Back, from left, Troy Anderson (coach), Michell Ball (coach), Rachel Morbeck, Rod Ball (coach), Jaiden Stotz, Sage Sansregret, Elli Anderson, Jesse Jack, Taylor Roller, Megan Anderson and Rick Stotz (coach); front, from left, Tamara Ball, Raina Thomson, Gracie Morbeck and Mikayla Torgerson. (Contributed photo)

Stettler Storm U19 girls win gold

Coach credits success to drama-free cohesive, humble team with great respect for coaches, game and opponents

The Stettler storm U19 girls’ softball team came away with a gold medal in provincials in Sherwood Park July 6-8.

This completed a string of four undefeated tournament gold medal wins this year, as they went undefeated in Stettler, Calgary, Okotoks and Sherwood Park. Stettler was 4-0 in round robin play in Sherwood Park, beating Calahoo, Calgary, Okotoks and Edmonton. Sunday saw them play in the semifinals against Okatoks and beat them 12-1.

This placed Stettler in the finals against Edmonton High Park, which they had not yet played. The storm came away with a hard-fought emotionally charged victory of 13-6, winning the gold.

For some of these girls on the Stettler team, this was their third provincial gold medal in provincials at the minor ball level. The team is made of girls and coaches from the Stettler area.

Coach Rick Stotz said the key to the girls’ success this year was a drama-free cohesive bunch of young women that were humble and had great respect for their coaches, the game and their opponents.

The Stettler Storm U19 team appreciates all the parents and people who supported them this season, as well as the Stettler Minor Ball Association.

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