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THE TEAMS


 

Sports teams that achieve victory usually have ambitious goals and always demonstrate an extraordinary team cohesiveness.  It is not just their combined athletic skills that earn  championships, it is the individual commitments to the team effort that garners the respect of fellow competitors and spectators alike.
 


 
2017 Inductees

1977 Wetaskiwin Legion Bantam Fastball Team
1979 Wetaskiwin Sport Shop Midget Fastball Team

The 1977 Wetaskiwin Legion Bantam and the Wetaskiwin Sport Shop Midget Fastball Teams are being inducted into the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame for winning two Provincial Titles and two Western Canadian titles.  To date they are the only teams that have been inducted that were able to win both the Provincial and the Western Canadian Championships and incredibly they were able to accomplish the feat twice!   Although not all of the men being inducted played on both teams a core group were members of both teams.  When the boys were younger, some of them were also together on teams that won the provincial title in 1973 as Mites and again in 1975 as Peewees.

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2016 Inductees

1991-92 Icemen Junior B Hockey Team

In 1991 the Wetaskiwin Icemen Hockey Team was formed and their mission was to provide young athletes between the ages of fifteen and twenty-one the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in the game of hockey and to assist young persons in the advancement of their educational and occupational goals so as to produce well rounded, community oriented leaders of sound character and integrity.  This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Icemen Hockey Association, and in the twenty-five years of the team’s existence over 400 players have had a chance to play Junior B hockey in Wetaskiwin.

In the first year the team ended the regular season with an impressive 31-5 win-loss record for a solid second place finish in the league.

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2015 Inductees

Falun Boys Fastball Teams
1987 Falun Bantam "A" Boys Fastball Team
1988 Falun Bantam “A” Boys Fastball Team
1990 Falun Midget “A” Boys Fastball Team

In 1980 a group of five and six year-old boys started playing fastball together at Falun.   When they were eight and nine years-old they started playing competitively at the Squirt Level and entered the zone play downs.  As Squirts they won the Provincial Championship in 1984 and again in 1985 as Peewees.  The core of this group played together up to the Midget Level.  As Bantams they won the Provincials in 1987 and 1988 and as Provincial Champions they represented Alberta at the Western Canadians both years.  At Westerns, in 1987, they placed fourth and in 1988 the team won the Silver Medal.  As Midgets in 1990 they again won the Provincial Championship and then went on to represent Alberta at the Canadian Championships. 

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2014 Inductees

Pigeon Lake Playboys Falun Juvenile Fastball Team - 1968, 1969

For two fastball seasons, a group of talented 17 and 18 year old young men brought excitement and recognition to the small community of Falun by capturing the Provincial Juvenile Fastball Championships.  Twenty-one players composed the two teams and eleven of those players played on both teams.  The head coach both years was Clayton Managhan  with Keith Andersen serving as assistant coach in 1968 and Frank (Francis) Reglin and Lorne Ganske in 1969.   The Pigeon Lake Playboys of 1968 and 1969 were the first Falun teams to win Provincial Championships and were the teams that began the Falun dynasty that continued for the next 25 years and led to Fastball Alberta calling Falun the “Fastball Capital of Alberta”.

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2013 Inductees

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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2012 Inductees

1986-87

1987-88

Wetaskiwin Legion 86’s  Bantam A Hockey Teams
1986-87, 1987-88

For two hockey seasons (1986-1987 & 1987-1988) a group of talented 14 and 15 year-old young men brought excitement and recognition to Wetaskiwin by capturing the Provincial Bantam A Championships.  Besides winning the Provincial title,  each of these teams were League Champions and won numerous tournaments. After Bantam, ten of the team members went on to play Junior hockey.  Four played in the WHL, the others were spread around in the AJHL, SJHL and the BCJHL.  Nine of the players were on the first Iceman Junior B Team in 1991.

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2011 Inductees

Wetaskiwin High School Senior Girls Volleyball Team-1990

For the Wetaskiwin High School Senior Girls Volleyball team, 1990 was a magical year.  Nine of the eleven team members had been Provincial Champions the preceding year at the ‘3A’ level.  After their success in 1989, the girls and their coach felt it would be more challenging to compete at the ‘4A’ higher level.....and just maybe, achieve their dream of being the very best high school volleyball players in Alberta.

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2010 Inductees

Wetaskiwin Sport
Shop Junior Fastball Team

 The team started practicing in February in the Wetaskiwin Drill Hall.  Batting practice consisted of trying to hit a ball on a string swung from a hockey stick.  The coach poked holes in the tennis balls so coming out of the pitching machine they'd curve or drop - making this team dominate the Men's League completely.  They had it all: good pitching, strong batting and fast base running.

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2009 Inductees

Wetaskiwin High School 1956 Sabres Football Team

League champions - for five years the Sabres teams were undefeated in league, play-off and exhibition games and amassed a record of 46 wins, 3 ties and 0 losses - the 1956 team was so dominant that they scored a total of 404 points and had 34 points scored against them.  Supportive fans formed a cavalcade of cars to follow the team to games outside of Wetaskiwin.  

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2008 Inductees

Wetaskiwin Colonels Hockey Club 1973-74

Of all teams to play during that era, it was the 1973-74 Wetaskiwin Colonels Team which had the greatest success. Their few losses that year came at the beginning of the season due to injuries to key players. With the return of the injured players to the line-up, the Colonels dominated play and led in most categories. They went on to win eight titles.

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2007 Inductees

Brightview Huskies Fastball Team

Organized in 1943 this group of young fellows from the Brightview area west of Wetaskiwin  played fastball, for the fun of it, against other country teams in the area. The team practiced and played their home games on a diamond on local farmland Willie Kaiser’s farm and eventually became the dominant men’s fastball team in Central Alberta during the late 1940’s.  The Huskies continued to win almost all the games they played.  One memorable game was played at Clover Lawn were Walter struck out 24 of the 27 batters.  The score was 27-0.  

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2006 Inductees

1904 Wetaskiwin Cubs
Men's'
Baseball Champs

The Wetaskiwin Cubs were the first team from Wetaskiwin to win a District of Alberta. NWT championship. They received the large silver beer keg trophy and had their team picture placed on cigar boxes with the title "Alberta Champions". Wetaskiwin was the best in the West!

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Falun Live Wires Ladies Softball

This spirited softball team placed the community of Falun and the District of Bigstone on the sports map and their athletic achievements and enthusiasm  are still the talk among the seniors in the Falun Community. 

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