Vauxhall, AB –
The 10th Annual Awards/Scholarship Fundraising Banquet was once again a tremendous success. Marty Baceda led the evening again as our MC. Former Blue Jay, 3X World Series Champion, 7X Gold Glove winner Devon White talked to the crowd about dealing with adversity and the challenges that you face being an everyday big league player. He spoke to the players and coaches about being a good teammate and chemistry. 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.
2016 marked the 10th Anniversary of the Academy and lead to the 1st inductions into the “Wall of Excellence.” 3 inductions opened the Wall of Excellence with 3 great Jets. Strength & Conditioning Coach Jeff Krushell, Alumni Steven Inch & VAB Ambassadors Yukio & Barbara Kitagawa were all inducted. The VAB Board also surprised Coach McTavish with an induction!
The Award winners are listed below:
Jet of the Year – Josh Burgmann
Reno Lizzi Scholarship – Brett Resch
Reno Lizzi Underclassman – Victor Cerny/=Liam Vulcano
Inch by Inch Scholarship – Carsen Perkins
Doug Stevenson Award – Jalen Lane
Wanda Stober Memorial Scholarship – Jordan Dray
Coaches Award (newly named Blaine Burbank Coaches Award) – Brandon Hatley
Sports Connection Scholarships – Jordan Malainey/Bryce Fraser
Kalvin Odland Memorial Award – KJ Moreno
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.