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Taekwondo clubs coping differently

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader 2020 has been a year of change for taekwondo in Slave Lake. In mid-March, both clubs were closed because of COVID-19. AB Taekwondo has been able to offer some online and outdoor classes, but Northern Spirit Taekwondo…
No Oilmen’s golf this year

Leader staff There will be no Oilmen’s Golf Tournament this year. The annual event that has taken place in August for decades at Gilwood Golf Club will be back in 2021 “hopefully bigger and better than ever,” says the Slave…
Fledgling gymnastics program reopens

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader After a four-month hiatus, Slave Lake Gymnastic Association will complete its spring classes starting July 13. The group credits still being in business to overwhelming support from the wider community and athletes’ families.In fall 2018, Tasha Albert…
Rotary NHL Playoff Pool is back on

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader “It’s a go,” says Harry Bartlett, speaking about the Rotary Club of Slave Lake’s NHL playoff pool. It had been in limbo ever since the league canceled the rest of the regular season after the COVID outbreak…
Broadcasting gig for 11-year-old

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for Anthony DiFrancesco of Slave Lake. He’ll be playing defence for a Pee Wee team this coming season and when he’s not doing that he’ll be doing the play-by-play…
Holzworth/Cruel win Larry Dahlgren Memorial

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader The team of Mark Holzworth and Robert Cruel from Lethbridge won the 2020 Larry Dahlgren Memorial Walleye Tournament on the June 20 weekend. Their two-day, total weight (eight walleye) was 31.25 lbs. which was about half a…
Football program proposed for Roland Michener

Joe McWillliamsLakeside Leader After a few months of beating the bushes and seeking the official go-ahead, a teacher at Roland Michener School in Slave Lake is announcing a boys’ football program for 2021. Taylor Hulme is a Junior High Social…
Six-a-side football: how it works

The game consists of 48 minutes of playing time divided into four quarters of 12 minutes each. Time will stop as start as per regular rule book timing. The last three minutes of the second and fourth quarters would also…
Some movement in outdoor teams sports

Leader staff Drop-in adult soccer happeningOutdoor adult soccer is happening these days. Not exactly in the same way as usual, but at least people are able to get out and do some scrimmaging.Organizer Gordie Ferguson says what’s uncertain at this…
Junior hockey league eyes expansion

Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader Junior hockey teams in Slave Lake and High Prairie could get more competition after a rival league apparently folded. The Slave Lake Icedogs and High Prairie Red Wings could add players from the four Alberta…
Ukrainian D-man back with Icedogs for another season

Working on fitness, English Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader The new hockey season, whenever it comes, is not going to take Danil (“Call me Dani”) Babchuk by surprise. Last year’s standout defenceman for the Slave Lake Icedogs plans to come back for…
LaFrance wins ‘Game Changer’

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Dave LaFrance of Slave Lake is the 2020 winner of the Terry Beauchamp Game Changer award. It’s handed out annually by the Beauchamp family, in memory of the late Terry Beauchamp, who was a game changer himself…
Slave Lake taekwondo gyms starting outdoor training

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader On June 16, AB Taekwondo in Slave Lake will be offering outdoor taekwondo classes for all ages three days a week. It has been closed since mid-March because of COVID-19, but doing classes virtually. Some outdoor…