Prayers for Humboldt, 2nd Corpus Christi Parish golf set, Wetaskiwin Ballerz’s first title and Alvin Tam's rescheduled fight

Prayers for Humboldt, 2nd Corpus Christi Parish golf set, Wetaskiwin Ballerz’s first title and Alvin Tam's rescheduled fight
Team captain Chris Mission(2nd from right, first row) and the Wetaskiwin Ballerz finally won a title by ruling the Camrose Filipino Basketball League with a clean 13-0 win-loss record. (Contributed photo)

It was actually my wife Marj, a hockey fanatic, who broke the news to me at around 5 that Saturday morning about the Humboldt accident and later on, I realized how tragic the incident was.

It’s just so hard to believe what happened to the Humboldt Broncos. I could not even bear the thought that 10 young hockey players, whose dreams of one day playing in the National Hockey League, lost their lives that fateful Friday night. Also dead are five other individuals, among them coach Darcy Haugan, who left behind a wife and two young boys.

Heartbreaking. Just unbelievable.

As of this writing, Canadians from coast to coast, and other citizens have shown their love and support for the Humboldt community with prayers and donations that to date, have reached $6 million.

As I watched the news on TV in the last four days, I was so touched by how fellow Canadians expressed their support for members of that small community. What a show of love. Our continued prayers to the parents, families, friends and those deeply affected by this tragedy. Stay strong, Humboldt!

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The 2nd edition of the Corpus Christi Parish Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 23 at the Leduc Golf and Country Club.

Tournament committee chair Joseph Duenas is again calling all golfers to join them to raise money for the “Church Building Fund”.

The registration fee is $200 but you’ll actually get a $100 tax receipt, so it is not that expensive at all.

Organizers are hoping that more players will join this year and that more sponsors will also chip in before the deadline on June 9.

Crosstown Auto Centre, led by Joe Medina and Ches Tiongson, won the inaugural tournament last year at the Mill Woods Golf and Country Club and we heard other teams are getting ready to grab the title from them.

If you would like to play or become a sponsor, please contact Kuya Joseph and other committee members of the Corpus Christi Parish such as Deacon Gem Mella or Kuya Manny Ibasco. Salamat po.

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Congratulations to the Wetaskiwin Ballerz led by team captain Chris Mission for winning the Camrose Filipino Basketball League title against Lakay Leduc, whose players are a combination of the Warriors and Hoopers.

Mission, who formed the team in 2013, and his squad fought toe-to-toe with their rivals in the first two quarters then employed a tight full defense, shifting from 1-2-2 defense to man-to-man that spelled victory.

He has high praises for teammates Kenji Espelita, the tournament’s most valuable player, Joseph Orian, Mark Guiller Bucu, Pierre Munoz, MJ Orlina, John Andrei Magtortol, Alec Tolosa, John Oliveros and Renz Quisao for delivering the goods in the final half.

And Mission would like to thank Clear Vista School’s officials Principal Trevor Van Someren and Vice Principal Mike Daly, for allowing them to use their basketball court for their practices every Friday and the Filipino community in Wetaskiwin for helping them with the expenses while competing in Camrose.

Congratulations Ballerz for winning your first basketball crown and Camrose organizers led by Jeff Micabalo for a successful tournament. Mabuhay kayong lahat!

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Pinoy boxer Alvin Tam was supposed to fight last April 7th but the organizing Montilla Promotions faced some problems so Dekada Fight Night was moved to May 26 at the Grey Eagle Event Centre.
Now the local fighter has to re-adjust his preparations and we hope that by next month, he is in tip top shape.

Good luck, Alvin.

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My wife is not happy with the Edmonton Oilers for failing to advance to the playoffs.

I believe all Edmontonians are disappointed, especially the season ticket holders.

We just hope they will perform better next season.

Go Oilers pa rin!

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