have just got to figure out how bad they want it,” he added.

The Sabers have won six out of seven games in their regular season. (The sole exception was a cancelled Sept. 28 game in Viscount, which was recorded as a tie.)

The team dominated in its first four games, winning by at least four runs in each one.

They are first in their 1A conference with a 6-0-1 record, followed by Viscount in second and Carrot River in third. Rounding out the ranks are Porcupine Plain, Hague and Hudson Bay.

The Sabers rotated through their roster in Thursday’s game, allowing both seniors and juniors time on the field.

Hanley held the lead throughout, though Hague proved themselves more than worthy competitors. Read more

“There’s a lot of broken hearts”: Family, friends mourn Hanley teen

Family and friends of Drew Kolbeck (in inset) joined his funeral procession on dirtbikes and quads following the service on Sept. 28.

By Joel van der Veen

HANLEY — The life of the party. An adventurer. A true friend.

In the days since Drew Kolbeck’s death, countless family and friends have shared their memories of the Hanley teen. 

Some of these came in the form of posts to his Facebook page.

“I’ll miss your crazy dance moves at parties and your laugh that came right from the belly,” reads one.

“There was never a time when there wasn’t a smile on your face,” says another. “I hope you’re tearing it up where you are now.”

One simply reads: “Missing your smile, Drew.”

Speaking to the Leader last week, Drew’s mother Tanya Kolbeck said the stories have helped to sustain her and her family, in the wake of Drew’s death. They also give her hope despite her grief, she added.

“Maybe he could inspire people to be kind and always help each other out,” she said. “It was just natural for him to help people.”

Drew Kolbeck, 18, died as the result of a single vehicle rollover north of Hanley in the early morning hours of Sept. 22.

He was the middle child of Jeff and Tanya Kolbeck of Hanley. He has two brothers — Drayden, 15, and Dustin, who turns 20 this month.

Roughly 1,000 people attended Drew’s funeral service on Sept. 28 at the Hanley Community Hall.

The gathering included many students and staff from Hanley Composite School, as well as young people and others from throughout the area, as far as Craik, Davidson and Allan.

A procession of friends and relatives on dirtbikes and quads followed the hearse from the Hanley hall following the service.

Almost two weeks after his passing, friends are still sharing their memories online and sending text messages to Drew’s phone.

“I think there’s a lot of broken hearts out there,” said his mom. “He just touched people . . . He never had a mean bone in his body.”

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Obituary: Kolbeck, Drew Rae

Kolbeck, Drew Rae
Sept. 9, 1999 — Sept. 23, 2017

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. Drew leaves to mourn his parents Jeff and Tanya, brothers Dustin and Drayden, grandparents Bill and Diane Byrd, Dan and Kathy Kolbeck; great-grandma Audrey, aunts, uncles, cousins Twila and Dave Livingstone (Parker and Mason), Travis Byrd (Kailey, Trace, Luke) Cyndi, Cori and Mike Hallgrimson (Nic, Jacyln, Mason), Val and Dean Sigurdson (Bret, Josh, Sam), Chris and Jamie Kolbeck (William, Rylan).

Drew was predeceased by Granny Anne and Uncle Nic. Drew lived life fast and played hard with no regrets. His smile and personality lit up the room, he left a lasting impression on everyone he met. Drew loved dirt biking, cat walking, quadding and all extreme sports. Drew loved spending time with his friends. He always told his mom, “It’s not about the miles per gallon, it’s about the smiles per gallon.” We would like to thank the first responders, RUH trauma and ICU teams and Dr. Kelly for the outstanding care and compassion Drew received.

The Vigil of Prayers was held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Kenaston. The Celebration of Life Service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 at the Hanley Centennial Hall, Hanley, Sask.

For those so wishing, memorial donations in memory of Drew may be directed to local charities: Hanley First Responders or the Hanley Fire Hall, with cheques payable to the Town of Hanley. Donations may also be made to the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association.

Arrangements in care of Hanson’s Funeral Home of Davidson.


Courting action during Loreburn’s junior RAVE

Loreburn’s Emmitt Hundeby returns the ball during a junior boys volleyball game on Sept. 16. Also pictured are Jackson Allan of Davidson (left) and Dylan Glubis of Loreburn.

By Joel van der Veen

LOREBURN — Whether you were playing, officiating or sitting in the stands, it felt like fall in the Loreburn rink last weekend.

Fifteen teams competed in Loreburn’s junior boys and girls RAVE volleyball tournament on Sept. 16, with the action divided between the arena and the gym at Loreburn Central School.

With fall temperatures setting in, spectators and players on the bench sought refuge in winter coats and heavy blankets, while active players and officials had to find other means to conserve their body heat.

Sue Ann Abbott, who was keeping track of game results, said the rink warmed up as the day went on — “not a great deal, but enough to make it more comfortable for the referees and the people sitting in there.”

Three courts were set up on the concrete floor of the skating rink, while the school gym served as the fourth court.

The day began with round-robin play and ended with playoff games. Ten girls teams and five boys teams competed.

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Obituary: Adolph, Thelma

Adolph, Thelma

Thelma Kathleen Adolph (née Sira) passed away peacefully August 31, 2017 in Central Haven Special Care Home in Saskatoon. Thelma was born on the Sira homestead on Jan. 25, 1931 to Norwegian parents Trygve and Ragna Sira. She attended both Bohrson and Hanley schools and the Robertson Secretarial School in Saskatoon. She worked at Marshall Wells and The Bay for many years.

She married Gordon Adolph on June 30, 1951. They had two children: Patti-lynn, born in 1958, and Daryl, born in 1965. They were lifetime members in the Riversdale Kiwanis, very active volunteering and raising money. Thelma received Kiwanian of the Year in 2011, the first woman to receive this award.

Gordon passed away in 1991. Later, Thelma married Julius (Chic) Csigi in 1996 and they spent 20 happy years together in Saskatoon, at the cabin at Shell Lake, Norway, etc. They also made many happy trips with Elmer and Marilyn Sira to Mexico, Florida, U.S.A., and here.

Thelma was predeceased by her parents and both husbands. Lovingly remembered by her daughter Patti-lynn, son Daryl (Kathleen), stepdaughters Diane (Larry) and Wendy (Gary), brother Elmer (Marilyn), grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Thelma was proud of her rural and Norwegian upbringing. She was a gentle person, loved visiting, cards and having a good time with all family and friends.

STØTTE I SJELEFRED (Peace be with you)
VI ELSKER DEG (We love you)
Blessed be her memory.

Grand opening for Co-op fertilizer depot

Employee Neil Renwick gives a guided tour of FCL’s new fertilizer terminal near Hanley during a grand opening event on Sept. 5.

By Joel van der Veen

HANLEY — As a farm boy himself, Scott Banda couldn’t help but remark on the ideal harvest conditions seen near Hanley on Tuesday.

“The sun is shining, wheels are turning, dust is flying,” he said. “Everything’s going our way today.”

Banda, the CEO of Federated Co-operatives Ltd. (FCL), was speaking at the grand opening for his company’s new fertilizer terminal southwest of Hanley.

Representatives from FCL and co-ops across the province, as well as other industry reps, dignitaries and media, were on hand to tour the 96,000-square foot facility.

The high-throughput terminal has a capacity of 45,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer, and will be used to mix, store and distribute products through the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) to retail partners and producers across Saskatchewan.

Dan Mulder, FCL’s fertilizer director, served as master of ceremonies during Tuesday’s grand opening.

He said the facility represents the adoption of a new centralized model and “a new way of doing business.”

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