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Amazing – VAB Ambassador Yukio Kitagawa’s 4th time cycling around the world!

Vauxhall, AB – 

Help us celebrate and support Yukio & Barbara Kitawgawa in their quest and vision to make a difference in our student-athletes.  We are incredibly greatful and honored to work with the Kitagawa’s.

Yukio and Barbara Kitagawa have been philanthropists for the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball sinces its inception 16 years ago. Yukio has intertwined his thirst for a healthy lifestyle with a goal to help young student-athletes achieve their dreams. Yukio launched a cycling campaign to help raise funds for an indoor multi-purpose training center for the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball. Our own indoor training facility has been a goal and dream for well over a decade. Yukio’s cycling journey started Sept 2014 and so far has logged over 160,000 kms. That is 4 times around the earth!!!!! Originally, Yukio was inspired by Clara Hughs’s cycling marathon but in the past 7 years his dedication and determination to cycle for the VAB has been inspiring to anyone lucky enough to meet him. Yukio’s quiet and unassuming ways has had a tremendous impact on every student-athlete who has stepped foot in our program. Over 175 players have had the pleasure to learn from his passion and tremendous work ethic. Ultimately, teaching these young men what can be accomplished when you put your heart and soul into a goal. Yukio and Barbara work together to accomplish so many great goals and we appreciate all they do for our program. This dynamic duo are a force to reckon with and their efforts to assist others to reach their goals and dreams is awe inspiring. To encourage Yukio in his fundraising endeavors for a new training facility in Vauxhall please contribute to this go fund me cause.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/yukios-4th-time-cycling-around-the-world?utm_source=customer&utm_m

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Jets finish fall off with 3 more victories!

Calgary, AB – 

The Jets finished the fall off in Calgary on a beautiful fall weekend with 3 games.

Game 1 Jets 18 Bucks 1. Matt MacKenzie started on the mound going 4 IP allowing 2 hits with 6 K’s.  Mason DeRuyck threw 3 IP allowing 3 hits with 1 run and 4 K’s.  Karter Andersen threw the final 2 innings without allowing a hit.  Offensively, the Jets had a big day with Demitri Shakotko who was 4 for 7 with 3 – 2B’s and 2 RBI’s. Kyle Yip went 4 for 7 with a triple and an RBI.  Cardel Dick was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI’s. Eric Reiling was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Kayden Hleucka was 2 for 4 with an RBI.  Jared Bendfeld was 2 for 5 with 3 RBI’s. Keegan McNeil was 2 for 5.  Brennan McTavish was 1 for 5. Riley Pearce was 1 for 3 and Carsen Boyko was 2 for 5 with 3 RBI’s.

Game 2 Jets 8 Bucks 1. Drew Lenehan started on the mound going 4 IP allowing 2 hits with 5 K’s. David Stewart threw 2 IP allowing 0 hits with 1 BB and 4 K’s. Demitri Shakotko threw 1 IP allowing 1 hit with 1 K.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Demitri Shakotko who was 1 for 3 with an RBI.  Kyle Yip was 1 for 3.  Cardel Dick was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI’s. Kayden Hleucka was 3 for 3 with RBI’s. Brennan McTavish was 2 for 4 .  Keegan McNeil was 1 for 4. Carsen Boyko was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Ty Clemett was 1 for 3.

Game 3 Jets 4 Badlands 3. Brett Getz started on the mound going 3 IP allowing 1 hit with 1 BB and 4 K’s. Garrett Smith threw the final 4 IP allowing 4 hits, 3 unearned runs with 2 BB’s and 2 K’s.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Demitri Shakotko who was 1 for 2 with an RBI.  Cardel Dick was 1 for 3 with a double and RBI.  Kayden Hleucka was 1 for 3.  Colin Fisher was 1 for 3.  Riley Pearce was 2 for 2 to round out the offense.

The Jets finished up the fall with a 18-5-2 record.  The annual 100 Marathon Game is Saturday Oct. 23 to finish up the fall season.

Palmegiani goes in the 14th round to the Blue Jays

 

Vauxhall, AB – 

Vauxhall Academy Jets  alumni standout – 3B/OF Damiano Palmegiani (Cloverdale, BC) was drafted in the 14th round, 422nd overall by the Toronto Blue Jays.  Damiano was a 3 year standout for the Jets before moving onto Cal State Northridge and College of Southern Nevada.  Palmegiani is coming off a monstor year at CSN earning himself NJCAA 1st team All American.  We are super proud of you Damiano!  You are a true Jet.  Congrats Damiano!!


Vauxhall Academy Jets  alumni standout – RHP Garrett Hawkins (Biggar, SK) was drafted in the 9th round, 280th overall by the San Diego Padres.  Garrett is a 2 year standout for the Jets before moving onto the University of British Columbia.  Hawkins had a challenging couple of years with Covid 19 and UBC being unable to cross the border for game.  We are super proud of G-Hawk!  He is a true Jet.  Congrats Hawk!!

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 –  North Florida University

2014 – Ben Onyshko – Milwaukee Brewers –  Stetson University

2016- Josh Burgmann – St. Louis Cardinals – currently attending University of Washington

2018 – Damiano Palmegiani – Toronto Blue Jays – currently attending Cal State Northridge

2019 – Adam Macko – Seattle Mariners – signed

2019 – Josh Burgmann – Chicago Cubs – signed

Hawkins selected in the 9th round by the Padres!

 

Vauxhall, AB – 

Vauxhall Academy Jets  alumni standout – RHP Garrett Hawkins (Biggar, SK) was drafted in the 9th round, 280th overall by the San Diego Padres.  Garrett is a 2 year standout for the Jets before moving onto the University of British Columbia.  Hawkins had a challenging couple of years with Covid 19 and UBC being unable to cross the border for game.  We are super proud of G-Hawk!  He is a true Jet.  Congrats Hawk!!

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 –  North Florida University

2014 – Ben Onyshko – Milwaukee Brewers –  Stetson University

2016- Josh Burgmann – St. Louis Cardinals – currently attending University of Washington

2018 – Damiano Palmegiani – Toronto Blue Jays – currently attending Cal State Northridge

2019 – Adam Macko – Seattle Mariners – signed

2019 – Josh Burgmann – Chicago Cubs – signed

9th Annual Celebration of Acheivement!

Vauxhall, AB – 

It has became a tradition of the Jets to celebrate special achievements throughout the 2020/2021 season.  A great meal with several presentations and awards was highlighted by the 15th Annual Reno Lizzi scholarship & ring presentation.  It certainly has been a difficult and challenging year to say the least.  We do feel fortunate and lucky that the Jets student-athletes have had very little interuptions to their daily schedules at the Academy.  Unfortunately we were unable to play outside competition over the last 3 months but we have been able to build 2-3 games internally each week.  In an annual tradition we moved forward with our 9th Annual Celebration of Acheivement sponsored by Barbara & Yukio Kitagawa.  There was many acheivements this year and even more great memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Barbara & Yukio donated $1000 in a “Covid” scholarship to the program.  We had a random draw for $250 cash each for 4 players.  Kalem Haney, Aaron Vulcano, Jared Bendfeld & Dallas Cummins took home the cash.  The players really appreciated the kind gesture.

Reno Lizzi Scholarship/Ring Presentation – OF Jackson Clemett – $2000 & Ring

Jet of Year presented by Don Groves – OF/1B – Hunter Porter $500 scholarship

Coaches Award – Hardest worker in the off season – Custom Rawlings Glove – SS Kalem Haney

Inch by Inch presented by Yukio & Barbara Kitagawa – $1000 scholarship – RHP Cole Alguire

Scott Hornstra Memorial Scholarship – Heart & Hustle – $500 scholarship – OF – Dallas Cummins

Wanda Stober Memorial Award – Volunteers of the Year $500 scholarship – RHP Tyler Boudreau

Kalvin Odland Memorial Award – Leadership/Dedication $500 scholarship – C – Aaron Vulcano

Brian Bauman Award – “All in”  “Voted by the players” Oakleys & New Balance provided by Sports Connection – C – Cardel Dick

Jan Tolton Memorial Award – Best in the Dorms $500 – RHP Drew Lenehan

 

McLeod Family Scholarship – Excellence everyday that doesn’t require talent – $1000 scholarship each – INF/RHP Shaye McTavish, INF/RHP – Nick Backstrom

Reno Lizzi Underclassman Bursary – Adam Nelubowich – $1000 tuition credit – RHP – Karter Andersen

Reno Lizzi Underclassman Bursary  – $1000 tuition credit – C – Cardel Dick

Sports Connection Award – Oakleys & New Balance production – RHP Anson McGorman

 

 

3 more Jets commit to US schools!

Vauxhall, AB –

The Vauxhall Academy is very proud to announce 3 more Jets have committed to college baseball programs on scholarship for the 2021-2022 season.  All 3 players will finish up their spring in Vauxhall and will join their respective college programs in the fall of 2021.  We are very proud of all of these young men and look forward to following their careers.  In total 12 Jets have now committed to college programs for the fall.

RHP – Cole Alguire – Calgary, AB  – has accepted an NAIA athletic scholarship to attend the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.  The Thunderbirds play in one of the premier NAIA conferences and have been near the top of years. For more details on Thunderbirds baseball: https://gothunderbirds.ca/sports/baseball

RHP/INF – Nick Backstrom – Sundre, AB  – has accepted an NAIA athletic & academic scholarship  to attend Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders in Columbia, Kentucky.  The Blue Raiders play in very challenging NAIA Mid South Conference.  For more information on the Blue Raiders: https://www.lindseyathletics.com/sport/0/8.php

OF/1B – Hunter Porter – Parkland County, AB  – has accepted an NCAA Division 1 athletic & academic scholarship to attend Morehead State University Eagles in Morehead, Kentucky.  The Eagles play in the  in the Ohio Valley Conference and currently in 1st place.  For more details on Eagles baseball: https://msueagles.com/sports/baseball

 

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Previous Jets who have signed:

OF – Dallas Cummins – Vauxhall, AB  – has accepted an NAIA athletic & academic scholarship to attend Missouri Valley College Vikings in Marshall, Missouri.  The Vikings play in one of the premier NAIA conferences in the country.  For more details on Vikings baseball: https://www.valleywillroll.com/roster/0/3.php

C – Aaron Vulcano – Vauxhall, AB/Cloverdale, BC  – has accepted an NJCAA D1 athletic scholarship  to attend Colby Community College Trojans in Colby, Kansas.  The Trojans play in one of the premier NJCAA conferences in the country Jayhawk conference.  Aaron will join his brother Johnny with the Trojans next fall.  For more details on Trojans baseball: https://www.colbytrojans.com/sports/bsb/index

RHP – Jaxon Filipenko – Lethbridge, AB – has accepted an NJCAA D2 athletic scholarship  to attend Williston State Tetons in Williston, North Dakota.  The Tetons play in the competitive Mon – Dak conference throughout North Dakota.  For more details on Tetons baseball: https://wsc.prestosports.com/sports/bsb/2020-21/schedule

OF – Jackson Clemett – Calgary, AB  – has accepted an NCAA Division 1 athletic & academic scholarship to attend the University of Utah Utes in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The Utes play in one of the premier conferences in the United States the PAC 12 conference.  For more details on Utes Baseball: https://utahutes.com/sports/baseball

RHP – Anson McGorman – Parksville, BC – has accepted an NCAA Division 1 scholarship to attend Sacramento State University in Sacramento, California.  The Hornets play in the very competitive Big West Conference and have competed for the Championship over the last few years. For more information on Sac State: https://www.hornetsports.com/sports/bsb/index

RHP/INF – Shaye McTavish – Lethbridge, AB – has accepted an athletic & academic scholarship to attend NCAA Division 2 University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.  The Marauders play in Northern Sun Collegiate Conference and are coached by former Jets standout Tanner Spencer.  For more details on UMary Baseball: https://goumary.com/sports/baseball

RHP – Tyler Boudreau  – Halifax, NS – has accepted an NJCAA Division 1 athletic scholarship to attend Midland College Chaps in Midland, TX.  The Chaps play in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference which is home to some of the top junior college baseball programs in Texas.  For more details on Midland College: http://www.gochaps.com/baseball/index.php

 

INF – Kalem Haney – Lethbridge, AB – has accepted an athletic & academic scholarship to attend NCAA Division 2 University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.  The Marauders play in Northern Sun Collegiate Conference and are coached by former Jets standout Tanner Spencer.  For more details on UMary Baseball: https://goumary.com/sports/baseball

RHP – Jack Mount – Ottawa, Ontario has accepted an athletic scholarship to attend NJCAA Division 1 Cloud County T Birds in Concordia, Kansas.  The T Birds play in the Jayhawk Conference and compete for a Championship every season.  For more details on Cloud County: https://cloudtbirds.com/sports/bsb/index

OF – Dallas Cummins – Vauxhall, AB  – has accepted an NAIA athletic & academic scholarship to attend Missouri Valley College Vikings in Marshall, Missouri.  The Vikings play in one of the premier NAIA conferences in the country.  For more details on Vikings baseball: https://www.valleywillroll.com/roster/0/3.php

C – Aaron Vulcano – Vauxhall, AB/Cloverdale, BC  – has accepted an NJCAA D1 athletic scholarship  to attend Colby Community College Trojans in Colby, Kansas.  The Trojans play in one of the premier NJCAA conferences in the country Jayhawk conference.  Aaron will join his brother Johnny with the Trojans next fall.  For more details on Trojans baseball: https://www.colbytrojans.com/sports/bsb/index

RHP – Jaxon Filipenko – Lethbridge, AB – has accepted an NJCAA D2 athletic scholarship  to attend Williston State Tetons in Williston, North Dakota.  The Tetons play in the competitive Mon – Dak conference throughout North Dakota.  For more details on Tetons baseball: https://wsc.prestosports.com/sports/bsb/2020-21/schedule

3 more Jets commit to college programs!

Vauxhall, AB –

The Vauxhall Academy is very proud to announce 3 more Jets have committed to college baseball programs on scholarship for the 2021-2022 season.  All 3 players will finish up their spring in Vauxhall and will join their respective college programs in the fall of 2021.  We are very proud of all of these young men and look forward to following their careers.  In total 9 Jets have now committed to college programs for the fall.  Stay tuned for additional Jets signing over the winter months.

OF – Dallas Cummins – Vauxhall, AB  – has accepted an NAIA athletic & academic scholarship to attend Missouri Valley College Vikings in Marshall, Missouri.  The Vikings play in one of the premier NAIA conferences in the country.  For more details on Vikings baseball: https://www.valleywillroll.com/roster/0/3.php

C – Aaron Vulcano – Vauxhall, AB/Cloverdale, BC  – has accepted an NJCAA D1 athletic scholarship  to attend Colby Community College Trojans in Colby, Kansas.  The Trojans play in one of the premier NJCAA conferences in the country Jayhawk conference.  Aaron will join his brother Johnny with the Trojans next fall.  For more details on Trojans baseball: https://www.colbytrojans.com/sports/bsb/index

RHP – Jaxon Filipenko – Lethbridge, AB – has accepted an NJCAA D2 athletic scholarship  to attend Williston State Tetons in Williston, North Dakota.  The Tetons play in the competitive Mon – Dak conference throughout North Dakota.  For more details on Tetons baseball: https://wsc.prestosports.com/sports/bsb/2020-21/schedule

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Previous Jets who have signed:

OF – Jackson Clemett – Calgary, AB  – has accepted an NCAA Division 1 athletic & academic scholarship to attend the University of Utah Utes in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The Utes play in one of the premier conferences in the United States the PAC 12 conference.  For more details on Utes Baseball: https://utahutes.com/sports/baseball

RHP – Anson McGorman – Parksville, BC – has accepted an NCAA Division 1 scholarship to attend Sacramento State University in Sacramento, California.  The Hornets play in the very competitive Big West Conference and have competed for the Championship over the last few years. For more information on Sac State: https://www.hornetsports.com/sports/bsb/index

RHP/INF – Shaye McTavish – Lethbridge, AB – has accepted an athletic & academic scholarship to attend NCAA Division 2 University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.  The Marauders play in Northern Sun Collegiate Conference and are coached by former Jets standout Tanner Spencer.  For more details on UMary Baseball: https://goumary.com/sports/baseball

RHP – Tyler Boudreau  – Halifax, NS – has accepted an NJCAA Division 1 athletic scholarship to attend Midland College Chaps in Midland, TX.  The Chaps play in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference which is home to some of the top junior college baseball programs in Texas.  For more details on Midland College: http://www.gochaps.com/baseball/index.php

 

INF – Kalem Haney – Lethbridge, AB – has accepted an athletic & academic scholarship to attend NCAA Division 2 University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.  The Marauders play in Northern Sun Collegiate Conference and are coached by former Jets standout Tanner Spencer.  For more details on UMary Baseball: https://goumary.com/sports/baseball

RHP – Jack Mount – Ottawa, Ontario has accepted an athletic scholarship to attend NJCAA Division 1 Cloud County T Birds in Concordia, Kansas.  The T Birds play in the Jayhawk Conference and compete for a Championship every season.  For more details on Cloud County: https://cloudtbirds.com/sports/bsb/index

 

Jets represented on Bob Elliott’s top 100 again!

Vauxhall, AB –  Bob Elliott, HOF Writer, and the Canadian Baseball Network announced their annual list of the top 100 Most Influential Canadians in Baseball for the year 2020. The Vauxhall Academy of Baseball was represented in the top 70 with Les McTavish (Head Coach and Director of Baseball Operations) listed 70th.  Coach Mac has been ranked in the top 100 since 2008.  Congratulations to Coach McTavish and the rest of the professionals, players, coaches, scouts and managers that made the top 100.  Coach McTavish had this to say about the accomplishment, “It is an honour to be part of such a list and it is a testament to our entire Academy – players, staff, support staff, billets, parents and especially assistant coaches Jim Kotkas &Joel Blake as well as support staff Alex, Krush, Greg & Hootie.”  To read the full article:

https://www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com/canadian-baseball-network-articles/fc6f6m0x4h1x70u1pbz5pwcmjxdl9l

Several Jets commit to US schools for the fall of 2021!

The Vauxhall Academy is very proud to announce 6 Jets have committed to college baseball programs on scholarship for the 2021-2022 season.  All 4 players will finish up their spring in Vauxhall and will join their respective college programs in the fall of 2021.  We are very proud of all of these young men and look forward to following their careers.  Stay tuned for additional Jets signing over the winter months.

The following is a list of Jets who signed:

OF – Jackson Clemett – Calgary, AB  – has accepted an NCAA Division 1 athletic & academic scholarship to attend the University of Utah Utes in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The Utes play in one of the premier conferences in the United States the PAC 12 conference.  For more details on Utes Baseball: https://utahutes.com/sports/baseball

RHP – Anson McGorman – Parksville, BC – has accepted an NCAA Division 1 scholarship to attend Sacramento State University in Sacramento, California.  The Hornets play in the very competitive Big West Conference and have competed for the Championship over the last few years. For more information on Sac State: https://www.hornetsports.com/sports/bsb/index

RHP/INF – Shaye McTavish – Lethbridge, AB – has accepted an athletic & academic scholarship to attend NCAA Division 2 University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.  The Marauders play in Northern Sun Collegiate Conference and are coached by former Jets standout Tanner Spencer.  For more details on UMary Baseball: https://goumary.com/sports/baseball

RHP – Tyler Boudreau  – Halifax, NS – has accepted an NJCAA Division 1 athletic scholarship to attend Midland College Chaps in Midland, TX.  The Chaps play in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference which is home to some of the top junior college baseball programs in Texas.  For more details on Midland College: http://www.gochaps.com/baseball/index.php

 

INF – Kalem Haney – Lethbridge, AB – has accepted an athletic & academic scholarship to attend NCAA Division 2 University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.  The Marauders play in Northern Sun Collegiate Conference and are coached by former Jets standout Tanner Spencer.  For more details on UMary Baseball: https://goumary.com/sports/baseball

RHP – Jack Mount – Ottawa, Ontario has accepted an athletic scholarship to attend NJCAA Division 1 Cloud County T Birds in Concordia, Kansas.  The T Birds play in the Jayhawk Conference and compete for a Championship every season.  For more details on Cloud County: https://cloudtbirds.com/sports/bsb/index

 

Jets off to a great start in Covid 2020

Vauxhall, AB – 

As we enter our 15th season with the Academy it will certainly be different and unique on so many fronts.  The entire organization will do our absolute best to maintain a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to school, live and play baseball in a rural community. Games, locations and times will be announced each week as approvals happen. We are excited to welcome our entire staff back with a couple of additions to the program.

Field Staff

Coach Mac – 15th season

Coach K – 15th season

Coach Blake – 9th season

Coach Burgmann – 2nd season

Periodically guest coaches and alumni will be added to the mix

Support Staff

Josh Hoetmer – Mental Performance – 9th season

Jeff Krushell – Strength & Conditioning – 15th season

Alex Sirard – Strength & Conditioning Assistant – 1st season

Greg Morrison – Sports Therapist – 6th season

Anna Buekert – Cook – 9th season

Lynda Unruh – Administration – 9th season

Jimmy & Lisa Vulcano – Residence Managers – 3rd Season

In addition to the staff we welcome 10 newcomers to our 22 man roster and 2 new newcomers to our practice squad.  Our roster consists of players from 6 provinces with 2 players in grade 10, 8 in grade 11 & 12 in grade 12.  For a detailed look at our entire roster click on this link https://vauxhallbaseball.com/the-team/