It was a great round of ball games for the Zone 4 girls as they won gold at the Alberta Summer Games 2016, with the football team placing fourth overall.
On the Zone 4 team was Stettler’s Gracie Morbeck, who played second base and was the fielder and catcher, while Jaiden Stotz was the pitcher, shortstop and third base.
Zone 4 went undefeated in the round robin games, playing Zone 2 in their first game and won 16-4.
Then they played Zone 8 and won 12-1.
Their third game was against Zone 6 as they won 14-1.
Although the first game was a full game, in the next two, Zone 4 mercied the other two teams.
In the semi-finals they played hosts Zone 5 and won 15-0 mercying them as well.
Stettler’s Morbeck had one homer in the semi-final game, while Stotz pitched a no-hitter in their game against Zone 6.
In the finals Zone 4 played Zone 2, defeating them 10-8.
Zone 4 football team places fourthThe Zone 4 football team had an impressive lineup even though they weren’t able to come up to task.
“We really have to give thanks to Leduc for hosting such a fabulous event for the province of Alberta, with 2,000 volunteers and 3,000 athletes representing eight different zones from all over Alberta,” said Stettler’s Mark Neitz, one of the Zone 4 football coaches. “An event of this magnitude and undertaking is no easy task, and the City of Leduc really and truly made this event one to remember for all involved.”
According to Neitz, Zone 4 football represented Stettler and surrounding area with a high paced and exciting team that had its highest placing ever since their inception in 2002.
“We wound up placing fourth, coming up short in the bronze medal game to the Sunny South Team (Lethbridge, Raymond, Medicine Hat region),” added Neitz.
Zone 4’s first game was against Edmonton and according to Neitz, the boys played extremely well winning the game 17-0.
“Winning against a team of this calibre put us into the winning side of the tournament bracket, ensuring an opportunity to play for a medal, and undoubtedly stronger opponents,” said Neitz. “Our second game was against Leduc, the host region and it was a hard fought battle, we tied at 14 at halftime, but coming up short in the end with a loss of 31-21.”
This gave Zone 4 a chance in the bronze medal game against Sunny South, and though they started strong, leading 14-0, Zone 4 faltered in the second half and came away losing 31-14.
“We can be proud of the team we sent to summer games and especially the nine young men that represented our community,” said Neitz. “They all played hard and gave everything they had in a hard fought tournament of all stars from all eight zones from across Alberta.”
According to Neitz, not only does this say something about these athletes, but also tells a lot about the football program in the community.
“These young men definitely need to be congratulated for representing this community to the utmost,” added Neitz.
Among the Zone 4 team members were Stettler and surrounding areas’ boys Carson Neitz (quarterback and team captain), Noah McKay (running back), Danny Lesage (running back), Myles Ecklund (offensive line, guard), Lincoln Carey (defensive line), Declan McCord (defensive line), Steele Nichols (linebacker), Justin Matchett (linebacker) and Kelly Page (defensive back, corner).