2013: The Southwest Booster sporting year in review

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Swift Current Trap Club aiming for further growth

The Swift Current Trap Club has been called the city’s best-kept secret, but it was never intended to be that way. Judging by a recent renaissance though, the secret may just be out.

Only a handful of years ago, the club had dwindled to a dozen or so members. The club has recently blossomed to almost 100 members and is gearing up for continued growth.

August 22

Host Midget Indians earn another silver at Westerns

The host Swift Current Midget Indians slugged their way to another silver medal at the 2013 AA Western Canada Baseball Championships over the weekend.

They won four games and suffered two losses against provincial champion teams from across the four western provinces.

August 29

U14 United capture Premier League silver

The Under-14 Girls completed the most successful season in the history of the Swift Current United Soccer Club with a silver medal in the Saskatchewan Premier Soccer League.

Swift Current lost the championship match 2-0 on Sunday in Saskatoon after advancing through the semi-final with a 2-0 win on Friday.

October 3

Frontier wins SHSAA sand green golf silver medals

Frontier School and Golf Club hosted the SHSAA provincial sand green golf championships on Sept. 27 and 28. Frontier won the team silver medal behind Strasbourg. Members of the silver medal team are Ben Dumontel, Taron Ham, Adam Keith Adrienne Keith, Sydney Onerheim, Danica Casat, and coach Gail Balfour.

October 10

Autumn Fun Fest sinks Broncos’ bottom line

The Swift Current Broncos Hockey Club reported a cash loss of $13,535 at their Annual Shareholders meeting on Tuesday.

The loss was compounded by an increased education fund liability of just over $127,000, moving the paper loss to $135,000 for the fiscal year. This fund factors in the potential future education costs based on signed players and the likelihood of those players attending postsecondary institutions at the conclusion of their junior hockey careers.

The franchise reported a $57,000 increase in hockey operations revenues, with $46,000 coming from gate revenues. The organization also increased its corporate sponsorship by $45,000.

The Broncos had a huge fundraising shortfall this past year due to the Autumn Fun Fest, held September 14, 2012, featuring country music star Dwight Yoakam.

October 24

Ardens clinch fifth straight league title

The Swift Current Comp. Ardens won three straight games to secure an unprecedented fifth straight Moose Jaw High School Soccer League title and another 3A South Regional championship last week.

The Ardens trailed for over half the league final Tuesday but eventually broke through for three goals in the second half for a 3-1 win over the Moose Jaw Central Cyclones.

The Ardens were 9-0 in league play this season heading into the championship match, outscoring their opponents 67-1 along the way.

Colts eliminated by Central in playoff opener

The Swift Current Comp Colts’ season came to an end in the opening round of the Moose Jaw High School Football League playoffs with a 33-22 loss to the Moose Jaw Central Cyclones.

The Colts got off to a disastrous start with turnovers and mistakes early and never recovered as they trailed 13-0 after one quarter and 27-7 at halftime.

November 21

SunDogs add another PAC provincial title

The Great Plains College SunDogs seem to overhaul their entire roster each season but that has not prevented head coach Travis Cuthbert from establishing a consistently strong team during each of his three seasons.

The SunDogs capped another fine season over the weekend with another Prairie Athletic Conference Provincial Championship, their second under Cuthbert in the past three seasons.

Fox Valley wins first girls volleyball provincial title

Long playing in the shadow of a volleyball dynasty in their own school, the Fox Valley Legends girls volleyball team are now front and centre after a dominating gold medal performance at the 1A SHSAA Provincial Championships in Glentworth over the weekend.

Fox Valley won their first girls volleyball medal in school history last year when they won silver after placing fourth in 2010 and 2011.

Switzer, Williamson win CCA finals

Two young Southwest competitors won their events at the Canadian Cowboys’ Association Finals Rodeo in Regina last week.

Hazenmore’s Chanse Switzer and Mankota’s Kassidy Williamson topped Junior Steer Riding and Junior Girls Barrel Racing respectively at the CCA’s 50th anniversary event.

Switzer had three qualified rides, placing first on day two and second on day two and then wrapping up the title in first on day five.

Williamson edged Nicole Pana for top spot. She was first in rounds one and two before placing second on day three and third on day four. She clinched the title by placing second on the final day of action.

November 28

Swift Current’s Meachem rink wins nine games at Mixed Curling Nationals

An incredible run came to an end in the semi-finals for a Swift Current rink at the 2014 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship in Ottawa. The Shaun Meachem rink, composed of Meachem, third Kelly Wood, second Carl deConinck Smith and lead Kelsey Dutton, lost 6-5 to Ontario’s Cory Heggestad in the semi-final Friday evening.

Saskatchewan was in control most of the way after scoring two in the fourth end to lead 3-1. Ontario took control of the game in the ninth end when they scored three points to take a 6-4 lead heading into the final end. Meachem had a chance to force an extra end when his angle-raise takeout attempt took out both Ontario counters but his shooter spun out of the house for the single point.

Meachem, curling out of the Swift Current curling club, had finished second in the 12-team round robin with a 9-2 record to earn a spot in the semi-final.

Chinook School Division Sports Report

It was the last weekend of volleyball on the SHSAA calendar as the provincial boys’ championships were held. Congratulations goes out to Vanguard Valkyrs and their coaches Stephen McComish and Rob Englot on winning the bronze medal at the 1A boys championship at Colonsay.

December 5

Broncos add blueline depth with addition of Shmoorkoff

The Swift Current Broncos moved to add depth and experience to their blueline last week when General Manager and Head Coach, Mark Lamb acquired 1994-born defenceman Stephen Shmoorkoff from the Edmonton Oil Kings in exchange for 1996born prospect goaltender Alec Dillon and a conditional fourth round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

Shmoorkoff, a 6’, 197pound product of Edmonton, recorded 26 penalty minutes in 16 games with the Oil Kings this season.

Organizations: Millar College of the Bible Edge, Great Plains College SunDogs, Baseball Canada Swift Current Comprehensive High School Senior Boys Basketball team Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League Swift Current Curling Club Swift Current United Soccer Club Shaunavon Curling Club Frontier Curling Club Winnipeg Jets Columbus Blue Jackets Saskatchewan Soccer Association Elmwood Golf and Country Club Swift Current Trap Club Swift Current Broncos Hockey Club Moose Jaw High School Soccer League Moose Jaw High School Football League Fox Valley Legends Swift Current Indians Western Major Baseball League

Geographic location: Swift Current, Bronco Nation, Finland Fox Valley Saskatchewan Glentworth Southwest Saskatchewan Shaunavon

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