100 memories… 100 moments… 100 Years of Huskie Athletics
Each Monday, Huskie Athletics will release a series of moments with the Top 10 being released at the Huskie Centennial Reunion Banquet March 31. Dig into your memory bank and share your greatest Huskie memories, stories, and photos because We Are All Huskies!
Videos for the moments can be viewed here: http://huskies.usask.ca/centennial/tophundred.php
Moment #29 – Champions Again
Champions again. The University of Saskatchewan women’s basketball team won the Western Canadian title in Edmonton in 1949 for the third straight time. The Huskiettes beat B.C. by two points and blew out Alberta by almost 30. Saskatchewan’s team included twin sisters Jean and Shirley Howes, Pat Lawson, Peggy Wilton, MVP Lydia Yaremchuk and Sylvia Fedoruk. Fedoruk also played on the volleyball and golf teams at the U of S. She was a goalie on the Huskiette hockey team. She was a thrower in university in track and field. And she went far in nuclear medicine.
Moment #39 – November To Remember
Tracy Kelly of the University of Saskatchewan had a November to remember in 1981. Kelly crowned the month by winning the Canadian women’s cross-country running championship in the wind and rain in Vancouver. Earlier that November, Kelly was third at the Canadian university championships and won the conference race. It was almost 20 years before another Huskie, man or woman, won the conference championship.
Moment #61 – Top In His Field
The start of the old TV show Star Trek had a line about boldly going where you have never gone before. Steve Kook can relate. Since becoming the first full-time coach of the University of Saskatchewan women’s hockey team, Kook has guided the Huskies into the playoffs for three straight seasons and was named coach of the year in Canada in 2010. Raised in Outlook, Kook is among the top in his field.
Moment #91– Dog Days
Dog days. The University of Saskatchewan men’s basketball team was in Edmonton to play the Alberta Golden Bears in 1961. Yip-shi, the Huskies’ mascot who was a real live dog, was along for the ride. As coach John Dewar gathered the team in the hotel for a quick meeting before going to the gym, someone said Yip-shi had run outside into the snow and gone missing. The search began. Terry Little and Gale Downey and Don Fry and the rest of the players looked for blocks until Yip-shi was found. The Huskies beat Alberta twice that weekend, the first time in 15 years Saskatchewan swept a doubleheader. Coach Dewar started to think Yip-shi should take runs in the snow all the time.