St Louis Cardinals 8th grade travelled to Oldenburg on Saturday November 12th to play in the annual Oldenburg Classic. They came into the tournament looking to defend their title from the previous year. The team started out on the right foot by defeating St. Mary’s of Greensburg in the first game Saturday 55-20. The scoring against St. Mary’s consisted of Kurt Siefert with 2, Jacob Wuestefeld 2, Ben Schebler 2, Riley Schebler 7, Jack Forbeck 4, Andrew Oesterling and Lleyton Ratcliffe had 12 each, Wil Freeland 8 and Sam Voegele 6. In the Cardinals next game St. Louis went up against St . Lawrence and turned in another fine performance with another balanced scoring attack. The scoring against St. Lawrence came from Tyler Kuntz with 2, Jack Abplanalp 4, Kurt Siefert 7, Ben Schebler 2, Jack Forbeck 6. Andrew Oesterling and Lleyton Ratcliffe 9 each, Wil Freeland 4 and Sam Voegele had 6. The game ended with St. Louis winning 49-14. In the championship game the Cardinals went up against the Mount Carmel Vikings. It turned out to be a very physical game from the opening tip with Mount Carmel getting on the board first as Robby Parson hit a mid-range jumper from baseline. However, St. Louis was able to answer as they got a couple of three point buckets from Oesterling to give the Cardinals the lead at the end of the quarter 18-11. St. Louis played tough defense in the 2nd quarter and went into the half up 28-16. Both teams played even in the 3rd quarter and in the fourth St. Louis got some big buckets underneath by Voegele which helped the Cardinals seal the victory and also the championship by the score of 48-33. Parsons led the Vikings with 20 points with Garret Ertel and Joe Fields adding 8 and 5 points respectfully. This week the Cardinals are on the road for two games with Milan on Monday and Sunman Dearborn on Thursday.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.
The team’s five game, undefeated stretch began with a 3-1 victory over the team representing the Kootenays, followed by a 3-1 win over Vancouver Island.Day two produced a rematch between Team North and Vancouver Island, which ended with the same 3-1 score.Entering the semi-finals, team North squared off against Lower Mainland Blue, where a shootout was needed to break the 1-1 deadlock. Extra shooters were needed to settle the score, so Bell skated out to centre ice, and with the game depending on her stick, she scored to send her team to the finals.- Advertisement -The finals saw Team North take on Lower Mainland Green, where Bell and her teammates jumped out to a quick two goal lead, which proved to be enough to emerge as champions, 2-1.With the 2013 U16 B.C. Cup now a thing of the past, next up for Fort St. John’s young hockey star will be the opportunity to try out for the province’s U18 team next season.