The St. Albert Skyhawks and Sturgeon Spirits attack the net on their home courts today in metro Edmonton high school badminton.

In pool B the Skyhawks (0-3) host the John Paul II Patriots (0-3) of Fort Saskatchewan and the Oscar Romero Ravens (0-0). The Spirits (2-1) play the Paul Kane Blues (2-1) and Archbishop MacDonald Marauders (0-1) in Namao.

Tuesday the Skyhawks visited the Marauders and the Blues and Bellerose Bulldogs (0-1) traveled to Fort Saskatchewan. Scores were unavailable at press time.

League play ends April 16 with the conference playoffs. The top two teams in pools A and B compete for premier honours and the next two teams in both pools qualify are slotted in the city bracket.

Last year in the city final the Spirits beat the Skyhawks 4-1.

Several players from St. Albert will skate for their Zone 5 Black Gold teams at the Ringette Canada AA championships, starting Monday in Burnaby, B.C.

The U16 Havoc roster features centre Janelle Wilk, forwards Sarah Cancian and Alyssa Ricioppo, defencemen Hannah Marthinsen, Simran Grewal, Siobhan Scantland and Lauren MacBeath and netminder Lauryn Girard.

The U19 Grit team includes forward Stephanie Bolduc, defenceman Sasha Stadnyk and netminder Anj Grewal.

The Pursuit and Vitality teams from Calgary and Edmonton Elite will also represent Alberta in the U16 division. Brittany Kraychy, a St. Albert forward, plays for the Elite.

The Central Alberta Sting and Calgary are competing in the U19 division.

This is the first year nationals has expanded the number of teams to 20 in the U16 division and 18 in the U19 division.

Visit www.ringette.ca for schedules and results.

The St. Albert Men’s Soccer League will kick off its 32nd outdoor season May 6 with the Rummies back in the fold.

The Rummies – winners of an unprecedented 13 playoff cups and 11 provincial medals – took a leave of absence after their 17th straight division one final in 2009, a 4-0 loss to Summit FC.

The Rummies will replace the AC Youngboys in the eight-team fixtures.

Last year CSKA Blues FC edged St. Albert United 2-1 for the playoff cup.

The St. Albert Women’s Soccer League is accepting player registrations for the outdoor season.

Last year 10 teams kicked the ball in division one and eight teams played in division two.

The division one pennant winner will represent the league at the Tier IV provincials in early September. Last year the Morinville Ladies finished first at 17-0-1 and placed fifth overall at provincials.

For more information, visit www.eteamz.com/swsl or email Janet at sawsl.info@gmail.com.

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