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Next week’s paper

From celebrating 90-plus birthdays to recognition of high school football players, the November 23rd issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald has it all. Check it out for those things plus:

  • a mish-mash of winter weather forecasts – what do you think will happen this winter?!
  • Unity’s senior men’s hockey team, the Miners, is made up entirely of local players, most of whom grew up in Unity and are Unity Minor Hockey alumni – find out who they are!
  • some Movember challengers and their “before” photos; and
  • the names of all the local winners in the Unity Legion’s annual Remembrance Day poster, essay and poem contest.

Check out the ads for Delta Co-op’s 12 Days of Christmas promotion, newspaper holiday deadlines, Provost Livestock cattle sales, UMP’s Black Friday event and Santa Day details.

Below, the graduating players of the Unity Composite High School Warriors football team present their coaches with tokens of appreciation on behalf of all players.

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Trophies, plaques and accolades at Miners’ Awards Night

Starting out with the Rookie of the Year award, won by Dustin McAleer, and ending with the Playoffs’ Most Valuable Player trophy going to Cory Grant, a total of 11 awards were handed out to members of the 2013-14 Unity Miners at their awards night March 28, held at the community centre hall in Unity, SK. The Rookie of the Year award was sponsored by the Jim Lee family and Gilbert Agencies sponsored the playoff MVP award.

The Miners claimed the Sask West Hockey League championship the weekend before, sweeping the Lloydminster Border Kings in three straight games.

miners behn1Forward Behn Robertson was the biggest winner, as the Miner’s top scorer of the season, sponsored by Wildeman’s Sports Excellence and as the best defensive forward, sponsored by Unity Motor Products.

Robertson was called to the stage at the Unity Community Centre a third time by MC and Miners’ manager Brent Weber as a co-winner of the season MVP award, along with goalie Cory Grant. The Miller brothers sponsored that award.

Best Defenceman, sponsored by the Peter Gartner family, went to Bobby Davey, while Brett Mosher was this year’s Unsung Hero, sponsored by Don Fesiuc. Dillon Belliveau was named the Most Improved Player, sponsored by Sperle’s Tire and Battery. The Delta Co-op’s Most Sportsmanlike Player award was won by Cody McCubbing.

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Captain Adam Shirley was chosen by the players as Most Popular; the award was sponsored by Cinema Satellite.

The coach and executive chose Michael Shirley as the recipient of the Lawrence Gordon Fesciuc Memorial Award, which goes to the player showing the most perseverance and dedication throughout the year.

With the Miners finishing the regular season in the Sask West Hockey League in fifth place with six wins and 14 losses, fans may have regarded their march to the championship victory as a bit of a Cinderella story. Manager Brent Weber, MC for the evening, said he always believed the championship was possible, even though there “were a few bumps along the way.”

Co-manager Jake Senger told the players, family members and fans it takes a “true team effort to win a championship. We do have a great team and we definitely want to see you guys back next fall.”

Coach Lorne Nielsen, who coached the Miners for the first time this year, said he knew the team had some top-end talent but had to ask himself whether he wanted to be dealing with some of the drinking and discipline issues which can come up in senior men’s hockey. He “stuck with it” and said, “I’m glad I did.”

With some injuries to key players in the playoffs, 50-year-old Nielsen and the rookies had to “fill some holes and give the front line a breather.” Nielsen concluded, “It’s pretty satisfying when you win something you’re not supposed to.”



Monday’s paper

You will see a LOT of hockey in Monday’s Unity-Wilkie Press-Herald. With Unity, SK minor hockey teams having an amazing season – three teams making it all the way to provincial finals, the Miners handing out awards after coming from fifth place in the league to win the league championship and even the neighbouring Wilkie, SK Outlaws winning the senior men’s provincial C title – they all deserved their spot in the paper!

If you’re not a hockey fan, never fear – it’s not all hockey! You will also be able to read about:

  • the history of the Delta Co-op Easter egg hunt;
  • the upcoming Unity Music Festival; and
  • regular features like the RCMP Report, our editorial page and Faith Matters,

as well as see some proposed new signage for Unity.

Never a dull week in our small town, it seems!

Behn Robertson, Unity SK

Rick Hill presents Behn Robertson with the Unity Miners’ Top Scorer Award at their awards banquet in Unity, Saskatchewan, March 28, 2014.

Unity wildlife awards and annual supper

With as many seated at the tables as possible without violating fire code regulations, some 300-plus people enjoyed pan-fried pike, moose roast, ginger venison, elk sausage and other wild game meats along with salads, baked potatoes and buns, at the Unity Community Centre Feb. 1.

The annual wildlife supper, put on by the Unity branch of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, is entirely prepared by volunteers who start preparations days ahead of the event. The calibre of the meal is evident from the sell-out of tickets each year.

Along with serving supper, club members do some fundraising with silent auction items, line draws and many raffle prizes. Memberships are also sold at the event. Each year, the Unity wildlife club sponsors a bursary for a graduating student. The club stocks Scott reservoir with rainbow trout and pays the power bill to keep the reservoir aerated. Donations have also been made to community projects such as long term care and emergency measures.

Antlers and heads from the 2013 hunting season were mounted on a wall at the front of the hall. The comment was made that, although there had been complaints there weren’t much in the way of “big” antlers last fall, the display put the lie to that statement.

unity wildlife awardsWhen it came time for the hunting and fishing awards, Tania Heck and Ed Lantz were each called to the podium twice. Heck had both the largest elk, with a score of 333 7/8, and the largest ladies’ whitetail deer, typical, scoring at 111 2/8. Lantz had the largest goose with a 13-pound, 14-ounce bird and the largest rainbow trout which weighed in at 5.01 pounds.

Also taking home trophies for their hunting prowess were the following club members: Lee McGonigle, largest typical whitetail, 150 2/8; Glen Heitt, largest non-typical whitetail, 137 5/8; Omer Desmarais, largest non-typical mule deer, 195; Debbie Baldwin, largest ladies’ mule deer, 176, non-typical; Bill Rissling, largest seniors’ whitetail, 149 3/8, typical; Brianna Elder, largest juniors’ mule deer, 131 2/8, typical; Scott Purcell, largest archery trophy, 156 3/8, non-typical whitetail and Kurt Elder, largest moose, 132 2/8.

A number of fishing prizes went unawarded. Other than Lantz, the only other winner was Dylan Ganter with the largest jackfish, weighing 18 pounds and three ounces.

Warriors’ year-end football banquet

Year-end awards for the 2013 football season were handed out at the UCHS football banquet Dec. 2. Team members, parents, coaches and other supporters of the Unity Composite High School Warriors football team attended the banquet and awards presentation.

The Warriors had what Coach Pat Orobko called a “very successful” year. The team made it into provincial playoffs as one of the top eight teams in the province in their category.

The students played a video with each player introducing himself and giving his number and position or positions played. Many players made the most of their opportunity to ham it up a little in front of the camera.

A video of highlights from the Warriors’ 2013 football season followed. Coach Pat Orobko commended Jonah Kopp and Darby Bisson on putting the video together.

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Blake Robertson, Darby Bisson and double award winner Nick Anderson, in the back row and Ryan Donald, Jonah Kopp and double award winner Justin Gerein show off the awards received at the UCHS Warriors year-end football banquet.

The first award handed out went to Darby Bisson as most improved player. Orobko said Darby “took his game to a new level this year.”

The top offensive player was quarterback Blake Robertson, who was commended for his “football sense” and the use of both his arms and legs.

There were two recipients for the Heart & Soul award. Orobko listed qualities of “leadership, desire, motivation and the ability to inspire others” before he called up Justin Gerein and Nick Anderson to receive the award.

Justin returned to the stage to receive the MVP award. Orobko said he was “the player you need on the field as much as possible and the player you miss the most when he’s not on the field.”

Coach Martin Berg went to the microphone to announce the defensive awards, calling up Nick Anderson as the top lineman of the year. Berg noted Nick won the same award in 2012 and said he was “a noticeable presence in every game.”

Ryan Donald, a Grade 11 student, was named rookie of the year, with his versatility particularly noted. In the final game, Ryan was on the field not only with the defence as a linebacker but also filled in on the end of the o-line when the offence was on the field.

Jonah Kopp won the top defensive player award, with Berg saying Jonah had “really stepped up his game the last two seasons.”

After the awards, graduating players Ridge Klotz, Adam Wallace, Nick Anderson, Jonah Kopp, Darby Bisson and Justin Gerein, were recognized for their contributions to the team.