2009: Lightning fall in junior B championship for second year

2009 has been a very active and eventful year for sports.

The start to the big game - Then-mayor Jim Hunter and X-Treme Queen for a Day Dakota Schwarzenberger drop the puck to start the game sponsored by EnCana

The start to the big game - Then-mayor Jim Hunter and X-Treme Queen for a Day Dakota Schwarzenberger drop the puck to start the game sponsored by EnCana

2009 has been a very active and eventful year for sports.

(Jan. 7, 2009)

• Girls win soccer gold

Stettler soccer players Paula Dadensky, Samantha Dodd, Angela Vanderburg and Tara Salmon won gold medals as part of the Red Deer United team that won a tournament in Calgary.

(Jan. 14, 2009)

• Dairy Queen wins pee wee hockey tourney

Stettler Dairy Queen won a pee wee hockey tournament in Vermilion as they shut out their opponents 9-0, 10-0, and 9-0.

(Jan. 21, 2009)

• Bantams win hockey title

Stettler Scorpions won a bantam boys’ Doran Stewart Memorial bantam hockey tournament in Rocky Mountain House with strong goaltending by Jarret Hampton and scoring by Kelton Turner.

(Jan 28, 2009)

• Stettler hosted a midget boys’ hockey tournament at Stettler Recreation Centre as Stettler Storm won the B tournament,

(Feb. 4, 2009)

• Pee wee Storm win tournament

Stettler Storm won the Blaine Chambers Memorial Pee Wee Hockey Tournament in Rocky Mountain House, winning all four games.

(Feb. 11, 2009)

• Wildcat girls win volleyball tournament

William E. Hay Wildcats won a Grade-9 girls’ volleyball tournament in Drumheller with only seven players.

(Feb. 18, 2009)

• Battle of the Border nets big bucks

Battle of the Border ladies’ hockey game raised $15,710 for Stettler Minor Hockey Association and Heartland Youth Centre as the Calgary Oval X-Treme team faced the United States Selects at Stettler Recreation Cenrre.

(Feb. 25, 2009)

• Swimmers shine in trials

Stettler swimmers Cassidy Munholland, Nicholas Baharally and Colin McCann won several medals at the Alberta provincial age-group swimming trials in Sherwood Park.

(March 4, 2009)

• Wildcats win regional hoop championship

William E. Hay Wildcats won the Grade-9 girls’ and boys’ basketball championships for Clearview Athletic Recreation Association (CARA). In the finals, the girls beat Theresetta Catholic School of Castor and the boys defeated Erskine.

(March 11, 2009)

• Roughstock Rodeo rides high

The annual Stettler Roughstock Rodeo attracted 30 competitors, including several from the local area who fell short of any top finishes in bullriding, saddlebronc and bareback events.

(March 18, 2009)

• Howell named coach of the year

Rob Howell. head coach of Stettler Panthers’ pee wee football team was named pee wee coach of the year by Football Alberta after he led the local team to a provincial championship and coaching the team since 2004.

(March 25 2009)

• Lightning capture division title

Stettler Lightning captured the crown in the Heritage Junior B Hockey League as winners of the northern division after eliminating Blackfalds Wranglers in the playoffs.

(April 1, 2009)

• Lightning again fall short in championship finals

Stettler Lightning again fell one win short in the finals of the Heritage Junior B Hockey League, bowing two games to one against the reigning league champions Cochrane Generals.

• Minor hockey teams win banners

Stettler Minor Hockey Association concluded the season with several banners as the pee wee storm won the championship for tier 5, the midget storm won the championship banner for tier 5, the pee wee Dairy Queen Blizzards won the consolation and fair play award for tier 1, the Kinsmen pee wee team won the consolation for tier 3 in the East Central Minor Hockey Association.

(April 8, 2009)

• Chill second in Calgary

Stettler Chill finished second at the Value Drug Mart Bantam Hockey Spring Classic in Calgery, falling to Wainwright in the A final.

(April 15, 2009)

• Brothers make regional hockey team

Hockey brothers Dylan Muhlbach and Derek Muhlbach earned their spots on the Central Alberta Thrashers in the Albert Cup tournament.

(April 22, 2009)

• Baharally swims to Team Alberta

Stettler Swim Club standout Nicholas Baharally, 12, was named to Team Alberta’s 11—and-12 year old tour team along with local head coach Jana Brooke-Gray and Charlen Baharally as one of the team managers.

(April 29, 2009)

• Jacobs wins provincial award

John Jacobs of Stettler received a service award from the Alberta Sport and Recreation Association for his dedication to serve over 30 years in officiating and coaching hockey,

(May 6, 2009)

• Bowlers play on TSN

Local bowlers Shauna Laisnez of Heartland Bowl of Stettler won the ladies’ title at the 2009 Canadian Bowling Championships on TSN South Alberta Provincial Finals to qualify for the 2009 Canadian Bowling Championships on TSN from Dec. 6 to Jan. 4.

(May 13, 2009)

• Hargreaves tests for Taekwondo black belt

Dual Dragons Taekwondo School’s senior instructor Dave Hargreaves traveled to Saskatoon to test for his fourth dan black belt.

(May 20, 2009)

• Heat moves up in softball standings

Stettler Heat is moving up in the ranks in the Red Deer Ladies’ Fastball League with solid wins to start the season.

(May 27, 2009)

• Bissett second at nationals

Stettler volleyball standout Kelsey Bissett came home with a silver medal with the Red Deer Queens Extreme at the under15 girls’ national championships in Calgary.

(June 3, 2009)

• Athletes qualify for provincials

William E. Hay High School has qualified 12 athletes to the provincial track and field championships in Calgary

(June 10, 2009)

• Relay team wins provincial bronze

William E. Hay High School boy’s relay team of Blaine Gendre, Dylan McKay, Josh Meyer and Taylor Starling won bronze for third place in the 4X100-meter relay for intermediate boys at the provincial high school track and field championships.

(June 17, 2009)

• Ball teams battles with bats

Stettler Storm of the Battle River Men’s Baseball League is currently battling with a learning curve in order to compete at provincials as the only remaining league in Alberta using aluminum bats and have switched to wooden bats.

(June 24, 2009)

• U-16 boys soccer in provincials

Stettler under-16 boys’ soccer team finished first in the east division of the Central Alberta Soccer Association, falling short of a berth to provincials.