Southwest Booster - - SPORTS -

This past year was a mem­o­rable sport­ing year across South­west Saskatchewan.

There were a num­ber of cham­pi­onships on the ice and on the field, and some in­di­vid­ual ac­com­plish­ments also gen­er­ated head­lines. Jan­uary 10 Merkley joins Bron­cos af­ter Derko dealt to Lethbridge The Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos have made a two for one deal with the Lethbridge Hur­ri­canes to ac­quire Jay Merkley from the Lethbridge Hur­ri­canes.

In the deal an­nounced late on Jan. 7, the Bron­cos ac­quired Merkley in ex­change for vet­eran for­ward Josh Derko and a third round pick in the 2014 WHL Ban­tam Draft.

Merkley, who was the WHL’s third over­all se­lec­tion in the 2010 Ban­tam Draft, is a ta­lented of­fen­sive prospect, al­ready hav­ing 14 goals and 22 points in 44 games so far this sea­son.

In his rookie 16-year-old sea­son the 5’11, 187-pound Cal­gary prod­uct had 12 goals and 23 points over 58 games. Martin ex­cels at World Hockey Chal­lenge Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos rookie de­fense­man Brycen Martin had a spec­tac­u­lar tour­na­ment for Team Pa­cific at the World Un­der-17 Hockey Chal­lenge in Drum­mondville, Que­bec.

Martin, 16, reg­is­tered at least a point in all five games to help Team Pa­cific fin­ish fifth at the 10team event com­prised of five re­gional Cana­dian teams and five in­ter­na­tional squads. He fin­ished the tour­na­ment with two goals and seven as­sists to lead all de­fense­man at the tour­na­ment and tied for sixth in tour­na­ment scor­ing over­all. Lowry named Player of the Month A tor­rid month of De­cem­ber has re­sulted in HUSKY WHL Player of the Month hon­ours for Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos cap­tain Adam Lowry. Lowry, 19, reg­is­tered 21 points dur­ing the month of De­cem­ber with 13 goals, eight as­sists, and a plus-seven rat­ing.

The 6’5’’ cen­tre rode a 17-game point streak into Wed­nes­day’s game with 30 points dur­ing a streak that be­gan back on Nov. 27.

Lowry cur­rently sits sev­enth in WHL scor­ing with 56 points in 43 games and had al­ready set ca­reer highs with 27 goals and 29 as­sists. Wall caps year with Base­ball Canada award When Bradi Wall looks back on 2012 she may re­mem­ber it as the pin­na­cle of her ath­letic ca­reer.

The Swift Cur­rent Mi­nor Base­ball prod­uct played her first NCAA sea­son with the Iowa State Hawkeyes wom­ens soft­ball team and flaw­lessly made the tran­si­tion back to base­ball to help lead Team Canada to a bronze medal at the IBAF Women’s World Base­ball Cup in Ed­mon­ton in Au­gust of 2012.

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