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sportslife 2018 | Volume 5 | Issue 2

Winnipeg Edition

Winnipeg’s place to play The Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame’s 2018 Induction Class

Winnipeg’s Kaitlyn Lawes Wins an Olympic Gold Medal Courageous Keira Bond Honoured

Results of the WYSA’s Golden Boy Soccer Tournament Lucas Meyer Will Play Volleyball at U of M Signing Day for the Manitoba Blizzard

Seven Manitobans on National Junior Football Team... Page 16

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Contents 4 sports sportslife life

16 Seven Manitobans Named to National Junior Football Team

06 the starting line-up

22 ringette


24 soccer

Hottest News Stories in Manitoba Sports

Canada’s next olympians

RBC Training Ground

Class of 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

12 Softball

14 Basketball Manitoba

Announcements and Events

16 Junior Football

Keira Bond Will Always Be Remembered

Nine More Athletes Off to University Programs

26 youth soccer

The Golden Boy Indoor Soccer Tournament

28 University basketball

The U of W Wesmen Photo Feature

Seven Manitobans Named to Canada’s National Team

29 High school basketball

Recreational Coed Football

30 Track and Field

No Fewer Than Seven Manitoban’s Medal

18 Touch football 20 Olympics

2018 WIT Classic Photo Feature

Canada West Indoor Meet Photo Feature

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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 #202B - 2621 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 0P7 204-996-4146 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Scott Taylor ART DIRECTOR Debbie Dunmall COVER PHOTO Winnipeg’s Kaitlyn Lawes and Winnipeg-born John Morris celebrate an Olympic gold medal. Photo taken by Jordy Grossman in PyeongChang, South Korea. CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS James Carey Lauder, Jeff and Tara Miller, Kelly Morton, Rusty Barton, World Curling Federation, Jordy Grossman,, Manitoba Blizzard, WYSA, Golden Boy Classic CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Scott Taylor, Johnston Hall, Toni Bond, Al Gowriluk, Noah Wheelock, CSI Pacific, CSCM, Cara Isaak

Well, That was fun The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics are now history and for Manitoba, those Games were fun. Right off the top, the young woman on our cover, Kaitlyn Lawes from the St. Vital Curling Club, teamed up John Morris, a Winnipegger who now lives in Calgary, to win gold in Mixed Doubles Curling. Then Winnipeg’s own Heather McLean, finished 14th in the women’s 500-metre speedskating event in a time of 38.29 seconds and then she finished 25th in the 1,000 in a time of 1:17.25. Then our hockey players got going and in the end, six of them won medals. You’ll meet them, if you haven’t already, on page 20. But there is a lot more to this edition of SportsLife Magazine than just the Olympics. This time around, you’ll meet the new members of Manitoba’s Softball Hall of Fame, plus the six Manitoba players who will represent Canada at the 2018 World Junior Football Championship. A load of those guys – Shae Weekes, Cole Adamson, Brody Williams and Andreas Dueck – are already playing university football and playing at a very high level. We have some baseball, boxing, plenty of University of Manitoba Bisons news and you’ll also meet a courageous young athlete from the University of Winnipeg named Lena Wenke. We have a couple of great soccer stories – signing day for the Manitoba Blizzard and the Golden Boy Youth Tournament. As well, PIT Football pays us a visit, as does the Canadian Centre for Sport Manitoba. We also have news on all the Canada West award winners and we have photo pages featuring the U of W Men’s Basketball team by Kelly Morton, the WIT Basketball Tournament by James Carey Lauder and the Canada West Track championship by Jeff Miller. So sit back, relax and enjoy another edition of SportsLife Magazine. This one is about as much fun as anyone should be allowed to have.

– 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 Jeff Miller, Tara Miller, Kelly Morton, James Carey Lauder and David Larkins


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 have already been spectacular here in 2018

Miller named new baseball manitoba boss

Jason Miller new Baseball Manitoba boss

Jason Miller has been named the next executive director of Baseball Manitoba. Miller, 35, has been serving as Baseball Manitoba’s Program Director since May 18, 2010. As executive director, Miller will oversee all day-to-day aspects of Baseball Manitoba’s operations, programming and competitions. He will take over official duties on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Outgoing executive director Morgan de Pena announced his retirement earlier in the year, and his last official day will be Friday, April 27. He will stay on until that time to help mentor Miller and the soon-to-be-hired new Program Director. DePena has been an executive with Baseball Manitoba for 24 years. He started in the role of Technical Director and held that position from 1994-99. He became executive director in late 1999. Under his direction Baseball Manitoba was awarded the Baseball Canada Province of the Year on five occasions and enjoyed continuous growth in programming and registrations. Last summer he was at the helm for the brilliant performance of Team Manitoba at the 2017 Canada Summer Games as more than 7,000 people watched the national final between Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

miller named cw basketball payer of the year Antoinette Miller has done something no other women’s basketball player in Canada West history can claim. The fifthyear University of Winnipeg Wesmen point guard was named the Canada West women’s basketball player of the year as well as the defensive player of the year, the first time in conference history someone has won both awards in back-to-back years. In 2016-17, Miller became the second player in conference history to win both Player of the Year and top defensive player in Canada West. A product of Phoenix, Ariz., outdid herself in her final season with the Wesmen. After averaging 18.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.6 steals in 2016-17, Miller raised all of those numbers in her senior season.

The great Antoinette Miller

Miller led the nation in scoring (25.9 points per game) and steals (3.9), and shot 39.7 per cent from the three-point line, which was second in Canada West and seventh in U SPORTS. Miller also averaged 9.1 rebounds per game, sixth in Canada West and second among guards. Without question, Antoinette Miller might just be the greatest female basketball player in U of W history and that’s saying a lot.

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wog dominates u sport swim nationals Winnipeg’s Kelsey Wog, the 19-year-old, secondyear Agriculture and Food Studies student at the University of Manitoba won three gold medals and swept the breaststroke events at the 2018 U SPORTS Swimming Championships at University of Toronto last month. Wog won the women’s 50-metre breaststroke, 100-metre breaststroke and 200-metre breaststroke and added a silver in the women’s 200-metre IM during the three-day meet. On Day 1, Wog was first in the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:06.26 and defended the title she won as a freshman in 2017. This victory also Kelsey Wog earned her U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian recognition. On Day 2, she won the 200m breaststroke (2:21.84) and then swept all the breaststroke events by winning the 50m breaststroke (30.71) on Day 3. In her final individual swim of the championships, Wog was second in 200m IM (2:10.38) to complete an amazing 2018 Championship Meet. In addition, Wog also swam on the women’s 4x100 freestyle and medley relay teams that both placed eighth. During the last two seasons, Wog has won eight individual medals at Nationals – four gold, two silver and two bronze.

wenke wins canada west’s macleod award The amazing Lena Wenke, a third-year forward with the University of Winnipeg Women’s Basketball team was named the winner of Canada West Conference’s Tracy MacLeod Award Award for determination and perseverance through adversity. Wenke returning to her schooling, and later to basketball, after being the victim of a vicious assault in her home last May. The recovery process was arduous, but her dedication to her academic and athletic pursuits were an inspiration. Wenke’s life was saved by a Good Samaritan, the quick work of paramedics Lena Wenke on the scene, and the doctors at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Center, where she remained on life support for 24 hours after the attack. Wenke returned to her psychology studies at the University of Winnipeg, and rejoined the team in November. Wenke appeared in her first game on Dec. 1 and eventually played in nine conference games and four playoff games, averaging more than 15 minutes per game in that span.

alleyn named First team all-conference

Justus Alleyn

University of Manitoba Bisons guard Justus Alleyn was selected to the 2017-18 Canada West Men’s Basketball First All-Star Team. Alleyn led the conference in scoring, averaging 24.1 points per game and earned his second consecutive conference selection. Alleyn, 22, finished his fifth and final season with the Bisons, starting in all 20 CW regular season games Alleyn became the first Bison men’s basketball player to earn CW First Team AllStar honours since the Herd joined Canada West in 2000-01.

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LANGELAAR, SCOTT QUALIFY FOR WORLD JUNIORS Manitoba speed skating stars, Tyson Langelaar and Alexa Scott have qualified for the 2018 Junior World Long Track Speed Skating Championships in Salt Lake, City. Scott, 16, from Clandeboye, Man., finished scone overall at the Canadian Junior Championships in Fort St. John, B.C. back in early February. She won bronze in the 1,000-metres and silver medals in the 1,500 and 3,000. Langelaar, 18, from Winnipeg finished first overall at the Canadian Junior Championships with gold medals in the 1,500 and 5,000 and silvers in the 500 and 1,000. Langelaar will be returning to the Junior World Championships after medaling four times at last year’s Junior Worlds in Helsinki. Scott will be making her Junior World debut. As well, Manitoba provincial coach, Tyler Williamson Derraugh has been selected by Speed Skating Canada as a part of the coaching staff for the event; past Manitoba provincial coach Crispin Parkinson, now a Calgary Olympic Oval Coach, will also be attending as a part of the coaching team; and Manitoba Olympian Mike Ireland, now a Team Alberta Coach, will also be attending as a coach for Team Canada.

Canadian Junior Overall champion, Tyson Langelaar

DeJONCKHEERE NAMED A CANADA WEST ALL-STAR Adam DeJonckheere (8) with a big point

University of Manitoba Bisons’ left-side hitter Adam DeJonckheere has been named to the 2017-18 Canada West Men’s Volleyball Second All-Star Team. As well, Brendan Warren was named to the All-Rookie Team. DeJonckheere, 22, earned his first conference all-star selection in his fifth season at Manitoba. In the 2017-18 conference season, the four-time captain of the Bisons was fifth in Canada West with 306 kills. Warren, 18, had a fantastic rookie campaign at Manitoba after playing at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg. In his first year with the Bisons, the Howden, MB product was first on the team and in the Canada West conference in total blocks with 112. The 6-foot-6, 193-pound blocker was also fifth in points (126.5).

provincial boxing champions Here are your 2018 Boxing Manitoba Provincial Champions: Grace Fanhbulleh Rosette Hakim Annette McDougall Skye Anderson Nevaeh Kennedy Brooke Sylvester Priyanka Dhillon Hannah Ingram Sidney Meisner Olivia Gow Heaven Moneyas Alexis Wuersch Ryker Batson Lanie Langois Tristan Karol Andrew Place David Johnson Josiah Garrett Joe Sumner Braedy Whitehead Ryder Church Ethan Hacking Warren Lebel Ron Amron David Torres Landon Broome Aaron Maytwashing Orpha Alcime Max Dowsett Stratton Wilkinson Owen Flett Bradley Quinitte Chris Sarifa Paul Riggs Dylan Martin Vladmir Alvarez Mohammed Makhloaf Justice Harborne Nathan Bell

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United F 54 Elite Pan Am F 69 Elite Pan Am F 69 Elite United F 44 Junior B Alliance F 50 Junior B Stingers F 52 Junior B Pan Am F 48 Elite Eastman F 69 Elite Eastman F 50 Junior C Eastman F 54 Junior C Pan Am F 70 Junior C Pan Am F 51 Youth Peak M 75 Elite United M 75 Elite BBC M 75 Elite Pan Am M 81 Elite United M 92 Elite BBC M 92 Elite Pan Am M 46 Junior A Alliance M 70 Junior A CFC M 38 Junior B Stingers M 54 Junior B BBC M 80 Junior B Pan Am M 57 Junior C BBC M 66 Junior C BBC M 82 Junior C Alliance M 82 Junior C BBC M 75 Masters Peak M 60 Youth Pan Am M 69 Youth Peak M 75 Youth United M 60 Elite Pan Am M 69 Elite BBC M 75 Elite Pan Am M 75 Elite Power M 50 Junior B Power M 75 Junior C Eastman M 56 Youth Power M 69 Youth

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HOW THE COPSI NETWORK Is Helping Find Future Olympians Written By: Noah Wheelock, CSI Pacific, with contribution from CSCM. To ensure that Canada continues its strong placements at major games, it is key that Canada’s future star athletes are identified in an effective manner.


QUICK FACTS Open to Canadian athletes between the ages of 14 to 25. Participants’ results will be measured against performance benchmarks set by NSOs to determine an athlete’s capacity for each individual sport. In 2017, over 2,100 athletes attended RBC Training Ground events. Of these, more than 300 were invited for additional testing by a national sport governing body. 30 athletes were then selected to receive ongoing support funding from RBC in order to pursue their Olympic dreams (including travel, coaching and nutrition expenses).

Working closely with current and former Olympians and Paralympians, the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSI Network) also helps find Canada’s next Olympians through our ongoing work, serving as the official delivery partner for the RBC Training Ground program. RBC Training Ground searches for young Olympic hopefuls, aged 14 to 25, across the country through a series of free regional events, where local athletes participate in basic field tests to measure their speed, power, strength and endurance. This testing data is relayed to 14 participating National Sport Organization (NSO) partners who then use the data to identify athletes they believe have Olympic potential. Since 2016, RBC Training Ground has tested 2,500 elite young athletes across the country, and dedicated a total of $675,000 to support promising future Olympians. STRONG & GROWING STRONGER The COPSI Network’s connection to RBC Training Ground is a strong one, and growing stronger each year. Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSI Pacific) created a talent identification program in 2011 called PODIUM SEARCH™ which has the same aim as RBC Training Ground: to use a series of tests to identify future Olympians. In fact, due to the success of PODIUM SEARCH, RBC used the technical leadership and testing protocols created

by CSI Pacific to create RBC Training Ground. CSI Pacific’s Director, Talent Development, Kurt Innes spearheaded the PODIUM SEARCH program and now is the National Technical Lead for RBC Training Ground across the country. Originally starting with four regional finals in 2016, RBC Training Ground has expanded its nationwide search to all 10 provinces with the aim of continued success at identifying talented young athletes across the nation. This year features additional new stops in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. With that expansion, so too has the COPSI Network’s role expanded. On top of the technical leadership provided by Innes, the COPSI Network provides six regional coordinators across the country who work to coordinate RBC Training Ground in their respective regions. With Adam Kleeberger, Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach for RBC Training Ground, the COPSI Network’s contributions to the program are varied and extensive. And due to the program’s ongoing success, their level of assistance is increasing each year. A NATION OF PARTNERS RBC Training Ground’s other national partners include the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canadian Olympic Foundation (COF) and CBC Sports.

Participating NSO partners include Canada Snowboard, Canada Basketball, Cross Country Ski Canada, Wrestling Canada and Speed Skating Canada who will join returning partners Athletics Canada, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, Canoe Kayak Canada, Cycling Canada, Rowing Canada, Rugby Canada, Freestyle Canada, Judo Canada and Water Polo Canada.

Lanz and Mathez Lead a New Softball Class

By Scott Taylor, Photos courtesy Ashley Lanz and Jill Mathez

Two of the finest female softball players in Manitoba history will lead the 2018 Class of Inductees into the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame. Jill Mathez, a tremendous all-around athlete and former National Team pitcher Ashley Lanz, will join six other outstanding individuals and two teams on the night of May 5, when the inductions are celebrated. This year’s list of inductees includes athletes Ed Gilroy, Gregg Waldvogel, Jim Pomeroy, Edgar Stevenson, Lanz and Mathez. Pomeroy and Stevenson are being inducted posthumously. Those in the AllAround category include Dave Boch and Reice Pelletier while the teams are the 1997-2001 Gladstone Whips and the 19761978 Mariapolis Blues. An independent committee, facilitated by Gord Wooley, reviewed nomination information on candidates for the Hall of Fame and selected the 2018 inductees. Arnold Asham, Cliff Bishop, Don Campbell, Fred Ham, Jim Nay, Nelson Phillips and Smitty Smith served on the committee. The 17th annual induction banquet will be held at the Keystone Centre, UTC Pavilion, 1175 18th Street in Brandon on May 5. The Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame & Museum, Inc. recognizes individuals, teams and organizations for outstanding achievement in softball and/or for contributions to the sport of softball. Let’s meet this year’s inductees. David Boch – All Around Dave Boch, 73, hails from Selkirk and has had a long and illustrious career in Manitoba Softball as both a player and a coach. As a player in the fastpitch category, Dave has competed at two Senior A National Championships and seven Western Canadian Championships and as a coach competed at three national championships at various levels. As a player Dave was a slick second baseman with a high on-base percentage and

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batting average. He was awarded the Top Hitter at the 1976 Manitoba Senior B Provincials batting .529.

part of a strong Smitty’s Senior Women’s Fastball Team and helped her team win five Gold Medals from 1995 to 2000.

Ed Gilroy – Athlete Ed Gilroy was an outstanding athlete who grew up in in Portage la Prairie. He began his fastpitch career in 1961 playing with the Portage Dodgers of the Central Manitoba Fastball league. In 1968, he competed at his first of three Senior A National Championships as a player and in 1969 Gilroy was a member of the Manitoba contingent that competed at the First Canada Summer Games, finishing a respectable fourth. In 1973 he joined the Winnipeg Colonels of the Western Major Fastball League. In SloPitch, he competed in several World Championships with a variety of teams and was part of the team that won the Gold Medal at the 2005 Western Canadian Tournament in Winnipeg.

Reice Pelletier – All-Around Category Reice Pelletier began his career as a coach in 1981, coaching his daughter at Southdale Community Club in Winnipeg. By 1987 his passion for softball became evident as he went on to serve as Dakota Community Club convenor. During his eight-year tenure, Reice helped the softball program grow from six to 50 teams. In 1995 Reice became part of the women’s Lightning Softball Association and over a period of 11 years with this organization his teams qualified for eight National Championships, earning a Silver medal in 2003 and two Bronze Medals in 2000 and 2004.

Jill Mathez – Athlete Jill Mathez was born in Winnipeg in 1963 and by her eighth birthday was playing softball and beginning a career that would take her across the Jill Mathez nation competing in the game that she loved. Mathez excelled at many different levels of softball from Minor to Junior to Senior and to Masters. She played Coed Slo-Pitch winning several Provincial Championships and played fastball at two Indigenous Games winning the Gold Medal at the North American Indigenous Games in 2002 and the Gold Medal at the Canadian National Aboriginal Fastball Games in 2009. She was a stellar centerfielder and boasted a lifetime .444 batting average with the Smitty’s Senior Women’s Team. In 1997 she was recognized as All- Star Centerfielder at the Senior Women’s National Championships that were held in St. Antoine, NB, where she helped her team win gold. She was

Jim Pomeroy – Athlete Jim (Farmer) Pomeroy, 67, was born and resided on the family farm in Alexander, Man. He began his softball career as a young boy playing at Alexander School and went on to play for his high school, Vincent Massey Brandon in 1967. Jim was asked to join the Senior A Merchants in 1976 and played first base with this team for many years. Jim was one of the core group of players that won several league championships and represented Manitoba at the Western Canadian B Championships on two separate occasions. Jim was honoured to be selected as All-Star First Baseman in 1979 at the Western B Championships held in Lethbridge, Alberta. Jim passed away in 2005. Ashley Lanz – Athlete Ashley Lanz, 33, was one of the finest softball pitchers ever produced in Manitoba. She started her softball journey at six and by the time she was 21 would be a member of Canada’s Senior Women’s National team. She competed at many Senior A National Championships representing Manitoba as part of the strong Smitty’s Women’s Softball Team while being awarded Top Pitcher at the

Ashley Lanz 2008 and 2009 championships. She was part of Canada’s National team from 20052012. Internationally Ashley played for the Netherlands and Czech Republic as well as playing in the Italian Professional League. She was the star pitcher for Minot State and in 2005 was selected All-American Pitcher of the Year. She pitched for Canada at the Pan Am games in Guadalajara, Mexico and was awarded Top Pitcher Honours at the Pan Am qualifiers which were held in Guatemala in 2005. In 2007 Ashley pitched with Canada and won the Gold Medal at the Olympic qualifiers in Thailand. She continues to share her passion for the game as a pitching instructor and team coach. Edgar Stevenson – Athlete Edgar Stevenson was born in Rivers, Manitoba and then moved to Peguis, where he learned to pitch, following his father who was well-known in that softball community. In 1989, Edgar earned the Top Pitcher Award at the Western Canadian Bantam Championships where his team won gold. He was awarded the Top Male Player and Top Male Minor Player awards by Manitoba Softball. That year he also played as part of the bronzemedal winning Manitoba Summer Games team. In 1990 Edgar was recognized at the National Midget Championships as both All-Star Pitcher and Top Hitter in the tournament, posting a .542 batting average. In 1991, he won the Top Player award in the playoffs at the National Midget Championships while helping his team, the Landmark Knights, finish second. Stevenson was lost to the softball world in a tragic car accident in October of 1991. He was only 17. Gregg Waldvogel – Athlete Gregg Waldvogel, 56, was an all-around athlete who played hockey with the Selkirk Steelers from 1979-82 and as a position player and outstanding hitter for the ball teams with which he played. Gregg began his softball career like many other players of his time by playing for his high school in Killarney. He competed at two Senior A Men’s National Championships as well as several World Tournaments held in the United States. As a team member, Gregg was Provincial Champion 15 times over his career and individually he was selected as Manitoba’s Senior Men’s Player of the Year in 2003 and was recognized as the

Top Pitcher at the Western Canadian Masters Championships in 2013. Gladstone Whips 1997-2001 – Team Category Formed in 1988, the Gladstone Whips entered the Gladstone Men’s Fastball League and quickly surpassed the competition. The team’s desire to compete at a higher level soon led them to the South Central Fastball League and eventually to the Winnipeg Fastball League. The Whips extended their winning ways from Provincial Championships to Western Canadian Championships by capturing the Gold Medal at the Western Canadian Intermediate A Championships in 1999 in Ft. McMurray, the Silver Medal at the Western Canadian Senior Open in Victoria in 2000 and the Bronze Medal at the Western Canadian Senior Open Championships in Moose Jaw in 2001. The Whips continued on their path to compete

at the highest possible level by earning a spot to represent Manitoba at the Senior A Men’s National Championships that was held in Winnipeg the next year. Mariapolis Blues 1976-1978 – Team Category Teams of skilled players can achieve success in sport but when the team is built from a community of less than 100 people it is extraordinary. Primarily comprised of local farmers, the Blues dominated the South Central Fastball League, so in 1976, decided to join the higher-level South West Major Fastball League. In 1977, the Blues won the league title, but their greatest highlight came in 1976. That year, the Blues won Gold at the Manitoba Games in Neepawa. The team was welcomed back home with an impromptu parade led by a longtime fan from the community, who led the parade of vehicles into town with his tractor. l

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Manitoba’s Kirby Schepp Named Head Coach of Canada’sCanada makes its Commonweal Commonwealth Games Men’s Basketball Team

Schepp also spent five yas an as

Canada makes its Commonwealth Games basketball debut with the men’s team against Australia on April 6. 2009: U16 Cadet National Team -


“It is a tremendous honour to once again be given the opportunity to represent Canada internationally,” Schepp said. “The Commonwealth Games is an incredible international event that I know will be a valuable experience for our athletes and coaches as they continue their development. We have an outstanding staff that I look forward to working with and I know will help the team be ready for the challenge in Australia.” Schepp has spent the past eight summers representing Canada on a variety of men’s national teams. He was on the staff for some of Canada’s biggest wins, including last summer’s historic gold medal winning team at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017. He was also a member of Canada’s bronze medal winning team at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Men. Over his 23 years in coaching, Schepp has been behind the bench for more than 50 different teams and has spent the last nine seasons as the head coach of the Manitoba Bisons. Since joining the Bisons, the team has qualified for the Canada West playoffs in each of the past four seasons. The Bisons have made back-to-back Canada West Final Four appearances and last season competed in the U SPORTS Men’s Final 8 for the first time since 1986. Schepp also spent five years as an assistant coach at the University of Winnipeg and has coached high school and club teams for over 15 years. Schepp is trained in Canada Basketball’s train to compete makes itsofCommonwealth Games basketball debut with to certification and a NCCP certified learning facilitator. He was alsoCanada a member the Basketball Manitoba Board of Directors and has coached a number of Manitoba’s Provincial Teams including at the 2009 Schepp also spent five yas an assistant Winnipeg and has Canada Games. 2009: U16 Cadet National Team -


NBA & Canada Basketball to Host Regional Tournaments for New Jr NBA World Championships; Manitoba hosting June 2


The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Canada Basketball announced the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regional for the upcoming Jr. NBA World Championship on Aug. 7-12, 2018 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla. The Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regional will determine the boys and girls U14 teams that will represent Canada. The competing Manitoba teams will be determined from the Basketball Manitoba Club Provincial Championships May 10-13, 2018. They will play against the winning teams from Saskatchewan on Saturday June 2 at the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre with the winners moving on to the Canadian Championships on June 15-17, 2018, in St. Catharines, ON. Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks. Subscribe to the Basketball Manitoba email newsletter to be informed when details get set. The Jr. NBA World Championship, a first-of-its kind global youth basketball tournament for the top teams ages 14 and under from around the world. “As Canada continues to play a pivotal role in developing elite basketball talent, the NBA is thrilled to partner with Canada Basketball on this premier grassroots competition,” said Dan MacKenzie, Vice President & Managing Director, NBA Canada.“The inaugural Jr. NBA World Championship presents a unique opportunity for Canada’s top boys and girls teams to showcase their talent on a global stage.” “We’re excited to partner with the NBA on the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regional,” said Michele O’Keefe, President & CEO, Canada Basketball. “Club-based national championships are yet another important step in the alignment and development of youth basketball in our country and will complement both our 15U and 17U provincial national championships.” Coaches participating in the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regional will be required to be trained in Canada Basketball’s National Coaching Certification Program. Youth at the Jr. NBA World Championship will also receive off-court life skills education and participate in NBA Cares community service projects. Travel expenses for teams in the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regional and World Championship will be covered by the NBA. Clinics will be offered in Manitoba this coming May. More information about the Jr. NBA World Championship can be found at

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2018 Manitoba Provincial Team Basketball Coaches Announced This summer, the Provincial Team Program will feature a total of 4 teams including the male Canada makes its17U Commonwealth Games basketball The debut with to coaches will joined by Assistant Coaches Dean Favoni & female and 15U teams. head (17UM), Sara Gillis (17UF), Schepp also spent five yas an assistant WinnipegDaron and has Leonard (15UM) and Maggie Hiebert (15UF). Additional support coaches will be announced in the coming weeks. 2009: U16 Cadet National Team -

17U Male Head Coach - Nick Lother began at the club and school level in Female Winnipeg. After a successful high school career at Collège Jeanne-Sauvé, he moved on to the U of W, 15U completing his career in 2011. He spent some time playing in the National Basketball League of Canada akes its Commonwealth Games basketball debut with to with the London Lightning and the Moncton Miracles. In 2015, Nick joined the Manitoba Centre for so spent five yas an assistant Winnipeg and has Performance as a coach and has been an assistant coach at the U of W in the past. Since 2014 he has been the head coach of the Vincent Massey Varsity Boys basketball program, where he is a teacher. adet National Team Female 17U

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Female Head Coach - Megan Noonan joins the Manitoba Provincial Team as a coach for the first 15U time since leaving the program in 2011 after suiting up as a player from 2008 to 2011. A graduate of Fort Richmond Collegiate, Megan went on to a successful 5 years at the U of W with the Wesmen Basketball Program. As a coach, she has been active with the Wesmen Summer Basketball Camps, the ‘Stars’U12 Female Basketball Club Team, Wesmen ‘I Can Score’ Basketball Program and is currently coaching at Fort Richmond’s Junior Varsity Girls Team.

15U 15U Male Head Coach - Dan Becker lead the Manitoba 17U male team to its first ever National

Championship in 2014. Dan is the Technical Director and High Performance coach with Basketball Manitoba and leads the Male Centre for Performance program. His 35 year basketball history began with playing at Fort Richmond Collegiate which took him to NCAA Division 1 basketball at the University of Colorado. He played all over the globe for another 12 years. Dan completed his NCCP Level 4 education at the National Coaching Institute in Winnipeg. He assisted at the CIS men’s level and was interim head coaching in with the U of M Men’s Program. Dan is also a Learning Facilitator in the new NCCP coaching education program. 15U

15U Female Head Coach - Stephen Ralko has a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degree from the Uof W. Currently a teacher at Acadia Junior High, he played 5 years of basketball for the College Wesmen in the Manitoba Colleges Athletics Conference (MCAC). He started coaching in 2009 with the Acadia Junior High Axemen Grade 9 boys’ basketball team. Stephen is currently coaching the Junior Varsity Boys, at Fort Richmond Collegiate and the Grade 8 Boys and Girls at École South Pointe School. He is involved with Manitoba’s Center for Performance (CP) 15U Female program and was an assistant coach with the 15U Provincial Team program. He has also been involved with Uof W Inner City Jr. Wesmen and the U of M Children Program Camps (MiniU). Tryouts for all the teams will take place on May 25-27, 2018 at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre. Details on the tryouts will be announced in early March. The program will culminate at the Canada Basketball National Championships in British Columbia for the two male teams and New Brunswick for the two female teams in early August 2018.

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Seven Manitobans Named to National Junior Football Team By Scott Taylor, Photos by Jeff Miller McMaster University quarterback Andreas Dueck out of Vincent Massey High School and U of M Bisons’ defensive stars Cole Adamson (Oak Park), Brody Williams (St. Paul’s) and Shae Weekes (St. Paul’s) will lead seven Manitobans onto Canada’s National Junior Football team. A group 45 of Canada’s top players plus 10 more players who are on the reserve roster, were named to the team which will play at the 2018 World Junior Championship in Mexico City in July. 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.

Henkewich. “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. “These young men named to Team Canada are not only outstanding football players Bisons defensive ba but also of the highest ck Shae Weekes (2 1) possible character.” Canada’s roster will consist of 33 players competed at the freshmen at the U of M last season. Dueck 2018 International Bowl in Arlington, Tex., meanwhile, put up solid numbers in his in January. The other 12 players helped freshman season at McMaster. Playing in Canada defeat the United States 44-26 in all eight games as the backup to starter the under-18 game at the same event. Jackson White, he completed 25 of 51 pass attempts for 214 yards and two TDs. Brody Williams, meanwhile, was in the Top 50 in all of USports in tackles with 31 in his freshman season. He also had 14 Bisons linebacker Brody Williams (51) assists and a forced fumble. This year, the 6-foot-4, 315-pound Slater will head from St. John’s to the University of North Dakota. He is expected to start on the offensive line. “This young guys are all great players,” said Henkewich. “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.

Joining Dueck, Adamson, Williams and Weekes on the team will be UND freshman OL Rain Slater (St. John’s) and University of Calgary freshman linebacker Tyrece Viner-Cox (Garden City). Massey graduate Eryk Bujalski, who has committed to McMaster University, has been named to the reserve roster. “With seven players on this roster that’s 13 per cent of a national team out of the Winnipeg High school Football League,” said WHSFL commissioner Rick

The Manitobans on this roster are among the best university players in the country. Adamson, Weekes and Williams all got plenty of snaps as

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Bisons defensive tackle Cole Adamson


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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.

“I’m very excited about this roster for Mexico City,” said Sumarah. “We have a great mix of under-19 and under-18 players 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 put forward the best team we have to represent our country.” l


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COED FOOTBALL IS TAKING THE RECREATIONAL SPORTS WORLD BY STORM There was no shortage of memorable moments in the coed touch football division of the PIT Football League this winter. Records were broken, both for number of teams participating and for individual achievements. New players had their names engraved on the trophies for the first time. Wins (and sometimes losses) were celebrated in the on-site lounges. Rookie and veteran teams competed for the competitive and recreational trophies at the Subway Soccer South and Garden City Soccer Complexes. In the fall 2017 season (October-December), rookie team Tom Bradycardia defeated There’s No Crying in Baseball in the recreational final when Lesley Merkel scored the game-winning touchdown with seconds remaining. In the competitive final, Joey’s Old Wood defeated Dillos South due in large part to Katie McRae’s two touchdown receptions. The Winter 2018 season (January-March) saw the largest number of coed teams (over 120 players in total) register in Manitoba history. With the influx of coed teams, there were numerous league records that were shattered. Russ Rennie set the coed season interception record at age 53, and Jason Cassie


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broke the league single-game point record when he scored 49 points. Not to be outdone, Tyler Wollf bested the single season sack record when he recorded 17 sacks for team Wildfox. Team records were also set as the Dillos North and Tom Bradycardia combined for 101 points to establish the single-game point record when the game ended 51-50! The Summer 2017 League MV P Courtney Dyck high tempo and quick scores are a hallmark of coed football. A striking aspect of this year’s coed contests has been the impact of the top female players. Courtney Dyck was named the League MVP (covering men’s and coed divisions) for the summer season. For the season, Courtney scored 113 points and added 6 interceptions. Jessica Smilar finished second in MVP voting for the winter season after finishing 1 point behind Vaughn Lloyd for the scoring championship. Jessica was also the bridesmaid in the fall season, finishing four points behind Nick Trinder for the scoring lead. The coed division has become a great way for teams to keep their skills sharp in the offseason. The U18 male and female flag football provincial team members entered two coed teams, one competitive and one recreational, and have heavily relied on their female rushers, receivers, and quarterbacks. U18 provincial flag receiver Kayla R. became the youngest female to finish in the top 10 of scoring at just 16 years old, joining Jessica Smilar and rookie player Avni Jain as the other female players on that list. On top of the wealth of football talent, the coed division is known for valuing sportsmanship and fair play. It is not uncommon to hear friendly repartee during the games or to see

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opponents sharing refreshments together in the lounge afterwards. Following a great catch, a player can be sure of congratulations from both sides of the ball, a feature that is often missing in competitive coed sports. The increase in the number of coed teams and players has followed the trajectory of touch and flag football in Fall Coed Recreational Champions Tom Bradycardia the Province. More players are now turning to touch and flag as either an alterative to tackle football or to hone their skills during the tackle football offseason. Football has not traditionally been a sport played by female participants, however with the growth of the U18 flag football programs run by Football Manitoba, the popularization of the tackle game by the Manitoba Girls Football Association, and more female players playing tackle then at any point in the province’s history, touch and flag football are set to be the next big coed sport! All coed games are 5 v 5 with a minimum of two girls on the field, and are played on Football Canada regulation sized non-contact fields (70-yards by 30 yards). There are players at all skill levels and the games are played weekdays during prime time. l

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lawes leads manitoba’s olympic success By Scott Taylor, Photos by Rusty Barton, James Carey Lauder and courtesy and World Curling Federation In her blog at curling. ca, Winnipeg’s Kaitlyn Lawes gave Canadians a pretty insightful look at what winning the first Olympic Mixed Curling gold medal was like. In the gold medal game in PyeongChang, South Korea, Lawes and Winnipeg-born John Lawes and Morris Morris beat defending world champions Jenny Perret and Martin Rios of Switzerland 10-3 to claim the second Olympic gold medal for both competitors. Lawes was third for Team Jennifer Jones that won the women’s gold in 2014 while Morris was vice for Team Kevin Martin when they won gold in men’s in 2010.

Winnipeg’s Brooks Macek, Silver Medalist Team Germany

Mixed doubles curling made its Olympic debut in PyeongChang in 2018 and it was only fitting that two Canadian curlers with close ties to Winnipeg brought the gold back home. “We knew it was going to be a really tough game because that team has proven over and over again that it can find ways to beat you, so we were really prepared for anything,” Lawes wrote. “It was a long day of waiting, so it was wonderful to get out there on the ice and hear the crowd cheering, and know there was so much support for us at home. “We had a really good start to the game, and that helped settle the nerves, and

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from there on, we definitely had a good feel for the ice and the stones. When Switzerland shook hands with us, we just couldn’t hold back. It was relief, excitement and pride all in one, and we couldn’t wait to share it with our family in the crowd.” For Manitoba, it was a wonderful way to celebrate the opening week of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, but it wasn’t the final highlight of the Games. Canada’s National Women’s Hockey team won a silver medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea after losing the gold medal game, 3-2 in a shootout to the United States. Meanwhile, the Canadian men’s team won bronze with a decisive 6-4 win over Czech Republic in the third-place game. That means five Manitoba members of Canada’s teams won medals – Jocelyne Larocque and Bailey Bram from Ste. Anne and Brigette Lacquette from Mallard on the women’s team and Chay Genoway from Morden and Quinton Howden from Oakbank on the men’s team. However, there was one other Manitoban who won a hockey medal at the Games. Winnipeg’s Brooks Macek, a former member of the Assiniboine Park Rangers who still works out at the Rink, won a silver medal with Germany. Macek was one of the team’s leaders who scored the first goal of the game in Germany’s 4-3 over Canada in the semifinal.

Team Canada’s Quinton Howden

Jocelyne Larocque of Ste. Anne, Manitoba against the USA

Meanwhile, Winnipeg-born, but not trained, figure skater Eric Radford won two medals – gold in team figure skating and bronze in pairs. It was a tremendous Olympic Games for our Manitoba athletes, but not everyone can win a medal. Still, Winnipeg’s Heather McLean performed very well.

Brigette Lacquette against Team USA

The national team speedskater finished 14th in the women’s 500-metre event in a time of 38.29 seconds and then she finished 25th in the 1,000 in a time of 1:17.25. She didn’t win a medal but she skated well and will likely be back in Tokyo in 2022. And Brandon’s Alex Plante also had an outstanding Olympics as the former member of the Wheat Kings was one of the stars of Korea’s surprisingly good men’s hockey team. This was one of the most successful Olympic Games in history for Manitoba’s athletes – no fewer than seven came back home with medals. Fact is, it was simply a remarkable month of February and it will be remembered for a long, long time. l

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“The First Star from Sturgeon Heights U 12 Ringette Team, #12 Keira Bond” Those words would never be spoken again, but will always be remembered By Toni Bond & Al Gowriluk December 30, 2017 marked the ninth Keira Bond # 12 annual Boston Pizza U-19 All-Star Games and the Vickar Automotive Group U-14 Skills Competition hosted at Seven Oaks Arena. Well over 1,000 people braved the wind-chill to show the province the ringette community supports the players on the ice and a very worthy cause off the ice; Keira’s Krusade. When the games were held on Louis Riel Day, the U19 A teams trying to earn the Western Canadian Ringette Championship berth were apprehensive to play and risk injury before the Westerns. But when organizers saw the players and fans start arriving at 9 am-for a noon start on December 30, they knew this could be the new go-to date.

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Here are the results; The Vickar Automotive Group U14 Skills Competition Champions: FASTEST SKATER Portage Karly Vince 21.25 seconds 2nd: KW Wolfpack Nicole Owen 22.72 Karly Vince U 14 Fastest Skater Champion 3rd place 12 year old Chloe Lyon of East End 22.93 HARDEST SHOT Olivia Dao KW Wolfpack 96.5 Km/H 2nd Brianna Ginter of Red Olivia Dao U 14 Hardest Shot River 91.7 Champion 96.5 KmH Km/H

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3rd Jordyn Rolling of Brandon at 82.0 Km/H (This is not so good for goalie recruitment) CHAMPION Goaltender Challenge: Julia Evans of Southdale Julia Evans U14

Goaltending Champion 9th Annual Boston Pizza U 19 All-Star Games: Over the years these girls have seen each other as opponents, someone standing in the way of them and the goal; now, they are team-mates and line-mates helping them get there together. There have been well over 500 players who can call themselves allstars. To some players, this is the pinnacle of their ringette career, to others, a stepping stone to Westerns and the Canadian Ringette Championships.

Keira’s Krusade: Keira Bond, an 11-year-old St. James ringette player who lost her battle to cancer this past summer. In the six months she had left after her diagnosis she initiated Keira’s Krusade; partnering with The WRL, CancerCare Manitoba and Boston Pizza to shine a light on and raise money for pediatric brain cancer. Members of Keira Bond’s U12 ringette team escorted each U19 allstar player to centre ice as the voice of the WRL – Andrew Brown, introduced

U12 Sturgeon Heights – Keira’s team mates

U 14 Skills Participants

them. The jerseys had the Keira’s Krusade logo and her number 12 on the left side by the heart.

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Keira’s Winter Klassic On Saturday Sara Danzinger lead Feb. 3, the her team with St. James 2 goals & 2 Ringette assists Association hosted the inaugural Keira’s Winter Klassic outdoor ringette tournament at Assiniboia West Community Club, to honour Keira Bond and help CancerCare Manitoba. The tournament had a Christmas theme, Keira’s favourite time of year. As the wind chill dropped into the -30’s, the warm and giving hearts of the 113 U12 players and the coaches, volunteers and fans kept everyone feeling toasty inside. Eight teams competed for the chance to be crowned by jolly old St. Nick himself. There were indoor activities, Game action in the Keira’s Win ter Klassic Feb 3 heartfelt greetings from Steven Fletcher, and an inspiring presentation from Portage Thunder – Botterill. An exciting gold medal game had the Lorette Royals scoring a goal in the last seconds to take the gold over Portage Thunder. Hosts, The Sturgeon Heights Boom, bearing Keira’s nickname, won bronze. A social followed with Christmas decorations and of course an ugly Xmas sweater as the theme. Keira’s Winter Klassic raised $36,185.10 that will go to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation to help the fight against pediatric brain cancer. Thank you everyone for keeping alive Keira’s dream of helping others! l

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The Blizzard’s new super 9 By Johnston Hall with notes from Manitoba Blizzard Soccer, Photo courtesy Manitoba Blizzard Manitoba’s premier prep soccer program has sent nine more athletes off to university programs. The Manitoba Blizzard, a university preparatory soccer program for girls that has helped families obtain nearly $4 million in scholarship money, announced in early February that nine more local players will play university soccer in 2018. This year’s list includes Payton Bell (Minnesota Moorhead), Mackie Burdeny (Manitoba), Sierra Halldorson (Trinity Western), Mya Lee (Winnipeg), Alycia Mann (Winnipeg), Sydnie Duquette (Trinity Western), Jayda Mushinski (Winnipeg), Jojo Ngongo (Texas-El Paso), Taylor Reynolds (UBC). The Manitoba Blizzard’s Mission is to provide young players and their parents with a structured process that gives them access to the information and experts necessary to help them achieve their goals through soccer. Its Vision is for all alumni to recognize the opportunities and benefits given them through education and soccer and become positive role models in their communities. “Soccer may be their platform, but all of our young Blizzard players have a greater purpose than simply competing in high level sport,” said Manitoba Blizzard head coach Jim Zinko. “Their hard work on the field and in the classroom has given them opportunities to explore a larger world and to discover for themselves how they will make their marks on it. “Everyone who has been involved in

their journey to this point is very proud of their accomplishments. At the same time, we can’t wait to see what great things they are yet to do.” This is the Program’s fifth class of Grade 12 graduates, including the young women listed below, 59 Manitoba Blizzard players will have gone on to play university soccer. Manitoba Blizzard 2018 Graduating Class Courtesy Manitoba Blizzard

Payton Bell #14 Position: Forward University: Minnesota State University Moorhead Intended Major: Kinesiology Why this University: I chose this university because of the great facilities they offer as well as the supportive and determined teammates and coaches. Mackie Burdeny #6 Position: Forward University: University of Manitoba Intended Major: Sciences Why this University: I chose University of Manitoba because of the great coaching staff, the welcoming team, and because it is close to home. Sierra Halldorson #9 Position: Midfiels University: Trinity Western University Intended Major: Undecided Why this University: I chose this University because of a combination of academics, athletics and a great team culture.

Blizzard Signing Day: From left seated, Mackie Burdeny, Sierra Halldorson, Payton Bell, Alycia Mann, Sydnie Duquette, Jojo Ngongo and Jayda Mushinski. Missing: Taylor Reynolds and Mya Lee.

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Sydnie Duquette #7 Position: Midfield University: Trinity Western University Intended Major: Undecided Why this University: I chose to go to Trinity Western University because of the excellent academic and soccer program. As well as I got along great with the coaches and players. Mya Lee #8 Position: Midfield University: University of Winnipeg Alycia Mann #11 Position: Winger and attacking midfield University: University of Winnipeg Intended Major: Undeclared; leaning towards Law Why this University: I chose this University because I wanted to stay close to home and I have had Amy as a coach before and I like her coaching style. As well as it is a competitive and friendly environment. Jayda Mushinski #1 Position: GoalKeeper University: University of Winnipeg Intended Major: Education Why this University: I chose this university because it is close to home and the welcoming coaching staff. Jojo Ngongo #9 Position: Striker University: University of Texas at El Paso Intended Major: Business Why this University: The reason why I chose UTEP was because it was very accommodating to what I was looking for, the coach and team are very welcoming and Texas is a beautiful place to live. Taylor Reynolds #26 Position: Defender University: University of British Columbia Intended Major: Business Why this University: I chose UBC because of the great coaching staff, friendly players and overall beautiful campus. It has everything I want academically and athletically. l


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Huge Tournament Showcases Soccer’s Future By Johnston Hall, Photos courtesy WYSA and Golden Boy Classic

U15 Girls Rec Champs, Garden City Thrilling wins by Garden City, Bonivital SC, Lakehead Express and the U15 Hanover Vipers were highlights of the championship round of the WYSA’s 10th Annual Golden Boy Indoor Soccer Tournament. The Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association held their 2018 tournament from Feb. 15-19 at WSF Soccer South, WSF Soccer North and the Axworthy Health and RecPlex. As always, it was the largest indoor soccer tournament in Manitoba featuring an all-time high of 176 teams in four competitive levels and age groups from U9-U18. In total, there were 28 divisions with 2,300 total players. The event included 42 out-of-town teams representing rural Manitoba, North Dakota, Ontario and Saskatchewan. “We were very excited to kick off the

10th anniversary with a record number of teams,” said WYSA Executive Director Carlo Bruneau. “The fact that this was the 10th anniversary and we registered more teams than ever shows the commitment of the soccer community and was a credit to our organizers and volunteers who helped make the tournament so successful. “We had teams competing in both recreational and competitive divisions showcasing both the soccer talent and world-class facilities we have here in Manitoba. The was proven by the number of out-of-town teams participating.” The Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association already manages the largest youth soccer league in Manitoba so operating a huge international tournament isn’t

a stretch. In addition to managing all Premier and Developmental leagues from ages 9-through-18, the WYSA oversees rec soccer leagues for community centres from ages 13to-18. It also supports district soccer associations that administer the rec leagues from ages 9-through-12 during the outdoor season. As well, in recent years, the WYSA has managed the largest indoor high school soccer league and has played a key role in bringing disadvantaged youth in Winnipeg’s core. The annual Golden Boy Tournament is one of the highlights of the WYSA’s indoor season. “The competition level was very high and when you consider the level of play from, the out-of-town teams combined with the level of play of our local teams, you can see how well Winnipeg stands up to great competition,” added Bruneau. “So it’s a win-win situation. It’s worth it for these teams from Saskatchewan, Ontario and North Dakota to come to Winnipeg and get outstanding competition. “It’s also an opportunity for us to show off our World Class facilities here in Winnipeg. That new Soccer North facility is amazing and I’m still in awe with how impressive it is.” Bruneau also believes there were plenty of young players in the tournament who have a bright future in the game. “We have some great young players in our league,” Bruneau said. “If they continue to work hard and focus on their training, the sky’s the limit.” l 26 sportslife

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Narcisse Ambanza on the drive

Dwight (DJ) Dixon takes it to the hoop

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U of W Women Off to Solid Start By Scott Taylor, Photos by Kelly Morton

William Sesay with a shot

The University of Winnipeg Wesmen men’s basketball team suffered a disappointing end to an otherwise remarkable comeback season. Despite losing a play-in post-season game to Lakehead back in early February the Wesmen did win seven of its last eight down the stretch to make a run into the playoffs after being all but forgotten after a 3-9 first half. On the bright side, for the second time in two seasons, Narcisse Ambanza was named a Canada West third-team all-star. Another step up for Ambanza, who was named to the Canada West all-rookie team in 2016-17. University of Winnipeg photographer Kelly Morton was there following the Wesmen all season long and brought back some highlights to SportsLife Magazine. l

Denzel Lynch-Blair in the paint All-Star Ambanza finds a lane

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MBCI’s Shpai Gill saves the ball as Oak Park’s Caden Konu (9) defends

Sisler Spartans, winners of the WIT 2018

Sisler Wins the 2018 WIT Classic

Sisler’s Branzuela (25) and Rec Voc’s Kobe Boulette (14)

By Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder

When to comes to high school basketball, it’s hard to find a better talent showcase anywhere in Canada than Tec Voc’s annual Winnipeg Invitational Tournament. And this year, one of the most exciting teams in the province, the skilled, speedy Sisler Spartans prevailed, beating Tec Voc 94-63 in the final. It was the second straight year that Sisler beat Tec Voc in the final. SportsLife sent photographer James Carey Lauder out to shoot one of the biggest events in high school winter sports – the WIT championship final. l Tec Voc’s Dennis Cook (5) takes it to the hoop against Sisler’s Paredes (33)

Tec Voc’s Dennis Cook heads to the hoop past St. John’s Ravenscourt’s Keerat Blullar (10) Tec Voc’s Henko Temelso (7) makes a move on Niverville’s Parker Davis (1)

Sisler’s Matt Medrano drives against Tec Voc’s Rango Orchan (8) and Geoffrey Cagulcia (4)

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Bisons sprinter Tegan Turner is presented with her gold medal Brooke-Lynn Boyd wins gold in shot put Oyinko Akinola

Bisons Do Well at Canada West Meet

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By Scott Taylor, Photos by Jeff Miller

The Bisons Syed Aoun

Back in mid-February, the best athletes from across the West got together for the Canada West Indoor Track and Field Meet and it was a great weekend for the Bisons. The University of Manitoba finished second in the men’s team standings while the women were third. On a couple of individual notes, fourth year U of M athlete Tegan Turner won the women’s 60-metre sprint in a time of 7.43 and defended the title that she won last year while Brooke-Lynn Boyd won gold in women’s shot put with a toss of 13.81 metres. Our photographer, Jeff Miller, was at the U of M to cover all the action. l

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Winnipeg SportsLife March/April 2018  
Winnipeg SportsLife March/April 2018  

Winnipeg SportsLife March/April 2018 SportsLife is Manitoba's amateur sports magazine.This is where sports fans will meet the Olympians of t...