Diefenbaker Chiefs rank No. 7
Last year was a big one for the John G. Diefenbaker Chiefs. As a Division 2 team, the Chiefs cinched the city championship title and made such a name for themselves that they were promoted to Division 1 for the following year.
Now that the 2009 season has arrived, the members of the Diefenbaker Chiefs are both nervous and excited at their shot at the Division 1 title.
It will be a tough climb, as they are currently ranked seventh out of the eight teams. The season has already gotten off to a rough start for the Chiefs, with a record of 0-3. But surprisingly they are ranked above last year’s city championship winners, the Wise Wood Warriors.
The Chiefs are planning to build on last year’s outstanding performance to help them work their way up the ranks of the Division 1 conference. There are many obstacles standing in the way of the Chiefs’ climb to the top, but head coach Tim Reitbauer remains optimistic about his team’s chances.
“Both our senior and junior teams won city championships in Division 2 so it was natural that we move up to Division 1,” Reitbauer says. “We had a very memorable season last year but graduation has left our senior team extremely young. This year’s senior team only starts six Grade 12 students, so we are young at almost every position. It is a nice problem to have however, because it leaves us in good shape for the next year.”
This year’s quarterback for the Chiefs is 16-year-old Damjan Miskin, but his youth does not pose a problem for Reitbauer. Miskin started off as a slot-back but was promoted to quarterback after the team’s second game, proving that he has what it takes to lead the team.
“Damjan is a phenomenal slot-back who puts the team’s best interests before his own,” Reitbauer adds. “He will play a key part in the development of our team, alongside Ryan Koyzan, who is also in Grade 11. Ryan is our safety and defensive captain. He plays the game at a hundred (miles) an hour.”
The Diefenbaker Chiefs have always shot for the stars, and that can-do attitude has turned them from a Division 2 team to a Division 1 team.
As the newest addition to the Division 1 conference, the Chiefs are the underdogs, but if they manage to turn the season around and play like they did last year, they could very well see themselves as contenders for the city title.
— Anna Santiago, Calgary Journal
Beaverbrook Lords rank No. 6
The Lord Beaverbrook Lords are a team that manage to always stay in the middle of the pack.
Last year they were 2-4 and this year are 1-2 and are sitting at the same place in the standings, on top of the bottom three.
Lord Beaverbrook had a tough start this season playing Notre Dame and St. Francis, both placed in first with a 3-0 record.
They managed to beat St. Mary’s by two points, a team that is right above them in the standings.
With minus 58 points for and against, it looks like the Lords will stay right where they are for the rest of the season.
—Ashley Taylor, Calgary Journal