You could see the desire to win was so great on the girl’s faces as well as the people on the bench. They knew they were tired but the comeback that they had was so immense that winning this set was in reach. The serve went over and the ball got battered around between the two sides. Then the ball was smashed just out of bounds by one of the Saint Joseph’s girls. This meant that the Spartans won the set 32-30. The amount of sheer joy and excitement on the players and the coaches faces was priceless. This seemingly impossible win from a 10-point deficit propelled our girls to win the next set and by default, the game.
"...for me it was an ideal setting...The lessons I learned from the faculty, the athletics, and the OE trips have been invaluable. The friendships I made will last a lifetime." - Craig Adams '95, retired NHL hockey player
At STS, we encourage each student to develop a life-long love of physical activity. Team and individual sports are available outside of regular physical education class because we believe in the intrinsic rewards of athletics – at all levels.
Successes and failures in all kinds of situations, including athletics, develop character. We focus on the values of sportsmanship and co-operation, along with perseverance towards individual and common goals.
Participation in athletics at STS is wide-ranging and promotes many skills and interests. Opportunities include taking on the roles of captains or managers of teams, or working as student coaches, referees and officials. Students can also organize and run specific athletic events under the supervision of the Athletic Council.
As a result of COVID-19, we have found creative ways to continue offering outstanding athletic experiences to our students. This includes practices and online and/or in-person leadership training through Athletic Council sessions with the guidance of Alberta Health Services.
Outside of direct participation in athletic activity, there are many other interesting ways to join, enjoy and contribute. We welcome students for:
- Photography and videography
- Research and journalism
- Promotion, and marketing
Mr. Ken Zelez
Director of Athletics
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From the Blog
The Junior B Girls volleyball team had a very successful season. With league starting late this year, they competed in two tournaments prior to starting regular season. They learned a lot about their own individual skills and game play, but even more so about how they connect as a team, finishing the regular season undefeated! Coach Baird and I were so impressed with the girls play, effort, teamwork, and grit all season.
Our Grade 9 volleyball season was a straight hill climb with coach Rathwell leading the way. We all stayed together and worked as a team to bring the banner to STS. We competed in two out of town tournaments. Our first one was in Strathmore and it was early in the season so we were able to practice our new court rotation. We then competed in Three Hills and overtook Hanna in the final to win the tournament with some outstanding serving. Our team went undefeated in the regular league season.
The 2021 Spartan cross country season has come to an end, and what an exceptional season it was! Both the Middle and Senior School teams demonstrated determination, commitment, enthusiasm, and leadership throughout the season. This season provided opportunities for the Middle School students to train with the Senior School students, allowing them to improve and put themselves against tougher competition.
Thank you to the STS student and staff community for your participation in our class runs during the week of September 20 – 24, 2021. It was an amazing demonstration of caring, encouragement and fun! The STS Terry Fox Run is a part of one of Canada’s biggest displays of solidarity against cancer while setting an example of compassion, fostering school spirit, and encouraging physical activity! Our participation over the past 37 years exemplifies our dedication to supporting Terry Fox.
The annual Zone golf tournament took place in Turner Valley with the STS girls team placing first and bringing home the banner.
It's 7:00 a.m. on a Tuesday morning and the sounds of sneakers on the floor and athletes calling for the ball drift out from the Sandy Heard Sports Centre. It's not just any normal Tuesday, it's the first day of school in September and the gym is filled with about 30 students working hard and having fun together for volleyball team tryouts, before classes have even started.
Please join us in congratulating the Senior School Cross Country running team for their strong results as the Cross Country season came to an end this week.
The annual provincial golf tournament took place in Red Deer and Innisfail on Monday and Tuesday of last week.
STS hosted over 250 young basketball players and their coaches from independent schools across Canada. STS is the ONLY Canadian Accredited Independent School(CAIS) to host and billet these many athletes! It is a true testament to the strength of our community when we have well over 60 families open their homes to host these 11 and 12-year-old boys visiting our school. Almost one-third of our entire school faculty and staff were directly involved in this fabulous event.