BY TERRY BRIDGE
LISTOWEL – What do you think was the top local sports story of 2012?
This year readers will decide.
Voting is open until Dec. 31.
Results will appear in the Jan. 2 edition of the Listowel Banner with recaps of the five most important stories – as decided by you – of the year.
There’s several ways to register your vote:
1. Send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Write on my Facebook wall.
3. Give me a call 519-291-1660 ext. 111.
4. Fill out the chart that will appear in the next two editions of the Banner’s sports section and drop it in our mailbox.
Here’s a list of some notable sports stories since New Years Day 2012.
These are listed in no particular order and, of course, write-ins are welcome.
-The Listowel bantam rep minor hockey team put the finishing touches on a perfect regular season, and went on to win Silver Stick, WOAA and OMHA championships.
-The North Perth Recreation Complex Committee’s progress: a series of public meetings, having their budget and recommendations approved, and planning a fundraising campaign for early 2013.
-The Listowel Cyclones deal away their captain, Brett Catto, and their only remaining local player, Blake Thompson, at the trade deadline.
-For the first time ever, a Listowel men’s curling rink competed at the Dominion Tankard.
-Listowel native Jared Keeso appeared as Don Cherry in the CBC sequel Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story II.
-Jackson Martin earned a baseball scholarship to play for the Eastern Michigan Eagles division I program.
-Cassie Savage and the Fanshawe Falcons won the CCAA national women’s curling championship.
-Daniel Dekoning was drafted by the OHL’s Erie Otters.
-Roland McKeown was taken by the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs as the second overall pick in the entire draft.
-The Listowel Cyclones overhauled their entire coaching staff after last season’s first round playoff exit.
-The Listowel Legionnaires senior baseball team won the OBA championship.
-The Listowel bantam minor baseball team won the OBA championship.
-The Listowel peewee minor baseball team won the OBA championship.
-Corey Conners’ season: Mid-American Conference men's golfer of the year, individual medalist honors at the conference championship, briefly ranked the No. 1 men’s amateur golfer in Canada.
-Erin Katerberg won OFSAA gold in high jump, the only competitor to hit 1.70 metres.
-Sisters Marlyse Zyta and Zoe Zyta won silver medals at OFSSA with the St. Michael Warriors high school girls soccer team.
-87-year-old Harold Keeso, a Listowel Golf Club member for 76 years, shot his first-ever hole-in-one.
-The Palmerston Marlins bantam girls softball team, featuring several local players and coaches, had a very successful season: seven tournament medals, silver at provincials and bronze at the Eastern Canadian championships.