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RaiTec back on the court for new season

Davidson’s Elena Nykiforuk jumps up to strike the ball during a senior girls volleyball game against the LCBI Lady Bisons on Wednesday.

Davidson’s Elena Nykiforuk jumps up to strike the ball during a senior girls volleyball game against the LCBI Lady Bisons on Wednesday.

By Joel van der Veen

DAVIDSON — There’s plenty of new faces on the RaiTec senior girls volleyball team this year.

Manager Sandra Baldwin said that five Grade 10 players have joined this fall, taking the place of five Grade 12 players who graduated in June.

Three other players did not return this year, making for a very different lineup, but Baldwin said she likes what she’s seeing so far.

“Things are looking very positive,” she said, adding that they are aiming to get the younger and older players working together and “clicking” as a team.

“We also look forward to doing as well as we can,” Baldwin continued. “It would be nice to make a return trip to provincials, but it’s pretty early.”

The team includes players from both Davidson and Loreburn, and its name comes from a combination of the schools’ teams, the Raiders and the Aztecs.

Last year’s RaiTec team was highly successful, enjoying many tournament wins and capping off the season with a gold-medal win at 2A provincial championships in November.

Coach Tony Baldwin returned to his post this year, assisted by Jacey Sanden. The team has a lineup of 11 players.

For the full story, please see the Sept. 12 edition of The Davidson Leader, or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Best of the best face off at provincial track meet

Loreburn's Shane Lafontaine competes in the senior boys 100-m hurdles at the provincial track meet in Regina.

Loreburn’s Shane Lafontaine competes in the senior boys 100-m hurdles at the provincial track meet in Regina.

By Joel van der Veen

REGINA — Local athletes pitted their skills against competitors from across the province last weekend at Regina’s Douglas Park.

Students from Craik, Davidson, Hanley, Kenaston and Loreburn were among the participants at the Saskatchewan High School Athletics Association’s provincial track and field championships on June 3 and 4.

Paulette Killoh, co-ordinator for Davidson School’s track and field program, said she was proud of the five competitors from her school, some of whom achieved personal bests.

“We need to realize that we’re competing against students and athletes that train year-round,” she said Wednesday.

Killoh said she encouraged students to set their own goals, adding that many of them followed through and were happy with the results.

She gave the example of Jacob Schilling, who competed in two running events in the junior boys division, performing well despite suffering from a cold.

“He and Derek (Schmiedge) trained all year with the goal of reaching provincials,” she said. “It’s got to be their goal, and they work for it.”

Derek Schmiedge and Clay Murfitt both competed at provincials for the first time in the midget boys division.

Schmiedge set a personal best in the 3,000-metre run, beating his time from the district meet by 15 seconds, while Murfitt earned an impressive 11th place in the high jump.

Emily Read also achieved a personal best in the midget girls long jump, beating her previous record by 23 centimetres.

Ben Nykiforuk returned to provincials for the final time as Davidson’s only senior competitor, making a solid showing in the triple jump event.

Jadyn Reiber of Hanley was the only district student to earn a medal, taking bronze in the midget girls pole vault.

For the full story and complete local results, please see the June 13 edition of The Davidson Leader, or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Records broken at sectional track meet

Davidson's Ethan Schilling runs the bantam boys 80-metre hurdles event at the east sectional track and field meet in Outlook on Wednesday.

Davidson’s Ethan Schilling runs the bantam boys 80-metre hurdles event at the east sectional track and field meet in Outlook on Wednesday.

 

By Joel van der Veen

OUTLOOK — It was a record-breaking day at the east sectional high school track and field meet at Outlook High School on Wednesday.

Nearly 30 records were broken during the meet, which drew competitors from nine schools.

Jordan Matheson of Davidson broke the bantam girls record in the 100-metre dash with a time of 14.02 seconds, while Blake Allan ran the 400-metre dash in 1:00.92, taking the midget boys record.

Kenaston’s Trystan Stacowich broke the midget boys record in the discus throw, with a distance of 37.08 metres.

Loreburn students set three new records on Wednesday, including Anika Lakinger, who completed a shot put throw of 10.10 metres for the bantam girls.

Dodge Long finished the 800-metre run in 2:29.02 for the midget boys, while Maddy Vollmer recorded a triple jump of 10.10 metres for the senior girls.

For the full story, comprehensive results and more photos, see the May 23 edition of The Davidson Leader, or phone 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

New vehicle on display at fire BBQ

Around 100 people attended a barbecue hosted by the Loreburn Volunteer Fire Department on April 20.

Around 100 people attended a barbecue hosted by the Loreburn Volunteer Fire Department on April 20.

By Joel van der Veen

LOREBURN — The latest addition to the Loreburn Volunteer Fire Department was front and centre at a recent fundraising event.

The department recently purchased and outfitted a quick response vehicle, at a cost of $37,000, with support from Enbridge and the Rural Municipality of Loreburn.

The vehicle was on display at a toonie barbecue held April 20 at the fire hall, where over 100 people from Loreburn and district stopped by to check it out and enjoy a quick bite.

Procuring the vehicle was an ongoing project, led by fire chief Steve South, village councillors Grant Abbott, Victor Dutkiewicz and Randy Urlacher, RM employees Dwayne Stamnes and Matt Hauberg, and local resident Ryan Tastad.

The area around Lake Diefenbaker was identified as an “extreme risk” zone by the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System (CWFIS) in its April 20 report.

The report also indicated extreme risk across much of southwestern Saskatchewan, while other areas across the province ranged from moderate to high risk.

The CWFIS report is updated on a daily basis with the risk level for each area fluctuating from day to day.

Both local fire chiefs indicated that their departments both have steady, dependable crews of volunteer firefighters who are accustomed to responding to wildfires.

Loreburn fire chief Steve South said his department already responded to one grass fire in late March, sparked by a burning barrel, and put it out in around an hour and a half.

“It didn’t get too bad or anything like that,” he said, adding that prior to that, it had been six months since the department was last called out. “It’s pretty quiet here, compared to some places, I suppose.”

South, who began serving as a volunteer around 2000, said the department tends to be busier in the summer and fall, noting that the recent dry weather will likely play a factor.

On average, he said, they handle a couple of wildfires each year. The department has around 25 volunteers, said South, adding, “We usually have a pretty good turnout.”

For the full story, please see the May 2 edition of The Davidson Leader.

U18 Impact wins division gold

Members of the Loreburn Impact 18U pose for a group photo following their Division 2, Tier III win in the 2016 Conexus Provincial Volleyball Championships on April 24.

Members of the Loreburn Impact 18U pose for a group photo following their Division 2, Tier III win in the 2016 Conexus Provincial Volleyball Championships on April 24.

By Joel van der Veen

LOREBURN — A U18 girls club volleyball team drawing players from throughout the district capped their season with a win at a provincial championship last weekend.

On April 24, the Loreburn Impact 18U defeated the Saskatoon Connex 17U following three sets (25-21, 25-27 and 15-8) to take the gold medal in the Division 2, Tier III event in the 2016 Conexus Provincial Volleyball Championships.

Tony Baldwin, who coached the team with Laurice Vollmer and Karen McConnell, said the team’s roster included players from throughout the district, including Imperial, Davidson, Outlook, Loreburn, Dinsmore and Rosetown.

Though there were a total of 10 players, the team rarely had all players present for its tournaments, as most were involved in other activities including basketball, hockey, wrestling and badminton.

“Lots of them are multi-sport athletes,” said Baldwin, noting that the core of the team had played together before, though several new players joined this season.

The coach said the club team was formed with the goal of allowing the girls to enjoy the game, improve their skills and meet new friends, with winning being of secondary importance.

“They’re making friends and having fun, and that’s the goal,” he said. “We were entirely successful on that front. . . That’s the beauty of small-town club volleyball.”

The team competed mostly in tournaments, taking part in six such events, along with a single exhibition game in Rosetown and the provincial event, which ends their season.

All 10 were present for the division final on April 24, and Baldwin said he was pleased with the end result.

Local players on the team included Kaitlyn Baldwin of Davidson, Jacey Sanden and Lynzey Sanden from Loreburn, and Sarah Joa and Harper Rae from Imperial.

Also on the roster were Nikki Larson from Outlook, Kailyn Jensen and Jocelyn Thorpe from Dinsmore, and Chloe Montreuil and Naomi Hanna from Rosetown.

Loreburn students take charge in hosting Leadership Day

Classmates Brennan Kakakaway and Hayoung Ryu check out Morgan Tastad's miniature hockey rink at Loreburn Central School. Students in Shauna George's Grade 3/4 class displayed their individual Genius Hour projects to visitors during the school's Leadership Day on Wednesday morning.

Classmates Brennan Kakakaway and Hayoung Ryu check out Morgan Tastad’s miniature hockey rink at Loreburn Central School. Students in Shauna George’s Grade 3/4 class displayed their individual Genius Hour projects to visitors during the school’s Leadership Day on Wednesday morning.

By Joel van der Veen

LOREBURN — In four years, the Seven Habits have firmly taken hold at Loreburn Central School — and now, according to one mother, they’re showing up at home.

Darla Wonnick told the story Wednesday of a recent conversation she had with her daughter Annika while trying to solve a problem.

“Well, Mom, are you thinking win-win?” Annika asked her mother.

“Well, Annika, not now,” she replied.

Wonnick, a mother of two and a member of the Loreburn School Community Council, went on to describe the positive impact the Seven Habits have had on the school.

“We walk down the hallways of our school, and we see a huge difference,” she said. “There is excellence happening everywhere, and we are able to recognize it and talk about it.”

She spoke on Wednesday to Loreburn staff and students, as well as roughly 70 guests, gathered in the gymnasium for Leadership Day.

The event, now in its third year, serves as a demonstration of how the “Leader in Me” program has shaped the way Loreburn students work, play and interact together.

The program, developed by FranklinCovey Education, has been implemented at 2,000 schools across the globe. Loreburn began incorporating the program, including the Seven Habits, into its curriculum four years ago.

According to the publisher, The Leader in Me is “a whole-school transformation model, developed in partnership with educators, that empowers students with the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.”

The program aims to transform schools in three primary areas: teaching leadership directly to students and integrating it into their lessons; empowering staff and students to have a voice in their schools; and making students active agents in their learning.

Each year, Loreburn invites guests — including community members, teachers, parents and students from other schools — to witness the effects of the program.

“We are always working on improving ourselves to become the people want to be,” said principal Jill Long, adding that the Seven Habits have “provided us with a community language that has become part of our school culture.”

While students can easily repeat the habits from memory, Long said she has also seen tangible changes in their behaviour and attitudes.

“Kids are holding themselves accountable more,” she said. “They feel that they have a voice in what happens at the school.”

The students were front and centre on Wednesday, from greeting guests with handshakes at the door to answering their questions as they ate lunch.

Long said the students did the majority of the planning for the event, which was designed with an Olympics theme, including medallion-shaped nametags.

For the full story, please see the April 25 edition of The Davidson Leader.