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Maidstone and District News: Senior girls top home tournament

Talance Stapleton rockin' Canada Winter Games.
Maidstone High School senior girls won gold at their home basketball tournament.

MAIDSTONE — Congratulations to Maidstone High School’s senior girls’ basketball team on winning gold at their home tournament March 3-4. Teams came from Eatonia, Kerrobert and Macklin to compete in the two-day event. Special thanks to the Grade 7s who came out to help. The senior girls will be hosting conferences in Maidstone this Saturday.

Maidstone Curling Club’s Junior Bonspiel on March 4 drew 24 players on six teams. Winning team was Benjamin Owens, Lucas Kinchen, Parker Schempp, Brayden Yaceyko; second place - Jael Allen, Joanne Owens, Addison Young, Bella Young. Draw-to-button winner was Ellie Kraft, toonie-broom winner was Amber Schempp and air pods raffle winner was Khloe Rempel. Thank you to all our sponsors.

Maidstone Curling Club’s “Let’s Rock This” raffle winners were announced March 4: Len Wagner won the Louisiana pellet smoker. Cheryl Winterhalt and Verna Donald each won a quarter of beef and half of pork.

Talance Stapleton had a fantastic time at Canada Winter Games. At 13 years old, she was the youngest athlete competing. With an icy course for moguls last week, she skied well but ran into bad luck on her backflip. She was still smiling with a 14th place finish in single moguls. In duals on the last day, they raced another athlete. Talance came up against 18-year old Lynette Conn from British Columbia who had won bronze in singles and went on to win silver in duals. It was an amazing experience. she says. This week Talance is in Caledon, Ont. for junior nationals, with training early in the week and the competition on March 10 to 12.

Maidstone Ice Arena made their draw for trip of the month March 6. Debra Sutherland won a trip to Vancouver and Donny Ironchild won the ticket money back. The next draw is April 3 for a $1,000 travel voucher.

Maidstone Gully Multiple 4-H Club will host district 4-H public speaking in Hillmond March 12 at 1 p.m. Take a Sunday drive to show support for these young people and hear some excellent speeches.

Maidstone Library has a new display for the month of March so be sure to check it out. They also have kits to sign out for preschool children which include all kinds of activities, games and even recipes to try with your kids, or read a kite story and make a kite. A few kids from the elementary school have started a chess club. They’ll be meeting at Maidstone Library on Wednesdays after school. The Grade 3 class took a field trip to the town library March 3. They were excited to take out library cards in their own names.

Ratushniak Elementary School (Maidstone) has basketball starting this week for Grades 5-6. There are six teams because so many kids signed up. Games will be in-house on Mondays and Wednesdays. Some of the students have started a singing club called Rock’n Rollers. Kids Grades 1-6 meet every Thursday at lunch with Mrs. Sperling to sing songs.

Elder Adele Bear came to speak with Grade 6 students on the seven grandfathers (values) their culture focuses on. With the Grade 4 class she spoke of the meanings of each part of the teepee, as students worked together in raising a teepee in their classroom. She related well with the students who were excited to be using the teepee for the next few weeks.

Midwest Family Connections is holding two family play and learn sessions in Maidstone March 13 and 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Ratushniak Elementary School in the Pre-K room. This is a drop-in program for infant to age six with free play, activities, parenting information and more. Caregiver must stay with child. Contact 306-825-5911 or [email protected] for more information.

Maidstone Health Care Auxiliary is having a St. Patrick’s Day tea March 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Pine Island Suites. Admission is $4.00 with proceeds towards purchase of Lucas 3 chest compression equipment for the hospital and ambulances.

Waseca Community Center reminds everyone to join them March 15, 22 and 29 for socializing, cards and board games from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be a spring market at the centre from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. Contact [email protected], Gloria 306-830-0861 or Sandra 780-872-8008 to book a table.

Maidstone Skating Club’s 74th annual carnival presents Glitter on Ice  Saturday March 18 at 7 p.m., Sunday March 19 at 1:30 p.m. at Maidstone Ice Arena. Admission: 12 and older $7, five to 11 $5, under five free. These skaters have been working hard all season and are excited to put on a performance for everyone.

Maidstone Disc Golf and Maidstone Bowling Alley are teaming up again to bring you the final Trivia Fun Night for this year on March 25 at 7 p.m. To book your team please email [email protected] with team name and number of people on team (up to eight). Disc golf will start as soon as Delfrari Park is melted – wishful thinking!

Maidstone Trade Fair is less than a month away, Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2. It’s exciting to have the trade fair return after being cancelled for a couple of years due to COVID-19. The committee advises there’s still room for vendors. Please email [email protected] for your registration package.

In hockey, U11 Maidstone teams hosted the league final tournament last weekend. The Maidstone Blue team lost the final game to Meadow Lake so ended up second in the league.

U13 Maidstone combined with Neilburg played Friday March 3 in Delisle in round 3 game 2 of provincial hockey. Maidstone came back to tie the game 4-4. With three points they advanced to the next round of provincials in the Northern C finals.

U15 Maidstone won 6-4 over Debden in Maidstone on March 4 and advanced to round 2 of playoffs.

My apologies for not having all the hockey news, but I just didn’t have time to try to get it all. It’s 1:37 a.m. and I’m giving up for this deadline. Hopefully I’ll have more scores for you next week.