Championships galore in first half of 2015

Who were Stettler's Athlete newsmakers of 2015? The first of this two-part series looks back at the first six months of 2015.

Who were Stettler’s Athlete newsmakers of 2015? The first of this two-part series looks back at the first six months of 2015.

Jr. girls still confident after close loss to Hunting Hills – Jan. 14Stettler’s junior varsity girls basketball team remained upbeat after a narrow loss to Red Deer’s Hunting Hills High School on Wednesday, Jan. 7.

Lightning close Stampeders series with clean slate – Jan. 21The Stettler Lightning were not hard pressed to close the season series with a clean 4-0 record against the Ponoka Stampeders, the only team in the Junior Heritage Hockey League they could do so, when they finished the job in a home game on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

Thieleman named Heritage Junior player of the week – Jan. 28Castor’s Simon Thieleman, primary goalie for the Stettler Lightning, has been named the Heritage Junior player of the week ending Jan. 25.

SMS teams host Big Valley in basketball matchup – Feb. 4Stettler Middle School’s basketball teams took on the Big Valley Bulldogs last week, resulting in one win and one loss for the home teams.

Sr. girls overtake Lacombe in ‘relentless’ game – Feb. 11Stettler’s senior girls basketball team came from behind to defeat the Lacombe Rams in a close game at home last week.

JV girls take consolation prize in Wetaskiwin tournament – Feb. 18A win over Wetaskiwin gave Stettler’s junior varsity girls the consolation title in a basketball tournament held over the weekend.

Norman hits the world stage in global fencing tournament – Feb. 25Two weeks ago, 15-year-old Riley Norman was in British Columbia to train with some of the world’s most accomplished fencers.

Local schools compete in CARA basketball finals – March 4Stettler’s schools were the site of this year’s CARA league boys and girls basketball tournaments on Saturday, Feb. 28, welcoming 10 schools from around the district.

Norman earns bronze at Canada Cup of Fencing – March 11Stettler’s Riley Norman triumphed at the Canada Cup of Fencing this past weekend, earning a bronze medal in the national competition.

Hometown pride: Bantam A team takes provincial title – March 18Cheered on by family and friends, the Stettler Bantam A Scotiabank Storm captured the provincial championship at home this weekend following four days of intense competition.

Big Valley man fills in, and wins big – March 25Last week was apparently meant to be the time for Big Valley to brag. In addition to the Peewee Thunders claiming a provincial title, a local cowboy won the big big prize in an international rodeo event.

Barrel racing event pays out $22,000 – April 1Stettler Agriplex hosted the Frozen Futurity and Derby on Wednesday, March 25 with riders coming from all over western Canada, from communities spread over Manitoba in the east and B.C. in the west.

Roughstock Rodeo rocks Stettler Agriplex – April 8Rodeo fans flocked to Stettler Agriplex on Good Friday to see the first equine event of the season and with the added comfort of being able to watch the action on a huge screen, they were all satisfied with the rush of adrenalin in the course of the evening.

Stettler serves up mixed results at Hwy 12 tourney – April 15The gymnasiums at the Stettler Schools complex were busy with students from Stettler, Altario, Castor, Coronation and Consort as they readied their racquets and their birdies for the annual Highway 12 Badminton tournament on Monday, April 13.

Busy weekend for Thunder – April 22The Stettler Thunder lacrosse teams had a busy weekend here at home, playing host to the Lacoka Locos, the Red Deer Chiefs and the Blackfalds Warriors on Saturday and Sunday.

Badminton season in full speed – April 29Students from the Stettler Middle School made their way to Castor last week, showing well in the annual Castor Junior badminton tournament.

Stettler minor soccer makes a strong showing in Camrose – May 6Stettler’s full line up of girl soccer teams travelled to Camrose for the annual Sunbreaker tournament over the weekend, May 2-3, to hone their skills and test the strengths of the teams they will play throughout the new season with U16 boys also making a pitch at the title in their category.

Stettler girls soccer showing strong improvement, says coach – May 13Stettler’s U12 girls’ soccer team won handsomely over Ponoka with a score of 7-0 on Thursday, May 7, while both girls’ and boys’ U16 teams lost to visitors.

Stettler archers shoot their way to all-star team – May 20Two young archers from Stettler qualified for the national all-star archery team to compete in the world championship this summer. Will Roberts, 16, and Jessa Heatherington, 15, have shot on the William E. Hay Composite High School archery team for three years and two years respectively.

Eleven of Wm. E. Hay’s track and fielders go to zones – May 27Students from across the region congregated under sunny skies on Wednesday, May 20 at William E. Hay Composite School’s track and field facilities for the regional high school track meet.

Stettler Midgets surge ahead in baseball – June 3Stettler’s Midget baseball team has added yet another win to their tabulations, making it 3-0 since the beginning of the season.

Stettler’s youngest get the gold in Camrose – June 10Stettler Minor Soccer was shining at the annual Camrose Night Classic tournament over the weekend with all the teams taking part having a shot at the medals, but it was the youngest of the bunch that hoisted the flag highest: U12 boys won the gold bringing pride to the town.

Steel Wheel Stampede rocks Stettler – June 17Stettler’s Steel Wheel Stampede did not see a lot of co-operation from the weather this year, but despite the rain and strong winds, bleachers were still full on both days of equine action at the Stettler Exhibition Grounds, with Stettler cowboys claiming the top spot in two categories.

Stettler minor soccer goes provincial – June 24Stettler minor soccer will be proudly represented at the provincial championships this summer with three teams, U18 girls, U14 boys, and U12 boys, with one of them, U14 boys hosting the championship right here in town.

Part II of the sports review of 2015 will be in the next edition of The Independent.