March 25, 2017

11th Annual Awards/Scholarship Fundraising Dinner a success!

Vauxhall, AB – 

The 11th Annual Awards/Scholarship Fundraising Banquet was once again a tremendous success.  Keith Miller led the evening again as our MC.  Former Blue Jay and Yankee as well as MLB HR Champ Jesse Barfield talked to the crowd about his childhood and the daily adventures of being a Major League baseball player.  He spoke to the players and coaches about being a good teammates, hitting philosophies and the game within the game (pitcher vs hitter).   Several Awards and Scholarships were handed out highlighted by the Reno Lizzi Scholarships.  Barbara & Yukio Kitagawa continued to inspire the entire Jets organization as they matched all donations to Pennies for K’s to $20,000.00.

2017 marked the 2nd Annual induction into the “Wall of Excellence.” Peter & Connie Van Uden of Haven Agencies were inducted into the Wall of Excellence.

The Award winners are listed below:

Reno Lizzi Scholarship – Garrett Nicholson

Reno Lizzi Underclassman – Damiano Palmegiani & Cooper Jones

Coaches Award (newly named Blaine Burbank Coaches Award) – Victor Cerny

Sports Connection Scholarships – Conner Green & Ben Erwin

MacLeod Family Scholarship (trip to Japan) – Liam Vulcano & Dayton Peters

Thank you to everyone who attended, donated and sponsored the Banquet.  All donations go along way in assisting our student-athletes in Live Their Dreams.  Once a Jet….Always a Jet!

The Jets are also excited about taking our Celebration in Achievement Dinner in June to the next level with several awards and scholarships presented at the event.  Date will be announced soon.

11th Annual Awards/Scholarship Fundraising Dinner!

Vauxhall, AB –

The VAB is excited for the 11th annual Awards/Scholarship Fundraising Banquet March 4th, 2017 at the Vauxhall Community Hall (5 pm cocktails and 5:45 pm program begins).  Jesse Barfield will be our featured speaker at this years event following his 12 year career with the Yankees and Blue Jays.  Jesse’s career was highlighted with winning the 1986 American League HR crown, 2 X Gold Glove winner and allstar.

The evening will once again be highlighted by the Reno Lizzi Scholarships as well as several other Awards and Scholarship presentations. A silent auction, live auction and raffles will be going on throughout the evening

Some of the highlight auction items will be posted prior to the banquet.

Please contact Lynda Unruh at lynda.unruh@horizon.ab.ca for tickets.  Tickets cost is $60/ticket or $450/table of 8.

Jets enjoy some culture at the Christmas Carol!

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Calgary, AB – 

Calgary Theatre and the 30th running of “The Christmas Carol” live theatre production has become an annual holiday tradition for the Jets. 2016 marks the 11th consecutive year that Yukio and Barbara Kitagawa have treated current Jets as well as many Academy supporters to a great day of holiday celebration and cheer. In total 53 Jets supporters enjoyed the holiday tradition.

On behalf of the entire Jets organization we would like to thank Barbara and Yukio Kitagawa, Ken and Susan Scott as well as Shirley from Theatre Calgary for the great day.  We would also like to thank Donna Brown from Intact Insurance for the special gift for each of the boys.

 

Jets finish up the fall with a couple more victories over Okotoks!

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Vauxhall, AB 

To finish up the fall season the Jets finished up with a couple more victories over the Okotoks Dawgs.  Game 1 saw the Jets win by a score of 10-7 and game 2 was a walk off 7-6.

Game 1 saw Wesley Moore start on the mound going 4 innings allowing 6 hits, 2 earned runs with 3 BB’s and 4 K’s.  Conner Green threw 2 innings allowing 1 hit with 1 BB and 1 K. Kaiden Cardoso finished things off going 1 inning allowing 2 hits, 2 runs with a BB.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Owen Harms who was 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI’s.  Victor Cerny was 2 for 3 with an RBI.  Jared Binsfeld was 1 for 4.  Cooper Jones was 1 for 2 with an RBI.

Game 2 saw Garrett Nicholson start on the mound going 4 innings allowing 1 hit, 1 BB and 8 K’s.  Chase Florendine threw 2/3 of an inning allowing 1 hit, 4 runs with 3 BB’s.  Owen Harms earned the victory going 2 1/3 innings allowing 3 hits, 2 runs with 1 BB and 2 K’s.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Liam Vulcano who was 1 for 3.  Cooper Jones was 1 for 3.  Damiano Palmegiani was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI.  Victor Cerny was 1 for 3 with a 3 run HR.  Brett Mercier was 2 for 3 with an RBI.  Kaiden Cardoso was 1 for 3 with a walk off single and Matt Gough was 1 for 3.

The Jets will now have a good week of practice and conclude the week Thursday with the 11th Annual 100 inning Marathon Game.

Josh Burgmann drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals!

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Vauxhall, AB – 

The VAB is very proud to announce that Josh Burgmann was drafted in the 2016 MLB 1st year player draft. Current Jet RHP Josh Burgmann (Nanamio, BC) was drafted in the 30th round, 916th overall by the Cardinals.  Josh has been a standout for the Jets for 3 years and has a very bright future in the game whether he chooses to sign with the Cardinals or attend U of W.  Congrats Burgy!!

Josh has committed  to the University of Washington Huskies in Seattle, WA. Josh is also currently playing with the Canadian National Junior Team.

Below is a list of other Jets who have been drafted in previous seasons:

2007 – Cody Phipps – Houston Astros –signed

2008 – Lionel Morrill – Minnesota Twins – attended College of Southern Idaho

2009 – Steven Inch – Philadelphia Phillies – signed

2009 – Adam Nelubowich – Seattle Mariners – currently attending Washington State University

2009 – Brandon Petite – Houston Astros – attended Texas Tech University

2009 – Jordan Wong – Milwaukee Brewers – attended Hill College

2009 – Dale Anderson – Texas Rangers – attended College of Southern Idaho

2009 – Jay Johnson – Baltimore Orioles – attended Texas Tech University

2010 – Jay Johnson – Toronto Blue Jays 2011 – Jay Johnson – Philadelphia Phillies – signed

2011 – Ben Dartnell – Boston Red Sox – attended Eastern Michigan University

2011 – Brendan Hendriks – Philadelphia Phillies – attended University of San Fransico

2012 – Logan Seifrit – Seattle Mariners – signed

2013 – Adam Nelubowich – Houston Astros – signed

2013 – Chris Thibideau – San Diego Padres – currently attending North Florida University

2014 – Ben Onyshko – Milwaukee Brewers – currently attending Stetson University

Celebration of Achievement a tremendous success!

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Vauxhall, AB – 

The day began with a special “Ride.”  VAB Ambassador Yukio Kitagawa continued his quest to ride 100,000 km in 10 years for “Jets Baseball.”  What made June 9th, 2016 special is Yukio officially road his bike 40,075 km which is the circumference of the earth.  This feat was accomplished in only 634 cycling days and it took 2674 hours to complete the 40,075 km.  To top this off Yukio’s wife Barbara matches all pledges donated to the “Pennies for K’s fundraiser” in support of Jets baseball and after 2 years we have raised over $88,000.00.  WOW what a great way to support Jets Baseball.  Special thank you to everyone who has supported this fundraiser over the last 2 years.  We look forward to another great year in 2017.

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The evening was highlighted by our 5th Annual Celebration of Achievement.  This year marked not only a time to celebrate academic performance, community involvement but also a time to recognize 3 Award winners and the presentation of the Reno Lizzi Ring.

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Jan Tolton Memorial Scholarship – KJ Moreno

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McLeod Family Scholarships – Ben Erwin & Wesley Moore

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Special thank you to Brian & Susan Van Uden and Yukio & Barbara Kitagawa for your support of the Dinner.

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10th Annual Haven Agencies Tournament Weekend!

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May Long Weekend in Canada is a long weekend for many.  In Vauxhall it is known as the Haven Agencies Tournament and for the 10th year in a row Haven Agencies and Intact Insurance are a big part of the weekend.

For the tournament schedule click here: 2016 Haven Agency Tournament – 5 team.

 

SCOTIABANK GOLF TOURNAMENT – STEAK & LOBSTER – ALUMNI SOFTBALL GAME – LIVE BAND CABARET

INTACT/HAVEN AGENCIES FREE BBQ

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10th Annual Awards/Scholarship Fundraising Dinner!

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Vauxhall, AB –

The VAB is excited for the 10th annual Awards/Scholarship Fundraising Banquet February 27th, 2016 at the Vauxhall Community Hall (5 pm cocktails and 5:45 pm program begins).  Devon White will be our featured speaker at this years event following his 16 year career with 6 MLB teams.  Devo’s career was highlighted with 3 World Series titles, 7 Gold Gloves and 3 All-star selections.

The evening will once again be highlighted by the Reno Lizzi Scholarships as well as several other Awards and Scholarship presentations.

A silent auction, live auction and raffles will be going on throughout the evening with Marty Baceda leading the charge as our MC.

Some of the highlight auction items will be posted prior to the banquet.

Please contact Lynda Unruh at lynda.unruh@horizon.ab.ca for tickets.  Tickets cost is $60/ticket or $450/table of 8.

Make it 10 years celebrating XMAS “Christmas Carol”

Calgary, AB – 

Calgary Theatre and the 29th running of “The Christmas Carol” live theatre production has become an annual holiday tradition for the Jets.  2015 marks the 10th consecutive year that Yukio and Barbara Kitagawa have treated current Jets as well as many Academy supporters to a great day of holiday celebration and cheer.  On behalf of the entire Jets organization we would like to thank Carl Ringdahl, Kitagawa’s and Shirley from Theatre Calgary for the great day.  We would also like to thank Donna Brown from Intact Insurance for the special gift for each of the boys.

More exciting news from the Intact Foundation to be announced in the future.

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9th Annual Awards Banquet a tremendous success!

Vauxhall, AB – 

The 9th Annual Awards/Scholarship Fundraising Banquet was once again a tremendous success.  Marty Baceda led the evening again as our MC.  Former Blue Jay and 1998 World Series Champion Homer Bush talked about his childhood, professional baseball career, being a Jay as well as a World Series Champion Yankee and talked directly to our current Jets about work ethic and adversity.   Several Awards and Scholarships were handed out highlighted by the Reno Lizzi Scholarships.  Barbara & Yukio Kitagawa continued to inspire the entire Jets organization as they matched all donations at the Reno Lizzi table as well as Pennies for K’s to $20,000.00.   The 2015 banquet has set a new standard for years to come!!! The Award winners are listed below:

Jet of the Year – Nolan Rattai

Reno Lizzi Scholarship – Tyler Scott

Reno Lizzi Underclassman – Josh Burgmann/Carson Perkins

Inch by Inch Scholarship – Brady Moxham

Jan Tolton Memorial Scholarship – Sean Robbins

Doug Stevenson Award – Tyler Scott

Wanda Stober Memorial Scholarship – Jared Kennedy

Coaches Award (newly named Blaine Burbank Coaches Award) – Jake Cook

Sports Connection Scholarships – Geordie McDougall

Scotiabank Scholarship – Brody Burnett

Thank you to everyone who attended, donated and sponsored the Banquet.  All donations go along way in assisting our student-athletes in Live Their Dreams.  Once a Jet….Always a Jet!