The hard road continued on the weekend for the Bashaw Stars atom club, though it’s obvious the players are getting better in all aspects of the game.
Lincon Bjorge was the lone goal scorer for the Stars as they hosted Fort Saskatchewan and fell 4-1 on Jan. 5.
The next day the Stars were in Viking to face the undefeated division leader, but the result was not available by press time.
Tarell Sterner, one of the Stars coaching staff, noted the players are continuing to make lots of headway in both development of their skills and their work ethic.
“We are all proud of the progress every one of the players have made since the start of the season,” he stated.
“You can see them getting better each time and with (Saturday’s) game being the first one back, it was great to see everyone’s energy level up.”
Sterner added the level the club was placed in has really helped with advancing the team’s development.
“All of the games have been really competitive and close for the most part. There haven’t been any blowouts, so we’ve avoided that up and down roller coaster season,” he said.
“That means we are playing right where we need to be and has allowed the players to learn more, which includes the coaching staff being able to teach more about game strategy and special teams play.”
In fact, Sterner noted the players are showing improvement on being able to implement some of the set plays they’ve been introduced to in practice.
“This team is a close knit group that help each other out and lift up their teammates,” he added.
Bashaw remains second in the Northern Alberta Interlock tier four south division and will look to improve their record this coming weekend.
That will include hosting New Sarepta on Jan. 11 — game time, 7 p.m. — who sit last in the south division with one victory in seven games. The Stars then head to Bruderheim on Jan. 12 to take on east division’s top squad that has a six win, three loss record.
Star gazing — The peewee squad was also in action at home Saturday in tier III league action, hanging on to edge Camrose 5-4. Brock Dawbin netted a hat trick — one in the first then two early in the third including the eventual game winner less than nine minutes into the final frame, before Camrose put a scare into the home crowd with a pair of goals in the final five minutes. Bashaw’s other markers came from Cale Dyberg and Levi Congdon in the second period. The club is on the road in Ponoka and Maskwacis this coming weekend.