The Bentley school senior high girl’s and boy’s volleyball season was extended because of the outstanding showing and advancement made by both teams, but is officially over now with students into basketball season.
The road to zones was a long one that required hard work, dedication and skill, but for the first time in a long time, the senior high boy’s team advanced to the Central Alberta Schools Athletic Association Zones.
During the regular season the strong Panthers only managed two wins out of eight games against the Eckville Aces. The matches they lost were very close, with about four of them that could have easily gone in the Panther’s favour.
The team’s luck started changing when they hosted their own tournament in the last weekend of October. In the round robin they defeated Rimbey, Spruce View, Carstairs, and Eckville, but lost to Parkland Emmanuel Christian School. In the playoffs, they lost the final 15-10 in the third set against Parkland.
The next weekend at the lA league playoffs, they beat the Alix Mustangs, the strongest lA team in their league, giving them an automatic birth into zones in Forestburg.
The six best 1A teams in central Alberta qualify for zones, with one team from zones advancing to Provincials. Unfortunately the Panthers were in a pool with the Provincial Consort Cobra hosts and the two time defending Provincial champion New Norway Spartans. The more experienced teams came through and the young Panthers team was sent home.
Coach Mark Richter said he is looking forward to next year with the group. “We lose two players, but keep six veterans,” he said. “I believe this team will have what it takes to again reach zones, and this next time be a serious contender to make Provincials.”
His players include: #1 Dayne Dupuis, # 2 Josh Deschambault, #4 Stephen McPhee, # 8 Jace Poffenroth, #10 Dean Sanders, #11 Colin Sanders, #12 Duncan Henry, #14 Brett Beechinor, and Assistant Coach/ Player Kyle Lenz.
The senior high girls were not to be outdone by their counterparts. They also had an extended regular season.
Even though all of their matches were close they only won two out of eight with wins over David Thompson and Caroline. Some of their key leaders were missing throughout the season. They placed fourth in their home tournament in September out of ten teams.
The Panthers team peaked at their area tournament. With their greatest effort of the season they were able to upset their arch rivals the Eckville Aces, the second best team in the 1A-2A league, in the finals, giving them a birth into the CASAA zones.
The girl’s zones were held in Provost on the same weekend as the boys where they ran into some very tough teams from Provost and Bawlf.
The team includes: #2 Lindsey Heagy, #3 Amy Taylor, #4 Jessica Abt, #5 Nicole Mueller, #7 Breanna Shannon, #8 Anesea Heagy, #9 Becca Gordon, #10 Maeriann Rosenthal, #11 Amy Hawkings, #12 Shelby Brown, and #14 Hailey Metro.
Mr. Lane Moore and Mr. Mark Richter want to acknowledge the dedication and loyalty of all the players. Most made it to the 7 a.m. practices without complaining and gave their best throughout the long and mentally draining season. The Grade 12s on the teams showed great leadership both on and off the court. The player’s work ethic was second to none.
Bentley updates mileage expense claimable
The last regular Bentley town council meeting for 2008 was on Tuesday, December 16.
Good news was received from Parkland Regional Library. Member libraries, including the Bentley Municipal Library, will receive free Internet access as part of their membership starting January 1, 2009.
* A motion was made to approve the subdivision application requested by Hydrodig Ltd. of their large industrial lot into two smaller parcels subject to recommendations from Parkland Community Planning Services including a clause stating businesses would have to connect to municipal water and/or sanitary sewer should it be provided by the town in the future. There are no such services provided at the time.
* The Mileage Expense Policy claimed was changed to reflect the lower price of fuel at this time. No minimum per kilometer had been set. Claimed cost had been established as half the price of fuel as determined each month. The policy will now state ‘half the price of fuel or 50 cents/km, whichever is higher’. It was to take effect as of Dec. 1, 2008.
* A motion was made to adopt the town’s Parks and Open Space plan as presented. Residents had a couple of chances to view the plan and had little feedback for councilors.
* Humidity has become a problem in the town’s pump house. A dehumidifier is being contemplated.
* A more secure back door with auto locking locks for the Public Works shop has been installed following vandalism a while back that made it hard to close properly.
* A motion to accept the Bentley Fire Department Audit done by Lacombe Regional Fire Services and to do a follow-up was passed.
* A motion was made that the town accept the possible gift of a donated vehicle on behalf of the Bentley Fire Department and wait for a written plan to be presented by the fire department about their plans for it – whether it would be sold/auctioned to raise funds, or used some other way for their benefit.
* A Christmas gift basket from a developer was turned down on a matter of principle.
The next regular council meeting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 6:45 p.m. in council chambers. All regular meetings are open to the public to sit in and see council in action.