News and Announcements
Baseball Alberta has awarded our very own “Mason Libich” with the Doris Taylor Scholarship for 2017. This scholarship is presented for post secondary studies to an athlete who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance, community service and strong athletic ability as a baseball player with Baseball Alberta.
Outstanding work Mason!
Congratulations to Jake Enright, the catcher of the AA Cardinals. Jake has been awarded the Baseball Alberta “AA” Player of the Year. This is an amazing accomplishment, and well deserving of Jake’s accomplishments during his career thus far. We couldn’t be prouder of Jake. He is an incredible young man with work ethic and drive rarely seen. Well done Jake!
Congratulations to Jim & Karen Poniewozik for being awarded the Baseball Canada Volunteer of the year! Karen and Jim have done some amazing work getting the Challenger program up and running in central Alberta. They begun their journey in Spruce Grove and continued on to St Albert, bringing the joy of baseball to kids of of all levels. I strongly recommend that you come and watch a challenger practice next year. It will be one of the most fulfilling experiences you’ve had in baseball.
Karen and Jim have established the Challenger baseball program in Spruce Grove, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Whitecourt and Grand Prairie with Wetaskiwin beginning shortly.
We are extremely proud to a part of the Challenger program and to have been part of Karen & Jim Poniewozik journey.
The 2017 Baseball Alberta Presidents Award has been given to Kurtus Millar! This award is presented each year to a Board Member selected by the President of Baseball Alberta for outstanding service to Baseball Alberta.
Kurtus was born in Yellowknife NWT in 1978. He lived in Peace River where he began his baseball career playing T-ball and continued with the Peace River Minor Baseball Association until Peewee. Good fortune would bring him to St Albert to begin his SAMBA career with the Peewee AAA team.
Kurtus would continue within the AAA ranks through Bantam and Midget.
Kurtus played two years with Team Alberta and represented our province in two Canada Cups. Kurtus then played for the Division 1 Merced Blue Devils in California.
His journey would then bring him back to St. Albert where he would play with the Jr. Tigers from 1998-2000. In 2001 through 2011 Kurtus played and coached the Sr Tigers.
• Sunburst League Batting Champion 2001+2005
• Tigers Rookie of the year 2001
• 2002 Sr AAA National Championship
• Tigers MVP 2005
• President St Albert Tigers 2013+2014
Kurtus had the privilege to have competed in 11 National Championships during his career Peewee to Sr AAA. In 2013, he played Sr Nationals with Tiger Alumni and won Gold in 2013.
In 2015, Kurtus was voted in as the President of SAMBA, where he remains to this day. St Albert is incredibly fortunate to have him and his incredible experience to help shape the next generation of baseball players within this great city.
SAMBA awarded “Large Association of the Year!” Baseball Alberta presents each year to small, medium and large Associations that have shown growth, organization and compliance with the various levels of Baseball Alberta programming. In other words, it is a result in the hundreds of individuals that volunteer thousands of hours throughout the year. Great Job St Albert!