Mixed doubles gold at 2012 Youth Nationals
Megan Lyons of Nipawin and partner James Walter of Hudson Bay struck gold in Thunder Bay, Ontario with a win in the 2012 Senior Mixed Doubles competition. Megan now has two gold medals in this event, winning it for the first time in 2010. Megan and James are pictured left.
Saskatchewan youth players picked up a few medals on the first day of Nationals, with our team getting in the the act in all four categories of doubles: senior boys James Walter, Ashtin Bear, 2nd place; senior girls Megan Lyons,
Miranda Cleaveley, 2nd place; junior boys Austin Morrison, Saul Arndt, joint third; junior girls Brittany Lyons Clover Arndt, joint third.
Singles were played on day 2: Clover Arndt, junior girls joint 3rd; Megan Lyons, Miranda Cleaveley, senior girls joint 5th; James Walter, senior boys joint 5th; Saul Arndt, junior boys joint 5th. See full results (NDFC)
.Team ThirdOur overall finish this year was third, the best since 2008: fantastic job by players and coaches. Congratulations to all our winners!
Pictured right sporting their bronze medals at the banquet May 20, L-R: Laurie Lyons (chaperon), Saul Arndt, Austin Morrison, Dan Arndt (chaperon), Clover Arndt, Ashtin Bear, Brittany Lyons, Miranda Cleaveley, James Walter, Megan Lyons, Trish Gray (SDA Youth Director), Hunch Gray (coach).
Photos courtesy Trish Gray - thanks!
Our SDA youth team attended the NDFC Youth Nationals in Edmonton over the Victoria Day weekend. Here they are in the official team picture:
Five from our team of eight made it beyond the round robin in singles, all tacking on points towards the Canada Cup standings.
In the World Masters qualifier, Nipawin's Megan Lyons missed a trip to England by that much, finishing second to Abbigale Hatter of Alberta. Megan is the provincial senior girls' champion, pictured left.
Youth director Trish Gray reports that the team spirit among our young players is excellent. "What a day!" says Trish. "The team is a true team. All for one and one for all. The support for each other is awesome."
Trish says it was an exceptional performance by the whole team. "The competition was tough but the players were determined. I am very proud of them all."
Saskatchewan entered players into all events in all age groups at Nationals. Full results from Edmonton are posted on the NDFC homepage.
Look out Canada - here comes the Youth of SK
L-R: Austin Morrison, Brittany Lyons, Saul Arndt, James Walter, Megan Lyons,
Youth Team Saskatchewan has two new faces this year and six players making a return to the national level.
In Junior Boys, Austin Morrison of Rosetown and Saul Arndt of Regina repeated their one-two performance from last year and will head to Edmonton for Nationals in May.
Junior Girls' champion for the second year in a row is Brittany Lyons of Nipawin. She's joined by Clover Arndt of Regina.
Megan Lyons (YTS '08, '09, '10) is the Senior Girls' winner for the third time. Her partner will be Miranda Cleaveley of Hudson Bay who was a junior at last year's Nationals.
Finally, Senior Boys' number one this year is James Walter (YTS '07, '08, '09); he's joined by newcomer Kennedy Haluke of Nipawin. Let's wish the whole team all the best for NDFC Nationals 2011.
The Youth Provincials were held February 12 and 13 in Regina. Lots of new up-and-comers tried out and we had 31 entries from across the province. That's well up on last year. Young players from Prince Albert, Hudson Bay, Rosetown, Nipawin, Regina and, new for 2011, Hodgeville came to the Queen City for a two-day round-robin event.
Sportsmanship awards were voted on by players, and the winners were Clover and Saul Arndt.
Ashton Bear of Prince Albert notched up a maximum 180. Nice shot!
Many thanks to our energetic Youth Director and all the volunteers from the host zone. Full results here.
Youth take centre stage
Players from Prince Albert, Nipawin, Hudson Bay, Rosetown, Regina and, new for 2011, Hodgeville took part in the event.
Pictured left, Junior Girls winner Clover Arndt of Regina. On the right, Kyle Solomon of Regina, the Junior Boys winner.
Youth Organizer Trish Gray says the tournament was "an absolute success!" The record number of entrants was an increase of 10 on last year.
Trish sends out a special thank-you to everyone who volunteered for the morning set-up and evening tear-down, and all the parents, chaperons and volunteers who helped make this day a success.
Youth team returns
Our team of eight youth players is back in Saskatchewan with some booty, a lot of pride and memories for a lifetime.
Team Saskatchewan 2010. Back row, L-R: Miranda Cleaveley, Aspen Cleaveley, Tyson Newell, Mitch Kavanagh, Austin Morrison, Megan Lyons. Front row, L-R: Laurie Lyons, Ken Cleaveley, Saul Arndt, Brittany Lyons, Trish Gray, Hunch Gray. Unnamed RCMP officer, centre
Mixed doubles gold for Seniors
May 23, 2010, Gander, Newfoundland: Tyson Newell and Megan Lyons took first place in the Senior Mixed Doubles at Youth Nationals! A superb result for Saskatchewan up against some stiff competition - congratulations to them both.
Team Sask made a splash at the Nodor Cup team event as well with a third-place finish.
Overall, Saskatchewan finished 5th in the Canada Cup, an improvement on last year.
Two bronzes for Girls' teams
May 21: Team Sask made a good start at the Youth Nationals as our girls' doubles teams both placed joint third on opening day.
Two sets of sisters trod the podium: Megan Lyons and Aspen Cleaveley in Seniors and Brittany Lyons and Miranda Cleaveley in Juniors. The Lyons girls are from Nipawin and the Cleaveleys hail from Hudson Bay.
Later that evening, Austin Morrison came second in the bursary shoot.
May 22: Megan and Brittany Lyons both reached the last eight in girls' singles. Great job!
Also representing us this year were Senior Boy Mitch Kavanagh and Junior Boy Saul Arndt.
Youth director Trish Gray says she has been super impressed by the whole team's attitude. "I cannot say enough about how proud I was to be associated with all these terrific youth players," says Trish. "I was especially pleased with the senior members of the team who stepped up, without being asked, to mentor and be leaders for the young players."
Trish gives the shout out to Hunch, Ken and Laurie, the coaching staff, and Dan and Becky, the parents. "All your hard work did not go unnoticed. Thanks!"
Going to Gander
Rosetown, February 21: The indomitable Lyons sisters Megan and Brittany take a trophy each at provincials and are away to Newfoundland for the Youth Nationals.
Senior boy Mitch Kavanagh is
taking off for the fourth time while partner Tyson Newell and junior Austin
Morrison make a second trip. Persistence pays off for Miranda Cleaveley, who
makes it at the third attempt.
In the picture: L-R, back row, Mitch, Tyson, James, Tish, Clover; middle row: Kyle, Megan, Austin, Brittany, Miranda; in front: Saul and Aspen.
Saul is the youngest member of the team - he's 10.
*Aspen will be in Gander as part of the team because Letitia is unavailable for Newfoundland.
Congratulations to them all. Full results soon.
Numbers up at youth tournament
Twenty-five young players from far and wide played in the Youth Classic tournament in Saskatoon January 16.
Top honours went to
Full details on our Youth page.
Organizer Trish Gray says the turnout was 6 up on last year, and there was "very positive feedback from the youth and parents about the tournament format and the location."
The Classic is a chance for young players to compete in the run up to Provincials in Rosetown February 20.
Youth Classic rerun for Mitch
Mitch Kavanagh of Regina repeated his 2009 win at the Youth Classic in the 2010 event January 16 in Saskatoon. Here are the results:
Austin Morrison and Michelle Grenier teamed up to win the Blind Draw doubles event.
The new venue at Saskatoon's Confederation Inn was a success. Styling!
Organizers Trish and Hunch would like to thank Bonnie, Al and Doug for helping set up and Laurie for the treats and pop.
Aspen and Alitha take bronze at youth Nationals
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, May 15: Saskatchewan senior girls Aspen Cleaveley (Hudson Bay) and Alitha Chamney (Estevan) finished joint third in the doubles on the first day of the 2009 NDFC Youth Nationals. Great job girls!
May 16: SDA Youth Director Trish Gray says Saturday was a tough day for our players in the singles competition, with hard losses for some. No one advanced past the first round, but there was awesome group support, says Trish. Even after Team Sask had all finished for the day, they sportingly stuck around for stage play in a "sea of white" team shirts.
Front row, L-R: Jacki Lalonde (SDA), Austin Morrison, Aspen Cleaveley, Trish Gray (SDA), Alitha Chamney, Megan Lyons, Naomi Netowaysin. Back row: Hunch Gray (SDA), Mitch Kavanagh, Tyson Newell, James Walter, Brian Humphreys (SDA).
May 17: Trish reports from Saint-Hyacinthe.
"On Sunday we played the Nodor Cup event, our first round was against New Brunswick. The players did very well, but unfortunately the team lost 3-4 ending the opportunity to continue.
"Next was the mixed doubles event. The competition was fierce and all of our mixed teams played very well, but unfortunately they did not continue on into any of the medal draws.
"It was very emotional for
some of the players, but I told them that I did not care about the Ws, the
medals or any of that. As long as they felt that they played well that is
all that mattered to me. I was never disappointed with any of them - they
are all my heroes.
Saskatchewan finished in sixth place overall in the Canada Cup.
Juniors Walter, Lyons repeat at Provincials
Feb. 21-22, 2009: James Walter of Hudson Bay defends his top position in Junior Boys, Megan Lyons of Nipawin makes it back-to-back wins in the Junior Girls, and Senior Girl Alitha Chamney of Estevan makes it four years in a row on Saskatchewan's Youth Team with a second-place finish in the Youth Provincials.
Senior Girls champion Aspen Cleaveley makes her second trip to Nationals, while Senior Boys number one Mitch Kavanagh qualifies for the third time.
Seniors, L-R: Mitch, Tyson, Aspen and Alitha
Juniors, L-R: James, Austin, Megan and Naomi
Nipawin hosted 25 players, ranging in age from 9 to 19, who were competing for the eight spots at the Nationals in Quebec this May.
Two new Boys, one new Girl on Team
The roster for St-Hyacinthe has three new faces. In the Senior Boys, first-timer Tyson Newell of Prince Albert joins Mitch Kavanagh of Regina (YTS '06, '07).
Joining James Walter (YTS '07, '08) is newcomer Austin Morrison of Rosetown. The Junior Girls are Megan Lyons (YTS '08) and rookie Naomi Netowaysin of Hudson Bay. Let's wish them all the best!
Well done also to the alternates. They are Andrew Greenbank, Nipawin, Janine Grassing, Nipawin, Kyle Solomon, Regina, and Samantha Wood, Nipawin. Full results from Nipawin.
Youth Classic "awesome"
SDA Youth Director Trish Gray reports that 18 players from all corners of the province made the trip to Saskatoon for the 2009 youth darts tournament .
Trish says, "It was an awesome time, ranging in ages from 8 to 19 years old. Experience mixing with novice, it was a good booster for all the youth players. This year saw an increase in parent support, but I also made them all work. None of this would have been possible if it wasn't for the support of the set-up crew, who carried the equipment up three flights of stairs and got everything in order for me. A big thank-you to Hunch, Bonnie and Al."
Saskatoon Classic 2009 results
Senior Girls: 1. Caitlin McCrae, Saskatoon; 2. Alitha Chamney, Estevan; 3. Jordyn Waldon, Saskatoon.
Junior Boys: 1. James Walter, Hudson Bay; 2. Austin Morrison, Rosetown; 3. Kyle Solomon, Regina.
Junior Girls: 1. Megan Lyons, Nipawin; 2. Miranda Cleaveley, Hudson Bay; 3. Naomi Netowaysin, Hudson Bay.
Mixed Doubles: 1. Austin Morrison, Megan Lyons; 2. Tish Walter (Hudson Bay), Brandon Gienei (Nipawin)
Youth team third in Canada Cup 2008
Final results from NDFC Youth Nationals: Saskatchewan finishes third with 69 points, behind Ontario (1st - 86) and Alberta (2nd - 83).
Winnipeg, May 18: Jaret Gray and Alitha Chamney finish joint third in the senior mixed doubles. In the Nodor Cup team event, Saskatchewan were joint third.
May 17: Singles successes include a second place for Megan Lyons of Nipawin in the junior girls, and joint third for Jaret Gray of Rosetown in the senior boys' event.
May 16: Senior boys Jaret Gray and Wade Grassing take first place in the doubles. Alitha Chamney and Janine Grassing finished second in the senior girls' doubles. Junior girls Megan Lyons and Nicole Allardice came in joint third in their event.
Coaching this year were Trish and Hunch Gray; our chaperones were Jim Dennis and Shauna Grassing.
From the archives
How would the youth of today do against these guys? Here are some pictures of Saskatchewan Youth Darts from years gone by.
Senior Girls Gold Medal, 1988 Youth Nationals. NDFC
President Bill Spears presents the award
Youth Team Saskatchewan 1988:
Youth Team Saskatchewan 1986 at Nationals in Halifax:
Kerry Schofield (Senior Boys),
You can see more photos of Saskatchewan Darts players on our Archives page here.
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