Archive for Hanley

Sharp Sabers send Vikings to Valhalla in playoff game

Hanley's Colten Olyniuk (14) carries the ball as Hafford's Ryan Krsacok (44) tries to head him off during an Oct. 29 playoff game.

Hanley’s Colten Olyniuk (14) carries the ball as Hafford’s Ryan Krsacok (44) tries to head him off during an Oct. 22 playoff game.

By Joel van der Veen

HANLEY — Even as their field turned to mud, the Hanley Sabers played a clean game as they hosted the Hafford Vikings last weekend.

Hanley took on the Vikings on Oct. 22 in the first round of senior football playoffs, racking up a 56-6 win on a drizzly afternoon.

Sabers coach Mark Anderson said there’s been a clear refinement in the team’s performance as they’ve moved from the regular season into playoffs.

In recent weeks, he said, “they’ve really started to buckle down and play some more disciplined football.”

Ongoing training proved beneficial as the team faced the Vikings on Saturday.

Anderson said Hafford was among the most athletic teams they have faced in recent memory, though they suffered from a short lineup and having to run players in both directions as a result.

For the full story, please see the Oct. 31 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Rosedale councillor ready to retire after 34 years

Bill Hannah stands beside the trusty pickup truck that’s taken him to many meetings on behalf of the R.M. of Rosedale. He’s been the councillor for Division 1 since January 1982.

Bill Hannah stands beside the trusty pickup truck that’s taken him to many meetings on behalf of the R.M. of Rosedale. He’s been the councillor for Division 1 since January 1982.

By Tara de Ryk

KENASTON — Of the more than 1,000 meetings Bill Hannah has attended as the Division 1 councillor on the R.M. of Rosedale council, last Tuesday’s is the one that will likely stick with him for a while.

After 34 consecutive years council’s Oct. 11 meeting was Bill’s last. For this round of municipal elections, Bill’s decided to step aside so that someone new can look after the needs of Division 1 and the rural municipality as a whole.

“I’ll miss them all for the rest of my journey,” Bill says of his fellow councillors, ratepayers and R.M. staff members he’s worked with over the years. “It was a lifestyle and I’m really going to miss it.”

Bill has lived in the R.M. of Rosedale all his life. He was born there 72 years ago and has lived on his current farm in the southeast corner of the R.M. for 70 years. He moved there in 1946 at the age of two with his parents Gib and Mae Hannah.

Bill says his dad had considered a run at local government.

“Dad said he was going to run for council and Mom said, ‘you do and I’ll kill ya.’ She said she wasn’t going to answer phones for him.”

Mae’s word seemed to be law, so Gib didn’t run.

Years later, Bill got the notion to run for council.

KENASTON—Of the more than 1,000 meetings Bill Hannah has attended as the Division 1 councillor on the R.M. of Rosedale council, last Tuesday’s is the one that will likely stick with him for a while.

After 34 consecutive years council’s Oct. 11 meeting was Bill’s last. For this round of municipal elections, Bill’s decided to step aside so that someone new can look after the needs of Division 1 and the rural municipality as a whole.

“I’ll miss them all for the rest of my journey,” Bill says of his fellow councillors, ratepayers and R.M. staff members he’s worked with over the years. “It was a lifestyle and I’m really going to miss it.”

Bill has lived in the R.M. of Rosedale all his life. He was born there 72 years ago and has lived on his current farm in the southeast corner of the R.M. for 70 years. He moved there in 1946 at the age of two with his parents Gib and Mae Hannah.

Bill says his dad had considered a run at local government.

“Dad said he was going to run for council and Mom said, ‘you do and I’ll kill ya.’ She said she wasn’t going to answer phones for him.”

Mae’s word seemed to be law, so Gib didn’t run.

Years later, Bill got the notion to run for council.

For the full story, please see the Oct. 17 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Thrashing through the snow: Hanley ends regular season with 77-44 win

The Hanley Sabers' Conor Prosofsky presses forward as the Davidson Raiders' Ryan Skinner (left) and Dawson George attempt to bring him down during Tuesday's senior football game.

The Hanley Sabers’ Conor Prosofsky presses forward as the Davidson Raiders’ Ryan Skinner (left) and Dawson George attempt to bring him down during Tuesday’s senior football game.

By Joel van der Veen

DAVIDSON — The Hanley Sabers proved themselves an all-season team on Tuesday, defeating the Davidson Raiders on a wet field surrounded by snow.

Temperatures hovered below the freezing mark throughout the game, and most spectators abandoned the stands by the second half for the comfort of their vehicles.

Both teams pressed on, but Hanley held onto an early lead and eventually won 77-44.

Even with the scoring gap, Sabers head coach Mark Anderson said his team had to keep up their efforts, knowing the Raiders could catch up with a few well-executed plays.

“They were a pretty happy group,” said Anderson. “We worked pretty hard to prepare for this one.”

He said they tried to correct the mistakes from their last game against Davidson, tightening their defence and working to keep Raiders quarterback Andrew Read under control.

Anderson said the Sabers also showed improvement in their passing. He had particular praise for quarterback Conor Prosofsky, saying some of his throws were “post-secondary worthy.”

Though the snow and weather were factors in the Raiders’ performance, coach Jason Low said the team ultimately fell short against the Sabers.

“Hanley was just better than us on that day,” said Low. “I don’t think we necessarily played poorly. They just played better.”

Strategy adjustments in the second half helped the team recover somewhat, along with rotating in younger players.

For the full story and photos, please see the Oct. 17 edition of The Davidson Leader, or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Sabers pull ahead of Raiders in fourth quarter

Hanley's Evan Ashdown lunges towards Davidson's Andrew Read during a senior football game at Hanley Composite School on Sept. 19.

Hanley’s Evan Ashdown lunges towards Davidson’s Andrew Read during a senior football game at Hanley Composite School on Sept. 19.

By Joel van der Veen

HANLEY — A hometown rivalry was renewed as the Hanley Sabers hosted the Davidson Raiders last weekend.

Spectators from across the district flocked to the Hanley field for the senior football game on Sept. 16.

Both teams played an aggressive game, with Hanley leading 26-22 at the midway point. The Sabers pulled away for good in the fourth quarter, winning 69-50, but the Raiders kept the fight up till the very end.

“It was a very tight game, as we had expected,” said Sabers coach Mark Anderson.

He said his team was able to take advantage of its larger roster, while fatigue was a factor for the Raiders with players going in both directions.

Still, Anderson said, he was impressed by the fight Davidson put up, pointing to quarterback Andrew Read in particular.

“He made a lot of plays on broken plays,” he said, adding that it was “hard to stop somebody who is that elusive.”

Raiders coach Jason Low said the game was a team effort from start to finish, and “probably our best performance to date.”

“We really feel competitive this year,” he said, noting the team is “in a good spot to win every game we play.”

He acknowledged that fatigue was a factor as the game went on, adding that allowing two kick-return touchdowns cost the Raiders.

For the full story, see the Sept. 26 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Suttie heads home after Olympic debut

Canadian shot putter Taryn Suttie poses with the rings at the Olympic Village.

Canadian shot putter Taryn Suttie poses with the rings at the Olympic Village.

By Joel van der Veen

HANLEY — They huddled together, watching on smartphones, on tablets and computers, as a small-town girl made her mark at the Olympics.

Close to 30 family and friends gathered at Don and Deb Suttie’s home northeast of Hanley to watch their daughter Taryn compete in the women’s shot put event on Aug. 12.

Breakfast and coffee were on the table and lots of snacks were provided, including a fruit platter with berries, pineapple and melon arranged in the shape of the Olympic rings.

While the qualifying round wasn’t aired live on TV, it was available online as a streaming video via CBC.

All eyes were glued to screens of various sizes on Friday morning as 25-year-old Taryn made her throws.

“It’s amazing, it’s awesome,” said her sister Kelsey. “That’s been her goal for so long.”

Taryn completed all three throws in the qualifying round, with a top distance of 16.74 metres. She finished in 28th place out of 36 competitors and did not reach the finals.

She stayed in Rio for the rest of the Games and took part in the closing ceremonies with the other Team Canada athletes on Aug. 21.

Taryn was expected to arrive back in Cleveland, Ohio, her training base, on Wednesday.

Her mother Deb said they had exchanged a few short messages with her during her time in Rio.

“I think she’s feeling pretty good,” said Deb. “It’s been a long haul . . . She said it was quite an amazing experience.”

For the full story, please see the Aug. 29 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Hit ’em with your best shot

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Family, friends and neighbours gathered at the home of Don and Deb Suttie northeast of Hanley on Friday morning to watch proudly as their daughter Taryn competed for Team Canada in the shot put event at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Taryn (shown in inset) made all three shots with a top throw of 16.74 metres, but did not qualify for the final round.

(Leader photo by Joel van der Veen)