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.

Jets enjoy some culture at the Christmas Carol!


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.


5 Jets selected to Canadian JNT fall trip!


Vauxhall, AB – 

The VAB Jets are proud to announce that 5 current Jets will be making the trip to Lake Buena Vista, Florida Oct 1-13 for the U-18 Instructional League Camp.

The JNT will play several professional clubs from the Astros, Nationals, Blue Jays, Tigers and Braves.  They will also face off against former Jet Ben Onyshko (2012-2013) at Stetson University.

Good luck to all 5 in their quest to represent Canada at the WBSC U-18 World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ontario September 1-10, 2017.

LHP – Wesley Moore (Surrey, BC)

LHP – Garrett Nicholson (Sydney Mines, NS)

LHP – Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville, NS)

C – Victor Cerny (Winnipeg, MB)

3B – Damiano Palmegiani (Surrey, BC)

Jets finish off the fall Kelowna tournament with a victory!



Kelowna, BC – 

The VAB Jets finished off the fall season with a great final game vs the Prospects Academy winning by a score of 1-0.  It was a pitchers duel the entire way with Ben Erwin earning the victory going 5 innings allowing 2 hits, 2 BB’s and 2 K’s.  Jaden Griffin threw a solid 6th inning with 2 K’s and 1 BB. Zach Newman earned the save throwing 1 inning allowing 1 hit with 1 K.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Damiano Palmegiani who was 2 for 3.  Palmegiani had a controversial hit called foul in the top of the 4th and followed it up with a solo shot to left center for the only run.  Liam Vulcano finished the game 1 for 3 with a double.  Brett Mercier was 1 for 3 with a double and Dayton Peters rounded out the offense going 1 for 2.

The Jets will now get back to studies for the week before travelling to Lethbridge to take on the PBA both Saturday and Sunday this week.


Jets split advance to final Sunday!




Kelowna, BC – 

The Jets opened the day with a 1-0 record and ended up splitting with a 7-1 victory over the Prospects Academy 2 and losing 4-2 to Okanagan College.  Game 1 saw Garrett Nicholson start on the mound going 4 innings allowing 3 hits, 1 run with 1 BB and 9 K’s.  Owen Harms finished things off going 3 innings allowing 1 hit with 3 K’s.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Owen Harms who was 2 for 2 with an RBI.  Damiano Palmegiani was 1 for 1 with a double, 3 BB’s and 2 RBI’s.  Cooper Jones rounded out the offense going 2 for 3.

Game 2 saw the Jets lose by a score of 4-2 after 2 long balls dictated the final score.  Wesley Moore started on the mound going 4 innings allowing 3 hits, 3 runs, 1 earned run with 1 BB and 4 K’s.  Kaiden Cardoso finished things off going 2 innings allowing 3 hits, 1 run with 1 BB and 4 K’s.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Damiano Palmegiani who was 1 for 3.  Victor Cerny was 1 for 3.  Jared Binsfeld was 1 for 3 and Matt Rath was 1 for 2.

The split now has the Jets playing the Edmonton Prospects at 1:30 pm before the long bus ride back to Vauxhall.

Jets open the Kelowna tournament with a win over Parksville!

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Kelowna, BC – 

The offense did all of its scoring in 1 inning scoring 6 runs in the bottom of the 3rd cruising to a 6-1 victory.  Garrett Hawkins started on the mound going 4 innings allowing 2 hits, 1 unearned run with 2 BB’s and 4 K’s.  Chase Florendine threw 2 good innings allowing 2 hits with 2 K’s.  Zach Newman finished things off throwing a clean 7th inning.

Offensively, the Jets were led by Matt Rath who was 1 for 3 with 2 SB’s.  Victor Cerny was 1 for 3 with an RBI.  Owen Harms was 2 for 3 with an RBI.  Brett Mercier was 1 for 3 with a 3 run shot to left and Ty Penner rounded out the offense going 1 for 3 with a double.

The Jets now play tomorrow at 11:15am vs Edmonton and 4:15 pm vs Okanagon College.


Josh Burgmann drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals!


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.




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.





Tough loss in game 1 followed by a good effort in game 2!




Vauxhall, AB – 

It was the final game in a Jets uniform for a couple of outstanding seniors Josh Burgmann and Carsen Perkins.  Both pitchers threw their final games in a Jets uniform as they leave with teammates (Victor Cerny and Wesley Moore) to the Dominican with Team Canada.  Burgmann started game 1 going 5 innings allowing 6 hits, 1 run with 3 BB’s and 9 K’s to take the no decision.  Bryce Fraser threw the final 2 innings allowing 5 hits with 4 runs, 1 BB and 2 K’s.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Jordan Malainey who was 4 for 4 with 2 doubles.  Shawn Grandmont was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.  Jordan Dray was 1 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI’s.  Brett Resch was 2 for 4 and Matt Rath rounded out the offense going 1 for 3.  The Jets left the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th inning final score 5-4 Dawgs.

Game 2 saw the Jets win by a score of 10-2.   Carsen Perkins started on the mound going 5 innings allowing 1 hit, 2 unearned runs with 5 BB’s and 6 K’s.  Garrett Nicholson threw the final 2 innings with 3 K’s and 1 BB.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Jordan Malainey who was 1 for 4 with an RBI.  Shawn Grandmont was 1 for 3.  Jordan Dray was 1 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI’s.  Brett Resch was 3 for 4.  Victor Cerny was 1 for 4.  Damiano Palmegiani was 1 for 2 with a double and an RBI.  Jared Binsfeld rounded out the offense going 1 for 2.

The Jets will open the 10th Annual Haven Agencies Tournament Thursday night vs Lethbridge Elks at 7 pm.