Stettler FC won the provincial Tier 4 under-18 boys’ rural soccer championship July 8 at Three Hills. Stettler blanked host Three Hills 2-0 in a sweltering-hot final.

Stettler FC won the provincial Tier 4 under-18 boys’ rural soccer championship July 8 at Three Hills. Stettler blanked host Three Hills 2-0 in a sweltering-hot final.

2012: BANNER YEAR FOR LOCAL ATHLETES, TEAMS

Stettler natives Adam Ternes, Dylan Houston and Scott Ternes formed an offensive line

● Stettler natives Adam Ternes, Dylan Houston and Scott Ternes formed an offensive line as the Red Deer IROC Chiefs won the provincial minor midget AAA hockey title in Calgary. IROC beat the Red Deer Northstar Chiefs 6-2 in the final.

● Big Valley’s Ty Mappin and the Red Deer Optimist Rebels captured the Telus Cup national midget AAA hockey championship at Leduc in dramatic fashion. They came back from a 5-1 deficit to beat the Quebec champions 6-5 in double-overtime.

● Botha product Alana Skocdopole, a former Stettler high school student who transferred to Notre Dame in Red Deer to compete in elite swimming, made big strides in 2012. The Red Deer Catalina swimmer qualified for the Canadian Olympic trials in Montreal — before her 18th birthday. She now swims with the University of Calgary.

● Stettler’s Kyle Poapst and the Camrose Cougars almost won the provincial bantam competitive Tier 2 baseball championship, losing 7-6 to host Olds in the final.

● Stephen Zuk was among five Stettler players with the Lacombe Dodgers this past summer, including a trip to the midget competitive Tier 1 baseball provincials.

● Wendy Bignell provided the Stettler Heat with pitching experience last summer. Stettler was the only non-city team in the Red Deer Women’s Fastball League.

● Stettler-area softball girls Jamie Ternes, Kennidy Fisher and Jessie Anderson helped Zone 4 capture the silver medal at the Alberta Summer Games in Lethbridge. Their only loss was to Zone 3 (Calgary) in the final.

● After winning a provincial high school football championship in 2011, the Stettler Wildcats posted an 8-2 record in 2012. They lost 31-14 to the St. Paul Lions in their provincial Tier 3 quarter-final on a snowy field in Stettler.

● The Stettler Panthers took a victory lap after winning the provincial Tier 4 peewee football championship at Edmonton in late November. The Panthers defeated the St. Albert Colts 50-22 at Johnny Bright Sports Park.

● The Lauweryssen siblings from Big Valley — Jayne and Benjamin — had solid senior seasons in the Alberta high school rodeo circuit. Jayne qualified for the National High School Rodeo Association finals in Wyoming. Benjamin earned $11,250 in the Sundre Super Six team-roping event.

● Dani Potter of Stettler and Brant Jones of Consort were among the local cowgirls and cowboys who graduated from the Alberta high school rodeo circuit to the U.S. college ranks after strong showings in the scholastic season in the spring of 2012.