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The Youth of today

The 2017 SDA Youth provincials were held February 18-19 in Nipawin. Participants are pictured above. No names necessary - you know who you are!  With a report here's Youth Director Shauna Grassing:


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"Fourteen youth participated in the event. It was no surprise that superstar Saul Arndt finished first in Senior Boys. He is joined by Josh Grenier of Hudson Bay in second place. Jaymes Swenson of Prince Albert is the alternate for the Senior Boys.

Savanah Solomon was the only entry in the Senior Girls.

The Junior Boys entries were all from Nipawin. Six boys under sixteen competed in the two-day competition. David Pelly of Nipawin was the clear winner. Cam Wheeler placed second and will also represent Saskatchewan in New Brunswick. Dillon Dumont placed third and will be the alternate for the team.

In the Junior Girls' competition, Saskatoon's Rianna December dominated with Shaukeena McKay and Shae Charles, both of Nipawin, battling for second place. Shaukeena will return to Nationals as Rianna's partner.

Saul Arndt and Savanah Solomon were voted most sportsmanlike by fellow competitors.

It was a great tournament thanks to the support of the Nipawin adult players and the parents of the competitors who chalked some marathon matches for the youth."  - Shauna Grassing

Shauna says she was impressed with everyone's darts and that it is such a pleasure to see the kids grow and develop their skills. Well, Shauna, we appreciate all you do for the youth darts program!

The youth team told us that they are dedicating this season to the late Pat Copeman, who spent countless hours with our youth darts players.

It's great to see some new faces on the roster for Saint John. Well done to everyone who took part and go get em, team!

Larsen goes top at Pines, Judy's first

Karsten Larsen of Saskatoon has regained his position at the top of the SDA rankings with a win at the Pines Open in Nipawin February 11, defeating Ashtin Bear in the final. Ashtin (Prince Albert) went on to win men's doubles with Austin Morrison of Saskatoon. They're pictured near right.

Karsten, pictured left, has now reached the final of both singles and doubles in his last two outings.

Perennial Team Sask rep Judy Cleaveley took top spot in the Pines women's singles event for the first time, defeating Roberta Wheeler of Nipawin in the final. Judy and Roberta are pictured top right. Judy then went on to win women's doubles with partner Rita Larsen of Saskatoon. Blind draw winners are Ashtin Bear and his partner Myles Charles of Stanley Mission. Three finals for Ashtin means a nice payday for him as well.

Eric's third Icicle in a row, Becky solid

Eric Matheson of Saskatoon has completed his second "three-peat" of the season at the North Battleford Icicle tournament, defeating Karsten Larsen in the final. They're pictured right. Eric has also won three in a row at the Al Heminger Memorial (2015-17).

Women's champ is Becky Arndt of Regina, who cements her position atop the SDA rankings with the win over number-two-ranked Stacey Stephanson of Saskatoon, pictured below right.

Karsten Larsen teamed up with Chester Sakebow of Leoville to take men's doubles. They're pictured left. Women's doubles winners are Saskatoon combo Elaine Walker and Rita Larsen (far right). A good turnout at North Battleford was helped by the attendance of several new players.

Chester wins first, Elaine doubles at Pat Copeman Memorial

At the inaugural Pat Copeman Memorial tournament in Regina on January 21, Chester Sakebow from Leoville defeated hometown star Jim Dennis in the final to win the men's competition. They're pictured left. That's Chester's first SDA singles win according to our records. Way to go!

Elaine Walker took time out from her presidential duties and found her form, winning the women's singles over Bonnie Lapierre.

That's Elaine's first SDA singles win since the early 2000s: she's back!

Elaine kept it going, teaming up with Bonnie to win the doubles over Carol Shepherd and Stacey Stephanson, in an all-Team Sask final. Elaine and Bonnie are pictured right.

Fellow 2016 Team Sask reps Steve Kristjansson and Karsten Larsen of Saskatoon (far right) won men's doubles over Curt Gamble and Jesee Gamble of Moose Jaw. See the full results from Regina.

Eric makes it three, Becky back on top at Heminger

The 12th annual Al Heminger Memorial held in Saskatoon January 7 attracted Saskatchewan's top players.

Men's winner is Eric Matheson, for the third time in a row at this tournament. He defeated fellow Team Saskatchewan player Jason Skinner in the final.

In women's action, Becky Arndt of Regina defeated Sharon Acker of North Battleford in the final and takes top spot in the rankings.

Becky teamed up with Dakota Roberts of Prince Albert to take the women's doubles. Men's doubles goes to former 2-time Heminger winner Karsten Larsen and his partner Chester Sakebow of Leoville.

Many new players took part and Elaine Walker and her volunteers from SUDO organized yet another successful tournament, with 46 men and 16 women in the singles events. You can see full results here.

Saskatoon Toy Drive for needy kids

There wasn't a Toy Shoot this year in Saskatoon but dart players were still in the giving mood. Lots of toys were collected for some youngsters who needed a brighter Christmas this year.

Organizer Laurie Kitzul says thank you to all concerned and shares more info here.

North East Classic results

We can report the winners from the Hudson Bay tournament in November.

Men's champ and three-peat winner is Ashtin Bear of Prince Albert who beat Grant Dye from Saskatoon in the final. Becky Arndt made the trip from Regina worth while by taking first place in women's over Aspen Hall of Mortlach.

Saul Arndt of Regina and his partner Curt Gamble of Moose Jaw took men's doubles. Over in the women's doubles it was Saskatoon pair Bev Roth and Melanie December, who's a first-time winner.

Triples went to the powerhouse out of Saskatoon: Karsten Larsen, Rita Larsen and Steve Kristjansson. Steve also took the blind draw title with his partner, local youth player Josh Grenier. See the full results.

Saul plays World Masters

SDA Youth Darts is proud to be part of the sensational Saul Arndt show that made its way to the fabled Lakeside in England for the boys' World Masters. He played in a field of 88 boys from around the world in a straight knockout competition.  

Saul didn't win it all in London - this time.  "Can't win them all," he says. A great philosophy for a youth player who's had a string of titles already this year.

So far in 2016, the 16-year-old Reginan won the doubles at Youth Nationals partnered by Jaymes Swenson; won the NDFC Americas Cup qualifier; then took a trip to Barbados for the Americas Cup this summer, and won that too!

Saul was accompanied by his parents to the BDO's showpiece event, and they returned home December 5. "I had a really great time," he says, "and met lots of the pro players. It was lots of fun."

We can all dream about playing big-time darts - this kid is already doing it. Way to go, Show!

Team SK stars shine at Oktobershoot

North Battleford hosted November 5 and three players from the 2016 provincial team took care of business. 

(L-R in picture) Steve Kristjansson, Stacey Stephanson and Jason Skinner teamed up to win the mixed triples event.

Stacey went on to win the women's singles, defeating Judy Cleaveley in the final, while Jason took men's with a win over Bobby Magalong.

See the full results from North Battleford. 

Steve tops Sask Open

Steve Kristjansson of Saskatoon was on good form as Regina zone hosted the Saskatchewan Open October 14-15.

Steve won men's singles over NDFC star Dean Corlett of Manitoba, then teamed up with Karsten Larsen of Saskatoon to win doubles over Corlett and his partner Ron Looker. Steve is pictured left.

Women's winner is Lisa Boyer of Manitoba, who defeated Kim Bellay-Rousselle of BC in the final.  

Saskatchewan's Bonnie Lapierre and Joan Hodgen took the women's doubles title with the win over youth players Savanah Solomon and Rianna December.

At a mixed doubles event on the Friday evening, Reginan pair Becky Arndt and Saul Arndt (pictured above right) took top spot with a victory over Bonnie Lapierre and Jim Dennis. 

You can see full results from the Sask Open here.

Bobby wins first at Border 

Bobby Magalong of Saskatoon threw some very nice darts on the way to his first SDA tournament win at the Darts on the Border shoot in Lloydminster October 1.

He defeated Reginan youth phenom Saul "The Show" Arndt in the final, with finishes of 114, 102 and 80 to seal the deal.

Saul and Bobby are pictured right.

Over in the women's section it was Becky Arndt who came out on top with the win over Melanie Thomas. Becky and Melanie are in the pic to the left.

Men's doubles champs are Karsten Larsen and Steve Kristjansson of Saskatoon, pictured right. They overcame Saul Arndt and Chester Sakebow in the final. 

Blind draw winners are Steve Kristjansson and Steadman Regular. 

Kudos to Iain and Lori Mackay of Lloydminster zone for organizing the tournament and to Royal Canadian Legion Branch #39 for sponsoring the event to the tune of $1,000.

You can see full results from Lloydminster here.

AGM elects Elaine Walker interim SDA president

Our Association has a familiar face taking over as interim president. Elaine Walker was elected by acclamation at the 2016 AGM in Regina September 10 and will serve until the end of the 2016-17 season, when she is expected to run again for the 2017-19 term.

Other executive members took up new positions, including Shauna Grassing as Youth Director and Shawn Solomon as Member-at-Large.

The 43 members present observed a minute's silence for the passing of members and loved ones including sitting president and great friend of Canadian darts Pat Copeman.

Warm congratulations were offered to youth player Saul Arndt for winning the America's Cup youth title in Barbados earlier this summer. Saul will now go on to represent Canada at the World Masters in England. Let's all wish him the best!

A darts tournament was also played at the Eagles Club, the AGM's new venue for this year. Steve Kristjansson of Saskatoon won in men's with a victory over Karsten Larsen. Women's singles goes to Bonnie Lapierre of Regina, who defeated Elaine Walker in the final. We've lost track of how many times Bonnie has won the AGM. Suffice it to say it's easier to count the times when she didn't win it! Way to go Hammer!

Men's doubles winners are Saul Arndt and his partner Eric Matheson, who defeated Shawn Solomon and Cliff Culbert in the final. Eric got a mention during the meeting for having broken the record for the number of 180s hit in one season. Eric hit the maximum 60 times in 2015-16.

Women's doubles winners were no prizes for guessing Bonnie Lapierre and Elaine Walker. Judy Cleaveley and Aspen Hall were runners up.

See the full results from the AGM.

Riders 2016 football pool tickets for sale

The 2016 Riders football fundraiser is your chance to raise money for our association, win prizes, and watch the Riders all at the same time!

Tickets are $20 for the whole CFL season, with one draw in each regular season game as well as the playoffs and Grey Cup Final. Tickets can be bought at any time during the season and prizes will be back paid.

You can see the scores and a list of winners here. See your zone director to buy tickets and also if you want to become a ticket seller. And Go Riders!

Tournament Notes

Did you know? The 2017 NDFC Nationals will be held in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Stay tuned for up-to-the-minute news of any announcements or changes to tourney dates.

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This is the tally of all maximum 180s and 171s recorded by SDA players at tournaments this season.

Eric Matheson of Saskatoon set the record for 180s hit in a season with 60 maximums in 2015-16. Fantastic job! The total number of maximums hit last year was 395, also a new record!

Well done to everyone who hit a 180 for the first time in competition - the first of many!

21 Steve Kristjansson 3 Bonnie Lapierre
18 Jason Skinner 2 Becky Arndt
15 Eric Matheson 2 Aspen Hall
12 Karsten Larsen   Gloria Morrison
11 Ashtin Bear   Carol Shepherd
7 Chester Sakebow   Stacey Stephanson
6 Dan Arndt   Melanie Thomas
5 Jim Dennis    
5 Curt Gamble   Bob Bensen
5 Austin Morrison   Jeff Berner
4 Saul Arndt   Perry Burton
4 Wayne Hudson   Sean Brimacombe
4 Bobby Magalong   Myles Charles
4 Klyne Obey   Eric Fernandes
4 Phil Roberts   Jack Grassing
4 Brett Wells   Hunch Gray
3 John Brann   Nick Hall
3 Brad December   Rick Hanson
3 Jesee Gamble   Iain Mackay
2 Cliff Culbert   Jamie Perrett
2 Brian Humphreys   Peter Power
2 Bill Lobb   Sean Shea
2 Dave Propp   Marcus Stephanson
2 Shawn Solomon   Rod Swenson
2 Greg Vass   Voneric Yapo

Records on this site date back to the 2000-1 season. If you have earlier records and archives in your possession, please contact the SDA

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