Well, the weekend was hot and beautiful and the “Sports Days” a huge success, thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who made it happen. Also, thank you to the teams that ventured down to our little community to enjoy a fun weekend of ball. We had 15 teams join us in the weekend. The A final competition was played off between ‘Here comes the Runs’ managed by Kory Bremer and Randy Schofer and ‘Swingers and Dingers’ a team from Stettler and BV players managed by Dillon Houston. It was a close race with Swingers and Dingers coming ahead in the run count to take home the big prize. In the B final, ‘Relatively Good’ a long standing team to our tournament made up of the Steen family and close friends versed ‘Benchwarmers’ a team of youngsters from Elnora and Trochu managed by Catrina Craig, who I heard is Sandy Craig’s granddaughter so ties to Rumsey as well. In the final count, Benchwarmers pulled ahead by only two runs to win the B event so congratulations to them. In the C final, we had one of our local teams who had slugged their way from the bottom of the draw sheet back into the C final six games later, ‘Tittsberg Feelers’ managed by our drawmaster Jackie Watts come up against a Red Deer team, ‘Alcobalics’, managed by Melissa Edwards and her daughter, with the Alcobalics pulling ahead in the end to win the C event. Everyone had a great time with beautiful weather, fun events, good food and good ball.
Our local men’s fastball team was also busy this weekend playing in Delburne at their league playoff tournament. They played their way into the semi-finals against Bluffton on Sunday morning but lost there with Bluffton going onto the final to take home the big prize. So maybe it is a good enough consolation to note that they did challenge the champs.
I would like to send out a big welcome from all of Rumsey to the newest member of our community, Cole Thomas Nemetz, born to Samantha and Brandon Nemetz on Saturday, July 15. Jim and Stephanie Richmond and Charlie and Winnie Nemetz couldn’t be happier with their new addition to their families. Congratulations to everyone.
It is with sadness that I extend on the news of Irene Storch’s passing on July 11. It was doubly hard on the Storch/Heck family as they were preparing for Lyle and Charlotte Heck’s fathers’ funeral, Frank Heck, who had passed away on July 2 and whose funeral was being held that same day. Charlotte Heck is Irene’s daughter. I haven’t received news of the funeral date but hopefully will be able to inform you in next weeks’ column.
The next event on the Rumsey Community Calendar will be the S.T.A.R.S ride down at the TL Bar ranch on Sunday, Aug. 13 starting at 9 a.m. It’s not too late to get your pledge sheet started for this great cause that we in the country really depend on. It’s a fun day of riding in the beautiful coulees of the Red Deer River Valley so if you have a horse and need an excuse to ride this is the event to sign up for.