February 24, 2017

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!


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.


4 Jets commitment to college baseball programs!


Vauxhall, AB – 

The Vauxhall Academy is proud to announce 4 Jets have committed to US schools on scholarship for the 2016-2017 season.  All 4 players will finish up their spring in Vauxhall and will join their respective college programs in the fall of 2017.  We are very proud of all of these young men and look forward to sharing additional college commitments soon.

The following is a list of Jets who signed:

LHP – Wesley Moore – Surrey, BC  – has accepted an NCAA Division 1 athletic scholarship to attend California State University Northridge in Northridge, California.  The Matadors play in a very challenging  Big West Conference.  Moore will join former Jet Nolan Bumstead who is currently in his Junior year. For more details on Cal State Northridge Baseball: http://www.gomatadors.com/sports/m-basebl/index

RHP – Ben Erwin – Spruce Grove, AB  – has accepted an NCAA Division 1 athletic scholarship to attend Niagara University Purple Eagles in Niagara, NY .  The Purple Eagles play in the competitive MAAC Conference.  For more details on Niagara U Baseball: http://purpleeagles.com/index.aspx?path=baseball

LHP – Garrett Nicholson  – Sidney Mines, NS – has accepted an NCAA Division 1 athletic & academic scholarship to attend Central Michigan University Chippewas in Mount Pleasant, Michigan .  The Chippewas play in the challenging Mid American Conference.  For more details on Central Michigan University: http://www.cmuchippewas.com/sports/m-basebl/cmu-m-basebl-body.html

C – Brett Mercier  – Lutes Mountain, NB – has accepted an NJCAA Division 1 athletic scholarship to attend Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida .  The Pioneers play in one of the top junior college conferences the FCSAA.  For more details on Indian River State College Baseball: http://www.irsc.edu/athletics/baseball/baseball.aspx?id=1336

The entire VAB organization is very proud of all 4 Jets and we look forward to following their very bright futures moving forward.  Stay tuned for additional signings throughout the winter and spring months.

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.