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Elnora Eagles U16 Team Represents Canada at Little League Junior Softball World Series
Left to right: Corey Cheshire, Megan Resch, Chloe Shingoose, Al McCullough, Paige Simpson, Kiera Wagstaff, Darcy Wagstaff, Maille Cheshire, Quynlan Martin, Pyper Wilson, Olivia Heptonstall, Malia Van Doren, Annika Ferguson, Kaela McCullough, and Casey Fetterly
Each year, our Elnora Eagles players and families seem to end the season with the thought that it was the best season ever. And every year, it just keeps getting better and better! Certainly, it will be difficult to top the Eagles' softball season of 2019.
June and July were busy, fun months of hosting three U16 softball events in Elnora. At the end of June, Elnora was the host location of the zone's provincial playdowns. Elnora won both games against Leslieville and Red Deer to advance to provincials. Of special mention, the Softball Alberta representative overseeing the event was so impressed by the diamonds and dedication in our village that she recommended Elnora host provincials in the future!
Next, to help prepare for the summer's level of competition, the Eagles hosted an exhibition tournament over the July long weekend. It was a beautiful weekend topped off with a tournament win.
In early July, the Eagles were thrilled to end the regular season with winning the Softball Alberta U16 B provincial championship in Strathmore. This made the Elnora Eagles back-to-back provincial gold medalists for 2018 and 2019. Being a younger team in their U16 age category, this was an exciting achievement!
Beginning July 22, both the U16 and U19 Eagles teams hosted Little League Nationals. Again, the diamonds looked fantastic, following many hours of preparation by the Village of Elnora, coaches, and parent volunteers. The girls were so grateful to all the people who came out to cheer - the fans were amazing! Clearly, we all share a love of this great game.
After looking up to the older girls travelling to Delaware for the World Series last summer, our younger Eagles dreamed that one day they, too, might get the opportunity. So, it was quite a thrill when the girls won the national event in Elnora and had to quickly pack their bags and prepare for the flight - Little League was sending them to represent Canada in the Junior Softball World Series in Kirkland, Washington!
As the older Eagles team had discovered last year, the World Series experience is one that the girls will remember all their lives. From the feelings of pride and emotion singing the national anthem during the opening ceremonies to the relationships built with players from across the world, it is difficult to fully describe the joy of the experience.
We were proud of our Eagles for being competitive with the U.S. teams that had practiced most of the year and battled for a month - from their local area, to state then regionals - to earn a spot at the championship. The highlight, though, was defeating the Asia - Pacific representative, the Philippines. This talented team was coming in hot, with wins of 12-2 and 21-5 over the American teams. With our players still feeling a little defeated from the morning's loss, tremendous coaching encouraged our slightly intimidated rural Alberta girls to be positive, do their best, and have fun. Their smiles got bigger and bigger as the game went on, ending in a Canadian 4-3 win over the Philippines!
Other highlights included the special moment the team received their red Canada jersey and uniform, bat, cleats and World Series ball bag! The team also enjoyed a win over the spirited, singing Italians who represented Europe - Africa, dancing and having fun with the other teams at Girls' Night, and performing at the Awards Banquet.
Shortly after landing in Seattle, the coaches surprised the girls with a trip to a Seattle Mariners' game! This was an MLB first for many of the girls - and coaches - and was only possible due to the generosity of our friends and families who quietly donated to support the team on their journey. Throughout the tournament, the Eagles - Team Canada - were featured live on ESPN with professional sports commentators reporting their plays; you can bet we've replayed every game highlight a few hundred times! When softball was done early enough in the day, there was time to enjoy the sunshine, beach, and paddle boarding on Lake Washington. We had a beautiful host family in the Sullivans, who always ensured that we knew the best spots to visit and eat; they hosted a team barbecue at the diamonds, washed our Team Canada uniforms regularly, and became special friends. Lastly, the girls will always remember the fun they had and the relationships they built with the players from other teams. By the end of the week, the Canadian, Texas and Italian players were packed into hotel rooms together sharing stories and laughing until the wee hours of the final morning before they had to say goodbye.
It's hard to express how grateful our families and players are for all the support received through the year. From the Village of Elnora, community members, and generous sponsors, to our loving grandparents who follow us everywhere. Our amazing coaches give an incredible amount of time and have not only a great knowledge of the game, but the ability to bring out the best in each player. We will never be able to thank the head coaches of the two Eagles' teams, Al and Bryce, enough for having the foresight, courage and dedication to take two small town teams places that we wouldn't have otherwise have dreamed of. We thank you all!
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Elnora Brahma Rama August 9 and 10, 2019
For 21 years the Elnora Brahma Rama Committee has provided an action-packed weekend for all ages. Every year the crowd gets larger, the bulls ranker and the fun only increases. This year was an amazing, action-packed fun and entertaining day finishing with a beautiful show of fireworks and a family dance!
The Elnora Brahma Rama is a non-profit organization run wholly on a volunteer committee. The Brahma Rama committee is incredibly proud to say that over the past 20 years they have been able to donate an estimated $150,000 to many different local organizations and groups in our area.
The Brahma Rama committee currently consists of only 13 members but between them, they are able to create an event that brings roughly 2,000 people every year into a village with a population of less than 320 people!
We are forever thankful for the support from the Community of The Village of Elnora and our many sponsors and volunteers that make our event successful year after year; we could not do it without you!
Please see below for this year’s event standing:
Going a perfect 2-for-2, Garrett Green won his first PBR Canada event of 2019 Saturday night in Elnora, Alberta.
Elnora, Alberta – As one of three riders to go a perfect 2-for-2 Saturday night at the Elnora Ag Grounds, Garrett Green (Meeting Creek, Alberta) captured his first PBR event win of the season, victorious at the Elnora Brahma Rama.
The home province hopeful began the event on a strong note, recording the third highest marks of the first round after he reached the 8 aboard Preacher Man (X6 Ranch Bucking Cattle) for 83 points.
He then surged to the top of the leaderboard when he covered Rhythm & Blues (Flying High Rodeo Co.) for an event-high 89.5 points in the championship round.
The finished netted Green a check for $3,746.37, in addition to 310 Canadian and 60 world points.
As he looks to qualify for the 2019 PBR Canada Finals in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Nov. 22-23, where the Top 20 riders from the national standings will compete for the 2019 PBR Canada Championship and $50,000 bonus, Green gained significant ground courtesy of the win.
Ranked No. 22 in the nation prior to the victory, he is now No. 7 in Canada.
Jared Parsonage (Maple Creek, Saskatchewan) extended his lead atop the national standings courtesy of his runner-up effort.
After riding Speak Easy (X6 Ranch Bucking Cattle) for 84.5 points in Round 1, he remained flawless when he reached the whistle aboard Throwin Shade (Flying High Rodeo Co.) for 86 points in the final round.
He earned $2,843.25, 200 Canadian and 30 world points.
Parsonage now leads No. 2 Shay Marks (Sunnybrook, Alberta) by 314.99 points.
Continuing his return to competition after undergoing knee surgery at the conclusion of the 2018 season, Brock Radford (De Winton, Alberta) concluded the annual event both third and fourth via a double entry.
His third-place result was backed by an 81.5-point ride on Irish Rebel (Wilson Rodeo) in Round 1 and an 87-point ride on Shere Khan (X6 Ranch Bucking Cattle) in the championship round, while his fourth-place finish was headlined by an 85.5-point, Round 1-winning trip on Done Talking (Eno Bucking Bulls).
Collectively he earned $3,355.27, 305 Canadian and 35 world points.
On the hunt for his first national title, Radford is now ranked inside Canada’s Top 20 for the first time in 2019. The two Top-5 finishes propelled him from No. 29 to No. 18 in the nation.
Rounding out the Top 5 was Marcos Gloria (Central de Minas, Brazil), netting him $580.13, 75 Canadian and 10 world points.
Gloria’s performance in Elnora was backed by an 81-point ride on Razed Country (Flying High Rodeo Co.) in Round 1.
PBR Canada Touring Pro Division
Elnora, Alberta – Elnora Ag Grounds
Elnora Brahma Rama
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