2014 was a banner year for many sports and athletes in Stettler, both at the school and league levels. Let’s look back at some of the best moments of 2014.
The Stettler Minor Hockey Association was named Association of the Year by Hockey Alberta at an event in Edmonton, and President Jason Hegberg was on hand to accept the award.
The Stettler Lightning Junior B team bade farewell to their head coach, Doug Smith, at their annual banquet. Smith, who was retiring coaching after 30 years – the past seven with the Lightning – said he would be enjoying winters somewhere warmer. However, after not finding a replacement coach for the 2014-15 season, he returned to the bench in the head coach role.
In Senior Hockey action, the Big Valley Oil Kings sweep the awards in the Battle River Hockey League, netting goalies of the year, coaches of the year, and rookie of the year – the most awards won by any singular team that year.
Botha resident Darrell Cholach, 50, is entered into the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame. In his career, Cholach won the Canadian Championship in Bareback in 1993, 1996 and 1999.
In 1995, he was the Calgary Stampede Champion, in 1999 Cowboy of the Year, and he qualified for the CFR 16 times before he retired about eight years ago.
Riley Warren went on to compete in two different Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) events in November.
He competed in the team roping and tie-down roping events at the CFR in Edmonton last week from Nov. 5 to 9. This was his second appearance at the finals and Warren says he felt more comfortable this time around.
It was a banner season for the U18 girls’ soccer club as secured league first in the Central Alberta Soccer Association in a blowout match against the girls from Rimbey, winning 7-0. The league had a powerful season, winning almost every game they played throughout the summer, including several tournaments.
The boys’ U12 team also saw substantial wins, heading to the provincials after winning their league first-place spot in a July game against Camrose United.
The Stettler team had fallen in every game against Camrose in the 2014 season until the final gold medal match.
Alberta Summer Games
After dominating in all her track and field competitions this season, Stettler high school student Dacia Gramlick headed to the Alberta Summer Games. She went with nothing more than a desire to do her best and enjoy the experience, and in achieving those two goals came home with seven gold medals and several personal bests.
Gramlick wasn’t the only one to head to the Summer Games. Tyler Matchett, Eddie Kim, Jordan Lane, Will McDonald, Ty McCann and Keegan St. Denis went to the competition to compete in football.
The William E. Hay Wildcats make it all the way to the semi-finals, where they claimed the league’s third place spot by stomping the Rocky Rebels.
The Stettler Panthers finished second in the league to the Sylvan Lake Bears in a final season match, after going nearly without loss all season. In fact, the only team to beat them other than the Bears was the team from Strathmore.
See more photos from 2014 in this week’s paper.