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The following highlights the 2013 Inductees to the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame, officially welcomed as members on March 23, 2013.

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For biographical information and details on the sporting achievements of the inductees please click a picture below or the link to the "Full Story". 





Garry Dorchester

Garry Dorchester was the eldest son of the legendary Tom Dorchester and grew up traveling the professional chuckwagon circuit with his parents and siblings.  During his relatively short 13 year career as a chuckwagon driver from 1966 to 1979, Garry won 14 races, a Central Alberta Chuckwagon Championship, a World Chuckwagon Championship and placed inside the top 10 in the world standings nine times. Throughout his chuckwagon career, Garry competed with a sense of skill, energy, emotion, courage and ...

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Don Duncalfe

Don Duncalfe is being inducted into the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame for being the first graduate of the Wetaskiwin High School Sabre Football program to have a professional football career.   In 1958 Don played  for the London Lords of the Ontario Rugby Football Union and  for five seasons from 1959 - 1963, Don was a member of the Edmonton Eskimos Football Team of the CFL.   Don played high school football for the undefeated 1954, 1955, 1956 Wetaskiwin Composite High School Sabres, teams that won three league championships and went 23 games without a loss.  In his grade 12 year Don was invited to attend the Edmonton Eskimo Rookie Tryout Camp and subsequently...

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Ross MacEachern

Born and raised in Wetaskiwin, from an early age Ross participated and excelled in community and school sports including hockey, ball, football, basketball and curling.  At University Ross played hockey and football for the University of Alberta Golden Bears.  He continued his participation in sports into adulthood by playing Senior Hockey and ball.   After graduating in 1964 from the University of Alberta,  Ross started his thirty-two year lifework as a physical education teacher.  As such he shared his expertise and enthusiasm by coaching young people and becoming involved in the administrative aspects of amateur sport, all in his home community of Wetaskiwin. Ross’s hockey playing career spanned forty-eight years (1948-1996)...

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Al Sandahl

Al Sandahl played  football and basketball and participated in track but football was what he pursued.   After a successful football career at the Junior and College levels, Al became involved in coaching.  He spent 34 years coaching football, basketball and track at high schools and colleges in the USA as well as spending one year coaching in the NFL.  Al successfully coached many individuals in high school and college who were able to receive scholarships or NFL or CFL contracts.  Many of the teams where Al was a member of the coaching staff were conference champions, involved in state championships,  or “Bowl” champions.

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Phillip William (Bill) Milnthorp - Builder

Bill Milnthorp has been dedicated to recreation and sport in the Wetaskiwin area for most of the 52 years that he has lived in Wetaskiwin.  He has served on many recreation committees,  organized many fund raising ventures, initiated some sporting activities, was Chairman or President of numerous sports-related organizations, coached teams in various sports and at many levels and through his varied and extensive involvement has made significant contributions to the citizens of our community. Bill’s involvement began in 1961 when he supervised and ran a Junior High football program on Saturday mornings.    In 1962 when Wetaskiwin opened a new arena... 

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Bill Bell-Bathgate - Builder

In 1952 the Wetaskiwin City Council set up the Wetaskiwin Recreation Commission and Bill Bell-Bathgate was hired in 1956.  He was 32 years old and held the position for twelve years.   Although he had no formal training he had been involved in sports in Wetaskiwin (coached hockey, refereed hockey, started a football team), knew there was a lot of sport talent in the city and had the leadership qualities necessary for the job. When Bill became the Recreation Director, the Kinsmen outdoor swimming pool had just opened, the city had approved money for improving the Recreation Hall and under Bill’s leadership the Recreation Commission took over ...

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Wetaskiwin Composite High School 1986 Sabres Football Team

The 1986 Sabres were one of those special, strong and talented teams, League Champions that played in the Provincial Championships at the Tier I level even though Wetaskiwin High School  was classified as a Tier II school that year. They were able to shake off a 27-0 loss to the Stettler Wildcats in their opening game and finished the remainder of the season undefeated.  Statistically, the Sabres ranked highly in offense, defense and special teams. Most impressive was the Sabre’s passing game...

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