Moose Jaw Tal­ent Hon­oured at Third An­nual Sports In­duc­tion Cel­e­bra­tion

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The third an­nual 2017 In­duc­tion Class of the Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame was held on Oc­to­ber 20th. Con­grat­u­la­tions to this year’s In­ductees: Ryan An­holt, Rod Heisler, Dr. Graeme “Doc” McMaster, Brian Towriss, Steven Michaluk, and the Moose Jaw 1995 Relics/Mas­ters Fast­ball Team!

Ryan An­holt humbly ac­cepted this hon­our. He de­scribed his op­por­tu­ni­ties to play in high school and later com­pete in Col­lege as a “fun time” in his life, in ad­di­tion to shar­ing about his fa­ther’s coach­ing hav­ing been “ev­ery­thing” in terms of its men­tal, phys­i­cal and “ev­ery­day life” im­pact on his cur­rent ac­com­plish­ments. High­lights of his ca­reer in­clude hav­ing had the op­por­tu­nity to be player of the year in the South­land Con­fer­ence, Di­vi­sion One baseball; play­ing with the Canadian National team for three years, and win­ning a gold medal with the Se­lects in 1994. In­cluded in his stats are 88 hits and 155 to­tal bases, two Major Baseball League Drafts and a mem­ber­ship with the Canadian National Baseball team. An­holt’s most re­cent ac­com­plish­ment was his in­duc­tion into the North­west­ern State N-Club Hall of Fame in 2014. He currently lives in Grapevine, Texas.

Rod Heisler was feel­ing both priv­i­leged and over­whelmed by his in­duc­tion. He spoke about shar­ing a mu­tual love of sports with his friends, and even­tu­ally be­ing granted the op­por­tu­nity to play hockey and then baseball, and cred­it­ing his team­mates say­ing “I would never have been able to play univer­sity ball with­out [my team­mates] chal­leng­ing me to play.” When asked what his favourite ca­reer ac­com­plish­ment was, Heisler says that his fam­ily was the great­est thing that ever hap­pened to him, and it was great to be able to come home to Moose Jaw and be with his fam­ily. Hockey was Heisler’s favourite sport be­cause it takes a team of guys to make it work. He said, “Baseball is a team game made up of in­di­vid­u­als play­ing, whereas with hockey, you just don’t suc­ceed with­out the rest of the guys.” Heisler’s in­dict­ment rec­og­nizes both his baseball and hockey ac­com­plish­ments, high­light­ing a ca­reer which ex­tends from a 1972 Se­nior Lit­tle League Team National Cham­pi­onship all the way up to the present. He be­comes the first two-time in­ductee in the Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame (also his fourth in­dict­ment into a hall of fame). Denise Burns spoke on be­half of most of the team of the 1995 Relics/Mas­ters who were in­ducted in the team cat­e­gory. She said ev­ery­one was “so amazed and grate­ful” and they couldn’t be­lieve that they’d been se­lected. The Relics have been to­gether for 23 years; the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony at­ten­dees hav­ing played 19 out of those 23 years. The Relics made sig­nif­i­cant ac­com­plish­ments, in­clud­ing a sil­ver out­stand­ing tour­na­ment play medal in the 1995 Western Canadian Cham­pi­onships, cre­at­ing youth fast­ball camps, and re­ceiv­ing sev­eral first or sec­ond plac­ings at Mas­ters provin­cials over the course of close to two decades.

Dr. Gra­ham “Doc” McMaster was in­ducted in the builder cat­e­gory for Sports Medicine and Cross Coun­try-Track con­tri­bu­tions. His favourite ca­reer ac­com­plish­ment was win­ning the Can-West Cham­pi­onship in cross coun­try the first time that the univer­sity had won in a num­ber of years, started from scratch and within a cou­ple of years, the chil­dren they mo­ti­vated came through and “were able to ex­cel.” Doc said he felt “some­what un­wor­thy” to be rec­og­nized, along­side all the other high-level ath­letes at the cer­e­mony. “To be even con­sid­ered is just won­der­ful,” said Dr. McMaster.

Steve Michaluk has been in­volved with Lacrosse for 21 years, since he moved to Moose Jaw. He spoke about the pride he feels for his or­ga­ni­za­tion and his pas­sion for the sport. Michaluk was in­ducted in the builder and ath­lete cat­e­gory for his lacrosse game, de­vel­op­ments, ad­mi­nis- tra­tion, clin­i­cian and coach­ing con­tri­bu­tions. His favourite Moose Jaw mo­ments in­clude when his brother and him made Team Canada as Ju­niors (U-19 team), cel­e­brat­ing friend­ships and his most re­cent cel­e­bra­tion of the Moose Jaw cham­pi­onship which in­cludes his chil­dren. In ad­di­tion to his many ac­com­plish­ments, Michaluk was the first lacrosse player in­ducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (2008), and currently con­tin­ues to play as a lead­ing scorer for the 2014 pro­vin­cial sil­ver medal win­ning team, the Moose Jaw Chiefs.

Brian Towriss had no idea he would be get­ting in­ducted as a builder in the foot­ball cat­e­gory when he re­tired from his po­si­tion as a 33-year U of S Huskies coach. His favourite ca­reer ac­com­plish­ment was win­ning the first national cham­pi­onship in 1990, say­ing the group of kids who won it had re­ally com­mit­ted them­selves about three years ear­lier and turned the pro­gram around…”You know, we lost the con­fer­ence fi­nal, and then we got to the Vanier cup and lost the Vanier Cup, and the third year we came back with pri­mar­ily the same team and we won it.” Towriss was look­ing for­ward to see­ing lots of fa­mil­iar faces, re­flect­ing upon how he and his fam­ily con­tinue to re­turn to Moose Jaw as of­ten as pos­si­ble.

If you would like more in­for­ma­tion about the In­duc­tion Cer­e­mony, visit www. mjd­shf.com or email info@mjd­shf.com.

The 2017 In­ductees in front of Hall of Fame Mu­ral.

Ryan An­holt

Steve Michaluk

Dr. Graeme McMaster

Brian Towriss

Rod Heisler

Relics/Mas­ters

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