Thursday the St. Albert Surge make their Team Alberta debut at the Western Canadian Ringette Championships in Regina.
The belle A provincial gold medallists skate against Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
Friday the Surge play the host team and Manitoba.
The top team in the round robin gets a bye into Saturday’s final.
Last year the St. Albert Quantum won gold with eight players in their last year of U19 eligibility to finish 36-8-4 overall.
The Surge are 39-4-1 going into westerns with only two returning players from the western gold medallists – forward Diana de Jong and defenceman Theresa Fraser.
The St. Albert Storm kicks off the Capital District Minor Football Association’s midget spring league Saturday at Fuhr Sports Park in Spruce Grove.
The season-opening jamboree features controlled scrimmages against the Parkland Predators at 10:30 a.m., Edmonton Chargers at 11:45 a.m., Millwoods Grizzlies at 12:30 p.m. and Battle River Shock at 1:15 p.m.
Teams not participating in the jamboree are Bonnyville, Fort Saskatchewan, West Edmonton Raiders, Edmonton Seahawks and Leduc Ticats.
Each team gets 18 offensive plays per game, split six, six and six, starting at the 35-yard line going in.
Fumbles and interceptions are ruled dead and the ball goes to the 35 for the count to continue.
There is no blitzing and a maximum of seven players in the box on defence.
Coaches can decide prior to each game if quarterbacks are live and at what point.
Midget football is open to players in Grades 9, 10 and 11.
Last year the Storm beat the Grizzlies twice, including the 34-14 Tier II playoff final, and finished 2-4 overall.
As of Monday, 350 runners had registered online for the 28th annual St. Albert 10-Mile Road Race on April 14.
The cost is $55 through www.starrt.com. After April 1st it’s $65.
The entry fee for school teams of three runners apiece is $60.
Last year 554 entries were processed for the 10-miler and the inaugural six-kilometre fun run.
The all-time registration total of 976 was set in 1998.
Race time is 9:30 a.m. and the fun run starts after the 10-miler.
The 10-miler is hosted by the St. Albert Road Runners and Triathlon Club.