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sportslife 2018 | Volume 5 | Issue 4

Winnipeg Edition

Winnipeg’s place to play The Manitoba Stars Ready to Represent Canada

IGNITE BASKETBALL Ignite’s Cameron Carlos (3) Drives on CP Manitoba’s Tannah Becker (1)

Kirby Schepp Named National U-17 Coach

The MHSOF’s Class of 2018

Pictures from the 2018 Manitoba Marathon

The 2018 WHSFL Schedule

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Contents 4 sports sportslife life

26 volleyball... Kearley Abbott

06 the starting line-up

20 Ringette

10 Future Olympians

22 Basketball manitoba

Hottest News Stories in Manitoba Sports

Inaugural RBC Training Ground Regional Final for Man-Sask

Manitoban Athletes-in-Arms Exhibit

World Masters Ultimate Club Championships in Winnipeg

12 MB Sports Hall of Fame 14 ultimate

15 Junior Football

Manitoban’s Join Team Canada for 2018 Worlds

2018 Varsity Schedule


18 Manitoba Sports

Hall of Fame

Class of 2018 Inductees

2018 Canadian Ringette Championships Held in Winnipeg

Announcements and Events

24 Basketball

Kirby Schelpp

26 volleyball

Kearley Abbott

28 Community basketball

Grassroots Basketball in South Winnipeg

29 Basketball

Ignite Photo Feature

30 Manitoba Marathon

Corey Gallagher Wins 40th Annual Run

31 Marathon

Manitoba Marathon Photo Feature

SportsLife is Manitoba’s amateur sports magazine. This is where sports fans will meet the Olympians of tomorrow and the medalists of today and they all compete right here in Manitoba. We exist to pay tribute to those who make sport so important to this province. Published by SportsLife Publications, it is edited by Scott Taylor and is designed and developed by Scott Taylor, Debbie Dunmall and OV Suvajac. SportsLife Magazine is printed by Quantum Graphics. Any opinions expressed belong solely to the authors and do not necessarily express the views of the magazine, or of the publishers. All published work is edited for accuracy, style, and clarity. We do accept unsolicited material as long as it refers to athletes, coaches, or volunteers involved in sport in Manitoba. For all information and advertising rates, we can be reached at 204-996-4146 or 204-296-GOAL (4625). PUBLISHER OV Suvajac Box 66050, Winnipeg Manitoba R3K 2G0 204-996-4146

School’s Over, Let’s Get Outside It’s that time of year here at SportsLife when we do our best to be out of doors and away from our devices as much as possible. It’s also the time of year when our athletes ditch the rink and the gym for a little softball, baseball, rugby, football, ultimate, beach volleyball and golf. It’s summer, in Manitoba we try to make the best of it. In this, the latest edition of SportsLife, we honour the stars

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Scott Taylor ART DIRECTOR Debbie Dunmall COVER PHOTO James Carey Lauder CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS James Carey Lauder, Jeff Miller, Scott Taylor, Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba, Manitoba Organization of Disc Sports, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Glenn Dickson, McMaster University, Badminton Manitoba, Kelly Morton, Bae’s Martial Arts, Lawn Bowls Manitoba, Rusty Barton, Winnipeg Ringette League CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Scott Taylor, Johnston Hall, Fiona Rettie, Mark Lloyd, Ric Brownlee, Jocelyn MacLeod, Jennifer Ewacha

of the 2017-2018 indoor season – our best volleyball players, a basketball program called Ignite (our cover subject), the 2018 Induction Class of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and the best badminton players in the country. However, we also fete the thousands of participants in the 2018 Manitoba Marathon – the 40th Anniversary, by the way – and a rising star at Assiniboia Downs. We set you up for the 2018 Winnipeg High School Football League season with the entire league schedule and pay tribute to three former WHSL stars who will represent Canada at the World Junior Championship this month. And we also let you know everything you need to know about the 2018 World Men’s and Women’s Masters Ultimate Club Championships which will be held at Maple Grove Rugby Park and Investors Group Field at the end of July. It’s a busy month and a busy summer and before you head back indoors in September, enjoy Manitoba’s outdoor sporting season and take a copy of SportsLife with you to the lake.

– SCOTT TAYLOR Editor-in-Chief SportsLife is published at least six times a year by SportsLife Publications. All sales are managed by SportsLife Publications. All design and layout is provided by Debbie Dunmall and SportsLife is printed by Quantum Graphics. sportslife 5



Compiled by Scott Taylor, Photos by University of Manitoba, Badminton Manitoba, Volleyball Manitoba, Bae’s Martial Arts, Rusty Barton and Kelly Morton


SportsLife Magazine brings you the hottest news stories in Manitoba sports. Once again, we’ll catch up with a number of the star athletes who were sensational in 2017 and have continued along that bright pathway in 2018. Here’s the latest in Manitoba sport.

badminton nationals heading to manitoba

Thien Vo, No. 1 in Manitoba and No. 2 in U-23 Canada

It’s still a year away, but it’s going to be great. The week of May 20 - 25, 2019 Canada’s top Junior and U23 athletes will descend on the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre (145 Pacific Avenue) to compete for the title of Top Player in Canada. Badminton Manitoba last played host to this tournament in 2015 at the University of Winnipeg’s Duckworth Centre. It will be another chance for Manitoba’s top player to compete nationally in front of a hometown audience. Manitoba favorites who will be competing in the U-23 category are all from Winnipeg: Thien Vo who is currently ranked No. 1 in Manitoba and No. 2 at this year’s U-23 and Junior Nationals, Arnish Patel who is a member of the 2017 Junior National Team and represented Canada at the 2017 Pan Am Junior Championships and Felix Tessier who is a Bronze Medalist at a previous Junior National Championship.

tachie signs with u of m One of the top-ranked high school basketball players in Manitoba, Mark Tachie of the St. Paul’s Crusaders, has signed a letter of intent to play with the University of Manitoba Bisons this fall. Tachie is a 5-foot-10, point guard and his presence in the Bison’s lineup excites head coach Kirby Schepp. “Mark has proven himself both on the court and in the classroom,” said Schepp. “He is an extremely talented young man that has the ability to be a very successful U SPORTS basketball player — he’s been the top guard in Manitoba the past two years and is a product of our Junior Bison club team. We are very happy to add such a terrific, home-grown talent to our program.” Tachie, 18, was the MVP of this year’s Final Four tournament. He also played for Team Manitoba at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg.

Shirley Fitzpatrick-Wong

Mark Tachie signs with the Bisons


It’s championship season. Bowls Manitoba is currently in the midst of its various Provincial Championship events at a number of different locations throughout the province. Recently, Bob VanWalleghem and John Bjornson from the Norwood Lawn Bowling Club captured the Men’s Pairs. In the Women’s Fours it was Betty Van Walleghem’s team of Elaine Jones, Betty Grundy and Sandra Mulholland taking the trophy. The Men’s Fours team of Jerome Kirby, Brian Kullman, Gerry Venderbos and Phil Clark were crowned provincial champs in Brandon last month while Betty VanWalleghem won the Women’s Indoor Singles championship, Brian Kullman won the men’s Indoor Singles and Shirley Fitzpatrick-Wong (Betty VanWalleghem as second entry) won the Women’s Outdoor Singles. All of the provincial champs will travel to Regina from Aug. 22-29 to compete in the Canadian Majors Championships.

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OLYMPIAN BRAM TO HOLD HOCKEY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS Canadian Olympic hockey star, and Olympic silver medalist, Bailey Bram from Ste. Anne, Man., will conduct the brand new Bailey Bram Hockey Academy at the East End Arena in Transcona from July 20-22. Bram, who has won five World Championship silver medals and an Olympic silver medal with Team Canada, says she wants to give back to the game she loves. “This is something I’ve really wanted to do,” she said. “There isn’t anything out there for Elite younger female hockey players. This will be targeted toward having fun. I want to show the younger girls in Manitoba an experience where they can come and feel like they’re a professional. I want them to have the feeling I had every time I put the Canadian jersey on.”

Bailey Bram

Bae’s martial arts Bae’s Martial Arts and three other schools came together and formed a 17-member Manitoba team that went to Ottawa to take part in the WKC Canadian National Karate championships in June. Manitoba did extremely well, placing 13 members on the National Team. Manitoba won 10 Gold Medals, seven Silver Medals and 13 Bronze Medals. According to head coach Malcolm Edwards, Haiyllee Enano-Santos won three gold medals and a bronze; Nico DeGuzman earned three golds, two silvers and a bronze; Brooklyn DeGuzman won a gold medal; Brendan EnanoSantos won a gold and a silver medal; Akira Wojciechowski and Ainsley Forte each won a silver; Bryce Forte, LeeAngela Igne, Lynn Igne, Miley Carino and Sheryl-Lynn Team Manitoba Padua-Policarpio each won one bronze medal; and Jackson Lachaine was the first runner-up in Korean form and Lorenzo Ortilla was the first runner up in continuous sparring. The Canadian team will be travelling to Dublin, Ireland, later this year for the WKC World Karate Championships.


Keith Omoerah (2) with the Bisons

Keith Omoerah, who graduated from the University of Manitoba Bisons basketball program a year ago, has joined the Nigerian National team. The 6-foot-5, shooting guard, who played professionally in Norway last season, learned of his opportunity from his coach at Baerum Basket in the Norwegian Premier League. Omoerah’s father emigrated to Canada from Lagos and while Keith has spent his entire 26 years of life in Canada (he’s a graduate of Grant Park High School), his family ties are close enough to earn himself a spot on the Nigerian National Team. Omoerah, who averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds per game and was a league all-star in Norway, will try to help Nigeria qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.

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Scholarships awarded Track athlete Tegan Turner and Badminton star Arnish Patel were recipients of the $3,000 Princess Royal Pan Am Scholarships, awarded by Sport Manitoba last month. In fact, $22,500 in academic scholarships were presented to eleven high school students, eight university students, and four Manitoba coaches. Manitoba Foundation for Sport Scholarships This year the Manitoba Foundation for Sports scholarships (MFFS) recognized the exceptional achievements of 18 student athletes. These athletes represent 10 towns/cities and 20 different sports.

Long jumper Gee-e f Nkwonta, winner of Jeff Collins Memorial Coaching Award

$500 High School Scholarship Recipients Jillian Marie Duncan, Winnipeg, Basketball/Volleyball Olivia Sheldon, St. Rose du Lac, Baseball/Volleyball/Basketball Alexa Jaworsky, East St. Paul, Artistic Gymnastics/Volleyball Jayden Kyryluk, Winnipeg, Football/Rugby/Wrestling Jamie Johnson, Arborg, Baseball/Volleyball Alex Knight, Winnipeg, Handball/Volleyball/Track Deborah Nkiasi-Kuku, Winnipeg, Basketball/Handball Alix Tosh, Beausejour, Golf/Hockey Makayla Dyck, Winnipeg, Ringette/Cross Country Braedy Farmer, Oakbank, Athletics/Volleyball/Basketball Carson McComb, Brandon, Triathlon/Cross-Country $1000 University Scholarship Recipients Mason Metcalf, Carman, Volleyball Anish Patel, Winnipeg, Badminton Yonatan Orlov, Winnipeg, Baton Twirling Emma Parker, St. Adolphe, Volleyball James Wagner, Winnipeg, Basketball Tyler Wilson, Birtle, Archery Robyn Silva, Winnipeg, Para-Swimming $500 Bud Tinsley Sport Leadership Scholarship Jayden Kyryluk, Winnipeg, Football Emma Parker, University

Scholarship winner Coaching Manitoba Bursaries One male and one female each from Winnipeg and Rural Manitoba received a $500 bursary to be used toward their 2018-2019 tuition. The bursaries have been named after two special coaches in Manitoba: Silvio Sboto and Jeff Collins. • Silvio Sboto Memorial Rural Coach Award Female: Cynthia Cote from La Broquerie of Figure Skating attending Université de Saint-Boniface • Silvio Sboto Memorial Rural Coach Award Male: James Wagner, Unive Joben Smith from Foxwarren of Hockey attending Scholarship winn rsity er University of Manitoba • Jeff Collins Memorial Winnipeg Coach Award Female: Lauren Jackman from Winnipeg of Gymnastics attending University of Manitoba • Jeff Collins Memorial Winnipeg Coach Award Male: Gee-ef Nkwonta from Winnipeg of Optimist attending University of Manitoba

$3,000 Princess Royal Pan Am Scholarships Female: Tegan Turner, Athletics, University of Manitoba Male: Arnish Patel, Badminton, University of Manitoba

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Athletes Come from All Over for RBC Training Ground Regional Final By Fiona Rennie, Photos courtesy Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba It might have been the first one, but it was a good one. The Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba, in partnership with RBC, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Foundation and CBC, hosted the first ever RBC Training Ground Regional Final for Manitoba-Saskatchewan.

region’s athletes have to achieving excellence in sport. Representatives from nine different National Sport Organizations attended the event in Winnipeg to make connections with the prairie’s best athletes in hopes to find Canada’s next Olympian. Coaches and sport officials from athletics, bobsleigh skeleton, judo, rugby, rowing, speed skating, water polo, wrestling and snowboard scouted for athletes who matched their desired profile. Event winners included athletes from a wide variety of sports, including sprinters Wilfred Sam-King and Syed Muhammad Aoun, volleyball player Emma Ciprick, cyclist Ness Dalling, and cowgirl Hailey

RBC Olympians Halli Krzyzaniak and James Lavallee and Olympic champion Jill Officer talk with an athlete after she completed her testing. The inaugural year was hugely successful for both prairie provinces, drawing in 400 athletes through four RBC Training Ground qualifiers from across the region. The top 100 athletes were invited to the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Regional Final where they were joined by RBC executives, Canadian Olympic Committee representatives, CBC journalists and Canadian Olympians. The all-day event took place on Saturday, May 5 at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre. Athletes drove and flew in from remote areas across the prairies to attend the Final, a statement of the dedication the

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Cole Vincent, RBC Training Ground Co-ordinator

Kayden Johnson was named the overall champion at the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Final. Before the day was done, Kayden was approached by several National Sport Organizations at RBC Training Ground. The ones that are most attractive, he says, are Bobsleigh Skeleton Canada and Rugby Canada.

WINNERS – MALE Sprint – Syed Muhammad Aoun Triple broad jump – Wilfred Sam-King Single broad jump – Wilfred Sam-King Peak power – Brenden Cowan Strength – Kayden Johnson Endurance bike – Ness Dalling

WINNERS – FEMALE Sprint – Emma Ciprick Triple broad jump – Emma Ciprick Single broad jump – Emma Ciprick Peak power – Emma Ciprick Strength – Hailey Tonn Endurance bike – Logan Biccum

Four-time Paralympian and RBC Olympic champion Colin Matheson greets athletes before their weigh-ins. Tonn. More than a dozen athletes were approached by members of their potential new sport organizations during the event. Posting impressive scores across all eight speed, power, strength and endurance tests, York University running back

Johnson says he stopped in Winnipeg for the Regional Final en route home to Kerrobert, Saskatchewan, from university. He first heard about RBC Training Ground from decathlete and 2016 Toronto Regional winner Pierce LePage, who trains alongside Kayden at the York University facilities. “My end goal is to be an Olympian,” said Johnson, “and RBC Training Ground is definitely a major stepping stone on my journey.”

Olympic wrestler Leah Ferguson (right) supervises the endurance testing station. Olympic silver medalist Janine Stephens (left), CSCM’s Jerermie Chase and Rowing Canada coach Chuck McDiarmid (right) look on as Jacob Ambroziak tests his strength.

Champion Kayden Johnson

A word from Cole Vincent, RBC Training Ground Co-ordinator: It’s safe to say that the momentum gained over the three 2018 qualifying events in Manitoba has set the groundwork for years to come. From RBC volunteers to sport coaches and COPSI Network staff, each event

I am excited to be a part of RBC Training Ground’s continued growth, and look forward to seeing this opportunity delivered to every athlete across the province as we work to discover the next generation of Canadian Olympians.





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was delivered with professionalism and excellence that was reflected in the positive experiences of the participating athletes. Thank you to everyone for making RBC Training Ground’s inaugural year in Manitoba a great success. l


FREE “Come Try Ringette” events can be hosted by a Local Association. Visit the “Come Try Ringette” website to register for an event in Manitoba

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Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame Manitoban Athletes-In-Arms By Scott Taylor, Photos courtesy Sport Manitoba For Richard Harzing, the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame Gallery Coordinator, the latest exhibit inside Hall’s doors at 145 Pacific Avenue, is one of the most exciting ever. “We’ve never done anything like this before in our gallery,” said Harzing proudly. “We had a great turnout when we launched back on May 1, and we’re pleased with how well it’s been received.” In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame is featuring an exhibit honouring Manitoba’s athletes and sports teams – or the battalions to which they belonged – during the Great War. Using information from the digitized First World War personnel records in concert with archival materials such as badges, medals, articles of clothing and uniforms, and sports equipment, the Hall’s curators, Rachel Burlock and Andrea Reichert, designed Reflections of the Great War: Manitoban Athletes-In-Arms to showcase the incredible efforts of the Manitoba Hall’s honoured members and other athletes in the early 20th century. “My favourite part of the exhibit is the simple fact that we go back more than 100 years to chronicle what our province’s athletes did to fight for our country,” said Harzing. “And there are some outstanding artifacts that have been assembled to tell the story.”

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Among those artifacts are:

• The pink-striped running shorts worn by Tommy Town, a champion long distance runner, in the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. • WWI military-issue canvas running shoes (more than 100 years old). • A participation medal from the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden of Canada’s first black Olympian, sprinter John Armstrong (Army) Howard, the grandfather of another great sprint champion, Harry Jerome. • Winnipeg Falcons’ hockey player Konrad Johannesson’s pilot’s license. • And a WWI khaki shirt and syringe kit used by Dr. Grover Glenn Murphy, expert pistol shooter, with the 12th Canadian Field Ambulance, Canadian Army Medical Corps. “But I think my favourite artifacts are the boxing gloves worn by Billie Hughes (an honoured member of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, inducted in 1984),” said Harzing. “He had more than 180 fights and lost only nine times at a time when boxing’s history when your opponent would do anything possible to win (including smearing acid on his own gloves causing any cuts caused by blows to inflict serious damage).” “This collection, with some artifacts that are over 100 years old, is truly remarkable,” Hnatiuk said. “We’re proud to showcase and celebrate Manitoba’s rich sport history with this exhibit with special attention to our athletes and teams who fought in the Great War.” Many of Manitoba’s finest athletes fought at The Somme, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, and Amiens, and some were even awarded the 1915 Star for seeing action so early in the war. “Many athletes joined the army together and created battalions amongst themselves,” said Harzing. “We were told it was great for morale and it kept teams together, even in war.” Of the many teams that served together in the same unit, were four Allan-Cup-winning hockey teams: The 1911-12 Winnipeg Victorias, the 1913 Winnipegs, the 1916 61st Overseas Battalion and members of the Winnipeg Falcons, who sent eight players into the Great War and six returned. The Falcons went on the win the 1920 Allan Cup and the 1920 Olympic Games Gold Medal.

“This has been a fascinating exhibit to build and develop,” said Rick Brownlee, Sport Manitoba’s Sports Heritage Manager. “So many military organizations and their heritage institutions have been so generous with their artifacts and archives, their knowledge and expertise, and their support of the new exhibit. The subject matter of the

Great War and the Manitoba athletes who served will attract a new demographic of visitors to the Hall of Fame and we are thrilled to welcome them. We have artifacts from all over the province on loan from military museums and the families of honoured members – Shilo, Pilot Mound, Brandon, Stony Mountain and Winnipeg, of course. It has been a great joint effort.” The exhibit is officially open and will run until the end of 2018. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for teens and seniors, and $2 for children 12 and under. l

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Winnipeg Welcomes the World By Mark Lloyd, Photos courtesy Manitoba Organization of Disc Sports Fast-paced action, acrobatic displays of athleticism, intense defence. Oh yeah, and a flying disc. All of this will be on display in Winnipeg from July 29-Aug. 4 as the World Masters Ultimate Club Championships (WMUCC) will light up Little Mountain Sportsplex and Investors Group Field. The Master’s division is for female Ultimate players 30-and-over and Male players 33-and-over. These are athletes who have dedicated their lives to the sport and are looking to claim the World Championships for their club. The World One of the fastest growing games in the world, Ultimate has expanded across the globe. The WMUCC has 72 teams from 13 countries, expanding from 26 teams just four years ago in Italy, making it the largest World Championship ever held in the Master’s division. Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States are all sending

representatives to Winnipeg. The United States has been racking up Gold Medals on the International scene and the big question is: Can one of the teams from outside North America snag a world championship on International soil? Or, an even bigger question: Will one of three local Winnipeg teams make a charge for the podium? The action will be intense. The Event The Manitoba Organization of Disc Sports in partnership with the World Flying Disc Federation will be hosting four different divisions at the Championship: Women’s Masters, Men’s Masters, Mixed Masters and Grand Masters. The Opening Ceremonies will be held on July 29 and all the qualifying games from July 30-Aug. 3, will be played at Little Mountain Sportsplex. The Finals will be played at the Big Stadium – Investors Group Field – on Aug. 4. The Party Oh, make no mistake, this will be a party. Not only will this be a great display

of athletics, but it will also be a great show of the athletic spirit as the athletes, organizers and fans also plan to play hard – on and off the field. Every night of the weeklong event will include a different social extravaganza. In fact, The World Masters Ultimate Club Championships will have everything from a scotch tasting to a karaoke contest, ending in the official After Party at The MET featuring internationally-known Canadian rapper KardinalOffishall. l Schedule July 29: Opening Ceremonies July 30: First full day of competition and Scotch and Whiskey tasting July 31: Pool play games and Canadian Beer Tasting Aug. 1: Power pool games and International Karaoke Contest Aug. 2: Powel pool and Playoff games and Trading night Aug. 3: Playoffsand Grand Masters Final. Evening party ft. Snake Oil Aug. 4: Finals at IGF (Men’s, Women’s, Mixed) Closing ceremonies and KardinalOffishall After Party at the MET.

Weichi Hops

Dobber Snatch

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Semi Holds

Manitoba Trio Set for Football Worlds By Scott Taylor,

Photos by Jeff Miller and Glenn Dickson and courtesy McMaster University

McMaster University quarterback Andreas Dueck out of Vincent Massey High School and defensive stars Eryk Bujalski and Josh Robinson will lead Team Canada into the 2018 World Junior Championship in Mexico City later this month. The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Junior Championships was won by Canada in 2016 in Harbin, China. Before that, Canada won gold at the 2012 tournament and also won a pair of silver medals at both the 2009 and 2014 Championships. Joining Dueck on the Team Canada roster will be Robinson, a safety out of Sturgeon Heights Collegiate in Winnipeg and another Massey graduate, Eryk Bujalski, who has committed to McMaster University for the 2018 season. “The WHSFL is one of the best high school football leagues in Canada and we’re very proud of the athletes and young men and women that we send out into society,” said WHSFL Commissioner Rick Henkewich. “These young men named to Team Canada are not only outstanding football players but also of the highest possible character. They’re all great players, and you can see how their training in the WHSFL has not only set them up for their university careers, but has also made them desirable to our National Team coaches.”

Former Vincent Massey star Eryk Bujalski

Canada’s 45-man roster will consist of 33 players who competed at the 2018 International Bowl in Arlington, Tex., in January. This year’s roster is comprised of athletes from Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. The three Manitobans were all outstanding high school players.

Former Sturgeon Creek star, Josh Robinson

“Bujalski is a great kid,” said Henkewich. “I love him because he’s an undersized linebacker who reminds me of the late CFL star, Ray Nettles. Eryk just plays so hard and he knows how to get to the ball carrier. He’s small but he’s smart and he hits like a ton of bricks. McMaster has a good one coming in that kid. “Dueck is an exceptional quarterback. I said that he’d win the Hec Creighton Andreas Dueck, McMaster QB Trophy by the end of his third year in U-SPORT and I still believe it. He had a tough start last year at McMaster, but he’ll be back, better than ever next year. This is his second year with the national junior program

so I’m looking for big things in this tournament. “Robinson was a solid two-way player at Sturgeon and I know head coach Eric Vincent loves him. I think the national team will use him as a safety. He has good size and speed and great range. He’s very intelligent, he can read the ball and he has a nice first step. He’s going to be a good one.” Team Canada will play its opening game of the tournament on Saturday, July 14, against Sweden at 4:00 p.m. CST. “I’m very excited about this roster we have coming forward for the World Junior Championships this summer in Mexico City,” said Head Coach Steve Sumarah in a written statement. “We have a great mix of under-19 and under-18 from this past year’s International Bowl. “Some guys really stepped up and showed their worth for this program. It’s going to be exciting come July to have all of these guys together and to be able to put the best team forward we have to represent the country.” Canada will be led by Junior National Team Head Coach Steve Sumarah. He will be joined by Offensive Coordinator JP Asselin and Defensive Coordinator Jeff Cummins. Jamie Barresi is the Quarterbacks Coach, Gord Beattie will be Offensive Line Coach, Bryan Brandford is the Linebackers Coach, Sebastien Tetreault is the Defensive Line Coach and Marc Fortier is the Defensive Backs Coach. l

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2018 WHSFL VAR Week 1: BYE – Tec Wednesday, Sept. 5: WHSFL 2018 Season Kickoff St. Paul’s 1 @ Dakota @ 5:00 pm Thursday, Sept. 6: Portage @ DMCI @ 4:30 pm Murdoch @ Neelin @ 4:30 pm Sisler @ Sturgeon @ 4:30 pm G. City @ Steinbach @ 5:00 pm Elmwood @ Lorette @ 5:00 pm Crocus @ R. East @ 5:00 pm VM Bdn @ Dryden @ 3 pm @ Nomads (581 McPhillips St.) St. John’s @ Maples @ 5:30 pm @ Nomads (581 McPhillips St.) G. Park @ St. Paul’s 2 @ 7:15 pm Friday, Sept. 7: O. Park @ VM Wpg @ 5:00 pm Fort @ Churchill @ 5:00 pm Miles @ W. Kildonan @ 5:00 pm Beaver Brae @ St. Norbert @ 3:30 pm @ East Side (723 London St) Kelvin @ K. East @ 6 pm @ East Side (723 London St) Week 2: BYE – Maples Thursday, Sept. 13: W. Kildonan @ Beaver Brae @ 3 pm @ Tom Nabb Soccer Complex G. City @ Dakota @ 5:00 pm St. Paul’s 2 @ Steinbach @ 5:00 pm St. John’s @ Elmwood @ 5:00 pm Churchill @ Lorette @ 5:00 pm St. Norbert @ K. East @ 5:00 pm @ East Side (723 London St) Neelin @ R. East @ 5:00 pm Friday, Sept. 14: Sturgeon @ Fort @ St. Paul’s 1 @ Sisler @ Portage @ DMCI @ Kelvin @

Dryden Tec G. Park O. Park Murdoch Crocus Miles

@ 2:00 pm Homecoming @ 4:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm Homecoming @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ TBD

Saturday, Sept. 15: VM Bdn @ VM Wpg

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Week 3: BYE – Lorette Thursday, Sept. 20: G. Park @ VM Bdn @ 2:30 pm Murdoch @ Beaver Brae @ 3:00 pm @ Tom Nabb Soccer Complex Tec @ Maples @ 4:00 pm W. Kildonan @ Portage @ 4:30 pm Dryden @ St. Paul’s 2 @ 4:30 pm Dakota @ O. Park @ 5:00 pm Kelvin @ Crocus @ 5:00 pm Miles @ DMCI @ 5:00 pm Homecoming St. John’s @ Churchill @ 5:00 pm Homecoming G. City @ Sisler @ 7:00 pm @ Nomads (581 McPhillips St.) Fri. Sept. 21: Elmwood K. East VM Wpg St. Norbert Steinbach

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Fort R. East St. Paul’s 1 Neelin Sturgeon

Week 4: BYE – Churchill Thur. Sept. 27: K. East @ Beaver Sisler @ Dryden O. Park @ VM Bdn G. Park @ Dakota Sturgeon @ VM Wpg Maples @ Elmwood W. Kildonan @ Kelvin St. Norbert @ Miles

@ 3:00 pm @ 4:30 pm @ 4:30 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm

Brae @ 3 pm @ Tom Nabb Soccer Complex @ 3:00 pm @ 4:30 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ TBD

Fri. Sept. 28: Fort @ Lorette @ 2:00 pm Tec @ St. John’s @ 5:00 pm @ Nomads (581 McPhillips St.) Crocus @ Portage @ 5:00 pm R. East @ Murdoch @ 5:00 pm Neelin @ DMCI @ 5:00 pm G. City @ St. Paul’s 2 @ 4:30 pm Homecoming Steinbach @ St. Paul’s 1 @ 7:00 pm Homecoming

RSITY SCHEDULE Week 5: BYE – St. John’s Thur. Oct. 4: Maples @ Fort G. City @ Sturgeon Steinbach @ Sisler Lorette @ Tec R. East @ Kelvin Beaver Brae @ Neelin Crocus @ K. East

@ 3:00 pm @ 4:30 pm @ 4:30 pm @ 4:30 pm @ 4:30 pm @ 4 pm @ East Side (723 London St) @ 6:30 pm @ East Side (723 London St)

Fri. Oct. 5: Dryden St. Paul’s 2 Churchill DMCI Portage St. Norbert VM Wpg O. Park

@ 4:00 pm Homecoming @ 4:30 pm @ 4:30 pm @ 4:30 pm @ 4:30 pm @ TBD @ 4:30 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 7:00 pm

@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @

G. Park VN Bdn Elmwood W. Kildonan Miles Murdoch Dakota St. Paul’s 1

Week 6: BYE – Elmwood Thur. Oct. 11: Lorette @ Maples Tec @ Churchill K. East @ W. Kildonan Murdoch @ DMCI Neelin @ Crocus St. Paul’s 1 @ St. Paul’s 2

@ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 5:00 pm

Fri. Oct. 12: VM Wpg St. John’s Miles G. City VM Bdn St. Norbert R. East Sturgeon Steinbach

Dryden Fort Beaver Brae G. Park Sisler Kelvin Portage O. Park Dakota

@ 3:00 pm @ 3:00 pm @ 3:00 pm @ Tom Nabb Soccer Complex @ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 5:00 pm

Week 7: BYE – Fort Thur. Oct. 18: Tec @ Elmwood DMCI @ R. East Churchill @ Maples VM Bdn @ Sturgeon St. Norbert @ W. Kildonan Miles @ K. East Dakota @ St. Paul’s 2 G. City @ St. Paul’s 1

@ 4:00 pm Homecoming @ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ East Side (723 London St) @ 6:30 pm @ East Side (723 London St) @ 4:30 pm @ 6:45 pm

@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @

Fri. Oct. 19: G. Park @ Steinbach @ 4:00 pm Beaver Brae @ Kelvin @ 4 pm Portage @ Neelin @ 4:00 pm Crocus @ Murdoch @ 4:00 pm Dryden @ O. Park @ 4:00 pm Lorette @ St. John’s @ 5:00 pm @ Nomads (581 McPhillips St.) VM Wpg @ Sisler @ 7:15 pm @ Nomads (581 McPhillips St.) QUARTER-FINALS: Thur. Oct. 25: Division 1 & 2 Play-down semi-finals (lower seed @ higher seed – TBA) ANAVETS/CTV/Canadinns Bowl Q-Finals (lower seed @ higher seed – TBA) Fri. Oct. 26: ANAVETS/CTV/Canadinns Q-Finals

(lower seed @ higher seed – TBA)

Sat. Oct. 27: ANAVETS/CTV/Canadinns Q-Finals

(lower seed @ higher seed – TBA)

SEMI-FINALS: Nov. 1: JV Home Run Sports semi-finals @ Broncos Nov. 1: Division 1 & 2 Consolation Play-down finals @ E. Side Nov. 1: Canadinns Bowl semi-finals @ IGF Nov. 2: ANAVETS & CTV Bowl semi-finals @ IGF/E. Side WHSFL CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK: Nov. 8: 5:00 p.m. JV “Home Run Sports Bowl” @ IGF 7:30 p.m. “CanadInns Bowl” @ IGF Nov. 9:

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A Brand New Class By Scott Taylor, Photos courtesy the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame

One of the greatest goaltenders in Manitoba hockey history, Joe Daley, is part of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame has announced the class of athletes, builders, and one team that will be inducted into the Hall on Nov. 3, 2018, at the 39th annual induction ceremony at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg. This year’s individual recipients in the Athlete category include swimmer Kirby Cote, speedskater Donna (McCannell) Keating, curler Jeff Stoughton basketball star Joey Vickery and Daley.

of the World Handball Council during the mid-80s and was the co-chair of the fundraising committee of the 1997 World Championships, held in Winnipeg. Nationally, he also served as President of the Canadian Handball Association (CHA) and was inducted into the CHA Hall of Fame in 2009. Don Brownell passed away on May 13, 2015 and will be inducted posthumously.

times in the seven years of the league’s existence. According to Joe, a personal highlight came in 1978 when the

Joe Daley Today

Vladislav Tretiak and Joe Daley

Born in Winnipeg, Daley played more than 100 NHL games with Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Detroit before coming back home to play for the World Hockey Association’s Winnipeg Jets in the new outlaw World Hockey Association in 1972. The All-Time WHA leader in games played (308) by a goaltender, in wins (167), and play-off wins (30), Daley was a three-time all-star and one of only two people to win the AVCO Cup three

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Jets became the first North American club team to beat the powerhouse Soviet National Team and Daley outplayed Hockey Hall of Famer Vladislav Tretiak for the victory. Meanwhile, the Builder category is made up of a former president of the Canadian Handball Association Don Brownell and a boxing official who’s a judge, jury member, and technical delegate and official for the International Boxing Association, Nieva Embuldeniya The only Manitoba ladies golf team to win the Canadian Ladies Amateur Team title rounds out this year’s slate of inductees. You’ve met Joe Daley, let’s meet the rest of the Class of 2018 (Thanks to the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame):

Don Brownell

Don BROWNELL Handball/Builder: Don Brownell is the first Hall of Fame builder to have spent his career in handball. Brownell served as a member

Kirby COTE Swimming/Athlete: Kirby Cote might be the greatest blind Paralympic swimmer in Canadian history. She competed in three Paralympic Games: In 2000 in Sydney she set two world records and won two gold and two silver medals; in 2004 in Athens she earned five gold and two more silver; and in 2008 in Beijing she added two more silver medals. She also won bronze at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games and she won six gold medals at

Kirby Cote two World Championships in Argentina and South Africa. She was named Manitoba Female Athlete of the Year in 2000. Nieva EMBULDENIYA Boxing/Builder: Nieva Embuldeniya immigrated to Canada from the Philippines in 1974 and began to judge amateur boxing in 1986, joining her late husband Herb (inducted into the Hall in 1999 as a Boxing Builder) in pursuing the family passion. In the decades that followed, she officiated

at numerous international tournaments, the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg and the 2012 Olympics in London. A National Boxing Judge in Canada from Nieva Embuldeniya 1986-97, she is now a certified AIBA Judge, Jury Member, Technical Delegate and Technical Official who served as Chair of the AIBA Women’s Commission in 2014.

Jeff STOUGHTON Curling/Athlete: Born in Winnipeg, Jeff Stoughton is arguably Manitoba’s greatest male curler. On the international stage he skipped his teams to gold (1996 and 2011) and silver (1999) at the World Championships. From 1991 to 2014 Stoughton dominated within Manitoba, winning 11 of the 12

Jeff Stoughton finals in which he appeared. In addition, he won four Manitoba Mixed titles in the 80s and 90s. He was inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame on four occasions and recently coached Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris to Olympic gold in Mixed Doubles in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Donna (McCannell) Keating Donna (McCANNELL) KEATING Speed Skating/Athlete: A seven-time national speed skating champion in juvenile, junior, intermediate and senior competition throughout the 1960s and early 70s, Donna Keating (nee McCannell) dominated the ice for almost a decade. She won a bronze medal in the 3000-metres at the first Canada Winter Games in 1967 in Quebec City. She also competed for Canada at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan. She will soon join her late father Donald McCannell (2001) and her sister Doreen (McCannell) Botterill (1995) as Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame inducted members for the sport of speed skating.

Joey VICKERY Basketball/ Athlete: Also Winnipegborn, Joey Vickery’s basketball career has been as long as it has been impressive. A master of the three point shot, Vickery Joey Vickery first enjoyed success at Brandon University as a threetime CIAU national champion and MVP in 1989. He competed for Canada twice at the World Student Games, winning a silver medal in 1991. He also competed at the 1994 World Championships. He

went to Europe to play professionally in 1996 and his pro career has taken him to five different countries. Currently living in Austria and playing with the Mattersburg Rocks, he was inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. 1962 Manitoba Ladies Golf Team Golf/Team: With a team score of 485, Manitoba defeated BC by 10 shots to win the 1962 Canadian Ladies’ Amateur Golf Championship. The team became the first and only Manitoba team to win the Canadian Ladies Amateur Team title. “This year’s class of athletes, builders, and one team who will join Manitoba’s finest in sport later this year, is exceptional,” said Jamie Kraemer, Chair of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors. “The collective contributions to sport in Manitoba, on the national and international stages are

1962 Manitoba Ladies Golf Team. From left to right, Marg Homenuik, Hether Telfer, Ann Tachan and Marlene Netterfield truly outstanding. We strive to collect, preserve, celebrate, and showcase the history and heritage of sport excellence and achievement, and these eight recipients have earned their rightful place in Manitoba’s sport history.” l

Tickets for the induction dinner are on sale now. Ticket and event information can be found at: or by calling Rick Brownlee, Sport Manitoba’s Sport Heritage Manager, at 204-925-5736. sportslife 19


By Jocelyn MacLeod and Jennifer Ewacha

Winnipeg Hosted the 2018 “Best Ever” Canadian Ringette Championships The 2018 Canadian Ringette Championships (CRC) were held in Winnipeg April 8-14 and by all accounts were a resounding success. It was a week long championship that hosted 47 teams from across Canada competing in three divisions for the national title of Canadian champions. The championships had over 800 female athletes, 230 coaches and managers, with over 2,000 fans cheering on the fastest game on ice. The Host Committee presented a first-class tournament that showcased the best of our city and province. By all accounts, from players and coaches to friends and fans alike – this was the best ever championships. An excerpt from on email sums it up, “This is the twelfth Nationals we have had the privilege of attending and they were exceptional from the opening to the closing ceremonies and every day in between. Your committee’s attention to detail and clear understanding of what a sporting event of this magnitude should be was clear in every aspect.”

Future Choir

OC Audience

The Opening ceremonies set the stage for the week ahead. Held at the fabulous Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall, the ceremonies began with three U12/U14 teams forming the Future Stars Choir and leading the audience in O Canada. The U12 Sturgeon Heights, U12 Brandon, and U14 Interlake ringette teams were also part of the ceremonies. The evening ended with 20 players from the very first

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Canadian Ringette Championship held right here in Winnipeg in 1979 coming onto the stage. To cap off the evening a made-in Manitoba video challenged the teams to be the best they could be in

The week was capped off with the closing banquet and awards at the new RBC Convention Centre. A long awaited part of the awards ceremonies is the presentation of the All-Star Awards. Congratulations to the following Manitoba players: U16 1st Line Forward: Alexsi Kavvaadas Defense: Reese Lange

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the week ahead. The opening ceremonies were a tremendous success honouring the past, celebrating the present, and building for the future. Now let the games begin!!! The Seven Oak Sportsplex and BellMTS Iceplex were home to the round robin games. A couple of opportunities to watch NHL semi-finalists the Winnipeg Jets practices close up were thrown in to the delight of players and spectators alike. The final medal games were held at the BellMTS Place and what a day Silver that turned Medals out to be. This will be the only time you will see the Stanley Cup logo, an NHL team logo, and ringette lines on the same ice surface. Teams were treated to a once in a lifetime experience of playing in an NHL arena with their logos on the video power ring surrounding the ice surface. Players were overwhelmed with the magnitude of the venue and their medal game. Congratulations to all the eight Manitoba teams for working hard and doing us ringette proud. Below are the results of our Manitoba teams and we couldn’t be more proud! U16 AA Gold Team Manitoba (Bonivital Angels) U16 AA Bronze Eastman Flames U19 AA Silver Team Manitoba (Bonivital Angels)

U16 2nd Line Goalie: Julie McIntyre U19 1st Line Forward: Kaylee Spearing Defence: Emilie Gruninger U19 2nd Line Forward: Alana Lesperance Forward: Milica Oravec Congratulation also should go to Eastman U19 for winning the Agnes Jack True Sport Award and Trudi Bemish, Eastman U19the winner of the Toughest Competitor Award. Not all memories are created on the ice. The championships are about the total experience and not just for the participating teams. The Ambassador Program connected young U12 ringette players with participating teams. The program provided an exhilarating experience for these young players, an awareness of what the CRC is about and created excitement about the sport. Ringette Proud – the power of sport! The CRC were saddened and shocked as we learned of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy. To honour all of those lost and affected, the 2018 CRC had green ribbons at the welcome table and in true ringette spirit, teams, fans, and volunteers donated over $5,000 to Humboldt Strong. The host committee provided support to the Saskatchewan teams to help them through the week as they dealt with their personal losses. Fellow competitors also showed their condolences, in one case the Waterloo team presented the SK Team with roses prior to their game. Both teams then lined up arm in arm singing O Canada. Ringette Proud. The power of sport! l


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Basketball Manitoba Gold Card The Ballin’ for the Fundraiser Program is Back Cure Basketball Tournament in the memory Basketball Manitoba is offering ALL basketball teams in

of Donovan Gayle will return for a fifth year on August 24-25, 2018 at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre. The event has raised over $20,000 for CancerCare Manitoba and also funds the Donovan Gayle Scholarships. The 2018 event will feature 2 senior men’s divisions and will add an 18+ female division for the first time. Early Bird Deadline to Register: August 3, 2018 at 4:30 pm (Early Bird = $300; Regular Fee = $325 a team) Final Registration Deadline: Friday August 17, 2018 at 4:30 pm (no extensions after this) Times: Friday, 5:30 pm-10:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am-8:00 pm Location: University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre, 400 Spence Street Admission: Donations accepted at the door as admission into the tournament

If you would like to assist with this cause, you can donate to the Basketball for Life Fund online by going to https://app.etapestry. com/hosted/NationalSportTrustFund-Ma/OnlineDonation.html. Select the ‘Basketball MB – Basketball for Life Fund’ in the projects area when prompted. For more info and to REGISTER go to: balling-for-cure-fundraising-basketball.html

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Manitoba the opportunity to sell the ‘Gold Card’ discount coupon card to help raise funds for their programs! The Gold Card sells for $20 each with $10 being kept by the selling basketball program. Sellers also receive 1 free card for each 5 cards sold. The program will aid any basketball team in Manitoba raise funds to assist with travel, team fees, equipment and more! The card offers great local discounts including to Subway, Rona, NoFrills, Perkins, Smitty’s, Wendy’s, KFC, Taco Bell, plus dozens of others. To start selling your Gold Card now, contact... Richard Gooch,, 204-781-6086 All the discounts on the back of the card are unlimited use until May 2019 unless noted Download Basketball Manitoba Gold Card presale sheet (PDF) com/file/d/0B6hP9lCy RbZ5bXZxb0ZLU0JlTj VOUHRJZnBHckFhNz ZFUElj/view

Basketball MB High Performance Summer Camps: Aug 20-24 & 27-31, 2018 SESSION 4 IS SOLD OUT – GET ON THE WAIT-LIST Basketball Manitoba High Performance Camps will be held at the Canada Games Sport for Life Center at 145 Pacific Avenue in Winnipeg. The new high performance training center is a brand new 3 court, 14 hoop facility in the heart of Winnipeg. The camps will be led by High Performance Coaches Dan Becker (Boys) and Randy Kusano (Girls) with support from current and past coaches in the Manitoba Provincial Team and Centre for Performance programs.

HIGH PERFORMANCE GIRLS CAMP – AGES 9 to 16 SESSIONS, DATES & TIMES: SESSION 1 – FEMALE Ages 9-12, August 20-24, 2018, 10:00am-12:00pm SESSION 2 – FEMALE Ages 13-16, August 20-24, 2018, 1:00pm-3:00pm If a session is sold out, get on our waiting list. 2014/09/high-performance-camp-waiting-list.html CAMP COST: $125.00 per person. If you have a Fit Journal for Girls promo code you will be refunded 25% of the registration fee when you email REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, August 17 at 4:30 pm or when the camp sells out!

HIGH PERFORMANCE BOYS CAMP – AGES 9 to 16 SESSIONS, DATES & TIMES: SESSION 3 – MALE Ages 9-12, Aug. 27-31 2018, 10:00am-12:00pm SESSION 4 (SOLD OUT) – MALE Ages 13-16, August 27-31, 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm (SOLD OUT) If a session is sold out, get on our waiting list. 2014/09/high-performance-camp-waiting-list.html CAMP COST: $125.00 per person REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, August 24 at 4:30 pm or when the camp sells out! QUESTIONS? Inquires and questions on the Basketball Manitoba High Performance Camps can be made to Dan Becker: p/dan-becker-technical-director.html.

Basketball Manitoba Adopts New Parachute Canada Concussion Information Launches New Dedicated Website – Concussions can occur while participating in any sport or recreational activity. It’s important for all coaches, parents, and athletes to be aware of the signs, symptoms, and what to do if a concussion occurs. Basketball Manitoba is committed to increased education, awareness, and established protocols that will assist you in gaining the knowledge and skills required ensuring the safety of your athletes. If we take the following approach, we can all make basketball a safer experience for all... 1. REDUCE. Follow the prevention information shown in Part 1 as a player, coach, official or parent to help us all reduce the instances of concussions in our sport. 2. RECOGNIZE and REMOVE. Use the below tools and resources in Part 2 below to help recognize the symptoms of a concussion and get help. 3. REFER and RECOVER. While recovering from a concussion, use the return to play protocols shown in Part 3 to gradually get yourself back on the court. 4. RETURN. With the proper clearance in Part 4 make a healthy return to the court and keep basketball a sport for life! As part of the changes any coach in Manitoba involved at any level of youth basketball will be asked to receive the official Medical Clearance Letter downloads/injurytopics/Medical-Clearance-Letter_Parachute. pdf signed by the athlete’s doctor with the permission to return to play, leaving the decision to get an athlete back on the court to the professionals. The coach is the gatekeeper for a player to get back on the court and the information provided will aid these decisions to be the right one for the long term health of the athlete and their overall well being. READ NEW BASKETBALL MANITOBA CONCUSSION PROTOCOL 2018/01/basketball-manitoba-youth-concussion.html See the new centralized Basketball Manitoba Concussion Awareness and Education centre at... A special concussion awareness session will be included at this fall’s Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic (Oct 19-20, 2018). All of this information can also be found on the Basketball Manitoba Scoreboard app in the ‘Concussions’ section. Get the free app to have this information with you courtside at all games and practices!

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U of M’s Schepp Gets National U-17 Team By Scott Taylor, Photos by Jeff Miller, courtesy University of Manitoba Kirby Schepp knew he was getting the reins of the national U-17 basketball team back in the spring. However, it took until late May before Basketball Canada made it official. Schepp, who led Team Canada to the silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Cairns, Australia, officially got the nod not long after he returned to Canada. However, after nine seasons at the U of M and a long career in various coaching roles with Team Canada, Schepp was the obvious U-17 choice. “Having the opportunity to represent your country internationally is always a great honour and to have the chance to lead Canada at the FIBA U-17 Basketball World Cup is truly special,” Schepp said in a written statement. “I hope we can continue to give our best and brightest

young athletes the chance to develop as basketball players and as young men with this incredible experience.” Schepp has spent the past eight summers representing Canada on a variety of national teams. He’s also a guy who has been involved in some of Canada’s biggest wins, including last summer’s historic gold medal at the 2017 FIBA U-19 Basketball World Cup. He was also a member of Canada’s bronze medal winning team at the 2010 FIBA U-17 World Championship for Men. Over the course of his 23 years in coaching, Schepp has been part of the coaching staffs of more than 50 different teams. The one-time University of Winnipeg star, has been Manitoba’s head coach for the last nine years.

Since joining Manitoba, the Bisons have qualified for the Canada West playoffs in each of the past four seasons and the U of M has made back-to-back Canada West Final Four appearances in 2016 and 2017 and in 2017 the Bisons competed in the U SPORTS Men’s Final 8 for the first time since 1986. Before joining Manitoba, Schepp spent five years as an assistant coach at the University of Winnipeg and has coached high school and club teams for more than 15 years. Schepp is trained in Canada Basketball’s train to compete certification and he’s also an NCCP certified learning facilitator. Canada’s youth men are currently ranked third in the world and second in the Americas. l

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Bisons Head Coach Kirby Schepp and his impressive team Bisons head coach Kirby Schepp

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your child regardless of any sport they choose to participate in as they grow! The “1st Down” program is coed for children between 4 and 7. With 16 sessions that run through the fall your child has a chance to develop throwing, catching, and kicking skills. Added to the “1st Down” program is non-contact, action packed, “Ultimate Football” games for 6 and 7 year-olds, with a focus on FUNdamentals. Every player also receives a free Football Canada 1st Down t-shirt. Register now through Football Manitoba and get involved with your local football club today! To register go to: sportslife 25

It Was Kearley Abbott’s Year By Scott Taylor, Photos by Jeff Miller Playing the indoor game, there aren’t many volleyball players in the country better than Kearley Abbott. After all, in just her second year with the University of Manitoba Bisons, she was named to the Canada West Second All-Star Team. Of course, she and her twin sister Josie, are quickly developing into one of Canada’s best beach volleyball duos and people are starting to notice. In fact, at last month’s Volleyball Manitoba Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet, Kearley was named the winner of the Cheryl Cable Memorial Award ats the top U-20 player in the province. For Kearley Abbott, 2017 – and the first half of 2018 – have been sensational. Last summer, Kearley and Josie played together in the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. The two graduates of St. Mary’s Academy started playing the indoor game in Grade 8, but it wasn’t until Grade 11 that the two 5-foot-11 outside hitters took a shot at beach. And they took to it without a hitch. In fact, in their first year at the game, back in 2014, they won the national U-16 championship, becoming the first Manitobans to win a national

U-16 crown since Taylor Pischke and Rachel Cockrell pulled it off a decade ago in 2008. At last year’s Canada Games, they finished fifth. Meanwhile, during the 2017-18 Canada West Women’s Volleyball season, Kearley Abbott was clearly one of the stars of the show. A right side hitter in her second season, she was eighth in Canada West with 370.0 points, ninth in conference kills at 317, 15th in digs at 245 and 16th in hitting percentage at .189. She led the Bisons in points and kills and was third in digs (245) and third in total blocks (53). She had 18 double-digit matches in kills and her highest kill match total was 22 against Thompson Rivers on Nov. 24. She played in all 24 conference matches and was on the court for all 94 sets for the Bisons last season. “Kearley has had an outstanding 2017-18 campaign with our team,” said Bisons head coach Ken Bentley. “She was instrumental in helping us climb to a sixth place finish and a playoff berth this season.” It was the second time in two seasons with the Bisons that she’s been

honoured by Canada West. In 2016-17 she was named to the conference’s AllRookie Team Meanwhile, at last month’s Provincial Awards Banquet, she and dozens of other provincial stars were feted by Volleyball Manitoba. In fact, the provincial sport governing body also recognized all 195 teams that competed in the 2018 Provincial Championships, as well as all those teams that competed in the Volleyball Canada Nationals in Edmonton. In fact, of the 864 teams across the country, there were more than 120 teams participating in the National Championships from Manitoba. The evening was capped off with the Volleyball Manitoba Hall of Fame inductions. The Calss of 2018 included Andrew Zurawsky (Athlete), Fred Kelesnik (Builder), Taras Ilkiw (Builder) and the 1997-2000 River East Kodiaks Girls Teams (Team Category). l

Congratulations to the 2018 Major Award Winners: 2018 Volleyball Manitoba Age Class Players of the Year: 15U Girls Player of the Year: Andi Almonte – SHOCK 15U Boys Player of the Year: Simon Hildebrandt – WinMan Krush 16U Girls Player of the Year: Devon Borody – Cobras 16U, 16U Boys Player of the Year: Justin Cross – 204 16U Gold 17U Girls Player of the Year: Erika Vermette – Jr Bison 17U Boys Player of the Year: Isaiah Olfert – Jr Wesmen 18U Girls Player of the Year: Jayda Nault – Cobras 18U, 18U Boys Player of the Year: Nigel Nielson – WinMan Clutch

Mary Jean England Awards – Elite and Developmental Coach of the Year: Developmental Coach of the Year: Lorriann Ludwig of the WinMan Titans 14U Boys Elite Coach of the Year: Rob Olfert of the Jr Wesmen 17U Boys

Mark Tennant and Cheryl Cable Awards for the Junior (20U) Players of the Year: Cheryl Cable Memorial Award Winner: Kearley Abbott, University of Manitoba Mark Tennant Award Winner: Eric Loeppky, Trinity Western University Spartans

Special Recognition Award: 2017 Canada Games Indoor Women’s Team – Gold Medalists

Wezer Bridle Golden Whistle Award – Referee of the Year: Lindsey Barnett

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Volleyball Manitoba Volunteers of the Year: Catherine-Grace Peters – Chair of the 2017 Canada Games Beach Volleyball Event Nikki Redekop Memorial Scholarship Recipients: Kelysian Warmington – Lord Selkirk Royals

Canad Inns Teams of the Year: Anna Maidment & Erika Vermette – 2017 16U Beach National Champions Jr. Bison 17U Gold – 2018 17U National Champions

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Charles Carlos and Ignite

Coach Charles Carlos

By Johnston Hall, Photos by James Carey Lauder Charles Carlos is the founder and head coach of South Winnipeg’s Ignite Basketball. At the end of every practice, Carlos brings his players together and closes out the proceedings with a hearty, “1-2-3 IGNITE!” With his passion for the game and his passion for the team, Carlos wouldn’t want it any other way. “We’ve got a great bunch of kids in the program and we have become like a family,” Coach Carlos said. “It truly is about family.” Literally. All three of his kids – Cameryn, Thane and Magnus – play on an Ignite team and his wife, Michelle, assists with coaching and managing the teams. Charles Carlos loves the game of basketball so much that he can’t remember a time when he wasn’t coaching. “I started coaching kids at the YMCA when I was a teenager. I don’t think that I have ever stopped,” he said. “Now I run into those players and their kids are playing youth ball. It’s a great thing to see.” First recognized for his dedication to coaching in 2000, Carlos received the Mayor’s‘Community Service Award’ for his work coaching inner city youth at Turtle Island Community Centre. That led to him coaching a team in the North American Indigenous Games in Cross Lake, MB. Even today some of his NAIG players call him dad and text him when things come up. “That group of young men was something special,” he said. “Many are still playing and making a difference in the community. Basketball was a common language for all of us.” Carlos was born in Philippines and moved, with his family, to Winnipeg at the age of four. He attended General Wolfe and DMCI and grew up in the heart of championship basketball during the 1990s. In order to stay busy and stay out of

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trouble, he spent most of his time at open gyms around the city and developed a deep love for the game. His personal philosophy, “to coach the kids in my community,” paid off in 20162017, when his daughter’s Grade 8 Arthur A. Leach school team won the provincial championship. “It was an unforgettable moment,” he said. “My daughter, Cameryn, was on the free throw line to seal the win. She made the first shot and smiled at me. It was a special father-daughter moment. Both my loves together, family and basketball.” He received the Basketball Manitoba Junior High Girls Coach of the Year Award and, of course, celebrated the win with his family. Carlos went on to at Providence College and later at Tec Voc High School, but he eventually decided to focus his coaching time closer to home by volunteering in the WMBA community programs. A Christian, Carlos says he got the name Ignite from Jeremiah 20:9, which speaks of a “fire in my bones.” It refers to the passion and energy he feels about his faith, his family and the basketball teams. And outstanding communicator, Carlos has the ability to break down complex skills and make them simple. Often coaching three youth teams in a season, his biggest challenge was getting to all the games. “I love coaching so much,” he said. “I just didn’t want to miss any games.” In 2015-2016, Charles was named

‘WMBA Bruce Russell Memorial Coach of the Year’ after being nominated by parents from the community club team. With an eye for potential and a coaching style that focuses on skill, hard work and long-term development, Carlos knows that many of his players are rising stars. “During my time coaching community basketball, I saw many talented players who couldn’t move to the next level because they couldn’t afford club basketball fees,” he said. “I wanted to keep basketball accessible for everyone, so I created a club team with low fees and I volunteer my time as the coach. This is grassroots basketball, building a team out of your community and sticking together.” “People like the philosophy of our club and have seen the benefits,” he said. “We’re hoping to add players for the 2004 girls, and the 2006 and 2007 boys’ teams. Of course, we are hoping to draw from the nearby community. “Everyone in our program supports each other. Most of these players have grown-up together. We all care about each other. It has been a great experience.” l

Ignite’s Thane Carlos (5) heads to the hoop as Blizzards’ Romer Arabe (19) and Edan Marquez (5) defend

Ignite’s Gurkomal Gill (36) drives on CP Manitoba’s Fatima Ibrahim (28)

Ignite’s Gio Ajiamah (1) skies over WSSC Hans Cabanero (13) and Rylen Olaes (2)


By Johnston Hall, Photos by James Carey Lauder Ignite Basketball is one of a number of successful youth basketball clubs within the Basketball Manitoba family. Founded, and in many cases coached by Charles Carlos, the club’s stated goals are to “train and develop players that live in South Winnipeg, to keep basketball affordable, to promote a love for the game and promote an active lifestyle. The club runs from October to May and as a club team and it encourages a positive team environment with excellent skill development and coaching. Both individual skills and team concepts are emphasized with specialties in technique shooting and defence. SportsLife sent James Carey Lauder to capture the excitement of Ignite Basketball. l

Ignite’s Michael Uzonna (23) passes the ball to avoid the trap from Blizzard’s Daniel Smith (40)

Ignite’s Hope Dixon (10) fights for the ball with CP Manitoba’s Anne Adewumi

Ignite’s Hamd Kone (4) takes a short corner jumper against Jonathan Kadzviti (2) of the Jr. Bisons

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Beer Mile Champ Wins 40th Manitoba Marathon By Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder Until Father’s Day of 2018, Corey Gallagher had never run a full marathon. The 2018 Rookie of the Year is, clearly, Winnipeg’s Corey Gallagher. Gallagher won the 40th running of the province’s big race – the Manitoba Marathon – in his first attempt at the distance The 31-year-old who has already won a Manitoba Half-Marathon championship, was obviously pleased with his first shot at a distance of 42.195 kilometres. However, he admitted he started to get a little shaky late in the race. “When people say that at Mile 18, the race really starts, they were right,” Gallagher told reporters at the Finish Line. “At that point everything went south for me and it was a struggle. It was good weather and good everything, I have no excuses. I guess it was just a lack of training. “I was always scared of a full,” added the Winnipeg letter carrier. “I’m just happy to get it done and now I can check it off the bucket list.” Gallagher, a former University of Manitoba track athlete, crossed the finish line at Investors Group Field in a time of two hours, 37 minutes and 46 seconds, about average for the Manitoba Marathon. Jeremy Walker of East St. Paul was a full four minutes behind Gallagher, in second place. Luverne, Minnesota’s Amy Feit, a

former marathon champion who was running in Winnipeg for the first time, won the women’s race in a time of 3:02:50. A major international runner, Feit has completed marathons in Boston, Chicago and Berlin. “Winning was the No. 1 goal,” said the 38-year-old from the tiny town in Southwest Minnesota. “I’ve won a marathon before but never felt the tape cross my stomach so that was a wonderful feeling. I loved that.” Selena Sharpe of Winnipeg was second in a time of 3:07:02. Former University of Manitoba track star Abduselam Yussuf won the men’s half marathon in a time of one hour, eight minutes and 30 seconds. Yussuf, the best half-marathoner in the province by quite a margin, already holds the course record for the half – 1:05:05 – a mark he set in 2015. Darolyn Walker of Winnipeg, won the women’s half marathon in a time of 1:25:17. More than 12,000 runners competed in this year’s various events -- full marathon, half-marathon, 10-kilometre run and the super run – and there were also more than 2,000 volunteers. The run started at the University of Manitoba and ended inside Investors Group Field. Once again, the runners, almost unanimously, enjoyed running inside the stadium. l


Men’s Full Marathon:

1. Corey Gallagher 2:37:47 – Winnipeg 2. Jeremy Walker 2:41:41 – East St. Paul 3. Cliff De Bruijn 2:43:32 – Edmonton

1. Abduselam Yussuf 1:08:30 – Winnipeg 2. Daniel Heschuk 1:09:03 – Neepawa 3. Nickolas Kosmenko 1:13:42 – Cranberry Portage

Manitoba Marathon Champion Corey Gallagher

Women’s champion Amy Feit

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Men’s Half Marathon:

Women’s Full Marathon: 1. Amy Feit 3:02:50 – Luverne, Minn. 2. Selene Sharpe 3:07:02 – Winnipeg 3. Rebecca Sturgess 3:08:56 – Winnipeg

Women’s Half Marathon: 1. Darolyn Walker 1:25:17 – Winnipeg 2. Kristjana Britton 1:25:58 – Winnipeg 3. Rachel Herron 1:31:02 – Brandon

Men’s 10K:

1. Andy Hein 34:35.6 – Winnipeg 2. Sebastian Klassen 40:07.02 – Winkler 3. Jonathan McGavock 40:14.4 – Winnipeg

Women’s 10K:

1. Laura Hansen 46:32.4 – Winnipeg 2. Annika Niblock 46:44.9 – Winnipeg 3. Caitlyn Hollywood 47:43.6 – Winnipeg

Full marathoners at the split. Gordon has it under control.

The 40th Manitoba Marathon

A race for everybody.

By Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder It has become Manitoba’s Father’s Day tradition. Everybody Sunday in mid-May for the past 40 years, the brain child of the great John Robertson once again spills out onto the streets of Winnipeg as thousands participate in the Manitoba Marathon. The winner of the 40th Anniversary of the Manitoba Marathon was first-time marathoner Corey Gallagher of Winnipeg in a time of two hours, 37 minutes and 47 seconds. Amy Feit from Luverne, Minn., won the Just a walk in the women’s race in a park for Thomas. time of 03:02:50. As we always do, we sent SportsLife photographer James Carey Lauder out to chronicle the day. l

After eight kilometres, everyone is still smiling.

Another leg of the relay finished.

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