Sometime sports can go beyond just being a game.
While school divisions across Alberta are concerned about provincial cuts to education, there’s one school in Okotoks that is elated with recent events in tiny Raymond, Alberta.
The Holy Trinity Academy Knights won their first provincial high school football championship by beating the Austin O’Brien Crusaders in the Tier II final Friday in Raymond.
A provincial title of any kind, whether it be one of the several Martin Kennedy has won with the HTA band program, is special.
The excitement of any such achievement permeates through the halls, providing school spirit and pride to all students.
It happened with the Foothills Falcons for three years when they dominated the high school football season.
Now it’s Knight Time.
This one is extra special.
It’s a well-deserved victory.
HTA Knights head coach Mat Hassett has been helping and coaching football players, going beyond the x’s and o’s and providing some of the life lessons that players often talk about when discussing the game.
He’s got passion for his players and the game.
There could be a lottery at the Knights Award banquet as to when Hassett will tear up.
The betting is extra early this year.
There was some talk in Raymond of finally getting the monkey off their collective back with the win.
Afterall, the Knights have had strong teams from Jeff Hassler, Charlie Power and to the Leggetts, Guteks and Lojstrup crew of today.
There was no monkey on the back, HTA has always handled the game with class.
And watch out for next year.
There will be plenty of talent back for 2020.
Celebrate the good times, it is Knight time.