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  1. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><rss xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:content="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/content/" xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" version="2.0"><channel><title><![CDATA[PBA.Ca ]]></title><description><![CDATA[My Site 1]]></description><link>https://www.prairiebaseball.com/blog</link><generator>RSS for Node</generator><lastBuildDate>Wed, 21 Feb 2024 04:03:33 GMT</lastBuildDate><atom:link href="https://www.prairiebaseball.com/blog-feed.xml" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml"/><item><title><![CDATA[DAWG DAYS, SUNDAY AND MONDAY GAME RESULTS]]></title><description><![CDATA[The Dawgs rematched against the CSN Coyotes on Sunday at 12pm and Monday at 12pm...]]></description><link>https://www.prairiebaseball.com/post/dawg-days-sunday-and-monday-game-results</link><guid isPermaLink="false">65d4cf12f7542a113bb47def</guid><category><![CDATA[Game Recaps]]></category><pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 16:28:21 GMT</pubDate><enclosure url="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/cbd627_49be05a77d8a4ff1b4ba102532aee289~mv2.jpg/v1/fit/w_1000,h_1000,al_c,q_80/file.png" length="0" type="image/png"/><dc:creator>PBA </dc:creator><content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Dawgs rematched against the CSN Coyotes on Sunday at 12pm and Monday at 12pm, but weren't able to pull the wins. Here are the results from the game performances provided by Assistant Varsity Coach Ryan Macdonald:</p>
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  3. <p>Sunday, Feb 18 Game:</p><ul>
  4.  <li>Lost 11-3</li>
  5.  <li>Noah McNeil 2/3 with a BB</li>
  6.  <li>Justin Scott 2/3 with an RBI and BB</li>
  7. </ul><p>Monday, Feb 19 Game:</p><ul>
  8.  <li>Lost 9-5</li>
  9.  <li>RHP Will Howard 3 innings 5 hits 2ER 3 K's</li>
  10.  <li>LF Kai Ryden 3/3 with an RBI</li>
  11.  <li>3B Aldo Rojas 1/1 with a 2B,  2BB and an RBI</li>
  12. </ul>
  13. <p>The boys will be back on the field tomorrow, February 21st at 9am and 12pm to face Colorado NW Community College. Good Luck, Dawgs!</p>
  14.  
  15. <p>View our schedule here: <a href="https://www.prairiebaseball.com/schedules" target="_blank" >https://www.prairiebaseball.com/schedules</a></p>
  16.  
  17. <p>Follow @prairiebaseball on Instagram, Facebook and X for USA trip updates! <a href="https://www.instagram.com/reel/C3eHoxOt8Gp/?igsh=dWd3bDM2YWxzdTNi" target="_blank" >https://www.instagram.com/reel/C3eHoxOt8Gp/?igsh=dWd3bDM2YWxzdTNi</a></p>
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  19. <p>Photos below by Dee Schramm:</p>
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  33.  
  34. <p>Today, Day 1, the PBA Dawgs fell 4-2 & 7-1 to the Coyotes. Here are some stats from today's performances provided by Assistant Varsity Coach Ryan Macdonald:</p>
  35.  
  36. <p>Game 1</p><ul>
  37.  <li>RHP Jack Hudson - 4 2/3 innings with 3 Hits, 2 Runs, and 4 Strikeouts.</li>
  38.  <li>Zaden Wake - 1/3 with a Double and a Run Batted In.</li>
  39.  <li>Kai Ryden - 1/3 with a Run Batted <u>In.</u>
  40. </li>
  41. </ul><p>Game 2</p><ul>
  42.  <li>Jake Maniago - 5 innings with 4 Hits, 2 Runs, and 2 Strikeouts</li>
  43.  <li>Josh Clark - 2/4</li>
  44. </ul>
  45. <p>The boys are back on the field tomorrow at 12pm. Good luck, Prairie Dawgs!</p>
  46.  
  47. <p>Follow @prairiebaseball on Instagram for USA trip updates! <a href="https://www.instagram.com/reel/C3eHoxOt8Gp/?igsh=dWd3bDM2YWxzdTNi" target="_blank" >https://www.instagram.com/reel/C3eHoxOt8Gp/?igsh=dWd3bDM2YWxzdTNi</a></p>
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  50.  
  51. <p>Meet the 2024 PBA Prairie Dawgs:</p>
  52. <figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/cbd627_63c496141ac74b95bb205b223e7c3ffc~mv2.jpg/v1/fit/w_1000,h_1000,al_c,q_80/file.png"  alt="2024 PBA Dawgs Team Photo"></figure><p>Learn more about this year's coaching staff here: <a href="https://www.prairiebaseball.com/2024-pba-coaches" target="_blank" >https://www.prairiebaseball.com/2024-pba-coaches</a></p>
  53.  
  54. <p>Meet the Varsity team here: <a href="https://www.prairiebaseball.com/2024-pba-varsity-team" target="_blank" >https://www.prairiebaseball.com/2024-pba-varsity-team</a></p>
  55.  
  56. <p>Say hi to the Jr. Varsity team here: <a href="https://www.prairiebaseball.com/2024-pba-junior-varsity" target="_blank" >https://www.prairiebaseball.com/2024-pba-junior-varsity</a></p>
  57.  
  58. <p>And don't forge to take a peak at our schedule here to stay in the loop with our upcoming games and events: <a href="https://www.prairiebaseball.com/schedules" target="_blank" >https://www.prairiebaseball.com/schedules</a></p>
  59.  
  60. <p>We're excited for the 2024 Spring Season and are looking forward to competing in this year's <a href="https://ccbc.pointstreaksites.com/view/ccbc/canadian-college-world-series" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer"><u>CCWS</u></a> for a shot at <a href="https://ccbc.pointstreaksites.com/view/ccbc/canadian-college-world-series/past-champions-58" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer"><u>another Championship title</u></a>. Keep an eye out for further updates as the season gets underway.</p>]]></content:encoded></item><item><title><![CDATA[Rob Greeno &#38; Rob Watt Inducted Into The 2024 PBA Hall Of Fame!]]></title><description><![CDATA[Congratulations to the 2024 Hall of Fame Inductees, Rob Greeno and Rob Watt. Read their full writeups honouring these two gentlemen...]]></description><link>https://www.prairiebaseball.com/post/rob-greeno-and-rob-watt-inducted-into-the-2024-pba-hall-of-fame</link><guid isPermaLink="false">65c2c062e73560d0fe4eaba4</guid><pubDate>Tue, 06 Feb 2024 23:29:22 GMT</pubDate><enclosure url="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/cbd627_8e901edc2b8a43458095143f2371586c~mv2.jpg/v1/fit/w_1000,h_1000,al_c,q_80/file.png" length="0" type="image/png"/><dc:creator>PBA </dc:creator><content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Congratulations to the 2024 Hall of Fame Inductees, Rob Greeno and Rob Watt. Read their full writeups honouring these two gentlemen below:</p>
  61. <figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/cbd627_4fa08278745647bf97df3c4157e1367e~mv2.jpg/v1/fit/w_1000,h_1000,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p><strong>ROB GREENO</strong></p>
  62. <p><strong><em>2024 PBA Hall of Fame Inductee</em></strong></p>
  63.  
  64. <p>The Prairie Baseball Academy is honoured to induct Rob Greeno into our Hall of Fame.</p>
  65.  
  66. <p>Rob’s baseball journey began in his hometown of Lethbridge, where he played Little League and American Legion baseball. His passion for the game led him to the Prairie Baseball Academy (PBA) in 2002, where he played until 2005, showcasing his talent and dedication to the sport. Following his time at PBA, Rob furthered his education and baseball career at Mayville State University in North Dakota, playing for the Comets and earning a degree in business. Leveraging his academic and athletic experiences, Rob then embarked on a successful professional path, becoming a partner at Asyma Solutions, a firm specializing in financial software in partnership with Sage Software.</p>
  67.  
  68. <p>Rob’s commitment to PBA extended beyond his playing days, as he joined the PBA board in 2010. His involvement has been pivotal in organizing numerous fundraising events, including annual banquets, poker tournaments, and the annual Keith Jorgensen Scholarship golf tournament, contributing significantly to the academy’s growth and success. In 2012, he was instrumental in founding the PBA Alumni association, serving as president until 2020. Under his leadership, the association not only raised crucial funds, particularly for scholarships, but also played a key role in reconnecting alumni across Canada. </p>
  69.  
  70. <p>Rob’s tireless volunteer efforts, combined with his roles as a friend, husband, and father, make him an invaluable member of the PBA community and a deserving inductee into our Hall of Fame.</p>
  71. <p>Congratulations to Rob Greeno on being inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2024!</p>
  72.  
  73. <figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/cbd627_328d253bf45343f6b4e49287fa06bbdd~mv2.jpg/v1/fit/w_1000,h_1000,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p><strong>ROB WATT</strong></p>
  74. <p><strong><em>2024 PBA Hall of Fame Inductee</em></strong></p>
  75.  
  76. <p>The Prairie Baseball Academy is honoured to induct Rob Watt into our Hall of Fame.</p>
  77.  
  78. <p>Rob Watt’s baseball journey, which began in the Chemainus Baseball Association, showcases a remarkable trajectory of growth and success. As a young athlete, he played Little League for Stuart Channel, participating in two Provincial Championships and honing his skills. From ages 13 to 15, he continued to develop his talent in the Babe Ruth league, playing for All Star teams and representing the Mid Island associations. His teenage years saw him excel in the PBL with the Mid Island Canadians, where he competed in several BC Provincial Championships. At 19, Watt took his passion to the next level by joining the Prairie Baseball Academy in Lethbridge, AB, in 1996, where he played until the spring of 1999. This was followed by a successful stint at Wayne State College in Wayne, NE, culminating in a senior year as team captain with a 35-10 record and a runner-up finish in the NCAA Regional. Alongside his athletic achievements, Watt completed his degree and later a Master’s in Exercise Science, leading into a coaching role. </p>
  79.  
  80. <p>Watt’s coaching career, spanning from 2004 to 2018 at UMO, is marked by a string of impressive achievements and contributions to the sport. Under his guidance, teams clinched 10 Conference Tournament Championships, 14 NCAA Tournament Appearances, and a NCAA National Championship. His coaching prowess led to the development of four Major League Baseball players and 32 players drafted or signed to MLB organizations. Furthermore, his mentorship resulted in 38 All Americans, numerous player of the year recipients, and several conference and regional awards. </p>
  81.  
  82. <p>His commitment to academic and athletic excellence is further highlighted by the 5 Academic All Americans he coached. Watt’s influence in baseball is not just limited to his on-field strategies, but also in shaping the careers and lives of numerous players.</p>
  83.  
  84. <p>Congratulations to Rob Watt on being inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2024!</p>
  85.  
  86. <figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/cbd627_6d25a0327f0d4a7a8fd3a8a52c9cffb6~mv2.jpg/v1/fit/w_1000,h_1000,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p><em>From left to right: Todd Hubka, Rob Watt, Rob Greeno, Ryan MacDonald</em></p>
  87. <p><em>Photo courtesy of: Postgame Photography</em></p>]]></content:encoded></item><item><title><![CDATA[2024 PBA Banquet A Huge Success!]]></title><description><![CDATA[The 2024 Celebration of Baseball Banquet was a huge success, thanks to all of our generous sponsors, donors, volunteers, staff, alumni,...]]></description><link>https://www.prairiebaseball.com/post/pba-banquet-a-huge-success</link><guid isPermaLink="false">65c2b69459c2b3e4a3a047b7</guid><pubDate>Tue, 06 Feb 2024 22:54:13 GMT</pubDate><enclosure url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufn68XSnfeQ" length="0" type="video"/><dc:creator>PBA </dc:creator><content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The 2024 Celebration of Baseball Banquet was a huge success, thanks to all of our generous sponsors, donors, volunteers, staff, alumni, players, and our incredible community of Lethbridge. Many player meals, silent auction items, and more were generously donated by many of those who continue to support the Prairie Baseball Academy. Thank you for all of your support, and all that you do. Without you, this banquet, and the Prairie Baseball Academy, wouldn't be possible. We are forever grateful to all of the support we receive each and every year. Here's to another year of baseball!</p>
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  89. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufn68XSnfeQ">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufn68XSnfeQ</a><p><strong>2024 Hall of Fame Inductees</strong></p>
  90. <p>Congratulations to Rob Greeno and Rob Watt for being inducted into the 2024 PBA Hall of Fame. Read their writeups here: <a href="https://www.prairiebaseball.com/news/2024-hall-of-fame-inductees" target="_blank" >https://www.prairiebaseball.com/news/2024-hall-of-fame-inductees</a></p>
  91.  
  92. <p><strong>2024 All-Academic Team</strong></p>
  93. <p>Congratulations to our 2024 All-Academic Team award winners!</p>
  94. <p>​</p>
  95. <p><em>From left to right: Jack Hudson, Dawson Morrill, Dawson Schultz, Alexander Fijal, Cole Alguire, Declan O'Kane, Sebastian Davie, Macleod Kennedy, Justin Scott.</em></p>
  96. <figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/cbd627_504b90db65be4e099ea3aa24cbadf6b1~mv2.jpg/v1/fit/w_1000,h_1000,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p><strong>2024 Scholarships</strong></p>
  97. <p>Congratulations to everyone who received their scholarship from PBA. Your dedication to academics and baseball, while never sacrificing the former for the latter, is what our academy is all about.</p>
  98. <figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/cbd627_035753906c684783b3dab3cddee8c382~mv2.jpg/v1/fit/w_1000,h_1000,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p><strong>View full details, photos, and slideshow of the event here:</strong> <a href="https://www.prairiebaseball.com/pba-banquet" target="_blank" >https://www.prairiebaseball.com/pba-banquet</a></p>
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  100. <p>Photos by: Postgame Photography </p>]]></content:encoded></item><item><title><![CDATA[CCWS 2023 Schedule &#38; Information]]></title><link>https://www.prairiebaseball.com/post/ccws-2023-schedule-information</link><guid isPermaLink="false">646290610b21842596af5624</guid><pubDate>Mon, 15 May 2023 20:04:56 GMT</pubDate><enclosure url="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_fb8e918e5a0147669507b012dbd20430~mv2.png/v1/fit/w_1000,h_1000,al_c,q_80/file.png" length="0" type="image/png"/><dc:creator>tycartwright</dc:creator><content:encoded><![CDATA[<figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/undefined"></figure>
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  104. <p><a href="https://twitter.com/PrairieBaseball" target="_blank" >@PrairieBaseball</a> are 10-2 after a 1-1 split with the Victoria Collegiate Golden Tide in </p>
  105. <p><a href="https://twitter.com/CCBaseballConf" target="_blank" >@CCBaseballConf</a> play Sunday at Lloyd Nolan Yard. PBA won the 1st game 14-4, but lost 12-9 in the 2nd game. PBA is back home Saturday and Sunday against the TRU Wolfpack. </p>
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  107. <p>Aidan Newton took the win for PBA in the first game, going 6 2/3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 2 hits and striking out 10. Marc Brisson was 5-for-5 with 4 runs scored, while Joseph Van Lagen had 5 RBI.</p>
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  109. <p>In the second game, some late offence powered Victoria to the win. Liam Bilodeau-Minty took the loss for PBA, throwing one-third innings, allowing three runs on 2 hits. Dawson Schultz went 5 2/3 in the start. Carter Claerhout was 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored.</p>
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  111. <p>Stats- </p>
  112. <p><a href="http://baseball.pointstreak.com/team_home.html?teamid=142670&#38;seasonid=33653" target="_blank" ><u>http://baseball.pointstreak.com/team_home.html?teamid=142670&seasonid=33653</u></a></p>
  113. <figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_3296838389de407ea064a8af1e066ace~mv2.jpg/v1/fit/w_782,h_771,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure>]]></content:encoded></item><item><title><![CDATA[HALL OF FAME 2022]]></title><description><![CDATA[Lars Davis The Prairie Baseball Academy is honoured to induct Lars Davis into the PBA Hall of Fame for 2022. Just the second former...]]></description><link>https://www.prairiebaseball.com/post/hall-of-fame-2022</link><guid isPermaLink="false">63ef2c1c8eeb4ac5f53d1b04</guid><pubDate>Fri, 17 Feb 2023 08:07:45 GMT</pubDate><enclosure url="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_1832a2b7a13b46f893b1e056f023c27f~mv2.png/v1/fit/w_247,h_337,al_c,q_80/file.png" length="0" type="image/png"/><dc:creator>tycartwright</dc:creator><content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong>Lars Davis</strong></p>
  114. <figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_1832a2b7a13b46f893b1e056f023c27f~mv2.png/v1/fit/w_247,h_337,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p>The Prairie Baseball Academy is honoured to induct Lars Davis into the PBA Hall of Fame for 2022. Just the second former player to be inducted, Lars is an incredible baseball mind, and has made a career playing and coaching baseball at the highest levels since leaving PBA in 2005. Originally from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Lars came to PBA in 2004. A little short on high level experience, Lars was placed on the JV team. After an up and down first year at PBA, a post-season meeting with the coaches set the stage for an incredible stretch of College Baseball. In 2005, Lars led PBA to a CCBC Championship. He broke the record at the time for home runs and hits in a single season at PBA. His incredible 2005 season was rewarded with a scholarship to the University of Illinois. Again, Lars was a standout player at Illinois, leading the Fighting Illini in almost every offensive category in 2007. Lars was named the Big Ten Player of the Year. Following his college season, Lars was chosen in the 3rd round (102 Overall) of the 2007 MLB Draft. Over the next seven years Lars worked his way through the Rockies system up to Triple-A where he played with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2013. Lars retired from playing after the 2014 season. It wasn't long before he got himself involved on the coaching side of the game. Lars coached with the Florida gators for seven seasons and was a vital part of the program's success. Lars was instrumental in helping the Gators win their first NCAA National Title in 2017, and a run of four consecutive College World Series appearances from 2015-18. During his coaching tenure at Florida, the program won over 70% of their games, had 43 players drafted into the MLB, including seven firstrounders. Lars has recently moved into a new role as an assistant coach at Georgia State University. At the time of printing, the Panthers were 11-6 to start the 2022 spring season. Lars lives with his lovely wife Katie, who he met during his time in Florida. Katie was the head athletic trainer for the Gators softball team when they met. Thank you to Lars Davis for everything he has done for the baseball community. He is the epitome of what it means to be a PBA player. Stories of his work-ethic and teamfirst attitude are still told by Coach Hubka. Congratulations Lars, on being inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame for 2022!</p>
  115.  
  116. <p><strong>Glenn Secretan</strong></p>
  117.  
  118. <p> </p><figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_747b68bfdaf446c992e6d712d666a989~mv2.jpg/v1/fit/w_274,h_373,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p>The Prairie Baseball Academy is honoured to be inducting Mr. Glenn Secretan into the PBA Hall of Fame for 2022. Glenn has been involved in PBA in some capacity since 1997. Glenn has held multiple roles over the past 26 years including: President, Vice President, academic advisor and board member for the Prairie Baseball Academy. Glenn grew up in Del Bonita, Alberta— a small border town community where baseball was the only game to play. Baseball has remained an important part of Glenn's life ever since. Glenn studied at the University of Lethbridge where he received his Masters in Education. As an educator and a counsellor, Glenn has had the opportunity to lead young adults for over 45 years! Glenn was the go-to person at Lethbridge College for PBA student-athletes. Glenn was always there to lend his advice to the players and the coaching staff. Glenn's commitment to making education a priority at PBA has helped countless young men move on to four-year schools in the United States. Glenn has been a vital part of PBA's success over the past quarter century. He was there when having a college baseball program in Southern Alberta Lars Davis The Prairie Baseball Academy is honoured to induct Lars Davis into the PBA Hall of Fame for 2022. Just the second former player to be inducted, Lars is an incredible baseball mind, and has made a career playing and coaching baseball at the highest levels since leaving PBA in 2005. Originally from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Lars came to PBA in 2004. A little short on high level experience, Lars was placed on the JV team. After an up and down first year at PBA, a post-season meeting with the coaches set the stage for an incredible stretch of College Baseball. In 2005, Lars led PBA to a CCBC Championship. He broke the record at the time for home runs and hits in a single season at PBA. His incredible 2005 season was rewarded with a scholarship to the University of Illinois. Again, Lars was a standout player at Illinois, leading the Fighting Illini in almost every offensive category in 2007. Lars was named the Big Ten Player of the Year. Following his college season, Lars was chosen in the 3rd round (102 Overall) of the 2007 MLB Draft. Over the next seven years Lars worked his way through the Rockies system up to Triple-A where he played with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2013. Lars retired from playing after the 2014 season. It wasn't long before he got himself involved on the coaching side of the game. Lars coached with the Florida gators for seven seasons and was a vital part of the program's success. Lars was instrumental in helping the Gators win their first NCAA National Title in 2017, and a run of four consecutive College World Series appearances from 2015-18. During his coaching tenure at Florida, the program won over 70% of their games, had 43 players drafted into the MLB, including seven firstrounders. Lars has recently moved into a new role as an assistant coach at Georgia State University. At the time of printing, the Panthers were 11-6 to start the 2022 spring season. Lars lives with his lovely wife Katie, who he met during his time in Florida. Katie was the head athletic trainer for the Gators softball team when they met. Thank you to Lars Davis for everything he has done for the baseball community. He is the epitome of what it means to be a PBA player. Stories of his work-ethic and teamfirst attitude are still told by Coach Hubka. Congratulations Lars, on being inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame for 2022! was still a dream. Glenn helped with building the amazing facilities at Lloyd Nolan Yard and has been instrumental in working with the Alberta Government and Lethbridge College to raise scholarship dollars for players. Even though Glenn has retired from his teaching role at Lethbridge College and his role as academic advisor for PBA, he is still on the fundraising committee for the Keith Jorgensen Memorial Golf Tournament. This tournament has been a key fundraiser for PBA, and Glenn has put countless hours into organizing and raising funds for this great event. Glenn has been married to his lovely wife Penny for 50 years. If you ever get the opportunity to speak with Glenn about his family, you will find he is a tremendously proud father of four amazing boys Matt, Charlie, Mike and Mark. Thank you to Glenn Secretan for all he has done for the Prairie Baseball Academy, and congratulations on being inducted into our Hall of Fame for 2022!</p>]]></content:encoded></item><item><title><![CDATA[PBAAA Recognizes HOF Class of 2021]]></title><description><![CDATA[Shirley McClellan Prairie Baseball Academy (PBA) wishes to introduce the Honorable Shirley McClellan into the Builder/Community Leader...]]></description><link>https://www.prairiebaseball.com/post/pbaaa-recognizes-hof-class-of-2021</link><guid isPermaLink="false">63ef295dd8a49e2fbd709a8f</guid><pubDate>Fri, 17 Feb 2023 08:06:58 GMT</pubDate><enclosure url="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_c61d8f4204b749f2ab88582a1daf6590~mv2.png/v1/fit/w_500,h_750,al_c,q_80/file.png" length="0" type="image/png"/><dc:creator>tycartwright</dc:creator><content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong>Shirley McClellan</strong></p><figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_c61d8f4204b749f2ab88582a1daf6590~mv2.png/v1/fit/w_500,h_750,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p>Prairie Baseball Academy (PBA) wishes to introduce the Honorable Shirley McClellan into the Builder/Community Leader category of our Hall of Fame.</p>
  119. <p> </p>
  120. <p>She currently resides in New Brigden, Alberta where she farms with her husband, Lloyd, and their family.</p>
  121. <p> </p>
  122. <p>Shirley was born in Hanna, Alberta, where she learned early on about the importance of education. Shirley knew that you needed to find ways to stand at the front of the line if you wanted to accomplish your goals. Be it with sports, politics or in life, Shirley always found a way to stand at the front of the line. Shirley's work ethic and passion for her community to this day, make her an incredible addition to our PBA Hall of Fame. </p>
  123. <p> </p>
  124. <p>Shirley was first elected to the Alberta legislature in 1989, and served her constituents until she resigned in January 2007. Shirley served six terms as the member of the Legislature for Drumheller/Stettler. Oddly enough, Ralph Klein resigned the same day as Shirley. Makes you wonder who really was in charge of the Alberta Government during the Ralph Klein era!</p>
  125. <p> </p>
  126. <p>Shirley held numerous senior cabinet posts over the years, including: Minister of Health, Minister responsible for the Wild Rose Foundation; Minister responsible for the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission; Minister Responsible for Seniors; Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations; Minister of Agriculture; Minister of Finance; Chair of the Treasury Board; and probably her most passionate appointment, Minister of Community Development. Shirley was appointed to this post in 1996. However, as her role changed within government, Shirley always made sure to stay involved in Community Development.  It was here where Shirley’s passions were exhibited to the citizens of Alberta. She was always willing to lend an ear for projects, that would better Alberta communities. She was very influential and successfully directed government monies for well thought-out parks and community centers. She was always there for her community. </p>
  127. <p> </p>
  128. <p>Shirley had a vision and recognized the value that hockey rinks, community centers, parks and baseball fields brought to communities. She visualized an environment where people could come together to be involved in an activity.     </p>
  129. <p> </p>
  130. <p>Such was the case with the Lloyd Nolan Yard baseball facility. Shirley McClellan was instrumental in the construction of the Lloyd Nolan Yard facility. She could see the value that the Lloyd Nolan complex brought to the baseball community in Alberta and Canada. Shirley loved to watch baseball – she frequented games in Las Vegas, Ottawa, and, of course, at Lloyd Nolan Yard. Shirley took a keen interest in developing student-athletes in a first of its kind college baseball program in Southern Alberta.</p>
  131. <p> </p>
  132. <p>It took visionaries like our 2021 PBA HOF inductees to see a project of this magnitude through. Today, there are close to a dozen high school and college baseball academies competing each year in Alberta. The growth of baseball would not have been possible without individuals such as Shirley McClellan. For that, the PBA family owes her our sincerest gratitude.</p>
  133. <p> </p>
  134. <p>The Prairie Baseball Academy would like to officially congratulate Ms. Shirley McClellan, on her induction into our PBA Hall of Fame for the class of 2021 in the “Builder/Community Leader” category.</p>
  135. <p> </p>
  136. <p><strong>Clint Dunford</strong></p><figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_7f5ccf157edf48d8bcc5ee6908123567~mv2.png/v1/fit/w_422,h_383,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p>Prairie Baseball Academy (PBA) wishes to introduce Clint Dunford into the Builder/Community Leader category of our Hall of Fame.</p>
  137. <p> </p>
  138. <p>Clint’s impact on Lethbridge extends beyond baseball, but PBA is incredibly thankful for his support over the years.</p>
  139. <p> </p>
  140. <p>In the early days of PBA, Clint was the Minister of Advanced Education. At the time, neither the University of Lethbridge or Lethbridge College were that interested in having an affiliated team. When the organization started having conversations about being an independent academy, Clint suggested that they allow students to attend both programs to increase the player pool and increase student opportunity. He initiated the dual school program, which remains in place at PBA to this day. Close to one-thousand student athletes have benefited from being allowed this educational flexibility in Lethbridge.</p>
  141. <p> </p>
  142. <p>While Minister of Advanced Education, Clint (and Shirley) introduced PBA to the Heritage Fund. The Heritage fund matched PBA dollar for dollar. The funds were used for scholarships to support PBA players, which were desperately needed at the time. Clint and Shirley were key to the PBA scholarship program that has grown to give out anywhere from $60,000-$80,000 annually, to PBA players.  </p>
  143. <p> </p>
  144. <p>Once the scholarships were in place, Clint told Coach Kubicek that his office door was open, and Kub could get ahold of him any time he needed it. Coach Kubicek took him up on that! The vision was always that the PBA needed its own facility. Meetings with the University were unsuccessful. At the College, little headway was made. They had started setting up plans to build at the College, but those plans fell by the wayside. At the time, Clint was involved in Economic Development for the provincial government, and stepped in to approach the city of Lethbridge. Clint suggested that they donate land to the Academy. When asked to talk about Clint’s influence on PBA, Coach Kubicek vividly remembered Rick and Clint standing at the current site of Lloyd Nolan Yard looking down into what was a shallow coulee. Back in those days, it was barren and filled with garbage including a memorable old fridge. Clint and Rick went to city council and were determined that this was the spot. Clint was the behind-the-scenes guy for the land donation. When they broke ground at what is now Lloyd Nolan Yard, Clint turned over the first shovel of dirt.</p>
  145. <p> </p>
  146. <p>Clint Dunford was integral to the development of the facility at Lloyd Nolan Yard, and the Prairie Baseball Academy as an educational program. To all those that know Clint, to call him integral is still an understatement. The Prairie Baseball Academy would like to officially congratulate Clint Dunford on his induction into our PBA Hall of Fame for the class of 2021 in the “Builder/Community Leader” category.</p>
  147. <p> </p>
  148. <p><strong>Rick Williams</strong></p><figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_4ac1fba8bc9e45efb479fd161c3cd9c8~mv2.png/v1/fit/w_307,h_411,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p>Prairie Baseball Academy (PBA) wishes to introduce Rick Williams into the Builder/Community Leader category of our Hall of Fame.</p>
  149. <p> </p>
  150. <p>Rick Williams’ influence on the Prairie Baseball Academy started in the first half of 1998. Rick was the Manager of Parks and Recreation with the City of Lethbridge. Lethbridge City Council had been bombarded with inquiries to build another baseball facility, a facility that the newly inducted PBA could call home. The inquiries came predominantly from a special group of men, recognized as our 2020 HOF inductees. Keith Jorgensen, Doug Jones, Rick Paskal and Coach Kubicek were persistent to the core. Eventually City Council decided to move ahead and the project was assigned to Rick Williams. This was Rick’s introduction to the Prairie Baseball Academy.</p>
  151. <p> </p>
  152. <p>Rick Williams met with this group of individuals. After hearing about the plan, he could have easily put the project and the dream on hold. After all, it was going to be a massive project! Rick did quite the opposite. He jumped into the project headfirst and asserted himself in ways not traditional of a near-retirement civic employee. The wheels were put in motion and tenders for the project were opened to the public. The estimates that came in were three times higher than the “dream team” had budgeted. PBA thought the dream may be dead before it even got started. Rick wasn’t going to let that happen. He stepped up and took on the position of general contractor for the construction of the baseball field and indoor facility at Lloyd Nolan Yard himself. Ricks new job description (unbeknownst to the city) included: Recreation and Parks Manager, Lloyd Nolan General Contractor and PBA/City of Lethbridge official liaison.</p>
  153. <p>
  154. Rick’s tireless effort over the following months is one of the many reasons Lloyd Nolan Yard is home to PBA today. Rick took pride in the project and used the budget as efficiently as possible. Rick’s vast experience allowed for some minor rule-bending during construction, which saved PBA thousands of dollars in the long run. Rick carried the burden of accountability on this project all the way up the ladder to the mayor’s office. Rick’s persistence and dedication to the project helped the PBA family literally build their dream baseball facility. At the time, and to this day, Lloyd Nolan yard remains one of the premier college baseball facilities in Canada.</p>
  155. <p> </p>
  156. <p>The Prairie Baseball Academy like to officially congratulate Rick on his induction into the PBA Hall of Fame for the class of 2021 in the “Builder” category.</p>
  157. <p> </p>]]></content:encoded></item><item><title><![CDATA[PBA Hall of Fame 2020]]></title><description><![CDATA[The Prairie Baseball Academy is excited and humbled to be celebrating 25 years. Although the program has faced adversity, it has grown...]]></description><link>https://www.prairiebaseball.com/post/pba-hall-of-fame-2019</link><guid isPermaLink="false">63ef2a327121563ab2495711</guid><pubDate>Fri, 17 Feb 2023 07:21:38 GMT</pubDate><enclosure url="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_a6a1fb6cfdf648afb00cdf65f6fcae97~mv2.png/v1/fit/w_454,h_526,al_c,q_80/file.png" length="0" type="image/png"/><dc:creator>tycartwright</dc:creator><content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Prairie Baseball Academy is excited and humbled to be celebrating 25 years.</p>
  158. <p>Although the program has faced adversity, it has grown into an incredible success story for our community. Countless people have volunteered their time to grow the program and expand the facility.</p>
  159. <p>It is with great pleasure that we introduce the Prairie Baseball Academy Hall of Fame (HOF) to recognize these individuals. Without their support, we would not have been able to provide over 700 players with the opportunity to pursue baseball at the collegiate level.</p>
  160. <p><strong> </strong></p>
  161. <p>A committee has been created to assist with processing nominations for eligible coaches, players, board members or community volunteers. These seven men, with the exception of Mr. Secretan are alumni of the program and are excited to be able to help elect the first members into our Hall of Fame on February 1st, 2020 at our annual Celebration of Baseball Banquet.  </p>
  162. <p><strong> </strong></p>
  163. <p>The committee includes the following members:</p>
  164. <p><strong> </strong></p>
  165. <p>·         Glenn Secretan - Current PBA President</p>
  166. <p>·         Denny Puszkar (1996-98)</p>
  167. <p>·         Myles Fletcher (1998-2000)</p>
  168. <p>·         Craig Paskal (2001-04)</p>
  169. <p>·         Omar Kadir (2003-05)</p>
  170. <p>·         Jesse Sawyer (2006-08)</p>
  171. <p>·         Evan Comeau (2011-13)</p>
  172. <p> </p>
  173. <p>This year’s inductees are notable for their commitment to building the game, both on and off the field. We will be unveiling all 2020 inductees as we lead up to the banquet on February 1st. </p>
  174.  
  175. <p><strong>  Coach Kubicek</strong></p>
  176. <figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_a6a1fb6cfdf648afb00cdf65f6fcae97~mv2.png/v1/fit/w_454,h_526,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p>It is with great honor that our first inductee into the PBA Hall of Fame is none other than our first coach, Blair Kubicek. </p>
  177. <p>Coach Kubicek moved to Lethbridge in the summer of 1995 and began working on recruiting the first ever PBA team. The Academy took to the field at Henderson Stadium on September 4th, 1995 with 52 players eager to show off their skills. The first year of the program had many hurdles to overcome and Coach Kubicek was determined to make Prairie Baseball Academy into a powerhouse college baseball program that could compete with similar programs across North America. Under Kubicek’s reign as head coach from 1995-2010 he compiled a 353-279-3 record.  During his fifteen years with the program 110 players went on to 4-year institutions, and 27 players were drafted or signed into professional baseball. Coach Kubicek’s blue collar mentality has stayed with the Prairie Baseball Academy to this day and is one of the many reasons PBA has been so successful over the last 25 years. Coach Kubicek spoke on attitude and mentality all the time. We would like to leave you with a passage that Coach used at PBA for many years:</p>
  178. <p>The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a team, a company, or a family. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for the day, in school and at the yard. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. So, it is with you and your teammates, we are in charge of our attitudes. If we think we “can” or if we think we “cannot” we are right. </p>
  179. <p>Committee member Omar Kadir had the privilege of contacting Coach Kubicek to inform him of his induction, and had this to say about their conversation:</p>
  180. <p>“Coach Kubicek was very honoured to be receiving this Hall of Fame induction. He spoke highly of his time at PBA and really values the relationships he made with players and staff.” <strong>Congratulations Coach Kubicek on being the first member named to the PBA Hall of Fame!</strong></p>
  181. <p> </p>
  182. <p> </p>
  183. <p><strong>  Keith Jorgensen</strong></p><figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_31dedfd2c79f45fdabf1d2d0e3bdbc5e~mv2.png/v1/fit/w_309,h_400,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p>Our second inductee into the PBA Hall of Fame will be Keith Jorgensen. Unfortunately Keith passed away after a long battle with cancer in 2016. Keith will be honoured posthumously by his wife Beverley Jorgensen at this years banquet. The PBA staff would like to thank Bev for writing the following passage about Keith and his influence on the Prairie Baseball Academy from the very beginning:</p>
  184. <p>Prairie Baseball Academy was truly a dream program for four visionary men.  In the summer of 1993 Doug Jones (President of Alberta Baseball), Blair Kubicek (Coach at Edmonds College) , Reed Spencer (Scout for Colorado Rockies) and Dale Tilleman (Scout for the New York Yankees) had  an inspiring conversation in regard to a Canadian College Baseball program.   From this simple but profound idea they then approached Alberta Sport Council for support and the sport council responded quickly with a great deal of enthusiasm.  Doug, Dale and Reed added a new recruit, Keith Jorgensen to their roster and they headed to Medicine Hat to meet with Wayne Schlosser, Lovell McDonnell and Kevin Friesen.  In October 1994, Keith was elected the first President of PBA, Doug, the Vice-President, Dale, the Secretary-Treasurer and Board members were: Reed Spencer, Wayne Schlosser and Wayne Guenter.  And Prairie Baseball Academy was established.  </p>
  185. <p>Keith served as President from 1994-2001.  Many challenges were forthcoming in the early years as the program took shape.  Keith was instrumental in drafting the PBA Constitution and PBA Mission Statement.  As partnerships were formed with the University of Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Community College educational needs of the students were met.  Between these two institutions, student athletes are able to receive excellent training in almost any field that they might choose to enter.  Many meetings were held with the City of Lethbridge to develop a plan for a much needed facility.  Construction was soon underway and Lloyd Nolan Yard became a reality with a grand opening in September 1999.  PBA sponsored many winter and summer Instructional, Conditioning, Hitting and Pitching Seminars and Camps for youth in Southern Alberta.  Coaches and Umpires Conventions were offered in conjunction with the annual PBA Awards Banquet.  </p>
  186. <p>Keith served on the Board of Directors from 1994-2016 as the Business/Promotions manager.  He had a variety of responsibilities:  player registration, fund-raising, media guide program, awards banquet chairman, tournament organizer, and could almost always be found during home games at the barbecue or helping out in the concession.   </p>
  187. <p>As the program grew and young men came from all across Canada to hone their baseball skills with a desire to gain an education in their chosen career paths, Keith envisioned a Scholarship program that would encourage and help them to achieve both of these goals.  And so the PBA Caddie Classic was formed.  His goal was to bring together a community of like-minded golfers, to introduce them to PBA Baseball players and have a fun and rewarding day playing golf.  To Keith’s delight the first PBA Golf Tournament was a great success which resulted in a very successful Scholarship program too.  </p>
  188. <p>Prairie Baseball Academy was the perfect venue for Keith.  He loved children, teaching, baseball, golf and being involved in his community.  The Academy certainly provided Keith the opportunity to do all that he held dear to his heart and more.</p>
  189. <p>As his family we feel a deep sense of pride that Keith will have a place of honor on the Wall of Fame for Prairie Baseball Academy.  We know how much he loved baseball and especially this program, so we thank you for this tribute to his legacy.   </p>
  190. <p>Beverley Jorgensen and Family  </p>
  191. <p> </p>
  192. <p> </p>
  193. <p>​​<strong>Rick Paskal</strong></p>
  194. <figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_606c081fa3b14bf6976b3a9de9bb6d3f~mv2.png/v1/fit/w_1000,h_1000,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p>Prairie Baseball Academy would like to recognize Rick Paskal as the next inductee into our Hall of Fame. Rick was one of the original gold sponsors of the PBA program. Rick served as the second President of PBA from 1998-2002. It was clear from day one that Rick valued the community and had a vision to produce a state of the art facility at Lloyd Nolan Yard. Rick spent countless hours working with contractors and the City of Lethbridge to create a baseball facility that could be home to a Canadian college baseball program. Rick did all of this work while running his own successful trucking, cattle and feedlot business.</p>
  195. <p>Rick was a firm believer that academics must come first for PBA to thrive. He always made sure to acknowledge both post-secondary institutions and the vital role they played in the success of the program. All three of his sons: Kurtis, Kevin, and Craig played for PBA and have since joined the family operation out in Picture Butte, AB. </p>
  196. <p>Rick and the Paskal family have remained incredibly supportive of PBA through the years, donating thousands of dollars at fundraisers and banquets. The Paskal Family purchase the PBA Work Package in our live auction at the PBA Banquet almost every single year. The players come out to the farm for a day and pick hundreds of rocks out of the fields. Waiting for them at the end of the day is one of the best steak dinners you can imagine, all the fixings, for thirty or more hungry young players, it is a sight to see. Simply said, our program would not be the same without Rick’s commitment, leadership, and strong values. We appreciate your dedication to our community and belief that pursuing a career in baseball is best paired with strong values and a quality education.</p>
  197. <p>Two of our Hall of Fame Committee members (Picture Above from left to right: Craig Paskal, Rick Paskal, Denny Puszkar) along with Coach Hubka were able to get out to Picture Butte before the holidays to speak with Rick about what this honour means to him. As always, Rick was hesitant and humbled by the praise he was receiving. Rick continued to say “He was a little unsure what he did to deserve such a big honour, he was just being a dad.” Which sums up what an amazing person Rick is. </p>
  198. <p>We at the Prairie Baseball Academy cannot thank Rick enough for being an amazing father, and literally helping build Lloyd Nolan Yard. <strong>Congratulations Rick Paskal on being named to the PBA Hall of Fame! </strong></p>
  199. <p> </p>
  200. <p><strong>Doug Jones</strong></p>
  201. <figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_8a0f9181ddeb464e8cdae4c705cc45d5~mv2.png/v1/fit/w_1000,h_1000,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p>The Prairie Baseball Academy is excited to announce our next inductee into the PBA Hall of Fame. Doug Jones commitment to baseball in Southern Alberta has been unbelievable over the last 25 years. Not only did Doug help start the Prairie Baseball Academy, he was involved in the start of the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball and The Badlands Baseball Academy. To top it all off Doug was instrumental in the expansion of the Alberta teams to the Western Major Baseball League in 2001 (Since re-named the Western Canadian Baseball League WCBL). Doug is a true visionary in every sense of the word. We at the Prairie Baseball Academy are honoured to be able to induct Doug into our Hall of Fame. </p>
  202. <p>(<strong>From left to right: Myles Fletcher, Doug Jones, Jesse Sawyer</strong>)</p>
  203. <p>The vision of PBA began in the summer of 1993. Doug Jones and Blair  Kubicek were standing behind the backstop at Optimist Park in Calgary watching a Midget AAA Provincial Tournament game. Doug was there as President of Baseball Alberta and Blair was there scouting for the Cleveland Indians. As they talked Doug discovered that Blair was also the Head Coach of the Edmonds Community College Baseball Team and he asked Blair if he thought a Junior College program could survive in Canada. The game they were watching suddenly became of little importance and college baseball in Canada became the only topic of conversation. By the end of that Saturday they were sure they could start a program; of course nobody knew where it would be based or where the money was going to come from but they knew it could be done. Over the next few months Lethbridge was selected as the location to form this new academy and in the Fall of 1995 the first 50+ PBA players took to the field at Henderson Stadium. </p>
  204. <p>PBA Alumnus Aaron Lavorato had this to say about Doug:</p>
  205. <p>"These baseball programs have created pathways for players and coaches and have provided exposure to priceless and instrumental life experiences. These experiences would not have been available without the dedication and tireless commitment of Mr. Jones."</p>
  206. <p><strong>Congratulations to Doug Jones on being named to the PBA Hall of Fame!</strong></p>
  207. <p> </p>
  208. <p><strong>Larry Nolan</strong></p>
  209. <p>The Prairie Baseball Academy is proud to next induct Larry Nolan into our Hall of Fame. </p>
  210.  
  211. <p>Prairie Baseball Academy owes an overwhelming debt of gratitude to Larry Nolan for his generous support from the very beginning of the PBA program.  </p>
  212.  
  213. <p>Larry was first introduced and fell in love with the game of baseball as a youngster.  He and his cousin, Keith Jorgensen (also inducted into the PBA HOF in 2020) played on the same Little League team in 1955. When the boys got a little older, Lloyd Nolan, Larry’s older brother coached them and shared the same passion for baseball as the two young men. </p>
  214.  
  215. <p>In 1996, Keith Jorgensen and Coach Kubicek met with Larry at his home. The group of men sat at the kitchen table and Larry was asked if he would become a Gold Sponsor of PBA.  Larry said yes and was elated that he had an opportunity to give back to a baseball program in Southern Alberta.  This was the beginning of an incredible relationship between Larry and PBA that has lasted through to this day. </p>
  216.  
  217. <p>Fast forward to 1997, Rick Paskal and Coach Kubicek approached Larry in regard to a donation towards the construction of a new facility for PBA.  Once again Larry answered with a resounding yes!  The wheels were set in motion,  The City of Lethbridge was on board, a location was determined and construction began under the expertise of Rick Williams.  Coach Kubicek and Rick Paskal were the driving forces behind getting the facilities built:  Blair had the vision, and Rick  was the “man who walked with a big stick.”  Larry was so pleased to see the speed with which the facility took shape.  Not long after breaking ground on the North Side of Lethbridge was the facility complete, the only detail left was to add a name to the facility.  The Nolan family was consulted and it was determined that this baseball complex would be named “Lloyd Nolan Yard.”  </p>
  218.  
  219. <figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_0140ff8c5475438180531128b8c4b065~mv2.png/v1/fit/w_1000,h_1000,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p>Recently, Larry was asked “Why would you choose to contribute in such a large way?” </p>
  220. <p>Larry replied  “In my business I have had an opportunity to help others and I am grateful that I could.” Larry expressed how special it is to have had baseball players approach him, shake his hand and say thank you.  These special moments to Larry are what have made it all worthwhile. Baseball has always had a tender spot in Larry’s heart and he is so pleased that PBA has brought the best to Southern Alberta.  A closing thought from Larry and a quote:</p>
  221. <p>“Baseball has grown so much over the last 25 years, and it is clear the role that the Prairie Baseball Academy has had contributing to that growth.”</p>
  222. <p><strong>(Left: Larry Nolan, Right: Denny Puszkar)</strong></p>
  223.  
  224. <p><strong>Congratulations Larry Nolan on being inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame!</strong></p>
  225.  
  226. <p> </p>
  227. <p> </p>
  228. <p><strong>Dustin Molleken</strong></p>
  229.  
  230. <figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_394a5154d801429ea564658610d46aeb~mv2.png/v1/fit/w_1000,h_1000,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p>Our 6th and final inductee into the PBA Hall of Fame for 2020 is Dustin Molleken. Dustin is the first and only player from PBA to play in the MLB. Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Dustin came to PBA in 2003 after playing with the Canadian Junior National Team. Dustin had a successful year with PBA and was drafted in the 15th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dustin was 18 years old in 2003, he is 35 years old now, still competing at the highest level. Dustin will represent Canada at the 2020 Olympic qualifier in Arizona this March and hopefully at the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan this summer. Dustin has had an incredible career spanning close to two decades in the game of baseball and we are proud to say that PBA was one of the early stops on Dustin’s journey. </p>
  231. <p>
  232. The PBA coaching staff is extremely proud to boast about Dustin’s success. The following list is a glimpse into what this man has accomplished and where Dustin has been in his baseball career:</p>
  233. <p> </p>
  234. <p>
  235. 2002 Played for the Canadian Junior National Team</p>
  236. <p>2003 Played at PBA. Drafted by the Pirates in the 15th Round</p>
  237. <p>2003-2011 Played in the Pirates organization</p>
  238. <p>2011 Signed with the Colorado Rockies (AA, AAA)</p>
  239. <p>2011 Competed with Team Canada at the Pan Am Games. Won Gold. </p>
  240. <p>2012/13 Signed in Japan for the Nippon Ham Fighters. </p>
  241. <p>First ever Canadian player to pitch in the Japan World Series.</p>
  242. <p>2014 Signed with the Milwaukee Brewers (AAA - Nashville Sounds)</p>
  243. <p>2015 Signed with the Cleveland Indians (AAA - Columbus Clippers)</p>
  244. <p>2016 Signed with the Detroit Tigers (AAA - Toledo Mud Hens)</p>
  245. <p>2016 Made his big league debut on July 4th Vs. Cleaveland Indians</p>
  246. <p>Pitched against the Toronto Blue Jays @ Rogers Centre</p>
  247. <p>2017 Played with the Toledo Mud Hens</p>
  248. <p>2018 Played with the Somerset Patriots in the Atlantic League</p>
  249. <p>2019 Competed with Team Canada at the Pan Am Games. Won Silver.</p>
  250. <p>2020 Will compete in the 2020 Olympic Qualifier</p>
  251. <p>2020 Hopefully Team Canada qualifies and Dustin is in Tokyo for the Olympics.</p>
  252. <p>
  253. Coach Hubka had this to say about Dustin and what he means to PBA:</p>
  254. <p>
  255. “Dustin was only with us for one year, but he was one of the best teammates and players a coach could ask for. The guy would give you the shirt off his back in a snowstorm, it's just the kind of person he is. The Prairie Baseball Academy is proud to have Dustin as an alumni and a role model for our current players to look up to. Dustin has accomplished a tremendous amount in his life because of baseball, including his beautiful family that we are so very excited will be joining us at the banquet on February 1st to receive this honour.”</p>
  256. <p>
  257. <strong>Congratulations Dustin on being the first former PBA player to be named to the Hall of Fame! </strong></p>
  258. <p> </p>]]></content:encoded></item><item><title><![CDATA[2023 PBA Hall of Fame Inductees]]></title><description><![CDATA[Natasha Buis-Deering The Prairie Baseball Academy is honoured to induct Natasha Buis Deering into our Hall of Fame. A true leader in...]]></description><link>https://www.prairiebaseball.com/post/2023-pba-hall-of-fame-inductees</link><guid isPermaLink="false">63bf0530c9d7144727755b62</guid><pubDate>Wed, 11 Jan 2023 18:54:37 GMT</pubDate><enclosure url="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_6622635dfceb46ad8839e7e9f81cd4b4~mv2.png/v1/fit/w_757,h_740,al_c,q_80/file.png" length="0" type="image/png"/><dc:creator>PBA </dc:creator><content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong>Natasha Buis-Deering</strong></p><figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_6622635dfceb46ad8839e7e9f81cd4b4~mv2.png/v1/fit/w_757,h_740,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p>The Prairie Baseball Academy is honoured to induct Natasha Buis Deering into our Hall of Fame. A true leader in every sense, she has been integral in helping student athletes on their academic journeys.  </p>
  259. <p> </p>
  260. <p>Over the last 20 years, Natasha has worked with PBA players at both Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge. For anyone who has worked with or alongside Natasha, they’ll agree that her passion is unmatched. She truly believes in the transformative experience that takes place when we go to College or University, and nowhere is that more obvious than at Prairie Baseball Academy.</p>
  261. <p> </p>
  262. <p>Back at the college, Natasha’s office overlooked the Centre Core where the players would sit, always proudly decked out in their PBA gear. The players almost never booked appointments but, instead, would knock on her window and ask to talk. Natasha almost always said yes. Naturally, these impromptu meetings would drive the receptionist crazy! It demonstrates her willingness to put students first – a trait that’s only boldened over her tenure in the post-secondary sector.</p>
  263. <p> </p>
  264. <p>Whether advising students on which courses to take, helping with registration, building transfer relationships, or giving a much-needed pep talk, Natasha recognized that each player was unique, with different backgrounds and experiences, and different levels of talent and goals. She understood the pressure these high performing student-athletes were under and gave real meaning to the phrase ‘happy to help’.</p>
  265. <p> </p>
  266. <p>Natasha has been instrumental in assisting our student athletes pursue their passions on and off the field. She has had a front row seat to the transformation undergone by hundreds of players as they grew into academic scholars, career professionals, incredible athletes, successful entrepreneurs, and impressive human beings. Natasha stills cheers players on long after they have moved on to new careers, programs, and lives.</p>
  267. <p> </p>
  268. <p>She’s always been a fan of the sport and even played until she was in her early 20s. She knows how much players and their families sacrifice for them to be out on that diamond, making a name for themselves and their team. She continues to share her love of the sport and our program by bringing her daughter, husband, and friends along to cheer for the Prairie Baseball Academy.   </p>
  269. <p> </p>
  270. <p>The amount she knows about the post-secondary roadmap and how to be a successful student-athlete is impressive. Even more impressive is Natasha’s genuine ability to connect with anyone at any time on any subject. She’s one of those rare people who just gets it. Natasha, we’re so lucky to have had you in our corner all these years.</p>
  271. <p>Congratulations to Natasha Buis-Deering on being inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2023! </p>
  272.  
  273.  
  274. <p><strong>Les McTavish</strong></p><figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_b5fd133457bd4637881caa97d202d52a~mv2.png/v1/fit/w_764,h_871,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p>The Prairie Baseball Academy and the PBA Alumni Association are extremely excited to be honoring Les McTavish with induction into the PBA Hall of Fame for 2023. Les is being inducted based on his accomplishments as both a player and a coach.</p>
  275. <p> </p>
  276. <p>McTavish is originally from Stettler, Alberta, and had a very successful youth baseball career. Les competed for Team Alberta from 1994-97. He played in the Canada Cup, Western Canada Summer Games and finished in third place at the 1997 Canada Summer Games.</p>
  277. <p> </p>
  278. <p>Following his youth playing days, McTavish took his talents to Lethbridge where he was part of the first season of the Prairie Baseball Academy in 1995-96. With talent, work ethic and strong academics, McTavish was the first PBA player to receive a scholarship to a United States school. McTavish competed for four years at NCAA Division 1, Washington State University as a relief pitcher. He still boasts the second most pitching appearances in school history. McTavish showed later generations of PBA players that it was possible to not only move on after PBA, but to be an impact player at the next level. Since 1995-96, well over 200 student-athletes have moved on from the Prairie Baseball Academy to 4-year schools in North America.</p>
  279. <p> </p>
  280. <p>Following his playing days, McTavish jumped straight into coaching, and has built one of the finest baseball coaching resumes in provincial history. McTavish has had coaching stints with Lethbridge American Legion (1998-2001), PBA (2001-02), Team Alberta (2002), Lethbridge Bulls (2002-04), Canadian Junior National Team (2004-08, 2021/22), Guest Coach/Scout for the Seattle Mariners (2001-2020), and Philadelphia Phillies Scout 2021-present. McTavish has also had the honour of managing the World Team against Team USA at two Super Series, the 1st in Phoenix in 2018 and Boston at Fenway Park in 2019. </p>
  281. <p> </p>
  282. <p>McTavish’s coaching experiences culminated in the creation of the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball in 2006. The first of its kind in Canada, McTavish wanted an academy-style experience for elite high school baseball players from across Canada. With hard work, dedication and an incredible group of people around him, McTavish has grown Vauxhall Baseball into one of the premiere high school baseball academies in Canada. Since the inception in 2006, over 130 players have moved on to play professional and/or collegiate baseball following their time in Vauxhall. McTavish has had 18 players picked in the MLB draft or signed professional contracts.</p>
  283. <p> </p>
  284. <p>It is safe to say McTavish has had an incredible career in baseball, and he continues to better himself as a coach and as a person. VAB was the catalyst that generated close to a dozen high school academies in Alberta as of 2022. Youth baseball players have never had more options to improve their skills and continue the dream of playing collegiate baseball. The landscape of Alberta Baseball has been forever changed by McTavish’s vision.
  285.  
  286. The Prairie Baseball Academy is so proud to be able to induct such a great man, and a great baseball mind into our Hall of Fame, Congratulations Les!</p>
  287.  
  288. <p><strong>Les Colwill</strong></p><figure><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e8c6a_a94a95885be44839b17dad3fa2548a72~mv2.png/v1/fit/w_180,h_274,al_c,q_80/file.png"  ></figure><p>The Prairie Baseball Academy Alumni Association is honoured to be inducting Les Colwill into the PBA Hall of Fame for 2023. Like many other PBA HOF members previously inducted, Les was a huge supporter of PBA during the early years. A true volunteer in every sense of the word, Les was always a friendly face, open for a conversation and had some of the best stories to tell from his own athletic career. Les had a very successful hockey career, including a stint with the New York Rangers in 1958-59 playing against the likes of: Gordie Howe, Jean Beliveau, Bobby Hull and Frank Mohovlich in a rough and tough era of professional hockey. </p>
  289. <p> </p>
  290. <p>Les’ major contribution to the Prairie Baseball Academy came each year with the golf tournament. When Les took over as the lead organizer the tournament was a minor fundraiser for PBA. With his boots on the ground, face-to-face approach Les was able to grow the tournament into one of PBA’s major fundraisers. The PBA golf tournament, since renamed the Keith Jorgensen Memorial Scholarship Tournament has raised countless thousands of dollars over the 27 years PBA has been in existence. Since Les was forced to hand the reigns over due to his failing health, the tournament has only continued to grow. Last year PBA was honoured to have over 40 alumni participate and close to $30,000 was raised to directly fund PBA player scholarships.</p>
  291. <p> </p>
  292. <p>As previously mentioned, Les has faced some severe health issues over the last few years including a loss of vision. He still lives in Lethbridge with his lovely wife Carol. The PBAAA wanted to make sure to honor such a vital contributor to the early years of PBA. A lot of Les’s other contributions to the Prairie Baseball Academy have been lost through the passage of time, but it is well known that our annual golf tournament would be nowhere near where it is today without Mr. Les Colwill.
  293.  
  294. Thank you Les for everything you have done for this program and congratulations on being inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame!</p>]]></content:encoded></item></channel></rss>
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