Celebrating Sam Steele with sports

Baseball diamonds, bocce pits, soccer fields and more were buzzing with activity to mark Sam Steele Days over the weekend.

A runner makes it home during a game at the Sam Steele Ball Tournament at Kinsmen Quad ball park over the weekend. See the Daily Townsman later this week for results on all the sports action over the three-day celebration.

A runner makes it home during a game at the Sam Steele Ball Tournament at Kinsmen Quad ball park over the weekend. See the Daily Townsman later this week for results on all the sports action over the three-day celebration.

While Sam Steele Days is a celebration of the pioneer lawman who rolled into the region with the Northwest Mounted Police over a century ago, it wouldn’t be what it is without the various sporting endeavours that have grown over the years.

Legendary events like the Sam Steele Ball Tournament have put Cranbrook on the map as being one of the premier ball tournaments in the southern Interior, while others, such as the Strongman Competition, has steadily grown into one of the biggest spectator hotspots since its inception 10 years ago.

Kinsmen Quad ball park was the main hub of ball activity, as teams in competitive, fun, and rec divisions hit the field for three days of round-the-clock baseball.

While baseball action was also going on the diamonds at Moir Park, soccer took over the fields as over 50 teams in varying boys and girls age divisions from around the region hit the pitch.

The Balls of Steele bocce tournament was a big success this year with over 40 teams registered while debuting in a new location at Baker Park.

Keep an eye on the Daily Townsman this week for results in all the weekend sports action.