The Sir George Simpson Triathlon celebrates its 25th anniversary this morning, starting at 9 a.m. at Grosvenor Pool.

Last year’s event consisted of 128 triathletes, racing solo or on a team of three, and 85 support student course marshals for the .3-kilometre swim, one-km bike and 1.2-km run.

Diana Magee, a longtime Simpson teacher, has been the driving force behind the triathlon for all 25 years. In 1995, Magee gave birth to a son the day after the triathlon and last year was on medical leave but still helped organize it with a former student teacher who was subbing for her.

The fifth annual Dawg Bowl kicks-off Thursday at 6 p.m. at Riel Recreation Park.

The Team Hill (White) versus Team Guy (Cardinal) intersquad game features junior and senior players at the Bellerose Bulldogs’ spring camp.

Meanwhile, the game of the year in St. Albert high school football has been confirmed for Oct. 7 between Bellerose and Paul Kane Blues in the metro Edmonton league’s Carr division one regular season.

The 19th annual Fastball St. Albert Invitational Tournament is up to bat Friday at 5 p.m. at the Meadowview and Lorne Akins diamonds.

The weekend competition consists of 42 teams, including three U12B male teams: St. Albert Falcons, Calahoo Chiefs and Irma.

Fastball St. Albert is represented by 12 Angels teams and 13 overall.

The age divisions are U10, U12A, U12B, U14A, U14B, U16A, U16B and U18.

Sunday’s finals are 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 and 3:15 p.m. at Meadowview.

Visit www.fastballstalbert.ca for schedules and results.

Fastball St. Albert is also hosting the U16A Western Canadian Softball Championships, July 29 to Aug. 1 at Meadowview. Organizers are seeking volunteers to help with scorekeeping. For more information, contact u16westerns@fastballstalbert.ca or Sarah at 780-239-5517.

The St. Albert Stars kick-off their fourth Alberta Football League season Saturday at Riel Recreation Park.

Game time is 5 p.m. against the defending champion Calgary Gators. A season pass for four home games is $30.

The Gators won their season-opener 38-0 against the Edmonton Raiders last weekend.

Last year the Stars finished 6-4 overall in the nine-team circuit after losing 49-35 to the undefeated Gators in the semifinals. It was 42-7 at halftime.

Previous team records were 3-5 in 2014 and 6-4 as the 2013 AFL finalists.

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