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                                                          2020  News
November 30, 2020
Congratulations to Alexis Huggart on receiving the Claude Deschamps Memorial Award from Softball Canada. Alexis was a member of the 2017 Junior Women's Natioal Team and Team Manitoba. She has played three seasons with the and has attended the Canadian Collegiate Softball Association National Championship in each of those three seasons, winning a Silver (2019) and a Bronze (2018) while being named to the Western Collegiate Softball Association All Star team three straight years. She was named as the First Team Left Fielder in 2017 and 2019, and as a Second Team in 2018.
November 4, 2020 Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are happy to announce the signing of Chloe Maher to a Letter of Intent. Chloe currently catches and plays outfield for the Delta Heat 03. She attends Robert A. McMath Secondary and plans to study Exercise and Health Physiology at the University.
October 29, 2020 Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are happy to announce the signing of Hayley Reid to a Letter of Intent. Hayley currently plays shortstop and centre field for the Delta Heat 03. She attends South Delta Secondary and plans to study Mind Sciences at the University.
October 8, 2020 For all potential 2021-22 Dino players: The deadline to apply to the University for the upcoming school year is March 1. Please don't miss the opportunity to advance both your schooling and your ball career! For more information visit www.ucalgary.ca .

Contact the coaches and let them know that you are interested in coming to the University of Calgary. Use the Prospective Athlete tab at the top of the page for more info.

   
September 26, 2020 Dinos close out fall exhibitions with 2 wins: Dinos played their final 2 exhibition games against SAIT on Saturday,  winning 17 - 2, and 12 - 5. The team will take a short break and resume work in the gym and hope that a spring season is feasible.
September 19, 2020 Dinos win 2 on weekend: Dinos played the SAIT Trojans twice on Saturday, winning comfortably both times. The first game was won 11 - 0, and the second game was a lopsided 20 - 2. Two more games are scheduled next Saturday at Industrial. Games to be streamed live on Facebook at 10:00 AM and 12:00 noon
https://www.facebook.com/University-of-Calgary-Fastball-422478897842589/
and
https://www.facebook.com/CalgaryRogues

Thank you to the Rogues / Trojans for the video stream.
September 12, 2020 Dinos open fall exhibition series against SAIT: Dinos started slowly but played solid defence both games. The first game was won 8 - 2, and the second was tighter, Dinos winning 7 - 4.
August 30, 2020 Dinos announce exhibition games for September: Working within the constraints imposed  by Covid 19, the Dinos have announced a limited schedule of exhibition games for September. Two games will be played on each of the following Saturdays, September 12, 19 and 26 at Industrial Diamonds at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM. The opposition will be the SAIT Trojans. Spectators are welcome, but proper social distancing must be maintained at all times.
Games to be streamed live at
https://www.facebook.com/CalgaryRogues
July 17, 2020 The Western Collegiate Fastball Association ( WCSA ) announces the cancellation of the fall 2020 WCSA season and Championships.
Following consultation with all 8 WCSA member teams and based on public health guidelines, member school policy and provincial softball associations Return to Play guidelines, the reality is that most schools are offering only a small percentage of classes in person, and many schools’ position was to limit or cancel fall sports.
“The cancellation of the fall season is totally unfortunate, but as much as we all would like to play, the decision was mostly made for us,” said WCSA President Randy Plishka.
Going forward though, there is hope that the WCSA could play a spring season with most if not all schools participating. While details would still need to be worked out, a shortened schedule and playoffs might be feasible in April and May. Head Coach Neal Harlos of the University of Calgary Dinos said “I want to give my graduating seniors one more chance to play“, when talking about the possibility of a spring season. UBC-Okanagan Heat Director Darren Bennett says “UBC-O is 100% supportive of a spring season and still hope to hold the CCSA Nationals in Kelowna in May.”

Western Collegiate Softball Association
www.wcsasoftball.org
May 14, 2020

The last, but not least 2019 Dino award goes to Kim Vibert who received the Golden Glove award. Kim has been our starting Center Fielder since her rookie year in 2016 where she also received the top hitter award. She has been a big part of our success over the years and we want to wish her all the best in the future.

May 10, 2020

Last year like every year we are fortunate to get some very talented athletes joining the team. 2019 Top Rookie honors go to Shaye Holzinger. Congratulations Shaye we are looking forward to the next 3 years.

May 9, 2020

The 2019 Top Pitcher award goes to captain Haley Acton with an ERA of 1.72. This is the 4th time she has received this award. In 2018 she also received the top hitter award. Congratulations Haley!

May 5, 2020    

Congratulations to Alexis Huggart on receiving the 2019 Dino Top Hitter award. Alexis finished the season with a .491 batting average and a .548 on base percentage. She also received this award in 2017 along with top rookie honors.

May 4, 2020     

Congratulations to Victoria Kehler on receiving the 2019 Dino Pride award! The award is given for outstanding commitment to the team on & off the field, and it's her 2nd year in a row receiving it. Vic has always done an exceptional job of representing the ball club and university in her 5 years of playing. The team would like to thank her for the many contributions over the years and wish her all the best in the future.

April 23, 2020     2020 Giving Day
A Different approach to Giving Day:

Since its launch in 2017, Giving Day amplifies our community’s collective generosity to create incredible impact on the student experience, from providing new scholarships to supporting mental health and wellness programs.

 This year, we’re asking you to join us in making real, positive change in response to the pandemic – by donating in support of COVID-19 relief or giving the gift of your time to the community. We are humbled by the opportunity to share the transformative impact of Giving Day beyond the University of Calgary.

 If you are in a position to give, we are grateful for your meaningful support. Because what hasn’t changed about Giving Day is that your donation will have double the impact. All eligible gifts made by May 22 will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $2,500 per gift – but only while matching funds last, so it pays to give early.

 However you choose to give – whether by donating, volunteering or both – you’ll make a real difference across our campuses and throughout our community. Because we’re stronger together – and together, we’ll get through this.

Please visit ucalgary.ca/givingday to learn more and give today. Thank you for your support.

To support the Fastball program please visit: http://c-fund.us/r78

February 21, 2020    Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are happy to welcome Mckenna Regier to the team. Mckenna recently signed her WCSA Letter of Intent and comes to us from the Richmond Islander organization. She calls White Rock, BC home. Mckenna is a lefty slapper, she plays both in the outfield and shortstop. She will be studying Linguistics and Languages at the university in the fall.
Mckenna Regier LOI
 February 17, 2020       Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are excited to welcome Megan Stevens from North Vancouver, BC to the team. She has played for the last three seasons with the Tri-City Titans. Megan's primary position is catcher, but can play solidly in the outfield too. Megan will be studying in the Faculty of Psychology.  
Megan Stevens LOI 
 February 11, 2020 Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome Madison Thul from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to the team. She currently plays for the Moose Jaw Ice and the 222's. Madison's primary position is pitcher, but can play solidly as a utility player too. Madison will be studying in the Faculty of Nursing.
Madison Thul LOI 
 February 7, 2020     Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome Madison Allard from Winnipeg, Manitoba to the team. Madison recently signed her WCSA letter of Intent. Madison's primary position is 3rd base, but can play solidly as a utility player too. Madison has played the Winnipeg Lightning organization for the last 6 seasons. Madison will be studying in the Faculty of Kinesiology.
                                                          2019  News
November 5, 2019   For all potential 2020-21 Dino players: The deadline to apply to the University for the upcoming school year is March 1. Please don't miss the opportunity to advance both your schooling and your ball career! For more information visit www.ucalgary.ca .

Contact the coaches and let them know that you are interested in coming to the University of Calgary. Use the Prospective Athlete tab at the top of the page for more info.

October 14, 2019       Dinos win silver at Nationals: With 4 straight wins the Dinos advanced into the Championship game against WCSA rival Regina. Unfortunately the team gave up 4 runs in the first inning, and despite outscoring Regina in the rest of the game were unable to make up the deficit, losing 5 - 3.
Kim Vibert was named Top Batter in the tournament, batting .846 in 3 games during pool play.

October 9, 2019    Dinos off to Kitchener-Waterloo for the 2019 CCSA Nationals.

The top eight collegiate softball teams will converge at Budd Park in Kitchener, Ontario from October 11-13 to be claimed National Champions. The field includes the host Laurier Golden Hawks, University of Regina, University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, Western Mustangs, Brock Badgers, University of Calgary, Durham College, and Fanshawe College.

The National Championships will kick off Thursday evening when Leighanne Evans from CTV Kitchener will emcee the opening banquet with keynote speaker Brenda Andress. Andress was the first Commissioner for the Canadian Women's Hockey League, serving in the position from 2008-09 to 2017-18 and is the Founder and President of SheIs , an organization that is using the power of women’s sport to create a future of, by, and for strong women.

Action will be Friday morning and continue through Sunday evening, all at Budd Park in Kitchener. Admission for the tournament will be $5/day or $10 for the weekend and youth under 16 will be free of charge.

Fans will be able to follow the action over the weekend on 
Twitter @LaurierSoftball 
Facebook.com/LaurierSoftball 
Facebook.com - CCSA 2019 National Championships
Live bracket updates on www.oiwfa.org
 

October 6, 2019    Dinos lose in Championship game, settle for Silver: The Dinos faced Saskatchewan in the semifinal Sunday morning, and came out strong, winning 11 - 3 in 5 innings. The rematch against Regina did not start or finish well, the Dinos never really got untracked against a very focussed U of Regina team, losing 9 - 2.
October 5, 2019     Dinos split games on Saturday advance to semi-final: Pulling out a nail biting walk off win 7 - 6 against UBC-Okanagan, the Dinos advanced against Regina. Unfortunately they were a few hits short, and Regina won 5 - 2. With the loss the Dinos drop to the Semi-final, and await the winner of a UBC-O vs Saskatchewan game. The winner will advance to the Championship game against Regina.
October 5, 2019      Dinos dominate All Star team and Major award selections: Dinos take 2 Major awards with Alexis Huggart winning the Top Batter award, and Haley Acton took home the Top Pitcher Award for the third straight season. Natalie Lawson received the Leadership Award for the Dinos.
Six Dinos were named to the First All Star Team: Haley Acton - Pitcher, Victoria Kehler - 1st Base, Naidine Burdett - 3rd Base, Left Field - Alexis Huggart, Kim Vibert - Centre Field,  and Natalie Lawson - Utility.
Named to the Second All Star Team were Racquel Bennett - Catcher, and Cori van Uffelen - Right Field.
Awards for Academic Excellence were given to Maddie Markey, Alexis Huggart, Emma Jerome Smith, Naidine Burdett, Victoria Kehler and KIm Vibert.

September 26, 2019     Lethbridge weekend cancelled: In anticipation of a early fall snowstorm and unseasonably cold weather, the weekends games in Lethbridge are cancelled. Playoff draws will be announced shortly.
September 25, 2019   Dinos move into first place after the weekends play: A sucessful weekend as the Dinos won 5 games and only lost 1 over the weekend. The highlight was a 1-0 contest against Regina who the Dinos have been in a neck and neck race for 1st place all season. The team also won twice against Briercrest and SAIT, and lost against Saskatchewan. Next up is the final weekend of league play in Lethbridge.
September 16, 2019    Dinos win twice, tie once in rain shortened weekend: The Dinos reurned to Kelowna and played 3 games on Saturday. A 9 inning battle against a steadily improving UBC-O team saw the teams settle for a 3 - 3 tie. In exhibition action the Dinos fought back from an early deficit against the UBC-O JV team, winning 5 - 3. A solid effort in the 3rd game saw the Dinos defeat Victoria 7 - 0. Unfortunately the rains moved in overnight, and the Dinos were not able to play Sunday's scheduled game against UBC-O.The Dinos hold a 7 win, 1 loss, 1 tie record in league play after 3 weekends of play. 
Next up are home games next weekend, Friday night at 8 against Briercrest, and the Saturday games at Industrial.
September 9, 2019    Dinos continue strong play in Regina: The Dinos continued their strong play over the weekend, winning 3, and losing only once. Wins against Saskatchewan, Briercrest and a split of the two games played against defending National Champions Regina, saw the Dinos holding a 7 win, 1 loss record in league play after 2 weekends of play. 
Next up is a return trip to Kelowna next weekend.
September 2, 2019    Dinos open season strong in Kelowna: The best start for the Dinos since 2014 saw the team win six straight games, going 4 - 0 in league play. Play started for the Dinos Friday night, opening the season against UBC-Okanagan, a spirited 8 - 1 win. Saturday continued strong with wins against SAIT, Lethbridge and an exhition win against the UBC-Okanagan JV squad. Sunday saw the team play very well too, winning twice, first against UBC-Okanagan again, then an exhibition game against the University of Victoria. Many highlights, one being a combined no-hitter  shared by Maddie Markey and Haley Acton against Lethbridge. This was only the second no hitter in Dinos history. Next weekend's games are in Regina and will see theteam play twice against Regina, and single games against Sakatchewan and Briercrest.
August 3, 2019     U16 Nationals Calgary August 15-17: The Dinos will be hosting a tent at Shouldice park during the U16 Championship. Come meet current players, alumni and coaches, and enter the daily draws that we will have. Find out all about what the University of Calgary can offer you both as a player, and academically.
June 30, 2019    Canada Cup: Coach Plishka will be in Surrey for the Canada Cup July 9 - 12 and in Nanamo for the U19 Provincials the weekend following. If you are interested in what the U of C offers you, feel free to contact him to arrange a meeting. email: fastballrecruiting@ucalgary.ca
June 17, 2019    Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome Kelsey Kurek from St. Paul, AB to the team. Kelsey signed her WCSA letter of Intent today. Kelsey is an outfielder, but can play solidly at 3rd base too. Kelsey comes to the Dinos from the Sherwood Park Storm organization. Kelsey will be studying Kinesiology at university.
June 17, 2019   Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome Shaye Holzinger from Lloydminster, AB to the team. Shaye signed her WCSA letter of Intent on Sunday. Shaye plays 2nd base, but can play solidly in the outfield too. Shaye comes to the Dinos from the Lloydminster Liner organization. Shaye will be studying Sciences at university.
June 3, 2019 Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome Brooke Stoilen from Delta, BC to the team. Brooke signed her WCSA letter of Intent on Monday. Brooke is primaraly an outfielder, but can play solidly in the infield too. Brooke played the 2018-19 season with the Douglas College Royals; prior to that she played in the Richmond Islander organization. Brooke will be studying in the Faculty of Arts.
May 24, 2019 2019 WCSA schedule announced: The Dinos will open their 2019 season against UBCO in Kelowna on August 30th. They will play 6 games on opening weekend. The following weekend will see the Dinos in Regina, then back to Kelowna on Sept 13 - 15. The Dinos will host all 7 WCSA teams at Industrial on the weekend of Sept 20 - 22. The regular season wraps up in Lethbridge Sept 27 - 29. Playoffs will follow on October 4 - 6 in Calgary.
                     2018  News
December 7, 2018 For all potential 2019-20 Dino players: The deadline to apply to the University for the upcoming school year is March 1. Please don't miss the opportunity to advance both your schooling and your ball career! For more information visit www.ucalgary.ca .

Contact the coaches and let them know that you are interested in coming to the University of Calgary. Use the Prospective Athlete tab at the top of the page for more info.

November 17, 2018 Dinos dominate WCSA's AllStar teams, and major awards:
The WCSA today announced the 2018 Major awards and All Star teams and the University of Calgary was well represented. Naidine Burdett from Maple Ridge, BC was named Rookie of the Year, Haley Acton of Swift Current, SK was named the WCSA's Top Pitcher for the second straight year, Emma Jerome Smith of Calgary, AB receives the WCSA Leadership award for the Dinos for the second consectutive year, and the Coaching Staff of the Year goes to Head Coach Neal Harlos, Assistant Coach Amanda Howard, Pitching Coach Emily Denstedt, and Associate Coach Randy Plishka.

Seven Dinos were named to the All Star teams:
1st Team
Victoria Kehler - 1st Base
Libby Wheeler - Shortstop
Mary Harding - 3rd Base
Emma Jerome Smith - Catcher
Kim Vibert - Center Field
Cori van Uffelen - Right Field
2nd Team
Alexis Huggart - Left Field

WCSA All Academic team
( based on 2017-18 academic year )
Sydney Sparanese
Taylor Mennie
Domenica Chieffo
Emma Jerome Smith
Karen Sondergard

2018 awards
October 7, 2018 Dinos win Bronze Medal at Nationals:
Great pitching and timely hitting were the trademarks for the Dinos in Saskatoon for the 11th Annual CCSA National Championships. Dinos started with a solid effort against St. Clair College on Friday, earning a 5 - 1 win. In their second game of the day the defence was again solid, and hitting came through, Dinos won in 6 innings against Durham College 9 - 2. Saturday morning saw the Dinos against WCSA rivals the University of Saskatchewan, and this was a game that will be rememberred for the all out offence from both teams. Saskatchewan led the whole game up until the bottom of the 7th inning, and the Dinos exploded for 5 runs, erasing a 4 run deficet on route to a 11 - 10 win. Despite losing 8 - 4 to Regina, the Dinos finished 2nd in the round robin, which matched them up against Regina again Sunday morning in the 1 vs 2 game. A closer game, but Regina prevailed again, winning 4 - 1. Dropping into the semifinal against 3rd place Durham College, the Dinos had a steady run of opportunities, including the bottom of the 7th. Unfortunately the rally ended, and Durham moved on to the Championship final, and the Dinos had to settle for the Bronze Medal.
A great season, and a lot of promise for the 2019 season.
October 6, 2018 Two Dinos selected to CCSA National All Star Team: The All Star teams were announced after the completion of the round robin play, and Libby Wheeler ( utility ) and Emma Jerome Smith ( catcher ) were selected to the team.
Libby and Emma
October 3, 2018 Dinos off to Saskatoon for the CCSA Nationals. Follow games on Gamechanger. Live scoring from BVI
2018 CCSA National Championship
Sept 28, 2018 Playoff Weekend Cancelled: Unseasonally cold and wet conditions across the Prairies forced the decision to cancel the weekends scheduled games in Calgary.
Sept 21, 2018 Moose Jaw Weekend Cancelled: Unseasonally cold and wet conditions across the Prairies forced the decision to cancel the weekends scheduled games in Moose Jaw.
Sept 14, 2018 Saskatoon Weekend Cancelled: Unseasonally cold and wet conditions across the Prairies forced the decision to cancel the weekends scheduled games in Saskatoon. The long range forecast for Moose Jaw next weekend is much better though.
Sept 5, 2018 Dinos win 2 against crosstown rivals:  In a mid week doubleheader, Dinos take two wins against SAIT, winning handily 13 - 3, and 16 - 8. Next games are in Regina this weekend, then on Tuesday night at Shouldice a doubleheader again against SAIT.
Sept 3, 2018 Opening weekend sees the Dinos go 3-1 in league play: A great start for the Dinos 2018 season as the team beat SAIT on Friday night, and win two close games against Regina over the weekend. The Dinos split their pair of games against the U of Saskatchewan. As well, the Dinos won in a exhibition game against the University of Lethbridge on Saturday. Next games are against SAIT on Wednesday evening at Ed Corbett, at 6:00 Pm and 8:00 PM.
August 29, 2018 First ever Alumni game held: Thirteen alumni participated in a spirited game against the 2018 edition of the Dinos. A great night to share in the fun and reconnect with the members of the past teams.
August 7, 2018 Dinos Schedule announced: The 2018 schedule for the Dinos has been released and sees the team open at home against Briercrest on August 31, and continue at Industrial over the Labour Day weekend. In all the Dinos will play 20 league games before playoff weekend starts at the end of September. Check out the schedule for all games.
June 5, 2018 The WCSA's 2018 casino is being held July 12th and 13th at Cash Casino in Calgary.Volunteers for various shifts are still required, so if you can help please contact Casino Chairperson Kathy Worthington at : fastpitch@calgaryminorsoftball.com
Casino funds are used to pay diamond costs, umpire costs, website costs, Pointstreak, and the AIWFA Scholarship program for players on the Alberta based teams.
April 7, 2018 Our thoughts and prayers to the families affected.

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April 5, 2018  Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome Emma Stephens  from Lloydminster, SK to the team. Emma  signed her WCSA letter of Intent on Wednesday. Emma is a pitcher, and she will also play in the outfield. She comes to the Dinos from the Lloydminster Liners organization, but will be playing with the Sherwood Park Storm in 2018. Emma will be studying engineering at university.
Emma Stephens LOI 

For more go to: www.lloydminstersource.com/articles/article/2018-04-12-raider-to-take-the-field-with-dinos

March 31, 2018 Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome Maggie Lawson  from North Vancouver, B.C. to the team. Maggie signed her WCSA letter of Intent on Saturday . Maggie is very versatile and can play outfield and middle infield positions. She comes to the Dinos from the 2001A Richmond Islanders who captured the Silver Division Championship at Nationals in 2017.
Maggie Lawson LOI March 31
March 15, 2018

An Evening with the Dino’s”

All the Dinos would like to say thank you to our major sponsors who made last nights event a success. Crowfoot Wine and Spirits and DJ for all their help. Molson Coors for their contributions and support. For the third year in a row, thank you to Peller Estate Wines. For the second year in a row, our thanks to E & J Gallo Winery for their contributions, hope to have all of you back next year!

A special thank you to Don Mackinnon for the fine food prepared for everyone. Visit Don at Chop Steakhouse in Chinook when you want another great meal.

To all the businesses and friends of the Dinos who donated items for the silent auction, thank you. You ensured both a fun time bidding on the items, but as importantly, you helped offset the financial costs to the young women of the team.

Thank you to all who came out, and hope to see you again next year.

January 22, 2018 For all potential 2018-19 Dino players: The deadline to apply to the University for the upcoming school year is March 1. Please don't miss the opportunity to advance both your schooling and your ball career! For more information visit www.ucalgary.ca .

Contact the coaches and let them know that you are coming to the University of Calgary. Use the Prospective Athlete tab at the top of the page for more info.

 

                                                          2017  News
November 27, 2017 Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome Naidine Burdett  from Maple Ridge, B.C. to the team. Naidine signed her WCSA letter of Intent on Sunday . Naidine plays 3rd base and shortstop and comes to the Dinos from both the Fraser Valley Fusion organization and Canada Futures travel program.
November 25, 2017 Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome Racquel Bennett  from Kelowna, B.C. to the team. Racquel signed her WCSA letter of Intent on Saturday . Racquel is a catcher, and can play 3rd base as well. She comes to the Dinos from the Kelowna Heat organization but will be playing with the South Delta Invaders in 2018.
October 15, 2017

Are considering coming to the University of Calgary? The Dinos start off season training next month on Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons. If you would like an opportunity to practice with the team contact Coach Neal Harlos at fastball@ucalgary.ca . Practices will run through to early December, and then start again in January and through March.

We can help you in finding out what the University of Calgary offers in programs of study. As well, campus tours can be arranged for you, so you can see everything that the U of Calgary has to offer.

October 9, 2017 Dinos finish in 7th place at Nationals: Nationals saw the Dinos hold their own against outstanding competition, but settle for 7th place overall. Nerves probably got the best of the team in their first game, losing 10-6 to St. Clair early Friday. In what was probably one of the finest games of the tournament, the Dinos went 12 innings against eventual National Champion Western, losing a heartbreaker  3-2.  They then faced Saskatchewan, who on Sunday became National Silver Medalists. The score was the same again, with the Dinos losing 3 - 2. Dropping out of the medal hunt, the Dinos defeated the University of Ottawa 3 - 1 on Sunday.

Two Dinos selected to CCSA Nationals All Star team:  Kim Vibert and Alexis Huggart were both selected as All Star Outfielders for the tournament.

October 2 2017 Dinos off to Nationals Thanksgiving Weekend: The Dinos travel to Ottawa to challenge for the CCSA National Title this coming weekend. First game will be against St. Clair College on Friday, followed by a pair of games Saturday, first against Western, then against their WCSA rival Saskatchewan. Follow the game results on www.oiwfa.org .
Oct 1, 2017 Dinos settle for Bronze in Playoffs: A strong showing on Friday and Saturday put the Dinos into the Page 1 vs 2 game against Reina Sunday morning. Regina continued their season success against the Dinos, winning 6 - 2. Dropping to the semi final and hoping to win their way back to the Championship game, the Dinos never got untracked against a very focussed U of Saskatchewan team, losing 13 - 2.
Sept 30, 2017 WCSA Award Winners announced: Dinos were well represented in the 2017 WCSA awards, which were given out Saturday afternoon. In the league's Major Awards, Haley Acton received the Top Pitcher Award, as well Emma Jerome Smith  receives the WCSA Leadership Award as the Dinos selection. All Star team selections for first team were: Emma Jerome Smith - Catcher, Mary Harding - 3rd Base, Taylor Mennie - 2nd Base, Alexis Huggart - Left Field, and Kim Vibert - Centre Field.   Jessica Mackinnon - 1st Base, was selected to the 2nd All Star Team. All Academic team selections included Sydney Sparanese, Karen Sondergard, Jessica MacKinnon, and Emma Jerome Smith.
Sept 28, 2017 WCSA Playoffs start Friday night: Dinos start their 2017 playoffs Friday night in Moose Jaw against SAIT. Follow all the games on Pointstreak.com .
Sept 24, 2017 Dinos finish regular season on a strong note The Dinos won twice against the U of Saskatchewan this weekend, 3 - 2 on Saturday, and 6 - 4 on Sunday. They also had their best game of the season against the U of Regina, losing 4 - 0. Playoffs are next weekend in Moose Jaw, hosted by Briercrest.
Sept 12, 2017 WCSA Scholarships announced.

Congratulations to the following players who received these awards.

Jessica MacKinnon, Kim Vibert, Victoria Kehler, Taylor Mennie, Sydney Sparanese, Karen Sondergard, Libby Wheeler, Emma Jerome Smith, Domenica Chieffo, Averi Bollenbach, Haley Acton

Sept 10, 2017 Weekend roundup: Dinos bats were strong for most of the weekend, and the Dinos won 3 of 5 games played. In conference play they nearly defeated the U of Saskatchewan, losing 9-8, handily beat Briercrest 13-0, and lost 8-1 to Regina. In exhibition play against NJCAA school Dawson College, they Dinos won twice, Friday 9-2 and Sunday 13-8.
Sept 3, 2017 Opening Weekend sees Dinos go 3 and 2: Friday night saw the Dinos  start strong, winning a solid defensive battle 5 -1 with Briercrest. Saturday the bats came alive, with wins against Briercrest ( 10 -1 ) and SAIT ( 7 - 4 ). Regina out slugged the Dinos though Saturday afternoon, giving the Dinos their first loss of the season ( 14 - 10 ). Sunday the Dinos started slow against the U of Saskatchewan and never recovered, losing 10 - 3.

Next up for the Dinos, a Wednesday weeknight double header at Shouldice against SAIT Polytechnic.

August 14, 2017

Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome outfielder Alexis Huggart from Treherne, Manitoba to the team. Alexis has previously played with the Regina 222`s, and the Manitoba Thunder in past years. This year Alexis was selected to Team Manitoba for the Canada Summer Games, and is currently playing with the Canadian Junior National Team.

July 12, 2017 Congratulations to Kim Vibert on her selection to Team Saskatchewan for the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, August 5 to 13.
July 12, 2017 Dinos invited to 2017 CCSA Nationals in Ottawa: The University of Calgary Dinos today received an invite to attend the 10th annual CCSA National Championship in Ottawa this October over Thanksgiving weekend. The team is excited to attend, and this will mark the 10th straight appearance at Nationals for a Dinos team, a record unmatched by any other school in Canada. The Dinos best finish was a Silver medal in 2011 in Windsor.
July 1, 2017 Maccabiah 2017: All the best to current Dino Taylor Mennie and Maya Sohn ( Dinos 2015 ), as they represent Canada at the Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 4 to 18.
June 30, 2017 The WCSA is saddened to announce the passing of former Mount Royal University coach and current WCSA Director, Rick Hall on Monday June 26. Rick is survived by his son Adam ( Debbie ) and his daughter Veronica. Our thoughts, condolences, and prayers go out to his family.
April 5, 2017 Congratulations to Karen Sondergard who has been selected as the University of Calgary's Dinos Female Competitive Club Athlete of the Year. She received the award at Tuesday Night's, " Night of the Dino". Karen, a 3rd year Economics major, becomes the 4th straight Fastball team member to receive this award. Sarah Beth Plishka received the inaugural Club Student-Athlete Award in 2014, followed by Kristin Walz, and Emma Jerome Smith last season. read more..

March 16, 2017

 

An Evening with the Dino’s”

All the Dinos would like to say thank you to our major sponsors who made last nights event a success. Crowfoot Wine and Spirits and Elliott Hunter for all their help. Molson Coors for their contributions and support. Eau Clair Distillery for adding their uniqueness to the evening. For the second year in a row, thank you to Peller Estate Wines. Thank you to E & J Gallo Winery for their contributions, hope to have you back next year!

A special thank you to Don Mackinnon for the fine food prepared for everyone. Visit Don at Chop Steakhouse in Chinook when you want another great meal.

To all the businesses and friends of the Dinos who donated items for the silent auction, thank you. You ensured both a fun time bidding on the items, but as importantly, you helped offset the financial costs to the young women of the team.

Thank you to all who came out, and hope to see you again next year.

Jan 15, 2017

An Evening with the Dino’s”

On behalf of the University of Calgary Dino’s Fastball Team I would like to invite you to “An Evening with the Dino’s”: An event empowering our female athletes . This private event will take place at the Crowfoot Wine & Spirits Events Centre (7414 Crowfoot Road NW) on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 7-10pm.

We will have Red Seal chef Don MacKinnon, head chef of Chop Steakhouse and bar on Macleod Trail catering the event, as well as a selection of wines and beers. There will also be a silent auction, and door prizes.

I hope that you will be able to attend this event; your support is greatly appreciated. We are a club team that isn’t funded by the University so your support will go towards offsetting individual player costs. Tickets for the event are $75 each. The event centre will hold 125 people and the tickets will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to attend please RVSP by March 1, 2017.

email: fastball@ucalgary.ca

 

                                                          2016  News
October 24, 2016

Are considering coming to the University of Calgary? The Dinos start off season training next Month on Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons. If you would like an opportunity to practice with the team contact Coach Neal Harlos at fastball@ucalgary.ca . Practices will run through to early December, and then start again in January and through March.

We can help you in finding out what the University of Calgary offers in programs of study. As well, campus tours can be arranged for you, so you can see everything that the U of Calgary has to offer.

Sept 1, 2016 Season starts tomorrow night! Come out to Ed Corbett at 7:00 PM to catch the Dinos season opener against Briercrest College. Games continue on Saturday and Sunday at Industrial Diamonds. See the schedule for full schedule.

 

Ed Corbett: 814 13 Avenue NE

Calgary Industrial: 1899 39 Avenue NE

   
August 3, 2016 IOC approves five new sports for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 including Softball.
May 30, 2016 Season Dates and Locations announced: The WCSA released the dates and locations for the regular season and playoffs. Check the schedule's tab for more details.

 

September 2 - 3 - 4 Calgary ( Ed Corbett - Friday, Calgary Industrial: Saturday + Sunday )

September 9 - 10 Moose Jaw ( Briercrest )

September 10 - 11 Regina

September 16 - 18 Edmonton

September 19 Calgary ( Dinos vs SAIT @ Ed Corbett )

September 23 - 25 Saskatoon

Playoffs

September 30, October 1 - 2 ( Ed Corbett - Friday, Calgary Industrial: Saturday + Sunday )

CCSA Nationals

The University of Saskatchewan will host the 9th Annual National Championships over the Thanksgiving Long weekend in Saskatoon, October 7 - 10, 2016.

May 25, 2016 Tryout Dates and Summer Practices: All players that are interested in playing for the Dinos in 2016 should be aware of these dates. Walk on's are welcome, but please contact the coaching staff prior to these dates. Waivers for new players will be required prior to stepping on the field.

email: fastball@ucalgary.ca

Informal practices:

Saturday August 20th @ Crossroads Diamonds 12:00-2:00PM

Tuesday August 23rd hitting @ Absolute Baseball Academy 6:00-7:30PM

Wednesday August 24th Crossroad diamonds 6:00PM-8:00PM

Tryouts

Saturday & Sunday August 27th & 28th Crossroads Diamonds 12:00-3:00 PM

May 3, 2016 Where the coaches will be this summer

 

Head Coach Neal Harlos:

May 6 - 8 - Strathmore

June 3 - 5 CWFA ( Calgary )

June 10 - 12 Leduc ( Shakers )

July 8 - 10 Provincials - Calgary U16 and U18

July 15 -17 Provincials - Stony Plain U21

Asst. Coach Amanda Sanderson

Any GPLS weekend that the U14 Strathmore team is playing!

Assc. Coach Randy Plishka

June 10 - 12 - Lloydminster - GPLS All Star weekend

July 16 -20 - Surrey, BC - Canadian Open Championships

April 3, 2016

Coach Neal Harlos and the  Dinos would like to announce that Kim Vibert of the Regina Kaos has signed a  Letter of Intent. Kim plays Centre Field and will be studying Bio Sciences in school.

March 31, 2016 Congratulation to Emma Jerome Smith who has been selected as the University of Calgary's Dinos Female Competitive Club Athlete of the Year. She will receive the award at Tuesday Nights, " Night of the Dino". Emma, who is one of our teams captains, becomes the 3rd straight Fastball team member to receive this award. Sarah Beth Plishka received the inaugural Club Student-Athlete Award in 2014, followed by Kristin Walz last season. read more..
March 30, 2016

Coach Neal Harlos and the  Dinos would like to announce that Libby Wheeler of the Strathmore Thunder has signed a  Letter of Intent. Libby plays shortstop and will be studying Kinesiology at school.

March 17, 2016

 

“An Evening with the Dino’s was an exceptionally enjoyable evening last night. Lots of good food, thanks to Red Seal Chef Don Mackinnon; a great selection of items on the silent auction table. Thank you to all the companies who donated these items, and of course good company and good drink. We would sincerely offer our thanks to Crowfoot Wines ( and  Elliot ) who ensured that the Dinos had a successful evening. Thank you to all who came out, and hope to see you again next year.

 

Feb 9, 2016 For all potential 2016-17 Dino players: The deadline to apply to the University for the upcoming school year is March 1. Please don't miss the opportunity to advance both your schooling and your ball career! For more information visit www.ucalgary.ca .

Contact the coaches and let them know that you are coming to the University of Calgary. Use the Prospective Athlete tab at the top of the page for more info.

Feb 9, 2016

“An Evening with the Dino’s: an event empowering female

 athletics and women brewers and winemakers” with the

 University of Calgary Dinos Fastball Team

Crowfoot Wine and Spirits Event Centre

7414 Crowfoot Road NW

Wednesday  March 16th 2016 @ 7-10PM

For tickets or more info ( click here)

Jan 1, 2016 Happy New Year from the Dinos coaching staff: Neal, Amanda, Caytlin, and Randy.

 

 

 

 

                                                          2012  News

November 16 Congratulations to the winners of the Beer raffle. 1st prize: # 172 - Tracy Lee, 2nd prize: # 326 - Tinessa Russell, 3rd: # 51 - Danielle Abrahamson. Thanks to all who supported us!
November 9 The Dinos would like to announce the addition of Roxane McGonigal to our coaching staff. Roxane, most recently the Head coach of the Kaizen U18A program, brings a wealth of experience to the Dinos program.
November 8 The fastball team wishes the best to Asst Coach Jess Strachan, who announced that she is leaving the team to devote more time to her own studies, work and travel interests. We'd like to say thank you for your 2 seasons with us Jess.
October 8
Dinos finish in 7th place at Nationals: The Dinos finished with a 1 and 3 record over the Thanksgiving weekend in Regina. A tough opening 8-7 loss against Humber, and a 3-0 loss against SAIT made it impossible for the team to have the success they were hoping for over the weekend. The cold weather affected all teams, but the calibre of ball played was among the best we've seen at Nationals. Looking forward to the 2013 season, and a return trip to Nationals in Oshawa, Ontario.
October 1 Dinos win Silver in WCSA Playoffs. Dinos battled all weekend against stiff competition, winning a silver medal. After going 2 -2 in the round robin portion of the playoffs, the Dinos were forced to play 4 games on Sunday. Winning a tie breaker against the U of Regina 7-4 moved them into the semi-final against cross town rival SAIT Polytechnic. A big 4th inning helped ensure a 6-1 victory. The gold medal remained elusive though, as the U of Saskatchewan broke the tie in the 6th inning and won the league title 5-3. The finish qualifies the Dinos for the 2013 Nationals in Ontario.

 

The WCSA awards were handed out over the weekend, and the Dinos came through. Jessica Ruzicki took home 2 of the 3 major awards; being named Top Rookie, and Top Batter in 2012.

As well the all star awards were announced. These were voted on by the coaches in the league.

1st Team Selections included Jessica Ruzicki in Centre Field, and Sarah Plishka as Utility player.

2nd Team Sections included Taylor McGonigal as Catcher, and Kristen Galloway in Right Field.

September 25, 2012 Dinos clinch 3rd place in the league, with a record of 7 wins, 6 losses, and 1 tie. Playoffs are being hosted this coming weekend by the University of Lethbridge in Coaldale.

August 31, 2012 

New name announced for the league: The Western Collegiate Softball Association is the new name for our league, replacing the AIWFA. The new name reflects the greater geographical scope of the league, and it's hopes for the future, to bring schools from B.C. and Manitoba into the association. Check out www.wcsasoftball.ca .

As well the WCSA joins with the Ontario Intercollegiate Women's Fastball Association ( OIWFA ) www.oiwfa.org , and the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association ( OCAA ) http://www.ocaa.com/sports/fastball/index  in creating the Canadian Collegiate Softball Association ( CCSA ). Check out www.ccsasoftball.ca .

August 29, 2012 Team captains have been announced for the 2012 season. Congratulations to Samantha Hiltz and Caytlin Edge.
August 6, 2012

Congratulations are in order for the following Dinos:

Alex McAdam and her Unity Kindersley SK1 U21 team captured the Gold medal at the Western Canadian Championships in Moose  Jaw today. Alex was also selected the tournament MVP.

Also participating at the tournament were Sarah Wilson, Danielle Galloway, Kristen Galloway, Sarah Plishka, and asst coach Adam Galloway with the Calgary Sluggers.

As well, 2012 recruits have been successful as well. Kara Lee attended the Adidas Futures tournament in St. Georges, Utah; while Taylor McGonigal  attended the U18 Canadian Nationals in Montreal.

July 25, 2012
2012 Tryout dates announced: Aug 21 and 23: 7 PM to 9 PM;  Aug 25 and 26, 10 AM to 3 PM.
June 14, 2012
The Calgary Women's Fastpitch Association held their Annual Tournament June 8 to 10 at Shouldice Park. The Dinos held    50/50 draws throughout the weekend. Thanks to everyone who supported both organizations. Winning ticket numbers are.
Friday evening draw: $104.50 # 252312-Red - Steve Smith
Saturday morning draw: $194.00 # 086731 - Green  - Louise Fortier
Saturday afternoon draw: $198.00 # 947241 - Blue TJ Maclean
Feb 4, 2012

Our Annual Dinner and Silent Auction with former  Montreal Expo star, Tim Raines was a fun filled and successful night. Thank you to all who came, and we appreciated the donations for the auction. See everyone again next year! 

 

 

2011 News

Dec 20, 2011

Congratulations to the winners of the liquor basket raffle. 1st prize: John Landrey , 2nd prize: Mike Rudolf, 3rd: Ashley Wareham, 4th: Dewi Wood, 5th: Theresa Cowan, 6th: Patti Strachan    Thank-you to all who supported us.

Oct 10, 2011

Dinos capture Silver at Nationals! After losing our first two games Saturday, the U of C Lady Dinos went on a run winning 9-7 on Saturday afternoon against St Clair College. Sunday morning saw a rematch against St Clair, in quarterfinal action. A 2-1 victory advanced the team to the semi-finals against the U of Windsor Lancers. In a game that went 2 extra innings, the Dinos prevailed 5-4 to clinch Silver and play in the National Championship game against Western Mustangs for the Gold.  In the end we were the only team to force Western to play a full 7 inning game but we didn't have enough for them, losing 6 - 0. The All Star team included Alie Briere ( IF ), and Ashley Wareham ( utility ).

Oct 2, 2011

Dinos finish 3rd in the AIWFA league playoffs, and claim the bronze medal, losing to SAIT in the semi-final 6 - 1. Highlights of the weekend were a no hitter against the University of Regina, thrown by Heather Baker; and the league all stars being announced. Included were Ashley Wareham, Cayt Edge, and Sarah Plishka.

Sept 20, 2011

We welcome Bri-Chem Supply as a sponsor for the 2011 season. read more…

Aug 23, 2011

New coaching staff announced:  Very pleased to announce the additions of Adam Galloway, Jess Strachan, and Mark Hiltz to the 2011 Dinos team.

Aug 15, 2011

Wine basket raffle winners drawn! Congratulations to Darren Campbell, Travis Sarmaz, and Ryan Ayliffe.  Thank-you to all who supported us.

Aug 1, 2011

 Tryout dates announced: Aug 23 and 25: 7 PM to 9 PM; Aug 27 and 28 10 AM to 3 PM

Feb, 2011

We welcome Meyers Norris Penny as a sponsor for the 2011 season. read more…

Jan 1, 2011

Canadian baseball legend Ferguson Jenkins will be the keynote speaker at the 2011 fundraising dinner for the Dinos Baseball and Fastball clubs.  read more…

 

                                                          2010  News
 

Oct 10, 2010

Dinos finish in 6th place at Nationals, held in Saskatoon. This was the best showing at Nationals for the Dinos in the 3 appearances that they have made at Nationals. The tournament saw the final appearances of 5 graduating players. read more…
Oct 2, 2010 Dinos finish 3rd in the AIWFA league playoffs, and claim the bronze medal, losing to the U of Regina in the semi-final 11 - 7. The game was tied through 6 innings, Regina broke it open in the 7th inning.
March 4, 2010 Dinos announce the selection of Randy Plishka as the new Head Coach of the fastball program.
   

 

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