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U12 St. Paul Storm grab provincial gold

The U12 St. Paul Storm softball team is: (Back row) coaches Brent Labrie, Marc Fontaine, Cory Robinson (head coach), Troy Bohn, Adrien Jean, and Karrie Foisy (manager). (Middle row) Sunshyne Lapatak, Makenna Zarowny, Sarah Zapisocki, Finley deMoissac, Amber Robinson. (Kneeling) Trish Labrie, Savannah Fontaine, Kara Gerlinsky, Olivia Jean. (Laying down) Kalli Foisy and Paige Bohn.

ST. PAUL - While it may have been another unpredictable season for many ball players, the St. Paul Storm U12D girls were excited to bring home gold medals from this year's provincial tournament in Grande Prairie, held Aug. 20 and 21. For many, it was their first crack at a provincial title.

After wining four round robin games, organizers opted to hold the final game of the tournament under the lights at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, due to rain being forecast on Sunday. The late-night game offered a unique experience for the young team, according to coach Cory Robinson.

With only three teams taking part in the tournament, the teams still managed to get in a fair amount of playing time, and Robinson says the St. Paul team played with plenty of maturity throughout the weekend.

“Their biggest disappointment was that it was over," says Robinson, with a laugh. 

He says the team put in a lot of work on the field and "gave 110 per cent."

The team had some great coaches in the dugout, and overall, “It was a big team effort," says Robinson, speaking to the team's success.

Being that the 11 girls who make up the team are quite young, this was the first provincial showing for them, but Robinson anticipates it won't be the last.

“This is the first of many now.”

Janice Huser

About the Author: Janice Huser

Janice Huser has been with the St. Paul Journal since 2006. She is a graduate of the SAIT print media journalism program, is originally from St. Paul and has a passion for photography.
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