Gap between Saskatoon and rest of pack grows at Winter Games

By battlefordsNOW Staff
February 23, 2018 - 11:00am

After Thursday's events at the 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games, Saskatoon continued to build on their substantial lead while Regina and Prairie Central held onto second and third.

Saskatoon has 74 total medals, with 25 gold, 26 silver, and 23 bronze. Regina trails by nearly a third of Saskatoon's total, with 50 medals (20 gold, 13 silver, 17 bronze). Prairie Central is four back of Regina, at 46 medals (12 gold, 19 silver, 15 bronze).

The 'home' Rivers West district is still fourth with 41 medals, but has the third-most golds with 16.

Lakeland is still in fifth with 27 medals, while South West is sixth with 24 and South East is seventh with 20 meadls. Parkland Valley is in eighth place still with 13 medals and the North district has six.

Flag Points

For each sport, athletes are awarded points based on where they finish, from top to bottom. The better the athletes finish, the more flag points they get. All of the district's points in each sport are then added up, and whoever has the most is awarded nine "flag points," with second getting eight, third getting seven, etc. Individual sports with mixed events receive18 flag points for first, instead of nine, as flag points cannot be awarded per gender in mixed events.

As of Wednesday morning, Saskatoon not only leads in the medal standings, but they also lead the pack with 94 flag points. Prairie Central and Regina are tied for second with 79 flag points each, while Rivers West is a close fourth with 77.

What to watch Fri. Feb 23:


Team female and individual female bowling began at 8 a.m. at Gutters, and will run until noon.

At 4:30 p.m., individual and team male bowling takes over, running until 7:30 p.m.


Friday is all about the team dual mixed competition.

The first two semifinals began at 8:30 a.m. at the Don Ross Centre gymnasium, while the other semis began at 10 a.m.

The bronze medal game is set for 1 p.m. and the gold medal match will begin at 2:30 p.m.


Female curling pool play continues at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., while the first playoff matches are set for 7 p.m. tonight.


Team U-19 mixed badminton is not done yet, as it picked up again at 9 a.m. this morning at the Nations West Fieldhouse.

Placing games will begin at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. later today, with the finals set for tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.


There are only four games today on the female hockey schedule, as pool play continues.

Saskatoon plays South East at Don Ross Arena at noon, followed by Lakeland against Parkland Valley at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile Prairie Central faces off against Regina at 1:30 p.m. at Battleford Arena, followed by Rivers West vs. South West at 4:30 p.m.

Table Tennis

Team junior female and team junior male placing matches started at 8:30 the John Paul II gymnasium, which will be followed by team cadet male and female placing matches at 1 p.m.

Singles junior female and male round robin games are also set for 5 p.m.

Figure Skating

Women's and men's free skate will take place today at the Civic Centre, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Class 2 female free skate will happen at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., with class 2 and 3 male free skate following that at 2:05 p.m. Class 3 female free skate begins at 2:55 p.m.

Cross-country Skiing

Cross-country sprints take over Blue Mountain today.

Qualificiation in the 250-metre and 500-metre free technique male and female sprints begin at 10 a.m., followed by heat races at 12:45 p.m. and the finals at 2:15 p.m.


More slopestyle continues at 11 a.m. at Table Mountain in U-14 and U-17 male and female qualification runs. The final races all begin at 1:30 p.m., with the medal ceremony to follow.






The nine districts in the Winter Games are broken up as follows: Prairie Central includes Humboldt, Warman, and Wynyard; Rivers West includes the Battlefords, Kindersley, Lloydminster, and Meadow Lake; Lakeland includes Prince Albert, Melfort, and Tisdale; South West includes Assiniboia, Moose Jaw, and Swift Current; South East includes Estevan and Weyburn; Parkland Valley's region includes Yorkton, Melville and Kamsack; and the North district includes communities such as La Loche, La Ronge, and Buffalo Narrows.


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