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The Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Club and the Dawgs Baseball Academy (the “Dawgs”) are proud to announce that founding and managing director, John Ircandia, has been ranked as the 15th Most Influential Canadian in Baseball by the Canadian Baseball Network (“CBN”).
The annual rankings are a “Who’s Who” in the sport and include current and former Major League owners, executives, players, scouts and broadcasters. Manager of the 2022 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies, Rob Thomson rose to the #1 ranking followed by Atlanta Braves General Manager, Alex Anthopoulos, Blue Jays closer, Jordan Romano and Blue Jays owner, Edward Rogers of Rogers Communications coming in at #4. Among the other notables recognized were Jays’ broadcaster, Dan Shulman, Farhan Zaidi, GM of the San Francisco Giants, Hall of Famer, Fergie Jenkins, Dodgers star, Freddie Freeman, Team Canada guru, Greg Hamilton and TSN sportswriter, Scott Mitchell. Former Dawgs and college standout, Vincent Ircandia, now CEO of rising sports analytic firm, StellarAlgo Corp., was recognized as 65th on the prestigious list.
In listing John Ircandia, the CBN noted that as reported by Ballpark Digest the collegiate Dawgs finished 2022 with the 3rd highest attendance in all of summer collegiate baseball with average attendance of 4216 per game and a total of 113,825 for the season. Remarkably, the Dawgs also welcomed their 1 Millionth fan to Dawgs Baseball at Seaman Stadium. On the field, the club broke the WCBL record for regular season wins and capped 2022 with their 7th WCBL Championship. Other highlights cited were the WCBL All-star game hosted by the Dawgs which attracted an over capacity crowd of 6001 fans and the club’s annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser which saw the Dawgs bring total monies raised for that worthy cause to over $500,000.
In addition to the summer collegiate club, the Dawgs operate a highly successful youth baseball academy. The top 18U Dawgs team was ranked 3rd among elite travel teams in the United States by Perfect Game. Dawgs Academy graduates once again earned scholarships to such prestigious NCAA, Division 1 programs as Oregon State, University of Oregon, Washington State, University of Washington, University of Tennessee, Gonzaga and the University of Utah.
On the professional front, former Dawgs included Jim Henderson (Calgary, AB) who parlayed his professional career with the Brewers and Mets into a pitching coach position with Milwaukee, Alejo Lopez who in 2022 batted .262 in 56 games with the Cincinnati Reds and Andrew Kittredge who posted a 4-1 record with 3.15 ERA with the Tampa Bay Rays. Outfielder Tristan Peters went from being a WCBL All-star with the Dawgs to a draft selection by the Brewers and most recently an invitation to Big League camp with Tampa Bay. Dawgs were also featured in the 2022 MLB draft led by Oregon State’s Jacob Melton who was selected in the 2nd round by the Houston Astros and Gavin Logan (Oyen, AB) who was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 9th round.
For the second consecutive year, the CBN also recognized Vincent Ircandia, currently founder and CEO of sports business analytics firm, StellarAlgo Corp. Ircandia is the former Vice President of Business Operations with the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers. StellarAlgo has recently been in the news for adding the NBA to an impressive client list that includes the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, a number of NBA, NFL, NHL teams as well as the US Open Tennis Championships. (See story at https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/basektball- stellaralgo-new-deal-partnership-1.6726813)
Another former Dawgs player, Sammie Starr now Assistant Coach of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds was also recognized. Sammie enjoyed a stellar playing career in the Baltimore Orioles organization before assuming his current coaching career with UBC.
Scott Mitchell, who did an outstanding job as sports editor of the Calgary Herald and has moved on to be the leading reporter of the Blue Jays with TSN, came in at #99 on the prestigious list.
Dawgs congratulate all on this well-earned recognition. For further information contact:
Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Club
Attention: Tyler Hollick, General Manager
Attention: Jeff Duda, Media Relations Manager
The Dawgs Academy staff is pleased to announce the final roster selections for the 2023 18U Program.
Congratulations to the following Dawgs on being selected:
Congratulations to all the players who have been selected! We look forward to another great year of Dawgs baseball!
The Dawgs Academy have a long-standing tradition of providing their athletes with opportunities to play baseball at the college level. Currently, the Dawgs Academy has 67 athletes on active rosters across all levels of college baseball including 16 NCAA Division 1 athletes.
With the 2023 college baseball season starting this weekend at the junior college level, we wanted to highlight a few Dawgs who look to make a major impact at their respective schools.
Cesar Valero (OF) – Sacramento State University (NCAA D1)
After transferring from Oregon State University, Valero had a breakout season with the Hornets. In 39 games played, Valero hit .297 with 36 runs scored, 7 doubles, 13 home runs, and 38 RBI prior to a season ending injury. Despite Valero’s injury, his outstanding season was more than enough for him to be named Sacramento State’s “Male Athlete of the Year”. With a clean bill of health, look for Valero to try and match last year’s performance as he has his sights set on the MLB draft for 2023!
Max Hartman (OF) – Washington State University (NCAA D1)
Entering his freshman year at WSU, Hartman was a standout for both the Dawgs and Team Canada JNT in 2022 which helped him transition seamlessly to WSU. Look for Max to make an impact coming off the bench for the Cougars with the potential to earn significant playing time if he capitalizes on his opportunities.
Tyrelle Chadwick (RHP)- Illinois State University (NCAA D1)
Entering his freshman year at Illinois State, Chadwick had an impressive Fall for the Redbirds. Featuring a sinker that lives in the 90-95 mph range and a plus slider, look for Chadwick to play a significant role on the pitching staff for the Redbirds in 2023.
Matt Grabmann (RHP) – University of Oregon (NCAA D1)
One of last year’s top MLB Draft prospects, Grabmann enters his freshman season at Oregon ranked in the top 100 for NCAA D1 freshmen. Featuring a fastball in the low to mid 90’s and topping as high as 97 mph with quality secondary offerings, Grabmann has a legitimate opportunity to earn significant innings for the Ducks, especially with the recent injuries of two of their projected weekend starters.
Boston Warkentin (RHP) – University of Washington (NCAA D1)
Warkentin was a workhorse for the Dawgs Academy for the past several years including a couple of stints with Team Canada’s junior national team. Warkentin’s fastball lives in the 88-93 mph range coupled with a true plus breaking ball will give him an opportunity to work out of the back end of the bullpen for the Huskies with potential for some spots starts in 2023.
Ricardo Sanchez (INF) – Barton Community College (NJCAA); Committed to Lamar University (NCAA D1)
Sanchez had an absolutely stellar season in 2022 for the Barton CC Cougars putting up video game type numbers. In 59 games played, Sanchez hit .442 with 35 doubles, 5 triples, 9 home runs and 90 RBI. Look for Sanchez to try and top those numbers in 2023!
Matt Wilkinson (LHP) – Central Arizona Community College (NJCAA); Committed to Arizona State University (NCAA D1)
Affectionately known as Tugboat, Wilkinson was as dominant as they come for the defending JUCO World Series Champions – Central Arizona Vaqueros. Working primarily out of the backend of the bullpen in 2022, Wilkinson appeared in 19 games including 3 starts for the Vaqs. In those 19 appearances, Tugboat finished with a 5-2 record while pitching 53 innings with a stingy 1.87 ERA while collecting 85 strikeouts. Look for the Arizona State commit to play an even bigger role for the Vaqueros in 2023 as he transitions to the starting rotation for the defending World Series champions.
Andrew Yusypchuk (RHP) – Chandler-Gilbert Community College (NJCAA); Committed to Southern Illinois University (NCAA D1)
Yusypchuk was a staple for the Coyotes in 2022 during his freshman year, earning a spot in the starting rotation. In 15 appearances including 9 starts, Yusypchuk logged 76.1 innings pitched with a 6-4 record while racking up 67 strikeouts with a 4.60 ERA. Look for Yusypchuk to improve upon a solid freshman season in 2023 as he heads the starting rotation for the Coyotes.
Tucker Zdunich (OF) – Reinhardt University (NAIA)
Recently named a 2023 NAIA Pre-season All-American, Zdunich had an outstanding season for the Eagles in 2022. In 59 games played, Zdunich hit .379 with 14 doubles, 3 triples and 17 home runs while tallying 67 RBI. Look for Zdunich to match those numbers as he tries to help lead the Eagles to the NAIA World Series in 2023!
See the complete list of Dawgs on active college rosters for the 2023 season ahead!
Bennett Freiter – North Dakota State University
Boston Warkentin – University of Washington
Cesar Valero – Sacramento State University
Cody Henriks – Cal State University Bakersfield
Cole Tucker – Niagara University
Ethan Francis – Northwestern State University
Jackson Fraser – Northern Kentucky University
Jayden Wakeham – Northern Kentucky University
Jordan Lussier – Illinois State University
Logan Rumberg – George Mason University
Martin Ding – Northern Kentucky University
Matt Grabmann – University of Oregon
Max Hartman – Washington State University
Micah McDowell – Oregon State University
Simon Lusignan – Stetson University
Tyrelle Chadwick – Illinois State University
Chase Tucker – College of St. Rose
Graham Brunner – Emporia State University
Justin Breen – Arkansas Tech University
Kendall Keller – University of Mary
Matt Dobberthien – Colorado School of Mines
Noah Geekie – Emporia State University
Quinn Tocheniuk – Rogers State University
Tyler McWillie – Shorter University
Aidan Rose – University of British Columbia
Ben Swennumson – University of Jamestown
Brandon Woods – University of British Columbia
Brendan Logan – University of British Columbia
Connor Makarus – University of Jamestown
Derek Palmer – Mayville State University
Jack Marlin – Campbellsville University
Kale Seitz – Campbellsville University
Kobe Fredland – Campbellsville University
Logan Grant – Bellevue University
Nash Crowell – Reinhardt University
Roch LaFerriere – Dakota State University
Russell Mattson – Campbellsville University
Ryan McFarland – Campbellsville University
Ryan Olchoway – Ottawa University
Shaun Atamanchuk – Park University at Gilbert
Thomas Bakoway – Siena Heights University
Tucker Zdunich – Reinhardt University
Tyson Kemp – Siena Heights University
Canadian College Baseball Conference
Brandon Green – University of Victoria
Davis Jack – University of Victoria
Devon Moore – Okanagan College
Ryan Dousett – Okanagan College
Alejandro Cazorla – Bossier Parish Community College
Andrew Franson – Williston State College
Andrew Yusypchuk – Chandler Gilbert Community College; Committed to Southern Illinois University
Ben Hoshizaki – Chandler Gilbert Community College
Brody Forno – Williston State College; Committed to Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Bryce Libke – Bismarck State College
Connor Crowson – Bossier Parish Community College
Connor Wong – South Suburban Community College
Dryden Howse – Barton Community College
Hank Griffin – Bossier Parish Community College
Jacob Gillis – Bossier Parish Community College
Kaden Zarowny – Crowder College
Kobe Laevens – Bossier Parish Community College
Matt Wilkinson – Central Arizona College; Committed to Arizona State University
Nick Hagen – Antelope Valley Community College
Olivier Vallée – Colby Community College
Ricardo Sanchez – Barton Community College; Committed to Lamar University
Ryder Hancock – Chandler Gilbert Community College
Seth Thompson – Chandler Gilbert Community College
Tyrese Johnson – Central Arizona Community College
The Okotoks Dawgs Academy is pleased to announce the finalized dates for our 2023 Host Tournaments.
For the first time since COVID-19 first shut down baseball and countless other aspects of life, the Dawgs will be hosting their 18U, 15U & 13U tournaments – New Era 18U Mother’s Day Classic, Father’s Day Classic 13U & Canada Day Classic 13U.
To register for a tournament, please contact the following Dawgs staff members for each respective tournament:
Mother’s Day Classic (18U)- Jeff Duda (email@example.com)
Father’s Day Classic (13U)- Tyler Milton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Canada Day Classic (15U)- Lou Pote (email@example.com)
For tournament details, please see the graphic below.
2022 DAWGS IN REVIEW……WITH A GLIMPSE INTO 2023
The 2022 season of Dawgs Baseball at both the summer collegiate and Youth Academy levels can only be viewed as an unmitigated success. Emerging out of a devastating 2 year global pandemic that prompted the cancellation of the entire 2020 baseball season, the Dawgs reached new heights in 2022.
Meeting the “COVID Challenge
Despite financial challenges resulting from the pandemic, the Dawgs remained dedicated to their market communities. In particular, the Dawgs undertook a number of initiatives including but not limited to Dawgs Food Bank Drives whereby the club raised significant funds and collected in excess of 4000 lbs. of non-perishable food items for the local Food Bank. In addition, the Dawgs continued to conduct its School Reading Program for local elementary schools modifying the program to include “Virtual” Reading when necessary in order to comply with health and government regulations.
Further, with over 130 youth players participating in the Dawgs Youth Academy, Dawgs Coaches developed a Virtual Training Program to assist player development and promote mental and physical health and wellbeing. Subsequently, the Virtual Program gave way to an onsite “Health & Safety First” Practice Plan as the Dawgs became the first amateur program to be approved for live practices. It is a testament to the dedication and creativity of our Dawgs coaching staff that despite the shut down and the inability of Dawgs teams to travel to showcase tournaments across the United States, the Dawgs were able to maintain a 100% graduation rate to US and Canadian colleges and universities.
In addition, as restrictions imposed by the health authorities eased, the Dawgs were at the forefront of professional and amateur sports franchises in offering our communities positive, healthy, outdoor, family entertainment. As such, despite the closure of the Canada/US border restricting travel and the participation of American college players, the Dawgs spearheaded an initiative to offer the communities an “All Canadian”, Safety First, 2021 Season. This involved introducing several health and safety features and protocols throughout the Stadium and related facilities. This initiative was a major success the best illustration of which was the fact that the Dawgs were able to host a sellout crowd on Canada Day 2021 with the Premier of Alberta in attendance!
Dawgs & Dawgs Academy Return “Full Force” in 2022
Summer Collegiate Dawgs: 2022 was truly a phenomenal season for Dawgs Baseball at Seaman Stadium highlighted by a 1st place finish with a WCBL record 43 wins during the regular season, exciting playoff series wins and another WCBL Championship before a record breaking crowd in Okotoks. Dawgs Academy grad, Ricardo Sanchez (Barton CC) was named league MVP, Brendan Luther (OCC, Bellevue) captured WCBL Playoff MVP honors and Micah McDowell (Oregon State) was named 1st Team All-star.
Dawgs and Academy grads were also selected in the amateur draft of Major League Baseball. Jacob Melton and Gavin Logan (Oregon State) were selected in the 2nd and 9th round respectively by the Houston Astros and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Milwaukee Brewers had selected former Dawgs standout Tristan Peters in the 7th round and signed Justin King to a contract.
In terms of attendance, Ballpark Digest reported that the Dawgs were the 4th top summer collegiate draw in North America averaging 4207 fans per game in 2022 for the regular season with 5003 fans attending on Canada Day and a record shattering 6000 fans at the WCBL All Star Game and Home Run Derby. In June 2022, the Dawgs welcomed their 1 Millionth fan to Seaman Stadium! For the season, the collegiate Dawgs attracted a record breaking 130,000 fans.
Beyond the baseball, the Dawgs, its donors and the Town added over $2 Million in facility upgrades to enhance the viewing experience of our extraordinary fan base at Seaman Stadium. Highlighting these were the completion of the Kore 4 (+14) Corner Hospitality Patios and “Front Row” Seating Section, a new Visitors’ Clubhouse, the Grog & Grub Concession, a new washroom building, the expansion of the walkway along the Ford Family Berm, construction of 2 large Pergolas and the addition of Berm Countertop Viewing Areas. In addition, the Dawgs added Satellite Concession Stations, new Fibre Optik High Speed Internet, a Mobile Concession Application and a number of TV monitors.
Dawgs Youth Academy: The success of the summer collegiate Dawgs was matched by the Youth Academy. Perfect Game ranked the Dawgs 18U Black Team the 3rd top (1st in Canada) youth travel team in North America. The Dawgs second 18U squad, Dawgs Red was ranked 70th (#2 in Canada). The Dawgs 15U captured another Alberta Championship.
In the fall of 2022, the Academy scheduled another West Coast College Tour playing 18 games in 17 days against premier NCAA college competition including the University of Utah, Washington State, Gonzaga, the University of Oregon, Oregon State and the University of Portland.
A few other Dawgs Academy highlights:
Looking Forward to Dawgs 2023
The Dawgs will continue to raise the bar in 2023 in terms of enhancing our player and fan experience. Facility upgrades in process for the 2023 season include an iconic new Da Dawgs Beach Bar on the Anthem Hospitality Patio, a new “Ay Caramba” Cantina on the Fortis Family Patio and 2 new Pergolas.
In the fall of 2023, the Dawgs plan to add a new Indoor Batting Facility to compliment the Duvernay Indoor Fieldhouse and Training Center as well as new Ground Level Hospitality Suites with Rooftop Patios in order to afford more fans with an opportunity to experience the grassroots phenomenon that is Dawgs Baseball.
Dawgs wish all of our incredible fans, donors, sponsors and partners, a fabulous 2023!