The 2011 Squirt Boys Provincial Fast-pitch Championships were played at the Echo Diamonds over the weekend with the host Alberni Valley Blazers taking home the Bronze medals.
After playing 4 round robin games, the Blazers entered the double knockout playoff round seeded 4th and faced the Whalley Ravens in their first playoff game, winning 13 – 6 but then dropped an 8 – 1 decision to the Clearwater Stingers in their next game. Facing elimination, the Blazers rebounded to knock out the Prince George Thunderbirds by a score of 15 – 9. The Blazers then met the Fleetwood Outlaws from Surrey. The local team was down 9 – 1 after 3 innings but rallied back only to come up one run short, losing the game 9 – 8, to claim the bronze.
Fleetwood advanced to the final but was quickly sent packing, 10 – 2, by the team from Clearwater who completed the tournament with a perfect 7 and 0 record to earn Gold.
7 Teams from around the province competed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in less than perfect weather conditions as mother nature didn’t always cooperate but a big effort from organizers and the grounds crew kept the fields playable and although there were some rain delays all games were played.
Congrats to the Blazers and all competitors!!
Pretty cool stuff here at former Nordique (man, still miss the Nords) and Avalanche legend (Burnaby) Joe Sakic drilled a Million Dollar Hole-In-One in a charity event over the weekend! You can still see lots of "hockey" in his swing!
And here's the update from Gerry Fagan from the Alberni Golf Club
In Men’s Club Action on Sunday, Cory Neilson had the best of the day shooting a gross 78, taking home 3 balls, while Livio Tedesco came in with 80 to win two balls. On the net side, Doug Richmond shot 66 winning 3 balls, and Ron Barker carded a 67 to win 2 balls.
Closest to the pin winners were, Livio Tedesco on #2, Steve Acland collected $25 for the Charity Closest to the pin on #4, Craig Acland for his long drive on #5, Bret Parhar for his second shot on #6, Tom Price on #13, and Wolf Suhr on # 17.
This Sunday July 24th is the Van Isle Ford two man Iron Man. The format is 2 man teams with the best net and best gross counting on each hole. The shotgun is set to go off at 8 AM. Please try to be there no later than 7:45. Register with your partner in the Pro Shop or as a single and Bruce or Brian will find you partner. You can also sign up by phoning, 250-723-5422 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 250-723-5422 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Once again thanks go out to our many sponsors, for their generous contributions this season.
And here's another quick note from when I was away from Gerry regarding the Alberni Valley Charity Golf Classic...Don't thank me Gerry, YOU are the one who deserves Thanks as you do all the work...I'm just doing my job! Thanks for the kind note though! I'm happy to hear the Charity was a success this year!
It looks like we have another winner, as far as the Charity goes. There were lots of positive comments regarding the changes implemented this year. I would like to on behalf of the entire Committee thank you for your continued support in helping us get the word out to the public. You're a good man.
Last but not least - huge congrats to the See Group of Companies and the Alberni Auto Group, more specifically Alberni Toyota, on the opening of the new dealership today at the "Top of the Town" next door to Alberni Chrysler. I was blown away at the progress when we drove back into town on Saturday night. A huge investment in the Alberni Valley! I don't have a picture of the finished product, so I encourage you to get up there and see it for yourself!
That's it for now...catching up on REAL LIFE being back at work and back in the Valley today!