© Matthew Gourlie
Moose Jaw's Levi Steinhauer lifts the Grey Cup following the Saskatchewan Roughriders' 45-23 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sunday at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.
Watching the Saskatchewan Roughriders raise the Grey Cup on the Taylor Field turf was a moment football fans in the province will ever get.
Watching Moose Jaw’s Levi Steinhauer be part of that moment made it even sweeter for local fans.
Steinhauer winning the Grey Cup with the Riders was the unanimous choice as the Times-Herald’s sports story of the year.
Steinhauer received all four first-place votes from our panel of judges.
The award was voted on by a four person panel that included Marc Smith from Golden West Radio, the voice of the Moose Jaw Warriors, James Gallo, along with Times-Herald sports reporters Katie Brickman and Matthew Gourlie.
Steinhauer began the season as a darkhorse to make the Riders lineup, but by the end of the year he was their rookie of the year and was their long-snapper on special teams during the playoffs.
His rookie season ended with the Riders’ 45-23 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He hoisted the Grey Cup in front of friends and family on the same field he watched the Riders play as a kid.
The second biggest story of the year was Moose Jaw’s winning bid for the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The tournament will be held at Mosaic Place from Feb. 18-22 and will be the biggest curling event since the city hosted the women’s world championships in 1983.
Third on the list was another major event coming to Mosaic Place — Moose Jaw being awarded the Telus Cup, the midget AAA national hockey championship.
A pair of great high school seasons round out the top-five as Peacock’s unbeaten football season came in at No. 4 and the Central boys volleyball team’s provincial title was in fifth spot.
Morgan Rielly staying up with the Toronto Maple Leafs was sixth on the list followed by Leighton Bearchell winning the provincial junior golf title at the Hillcrest.
Also receiving votes were Peacock’s girls basketball team finishing second at Hoopla after a one-loss season to that point, Michael Corso’s chase of the triple crown with the Moose Jaw Miller Express baseball team, Moose Jaw being part of Grey Cup week as both teams practiced at YaraCentre, the city hosting the SHSAA track and field provincials and the Peacock track team taking part in the Nike track meet in Toronto.