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Five Storylines We’re Watching in 2022

It will come as no surprise that the developments around COVID-19 will continue to dominate the sports headlines in the months ahead.

But assuming we can have a normal(ish) summer, what other storylines should we be watching?

We take out our crystal ball to look at the five stories that we expect will have local, provincial and national implications.

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Celebrating Baseball Alberta’s 2021

It wasn’t the usual banquet with all the fixings, but the Baseball Alberta annual awards ceremony still had a celebratory air to it.

While “unprecedented” feels like one of the most over-used words of the past couple of years, 2021 will certainly go down as one that officials won’t forget any time soon.

We recap the awards, some of the speeches and what Baseball Alberta president Jon Oko had to say in this story.

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Save Situation

Heidi Northcott is no stranger to remaining calm in the storm.

On the baseball field, she held the fate of her team with every pitch she threw.

She has had to use that mindset during the COVID-19 pandemic as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in Edmonton.

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Fantastic Four

Many young athletes have dreams of representing Canada on the international stage.

For four young Albertans, they took one big step towards that goal recently during Baseball Canada’s Women’s National Team Showcase.

They hope their performance was enough for them to get the call to the national team once an international event is once again organized.

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Turn the Paige

Even though her playing days are behind her, Paige Wakefield is still more than happy to reminisce about her time in baseball.

Whether it was her home association teams, Baseball Alberta or Baseball Canada, she enjoyed every minute of it.

We caught up with her earlier this year for a chat on Alberta Dugout Stories: The Podcast and here is the full transcript of that conversation.

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