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Unity Sports Wall of Fame inductions – Builders

At the 2015 Sports of Wall of Inductions held in the Unity Community Centre May 9, three individuals were inducted in the Builder category. To be eligible for induction as a Builder, an individual must have contributed 25 years or more to sports in Unity, Saskatchewan. All three 2015 Builder inductees were well over the 25-year mark in their contributions.

Jim Lee began his involvement with hockey in Unity when his son began playing 34 years ago. After his son ended his playing days, Jim volunteered with the Unity Miners and the Wild Goose Hockey League, helping the team win the senior A and senior AAA provincial championships in the early 1990s. He was also with the team for two league championships, one with the Wild Goose league and the other with the Sask West Hockey League.

The team won the SWHL championship again in 2014 and, although Jim had resigned in 2013, many of the players had started their senior careers under his reign.

Unity Sports Wall of FameJim was also on the organizing committee when Unity hosted the Allan Cup in 1996.

A contributor to multiple sports in Unity, Saskatchewan, Bob Burns has taught firearms safety in Unity for 54 years, completing his latest class the week before the 2015 induction ceremonies. He was a valued hockey referee for over 30 years, with Unity Minor Hockey, the Wild Goose League and the East Central Alberta League.

Unity Sports Wall of FameWith baseball, Bob was on the executive of the Unity Cardinals from 1962 to 1983, assisting to construct the Unity Cardinals facility still in use today. Bob is also a founding member of the Unity Golf Club, starting work in 1952, contributing tirelessly to make the Unity Golf Course the incredible facility it is. He is still an active member of the Unity Golf Club.

The last induction of the evening was Adolph Fischer, who contributed over 30 years to both hockey and ball in Unity. A founding member of the Unity Miners Hockey club in 1978, he served on the executive for many years and was league president in 1992 and in 2009.

Unity Sports Wall of FameAdolph played ball, being a member of at least eight championship teams. He became an umpire in 1985, contributing over 30 years to both baseball and softball as an official. He has umpired at national, Western Canadian and innumerable provincial championships, and at the Saskatchewan Summer Games and International Aboriginal Games. He estimates that he may officiate between 150 and 200 games per season.


Unity Sports Wall of Fame

Teams inducted into the Unity Sports Wall of Fame May 9, 2015 were:

2007 Peewee Panthers, Provincial C Northern Softball Champions

Unity Sports Wall of Fame 2015 induction

2009 Senior Cardinals, Provincial A2 Baseball Champions 

2009 Senior Cardinals

2011 Peewee Lazers, Provincial B Hockey Champions

2011 Peewee B Lazers

2011 Squirt Panthers, Provincial C Northern Softball Champions

2011 Squirt Panthers

2012 Bantam Panthers, Provincial C Softball Champions

2012 Bantam Panthers

2012 Mosquito Cardinals, Provincial A Baseball Champions

2012 Mosquito Cardinals

2012 Peewee Cardinals, Provincial A2 Baseball Champions

2012 Peewee Cardinals2

2012 Peewee Panthers, Provincial C Softball Champions

2012 Peewee Panthers

2012 Senior Women’s Provincial Curling Champions

2012 Senior Women's Curling Champions

2012 UK Royals, Junior B Provincial Softball Champions, Western Canadian Gold Medallists

2012 UK Royals

2013 Midget Lazers, Provincial A Hockey Champions

2013 Midget Lazers

2013 Peewee Cardinals, Provincial A Baseball Champions
2013 Peewee Cardinals

2013 Senior Cardinals, Provincial A2 Baseball Champions

2013 Senior Cardinals

2013 UK Royals, Junior B Provincial Softball Champions

2013 UK Royals

2014 Mosquito Cardinals, Provincial A2 Baseball Champions

2014 Mosquito Cardinals

2014 Peewee Cardinals, Provincial AA Baseball Champions

2014 Peewee Cardinals

2014 Peewee Panthers,, Provincial B Northern Softball Champions

2014 Peewee Panthers

2014 Squirt Panthers, Provincial B Softball Champions

2014 Squirt Panthers

2014 UK Royals, Junior B Provincial Softball Champions, Western Canadian Silver Medallists

2014 UK Royals

Look for photos of individuals inducted in the Unity Sports Wall of Fame in 2015 later this week. For a complete story on the Wall of Fame and the 2015 inductions , see the May 18th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald.

First paper after holidays coming up!

Welcome back to all our subscribers and readers. After some time for play and rest and relaxation – and catching up on chores at home or at the lake – the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald staff are back and have a paper ready to print for Monday distribution! In that newspaper you will find:

  • after some changes, an introduction of all the personnel at the Press-Herald;
  • the story of the UK Royals at Western Canadian championships;
  • the story of the Peewee Cardinals at Western Canadian championships;
  • another introduction – this one to the new dentist in town;

along with more baseball and softball news and information on the Town of Unity’s residential infill incentive policy and a long-time Unity business downsizing and moving.

Town of Unity, Saskatchewan

An RTM is moved into location on a lot on 5th Avenue East in Unity, SK. Property tax exemptions which apply to new homes on lots in established subdivision – the infill incentive policy – will expire at the end of 2015.

Cardinals win to play another day

After winning their quarter-final three-game series against the Midwest Expos, the Cardinals advanced to the North Saskatchewan River Baseball League semifinals.

Their first game against the Border City Blue Jays was in Lloydminster July 30, where they lost 5-0, putting them into a must-win position for the second game, played in Unity, Saskatchewan, August 5.

Safe at 2nd

Unity Cardinals vs Border City Blue Jays

Cory Wildeman started on the pitcher’s mound for the Cardinals, holding the Jays to only one run – in the third – for the first five innings.

Unity Cardinals baseball cory pitch

On the other side of the ledger, Blake Robertson scored on an RBI by Trace Sperle in the first and Graeme Gieni made it around the bases after being walked in the second.

The score remained 2-1 for the Cardinals until the sixth inning. After the Blue Jays were placing runners on base and there was only one out in the top of the sixth, the Cardinals made a pitching change and Rhett Feser came in to close out the game.

Rhett Feser as a Unity Cardina rhett pitch

 Despite two strikeouts, with defensive errors being made by the Cardinals, the Blue Jays managed to score three runs, putting the home team behind 4-2. A hit by Ryan Greenwald brought Rhett Feser home in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-3 but the Cardinals started the seventh inning in a deficit position.

Feser was able to strike out Scott Willis for the third out in the top of the seventh without the Jays scoring, despite having runners on second and third.

The score remained 4-3 as the Cards went up for their last bat. Scott Greenwald went out on a fly to first.

batter up!Cory Wildeman was up next, hitting an in-field ball and going out at first base.

With two out, rookies Blake Robertson and Trace Sperle were up next and both got on base. Blake scored to tie the game and Mark Ralston was up next.

Batter in men's baseball game

Mark Ralston hit and was safe at first base while a Blue Jays error let Trace run home to make it 5-4 and a win for the Cardinals.

The third and final game in the series goes tonight, August 6, in Lloydminster, with the winner moving on to the NSRBL final against the Lloydminster Twins.

cardinal catcher


Baseball Hall of Fame invitation

Our great province of Saskatchewan has a very rich baseball history, and in honour of those that contributed to this history, the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will be celebrating the 30th Annual Induction Saturday, August 16, Along with the regular induction day events, extra festivities include a pancake, sausage and coffee breakfast from 8 to 10 am at the Legion Hall, 262-22 Street, sponsored by Battleford Historical Lions Club.

At 10 am, the official unveiling of the “Biggest Bat in Canada”, will take place on the grounds of the museum, 292-22 Street, Battleford, SK.

The Town of Battleford has proclaimed Saturday, August 16th, Saskatchewan Baseball Museum Day!

Join us at this memorable event.

Jane Shury
President/CEO, Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame and Musuem


Upcoming paper

With a significant summer storm hitting Saskatchewan at Luseland, Unity and areas July 17, next week’s issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald has a full-length article and plenty of photo coverage on damage done. Not covered in the article is that some rural homes south of Unity did not have power restored until close to noon July 18. In the Town of Unity itself power was out from sometime after 4 pm until 1 am in the morning.

Along with storm coverage, you will find:

  • an article and photos on baseball teams winning provincial championships;
  • an article and photos from Drowning Prevention Week activities at the swimming pool;
  • two articles from court in Unity SK July 21 – results of drug possession charges and an update on the animal cruelty charges regarding the Scott horses;
  • a songwriting competition, senior Cardinals’ playoff update, ads for August events including the re-opening of Cinema Satellite (see the unitystories calendar page for more info), the RCMP report and more.

Enjoy and be informed!

With another storm threatening July 23, the fence line at the Cardinals’ home playoff game was unusually empty as can be seen in this photo of Francis Kiefer on the pitcher’s mound.

Unity Cardinals baseball



The paper next week

With three Unity SK fastball teams earning provincial titles and the AAA Midget Northwest Prairie Pirates playing a double-header in town, next week’s paper has a “ball game” theme! Look for articles and photos on those games and events, as well as articles on:

  • an award won by Suffern Lake Regional Park;
  • Unity connections to the flooding in southeast Saskatchewan; and
  • what is consent under the new anti-spam legislation.

Below, the Unity Panther Peewee Girls, happy with a provincial championship, celebrate with the traditional ritual of soaking their coaches!

Unity Peewee Panthers

Monday’s paper

As promised in the paper this week, next week’s Unity Wilkie Press-Herald will have the details of the charges regarding the horses near Scott who were suffering from lack of food this past winter. Along with that, you can expect a variety of information and photos, such as:

  • an update on Unity golfer Justin Wood;
  • a summary on this year’s season for the Unity and Wilkie Minor Ball baseball teams, and who’s heading off to provincial play;
  • a report on special recognition of the Oil Persons by Unity Golf Club; and
  • information on car seat clinics and the new laws regarding booster seats.
Mosquito Cardinals @ Wilkie

The Unity Cardinals play Wilkie in a mosquito game June 17, at Wilkie, Saskatchewan.

In the booming Province of Saskatchewan, Unity continues to have plenty of job opportunities too!

A busy weekend in Unity, Saskatchewan!

Softball Fever, Unity SK

Between two full days of action at the Regional Park ball diamonds, two nights of wonderful dance performances by Revolution Dance students, kids and fathers honouring mothers and farmers finally able to be out and about preparing for seeding, May 9 to 11 was one busy weekend in Unity, Saskatchewan!

Revolution Dance students

The Government of Saskatchewan summed up the week prior, April 29 to May 5, for farmers, saying:

Despite a cool and wet start to spring, seeding has begun in some parts of the province according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. The southwestern region is reporting that two per cent of the crop is now in the ground, while some producers in the southeastern and west-central regions are just beginning to seed. The majority of producers will begin seeding in the next week or so.

Precipitation this week ranged from trace amounts to 39 mm in the southeast. Many areas of the province have received more than 100 mm of precipitation since April 1, which has delayed seeding. Provincially, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 30 per cent surplus, 67 per cent adequate and three per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is 18 per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate and three per cent short.

Farmers are busy moving cattle, preparing machinery and starting to seed.

For west-central Saskatchewan, the report was:

Seeding has begun for some producers but the majority will likely begin in the coming week as long as the weather co-operates. Some drier fields are being worked or spread with fertilizer while other fields remain too wet to support equipment. Warm and dry weather is needed for weeds and pastures to grow.

Precipitation ranged from trace amounts in much of the region to 18 mm in the Netherhill area. The Rosthern area has recorded the greatest amount of precipitation in the region since April 1 (97 mm). Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and eight per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate, seven per cent short and one per cent very short. CD 7A is reporting that 14 per cent of the cropland is short of topsoil moisture, while CD 7B is reporting that 17 per cent of the hay land and pasture is short of topsoil moisture.

Below-normal temperatures have slowed pasture growth, and some cattle are being supplemented until they move. Pre-seed herbicide applications in some areas will likely be held off for a few days to a week until weeds begin to grow. There are reports of some winter wheat and fall rye crops being winterkilled, although it is still early to fully determine whether those fields will need to be reseeded. Farmers are busy preparing equipment, working fields and starting to seed.