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sportslife 2018 | Volume 5 | Issue 3

Winnipeg Edition

Winnipeg’s place to play Andrew Harris and Brigette Lacquette Named Manitoba Athletes of the Year

The MJBL Season is Underway: Pembina Valley Pitcher Seth Staple Lucas Meyer to Play Volleyball at U of M www.SportsLife.life

Kiren Deraj Wins Badminton’s U-19 Triple Crown

Erin Valgardson to Run at NDSU

Justus Alleyn and Kirby Schepp Win Silver at Commonwealth Games

Winnipeg’s Potter Signs with WNBA Page 26


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Contents 4 sports sportslife life

26 Basketball Emily Potter signs with WNBA

06 the starting line-up

22 Basketball manitoba

09 Softball

24 Basketball

10 Football Hall of Fame

26 Professional Basketball

Hottest News Stories in Manitoba Sports

Softball Manitoba’s 2018 Schedule

2018 Football Hall of Fame Inductees

Who Were the Winners at the Annual Night of Champions

Lucas Meyer

12 Sport Manitoba Awards 14 University Volleyball 16 Junior Baseball

The MJBL Season Preview

18 Manitoba junior Baseball

Manitobans Lead Canada to Silver at 2018 Commonwealth Games

Emily Potter Signs with WNBA

28 Athletics

Erin Valgardson

29 Women’s Ringette

Manitoba Ladies Recreational

Ringette League Photo Feature

30 Junior Hockey

MJBL 2018 Schedule

A Tale of Two Goalies

20 Ringette

Announcements and Events

Peguis Juniors Win KJHL Title 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 publisher@sportslife.life Box 66050, Winnipeg Manitoba R3K 2G0 204-996-4146 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Scott Taylor sdtaylor2@shaw.ca ART DIRECTOR Debbie Dunmall ddunmall@gmail.com COVER PHOTO Pembina Valley Orioles pitcher Seth Staple by Dantin Reimer CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Dantin Reimer, James Carey Lauder, Laurie Anderson, Jeff and Tara Miller, Steve Wilson/University of Utah, Basketball Canada, Boeing Classic, Kelvin Clippers, Scott Taylor, Donna Meyer, Marissa Naylor, Badminton Manitoba, Volleyball Canada, Assiniboia Downs, WRL CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Scott Taylor, Johnston Hall, Jamie Bettens, Al Gowriluk

Summer’s Coming, Sport Changes Summer is coming and, as always, changes are on the horizon. We move outside. Volleyball becomes beach volleyball, basketball heads to the outdoor courts and instead of playing hockey, some our province’s best young players – Bradley Schoonbaert, Riley Shamway, Brody Moffatt and Ashton Anderson – move outside to play ball. Our May/June edition for 2018 will introduce you to some of Manitoba’s best and brightest young athletes. Our cover boy, Pembina Valley Orioles pitcher Seth Staple, a beautiful action shot taken by Dantin Reimer, sets us up for an issue that includes a complete preview of all eight MJBL teams. As well, we’ll meet Lucas Meyer, a basketball-volleyball who has decided to play volleyball at the U of M next season and Erin Valgardson, a middle-distance runner who is off to North Dakota State in the fall. They are young, gifted and ready to compete and they speak volumes about the types of athletes we get to watch and enjoy in this province. In this issue of SportsLife, we pay tribute to Manitoba’s best badminton players and bowlers, basketball coach Kirby Schepp and his star from Team Canada Justus Alleyn, Glenlawn grad Emily Potter who is off to the WNBA and Manitoba’s 2017 Athletes of the Year. Oh yes, and we also pay tribute to the latest inductees into the Manitoba Football Hall of Fame, the KJHL champion Peguis Juniors and 16-year-old volleyball star Erika Vermette. So sit back and enjoy. We hope you meet someone you didn’t know before and learn about a sport you’d never thought about before. Winnipeg is blessed. It’s also Canada’s Place to Play.

– 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.

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Compiled by Scott Taylor, Photos by Jeff Miller, Badminton Manitoba, Volleyball Manitoba, Marissa Naylor, Assiniboia Downs

Line-Up

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 are expected to continue along that bright pathway in 2018. Here’s the latest in Manitoba sport.

16-YEAR-OLD DERAJ WINS MANITOBA U-19 BADMINTON Although only 16, Kiren Deraj has won the 2018 Yonex Badminton Manitoba Junior provincial U-19 Triple Crown. Deraj cruised to a gold medal win over his doubles partner Allan Liu with scores of 21-15, 21-16 in the U-19 Boys Singles to begin his triple crown weekend back in March. Then, partnered with Liu, he went on to win the U-19 Boys Doubles title. He capped it off with a win in U-19 Mixed Doubles. Deraj and partner Tiffany Tantakoun beat the number one seeds, Kyi Nichols and Claire Meier, in an exciting 21-19, 25-23 final. Meanwhile, Avery Dick and Easton George from Grand Rapids, Man., each won two events in U-17 while Traytaen Halcrow also from Grand Rapids won two events in U-15. Serenity Poirier from Lac du Bonnet won the Triple Crown in U-15 while Evan Chen won two events in U-15 at the age of 12. Here are the 2018 Provincial Champions: U-13 Singles – Kevin Liang Kiren Deraj U-13 Doubles – Anson Chen/Haryn Deraj Evan Chen U-15 Boys Singles – Even Chen U-15 Girls Singles – Serenity Poirier U-15 Boys Doubles – Even Chen/Traytaen Halcrow U-15 Girls Doubles – Serenity Poirier/Ghajaayine Senthiikumaran U-15 Mixed Doubles – Traytaen Halcrow/Serenity Poirier U-17 Boys Singles – Avery Dick U-17 Girls Singles – Mackenzie Ftoma U-17 Boys Doubles – Avery Dick/Easton George U-17 Girls Doubles – Mackenzie Ftoma/Sasha St. Pierre U-17 Mixed Doubles – Easton George/Sasha St. Pierre U-19 Boys Singles – Kiren Deraj U-19 Girls Singles – Tiffany Tantakoun U-19 Boys Doubles – Kiren Deraj/Allan Liu U-19 Girls Doubles – Jeannette Ding/Claire Meier U-19 Mixed Doubles – Kiren Deraj/Tiffany Tantakoun

MANITOBA BOXERS WIN 11 MEDALS IN EDMONTON Sidney Meisner, Heaven Moneyas and Landon Broome each won gold medals at the 2018 SuperChannel Canadian Boxing Championships in Edmonton. With Junior, Youth and Elite fighters all battling under the same roof, a grand total of 244 boxers from coast to coast took part in the competition for a chance to claim the national title in their respective category. During the five-day tournament, Team Manitoba’s 14 athletes came back with total of 11 medals. Priyanka Dhillion, Alexis Wuersch, Justice Harborne, Mohammed Makhloaf  and Paul Riggs all won bronze medals while Olivia Gow, Jawad Miakhail and Nathan Bell won silvers. Meisner, Moneyas and Broome brought home Manitoba’s three gold medals.

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2018 Team Manitoba Boxing


VERMETTE TO REP CANADA AT NORCECA VOLLEYBALL Winnipeg’s 16-year-old Erika Vermette will join her partner, 17-year-old Dana Roskic from Ontario, to represent Canada in Cuba from May 25-28 at the NORCECA, Central Zone (Cuba, USA, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic) qualification tournament. The winner of this tournament will play in the Youth Olympic games in Buenos Aires, Argentina from Oct. 6-18.  The Vermette-Roskic duo won the national qualifying tournament and have earned their way into the NORCECA event. The 2018 Youth Olympic Games NORCECA Qualifier Selection Tournament took place March 3-4, 2018 at the Beach High Performance Training Centre in Toronto with 10 women’s teams from across the country. Vermette and Roskic will also be part of the FIVB U19 Beach Volleyball World Championship team that heads to China in June.

Erika Vermette and Dana Roskic

SUPER SPIKE BACK AT MAPLE GROVE IN JULY Super Spike

The biggest tournament of them all, the 17th Annual SuperSpike, will return July 20 and 21 at Maple Grove Rugby Park in South St. Vital. This year, it will be beigger and better than ever. Not only is the featured band Monster Truck, but a new event has been added to the what is the largest outdoor/beach volleyball tournament in Western Canada. Not only will Super Spike boast a weekend long concert series, but new this year is Ultimate, which has been added as an additional sport run in conjunction with the volleyball tournament. Along with Monster Truck, Super Spike will welcome Canadian indie rockers The Elwins, headlining the main stage on Friday July 20.  Also scheduled to perform at Super-Spike are The Pistol Whips, Vikings, Deep Dark Cave, Leanne Pearson, The Middle Coast, Ras Tamils, and the Dust Rhinos. Public interested in registering a team for this year’s event can do so by visiting www.superspike.ca. Early bird registration fees for teams are only $49 per person through to June 1st.  All SuperSpike tournament participants receive free access for the concert series and on-site festivities. Early bird weekend passes for non-tournament participants will be on-sale as of today, and can be purchased for only $25 through www. superspike.ca.  After June 1st they will go up to regular price of $35. Super Spike splits its proceeds among three charitable organizations including Volleyball Manitoba as a staple annual partner, and two rotating new charities each year selected through an annual application process. KidSport Manitoba, and the True North Youth Foundation have been selected as the two other Super-Spike charitable recipients for 2018.

NAYLOR LEADS WOMEN’S TEAM TO YBC SILVER MEDAL Winnipeg’s Marissa Naylor, also a star with the University of Manitoba women’s golf team, won an individual bronze medal at Bowl Canada’s Youth Bowling Council National 10-Pin Bowling Championship at Century Bowl in Calgary. With Naylor’s bronze and some outstanding performances by fellow team members Grace Burton (Bantam U-12) and Kristen Jolly (Junior, 12-14), Manitoba won the team silver medal at the event. Burton averaged 135.14, Jolly averaged 184.14 and Naylor averaged 195.71. In the singles event, Naylor averaged 204.21 to win her bronze and won the Carl Malcolmson Memorial Scholarship for top average over the entire tournament. The boys team, featuring Bantam Gabriel Sanchez, Marissa Naylor, second from far right and Team Manitoba Junior Israel Potter and Senior Reid Newbiggin. The boys team finished seventh but in the individual competition, Potter won a bronze medal with a tournament average of 184.86. The national championship tournament featured eight team from seven provinces (Ontario is split into North and South).

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WHSFL SENIOR BOWL ON ITS WAY The Winnipeg High School Senior Bowl teams have been selected and the big game is right around the corner. The annual all-star game will be held on May 26, at Investors Group Field. The practices will be held at Frank Whyte Community Centre (Inkster & Fife) on May 23, 24 and 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s always fun and it’s always a great opportunity to see the CFL and U Sport stars of the future. Here are the rosters: TEAM STEEVES Player Name School Position Noah Dornn. . . . . . . . . . . . . St Paul’s . . . . . . . . . . . Rec Michael Asabil. . . . . . . . . . . St Paul’s . . . . . . . . . . . Rec Nic Peters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St Paul’s . . . . . . . . . . . RB Quinn Mulligan . . . . . . . . . St Paul’s . . . . . . . . . . . RB Mac Lillie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St Paul’s . . . . . . . . . . . OL Colin Kornelson. . . . . . . . . . St Paul’s . . . . . . . . . . . DL Devyn Turner. . . . . . . . . . . . St Paul’s . . . . . . . . . . . DL Jayden Kyryluk. . . . . . . . . . . St Paul’s . . . . . . . . . . . DL Noah Monney . . . . . . . . . . . St Paul’s . . . . . . . . . . . LB Stephen Adamopolous. . . . St Paul’s . . . . . . . . . . . DB Bryce Marino. . . . . . . . . . . . St Paul’s . . . . . . . . . . . DB Joel hardy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brandon Massey . . . RB Sam Steeves . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brandon Massey . . . Rec Brayden Cancade . . . . . . . . Brandon Massey . . . LB Ethan Twovoice . . . . . . . . . . DMCI . . . . . . . . . . . . OL Rig Moulebou. . . . . . . . . . . . DMCI . . . . . . . . . . . . RB Matt Merete . . . . . . . . . . . . . DMCI . . . . . . . . . . . . LB Eric Adams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steinbach . . . . . . . . . Rec Sheycoy Selent. . . . . . . . . . . Steinbach . . . . . . . . . Rec Nathan Poetker . . . . . . . . . . Steinbach . . . . . . . . . DL Tyler Bueckert . . . . . . . . . . . Steinbach . . . . . . . . . LB Tyler Fedac. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Portage . . . . . . . . . . . Rec Brice Verwey. . . . . . . . . . . . . Portage . . . . . . . . . . . DB Connor Green . . . . . . . . . . . Portage . . . . . . . . . . . Kicker Shawn McMillan . . . . . . . . . Portage . . . . . . . . . . . OL Matt Bapiste. . . . . . . . . . . . . Kildonan East . . . . . OL Abhishek Sharma . . . . . . . . Kildonan East . . . . . LB Brendan Ruchkall. . . . . . . . Kildonan East . . . . . DL Tayvin Daniels . . . . . . . . . . . Kelvin. . . . . . . . . . . . . QB Taye Frazer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelvin. . . . . . . . . . . . . Rec Mohammed Irandost. . . . . Kelvin. . . . . . . . . . . . . RB Sebastien Gottfredsen. . . . Kelvin. . . . . . . . . . . . . LB Sam Chin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelvin. . . . . . . . . . . . . DB Andrew Piwniuk . . . . . . . . . Dakota. . . . . . . . . . . . OL Noah Paulic . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dakota . . . . . . . . . . . LB Nick Conway . . . . . . . . . . . . Dakota. . . . . . . . . . . . DB Andreas Kastellanos . . . . . . Dakota . . . . . . . . . . . DB Liam Prendergast . . . . . . . . Sturgeon . . . . . . . . . . QB Simon Lumsden . . . . . . . . . Sturgeon . . . . . . . . . . DL Simon Winsnes . . . . . . . . . . Sturgeon . . . . . . . . . . DB Jacob Burland - Allen . . . . . Sturgeon . . . . . . . . . . DB Tewodros Mekonnen. . . . . Churchill. . . . . . . . . . RB Braedon Mousseau. . . . . . . Churchill . . . . . . . . . . LB Sekina Scheibler . . . . . . . . . Ft Frances . . . . . . . . . RB Luke McMillan . . . . . . . . . . Miles Mac. . . . . . . . . Rec Riley Turner . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miles Mac. . . . . . . . . OL Beruk Weldeareguy. . . . . . . Miles Mac. . . . . . . . . Dl Miguel Lerano . . . . . . . . . . . Tec Voc . . . . . . . . . . . OL Ryan Kematch . . . . . . . . . . . Kelvin . . . . . . . . . . . . OL Reid Vankougnett . . . . . . . . Dakota. . . . . . . . . . . . QB (Injured)

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Eryk Bujalski, Vincent Massey

TEAM HENKEWICH Player Name School Position Tyler Koniuck . . . . . . . . . . . Sisler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . QB Gage Pollok. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sisler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . OL Zane Dear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sisler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . OL Treyton Viera . . . . . . . . . . . . Sisler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rec Easton Montour . . . . . . . . . Sisler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . LB Tyler Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sisler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . DB Kieran Cummings . . . . . . . Garden City . . . . . . . DL Ethan Hetherington . . . . . . Garden City . . . . . . . LB Tyrece Viner-Cox . . . . . . . . Garden City . . . . . . . LB Charlie Ringland . . . . . . . . . Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . QB Mark St Marc . . . . . . . . . . . . Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . OL Eric Rivera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . RB Cam Graham . . . . . . . . . . . . Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . Rec Ayric Dupont . . . . . . . . . . . . Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . DL John Sneesby . . . . . . . . . . . . Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . DL Tyler Murphy . . . . . . . . . . . . Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . DL Dima Lubashenko. . . . . . . . Oak Park . . . . . . . . . . LB Dayton Black . . . . . . . . . . . . Neelin . . . . . . . . . . . . QB John Saville . . . . . . . . . . . . . Neelin . . . . . . . . . . . . Rec Will Adams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Neelin . . . . . . . . . . . . Returner Rain Slater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St John’s . . . . . . . . . . . OL Nicholas Cherkun . . . . . . . St John’s . . . . . . . . . . . RB Foster Jasin . . . . . . . . . . . . . St John’s . . . . . . . . . . . Rec Peyton Pepin . . . . . . . . . . . . St John’s . . . . . . . . . . . LB Bryton Kwiatek . . . . . . . . . . Murdoch Mckay. . . . OL Riley Mikkelson . . . . . . . . . Murdoch Mckay. . . . DB Riley Duerkson . . . . . . . . . . Murdoch Mckay. . . . Kicker Riley Kolodie . . . . . . . . . . . . Winnipeg Massey . . OL Jude Tanghe . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winnipeg Massey . . Rec Dante Bellisario. . . . . . . . . . Winnipeg Massey . . Rec Cory Tod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winnipeg Massey . . Rec Eryk Bujalski . . . . . . . . . . . . Winnipeg Massey . . LB Caleb Williams . . . . . . . . . . Winnipeg Massey . . DB Mohit Mehra . . . . . . . . . . . . Winnipeg Massey . . DB Matteo Urciuoli. . . . . . . . . . Maples . . . . . . . . . . . DB Aziz Daoud . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maples . . . . . . . . . . . DB Dylan Popiel. . . . . . . . . . . . . Elmwood . . . . . . . . . OL Riley Tougas . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elmwood . . . . . . . . . LB Tyson Spence . . . . . . . . . . . Grant Park . . . . . . . . DL Chris Mushenza. . . . . . . . . . Grant Park . . . . . . . . LB Jordan Chiza . . . . . . . . . . . . Grant Park . . . . . . . . DB Cody Gushulak . . . . . . . . . . Grant Park . . . . . . . . RB Jared Boone . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grant Park . . . . . . . . Rec Michael Guerrero . . . . . . . . West Kildonan . . . . . OL Tanner Dola . . . . . . . . . . . . . West Kildonan . . . . . Rec Hunter Hazel . . . . . . . . . . . . West Kildonan . . . . . DB Kaden Taylor . . . . . . . . . . . . Dryden . . . . . . . . . . . DL Jarett Hicks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dryden . . . . . . . . . . . RB


2018 Competition Calendar Come See Softball Manitoba’s Finest! U10 B Girls June 22 - 24, 2018 John Blumberg Softball Complex (Officials) G. Kostal gkostal@mts.net

U14 A Girls July 19 - 22, 2018 John Blumberg Softball Complex Don Klym 204-925-5674 donklym@mymts.net

U10A Boys July 13 - 15, 2018 Cross Lake D. Muswaggon 204-679-4345 dmuswaggon77@pimicikamakthunder.ca

U14 B Girls July 13 - 15, 2018 Winkler (Parkland Diamonds) C. Rempel 204-362-6973 c_remps@hotmail.com

U12 A Girls July 26 - 29, 2018 John Blumberg Softball Complex S. Neiles 204.981.9802 scott@homerunsports.com U12 B Girls July 6 - 8, 2018 Buhler Recreation Park L. Norman 204-222-2342 lcnorman@mts.net U12A Boys July 13 - 15, 2018 Cross Lake D. Muswaggon 204-679-4345 dmuswaggon77@pimicikamakthunder.ca

U14A Boys July 13 - 15, 2018 Cross Lake D. Muswaggon 204-679-4345 dmuswaggon77@pimicikamakthunder.ca U16 A Girls July 26 - 29, 2018 John Blumberg Softball Complex S. Neiles 204.981.9802 scott@homerunsports.com U16 B Girls July 6 - 8, 2018 Steinbach (A.D. Penner Park) M. Klassen 204-392-6174 mike2tam@mymts.net U16A Boys July 13 - 15, 2018 Cross Lake D. Muswaggon 204-679-4345 dmuswaggon77@pimicikamakthunder.ca U19 A Girls July 19 - 22, 2018 Brandon ANSC B. Luebke 204-730-2142 luber@wcgwave.ca U19 B Girls July 13 - 15, 2018 John Blumberg Softball Complex Don Klym 204-925-5674 donklym@mymts.net

2018 FAST PITCH PROVINCIALS SENIOR Men July 6 - 8, 2018 Cross Lake D. Muswaggon 204-679-4345 dmuswaggon77@pimicikamakthunder.ca 2018 SLO-PITCH PROVINCIALS SENIORS 55+ and up July 23 - 25, 2018 John Blumberg Softball Complex Don Klym 204-925-5674 donklym@mymts.net COMP / REC Men/Women/Coed September 8 - 9, 2018 John Blumberg Softball Complex Don Klym 204-925-5674 donklym@mymts.net 2018 WESTERN CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS SENIOR Men & Women Aug 3 - 6, 2018 John Blumberg Softball Complex G. Kostal gkostal@mts.net 2018 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16A Girls August 15 - 19, 2018 John Blumberg Softball Complex Scott Neiles 204.981.9802 scott@homerunsports.com


Football Hall of Fame... Idonije, Ambrosie, Lazaruk Lead 2018 Football Hall of Fame Inductees By Scott Taylor, Photos by Jeff Miller and James Carey Lauder

Israel Idonije came out of Brandon’s nine-man Vincent Massey Vikings and went on the play 11 seasons in the National Football League. Randy Ambrosie played for the East Side Eagles and St. Vital Mustangs and then went on to star for the University of Manitoba Bison before spending nine years with three teams in the CFL. Today, Ambrosie is the commissioner of the Canadian Football League. CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie

Ken Lazaruk was a longtime Manitoba football official who became a highly-regarded CFL referee and today is a Regional Supervisor of Officials for the Canadian Football League. Together, Idonije, Ambrosie and Lazaruk will lead five players, three coaches, one official and two teams into the Manitoba Football Hall of Fame. “Our committee reviewed several inductees and all of these men were inducted into the Hall unanimously,” said Bud Ulrich, chairman of the Hall. “They played such a significant role in contributing to the game of football in Manitoba.” The entire group is as follows: Randy Ambrosie – Player (Calgary Stampeders, currently Commissioner of the CFL) Israel Idonije – Player (NFL Chicago Bears) Rick Koswin – Player (Winnipeg Blue Bombers) Bob Toth – Player (Kelvin High School, Weston Wildcats) Gary Rosolowich – Player (Winnipeg Blue Bombers) Ken Lazaruk – Official (CFL Referee, and currently CFL Supervisor of Officials) Rick Hudson – Coach (Sisler Spartans) Rick Wowchuk – Coach (Swan Valley Regional, currently MLA Swan River) Paul Normandeau – Coach (Winnipeg High School Football League, and Commissioner)

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The 1956 Daniel McIntyre Maroons WHSFL The 1968/69 St. Vital Bulldogs Sr. Football Team For Ambrosie, the induction meant more than many who follow the game might believe. After all, when you’re already Gary Rosolowich the Commissioner of the CFL and ultimately headed for the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, an induction into a provincial hall might not seem like such a big deal. However, nothing could be further from the truth. “To be selected and acknowledged for something you’ve done is an honour,” Ambrosie said. “You’re in a very small and rarefied air and I try to enjoy that because it is an acknowledgment of a lot of hard work. But for me, the biggest thing is the people that helped me get here.” Ambrosie grew up in Winnipeg and started playing minor football with the East Side Eagles. He moved on to the East Kildonan Lions and then played junior with the St. Vital Mustangs. From there, he went on to spend four years with the University of Manitoba Bisons and then made the Calgary Stampeders in 1985. He played for the Stamps from 1985-87, then played for the Toronto Argonauts in 1987-88 and moved on to the Edmonton Eskimos from 1989-93. He won a Grey Cup in his final year with the Eskimos. Idonije was talked into joining the Vincent Massey Vikings nine-man high school team in Grade 12. He wanted to be a basketball player but agreed to play one season of high school football and was an instant success. After only one season, Bisons head coach Brian Dobie

Israel Idonije, Chicago Bears


Ken Lazaruk

recruited him to the U of M and while it took a few seasons, he eventually became the winner of the John Metras Trophy as U Sports lineman of the year. He played at the East-West Shrine Game and was signed as a free-agent by the Cleveland Browns. But after being cut by the Browns, he joined the Chicago Bears and had a tremendous career. He completed his 11-year NFL career with 283 tackles, 29 sacks, six forced fumbles and one touchdown. He played in one Super Bowl game, in 2007, but his Bears lost to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, 29-17. Gary Rosolowich, who was considered to be one of the best running backs ever to play in the Winnipeg High School Football League (WHSFL) and went on to play safety for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was also inducted. While Rick Koswin, who played high school football with the Sisler Spartans and then played for the University of Manitoba Bisons, was another player inducted. Koswin had a brief career in the CFL with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Rick Hudson, Paul Normandeau and Richard Wowchuk will be sent to the Hall in the coach’s category. Hudson won several championships as a coach with the Sisler Spartans and then became the Commissioner of the WHSFL. In fact, he’s the man who introduced the tiered format of A-AAA Divisions in the WHSFL. Normandeau began his coaching career at the six-man level and then moved on to coach bantam football at the Winakwa C.C. in 1971. He moved on to Churchill High School (1975-76, 1979-87), where he won WHSFL championships in 1981 and 1983, before moving over to coach the Kelvin Clippers from 1988-2001. He won two more championships at Kelvin. He also coached at St. Paul’s High School and finished his career at West Kildonan Collegiate. Many people are amazed that he’s not already in the Hall. Wowchuk, the current MLA for Swan River, started playing football in Swan Valley and then after his playing career ended, went back and coached for an amazing 32 seasons. He guided Swan Valley Secondary School to the rural provincial title in 1993 and 1996. Toth played his football for Kelvin High School and the senior Weston Wildcats. He was officially inducted last September due to health issues. Lazaruk was the only official inducted. He was a CFL official for 32 seasons and participated in 11 Grey Cup games. Again, it’s amazing that it took this long for Lazaruk to be inducted into the Manitoba Hall. He has spent the past nine seasons as the CFL’s supervisor of officials for games in Winnipeg and Regina. A city powerhouse for a number of years, the 1956 Daniel McIntyre Maroons will be inducted in the team category, as will the The 1968-69 St. Vital Senior Bulldogs. After finishing as the national runner-up in 1967, the Bulldogs won back-to-back national championships in 1968 and 169. The 1969 win the final national title at the senior level. l

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Sport Manitoba’s Night of Champions

By Johnston Hall, Photos courtesy Sport Manitoba

A local high school star who became the best runningback in the Canadian Football League, a young woman from tiny Mallard, Manitoba, who grew up to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics and a professional sports team that has won back-to-back league championships. Those were the big winners at Sport Manitoba’s Annual Night of Champions. Back in mid-April, Sport Manitoba, along with the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters and the Manitoba Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Council, got together once again for a gala evening of awards at the Events Centre and Regent Casino.

Andrew Harris

Jocelyne Larocque – she was a silver medalist at the Four Nations Cup and chalked up six assists. She played in a sixgame series against Team USA, and was chosen to be a member of Team Canada at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Victoria Tachinski Jr. Female Athlete of the Year As well, track star Victoria Tachinski and speedskater Tyson Langelaar, two athletes who have been profiled quite often here at SportsLife, were named the female and male junior athletes of the year. The 2017 Canada Summer Games was named winner of the province’s Impact Award while basketball coach and volunteer, Ross Wedlake, was named Volunteer of the Year.

For 2017, the male athlete of the year was Winnipeg Blue Bombers runningback Andrew Harris while the female athlete of the year was Canadian Olympian Brigette Lacquette. The Winnipeg Goldeyes, who have won two straight American Association championships, were named the team of the year. Selected as the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian after winning the league’s rushing title with 1,035 yards, Harris also led the league in receptions with 105, a record for CFL running backs. He was named a CFL all-star for the fourth time, his second as a member of the Blue Bombers. He was the first Bomber to earn the Outstanding Canadian award, the rushing title, and the pass reception title. The second indigenous person ever to be named to the Canada’s national women’s team – after Ste. Anne, Manitoba’s No. 1-pairing defenseman

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Canadian Junior Overall champion, Tyson Langelaar

Langelaar was named to the Junior National speedskating team and was the top ranked Canadian skater at the Junior Worlds, winning bronze medals in the 1,000-metre and 1,500-metre events and a silver in the team sprint. He was the bronze medalist in the overall individual standings. In the Canadian Junior Championships, he was the overall silver medalist with seven medals in total, including a gold in one of the 500-metre events. The Goldeyes made it two straight American Association titles. Led by MVP Josh Romanski, they finished first overall in the regular season with a record of 62-38, and then went on to beat Lincoln and Wichita in the playoffs. They won the five-game final 3-2 over Wichita, including a 17-inning 4-3 victory in the fourth game while facing elimination. Volunteer of the Year Wedlake is engaged in the game of basketball from the grassroots right through to the highest level of the game. He currently serves as President of Basketball Manitoba, Chair of the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame, Chair of the Basketball Manitoba Technical Committee and was Sport Chair for Basketball at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

Volunteer of the Year Ross Wedlake

Tachinski was a remarkable all-around athlete at Vincent Massey Collegiate. She excelled in track events, winning the 800-metre gold medal at the Pan American U-20 Championships, and set a Canadian record in her 400-metre victory in the Simplot Games. She also won a gold medal in the 400-metres to go with two silvers in the 800 and the 4 x 400 relay in the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

“Manitoba’s sport community is stronger than ever,” said Jeff Hnatiuk, President and CEO of Sport Manitoba. “It’s an honour to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our athletes, coaches, volunteers, and officials at this prestigious event.”


Bonivital Flames, Jr. Team of the Year

Brigette Lacquette

The Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Awards The Nott Autocorp Male Athlete of the Year – Open Category: Andrew Harris – Football The Labatt Female Athlete of the Year – Open Category: Brigette Lacquette – Hockey

Club Regent Casino and Event Centre Female Coach of the Year: Amanda Tetrault – Water Polo – Winnipeg

The Maurice Smith Memorial Award – The Winnipeg Free Press Team of the Year – Open Category: Winnipeg Goldeyes – Baseball

Club Regent Casino and Event Centre Male Coach of the Year: Jeff Scarcello – Volleyball – Winnipeg

Cactus Jack Wells Memorial Impact Award: 2017 Canada Summer Games

OPIN Official of the Year: Azad Hosein – Volleyball – Winnipeg

Sport Manitoba Awards

Great-West Life Outstanding Volunteer: Ross Wedlake – Basketball – Winnipeg

Manitoba Chicken Female Junior Athlete of the Year: Victoria Tachinski – Athletics – Winnipeg Manitoba Chicken Male Junior Athlete of the Year: Tyson Langelaar – Speed Skating – Winnipeg Calm Air Junior Team of the Year: Bonivital Flames U17 team – Soccer

The Manitoba Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Council Athletes and Volunteers of the year Female Aboriginal Athlete Award: Dennita Cameron – multi-sport – Thompson (Cross Lake Band)   Male Aboriginal Athlete Award: Adam

Thompson – multi-sport – Roseau River First Nation Female Aboriginal Volunteer Award: Winona Morrison – Peguis First Nation (York Factory First Nation)   Male Aboriginal Volunteer Award: Mike Taylor – St. Theresa Point First Nation “Again, as we have for the past six decades as members of the Manitoba sports media, it is a privilege to have had a role in selecting and honouring Manitoba’s top athletes and teams in 2017,” said Terry Frey, president of the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. “Congratulations to all the winners and finalists for your noteworthy achievements in the past year.” l

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Meyer Chooses Manitoba Volleyball By Scott Taylor, Photos courtesy Donna Meyer Lucas Meyer had a decision to make. The 6-foot-6 all-around athlete from Winnipeg’s Vincent Massey Collegiate talked with University of Winnipeg head men’s basketball coach Mike Raimbault and also had a long chat with University of Manitoba volleyball coach Garth Pischke. It was obvious to Meyer that there was more interest from the U of M and he’ll also be quick to admit that volleyball has slowly but surely grown into his favourite sport. In the end, his decision was easy. “I’ll graduate from Massey in June and I’m going to the University of Manitoba to play volleyball,” Meyer said earlier this month. “I used to prefer basketball, but over the years, volleyball became my favorite sport. I talked briefly with Coach Raimbault at the U of W, but it just seemed like a better decision for me to go to the U of M.” Meyer is an exceptional young athlete. For the past two years, in Grades 11 and 12, he has played on three varsity sports teams – volleyball, basketball, and team

handball. He also played on two club teams – Junior Bisons Basketball and the 204 Volleyball Club. Through it all, he was still able to maintain an academic average above 95 per cent. To manage his time, in order to meet all the commitments of playing on five different teams and still being able to keep his marks way above average, is an exceptional accomplishment for any young man. But Meyer, has pulled it off and intends to get into the sciences or engineering at the U of M. “Yeah, you could call me a math geek,” he said with a laugh. “I do well in the sciences and in math. I’ve been pretty great at math.” Not only is he a starter with Nick Lother’s Vincent Massey basketball team, but he’s an outright star with the volleyball team. This past volleyball season, he was a Brandon tournament all-star, conference all-star and AAAA graduating all-star. A massive rightside hitter and middle

Lucas Meyer (15) Volleyball

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Lucas Meyer (8) Basketball blocker, he was also a leader on Coach Marshall Jones’ Vincent Massey varsity volleyball team and has continued that leadership role into the club season. Meyer’s high school and club volleyball coaches both believe he will be a successful university volleyball player. Of course, he’s also a high school Team Handball player. “My match teacher said to me one day, ‘You’re an athlete, why don’t you come out and play Team Handball?” Meyer said. “I enjoy the game, but it takes a back seat to the time I put into playing basketball and volleyball. I like playing, but it’s No. 3 to me.” Meyer says he’ll do what he “always does,” this summer and head to the family cabin at Falcon Lake. “My whole life, I’ve been going to the cabin at Falcon and I can’t wait to get back there this summer,” he said. “I’ll come into town once a week to work out with the volleyball team, but I’m really looking forward to working and relaxing at the cabin this summer.” Better not relax too much. Lucas Meyer has a big freshman season at the U of M next fall. l


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Celebrate Baseball Manitoba’s 50th Anniversary with the Winnipeg Goldeyes Monday May 28

Register Your Team

Baseball Manitoba Players attending the game, who wish to participate in the parade should meet in the Goldeyes Picnic Park beyond Section T no later than 6:15 p.m For more information and to register your team visit www.baseballmanitoba.ca/node/502

• Tickets are available in $15 On Deck seating • Every attendee will receive a special Goldeyes souvenir • Players will be seated with their teammates • Each team will be welcomed over the public address system • Pre-game on-field Parade of Players led by the Goldeyes own Goldie and Goldette! • Bring your friends and family, and join us, as we pay tribute to...

50 Years of Baseball Manitoba!

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Play Ball! By Johnston Hall with James Bettens, Photos by Dantin Reimer The Manitoba Junior Baseball League is about to answer a few questions. With the 2018 Season about to open on May 9, those questions will likely be answered quickly. Are the St. James A’s good enough to repeat as league champions? Will the talented Brandon Marlins repeat at Western Canadian champs? Which team will surprise? St. Boniface? Altona, Carillon? The answers will start coming soon. Once again, eight teams will venture forth in the MJBL this season. Next year, a ninth team the Portage Phillies will be added to the lineup. And the 2018 All Star Game will be held July 7, in Morden. In the meantime, the Canada Games Silver medal winning team was a boost for the entire baseball community last summer and the MJBL will directly benefit from the infusion of young talent on rosters all over the league. Meanwhile, more players than ever before are committing to US programs and the MJBL proudly boasts alumni playing Division 1 baseball at places like Virginia Tech, Creighton, Stetson, and Cal State Northridge. The league is also boasting more players playing and coaching abroad in France, Italy, Australia, and the Netherlands. Former Winnipeg South Chief Chris Shaw is still working his way up the ladder in the Baltimore Orioles

Aiden Brook – Elmwood Giants and Dylan Haney Brandon Marlins

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organization. Former Altona Bison Scott Peters was in the opening day lineup for the Toronto Blue Jays this season – as a Duke University graduate and Assistant Physical Therapist with the Jays. The MJBL is all over the baseball map this season. This year, we sat down with league president Jamie Bettens and took an in depth look at the upcoming Manitoba Junior Baseball League season. Remember, it all starts on May 9 and our questions will soon be answered.

SEASON PREVIEW St. James A’s (2017: 18-5-1, first) “The defending MJBL champion A’s are in new territory this season trying to stay at the top of the heap,” Bettens said. “With some key additions added to a solid core of veterans the A’s are in great shape to contend for this season and beyond while they rebuild the once great program.” Led by MJBL MVP-Cole Armstrong, St. James will have five third-year players this year, Troy Martinuk, Armstrong, Jordan Turney, Wyatt Kemball and Brady Allan. MJBL Defensive Player of the Year Austin Pistawka is back to handle the pitching staff with Matt Johnson (Vancouver Island University) leading the way from the bump. New additions for this season: Jordan Peck (Northwest Missouri State University/Canada Games Team MB), Brody Moffatt from Portage la Prairie and Tanner Bercier (Frank Phillips College in Texas). Elmwood Giants (2017: 17-7-0, second) “The Elmwood Giants are never too far away from any conversation regarding the top of the standings,” said Bettens “Ed Kulyk annually produces a tough lineup that no one wants to face come playoff time.” Brendyn Perron will lead the

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pitching staff along with Evan Funk (Merced College – California), and Jackson Dartnell (Thompson Rivers – BC). Aiden Brook (Valley City State- North Dakota) will also provide that leadership gained under a few successful seasons with Kulyk and company. Brandon Marlins (2017: 16-8-0, third) “The Marlins are preparing to defend their 2017 Western Canadian Championship and set their sights on the 2018 League Pennant,” said Bettens. “They begin the regular season on Thursday, May 10, at Andrews Field against the 2017 League Champions, the St. James A’s. Talk about a great start to the season.” The 2018 Marlins team features seniors (and outstanding hockey players) Ashton Anderson, Bradley Schoonbaert, Marshal Burgess (Jamestown University), Mitchell Lyall (University of Sioux Falls), and Jordan Robertson. Joining the 2018 Marlins, from Manitoba’s Silver Medal Canada Summer Games team, are Noah Geekie (Barton CC commit), Reece Wilson, Jared McCorrrister (Mayville State University commit) and John Patmore. The 2018 version of the Marlins will rely on a strong pitching staff lead by Lyall (6-1 record and an ERA of 1.92) and Robertson (3-1 record and an ERA of 2.80). The offense will expect the best from two individuals who led the team in Batting Average last year – Riley Shamray (.333) and Schoonbaert (.282), who both return from outstanding seasons in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.


Dylan Haney – Brandon Marlins and Jordan Robertson Brandon Marlins

Carillon Sultans (2017: 12-12-0, fourth) “With returning all-stars Nik Kauenhofen, Liam Lenton, and Noah Vogt, the Sultans are looking to go deep into the playoffs this year,” Bettens said. “This team will be young, fast and exciting with a compete level second to none. Having made the switch from St. Boniface to Carillon, coach Kevin Dunn will offer great deal of baseball knowledge to help propel the 2018 Sultans to great success.” Led by veteran Cody Bartel, the Sultans will be joined by 2017 Team Manitoba players Yannyk Nadeau and the Canada Games Gold Medal game starting pitcher, Zach Giesbrecht. Altona Bisons (2017: 10-14-0, fifth) “The Bisons will be a very young team as they graduated four players,” said

Bettens. “They will be made up of first and second year juniors and rely on the successful midget program that produces top level talent year after year for them. Don’t sleep on the Altona Bisons folks, their new field is about to get lights and remain one of the hottest tickets and toughest places to play in the league.” Pembina Valley Orioles (2017: 9-15-0, sixth) “The Orioles are looking forward to a fresh reset this season,” Bettnes explained. “With a new coaching staff consisting of head coach Jon Odlum and assistant coaches Sheldon Bergman and Phil Hildebrand, they should be an improved club. No doubt, the Orioles will be competitive and fun to watch.” The Orioles have a good core of veterans in Mackenzie Hamm, Seth Staple, and Brenden Hatley (Midland College-Texas) and they will also play host to the MJBL All Star Game on July 7th in Morden. Interlake Blue Jays (2017: 7-16-1, seventh) The majority of the Interlake Blue Jays lineup returns for the 2018 season. Interlake started eight rookies each and every game in 2017. Long-time

MJBL coach Adam Kirk expects bigger things from his returning players this season. Baily Proctor, Emerson Klimpke and Derek Petrasko, along with Ben Anderson (University of British Columbia) look to take the next step in the second year in the MJBL. Rookie Jeremy Wasilewski will add depth and experience on this young roster. St. Boniface Legionaires (2017: 6-18-0, eighth) “The Legionaires are hoping to rebound from last season’s finish near the bottom of the MJBL standings,” Bettens said. “Having lost seven veteran players from their roster, they are in a rebuilding state as they move the program forward.” New manager Darryl Manchulenko will try to bring some alumni luck from his successful past in the organization to this year’s squad. Heading into this season, the Legionaires are looking for leadership from veterans Brad Warkentin, Jeremie Pantel and sophomore Nathan Agar. The Legionaires will be adding many first year players to their roster, and are expecting some good things from many of them, including Adam Senden (Mayville State University commit) and Rheal Letain. l

Austin Pistawka – St James and Mackenzie Hamm – Pembina Valley

Emerson Klimpke of the Interlake Blue Jays puts the tag on Josh Friesen of the Altona Bisons

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Manitoba Junior Baseball League 2018 Schedule

Wednesday, May 9 St. Boniface Legionaires @ Elmwood Giants Carillon Sultans @ Interlake Blue Jays Altona Bisons @ Pembina Valley Orioles

7:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:00 PM

Thursday, May 10 St. James A’s

@ Brandon Marlins

7:30 PM

Friday, May 11 Elmwood Giants Pembina Valley Orioles

@ Interlake Blue Jays @ St. Boniface Legionaires

7:30 PM 7:00 PM

Sunday, May 13 Altona Bisons Pembina Valley Orioles Carillon Sultans Interlake Blue Jays

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1:00 PM & 4:00 PM 1:00 PM & 4:00PM 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM 2:00 PM

Wednesday, May 16 St. James A’s Carillon Sultans Altona Bisons

@ St. Boniface Legionaires @ Pembina Valley Orioles @ Elmwood Giants

7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM

Thursday, May 17 Interlake Blue Jays

@ Brandon Marlins

7:30 PM

Brandon Marlins Elmwood Giants St. James A’s St. Boniface Legionaires

Friday, May 18 Pembina Valley Orioles @ Interlake Blue Jays Elmwood Giants @ St. James A’s St. Boniface Legionaires @ Carillon Sultans ST

7:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM

Monday, May 21 Brandon Marlins St. James A’s Elmwood Giants

1:00 PM & 4:00 PM 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM

@ Carillon Sultans IDC @ Pembina Valley Orioles @ Altona Bisons

Wednesday, May 23 Interlake Blue Jays @ Elmwood Giants St. James A’s @ Altona Bisons St. Boniface Legionaires @ Pembina Valley Orioles

7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM

Friday, May 25 Altona Bisons Elmwood Giants Interlake Blue Jays

@ St. Boniface Legionaires @ Carillon Sultans ST @ St. James A’s

7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM

Saturday, May 26 Brandon Marlins Brandon Marlins

@ St. Boniface Legionaires @ St. Boniface Legionaires

Sunday, May 27 Interlake Blue Jays Pembina Valley Orioles

@ Altona Bisons @ Carillon Sultans IDC

Sunday, June 10 Altona Bisons St. James A’s

@ Carillon Sultans IDC @ St. Boniface Legionaires

1:00 PM & 4:00 PM 1:00 PM

Tuesday, June 12 St. Boniface Legionaires @ Brandon Marlins

7:30 PM

Wednesday, June 13 St. James A’s Elmwood Giants Altona Bisons

@ Carillon Sultans ST @ Pembina Valley Orioles @ Interlake Blue Jays

7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM

Thursday, June 14 Carillon Sultans

@ Brandon Marlins

7:30 PM

Friday, June 15 Elmwood Giants

@ St. James A’s

7:00 PM

Sunday, June 17 EXH Elmwood Giants /Team Manitoba 17 U Game Played @ Shaw Park Interlake Blue Jays @ Pembina Valley Orioles Carillon Sultans @ St. Boniface Legionaires

1:00 PM & 4:00PM 1:00 PM & 4:00PM

Wednesday, June 20 St. James A’s Pembina Valley Orioles

@ Elmwood Giants @ Interlake Blue Jays

7:00 PM 7:30 PM

Thursday, June 21 Brandon Marlins

@ St. James A’s

7:30 PM

Friday, June 22 Altona Bisons Elmwood Giants

@ St. James A’s @ St. Boniface Legionaires

7:00 PM 7:00 PM

Saturday, June 23 Pembina Valley Orioles

@ Brandon Marlins

1:00 PM & 4:00PM

1:00 PM

Sunday, June 24 St. Boniface Legionaires @ Interlake Blue Jays Carillon Sultans @ Altona Bisons

1:00 PM & 4:00PM 1:00 PM & 4:00PM

Tuesday, June 26 Brandon Marlins

@ Elmwood Giants

7:30 PM

1:00 PM 4:00 PM

Wednesday, June 27 St. James A’s Carillon Sultans

@ Interlake Blue Jays @ Elmwood Giants

7:30 PM 7:00 PM

1:00 PM & 4:00 PM 1:00PM & 4:00 PM

Thursday, June 28 Brandon Marlins

@ Altona Bisons

7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 30 St. Boniface Legionaires @ Elmwood Giants Altona Bisons @ Pembina Valley Orioles Interlake Blue Jays @ Carillon Sultans ST

7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM

Wednesday, July 4 Altona Bisons Pembina Valley Orioles Interlake Blue Jays

@ Elmwood Giants @ St. James A’s @ Carillon Sultans ST

7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM

Thursday, May 31 Brandon Marlins

@ St. James A’s

7:30 PM

Saturday, June 2 Brandon Marlins

Friday, July 6 Interlake Blue Jays Elmwood Giants

@ St. Boniface Legionaires @ Carillon Sultans ST

7:00 PM 7:00 PM

@Pembina Valley Orioles

1:00 PM & 4:00PM

Sunday, June 3 St. Boniface Legionaires @ St. James A’s

1:00 PM & 4:00PM

Wednesday, June 6 St. Boniface Legionaires @ Pembina Valley Orioles Altona Bisons @ St. James A’s Interlake Blue Jays @ Elmwood Giants

7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM

Thursday, June 7 St. James A’s

@ Brandon Marlins

Friday, June 8 Elmwood Giants Pembina Valley Orioles Carillon Sultans Saturday, June 9 Brandon Marlins

Saturday, July 7 Manitoba Junior Baseball League All-Star Game Game Played at Morden Manitoba

2:00 PM

Sunday, July 8 St. Boniface Legionaires @ Altona Bisons

1:00 PM & 4:00PM

Wednesday, July 11 St. James A’s

@ Elmwood Giants

7:00 PM

7:30 PM

Thursday, July 12 Carillon Sultans

@ Brandon Marlins

7:30 PM

@ St. Boniface Legionaires @ Altona Bisons @ Interlake Blue Jays

7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM

Friday, July 13 Pembina Valley Orioles St. James A’s

@ Altona Bisons @ Interlake Blue Jays

7:00 PM 7:30 PM

@ Interlake Blue Jays

1:00 PM & 4:00 PM

Saturday, July 14 Elmwood Giants

@ Brandon Marlins

3:00 PM & 6:00PM

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WESMEN SUMMER SPORT CAMPS...

READY TO ROLL THIS SUMMER

Once again this summer, the Universi­ ty of Winnipeg campus will be a busy place serving as the home to the an­nual Wesmen Summer Sport Camps. Operating for over 40 years, Wesmen camps have invited kids in grades 1-12 to the down town campus. This year’s camp line-up offers a variety of sports including Basketball and Volleyball (boys and girls), Multi Sport camps, Girls Soccer and new this year is Athletic Development camp.

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Once again this summer, Kenora Outreach Camps will be offered for kids in basketball. All camp sessions will be taking place at Beaver Brae Secondary School. Wesmen summer camps empha­ size fun and skill development. All campers receive quality instruction by University of Winnipeg Wesmen head coaches and Wesmen student-ath­letes. Each participant will receive a Wesmen camp shirt, a basketball volleyball

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or soccer ball plus a family ticket to attend a Wesmen regular sea­son home game during the 2018-2019 season. The 2018 University of Winnipeg Wesmen Summer Camps takes place during the months of July and August. All sessions are run out of the Duck­ worth Centre and Axworthy Health and RecPlex. To register on-line or for more information, visit www.wesmen.ca or call 204-786-9418 l

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Goalies almost never get credit for winning a game, but they always get blamed for losing one

We have all read about Scott Foster, the 36 year old accountant from Chicago, who was an emergency call up goalie in the March 29 NHL game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Winnipeg Jets. This story draws some parallels… Really! By Al Gowriluk, Photos courtesy of WRL For the first half of the season, Amy Brennenstuhl & Elizabeth Sproule rotated as the team’s goalies until the end of December when Brennenstuhl decided she’d like to be the team’s full time goalie. She only strapped on the goalie pads for the first time in mid-November and Sproule hadn’t been between the pipes since early November. Brennenstuhl showed enthusiasm and talent in net and always wanted to learn something new each practice. You can always count on a big smile whether we won or loss. The team was also developing so when playoffs began and the girls were playing their best ringette all year, keeping us in the game and playing amazing says Cheryl Walmsley, mom to back up goalie Elizabeth Sproule. The Assiniboine West U10 A3 team finished the regular season in 3rd place with a 3-1-4 record, behind 1st place Portage (7-0-1) and 2nd place Beausejour (5-1-2). The playoffs started early morning of February 25 and the Assiniboia West team defeated #2 seed Beausejour Ringers by a 6-2 margin. The next week, they had to play against the #1 seed Portage Thunder, who was coming in riding an 8 game winning streak and were handed their first loss since January 7. This resulted in Portage being moved to the “B” side where they lost their 2nd of the playoffs and only 3rd of the year. The final was set, #2 Beausejour vs. # 3 Assiniboia West for gold.

ear infection. “We knew something was wrong when she didn’t have her signature smile on her face but she really wanted to play in the final game for the team,” says Walmsley. Their regular starter as well as another player from the D-Line were now both in sick bay and Elizabeth Sproule was told just before game time that Amy wasn’t feeling well and asked if she could go in net if Amy couldn’t play. Sproule agreed, but was a bit nervous as she had been playing forward and hadn’t played in net since early November.

played their best game of the season, playing strong on defence in front of Sproule and the forwards continued with their offence power. Every time Sproule made a save, you can hear and feel the fans cheering and you could see a huge smile on her face. Sproule made 21 saves in the 10-9 win with Beausejour’s 9th goal coming with just over a minute left in the game to make it … more interesting. This emergency call up coupled with the early morning wake up is something that this team will remember forever. l

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U10-A3 Assiniboia West Wildcats Amy Brennenstuhl 2nd Row with red head band U10 A2 Red River Rage

The early morning final was a 9-3 loss to Beausejour, which now forced Assiniboia West to play a turn-around game on Sunday morning. The stage is set. Sunday March 11 at 8:45 A.M., which was like 7:45 A.M. as the time change just happened hours earlier. The time to peak is now. Brennenstuhl was not feeling well overnight and woke up with an earache, which was later diagnosed as an

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Brennenstuhl warmed up with the team but knew right away that she wouldn’t be able to continue. With a quick equipment change and warm-up, Sproule was in and Brennenstuhl was relegated to head cheerleader from the bench. The team

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Manitoba 3x3 Basketball Championships Coming June 23-24, 2018 to the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre The newly named “Manitoba 3x3 Basketball Championships” will be hosted at the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre on June 23-24, 2018. The event will be open to players ages 10+ and will include the national stop of the Canada Quest 3x3 Tournament in partnership with Canada Basketball and FIBA.   Part of the event will feature the first ever High School 3x3 Basketball Provincial Championships. Varsity and Junior Varsity basketball teams are encouraged to register a team under their school name and continue their rivalries, or start new ones! Players should speak to their school coach and work with them to enter a team under your school name and wear your school colours at the Championships.   Ten indoor basketball courts will be set up inside the centre for the 2 day event and will include divisions for males and female ages 10 to adult. All skill levels from recreational to competitive are welcome to play this fast-paced and skilful game! Added special event courts will also be on hand testing your shooting, dribbling and jumping abilities. An open slam dunk competition will also be held mid day on the Saturday. The age divisions will be capped after a certain number of teams so register your 4-person team now!

3x3 CANADA QUEST DIVISION The winning team in the Canada Quest Division will receive an entry into the CANADA QUEST FINALS, in Edmonton, Alberta July 6-8, 2018. Prize includes return airfare for 4 to Edmonton from Winnipeg, as well as hotel and tournament fee. In the lead up to the World Masters, eight regional events will take place across the country as part of Canada Basketball’s 3x3 Canada Quest series. Winnipeg is one of 8 stops on the tour this summer that includes Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Hamilton, Richmond and Ottawa. The winners of the elite division in each of the eight regionals, along with an additional wild card team, will qualify for the 3x3 Canada Quest Finals. The top two finals teams will qualify directly to the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters in Saskatoon on July 20-22, 2018. For more information and to register visit https:// www.basketballmanitoba.ca/2018/04/manitoba3x3-basketball-championships.html Need help registering? Call 204-925-5775 ext 1 or info@ basketballmanitoba.ca

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Manitoba Hosting Regional Tournaments for New Jr NBA World Championships June 2 NBA & Canada Basketball are hosting Regional Tournaments for New Jr NBA World Championships Being held on August 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. 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. Subscribe to the Basketball Manitoba email newsletter to be informed as details get set. https://www.basketballmanitoba.ca/2013/01/fastbreaknewsletter-archives.html 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,

Manitoba Provincial Team Basketball Age 15U & 17U Tryouts Set for May 25-27 at Canada Games Centre

The summer of 2018 will see 4 Provincial Teams at the male and female 17U and 15U age levels.   Tryouts for the program will occur May 25-27, 2018 at the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre (145 Pacific Ave in Winnipeg, MB). All four Provincial Teams will compete in a number of warm-up events in Canada and the US prior to heading to their respective National Championships later this summer. Plans are in the works to have the Manitoba teams play against other western provinces and then attend some high profile NCAA sanctioned events in the US Mid West.   

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. “Clubbased 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.” About the Jr. NBA The Jr. NBA presented by Under Armour is the league’s youth basketball participation program that provides a fun environment for kids to learn the fundamentals and values of the game. The Jr. NBA is focused on helping grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents, and offers a free curriculum covering all levels of the game that includes 48 practice plans and more than 250 instructional videos featuring NBA and WNBA players. For more information and to register for the Jr. NBA, visit www.JrNBA.ca or download the Jr. NBA app. The initial plans for the summer of 2018 include;

• 15U & 17U All Teams:

Prairie Cup Challenge vs Team Sask (Brandon) July 1 • 15U & 17U Female Teams: Nike Tournament of Champions* (Chicago, IL) July 8-12 • 15U & 17U Male Teams: D1 Summer Classic* (Minneapolis, MN) July 19-22 • 15U & 17U Female Teams: North Tartan Meltdown* (Minneapolis, MN) July 22-25 • 15U & 17U Male Teams: Prep Hoops Chicago Summer Challenge* (Chicago, IL) July 25-30  • 15U & 17U Female: Canada Basketball National Championships (Fredericton, NB) Aug 4-12 • 15U & 17U Male: Canada Basketball National Championships (Kamloops, BC) Aug 5-12 • * NCAA Sanctioned For more information about the program, fees and tryouts, go to: basketballmanitoba.ca/2018/03/ manitoba-provincial-team-age-15u-17u. html

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Schepp and Alleyn Lead Canada to Silver By Scott Taylor, Photos by Jeff Miller and courtesy Basketball Canada Kirby Schepp remembers the moment. He remembers the moment when his lot in life became crystal clear. It was right before Canada was to meet Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Cairns, Australia, and the teams were warming up. The head coach of the University of Manitoba Bisons and the head coach of Canada’s National Basketball Team look up at the scoreboard and took a good look at Canada’s roster. “The roster was on the scoreboard and there was my name,” Schepp said with a smile. “I remember looking at it for a second, ‘Head Coach: K. Schepp.’ It dawned on me at that moment. I was the head coach of Canada’s National Basketball team. It’s something I’d dreamed about, but also something I never really expected would happen. It was a bit of a surreal moment.” He was indeed, Canada’s national coach and he might just have proven that he’s the best this nation has ever had. Granted, he will not be the head coach when Canada begins qualification tournaments for the 2020 Summer Olympics. That job belongs to Jay Triano, but last month, he was the man and he took a young, extremely inexperienced Canadian team

into a major international tournament and brought back a silver medal. “It was a massive, Olympic-style international Games,” Schepp explained. “And me and (his Bisons point guard) Justus Alleyn were in the middle of it. There were 7,000 athletes in the Athletes Village. It was a huge event. “And at the start of the tournament, people didn’t believe we had a chance. The tournament was held at a bad time for the sport. We couldn’t get our NBA guys because they were starting playoffs. Because of the VISA rules for Australia (need to have the VISA at least four months in advance), we couldn’t get any of our NCAA guys. Most of our European pros were unavailable, do we just decided to go with a bunch of U Sport kids. “Our best player, and really the only guy with any Team Canada experience, was Manny Diressa from Ryerson. Just to provide some context, our team ranged in age from 18-24. Australia and New Zealand ranged in age from 25-34. These were their national teams, minus their NBA players. Winning silver was really hard to imagine.” In the round robin, Canada lost to Australia 95-55, beat Nigeria 82-67 (Alleyn

Justus Alleyn hugs Mamadou Gueye after Gueye’s winner against New Zealand

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scored 24 points in that game) and lost to New Zealand 82-60. With a record of 1-2, they snuck into the quarterfinals against England. Canada beat England 97-79 and found themselves playing powerhouse New Zealand in the semifinals. “It was amazing, one of the most amazing games I’ve ever been involved with,” said Schepp. “We led by 20 (points) midway through the third and at that point, New Zealand called timeout and decided to win the game. I talked to people involved with the team afterward and they all agreed if the game had 42 minutes, not 40, New Zealand would have won by 15. “But while we lost our lead, we hung in there and were down by one with five seconds left. That’s when Justus fed Mamadou Gueye from the University of Alberta and he hit a three at the buzzer to win it 88-86. It was amazing.” Although Canada lost the final 87-47 to the tournament favourite, undefeated Australia, they left bronze medal-winning New Zealand in a state of shock. In fact, the New Zealand media called the Kiwis’ loss, “a national embarrassment.” “We had become the talk of the tournament,” said Schepp. “We were probably the fourth best team in the tournament and we ended up with the silver. And frankly, I don’t think our Olympic team would have beaten Australia. We had a team that we chose via conference call. We met for the first time in the airport in Vancouver. We had 10 practices and one scrimmage with England before the tournament. The silver medal shows how far we came from the start to the finish of the tournament. “And Justus was really, really good,” Schepp added. “He was our most consistent player. He came off the bench as our sixth man and he was outstanding. He will play pro basketball next year.” It was an amazing run for Team Canada and even better one for head coach Kirby Schepp and point guard Justus Alleyn, two guys from the U of M who have now made their international presence known. l


Glenlawn Grad Signs in WNBA By Scott Taylor, Photos by Steve Wilson/University of Utah Former Glenlawn Lions star and University of Utah centre, Emily Potter, has signed a professional basketball freeagent contract with the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. She is the first Manitoban to sign a WNBA contract and it’s something she has long dreamed to do. “When I was about seven or eight, I was watching March Madness with my dad and I decided I wanted to play Division I basketball,” she said, during an exclusive interview with SportsLife. “Then, I started taking basketball more seriously as I started high school and as I had more success with it. I realized I wanted, as a career, to be a professional basketball player. Once I got to Utah I realized it was definitely something I could do and that’s been my plan ever since. “I’ve never really had a thought to what I would do if I wasn’t playing basketball because I’ve always wanted to go pro.” At 6-foot-6, and with tremendous skills around the basket, Potter was an outstanding player at Utah and the type of player that has the ability to make a mark on the WNBA.

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According to the Storm: “Potter was a defensive stopper while playing for the Utah Utes. The 6-foot6 Canadian left the program boasting school records in single-season (89) and career blocks (215), and she was the first player in Utah women’s basketball history to register 1,500-plus points, 1,000-plus rebounds and 200-plus blocks in a career. “During her senior season, Potter was named All-Conference and All-Defensive honorable mention by the Pac-12 coaches, and she capped her college career ranked 11th in scoring (1,635) and fifth in rebounding (1,037).” During Potter’s final three seasons at Utah, the Utes made consecutive trips to the WNIT, including a third-round appearance in 2016. Potter is a graduate of Glenlawn Collegiate in Winnipeg where she played for current Basketball Manitoba coach of the year Bryan Kornberger. “Coach K has been so instrumental in my life,” Potter said of her high school coach. “I consider him a mentor and someone I can always go to for help on any question. It’s been like that since I first started playing for him in Grade 10. He cares so much and he would open the gym up for me at 7:30 every morning and rebound for me. He would allow other students to come into the gym as well and play basketball just for fun and he took the time to wake up early and come supervise us when he didn’t have to. Even now we have a great relationship and I know he is someone I can always bounce ideas off of whether it be about basketball or something else.” In one sense, Potter is an oddity. In Manitoba, so may tall athletic girls turn to volleyball at a young age. She’s one that accepted the challenge of a tougher, more complicated, game. “My parents both played basketball and so did my sisters,” she said. “It was something that I always wanted to do. I

liked volleyball and played throughout high school, but nothing made me as happy as playing basketball. I felt like I fit in on the court right from the start, especially being so tall at a young age.” Potter has been a longtime member of the Manitoba Provincial Team and Centre for Performance programs while in Winnipeg. She has also been part of Canada’s national team program which helped her make the transition from high school to college basketball. “My national team experience has been great,” she said. “I showed me what it was like to train at a high level. Also now that I’ll be playing professionally it makes me a lot more at ease because I’ve played that international style before and even traveled around Europe. “When I make this next transition it will hopefully be just as smooth as high school to college was. Team Canada has helped me every step of the way, and it’s an honor to wear Canada across my chest.” For Potter, family life has been as important as practice. Thanks to her parents, her growth and development has been all that much easier. “I can’t say enough about how great my family is,” she said. “My parents have always supported me, but they never pushed me to do things I didn’t want to do, either. They let me make all the decisions of what sports I wanted to play, what college I wanted to go to, and recently when choosing an agent, they supported me fully in what I decided. “I think it’s also important that I played multiple sports and didn’t have to focus or stress too much about basketball throughout high school. I was able to work on what I needed to in basketball, but also enjoy being a kid. My sisters, parents and entire family


love basketball so I love that they watch my games a country away and always show love and support no matter what I’m doing. And I know that if I suddenly decided to quit playing basketball that they would be okay with that too. They just want me to be happy and healthy.” Her decision to leave Canada and play at Utah was a big one, but for Potter, a better decision could not have been made. She’s loved her four years playing at the NCAA Division 1 level. “I love Salt Lake City, it’s a great place to be,” she said. “My education was great and I learned so much from some outstanding professors. “And my teammates are my sisters. I’ve had close to 30 teammates over my five years here, and each one has helped me and been a friend in a different way. It was a great experience because it was challenging and pushed me outside of my comfort zone. I have learned so much about myself and my love for basketball has only grown.” The Storm will open its 2018 WNBA season on May 20 against the Phoenix Mercury. Potter expects to have a great camp be ready for her rookie season of pro ball. “I am so excited to have this opportunity with the Storm,” she said. “I’m feeling very thankful right now that I get to try out for the Storm and play with and meet amazing women. I can’t wait to learn new things from the coaching staff and just have fun doing what I love.” l

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Winnipeg’s Valgardson Running to NDSU By Scott Taylor, Photos courtesy of the Boeing Classic and Scott Taylor Erin Valgardson has decided to become the second Winnipeg Erin to take her track shoes to North Dakota State University. Valgardson, 18, who ran Erin Valgardson in the 37th Kelvin Clippers hockey Annual Boeing Classic Indoor Track and Field Meet at the Jim Daly Fieldhouse at the University of Manitoba on the first weekend in March, has verbally committed to a track scholarship at NDSU. An 800 and 1,500-metre runner, she was recently named Athletics Manitoba’s Youth Distance Athlete of the Year and MHSAA Female High School Athlete of the Year. The first Erin to head to NDSU was Erin Teschuk, who graduated from North Dakota State in 2016. Teschuk is now a national team member who was wildly successful at NDSU winning 15 Summit League titles and earning seven different All-American honors. As the “second” Erin, it’s going to be a challenge for Valgardson to match Teschuk, but her current coach, Scott Radley believes she has the skills, the heart and the head to be a successful NCAA Division 1 athlete. Valgardson, however, is more than just a runner. A superb all-around athlete, she also played varsity hockey at Kelvin High School this past year. A defenseman, she had five goals and 10 points in 22 games during the 2017-18 season. As well, she has been a competitive swimmer with the Marlins. However, it looks like swimming and hockey will be off the table when she heads to NDSU in the fall. She chose the North Dakota school for a number of reasons. “I really liked the coaching there and my coach knows that coach there so that

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relationship was part of it, but I felt really welcomed there and wanted there,” said Valgardson. “It’s also close to home so that’s a bonus.” Valgardson got involved in track in Grade 7 and eventually joined Winnipeg Optimist Athletics in Grade 9 after she earned some success. Her school coach thought it would be a good idea for her to join a track club. She went to Optimists because her Grade 7 and 8 coach at River Heights, Mrs. Sprague, had her daughter at Optimists. It was obviously a good move. Running for distance coach Scott Radley has taken Valgardson from high school and club good to NCAA Division 1 good. “When I went to Optimists, it was great for me because I had Coach Scott Radley,” she said. “He’s a big reason why I’ve stuck with it.” Valgardson runs 35-40 miles a week on average. She doesn’t lift but she plays hockey, although she’ll give it up to go to NDSU. She calls herself, “somewhat of a science geek,” who intends to take

Kinesiology at NDSU. Regardless, she does very in school and should help keep the Bison track GPA at a high level. She claims that her biggest accomplishment in track to date took place at last year’s Canada Summer Games when she ran a personal best of 4:37 in the 1,500 metres. Coach Radley has been quoted as saying that Valgardson, “has a kick that makes nearly impossible to catch.” “Erin has always been a quick study when it comes to the sport,” Radley has said. “When we put together a race plan, she’s shown that she can deliver on that plan. It makes her outcomes much more successful.” Coach Radley also believes she’s mentally tough and that’s what separates her from other good runners in the province. l

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Rink Ratz, Tara Gilkes tries to get past Goal Digger, Liette Lewis

Rink Ratz goalie, Lorraine Catellier makes a big stop during MLRRL playoff action

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Goal Digger goalie Kelly Lount stops a shot from the point

By Johnston Hall, Photos by James Carey Lauder It’s a ringette league that began in the late 1960s by a group of moms who wanted to play the game their daughters were playing. In the mid 90’s there were 23 teams including rural teams from Powerview-Pine Falls, Pilot Mound, St. Anne and Stonewall. Today, the Manitoba Ladies Recreational Ringette League consists of 14 teams with players aged 30 to 89. That’s right, 89! Women interested in joining the league must be 30 years of age or older, must not have played any organized ringette or hockey for 15 years prior to joining and must not have played above the Community Club level. Back in early April, the MLRRL held its 45th Annual Year End Tournament at Southdale Arena. It was a great competition and SportsLife Magazine sent photographer Carey Lauder out to record the event. By the way, for more information or to contact the league click on www. leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=mlrrl. l

Goal Digger, Jamie Glassock is surrounded by some strong checking Rink Ratz

Rink Ratz goalie, Lorraine Catellier eyes the ring down

Rink Ratz, Mandy Howe tries to get one past Goal Digger goalie, Kelly Lount

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The post-series handshake

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Dalen Schulz scores a big goal

Peguis Juniors Win Third Straight KJHL Title By Scott Taylor, Photos by Laurie Anderson

Peguis’ Quinton Flett battles St. Malo’s Logan Evans for the puck

With an amazing 4-3 come-from-behind victory at the Peguis Multiplex back on April 11, the Peguis Juniors hoisted their third straight Baldy Northcott Trophy, emblematic of the championship of Junior B hockey in Manitoba. It was a year to remember for the Juniors. They won the Keystone Junior Hockey League’s Central Division title with a record of 27-60-1 and then rolled through the playoffs, beating a talented and feisty St. Malo Warriors team in five games in the final. SportsLife and Game On Magazines sent photographer Laurie Anderson to the still-new Multiplex at Peguis First Nation to capture the glory of a provincial hockey championship. l

Captain Keifer Tacan and the Baldy Northcott Trophy

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