Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The Swift Current & District Music Festival Association's Xtravaganza, which took place at the Church of the Open Bible on April. 6, concluded three weeks of competition with an evening of musical performances and award presentations to the winners in numerous categories, including vocal and musical theatre, choral and band, piano, guitar and strings. The major festival awards were presented to Iris Gosiengfiao (most promising junior piano), Chloe Golden (most promising intermediate piano), Presley Reddekopp (outstanding performance for intermediate piano), Brennan Schommer (outstanding performance for intermediate voice), Lauren Levorson-Wong (most promising intermediate musical theatre), Madisson Andrzejewski (most distinguished senior piano) and Austin Castle (most distinguished senior strings). Festival adjudicators recommended Presley Reddekopp (piano), Lauren Levorson-Wong (vocal), Brennan Schommer (vocal and brass) and Austin Castle (strings) for the provincial finals competition while the SCCHS Meistersingers and SCCHS Chamber Singers were recommended for the Saskatchewan level of national competition. The Swift Current music festival, which started in 1929, is one of 48 similar competitions taking place annually around the province.

 

The Waldeck Warriors Junior Girls basketball team won the 2013/14 SWAC Junior Girls Basketball Championship after defeating the Swift Comprehensive High School Ardens team in a nail-biting finish with a score of 63-59. The match, played at Waldeck School on Feb. 27, kept fans on the edge of their seats as the teams battled during the final minutes for the lead. The Warriors got off to a strong start and was leading 41-27 at halftime, but the Ardens fought back and with just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter the teams were tied at 57 points. Two late baskets gave the home team the edge and the Ardens added two points on free throws.

 

Thursday, 20 February 2014 15:41

Winter carnival in Swift Current, Feb. 19, 2014

 The Southwest Early Childhood Action Coalition (ECAC) hosted the 2014 Winter Carnival in Swift Current on Feb. 19 for families with children six years of age and under. A variety of fun activities took place at the Bright Beginnings Family Centre and Riverdene Park. The outdoor activities included skating with the Swift Current Broncos as well as tobogganing and sleigh rides. Over the noon hour there were cheque presentations from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and the Kiwanis Club of Swift Current in support of the Southwest ECAC. The Kiwanis Club made a $1,000 donation to the Parent Support Network, which is a ECAC working committee, and the RBC donated $5,000 towards the ECAC.

 

 A large and enthusiastic crowd of around 200 people attended the Swift Current Friendship Centre Boxing Club's 1st annual Earl Monkman Memorial boxing card at the Eagles Hall on Feb. 15. There were eight competitive bouts and one sparring bout during the evening between boxers representing seven boxing clubs from Saskatchewan and Alberta. Boxers from the Swift Current Friendship Centre Boxing Club participated in five competitive bouts and won three. Logan Clouthier won with a technical knockout over Devan Little (Medicine Hat) in the 67 kg weight category, Nick Habscheid won in the 96 kg category after a voluntary retirement from Steve Berg (Black and Blue Boxing Club) at the end of the second round, and Eric Wiebe won on points in the 58 kg category against Taevan Edwards of Medicine Hat. Justin Belanger lost on points in the 75 kg category against Mohammed (Black and Blue) and Tyler Wilson lost on points against Vaughn Fauth of the Turtle River Boxing Club in the 93 kg category. Kaitlyn Fehr participated in a sparring bout against Madison Matthews (Black and Blue) in the 59 kg category.

Residents from across southwest Saskatchewan were at the Credit Union iPlex in Swift Current on Feb. 1 to see the Grey Cup and get autographs from five Saskatchewan Roughrider players – Dan Clark, Diamond Ferri, Mike McCullough, Jordan Sisco and Taj Smith. The Swift Current Broncos hosted a public event from 1-3 p.m. for fans to meet the players and to get their photos taken with the Grey Cup. The doors open at 5 p.m. for that evening's Rider Night game between the Broncos and the Prince George Cougars to give ticket holders time with the players and the Grey Cup. Taj Smit dropped the puck at the start of the game.

 

The centennial celebrations to commemorate the incorporation of Swift Current as a city started in grand style with around 3,000 people attending the Centennial Day Extravaganza at the Credit Union iPlex on Jan. 15. The event took place exactly 100 years after the City's incorporation on Jan. 15, 1914 and the focus was on celebrating the community's past through historic exhibits, community booths that also presented the history of various organizations and an extravaganza performance with drama, dance and music.

 

The Great Plains College and the Swift Current Robotics Club signed a partnership agreement on Jan. 9, 2014 that resulted in the creation of the Great Plains Robotics Club. Under the terms of the agreement the college will provide the club with space for meetings, storage, construction and testing of new robots. In return the club will recognize the college as a visionary partner for the duration of the agreement. The event included a demonstration of the Swift Current Robotics Club's frisbee shooting robot that was built last year for the FIRST Robotics regional competition in Calgary.

 

Saturday, 14 December 2013 16:50

Lyric Theatre Christmas Matinee, Dec. 14, 2013

The 5th annual Lyric Theatre Christmas Matinee continues a tradition that started many decades ago at Swift Current's historic theatre, when a Christmas movie was shown to children. This year's matinee took place on Dec. 14 and 15, starting at 2 p.m. on both days. The program started a classic Disney short film from 1952, followed by an on-stage theatrical production by members of the Swift Current Little Theatre group, carol singing with local musician Michael Eckert-Lyngstad and storytime with Tekeyla Friday. Children also made Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer gifts during a craft session before the big moment when Santa arrived.

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