Karen Thull, Glen Fekula among Regina Sports Hall of Fame inductees
The 14th annual induction ceremony set for Oct. 8 at Evraz Place
Former CFL running back Greg Fieger and softball star Karen Thull are among this year's inductees to the Regina Sports Hall of Fame.
The inductees were announced on Tuesday afternoon. It's the 14th straight year the Hall has recognized local athletes.
This year's Hall of Fame inductees include:
- Greg Fieger (Athlete: multi-sport)
- Karen Thull (Athlete: softball)
- Leah Holliday and Jennifer Tangjerd (Team: baton twirling)
- Glen Fekula (Builder: basketball)
- 1993-94 Regina Pat Canadians (Team: hockey)
- Luther Invitational Tournament (Patron: basketball)
With these latest selections, the Regina Sports Hall of Fame now has 84 inductees. There are 34 athletes, 33 builders, 13 teams, and four patrons.
The 14th annual induction ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8 at Evraz Place. Find more information on the awards night here.
According to the Regina Sports Hall of Fame, Fieger played 99 games in CFL as a running back with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Calgary Stampeders.
The former Regina Rams product was named rookie of year in 1976, the same year the Rams won the Armadale Cup — which is now the Canadian Bowl.
But Fieger wasn't just a star on the gridiron. He also played 100 games with the Regina Pats from 1974 to 1976. He also played hockey with the University of Regina Cougars from 1977 to 1980.
Thull won a championship in softball at nearly every level she competed in.
As a member of the Regina Fighting Saints, she won the 1985-86 city championship and the 1985 provincial championship.
In high school, she won city championships in 1989, 1990, and 1992 with the Johnson Wildcats. She was also a member of Saskatchewanʼs gold medal winning team at the 1990 Western Canada Games.
Thull went on to play college ball with Simon Fraser University from 1993 to 1997, where she set school record for triples and RBIs. She was also named a conference all-star twice.
Leah Holliday and Jennifer Tangjerd
Holliday and Tangjerd made their mark on the international baton twirling world.
In 1998, they won bronze at the World Baton Twirling Federation championships.
A year later, the pair won gold in senior pairs at the 1999 the world championships. The same year, they were named team of the year by both Canada and Saskatchewan's baton twirling associations.
Tangjerd also attended four world championships as an individual.
If you played basketball in Regina in the past 30 years, you probably know Glen Fekula.
He spent 29 years coaching senior boys basketball at Balfour Collegiate. In that time, Fekula's Balfour teams won nine city championships.
Fekula also led Balfour to four provincial titles and two LIT championships.
Fekula started his coaching career at Thom Collegiate, leading the junior boys team for six years.
Luther Invitational Tournament
The Luther Invitational Tournament, or LIT, has become one of the most prestigious basketball events in western Canada.
Founded in 1953, the senior high school basketball tournament held its 64th tournament in 2016.
The tournament is usually held over three days in February. According to the Regina Sports Hall of Fame, the event promotes "sportsmanship, hospitality and high-level competition", as well as "the value of volunteering and leadership".
1993-94 Regina Pat Canadians
In 1994, the Regina Pat Canadians played a game its players will surely never forget.
After posting a 3-2 record in the round robin of the 1994 Air Canada Cup, the Pat Canadians beat Gatineau to advance to the final.
In the final, the Regina upset Red Deer 3-2 in double overtime to win the national midget AAA hockey championship.
According to the Hall of Fame, the team was made up of the following players: Matt Landry, Trevor McMorris, Jason Hodel, Chris Riddell, Joel Irving, Lance Lazurak, Ryan Letnes, Aaron Karpan, Steve Federko, Brad Walters, Tom Johnson, Wade Strand, Aaron Sparvier, Jamie Burgess, Jason Bird, Gerad Adams, Chad Wilchynski, Colin Anderson, and Daryl Fisher.
The team also included coaches Kal Parenteau, Drew Callander, and Dave Dunn, manager Ken Nameth, and trainers Carla Tidball and Carla Schatz.