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Andrew Young

Born in Regina in 1912, Andy Young spent his early years participating in hockey, football, baseball and softball. He earned the reputation of one of the finest all-around athletes produced in Regina. He excelled in each sport he took part in.

As a youth, in baseball he played with the Regina Nationals, Wood Hardware, The Young Liberals and the Army and Navy Teams. In softball he was on the Crossleys and the Canadian Legion Teams. In hockey he participated in Midget, Juvenile and Junior levels; and joined the Regina Pats Junior Football Club before playing for the Regina Roughriders.

During winter months Andy played hockey, being the leading goaltender for the Regina Aces, the Weyburn Beavers, and the Lethbridge Maple Leafs from 1930 through 1948; taking part in Western Provincial and Allan Cup Championships. One year he had a goals-per-game average of 1.98.

In the fall, football took his fancy, and from 1932-1937 he was a standout player for the Roughriders, winning Western titles and playing in the Grey Cup.

His achievements in all sports, along with his high standard of sportsmanship, exemplifies the high esteem in which his career in Saskatchewan sport history is recorded.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on June 22nd, 1985.

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Les Youngson

Les Youngson began curling at a very early age in Arcola and won his first bonspiel in 1917 while still in High School. Throughout his life Les was an enthusiastic curler and dedicated to the game as an administrator.

He won the Provincial title in 1936 and competed in the MacDonald Brier in Toronto. He won South Saskatchewan Championships in 1943 and 1948 and over the years competed in bonspiels throughout Saskatchewan and Manitoba. He curled in the Regina Bonspiel for 43 consecutive years until 1974.

Les Youngson served for many years on the executive of the Saskatchewan Curling Association. He was secretary for 3 years and in 1943-44 served as president He was made a life member of the Association in 1951. Les also served as president of the Regina Curling Club in 1949-50 and he was an honorary member of the club. Les Youngson died in May 1979.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on March 22, 1980.

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Muriel Youngson

Muriel Youngson joined the Caledonian Ladies Curling Club in 1931. In both 1943 and 1945 she won the Grand Aggregate in the Regina Ladies Bonspiel, and she continued a strong bonspiel contestant for many years.

Muriel was elected president of the Caledonian Ladies Curling Club in 1945, 46 and 47, and took an active part in the formation of the Saskatchewan Ladies Curling Association in 1947-48. She served on the executive council of the provincial association, and in 1959 she was elected president.

She was also an executive member of the Western Canada Ladies Curling Association, and president of that Association in 1960. As western president she was part of the committee which established the format for the Canadian Ladies Curling Association. Muriel served as vice-president of the Canadian Association in 1961 and in 1962 she was elected president.

Later, with the consent of the provincial association, Muriel Youngson and Addie Bright organized the Saskatchewan Senior Ladies Curling Association. Muriel served as president of the Senior Association from 1967 until 1971.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on March 22, 1980.

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Helen Yuill

Helen Yuill / Helen Stewart

Basketball, Tennis, Fencing (B.A. '41)

Helen Stewart graduated from City Park Collegiate and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1938.

Helen was a member of the basketball team for two years, tennis team for three years and fencing team for two years. For her all-round participation in sports, she was awarded a Major Athletic Award in 1941.

In addition to sports, Helen was very active in other extra-curricular activities. She was a member of the Women's Athletic Directorate for two years and served as vice-president of the SRC in 1940-41. She was very active in drama and was awarded the Edmund cup in 1939 and 1940 as best actress on campus. For her all-round contribution to campus life, she was awarded an Honor Social Award in 1940-41.

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Date: 1939

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Pete Zacharias

Pete Zacharias started playing ball in Saskatoon in 1959. He played in the commercial league with the Nutana Royals, Stodola Mixers and K&K Olson teams. Pete then moved up to the senior division and joined the College Lads. He then went on to pitch for the Saskatoon Jacks in the very competitive Western Major Fastball League.

Zacharias later played for the Merchants and coached them for 2 years. The Merchants won the 1969 Canadian championship and that team was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1984. He has been the recipient of many awards, including most valuable player in 1966 and 1969. and most valuable player in 1965 at a tournament in Plentywood, Montana. Pete also played hockey for several years in the Saskatchewan Valley League. He also coached a hockey team that won the Saskatoon midget championship in 1974.

Pete was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.

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Anthony Zasada

Tony was 16 years-old when he first wandered down to the Regina Rowing Club on Wascana Lake. While offering a humorous word, he always gave everything in training and competition. Unquestionably, he gained the respect of his fellow oarsmen and demonstrated significant leadership in his local club, being President in 1980 and Vice-President in 1981.

Tony became a skilled oarsman; his awards and achievements reflect this. He won a gold in the 1981 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in the Open Coxed Four event. In the 1982 Canadian University Championships, his crews were first in the Men's Eight and Men's Four with Coxswain. Also in 1982, he gained a gold in Junior Pair at the Canadian Henley. In 1983, he placed first in the Coxed Four at the Canadian University Championships. Internationally, Tony earned a gold in Junior Four with Cox and Junior Double competing in the 1980 Northwest International Rowing Championships. He returned the next year and placed first in the Junior Pair, Senior Pair and Open Quad. In the 1983 San Diego Crew Classic, he finished second in the University Men's Eight and at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela, he was part of the Men's Eight Team which brought home a bronze for Canada. Tony was probably best known for his superb finish in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. As the first Saskatchewan oarsman to participate in the Olympics, Tony placed fifth in the Coxed Pair with his partner Harold Backer and Coxswain Tan Barkley.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum on June 15, 1991.

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Joseph Zeman

Joe Zeman

Over the years Joe has been a player, coach, manager, official, administrator and sports historian. Most of his coaching and managing was directed towards baseball and hockey. But he contributed to other sports like curling, soccer, softball, flag football and track and field.

In order to improve the coaching calibre in Saskatchewan, Joe has conducted many baseball and hockey clinics. In 1967, Joe was selected as manager of the first Canadian baseball team to take part in the Pan-American Games in Winnipeg. He has served two full terms as director of both Sask. Sport and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. He is still active and assists the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 1964, he was selected Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year. He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1982 and two years later was added to the University of Saskatchewan Athletic Wall of Fame. In 1986, Joe was named to the Saskatoon Hall of Fame.

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Andy Zwack

Prince Albert's Andy Zwack has been part of Canada's baseball movement since 1931. Best known for his contribution to umpire development, Zwack held senior umpire positions at all levels of Canadian baseball. In 1967, he was appointed the first Umpire Supervisor for the Canadian Federation of Amateur Baseball after serving as first Umpire Supervisor for the Western Canada Baseball Association, the Saskatchewan Baseball Association, and the Prince Albert Baseball Association. Zwack introduced the umpire schools concept to Saskatchewan and organized schools on a regular basis. By the end of his career, he had conducted umpire clinics in eight provinces.

Outside his umpire related duties, Zwack has also served on a number of baseball executives. He became a director of both the Canadian Federation of Amateur Baseball and the Western Canada Baseball Association during the 1960s and 1970s. In Saskatchewan, he became the President of the Saskatchewan Baseball Association after a stint in the same position with the Prince Albert Baseball Association in late 1950s and early 1960s.

Zwack became Saskatchewan's first full-time baseball Executive Director in 1970 and established the province's first permanent baseball office in Regina. Under his guidance, the Saskatchewan Baseball Association became the province's officially recognized governing body. He organized a number of innovative programs, including Tossball, Kenko Baseball, and "Everyone Bats," a program that ensures all players have an opportunity in the batter's box. Of note, he developed what became known as Twilite Baseball, an association and tournament event for those 35 years and older.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum on June 19, 1993.

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