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National Sport School students excel in the classroom

Despite athletic commitments, test records show athletes are performing above the norm

NSSTMBL copyThe National Sport School focuses on training athletes, but government records show that they have some of the highest grades in the city, partly due to what a school official described as distance learning technologies and flexible schedules. But a connection between athletics and good grades may also play a role.

Established in 1994, National Sport School focuses on giving young athletes the flexibility to continue their intensive athletic training and compete in sports while completing high school.

But, according to Alberta Education, the sport school's students had the second highest average diploma test score in Biology 30 with 77.5 per cent, sitting only behind Sir Winston Churchill. Along with that second place finish, they also tied for the third highest in English 30-1, coming in at 77.5 per cent, and had the highest Social Studies 30-2 score in Calgary, with an average of 82.9 per cent.


Athlete of the month: Colton Hunchak

Calgary's top high school football prospect set to make big decision after outstanding career at Notre Dame

athmonthIn the near future, many elite Canadian high school student-athletes will be faced with one of the toughest and most important decisions of their young lives — signing a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Letter of Intent.

Colton Hunchak of the Notre Dame Pride is one player that universities across Canada will be waiting in anticipation to hear from.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Calgary-born quarterback is being touted by many football scouts as the No. 1 high school prospect in Alberta. His multifarious myriad of achievements include two Midget Football Association Tier 1 championships with the Calgary Mavericks, a Top 10 individual ranking by Canada Football Chat, and two undefeated seasons at the helm of Notre Dame that both culminated in Provincial Championship victories.


Edmonton to host Red Bull Crashed Ice in March 2015

Calgary racer Kyle Croxall excited for new, thrilling course design in Alberta's capital

RBCrashedIce1For the first time in the 14-year history of Red Bull Crashed Ice, the ice cross downhill event will be coming to Western Canada with Edmonton hosting the World Championship March 14, 2014.

Wearing skates and protective gear, racers will begin their treacherous descent at the Shaw Convention Centre, navigating an icy slope full of twists, drops and obstacles before coming to a stop in the river valley.

Christian Papillon, the Crashed Ice sport director, said Alberta's capital culture fits perfectly with the sport.


New Calgary Hitmen defender Keegan Kanzig transitioning well after trade

Behemoth defender and Flames draft pick closer to home with winning on his mind

KanzigTMBLMany young players, especially those in the Western Hockey League, have trouble adjusting to new teams after being traded. But for defenseman Keegan Kanzig, his move from the Victoria Royals to the Calgary Hitmen appears to have gotten off to a good start.

Trades often come as a shock to some players, and Kanzig, who had been playing since he was five years old, is no exception.

"I had no idea," Kanzig recalled when asked about his trade, which happened on Nov. 19. "It was a real surprise. I found out the day it was announced, and that was that. I was on my way to Calgary."