Category: Events

7th Annual Awards/Scholarship Fundraiser!

Vauxhall, AB – 

The VAB is excited for the 7th annual Awards/Scholarship Fundraising Banquet March 2, 2013 at the Vauxhall Community Hall (5 pm cocktails and 5:45 pm program begins).  Former Toronto Blue Jays World Series winner – Duane Ward will be the featured speaker.  Ward won 2 World Series rings with the Jays in 1992 and 1993 and still holds the save record for the Jays today.

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.

Below is a list of some of the auction items.  If you are interested in please contact Coach McTavish ([email protected]) if you are interested in a reserved bid for an item.

Signed Iginla Jersey, Signed Cal Ripken Jr Jersey, Signed Ryan Vogelsong WS Jersey, Signed Joe Montana Jersey, Trip for 2 to Victoria for 3 nights/4 days (includes hotels, flights, golf, wine tour or whale watching and more), Signed balls from Votto, Lawrie, Alomar, Halladay, Andre Dawson signed bat, 7 night condo stay in Fairmont, Signed Toews Jersey, custom sitting bench, Tim Lincecum signed picture, golf throughout southern Alberta and much more.

Please contact Shannon Mossey at [email protected] for tickets.  Tickets are $60/ticket or $450/table of 8.

Strathmore Minor Ball and the Jets team up!

Strathmore AB, –

From January 13th – March 9th the VAB kicked off the inaugural Strathmore Minor Baseball (SMBA) Winter Camp under VAB Instruction.  Every Friday three VAB players along with assistant coach, Zane Anderson and Strathmore Reds coach/player Cody Bangen helped teach the young players of the Strathmore region valuable baseball skills. The Camp consisted of approximately 60 kids, broken up into three age groups. Pitching and hitting was the primary focus of the camp. Infielding, outfielding, catching, and base running were also covered during the eight-week camp.

 We would like to send our appreciation to the Strathmore Minor Ball Association for allowing the VAB the opportunity to run the camp. The camp wouldn’t have been possible without SMBA’s president Daren Kennett spearheading the project. We are excited for the continued SMBA & VAB relationship, committed to improving the grassroots baseball system in the Strathmore region.

4th Annual Awards/Scholarship Dinner!

Vauxhall, AB –

Please mark March 6th on your calendar.  The Vauxhall Academy of Baseball is excited to share with you news about our 4th Annual Academy Scholarship Awards and Fundraiser Banquet.  Our event showcases our student-athletes and features good food and fun.  Cocktails and appetizers will be served at 5:00 PM and the program will begin at 5:45 PM.  Tickets are $45.00/plate or $300.00/table of 8 and can be purchased by emailing Shannon Mossey at [email protected].

Our featured speaker will be Canadian – Denis Boucher, former Major League Baseball pitcher and current Team Canada coach.  Read below for a complete bio on Mr. Boucher.  A silent and live auction including unique items (golf packages, Fairmont condo weekend, signed jerseys, signed prints, signed baseballs/bats, concert tickets to name a few.  Raffles and door prizes will also be included to give all guests a chance to bid and win.  8 Scholarships and 4 additional awards will be presented, the most significant of these will be the prestigious $2000 Reno Lizzi Scholarship and commemorative ring.

Denis Boucher from Montreal, Quebec was signed as a free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays in August of 1987.  He was a minor league All-Star in 1988 and 1990 before making his major league Debut in April of 1991. Denis was a starting pitcher in the big leagues for 4 seasons…. the Toronto Blue Jays (1991), Cleveland Indians (1991-92), and Montreal Expos (1993-94).  Denis is one of only three Canadians to have played for both the Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos, the others being Matt Stairs and Rob Ducey.  Over his career, Denis pitched professionally for 10 seasons and he took the mound for an astounding 20 different professional teams over his career.  He also served as an ambassador for the Montreal Expos between 1998 and 2005 and special assistant to the coaching staff.  

Denis has now focused his attention to his family and coaching.  Denis currently serves as a Coach with Team Canada which has included the pitching coach for the last 2 World Baseball Classics, pitching coach for Team Canada at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and Professional Scout with the Washington Nationals. Denis also serves as the President of Minor Baseball in his area and coaches minor hockey throughout the winter.  He spends most of his time with his wife Isabelle Fornier and 4 children.

Banquet Ticket
Banquet Ticket

3rd Annual VAB Golf Tournament – June 20, 2009

3rd Annual VAB Golf Tournament has been scheduled for June 20th. The Vauxhall Academy of Baseball is pleased to have Scotiabank sponsoring this tournament again this year and we all look forward to this event. For an entry fee of $75 you will recieve a welcome gift, nine holes of golf, lunch prior to tee off and BBQ steak dinner after golf. There will be prizes awarded and exciting on course contests. Participants may enter as an individual or as a team. All levels of golfers welcome with this event placing emphasis placed on having fun not just final scores. Please register by June 5th.

For other information or to register please contact Scott Reiling at the Vauxhall High School (phone: 403-654-2145) or email [email protected]

Vauxhall Academy win Provincial Award!

Vauxhall, AB –


Congratulations to the participating members of the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball for their recent Provincial Recognition award.

Over the past two school years members of the VAB have volunteered their time to put together and present information on the harmful effects of chewing tobacco. Our VAB athletes with the help of former student Kara Unruh and current students Brittany Toltan and Daryl Kress have received the Barb Tarbox Award of Excellence in Tobacco Reduction – Youth Recognition category with Kara Unruh winning the Barb Tarbox Youth Scholarship Award.

These awards will be presented on May 28 in Edmonton during the World No Tobacco Day – 2009 Provincial Celebration.


Las Vegas Tournament Host is ranked #1 in the USA!

Vauxhall, AB –

Hopefully soon the weather will turn and the Jets will get outside to get ready for their spring games.  The 17th Annual Bishop Gorman Classic will consist of 15 teams with the host – Bishop Gorman High School being ranked #1 in the USA in all 7 polls – including Baseball America, ESPN and many others.  This is the link to the rankings:

Below is a list of the teams currently slated for the tournament.  The tournament schedule should be available soon.

  • Bishop Gorman
  • Bishop Manogue, NV
  • Churchill County, NV
  • Damonte Ranch, NV
  • Douglas, NV
  • Dublin, CA
  • Galena, NV
  • Highland, UT
  • Irvine, CA
  • Montclair Prep, CA
  • Newbury Park, CA
  • San Benito, CA
  • South Tahoe, CA
  • Vauxhall Academy, Canada
  • Bishop Gorman No. 2

Awards/Scholarship Fundraising Dinner filling up fast!

Vauxhall, AB –

The 3rd Annual Awards/Scholarship Fundraising Dinner – March 7th, 2009 is filling up fast.  Last years event sold out and the 2009 edition is sure to do the same.  Chris Reitsma will be the Guest Speaker with Marty Baceda again carrying the night as the MC.  The event is highlighted by a Silent Auction, Live Auction, Scholarships, etc.  For tickets contact Secretary – Shannon Mossey at [email protected] or Les McTavish at [email protected]

Jets 2nd Annual Invitational Tournament

Presented by: Haven Agencies
Vauxhall, Alberta, Canada

Date: Home Team Visiting Team
Thursday May 15th, 2008
7:00 pm V.A.B Lethbridge Elks
Friday May 16th, 2008
1:00 pm Medicine Hat Monarchs Lethbridge Elks
4:00 pm Okotoks Jr. Dawgs Great Fall Electrics
7:00 pm Okotoks Jr. Dawgs V.A.B
Saturday May 17th, 2008
10:00 am V.A.B Medicine Hat Monarchs
1:00 pm Medicine Hat Monarchs Okotoks Jr. Dawgs
4:00 pm Lethbridge Elks Great Falls Electrics
5:00 pm BBQ (Players and Coaches are Free)
7:00 pm Great Falls Electrics V.A.B
Sunday May 18th, 2008
10:00 am Lethbridge Elks Okotoks Jr. Dawgs
1:00 pm Great Falls Electrics Medicine Hat Monarchs
Championship Game
4:00 pm #1 Seed #2 Seed
  • All games will be played with wood bats.
  • All games will be 7 innings and tie games will be played out.
  • American Legion rules will apply to all games.
  • Tie breaker will be determined by first by head to head then runs against divided by innings played.
  • Home Team BP with be 1.5 hrs prior to game time, Visiting Team BP is 1 hr prior to game time. Pre-game will be permitted in all games that time permits (limited to 10 minutes).

* Tournament Director: Don Anderson 403-901-9404
Les McTavish 403-382-8869