Scoring for the Huskies were Jacob Lang, Shawn Wilson, and Lou-Turnbull Giesbrecht. Lane Delfs stopped all 22 shots he faced.The Huskies will have four practice sessions before opening the regular season on the road in Beaverlodge October 4. That will be followed by the team’s home opener on October 9 against Sexsmith.The league schedule meanwhile will begin on Friday with Dawson Creek in Peace River, and Sexsmith visiting Fairview. The Huskies put a bow on their pre-season schedule yesterday afternoon with a 3-0 victory over the Vermilion Tigers. The shutout victory had the team’s coaching staff feeling better about the work of the squad after they showed improved play in many areas including the defensive end.The improvement, especially defensively was a pleasant surprise as the Huskies were short staffed on the blue line heading into the contest according to assistant coach Andrew Riddell.“I thought we played pretty well defensively tonight. We were a little short handed on the back end. We improved on a lot from last night [Saturday]. They played as a cohesive team down there. We weren’t in our zone for very long,” he said.- Advertisement -The club’s veterans also stood out Riddell added as they took an active role in coaching the new players on the team, in turn allowing those with less experience to benefit by the example being set out on the ice.Coaches have been stressing the importance of getting the puck out of their own end as quickly as possible to generate a quicker attack and better offence overall, and Sunday’s game was the first time the team played well at both ends of the ice.“As we always tell the guys we want to play in the fun zone. Five to seven seconds in our zone and out. That’s something that we’ve worked on a lot. The start of the year has been quick passes in our zone, use our support guy, and into the offensive zone we go,” Riddell said.Advertisement
COVINA – Sharing the Valle Vista League title last season with rival San Dimas didn’t sit too well with the Covina High School girls basketball team. The Colts did something about it on Tuesday night with a resounding 47-32 win over the visiting Saints. Covina clinched the outright league title with the victory and upped its stellar record to 24-1. “When we get that kind of production from two kids who are coming back next year, we’re really excited about tonight and next year too,” Gustafson said. “We just do a good job of understanding that Blaire is a good player who gets a lot of attention and it frees up a lot of people. “It makes everybody’s job a little easier, because Blaire is special and they have to guard her.” Covina honored Egardo later Tuesday with a ceremony that included a banner depicting her jersey hung in the gym at halftime of the boys’ game. The two-time league MVP likely cemented her third consecutive award, but Gustafson noted that the playoffs remain on the horizon. “I think our team is better than last year,” Gustafson said. “I think we can do some damage in the playoffs, but it’s just going to depend on matchups. We can play with anybody in our division.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Covina point guard Blaire Egardo scored 17 points, which can be considered a tepid performance given what she’s capable of doing. The Colts got more than enough inside, however, with post players Ashley Adams and Chantel Diaz having their way against San Dimas’ frontcourt. “They have the best two post players in the league,” San Dimas coach Gary Jackson said of Adams and Diaz. “We tried to make it a little bit harder for them, but they’re more offensively skilled. If Blaire’s not on, they can always go inside.” Covina didn’t shake San Dimas until the third quarter. Leading by only six at halftime, the Colts relied on defense to pull away in the second half. That meant shutting out San Dimas in the third quarter while the lead reached double figures. Adams and Diaz combined for 21 points, 21 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. “Last year San Dimas got us over there in a game at the end (of the season), so it’s nice to be able to win it outright,” Covina coach Greg Gustafson. “Our goal has been to go 1-0 every night and 10-0 in league. We put ourselves in position to do that going over to Northview.” Like last season, San Dimas figured to be Covina’s only competition in league. But the Saints didn’t come close against the Colts in two games, losing by 13 in January and 15 on Tuesday.