Category: Press Release

Jets split with Okotoks on a cold Saturday at Jets!

Vauxhall, AB –

The Jets lost in extras in game 1 by a score of 8-5 and in game 2 the Jets walked off 4-3.

Game 1 saw Adam Macko go 4 innings allowing 2 hit, 2 unearned runs with 4 BB’s and 8 K’s.  Matt Wiggins threw 1 1/3 innings allowing 3 hits, 2 earned runs with 3 K’s and 2 BB’s.  Chase Florendine threw 1 2/3 innings allowing 1 hit, 3 runs, 2 earned runs with 4 K’s and 2 BB’s.  Tyler Boudreau threw the last inning with 2 K’s.  Offensively, the Jets were led by John Vulcano who was 2 for 4.  Dayton Peters was 2 for 4.  Max Grant was 2 for 3 with a double.  Shayne Campbell was 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI.  Carlin Dick rounded out the offense going 1 for 3.

Game 2 saw Dayton Peters head a line drive double to score Nick Gravel and walk off 4-3.  Thomas Little was outstanding going 6 innings allowing 2 hits, 2 runs with 5 K’s and 3 BB’s.  Evan O’Toole got the win going 1 inning allowing 1 hit, 1 run with 2 K’s and 1 BB.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Dayton Peters who was 1 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s.  Shayne Campbell was 1 for 3.  Ty Wevers was 1 for 3 with a double and Josh Malainey was 1 for 3 to round out the offense.

The Jets now travel to Okotoks for a 12 noon DH Sunday.

Jets win the Bishop Gorman Desert Classic for 1st time in history!

Las Vegas, NV – 

What a day of baseball on so many fronts.  The Jets opened the day as the #2 seed in the Desert Classic behind only Bishop Gorman HS.  The semi final match up was against a very good Liberty, NV team facing their ace.

Jets come out on top by a score of 2-0.  Thomas Little started on the mound and was absolutely dominant going 6 innings allowing his first hit in the 6th with 2 BB’s and 6 K’s.  Maddux Mateychuk earned the save allowing a walk and stranding runners on 2nd and 3rd in the bottom of the 7th.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Logan Grant was 2 for 3 with an RBI.  John Vulcano was 1 for 4.  Shayne Campbell was 1 for 3.  Dayton Peters was 1 for 2 with an RBI.  Josh Malainey was 1 for 2.  Evan O’Toole was 1 for 2 with a triple and Logan Domanski was for 1 for 3.

The victory pushed the Jets against Ventura, CA after they beat Bishop Gorman 5-1.  Tyler Boudreau started on the mound going 2 innings allowing 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run with 1 BB.  Evan O’Toole earned the win going 4 innings allowing 3 hits, 1 run, 0 earned runs with 3 BB’s and 5 K’s. Chase Florendine earned the save going 1 inning with 1 K.  Offensively, the Jets were led by John Vulcano was 2 for 3.  Max Grant was 2 for 3 with a double.  Dayton Peters was 2 for 3 with a triple and 3 RBI’s.  Ty Wevers rounded out the offense going 1 for 3.

The Championship is the 1st time the Jets history (13 years) winning the Desert Classic.

Next up is the Best of the West Tournament in Kamloops, BC.

Opening day 2019!

Lethbridge, AB – 

It was a sunny but cool day at Lloyd Nolan Yard to open up 2019.  Game 1 saw the Jets take on the Prospect Academy winning by a score of 9-3.  Adam Macko started on the mound going 3 innings allowing 1 hit with 1 BB and 5 K’s.  Matt Wiggins threw the following 2 innings allowing 2 hits, 1 unearned run with 4 K’s and 0 BB’.  Levi Abbott finished things off going 2 innings allowing 2 hits, 2 runs with 4 BB’s and 3 K’s.  Offensively, the Jets were led by John Vulcano who was 2 for 4 with a triple.  Max Grant was 2 for 3 with an RBI.  Shayne Campbell was 1 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI’s.  Ty Wevers and Jackson Clemett rounded out the offense going 1 for 3 and 1 for 2.

Game 2 saw the Jets and PBA JV battle to a 4-4 tie.  Chase Florendine started throwing 2 innings allowing 1 hit, 1 earned run with 3 BB’s and 1 K.  Tyler Boudreau threw 2 2/3 innings allowing 2 hits, 2 runs with 3 BB’s and 1 K.  Reece Keller earned the victory going 2 1/3 innings allowing 2 hits with 1 BB and 2 K’s.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Josh Malainey who was 1 for 3 with an RBI.  Dayton Peters was 2 for 4.  Max Grant was 1 for 3 with a double and Logan Grant was 2 for 2 with an RBI to round out the offense.

The Jets now travel to Lethbridge Monday to play a 9 inning game vs PBA at 2:30 pm.  Again at Lloyd Nolan Yard.

13th Annual Awards Banquet a great success!

 

Vauxhall, AB –

First of all thank you to everyone who traveled in the extremely cold weather to attend the 13th Annual Awards night.   Also a special thank you to all the sponsors and donors for leading the way with first class auction items.

Keith Miller led the evening again as our MC and did an excellent job.  Former Toronto Blue Jays coach Tim Leiper did a tremendous job speaking telling stories and giving insight into past Blue Jays seasons/players and gave us a glimpse of the future. Several Awards and Scholarships were handed out highlighted by the Reno Lizzi Scholarships.  Barbara & Yukio Kitagawa were unable to attend due to illness and were certainly missed.  We wish Yukio a speedy recovery.

The Award winners are listed below:

  • Reno Lizzi Scholarship – Adam Macko
  • Reno Lizzi Underclassman – Carlin Dick & Ben Adams
  • Coaches Award (newly named Blaine Burbank Coaches Award) – Evan O’Toole
  • Sports Connection Scholarships – Matt Wiggins & Josh Malainey

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.

Thank you to everyone who attended, donated and sponsored the Banquet.  All donations go along way in assisting our student-athletes to Live Their Dreams.  Once a Jet….Always a Jet!

13th Annual Awards/Scholarship Dinner!

13th Annual Awards/Scholarship Banquet  

Vauxhall, AB –

The VAB is excited for the 13th annual Awards/Scholarship Fundraising Banquet March 2nd, 2019 at the Vauxhall Community Hall (5 pm cocktails and 5:45 pm program begins).  We are very excited to announce former Toronto Blue Jays coach – Tim Leiper will be our featured speaker.  Leiper played 12 seasons in the minor leagues before moving over to the coaching side of the game.  He has coached and/or managed for 22 professional seasons with the last 5 seasons coaching 1st base for the Toronto Blue Jays.  Leiper has also coached Team Canada at every World Baseball Classic event (2006, 2009, 2013, 2017).

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

We look forward to celebrating with the past, current and future Jets!

5 Jets commit to US schools!

Vauxhall, AB – 

The Vauxhall Academy is very proud to announce 5 Jets have committed to college baseball programs on scholarship for the 2019-2020 season.  All 5 players will finish up their spring in Vauxhall and will join their respective college programs in the fall of 2019.  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:

LHP – Adam Macko – Stony Plain, AB  – has accepted an NCAA  athletic scholarship to attend Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  The Boilermakers play in the very competitive Power 5 Big 10 Conference.  For more details on the Purdue Boilermakers: https://purduesports.com/index.aspx?path=baseball

RHP – Chase Florendine – Lethbridge, AB  – has accepted an NCAA Division 1 athletic scholarship to attend California State University Northridge in Northridge, CA.  The Matadors play in a very challenging  Big West Conference.  Floredine will be joining former Jets Damiano Palmegiani, Wesley Moore and Victor Cerny with the Matadors. For more details on Cal State Northridge Baseball: http://www.gomatadors.com/sports/m-basebl/index

OF/RHP – Evan O’Toole – Bridgewater, NS  – has accepted an NJCAA  athletic scholarship to attend Iowa Western College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  The Reivers play in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference.  The Reivers finished in 6th place in the 2018 NJCAA World Series. For more details on Iowa Western: http://www.goreivers.com/sports/bsb/index

 

LHP – Thomas Little – Lethbridge, AB  – has accepted an NJCAA  athletic scholarship to attend Northern Oklahoma Enid College in Enid, Oklahoma .  The Jets play in the NJCAA Region 2.  The Jets finished in 3rd place in the 2018 NJCAA Division 2 World Series. For more details on Northern Oklahoma Enid: http://www.nocjets.com/sports/bsb/index

C – Shayne Campbell – Winnipeg, MB – has accepted an athletic scholarship to attend NCAA Division 2 University of Mary Marauders in Bismark, North Dakota.  The Marauders play in a very challenging Northern Sun Conference.  For more details on the University of Mary Baseball: http://www.goumary.com/index.aspx?path=baseball&&tab=0

Jets play good baseball and split with PBA!

Lethbridge, AB –

The Jets came out and played good overall baseball on a cool but sunny Sunday afternoon in Lethbridge.  Game 1 saw the Jets come out on top by a score of 8-3.

Ben Adams started on the mound going 3 1/3 innings allowing 1 hit, 3 BB’s with 2 K’s to earn the victory.  Maddux Mateychuk threw 1 2/3 solid innings allowing 1 run with 2 BB’s.  Chase Florendine finished things off going 2 innings allowing 3 hits with 0 earned runs and 1 K.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Josh Malainey who was 2 for 4.  Max Grant was 2 for 3 with an RBI.  Evan O’Toole was 2 for 4 with an RBI.  Carlin Dick was 1 for 3 with an RBI.  Shayne Campbell was 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s.  Jackson Clemett was 1 for 2 with an RBI.  Ty Wevers was 2 for 3 with an RBI.  Logan Domanski was 1 for 3 with an RBI and Nick Gravel was 1 for 3 to round out a solid offensive game.

Game 2 saw the Jets get walked off on in the bottom of the 9th with a ball lost in the sun in an otherwise good overall baseball game.

Thomas Little started on the mound going 3 2/3 good innings allowing 2 hits, 2 runs with 6 K’s.  Justin Adamoski threw 3 solid innings allowing 1 hit with 2 BB’s and 4 K’s.  Nick Gravel allowed a couple of runs in relief before Carlin Dick finished things off going 2 innings allowing 1 hit, 1 run with 2 BB’s and 1 K to finish off the pitching.  Offensively, the Jets were led by Josh Malainey was 1 for 4.  Johnny Vulcano was 1 for 4.  Max Grant was 1 for 4.  Evan O’Toole was 2 for 4.  Ty Wevers 1 for 2.  Nick Gravel rounded out the offense going 1 for 2.

Next action for the Jets is in Edmonton vs the Prospect Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

Damiano Palmegiani drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays!

 

Vauxhall, AB – 

The VAB is very proud to announce that 3 year Jets standout Damiano Palmegiani was drafted in the 35th round by the Toronto Blue Jays, 1046th overall in the 2018 MLB 1st year player draft.  Damiano has also spent the last 2 years with the Canadian Junior National Team and his college commitment is NCAA Division 1 Cal State Northridge in Northridge, CA.  Congrats Damiano on a tremendous accomplishment.

Jets alumni (2012/2014) Ben Onyshko was also drafted in the 2018 MLB 1st year player draft out of Stetson University. Former Jet LHP Ben Onyshko (Winnipeg, MB) was drafted in the 24th round, 718th overall by the Seattle Mariners.  Ben was a standout for the Jets for 2 years and has had a very successful career at Stetson University.  They are in the NCAA Super Regionals this weekend.  Congrats Benny!!

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 Jets heading to college!

Vauxhall, AB – 

The Vauxhall Academy is very proud to announce 9 Jets have committed to college baseball programs on scholarship for the 2018-2019 season.  All 8 players will finish up their spring in Vauxhall and will join their respective college programs in the fall of 2018.  We are very proud of all of these young men and look forward to following their careers.  We look forward to announcing our final commitment soon.

The following is a list of Jets who signed:

INF – Owen Harms – Winnipeg, MB  – has accepted an NJCAA  athletic scholarship to attend Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas.  The Trojans play in the very competitive Jayhawk Conference.  For more details on the Colby Trojans: http://www.colbycc.edu/athletics/teams/baseball/index

C – Kaiden Cardoso  – Abbotsford, BC – has accepted an NJCAA Division 1 athletic scholarship to attend Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas.  The Bulldogs 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 Clarendon Baseball: http://athletics.clarendoncollege.edu/Baseball

C – Martin Vincelli-Simard  – Boisbriand, QC – 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 – Liam Vulcano – Cloverdale, BC  – has accepted an NAIA Scholarship to attend the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in Vancouver, BC .  The Thunderbirds play in the competitive Cascade Collegiate Conference and compete for the title every season.  For more details on UBC Baseball: http://www.gothunderbirds.ca/index.aspx?path=baseball

OF – Cooper Jones – Ponoka,AB  – has accepted an NJCAA  athletic scholarship to attend Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa.  The Blackhawks play in the very competitive ICCAC Conference.  For more details on the Southeastern Baseball: http://www.sccblackhawks.com/sports/bsb/index

3B – Damiano Palmegiani – 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.  Palmegiani will be joining former Jets Nolan Bumstead, Wesley Moore and Victor Cerny with the Matadors. For more details on Cal State Northridge Baseball: http://www.gomatadors.com/sports/m-basebl/index

RHP – Garrett Hawkins – Biggar, SK  – has accepted an NAIA Scholarship to attend the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in Vancouver, BC .  The Thunderbirds play in the competitive Cascade Collegiate Conference and compete for the title every season.  For more details on UBC Baseball: http://www.gothunderbirds.ca/index.aspx?path=baseball

1B/OF – Ty Penner  – Lethbridge, AB – has accepted an NAIA Scholarship to attend the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in Vancouver, BC .  The Thunderbirds play in the competitive Cascade Collegiate Conference and compete for the title every season.  For more details on UBC Baseball: http://www.gothunderbirds.ca/index.aspx?path=baseball

LHP – Jaden Griffin – Lower Sackville, NS  – has accepted an NCAA Division 1 athletic scholarship to attend Virginia Commonwealth University Rams in Richmond, VA .  The Rams play in the very competitive Atlantic 10 conference and compete for the Championship year in and year out.  For more details on VCU Baseball:http://www.vcuathletics.com/sports/bsb/index

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.

12th Annual Awards/Scholarship Fundraiser a success!!

Vauxhall, AB –

First of all thank you to everyone who braved the weather and poor winter driving conditions to attend our 12th Annual event – presented by the Jets Alumni in honor of Scott Hornstra.  Also a special thank you to all the sponsors and donors for leading the way with first class auction items.  The night opened with Jets Alumni Tyson Ford remembering Scott Hornstra who tragically died in a snowboarding accident late in 2017.  There were tears and laughter remembering a truly remarkable soul with several members of the Hornstra Family in attendance.

Keith Miller led the evening again as our MC.  Former Blue Jay World Series Champ, MLB All-star and current colour anaylist for the Jays, Pat Tabler electrified the crowd with stories of the past and current Blue Jays. His humble and well spoken approach was very easy to follow and inspired young and old in attendance to wake up everyday with enthusiasm. Several Awards and Scholarships were handed out highlighted by the Reno Lizzi Scholarships.  Barbara & Yukio Kitagawa continued to inspire the entire Jets organization with a special tribute for the Pennies for K’s fundraiser.  Yukio’s accomplishments and drive are truly remarkable.

2018 marked the 3rd Annual induction into the “Wall of Excellence.” Brian Bauman former owner of Sports Connection Source for Sports in Medicine Hat was inducted into the Wall of Excellence.  His son Matt accepted the award in an emotional and touching acceptance speech.

The official announcement of the Schwartz Insurance Group Assistance Program.  This program will offer $15,000 annually to current and future Jets athletes.

The Award winners are listed below:

  • Reno Lizzi Scholarship – Garrett Hawkins
  • Reno Lizzi Underclassman – Adam Macko & Chase Florendine
  • Coaches Award (newly named Blaine Burbank Coaches Award) – Jaden Griffen
  • Sports Connection Scholarships – Ty Penner & Owen Harms
  • Schwartz Insurance Group Assistance Program – Dayton Peters

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.

Thank you to everyone who attended, donated and sponsored the Banquet.  All donations go along way in assisting our student-athletes to Live Their Dreams.  Once a Jet….Always a Jet!