The 2019 NDFC Youth Nationals got under way
in Saskatoon Friday May 17 and it was a good day for our juniors in
In junior girls' play, Taryn Kristjansson
(Saskatoon) and Kya Scott (Maple Creek) won the silver medal. Also
reaching the final were junior boys Jaden English (Saskatoon) and
Josh Adrian (Nipawin).
Saturday May 19, Saskatoon: Rianna December
of Warman wins the bronze medal in Senior Girls' singles.
On Sunday May 19, Josh Adrian made it
to the final of the boys' World Masters qualifier, while Rianna
December was third in the girls' event.
Saskatchewan finished 7th in the overall Canada Cup standings.
see the full official NDFC results here.
Wins for SK youth at Klondike
Matthew Shephard and Rianna December came back from Edmonton with first
place finishes. With more here's Youth director Mel December
past weekend Saskatchewan had a good showing at the Klondike in Edmonton
with our youth having 9 players in total.
On Saturday Matthew Sheppard came in first in junior boys and Gabe
Noble got joint third while Taryn Kristjanssen got second in senior females
and Will Sheppard got joint third in senior boys.
Way to go everyone! This is the first ranked NDFC youth tournament
earning points for Matthew, Gabe and Taryn!
sitting in first place, Gabe in third for junior boys and Taryn in second in
senior girls for NDFC!
On Sunday the WDF singles event took place. Saskatchewan did well again
having Rianna December (pictured right) take first place and Taryn (far
right) placing joint third! Way to
represent girls! Shout out to Jamie
Sheppard and the Maple Creek crew for all their fundraising and dedication
to the youth to make attending this event possible.
New faces, solid performances at Youth Provincials
Lots of new juniors at Youth Provincials bodes
well for the future, while our established stars are off to Nationals
again to represent Saskatchewan.
All 20 participants are pictured at the Youth
Provincials in Saskatoon. No names - you know who you are!
With a full report, here's SDA Youth Director
We had an awesome weekend at the 2019 Saskatchewan Youth Provincials
with 20 participants!
All players played well, had fun and showed great sportsmanship.
The event started Saturday February 16 at 10 am and finished at
approximately 3 pm Sunday.
The largest group was in junior boys with 14
competitors. It was a close finish for the boys with a playoff needed
for the alternate placements. The
winner was a repeat of last year, Joshua Adrian from Nipawin.
In second place was Jaden English from Saskatoon. Garth Camber from
Nipawin was successful in the playoff for alternate, and due to having
no second-place Senior boy, he was asked to move up to the Senior
division. As a result, Matthew Sheppard from Maple Creek will be our
alternate Junior boy for the Nationals.
Junior girls featured three competitors and taking first is another
repeat winner from last year, Taryn Kristjansson from Saskatoon. It was
close for second and alternate, but in the end Kya Scott from Maple
Creek edged out Shaukeena McKay of Nipawin to finish second!
Shaukeena wins the alternate spot.
In Senior boys we only had one competitor, Cameron Wheeler from Nipawin,
who took home the winner's cup and played well throughout the weekend,
practising with other youth and adult dart players who were there
In Senior girls, Rianna December of Saskatoon and Keturah Adrian of
Nipawin were the two competitors. Rianna took first and Keturah came in
second from the weekend of play.
Three 180s were shot over the weekend; one by Rianna and two by Taryn.
Way to represent ladies!
As usual the players were asked to vote for the male and female
sportsmanship awards. This year the honour of this title went to Kya
Scott and Gabe Lachapelle, both from Maple Creek.
Way to go!
Congrats to those who made the team and to all the others who played
well throughout two long days. We had new players and a few familiar
faces which was awesome.
Thank you to all the parents and volunteers, you made this event
possible! - Melanie December
Thanks Melanie. Youth Nationals are in
Saskatoon this year, May 16-20.
2018 Youth Nationals report
Youth Nationals were held
in May. Here's Youth Director Shauna Grassing with her report from
The 2018 Youth National Darts Championship held
in Drummondville, Quebec is all wrapped up.
Team Saskatchewan finished in eighth place overall. We sent a
full team of four boys and four girls, as well as four adult chaperones.
Some parents also joined us in Drummondville.
The entire team played in the Bursary Shoot on
Thursday evening as a warm up to the national events. The provincial
directors voted that evening to approve a new bursary. National Finance
Director Don Crookshanks proposed a bursary being paid out from
Swiftflyte sponsorship. This will mean a significant increase in the
bursary being awarded doubling the top prizes to $1000. It is Don’s hope
this will attract more youth to play in the event which is open to all
NDFC youth members.
Savanah Solomon, our lone graduating player,
carried the Saskatchewan flag for opening ceremonies Friday morning.
The singles events were played following team pictures.
Three of the girls advanced from their sections
in the singles events; Rianna December, Taryn Kristjansson and Savanah
Solomon. Junior Girl Rianna December had the best showing, finishing
with a bronze medal (joint third). Unbeknownst to the youth, the
directors also voted to pay the youth cash prizes in the singles events.
Unfortunately, Rianna met teammate Taryn three
times in the knock out rounds over the weekend, in the singles event,
Americas Cup Qualifier and the World Masters Qualifier, limiting our
chances for more points.
One highlight of the weekend was junior boy
Joshua Adrian shooting a 180 during a playoff game for fourth position
and winning the game to advance in the Americas Cup Qualifier. Rianna
December also shot a 180 and a 171 in competition.
Both players were recognized
with a national pin at the awards presentations.
For senior player, Savanah Solomon, this was her last opportunity
to compete as a youth player and she will be missed by all. Her friendly
smile and gentle nature makes her a favorite with everyone. The team
presented her with gifts of appreciation at the banquet. We hope to see
her continue to play as an adult.
On a sad note, this was National Youth Director
Carol Collett’s final year.
After running the youth nationals for thirty years she is stepping down.
She will be truly missed by everyone. Her commitment to the youth
program has be unmatched.
I also have enjoyed many years on the SDA
executive and my two years as youth director.
I am pleased to say the youth will be in good hands with Mel
December. Mel was able to attend the youth directors meeting with me and
I think that alone will make for a smooth transition.
I would like to thank this year’s chaperones: Brad December, Jack
Grassing, and Becky Arndt and the parents for being supportive of our
players. Good luck to
everyone involved in hosting nationals next year.
Congratulations to all our youth players. Here's the official NDFC photo
of Team Saskatchewan:
Pictured at 2018 Youth Nationals: Back row,
L-R: Jack Grassing (chaperone) Dillon Dumont, Joshua Adrian, Saul Arndt,
Jaymes Swenson, Brad December (chaperone).
Front row, L-R:
Shauna Grassing (Youth Director), Taryn Kristjansson, Shaukeena McKay,
Carol Collett (National Youth Director), Savanah Solomon, Rianna
December, Becky Arndt (chaperone).
Youth Provincials 2018
Boys winners: Seniors first Saul Arndt, second Jaymes Swenson. Juniors
first Joshua Adrian, second Dillon Dumont. Girls winners: Seniors first
Savanah Solomon, second Veronika Duchscherer. Juniors first Taryn
Kristjansson, second Rianna December.
The 2018 SDA Youth sportsmanship awards
went to Savanah Solomon and Jake Larratt.
Youth team plays
2017 official Youth team picture taken May 16
Back Row L-R:
Josh Grenier, Dan Arndt (coach) Saul Arndt, David Pelly, Jack Grassing
(coach), Cameron Wheeler.
Front row: Mel December (coach), Shaukeena
McKay, Rianna December, Savanah Solomon, Shauna Grassing (SDA).
The NDFC Youth Nationals took place in Saint
John, New Brunswick May 16-19. With a report here's Shauna Grassing:
"The Canadian Youth Nationals is finished for
the year. The New Brunswick Dart Association were terrific hosts, the
venue was wonderful and the hotel was only steps away.
And throughout the four days of play, our team's darts were only
Our lack of trophies certainly does not reflect the way the youth
played. Luck of the draws played a big part, having to play in a
preliminary round in both the Nodor Cup and Mixed Doubles.
Saul Arndt struggled during the course of the tournament. His elbow
injury played a huge factor.
His pain was evident to me as I watched him play but like a true
sportsman, he never complained or used his injury as an excuse.
Hopefully after some rest we will see him back on track.
Rianna December played very well and she,
Savanah Solomon and Saul all finished in joint fifth in the singles
events. Rianna, currently ranked 14th by the WDF, also played
in the World Masters and World Cup qualifiers. The NDFC is still not
certain whether a team will be sent to Japan for the World Cup but the
youth directors felt it was important to hold the qualifier.
For our other players, Josh Grenier, David
Pelly, Cam Wheeler and Shaukeena McKay, the Nationals was an invaluable
The team finished seventh overall in the Canada
Cup and I am proud of our players for their sportsmanship and their
We were lucky enough to be in Saint John for
Loyalist Day. There was a 21-gun salute, free entrance to the museum and
Loyalist House and a fireworks display in the evening.
I would like to thank my coaches: Dan
Arndt, Mel December and Jack Grassing. I would also like to thank Brad
December and Becky Arndt for their support." - Shauna Grassing, SDA
2017 team L-R David Pelly, Cameron Wheeler, Savanah Solomon, Rianna
December, Saul Arndt, Shaukeena McKay, Josh Grenier.
Saul Arndt had the honour of carrying the
Canadian flag at the opening ceremony, accompanied by Taylor Probert of
Rianna tops junior girls at Silver Cup
Rianna December of Saskatoon took first place
in the junior girls' event at the Silver Cup Challenge held in Medicine
Hat April 28-30.
Rianna, second right, is pictured celebrating
with the other winners Courtney Kane, Jayden Chiasson and Roan Herbert.
The SDA sent our youth team to the tournament as a warm-up for their
Nationals trip later this month. With a report from the tournament,
here's SDA Youth Director Shauna Grassing:
"Eight youth players and four chaperones travelled to
Medicine Hat for the Silver Cup Challenge
"It was a great team-building weekend. Dan
and Becky Arndt, Shawn Solomon and I chaperoned the crew.
Unfortunately Josh Grenier was not
able to attend.
Saskatchewan players exhibited great sportsmanship of which we should
all be proud. We have taught them well. There were a number of personal
best finishes and even some cash prizes. The youth threw
some amazing darts. We are proud of every one of them. On Friday evening
the adults joined in the fun for a blind draw. Saturday was draw doubles
for boys and girls, as well as the World Dart Federation Singles event.
On Sunday, singles were played in each age division.
"Rianna December finished first in the girls
WDF event and first in the Junior Girls Singles event! Way to go Rianna.
We also had a few second place finishes and many joint 3rds in the other
" - Shauna Grassing
The youth team is pictured above. Back
row L-R:Dillon Dumont (alt), Saul Arndt, Jaymes Swenson (alt), David
Pelly, Cameron Wheeler. Front Row: Savanah Solomon, Rianna December,
Shaukeena McKay. The team sent us this message: "We would like to thank
the SDA for the opportunity to travel to Medicine Hat as part of our
training for nationals. We would also like to thank Bill Hatter and crew
for putting on a great shoot."
NDFC Youth Nationals start May 16 in Saint
John, New Brunswick. Let's wish our
team all the best! You can get all the results here as soon as they come
Youth of today
The 2015 Youth Classic tournament was held in Regina May 2.
With a report here's SDA
President Pat Copeman:
Ten enthusiastic dart
players registered for the day's events, which started with a blind draw
doubles. To provide more competition for the youth we added parents and
extra spectators as entrants to the event. Each youth player was teamed
with an adult except for our senior girls’ team - the senior girls
The result of this event are as follows:
1st: Saul Arndt/Shauna Grassing
2nd: Shaukeena McKay/Dan Arndt
Jt.3rd: Dakota Roberts/Randi Friess, Lyneta Grenier/Brad December
Jt.5th: David Pelly/Ashtin Bear, Clover Arndt/Carol Shepherd, Rianna
December/Shawn Solomon, Josh Grenier/Pat Copeman.
In the afternoon the youth players played singles against the other
players in their respective divisions.
The results are as follows:
Senior Girls: 1st - Randi Friess, 2nd - Clover Arndt, 3rd - Lyneta
Junior Girls: 1st - Rianna
- Savanah Solomon, 3rd - Shaukeena McKay
Junior Boys: 1st - Saul Arndt, 2nd - Josh Grenier, 3rd - David Pelly
There were no senior boys at the tournament.
All in all the players enjoyed themselves and the tournament was a
success. - Pat
Pictured below having a good time are the players with their coaches and
parents. A good-looking bunch - you know who you are!
This tournament serves as a warm-up for Youth Team
Saskatchewan members Dakota, Randi, Rianna, Savanah, Saul and Josh who
are off to St. Catherine's for the Nationals May 14-17. More on that
story here. Stay with saskdarts.com for all
the latest from the NDFC Youth Nationals.
Photo by Becky Arndt
Ashtin Bear wins 2014 National championship
Ashtin Bear of Prince Albert
won the NDFC National
Senior Boys' championship in Halifax May 17, defeating Dawson Murschell of
Alberta in the final 3-1. Ashtin, pictured right, took out a 72 finish
to win the gold. After his victory he said "I can't believe I won,"
later saying that it is "a dream come true." What better way to end his
final year as a youth player! Congratulations Ashtin!
Dakota Roberts, also from Prince Albert, came second
in senior girls, losing to Raina Burke of Newfoundland in the final 3-2.
The match went down to the final double.
A day earlier, Dakota and her partner Randi Friess
finished second in senior girls' doubles, then on Day 3, Ashtin and
Dakota teamed up to finish second in mixed doubles, bringing Dakota her
third silver and the team's total medal count to a gold, three silvers
and a bronze.
Youth team start strong in
doubles play on May 16, the first day of national competition,
Saskatchewan girls got off to a flyer!
Randi Friess (Nipawin, far left) and Dakota Roberts (Prince Albert, near
left) made the final in Senior Girls and won the silver medal. The stage
match was very close, with Dakota wiring a double she needed to win the
fifth and final game against Newfoundland and Labrador. Congratulations
on a great result!
Junior Girls Savanah Solomon and Rianna December got to the semis and
finish with a bronze medal for joint third.
The juniors are pictured right. Savanah (Regina, L) says she and Rianna
(Saskatoon, R) "played pretty good together." She had to help rookie
Rianna with what to shoot for sometimes but it seems to have worked out!
Savanah says "we would encourage each other a lot."
Savanah enjoyed her first
time at Nationals. "It's really fun. You get to meet a lot of different
people from different places and become friends with them. It's a great
Rianna was also a first-time
competitor at Nationals. She says "Oh yeah, I would do this again!"
Provincial Youth Director Trish Gray says "the senior girls played an awesome stage
set. I am super proud," and that for the juniors, third place is a "sweet" result in their first year. Trish says the boys' teams missed out
(May 16), but not for a lack of good darts.
In other notable results,
Saul Arndt of Regina finished second in
the pre-tournament Bursary shoot and second again in the
World Masters qualifier. Our overall finish in the Canada
Cup was fifth. Full results will be posted by the NDFC.WH
Official team picture,
NDFC Youth Nationals, Halifax, NS, May 16 2014: Back row: Laurie Unger
(coach), Hunch Gray (chaperon), Saul Arndt, Austin Morrison, Ashtin
Bear, Josh Grenier, Shawn Solomon (chaperon). Front row: Rianna
December, Savanah Solomon, Dakota Roberts, Randi Friess, Trish Gray (SDA
the following report from SDA Youth Director Trish Gray:
And the awards went to:
"The Youth Classic 2014 was held January 11th at the Anavets
Club in Saskatoon.
Twelve youth players from across the province attended and
participated in a Blind Doubles draw, and then singles were
played for each of the respective categories, Junior and Senior,
Boys and Girls. It was a pleasure to see some new faces that
took advantage of this tournament for tips and strategies on the
Once again many thanks to the parents and the numerous
volunteers that gave their time to help make this an enjoyable
day for the youth players. Your continued support is what will
make youth darts a success. -Trish
Luc Misener (Nipawin) & Saul Arndt (Regina)
Bear (Prince Albert) & Georgia Bradley (Rosetown)
Solomon (Regina) & Randi Friess (Nipawin)
Saul Arndt (Regina)
Bear (Prince Albert)
Savanah Solomon (Regina)
Georgia Bradley (Rosetown)
Dakota Roberts (Prince Albert)
Clover Arndt (Regina)
Junior Girls strike silver
Saskatchewan Junior Girls Clover
Arndt and Dakota Roberts finished second in the doubles event at the
Youth Nationals, losing to Ontario in the final. Dakota also finished
joint third in junior singles while Miranda Cleaveley and Brittany Lyons
came third in senior doubles.
The 2013 Saskatchewan Youth darts team
pictured in St. John's NL for the Championships May 17. Back Row (L-R)
Hunch Gray (coach) Becky Arndt (chaperon) Austin Morrison, Clover Arndt,
Ashtin Bear, Dan Arndt (chaperon), Trish Gray (SDA Youth Director).
Front Row: Joshua Grenier, Miranda Cleaveley, Dakota Roberts, Brittany
Lyons, Saul Arndt.
Trish Gray sends us more in this report:
"Another Canadian Youth Nationals has come to an end. As usual the youth players representing our
province competed well and made us all proud. In the Canada Cup results, Saskatchewan
were 4th place with 68 points (3rd - Manitoba 69, 2nd -
Alberta 71,1st - Ontario 92) It was very close between
2nd and 4th.
"An excellent event. Even though the medals
and trophies did not reflect how well each individual played, it
was a tough field out there this year. Each player represented
Saskatchewan with the sportsmanship and level of play of any pro,
making each one of them winners! I am very proud of the whole team.
is with sadness that we say goodbye to Miranda Cleaveley, who is
graduating out of the youth program this year. Best of luck in
your future in Adult Darts."
The team wishes to thank the SDA and all their
supporters for the opportunity to go to St John's for the Nationals and
everyone signed a card (right):
You're welcome and thanks for representing!
Congratulations to them all!
Here's a report from SDA Youth Director Trish Gray,
organizer of the 2013 Youth Classic tournament that took place January
"The annual Youth Classic, an open tournament for all Saskatchewan
youth players, was held at the Anavets Club in Saskatoon. This is an
opportunity to educate the youth players in all aspects of their
darts game including etiquette, sportsmanship, styles, outs and much
"The chilly weather may have been partly to blame for a lower
turnout than usual: there were 10 participants in the four youth
categories, some travelling from as far as Hudson Bay, Nipawin,
Rosetown, Regina and Prince Albert. A Blind Doubles event was played
and Austin Morrison and Savannah Solomon were the winners. A Singles
event was held in each category.
1st - Miranda Cleaveley
2nd - Randi Friess
3rd - Brittany Lyons
1st - Austin Morrison
This round robin was filled with additional
Senior Boys - Dan Arndt, Rod Swenson and Doug Spearey
1st - Clover Arndt
2nd - Savannah Solomon
New player Skylar Federuik
played doubles and cricket
1st - Saul Arndt
2nd - Austin Parnitsky
3rd - Jaymes Swenson
"To round the day out, we held a
cricket event. Each youth player was teamed up with an adult. The
youth really enjoyed this always popular event. Gerry Gray donated
several items, draws were held throughout the day and every player
received a prize. Trophies were handed out to everyone!" - Trish
Mixed doubles gold at 2012 Youth
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)
ThirdOur overall finish this year was
third, the best since 2008: fantastic job by players and coaches. Congratulations to all our
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 -
Our SDA youth team attended the
NDFC Youth Nationals in Edmonton over the Victoria Day weekend. Here
they are in the official team picture:
Youth Team Saskatchewan 2011:
Back row, L-R, RCMP officer, Trish Gray (youth director), Kennedy Haluke,
James Walter, Austin Morrison, Hunch Gray (coach), RCMP officer. Front
row, L-R, Lowine Binkley (chaperon), Saul Arndt, Megan Lyons, Clover
Arndt, Brittany Lyons, Miranda Cleaveley, Dan Arndt (chaperon).
Edmonton, May 22, Day 3: Saskatchewan takes silver in the Nodor Cup team event, losing in the final to Ontario. In mixed doubles action,
brother-sister act Clover Arndt and Saul Arndt of Regina take joint
third in juniors.
May 21: Junior girl Clover Arndt was the star of the singles events for Team Sask on day two
of Nationals, finishing joint third. Nice job by the rookie from Regina!
Clover is pictured right.
Five from our team of eight made it beyond the round robin
in singles, all tacking
on points towards the Canada Cup standings.
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."
Senior girls Megan Lyons and Miranda Cleaveley took
joint third in the doubles on the first day of NDFC Youth Nationals.
And notch up another joint third for Team Sask - Junior girls Brittany Lyons
and Clover Arndt made the semis. Senior boys Kennedy Haluke and James
Walter lost out in a playoff, and junior boys Austin Morrison and Saul Arndt did not advance.
Saskatchewan entered players into
all events in all age groups at Nationals.
Full results from Edmonton are posted on the
Look out Canada - here comes the Youth of SK
L-R: Austin Morrison, Brittany Lyons, Saul Arndt, James Walter, Megan Lyons,
Miranda Cleaveley, Clover Arndt, Randi Friess (Alt), Kennedy Haluke
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
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
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
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
Thirty-three young darts players hit Saskatoon
for the Youth Classic tournament January 15.
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
I have seen the
future - and it's youth darts players! Everyone in the picture above
received a set of darts,
generously donated to the Youth program by John Brann.
Senior Boys winner
Rachel Grenier, Hudson Bay (L) and Austin Morrison, Rosetown (R). They're
joined by Trish Gray.
Senior Girls 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
Full results here.
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,
Mixed doubles gold for Seniors
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.
finished 5th in the Canada Cup, an improvement on last year.
Two bronzes for
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!
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.
Here are the results. Top two go, thirds are alternates.
1st Brittany Lyons (Nipawin)
2nd Miranda Cleaveley (Hudson Bay)
3rd Clover Arndt (Regina)
1st Austin Morrison (Rosetown)
2nd Saul Arndt (Regina)
3rd Kyle Solomon (Regina)
1st Megan Lyons (Nipawin)
2nd Letitia Walter (Hudson Bay)*
3rd Aspen Cleaveley (Hudson Bay)
1st Tyson Newell (Prince Albert)
2nd Mitch Kavanagh (Regina)
3rd James Walter (Hudson Bay)
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
Twenty-five young players from far and wide played in the Youth Classic
tournament in Saskatoon January 16.
Top honours went to
Aspen Cleaveley (Hudson Bay), Mitch Kavanagh (Regina), Brittany Lyons
(Nipawin) and Austin Morrison (Rosetown).
Full details on our
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
1st Mitch Kavanagh (Regina)
2nd James Walter (Hudson Bay)
3rd Caleb Grenier (Hudson Bay)
1st Aspen Cleaveley (Hudson Bay)
2nd Megan Lyons (Nipawin)
3rd Letitia Walter (Hudson Bay) """180"""
1st Austin Morrison (Rosetown)
2nd Brandon Geini (Nipawin)
3rd Damon Netowaysin (Hudson Bay)
3rd Saul Arndt (Regina)
1st Brittany Lyons (Nipawin)
2nd Miranda Cleaveley (Hudson Bay)
3rd Randi Friess (Nipawin)
Austin Morrison and Michelle Grenier teamed up to win
the Blind Draw doubles event.
The new venue at Saskatoon's Confederation Inn was a
Organizers Trish and Hunch would like to thank Bonnie,
Al and Doug for helping set up and Laurie for the treats and pop.
and Alitha take
at youth Nationals
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, May 15: Saskatchewan
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
"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
"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.
"Megan Lyons played in the World Masters qualifier. She advanced through a
couple of the knock-out draws and played exceptionally well. She had the
whole team standing right behind her all the way.
"It was such a pleasure to take this group of fine young adults to
Saint-Hyacinthe and watch them compete for Saskatchewan with pride, dignity
and awesome sportsmanship!"
Saskatchewan finished in
sixth place overall in the Canada Cup.
Walter, Lyons repeat
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,
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
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
L-R: James, Austin, Megan and Naomi
Nipawin hosted 25 players, ranging in age from 9
for the eight spots at the Nationals in Quebec
Two new Boys, one new Girl on Team
The roster for St-Hyacinthe
has three new faces.
In the Senior Boys,
Newell of Prince Albert
joins Mitch Kavanagh
(YTS '06, '07).
Joining James Walter
(YTS '07, '08) is
Morrison of Rosetown. The Junior Girls are Megan Lyons
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
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
Saskatoon Classic 2009 results
Senior Boys: 1. Mitch Kavanagh, Regina; 2. Andrew Greenbank, Nipawin; 3. Scott
Senior Girls: 1.
Caitlin McCrae, Saskatoon; 2. Alitha Chamney, Estevan; 3. Jordyn Waldon,
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,
1. Austin Morrison, Megan Lyons; 2. Tish Walter (Hudson Bay), Brandon Gienei
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
Senior Girls Gold Medal, 1988 Youth Nationals. NDFC
President Bill Spears presents the award
to Charlene Konanz and Terri Johnson. Photo courtesy Brian Gatin
Youth Team Saskatchewan 1988:
Back Row: John Belanger, Deidre Nattrass, Terri Johnston, Elliott Clarkson
Front Row: Jeremy Burt, Kim Wanner, Charlene Konanz, Scott Racette
Jeremy and John won the silver in Junior boys that year at Nationals.
Photo courtesy Brian Gatin
Youth Team Saskatchewan 1986 at Nationals in Halifax:
Kerry Schofield (Senior Boys),
Lisa Mann (Junior Girls), John Belanger (Junior Boys). Photo courtesy
You can see more photos of Saskatchewan Darts players
on our Archives page here.
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