Hinton Cougar Ryan Tew takes aim during the biathlon sprint competition Jan. 26 in Grande Prairie.
The Hinton Cougars biathlon team will see little rest over the next month and a half.
The upcoming schedule includes the Alberta Winter Games in Airdrie on Feb. 14 – 16 and the home town Calforex Cup stop at the Hinton Nordic Centre on March 7 – 8.
“There’s only two weekends we are not racing between now and mid-March, so we’re ramping up. Pretty much going every weekend,” said coach Robin Hengel.
Hengel said that the squad will focus on some fine tuning over the coming week or two, leading up to a Feb. 1-2 competition in Camrose and with an eye on the bigger stage two weeks later in Airdrie.
“We’re really going to be focusing on shooting technique and confidence,” said Hengel.
“When they’re feeling good about what they are doing it shows, so we’re going to work on that on the range.”
The Cougars will look to build on a solid performance Jan. 25 – 26 in Grande Prairie that saw the squad earn 11 medals.
Sara Johnston earned two gold in the Dev. 1 Girls division thanks to some strong shooting that saw her hit 12 of 15 targets in Saturday’s race and a perfect 10 of 10 in Sunday’s race.
Hinton finished 1-2 in the boys Air Rifle II division on both days, with Mattias Vriend placing first and Simon Ruszkowski finishing second.
Ryan Tew fared well in the Masters division with a gold in the sprint race and a silver in the individual race.
Both Cougars in the Dev. 1 boys division earned medals with Chad Scobie earning silver in the sprint and bronze in the individual race, while Cooper Johnston earned bronze in the sprint.
“All of our racers skied hard, pushing themselves through to the finish, making sure they didn’t leave anything on the course,” said Hengel.
Ronan Tew and Bodhi Walker showed well in what is always a tough senior boys division. Tew finished sixth in the sprint and 7th in the individual.
“Ronan’s focus was very evident as he improved his shooting results from each bout to the next in both prone and standing positions over the weekend,” said Hengel.
“Bodhi showed perseverance as he struggled with some rifle issues on Saturday and turned it around hitting three of five targets standing to finish of the weekend in the range.”