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INDUCTEE 2006 - TEAM - Falun Live Wires Ladies Softball


 


"This spirited team placed the community of Falun and the District of Bigstone on the sports map."


 

The Falun Sport Club was formed in 1930. This led to the formation of The Live Wires" Ladies Softball team. By 1932, the Live Wires were a "powerhouse" team. They played against teams from Millet, Camrose, Leduc, Edmonton, Usona, and others that dared to challenge.   The Live Wires were excellent players and lost very few games. ‑

"We were practicing and playing ball at every opportunity."

The Live Wires did not just play softball. Five participated in the Dominion Women's Track and Field Championship* held in Wetaskiwin in August of 1931, and the Track and Field Provincial meet in Calgary held in September that same year.  Tutored and guided by Miss Timofeef, the players staged song‑dance‑skit concerts at Lone Ridge and when the Falun Mercs played the First‑Nations (Ma‑Me‑O) at the annual Pigeon Lake Hockey Challenge, the Live Wires were the crowd cheerleaders.

They displayed many talents, lively spirit, and good fun. They looked sharp in self‑sewn uniforms of white blouses and green velvet shorts.  The athletic achievements and the enthusiasm of the Falun Live Wires are still the talk among the seniors in the Falun Community.

When many of the team members got married, this team broke up after the 1933 season.

Coaches: Ottar Mattson, Billy Maxwell
Sponsors: Clarence and Elsa Isaacson (The Falun Store)
Grounds: Dick Cronin
Concert Organizer: Nadin Timofeef

Players: Ruth (Weir) Mattson; Stina Carlson (m. Bob Fanham); Nettie Anderson (m. Richard Wollin), Tena Anderson (m. Cletus Tagtmeyer/r.m. Combs), Kathleen Cronin (m. Bob Maxwell), Mary Cronin (m. Frank Patterson), Olga Maciborsky (m. Wm. Kolody), Nellie Maciborsky (m. Michael Kuhn), Annie Maciborsky (m. Walter Forth), Lully Homlund (m. Arnold Pubantz); Devina Sjorlund ‑ (catcher during Ruth Mattson pregnancy)
Utility players: Fanny Maxwell, Olga Swanson)

*Nettie Wollin one of two sisters playing for the Live Wires earned a gold medal in 1931 at the Women's Dominion Track and Field Championships held at Wetaskiwin. Nettie also set a new Canadian record for Junior Discus 85' 7 1/2" beating the old record of 84' 2" held by J. Thompson, Vancouver.
 

 





 
 

 

 

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