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sportslife 2017 | Volume 4 | Issue 6

Winnipeg Edition

Winnipeg’s place to play Wesmen Volleyball’s Emma Parker

The Wonderful Winnipeg Wolves

Back Court Vincent Massey and Provincial High School Football Star Eryk Bujalski

The Goldeyes Win the 2017 American Association Championship www.SportsLife.life

Star Antoinette Miller Back to Lead the Wesmen The Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018

Wesmen Schedule Page 16


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26 Blizzard’s Kaitlyn Morphy Commits to Northwestern Oklahoma State

06 the starting line-up

22 High School Football

09 basketball

24 MB Baseball hall of fame

Hottest News Stories in Manitoba Sports

Avery Cadogan

10 basketball

Winnipeg Elite Program, One of the Best Club Teams in Western Canada

12 University basketball

Antoinette Miller

14 university volleyball

Emma Parker

16 wesmen

2017-2018 Home Schedule

18 Ringette

“Ringette Taught Me to Be My Own Hero”

20 football Manitoba

New 5 v 5 Indoor Flag League for School Girls

Eryk Bujalski

Collier, Fortin and Asham Lead Class of 2018 Inductees

26 Soccer

Kaitlyn Morphy

27 youth rugby

Future Team Canada Hopefuls Tour Ireland

28 Rugby Sevens

Highlights from Manitoba Rugby Sevens Festival Photo Feature

29 Roller derby

Weekend Event Hosted by the Winnipeg Roller Derby Photo Feature

30 baseball

Goldeyes Win American Association Championship AGAIN! Photo Feature

31 community billboard

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Have A Wonderful Holiday Season! No Matter How You Celebrate It The Holiday Season is almost upon us and there is just so much going on.

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In this, our 2017 Holiday Edition, we want to celebrate the great performances of the past couple of months. At the top of the list is the brilliance of University of Winnipeg Wesmen women’s basketball star Antoinette Miller who graces our cover and who has become one of the finest players in Canada West basketball circles.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Scott Taylor sdtaylor2@shaw.ca

As well, congratulations to Winnipeg’s sensational baseball Goldeyes, a team that has now won the American Association championship for two straight season and for three of the last six. They are a tremendous team and at the helm is general manager Andrew Collier who is also featured in this issue. He and and former Goldeyes’ star Troy Fortin from Lundar are among the Class of 2018, the latest inductees into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame.

ART DIRECTOR Debbie Dunmall ddunmall@gmail.com ADVERTISING OV Suvajac SportsLife@live.ca COVER PHOTO Kelly Morton CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS James Carey Lauder, Kelly Morton, Jeff Miller, Stephanie Setka, Dan LeMoal, Baseball Manitoba, Derek Drummond/McGill University, Mike Lagace, Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame, Basketball Manitoba, Winnipeg Wolves, Jonathan Kozub CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Scott Taylor, Johnston Hall, Amber Penner, Cara Isaak, Shannon Ivsek

We’ll also meet Vincent Massey high school football star Eryk Bujalski, Winnipeg’s Avery Cadogan, a basketball phenom at McGill University on Montreal and Kaitlyn Morphy, a young soccer star who has committed to Northwest Oklahoma State University for the 2019 season. We’ll pay tribute to Coach Chiranjit Goswami’s Winnipeg Wolves Basketball program and we can’t forget the likes of Missile Behaved, Bangus Young, Curb Stomping, Raina Terror and QT Sly, the Fabulous Ladies of Roller Derby. As always there will be plenty of Ringette news, we’ll meet the Girls of Football Manitoba, we’ve got the 2017 Manitoba Baseball Awards, the Golf Hall of Fame inductees and we’ll get to know more about Rugby 7s. So sit back, relax and join us for another edition of SportsLife Magazine. It’s the Holiday Season and Manitoba’s best and brightest are always celebrating the games they love.

– 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, Tara Miller, Mike Lagace and James Carey Lauder 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 been so sensational in 2017

Games’ Silver Medalist Patmore Named Midget Player of the Year

Manitoba’s John Patmore with the tag. Patmore was Manitoba Midget Player of the Year

Baseball Manitoba 2017 Award Winners CATEGORY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WINNER Grassroots Team of the Year . . . . La Broquerie, 15U AA Carillon H/P Team of the Year – Minor. . . Team Manitoba Canada Games H/P Team of the Year – Major . . . St. James A’s Juniors, Manitoba Junior Grassroots Coach of the Year. . . . Jeremy Culleton (Vassar), Carillon H/P Coach of the Year. . . . . . . . . . Faron Asham (Brandon), 2017 Canada Games Challenger Player of the Year . . . Brett Hutton (Winnipeg), Winnipeg Female Player of the Year. . . . . . . Jamie Johnson (Arborg), Interlake Pee Wee Player of the Year. . . . . . Dillan Thiessen (Altona), South Central Bantam Player of the Year. . . . . . Dawson Tanner (La Broquerie), Carillon

The 2017 baseball season has come to an end and what a great season it was. Team Manitoba, led by Manitoba’s manager of the year Faron Asham and Manitoba midget player of the year John Patmore, won a silver medal at the 2017 Canada Summer Games while the Winnipeg Goldeyes won the 2017 American Association championship, the team’s second title in a row and third in six seasons. This year, there were an incredible number of outstanding players and committed volunteers, managers and coaches. This past month, Baseball Manitoba honored its 2017 award winners:

Midget Player of the Year . . . . . . John Patmore (Pipestone), Oildome Junior Player of the Year. . . . . . . Cole Armstrong (Winnipeg), St. James Junior Senior AA Player of the Year . . . Ryan Shaw (Rivers), Rivers Senior Volunteer of the Year. . . . . . . . . . Bobbi Benton (Winnipeg), Winnipeg Youth Umpire of the Year. . . . . . Carter Williamson (Dauphin), Parkland Umpire Award of Merit. . . . . . . . Marty Flett (Ebb & Flow), Parkland Honour Society                                Patti Hacault (Bruxelles) Pembina Hills Brian Hodgson (Winnipeg) Winnipeg Mike Johnson (Baldur) Pembina Hills Marvin Mills (Boissevain) Oildome

Orlando Athayde Badminton Canada’s Volunteer of the Year Badminton Canada has named Orlando Athayde its 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award. Athayde was feted for many hours of work organizing and running the 2017 Canadian Masters Badminton Championships held at Red River College in April of 2017. It was one of the largest tournaments held in Winnipeg in a number of years. It ran for a full week and involved more than 250 athletes from all over the world. As well as organizing the Canadian Masters Tournament, Orlando is currently a member on the Board of Directors of Badminton Manitoba and is a volunteer photographer for the organization. Miranda Edwards presents Dante Peter-Joyal with CanSkate Award

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Brandon Gets 2019 Brier

Manitoba’s Team Carruthers will be a favourite to play in the 2019 Brier in Brandon

Westman Communications Group Place in Brandon will play host to the Tim Hortons Brier in March of 2019. This will be the first time Brandon has played host to the Canadian men’s curling championship since 1982. “The city has a proud tradition of playing host to first-class championship events, both on and off the ice,” said the head of Curling Canada, Brandon’s own Resby Coutts. The 2018 Brier will be held in Regina in March.

Escape Clause, Langara Sweep Calgary’s CTHS Stakes Two of the greatest Manitoba-bred thoroughbreds in action today made it a Manitoba sweep in the CTHS Stakes at Calgary’s Century Downs. The big gelding Langara, the Manitoba-bred Horse of the Year in 2016, and the magnificent filly, Escape Clause, put on quite a show by winning back-to-back stakes races in Calgary in October. Langara, with Antonio Whitehall aboard, won the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes. Owned and trained by Don Schnell, the gelding was bred in Manitoba by Cam Ziprick and Charles Fouillard. Sent off as the second choice in the eight-horse field, Langara won by three lengths, in a time of 1:17.81 over 6 1/2-furlongs. A few moments later Escape Clause Escape Clause made it two-for-two for Schnell and Whitehall with a 9 3/4-length victory in the $50,000 CTHS Stakes. Bred in Manitoba by Cam Ziprick and Arnason Farms and trained by Schnell, Escape Clause won for the eighth time in nine starts this season. Her only “failure” was a second-place finish against the boys in the $75,000 Manitoba Derby. It was Escape Clause’s seventh stakes victory this year. The Champion two-year-old filly in 2016 is a lock to be named Manitoba’s Horse of the Year for 2017.

Donaldson Leads Corydon to Atom Championship Just to follow up on our cover story from the September/October edition of SportsLife, Daylon Donaldson his dad, head coach Dave Donaldson and the Corydon Comets won the Manitoba Minor Football Association Atom AA Championship dethroning the pesky St. Vital Mustangs by a score of 40-32. Daylon Donaldson recovered an on-side kick, scored four touchdowns and rushed for more than 300 yards as he earned the championship game’s MVP Award. Corydon dominated the game until the third quarter when St. Vital mounted a nice comeback. As we suspected, Daylon Donaldson just might Manitoba football’s next big thing.

Coach Dave Donaldson with Daylon Donaldson (2) and the Corydon Comets

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Team Canada Women to Play in Winnipeg on Dec. 5

Neepawa’s Halli Krzyzaniak was probably the happiest woman in Canada back in October. She’d just been told that she and our Olympic Women’s Hockey Team, would be playing a pre-Olympic game at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg. It’s likely Krzyzaniak, a defenseman, will be one of four Manitoba players to suit up for Team Canada in Winnipeg on Dec. 5. Also with Team Canada right now is defenseman Brigette Lacquette from Mallard, Man., and defenseman Jocelyne Larocque and forward Bailey Bram from Ste. Anne, Man. The series opened in Quebec City, back on Oct. 22, and then the teams played in Boston (Oct. 25). They’ll also play in Minneapolis (Dec. 3) and San Jose (Dec. 15). In PyeongChang, South Korea, next year, Team Canada will be chasing a fifth straight Olympic gold medal.

Greaves Hosts Winnipeg Benefit for Israeli Bobsled Team For the past 10 years, Winnipeg’s David Greaves has been the head of the Israeli Olympic Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. In an effort to get his team prepared for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea, Greaves held a fundraiser in his hometown. Back on Oct. 16, Greaves and his brother Danny Greaves and bandmate Joey Serlin of The Watchmen, played host to an intimate evening of music with special guests Kakagi, at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre at 281 Donald St. in downtown Winnipeg. “I’ve been working with four incredible athletes for the past three years gearing up for this year,” david said. “In February of 2018 we are hoping to make history by having Israel’s first ever athlete compete in the sport of Skeleton at the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.”

David Greaves, Israeil Bobseld and Skeleton Federation

Winnipeg’s Omoerah Playing Pro Basketball in Norway Keith Omoerah (2) with the Bisons

Former University of Manitoba guard Keith Omoerah signed a professional contract to play for Bærum Basket in Norway’s premier basketball league for the 2017-18 season. Omoerah, 25, played four seasons at Manitoba while being named a conference All-Star and helped the Bisons to a national championship appearance in 2016-17 season. Omoerah is the second former Bison to sign a pro contract this year. Bison teammate, guard AJ Basi, signed a contract to play for the Newcastle Eagles of the British Professional Basketball League.

Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 Three Manitoba golfers and one Manitoba golf team were added to the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame this year. Included in the 2017 induction class were Terry More and Pat Piper – who were inducted in the Athlete category; Joe Tachan, who was inducted in the Athlete and Builder category; and Inductees to the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame. Left to right Nicole Wanshaw, grand niece of Joe Tachan; Pat Piper; Terry More; Merlene Netterfield, Marg Homenuik the members of the Canadian Ladies Golf Association’s championship team from 1962 -- Marg Homenuik, Heather Telfer, Merlene Netterfield, and Ann Tachan. “The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame is proud to welcome its first team as an honoured member, and there could be no better choice than the first Manitoba team to win a Canadian provincial team championship,” said Don MacDonald, President of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc. “Each of the individual inductees demonstrated exceptional golfing ability over a sustained period of time and have earned their place as Honoured Members.”

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great life, great basketball By Scott Taylor, Photo by Derek Drummond, courtesy McGill University

Some people make decisions when they’re young that later in life they’d like to take back. Avery Cadogan is not one of those young people. When the 21-year-old McGill Redmen basketball star from Winnipeg’s St. John’s Ravenscourt School graduated in 2014, he had a number of university offers. In the end, he had no regrets whatsoever with the decision he made. “I had a few offers,” Cadogan said. “I could have gone to Manitoba and I got offers from Calgary and McGill. I visited Calgary and McGill and there was never really any doubt in my mind. I was definitely going to leave home and when I visited McGill, there was just something about the place I fell in love with. “It’s in Montreal, right in the middle of the city. The culture and diversity of the city is amazing. I just love Montreal. And on top of that, I get a great education experience and I get to play some great basketball. “When I finished Ravenscourt I really wanted to leave home. I never really thought about Manitoba or Winnipeg because I knew I wanted to leave and go exploring. I could not have come a better city than Montreal.” There is very little doubt now that Cadogan is in his fourth year at McGill, that the 6-foot-5, 175 pound shooting guard made the right decision. Last season, Cadogan finished second among RSEQ players in three-point shooting percentage with 41.3. In 16 games, including one start, he averaged 16.3 minutes, 7.3 points, and 1.8 rebounds per game. This season, he got off to a blistering start. Cadogan scored a team-leading 61 points in four contests (including 30 against Kent State) and grabbed 18

rebounds with eight steals and five assists as McGill posted a 3-1 record in preseason play against four NCAA teams in an international trip to San Jose, Costa Rica. While the No. 8-ranked Redmen defeated Kent State 85-79 (Cadogan was player of the game), lost 57-50 to Lamar University, then posted back-to-back victories over Texas-El Paso (UTEP), winning 56-54 and 86-82 in overtime. His 30 against Kent State was a career high and it led McGill to its first victory over a Division 1 NCAA team since a 79-69 decision over Farleigh Dickinson on Aug. 20, 2016. Cadogan’s play helped McGill snap a four-game losing streak against American opponents. Cadogan shot a sizzling 10-for-12 from the floor – including an impressive 8-for9 performance from three-point range – and was two-for-two from the freethrow line. He also pulled down a teamhigh eight rebounds to go along with one block and an assist. He now holds the McGill record for three-pointers in a game with eight. “Avery was outstanding,” said McGill head coach David DeAveiro. “He did all the things he needs to do to be successful. I am so pleased for him.” Cadogan, the son of former Montreal Alouettes (1986) defensive back

Wayne Cadogan and former university basketball star and coach, Yvette Milner, is a player who has improved each year he’s been at McGill. He redshirted in his freshman year and then, as a sophomore in 2015-16, he didn’t play much at all. But last year, as he helped the Redmen go to the Final Eight in Halifax and this year, he’s emerged as one of the top players in the RSEQ. “We’ve always been a winning program,” he said, modestly downplaying his personal contributions to the team’s successes. “I intend to stay for a fifth year before graduating so I can come back and play again next year. Playing at McGill is great, but it’s also one of the best universities in Canada to be a student. “I’m in arts and economics and I’ve stayed in Montreal the past few summers in order to work out on campus, but this summer I’m going to head home to see if I can get some work experience in the financial field (his dad is an executive with Investors Group). “But I’ll be back here next year. We have such a good team this year, a team full of talent. We didn’t start quickly but we’re beginning to do what we did last year – get better every month. Our big win over Ottawa got us ranked No. 8 and with all the skill we have, we should be very good come playoff time.” l

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Winnipeg’s Wonderful Wolves Basketball Program By Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder and courtesy Basketball Manitoba Earlier this month, the Director/General Manager of the Winnipeg Wolves basketball program, Chiranjit Goswami, found himself on the phone with the Toronto Raptors scouting department. Seems Canada’s NBA team is starting to get serious about former Wolves star Emmanuel Akot. Goswami knows they aren’t the only team to have their eyes on the Winnipegger who is now a freshman at the University of Arizona. That in itself makes Goswami both proud and humbled.

Ayob Ayob, MSU Dragons “Emmanuel is easily the best prospect we’ve ever coached in our program,” he said. “There really isn’t much debate about that. “Emmanuel, without question is the best ever, but we’ve also had Wyatt Tait and in a limited way, James Wagner, who are both with the Bisons and Ben Miller, who was the top-ranked player in 2014. We also had Daniel Sackey in the program, an outstanding player, who will likely get a scholarship to a mid-major in the NCAA. And Ayob Ayob, Emmanuel’s cousin, who is now playing pro ball in Windsor. But lately, I’ve been fielding calls from a few NBA scouts about Emmanuel. They’re obviously starting to do their homework.” Goswami’s Wolves are one of the best club teams in Western Canada and the players who have gone through the program are a testament to the level of play to which this local club aspires.

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“The program was founded by Martin Riley because he saw a need for an elite boys program in the province,” Goswami said. “After his sons went through the program, Martin stepped back for a while and then returned to start our only forprofit program, the girls program. The boys side is all volunteer, but the Senior girls’ side is run as a business. Right now, we have boys’ teams for players born in 2000 and 2001 and two teams for players born in 2002. We have two girls’ teams for Grade 11 players (the Senior Girls) and for Grade 8-9 players. The Sr. Girls team is a for-profit team, everything else is volunteer non-profit and we;’ve enjoyed great support over the years from local sponsors such as Qualico Homes and the Birchwood Automotive Group.” Last year, the Wolves won the 18U division – the oldest division for high school varsity ages - at the Junior Bison Boys Tournament. It was the second consecutive year in which the Wolves win the 18U division of the tournament. The Junior Bison tournament is the largest club basketball tournament in the province next to the Basketball Manitoba Club Provincial Championships. “Given the skill and ability of our Wolves teams, we generally focus on tournaments in the US for our competition,” said Goswami, who grew up in Fort Richmond and now works as an analyst in the federal government’s Agriculture Dept. “Due to the recent success of our program over the past few years, which has resulted in team members such as Sackey and Akot being able to join higher-profile AAU teams in the United States. “We try to keep our program to the areas of St. Vital and East Kildonan so kids

High scoring Emmanuel Thomas

Emmanuel Akot

can get to practices easily, but we do get kids from all over. Our main gym is Miles Mac. The administration there has been very supportive. “I like to think that while we’re trying to be an elite program, we are as inclusive as possible. If you have basketball talent and show a commitment and dedication to us, we owe it to anyone with that dedication to provide a good basketball program.” The Wolves’ Mission Statement is pretty simple: 1. To provide student/athletes with a positive atmosphere and opportunity to compete at an elite level. 2. To provide student/athletes with an opportunity to progress as individuals and as a team so they may reach their full potential 3. To provide coaches with an opportunity to coach dedicated basketball players at an elite level “Our goals are pretty clear, as well,” Goswami said. “To promote strong team values and a team first concept; to teach the value of hard work; to teach respect on and off the court; and to provide each athlete with the skills and opportunity to succeed.” Based simply on the players they’ve turned out and the success they’ve had at all levels, the Wolves are the most successful cub basketball program in Manitoba. Right now, the 2000 team, led by high-scoring Emmanuel Thomas and senior guard Aliou Sesay, is already 6-0 in the new Peg City Youth Basketball League. However, if there are players still interested in finding a home with the Wolves, just check out winnipegwolves. com. Coach Goswami says he’s always “prepared to accommodate talented new players.” l


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The guard who came in from the cold

By Scott Taylor, Photos by Kelly Morton/University of Winnipeg

Antoinette Miller is beginning her third season of Canadian university basketball and she’ll admit she’s still not accustomed to the cold. “I’m just never prepared for Winnipeg’s cold,” said Miller, from the campus of the University of Winnipeg. “I’m from Phoenix, Ariz. I just can’t prepare for it. It’s just way too cold for me.” Perhaps that’s why she’s always on fire on the court. Last season, Miller was U SPORTS Women’s Basketball Defensive Player of

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the Year and a first team U SPORTS AllCanadian. Her numbers were eye-popping. The 5-foot-6, fourth year guard from finished among the league leaders in both offensive and defensive categories during the 2016-2017 Canada West regular season. Her relentless play at both ends of the court played a vital role in helping the Wesmen finish with an 18-2 regular season record and a first place finish in the Canada West Women’s Basketball conference standings.

She finished regular season play with 72 steals (third in the country) and was instrumental in Winnipeg’s suffocating defensive play that allowed only 60.7 points per game. Miller and her teammates held their opponents to just 37.6 per cent shooting from the field. She became the first Wesmen player ever to be named U SPORTS Defensive Player of the Year. On offence, Miller was sensational, finishing fourth in the nation in scoring with an 18.7 points per game average. She


finished first in Canada West in assists with 76. This season, her fifth year of U SPORTS eligibility, she’s been even better. In her first two conference games this season, Miller is averaging 28.5 points, 3.5 assists and 13.5 rebounds per game. The Wesmen won both games, 77-51 and 76-57 over Mount Royal. She had 36 points and 14 rebounds in the second game. There is a very good chance, she’s the best player in the country. “Well, there’s always room for improvement,” Miller said modestly. “That’s what I tell myself every day.” Miller grew up in Phoenix playing basketball with the boys on the city’s playgrounds. She was a high school star who went to Phoenix College, a junior college in her hometown. During a Christmas tournament in her hometown, she played against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and became intrigued with playing basketball in Canada. “I was going to go to the University of Nebraska to play, but I was still short two classes,” she said. “After we played against Saskatchewan, I talked to the coach and thought it would be cool to play in Canada. There were always a lot of Canadian players going south to play and I thought it would be cool to go in the other direction. “I learned a lot at Saskatchewan, but I just didn’t like the way I was being used. I

did everything the coach told me, but I just never felt very good about it. Then, we played a game against the University of Winnipeg and I just loved the way Coach (Tanya) McKay’s team played. I thought, ‘That’s the way I want to play basketball.” So she emailed Coach McKay, they struck up an on-line friendship and Miller, who is 25, decided to head to the U of W. It was the best decision she could have made. “She lets me play my game,” Miller said. “I feel like I’m free. This is basketball. When I first saw Winnipeg play, I saw a different style and Winnipeg allowed me the opportunity to play the game with some freedom. Coach McKay is one of my favorite coaches of all-time. She believes in me and that confidence boost goes a long way.” There is no doubt McKay believes in Miller. After Miller was named a Canada West All-Star last year, the coach had this to say: “Her ability to be consistent each and every game and push and elevate the play of her teammates has been outstanding. Antoinette’s style of play to the push the ball in transition, her touch

to finish at the rim amongst the trees, and her tenacious defensive presence has helped our team be among the top teams in the country.” Miller is in the Recreation and Applied Health program at the U of W and says she wants to graduate from Winnipeg, However, next year she intends to try to hand at professional basketball. “This is my last year and want to graduate from here,” she said, “but I’m just 25 and still in my prime so I want to try to play pro overseas next year. I can always come back and graduate, but after this year, it’s time for me to cash a few cheques.” l

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Parker and The Rookies Dominate the New Look Wesmen By Scott Taylor, Photos by Kelly Morton/University of Winnipeg Emma Parker’s dad, Will, was one of the best basketball players ever to don a Wesmen uniform. So it begs the question: Why volleyball? “I just like volleyball better,” said Emma with a laugh. “I just found basketball to be super intense. It’s very hard. And because I played all 40 minutes of most games in high school, I was tired all the time. When I played, I never left the court so I always felt exhausted.” To be fair, while Will Parker was a Wesmen basketball star, her mom, Ardith (who was Ardith Lernout to those who followed Wesmen volleyball in the 1980s), was one of the best volleyball players in Manitoba when she graduated from Winnipeg’s Vincent Massey Collegiate. She went on to have a stellar career at the U of W and so, maybe, just maybe, she had something to do with Emma’s decision to play the game that separates opponents with a net. “You know, I’ve been pretty much all volleyball,” Emma said. “Even my dad was always on the volleyball side. He knew I liked the sport better and had more fun with volleyball. When it comes to me, he’s been pretty much a volleyball guy.” Emma Parker is one of eight rookies playing for head coach Diane Scott’s Wesmen this season. Although the team started slowly – they were 3-6 in September matches and 1-5 in October), Parker believes the young Wesmen are starting to come together. “I think we have a good team,” she said fully understanding that it’s young and in many cases, inexperienced. “There

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is only one fourth-year on the team. We have eight rookies. But we’re playing every single and its fun. My volleyball teammates are my best friends and I think, as we play together more, we’ll get a lot better.” Parker was an outstanding high school and club player before entering the U of W. Last year, she played her final season as a member of the St. Norbert Collegiate Celtics Varsity Girls’ Volleyball team – a team that finished third at the Provincial championships. Of course, Parker, a 5-foot-10 left side hitter, was named to the Provincial Tournament All-Star team. She was also a member of the Manitoba Provincial team and was named a Volleyball Manitoba Graduating All Star. In club, she played for Alliance U-17, a team that won a bronze medal at the Provincial Championships last April. According to Coach Scott, she’s one of the best young athletes – and team players – to enter the U of W volleyball program in recent years. “She is an outstanding athlete on all levels: speed, jump, agility, game sense and composure,” Scott said. “She has tons of upside still to develop and is an awesome human – her personality is contagious and she is an exceptional teammate. Her skills and athleticism come naturally as both her mom and dad competed here at the U of W. So it’s even more exciting to have Emma continue the tradition.” It’s likely the influence of her mother and father had something to do with her decision to play at the U of W. She got plenty of offers from other U Sports

schools to attend school outside the province. However, there is just something special about “playing at home.” “I really wanted to stay at home,” said Emma, who always watched her older sisters Sydney and Kelly play high school volleyball. “I have an hour drive every day and my dad takes me to school and picks me up. I have no stress. Volleyball and school take up all of my time and it’s great to have my parents around. Staying at home was the right decision for me.” We’re sure Coach Scott would agree. l


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MEN

WES 2017-2018 SOCCER

HOME SCHEDULE

WOMEN Sep 8

vs. Saskatchewan

7:00

PM

Sep 9

vs. Regina

7:00

PM

Sep 23

vs. Mount Royal

2:00

PM

2:00

PM

2:00

PM

Sepvs. 24Saskatchewan vs. Alberta

7:00

Oct vs. 8 Regina

vs. Manitoba

7:00

Oct 13

vs. MacEwan

7:00

PM

Oct 14

vs. Northern British Columbia

7:00

PM

PM

schedule contains HOME This SCHEDULE

information on home

games only. For more information or to support Wesmen teams on the road, visit our website. WESMEN.CA

BASKETBALL MEN

WOMEN

Oct 20-21

Lea Marc Printing Tournament

TBA

Oct 6-8

Bob FM Shootout

TBA

Nov 3

vs. Alberta

8:00

PM

Nov 3

vs. Alberta

6:00

PM

Nov 4

vs. Alberta

7:00

PM

Nov 4

vs. Alberta

5:00

PM

Nov 24

vs. British Columbia

8:00

PM

Nov 24

vs. British Columbia

6:00

PM

Nov 25

vs. British Columbia

7:00

PM

Nov 25

vs. British Columbia

5:00

PM

Dec 1

vs. MacEwan

8:00

PM

Dec 1

vs. MacEwan

6:00

PM

Dec 2

vs. MacEwan

7:00

PM

Dec 2

vs. MacEwan

5:00

PM

Jan 6

vs. Brandon

7:00

PM

Jan 6

vs. Brandon

5:00

PM

Jan 20

vs. Manitoba

7:00

PM

Jan 20

vs. Manitoba

5:00

PM

Feb 2

vs. UBC Okanagan

8:00

PM

Feb 2

vs. UBC Okanagan

6:00

PM

Feb 3

vs. UBC Okanagan

7:00

PM

Feb 3

vs. UBC Okanagan

5:00

PM

VOLLEYBALL MEN

WOMEN

Oct 6/ sports vs.life Manitoba 16

7:00

PM

Sep 29-Oct 1

Unruh Realty Volleyball Challenge

TBA

Oct 27

7:45

PM

Oct 27

vs. Regina

6:00

vs. Regina

PM


WOMEN

This schedule contains information on home

Sep 9

vs. Regina

7:00

PM

Sep 823

vs. Saskatchewan Mount Royal

7:00 2:00

PM

Sep 924

vs. Regina Alberta

7:00 2:00

PM

Sep Oct 823

vs. Mount Royal Manitoba

2:00

PM

Sep 24 Oct 13

vs. Alberta MacEwan

2:00 7:00

PM

Oct 814

vs. Manitoba Northern British Columbia

2:00 7:00

PM

Oct 13

vs. MacEwan

7:00

PM

Oct 14

vs. Northern British Columbia

7:00

PM

games only. For more information or to support This schedule information home Wesmen teams contains on the road, visit our on website.

SMEN UNITED games only. For more information or to support WESMEN.CA Wesmen teams on the road, visit our website. WESMEN.CA

BASKETBALL MEN

WOMEN

BASKETBALL

Oct 20-21

Lea Marc Printing Tournament

TBA

Oct 6-8

Bob FM Shootout

TBA

Nov 3

vs. Alberta

8:00

PM

Nov 3

vs. Alberta

6:00

PM

Oct 20-21 Nov 4

LeaAlberta Marc Printing Tournament vs.

TBA 7:00

PM

Oct 6-8 Nov 4

BobAlberta FM Shootout vs.

TBA 5:00

PM

3 Nov 24

Alberta Columbia vs. British

8:00

PM

3 Nov 24

Alberta Columbia vs. British

6:00

PM

4 Nov 25

Alberta Columbia vs. British

7:00

PM

4 Nov 25

Alberta Columbia vs. British

5:00

PM

Nov 124 Dec

British Columbia vs. MacEwan

8:00

PM

Nov 124 Dec

British Columbia vs. MacEwan

6:00

PM

Nov 225 Dec

British Columbia vs. MacEwan

7:00

PM

Nov 225 Dec

British Columbia vs. MacEwan

5:00

PM

Dec 61 Jan

MacEwan vs. Brandon

8:00 7:00

PM

Dec 61 Jan

MacEwan vs. Brandon

6:00 5:00

PM

Dec 20 2 Jan

MacEwan vs. Manitoba

7:00

PM

Dec 20 2 Jan

MacEwan vs. Manitoba

5:00

PM

Jan 62 Feb

Brandon vs. UBC Okanagan

7:00 8:00

PM

Jan 62 Feb

Brandon vs. UBC Okanagan

5:00 6:00

PM

Jan 20 Feb 3

Manitoba vs. UBC Okanagan

7:00

PM

Jan 20 Feb 3

Manitoba vs. UBC Okanagan

5:00

PM

Feb 2

vs. UBC Okanagan

8:00

PM

Feb 2

vs. UBC Okanagan

6:00

PM

Feb 3

vs. UBC Okanagan

7:00

PM

Feb 3

vs. UBC Okanagan

5:00

PM

MEN

VOLLEYBALL VOLLEYBALL MEN

WOMEN

WOMEN

Oct 6

vs. Manitoba

7:00

PM

Sep 29-Oct 1

Unruh Realty Volleyball Challenge

TBA

Oct 27

vs. Regina

7:45

PM

Oct 27

vs. Regina

6:00

PM

6 Oct 28

Manitoba vs. Regina

7:00 5:00

PM

Sep 28 29-Oct 1 Oct

Unruh Realty Volleyball Challenge vs. Regina

TBA 6:45

PM

Oct 27 Nov 10

Regina vs. Calgary

7:45

PM

Oct 27 Nov 10

Regina vs. Calgary

6:00

PM

Oct 28 Nov 11

Regina vs. Calgary

5:00

PM

Oct 28 Nov 11

Regina vs. Calgary

6:45

PM

10 Nov 17

Calgary Rivers vs. Thompson

7:45

PM

10 Nov 17

Calgary Rivers vs. Thompson

6:00

PM

11 Nov 18

Calgary Rivers vs. Thompson

5:00

PM

11 Nov 18

Calgary Rivers vs. Thompson

6:45

PM

17 Nov 28

Thompson Rivers vs. Brandon

7:45

PM

17 Nov 28

Thompson Rivers vs. Brandon

6:00

PM

Nov 18 Dec 28-30

ThompsonClassic Rivers vs. Wesmen

5:00 TBA

PM

Nov 12 18 Jan

Thompson Rivers vs. British Columbia

6:45 6:00

PM

Nov 12 28 Jan

BrandonColumbia vs. British

7:45

PM

Nov 13 28 Jan

BrandonColumbia vs. British

6:00 6:45

PM

Dec 28-30 Jan 13

vs. Wesmen Classic British Columbia

TBA 5:00

PM

Jan 12 18

vs. British Columbia Manitoba (Duckworth Challenge)

6:00

PM

Jan 12 18

vs. British Columbia Manitoba (Duckworth Challenge)

7:45

PM

Jan Feb 13 9

vs. British Alberta Columbia

6:45 6:00

PM

Jan Feb 13 9

vs. British Alberta Columbia

5:00 7:45

PM

Jan Feb 18 10

vs. Manitoba Alberta (Duckworth Challenge)

6:00 6:45

PM

Jan Feb 18 10

vs. Manitoba Alberta (Duckworth Challenge)

7:45 5:00

PM

Feb 9

vs. Alberta

6:00

PM

Feb 9

vs. Alberta

7:45

PM

Feb 10

vs. Alberta

6:45

PM

Feb 10

vs. Alberta

5:00

PM

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You Skate Like a Girl! By Amber Penner (WRL Open Representative) The statement “you skate like a girl” is always a compliment! Thank you for noticing that I skate like someone who has passionately woken up early, and stayed up late, to play the game that I have loved since the age of three. Thank you for noticing that I skate like someone who has practiced and practiced until my feet were covered in blisters, and I didn’t think I could skate another lap. Thank you for noticing that I skate like someone who is willing to put in the effort necessary to compete at the peak of my physical and mental ability. Thank you for noticing that this sport that I love, Ringette, has created a skater, player, and teammate that can take on any activity, venture or challenge that comes my way. Ringette is an ice sport, created in Ontario, Canada in 1963 as a women’s alternative to hockey; but the ice commonality is close to where the comparison of the two sports stops. The finesse of Ringette is in speed and agility. The game requires passing over the blue line, which promotes teamwork and necessitates apt playmaking. There is elegance to the game, and its skaters, which is unparalleled in other on-ice sports. Do not be fooled, we may be

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females, but this game is truly one of the fastest games on ice. I was a child who grew up in a rink, cheering on my big brother at his hockey games. I went to my first hockey game when I was only a few months old. When it came time for me to start skating, my parents had an important decision to make: whether to register their baby girl in Ringette or Hockey? They chose Ringette because it was the sport that many of my female friends were registering in; a very

reasonable decision, but one that I will forever cherish. I will cherish this choice not only because I got to make friendships that have lasted a lifetime, or because of how much I love this sport, or because I truly believe this sport gave my skills and values that transcend the ice, and built me into the adolescent that I was, and the adult I have become. But, additionally, I will cherish this choice because I truly believe I would be a lesser athlete if I had not learned the playmaking, agility, and speed that Ringette alone can teach. There is an exercise practiced in most sports, called “man-makers”. I believe a more appropriate name would be “hero-makers”, as they force players to push themselves near their limit, and promote strength and cardiovascular endurance that they can tap into on game days. I skate like a girl because Ringette taught me to be my own hero. I skate like a girl because Ringette provided me an entire bench of heroes (teammates and coaches) encouraging me to make the smart plays, skate my hardest, and never stop working together. l


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Girls’ indoor football

FOOTBALL MANITOBA LAUNCHES INDOOR 5 V 5 FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE FOR U18 GIRLS By Cara Isaak The future of women’s football in Manitoba looks bright. Football Manitoba is looking to expand the opportunities for girls ages 13-18 to play football by introducing a female 5 v 5 indoor flag league that will run from January to March 2018. This initiative will provide high school girls the opportunity to develop their skills or try football for this first time in a non-contact, recreational environment. Last year, a review by Football Canada

identified several gaps in opportunities for female athletes in both contact and non-contact football and issued a series of recommendations for improvement. Recommendations included improving provincial non-contact programs for females aged 11-21 and creating national team programs and competitions for female athletes. As executive director of Football Manitoba Bill Johnson sees it, “Female flag is the single largest area of potential

The U16 Football Manitoba flag football champions and Picture 2 is the U18 Provincial Flag Football girls team.

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growth for football in this province. With the popularity of the sport growing as fast as it is, and with the relatively inexpensive nature of the sport, I could see us doubling our numbers easily in the next several years.” In 2017, around 125 girls participated in youth tackle programs in Manitoba and 40 girls took part in the summer flag league, compared to almost 3000 boys who played youth tackle and 1200 boys who played in the flag league. Johnson hopes that the winter flag league will bolster those numbers by introducing new female athletes to the sport. “We see Flag Football as an opportunity for this group to get active in a great sport and as a chance for teams to use this as cross-training for their other sports. We envision having basketball teams, volleyball teams, and many others out. The beautiful thing about flag football is that it only requires a small number to make a team, and it is great fun for all who play.” Manitoba’s U18 girls flag team finished 5th at the 2017 National Championships, which were held in August in Vancouver, BC. The team was comprised mainly of multi-sport athletes aged 15 and 16 who were only introduced to football the previous year, along with a talented young quarterback from the Winnipeg Fearless women’s tackle team. The participants felt that their skills from other sports like hockey, soccer, and volleyball translated well to flag football and gave them a


Development model. Football Manitoba is also committed to coach training and certification to ensure female athletes receive age and skill-appropriate instruction. Coaches in the winter flag league must have acquired U18 Girls Flag Football Provincial Team specific training through the National Coach Certification Program. chance to try a new non-contact sport. All skill levels are welcome to participate Provincial team wide receiver Kayla is in the inaugural winter season. The looking forward to playing more football girls flag football program is an initiative over the winter, “I love playing flag created and run by Football Manitoba and because it’s always a positive experience. will coincide with the PIT Football winter You bond with great people and it’s such a season. PIT Football is the largest touch fun game.” football league in Canada and the official The goal of the winter league will be touch and flag football league of the to foster player development and to Winnipeg Blue Bombers. League President introduce more girls to the sport so that Jon Franklin is thrilled to support this next year, Manitoba may be represented Football Manitoba initiative. “Improving by female teams in all age categories at programs for young female football the National Championships. Increased players benefits the whole Manitoba interest in girls’ flag football will also allow football community. This summer, the for the creation of girls-only divisions in PIT Football League MVP was awarded to the summer flag league, in accordance one of our female athletes, after receiving with Football Canada’s Long-term Athlete

the most MVP nominations from her peers. We celebrate the skill and passion that female athletes bring to the sport of football and hope that supporting programs like Football Manitoba’s flag league will attract more female players.” l

Football Manitoba will run the Girls’ Flag League from January to March during the PIT Football winter season. Registration opens mid-November. • All games are 5 v 5 and are played on Football Canada regulation sized non-contact fields. • Games will be played on Saturdays during prime time in Winnipeg’s premier indoor sports facilities. • Ages 13-18 and all skill levels are welcome! • More information can be found at FootballManitoba.com or PITFootball.com

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High School Star Grappling with His Football Future By Scott Taylor, Photos by Jeff Miller

It was a pretty nice run for Eryk Bujalski and the Vincent Massey Trojans. After losing two of their first three games this season, the Trojans buckled down and won four in a row to finish the regular season 5-2. Then they beat Grant Park 30-17 in the Potter Division quarterfinal before falling 35-7 to powerful defending champion St. Paul’s in the semi. Still, for a young Trojans team, it was a reasonably successful season and for their senior shut down middle linebacker, Eryk Bujalski, it was a heartbreaking and yet, at times, very satisfying final high school season.

“I really like everything there is to like about football,” said Bujalski, just before his team went out and beat Grant Park in the semifinal. “I even like just the everyday routine of football. I love practicing. I love seeing the progress of our team each year from first practice to last game.” Bujalski is a 5-foot-10, 215-pound linebacker who also played with Team Manitoba (both U-16 and U-18) and represented the province at the 2017 Football Canada Cup. He was named to the Football Canada Cup All-Star roster and U-18 Team Canada. He finished the 2017 WHSFL season with 19 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and two special teams’ tackles. He was named

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Defensive Player of the Week after Massey beat Oak Park 25-15 in the final game of the season. Not bad for an undersized linebacker who started playing the game when he was seven. “I started with the Fort Garry Lions as an offensive lineman,” he said with a laugh. “Two years later I became a linebacker and fullback and I still love to play linebacker today. “I played all my minor football with Fort Garry and started to play varsity with Massey in Grade 10. I’m not the fastest or the biggest guy out there, but I love to hit people.” Bujalski said that two separate but equally important groups of people have played a major role in his development as a football player – Coach Kelsey McKay and the assistants at Massey and his family. “And I love the family that we create on the football field each season,” he said. “We’re not just a team but each year we create a family within our group. I’m going to miss playing football at Massey.” Bujalski hasn’t decided his

football future quite yet although he says he’d love to play university football if he could. His first choices would be McGill, Queens and McMaster. “Yeah, I hope to play at university,” he said. “I want to go to university and take education. I’d like to eventually become a Physical Education teacher. But I’ve spent all my time focusing on this season. I’ll start thinking about university later. I don’t care where I go, but I do want to keep playing. I’ll play college football anywhere I can. I know it isn’t going to be easy but I’m willing to push myself to adjust to the next level. The one thing football has taught me is to never give up. “I definitely don’t want to stop playing. Football season is the best part of the year for me.” l


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Collier, Asham, Fortin Lead te Hall of fame

By Scott Taylor, Photos by Dan LeMoal and courtesy Baseball Manito

Winnipeg Goldeyes general manager Andrew Collier has been at the helm of the local pro baseball team for three American Association Championships. Troy Fortin, from Lundar, played in the Minnesota Twins organization and then put together three of the best seasons in Goldeyes history. Faron Asham, from Brandon, just led Team Manitoba to the silver medal at the 2017 Canada Summer Games. While all three have done much, much more in their careers, those accomplishments alone should get them into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. Of course, it has. Collier, Fortin and Asham will lead a class of seven players, managers and coaches, three teams and two special category

inductees into the Hall. The Class of 2018 will officially be inducted on June 2, at the annual dinner and celebration at the Morden Event Access Centre. The list of individual inductees includes Asham, Collier and Fortin along with players Doug Freeth from Winnipeg, Trevor Proctor from Woodlands, Jason Mateychuk from Dominion City/Winnipeg and Terry Mayert from Reston. In the major team category, it’s the 1999-2008 Brandon Marlins and the 1993-2000 Morden Mohawks and in the Small Community Team category it’s the 1974-79 Warren Seniors. In the Special category, the inductees are umpire Ron Shewchuk and the 1971-74 Carman Goldeyes Juniors. Let’s meet the 2018 Inductees (thanks to Baseball Manitoba):

Faron Asham (1969---) Brandon Faron has been on the Baseball Manitoba Executive for the past 16 years. He has been recognized for such honours as Baseball Manitoba 2003 Volunteer of the Year; Provincial, Regional, and National 2004 Aboriginal Coach of the Year; Baseball Manitoba 2004, 2012 and 2017 High Performance Coach of the Year; and 2004 and 2012 Baseball Canada Volunteer of the Year nominee. In 2017 Faron was the Head Coach of Manitoba’s Summer Games Team that won the silver medal, the first Canada Games baseball medal awarded to Manitoba since 1985.

Troy Fortin (1975---) Lundar Troy was drafted as a catcher in 1993 by the Minnesota Twins and rose through the Twins minor league system from the Rookie classification to AA from 199398. He asked for his release from the Twins to sign with the Winnipeg Goldeyes in ’98. His offensive and defensive talents were on full display for local fans to admire until retirement in 2000. Troy batted .332 with a .940 OPS while committing only 5 errors in almost three full seasons as a Goldeye. In 1999 Troy also played for Team Canada in the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg winning a Bronze Medal.

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Andrew Collier (1969---) Winnipeg

Andrew started working for the Winnipeg Goldeyes in 1994 and was named General Manager in December 2001. His skill in guiding the Goldeyes earned him Northern League Executive of the Year awards in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2009. He earned similar honors in the American Association in 2014 while also guiding the team to 2012, 2016, and 2017 league championships. The Goldeyes hav e been named Organization of the Year in their leagues on seven occasions under Andrew’s 16 year s at the helm.

Doug Freeth (1954---) Winnipeg Doug Freeth was a hard throwing strikeout starting pitcher who dominated the Manitoba Junior Baseball League from 1969-72 with the St. Boniface Legionnaires Juniors. Pitching for Manitoba in 1973 at the Canada Summer Games in Burnaby BC he threw 15 innings of shutout ball including a nine inning 1-0 victory against New Brunswick. He pitched professionally in the Rookie League for the Edmonton Trappers in 1974.


en Inductees into Baseball

oba

Jason Mateychuk (1971---) Dominion City

Jason has posted an extensive resume as a player, coach, and builder for the great sport of baseball in Manitoba. He had an outstanding junior career from 1987-92 with the Elmwood Giants and excelled as a pitcher, first baseman, and power hitter. Jason had a four-year career at Mayville State and was All-conference in 1993. His still active coaching career involves success at all levels from Grass Roots & High Performance to Junior, Senior, and Provincial teams.

Special Category Umpire: Ron Shewchuk (1959---) Minnedosa Shewchuk has been involved in the umpiring programs of Manitoba, Baseball Canada, and international baseball for the past 35 years. On the field, Ron has umpired over 50 Provincial, MSBL, and Western Canadian championships and 900 professional games.

Terry Mayert (1957---) Reston

Terry spent most of his career with the Reston Rockets where he won league top pitcher and MVP awa rds along with 13 all-star selectio ns as an outfielder or pitcher from 1979-98. He made numerous appearance s at Provincials with South West team s and attended three Western Can adians including a 1983 championship title .

Major Team: Morden Mohawks (1993-2000) The Mohawks won the Border League championship for 11 consecutive seasons and for 13 of 14 years beginning in 1987. In 1994 they went a perfect 24-0 in regular schedule and league playoffs which earned them the Manitoba Baseball Team of the Year. Mohawk players competed with the A team at the Western Canadian Championships in 1993, 1994, and 1997.

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Trevor Proctor (1969---) Woodl

Western at all levels from the 1986 Midget Trevor was an outstanding player Nationals n adia Can and tern nine Senior Wes and Canadian championships to hit .571 he up, pick old eargold. As an 18-y while winning three silver and one and thy leng a had He BC. s, ns in Kamloop at the 1988 Senior Western Canadia Blue ll ewa Ston the with and e Senior League successful career in the Redboin Jays of the WSBL.

Small Community Team: Warren Seniors (1974-1979) Warren played in the Interlake Baseball League which consisted of 10 teams from 1968 -79 winning championships in 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, and 1979. Warren also played in many tournaments for several years highlighted in 1976 by winning the Holland tournament over the Carman Goldeyes.

n Goldeyes Juniors 1971-74 Special Category Team: Carma baseball in Manitoba dominated Junior The Carman Goldeyes completely s. L and Provincial titles in all four year from 1971-74 as they captured MJB ball Base a itob Man the inducted into Several players have already been with senior teams. /or and als vidu indi Hall of Fame as

Major Team: Brandon Marlins (1999-2008) The Brandon Marlins entered the MSBL in 1995 under the coaching of the late Neil Andrews to keep the league viable as it was down to three senior teams. After some growing pains the Marlins won their first league championship and provincial title in 1999. The Marlins repeated as champions in 2001 and continued their success with league and provincial titles in 2003, 2005, and 2008.

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Kaitlyn Morphy Commits to Northwestern Oklahoma State By Scott Taylor, Photo by Jonathan Kozub

One of the finest young soccer players in Manitoba has made her decision. Manitoba Blizzard centre back Kaitlyn Morphy, 16, has committed to Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma, starting in 2019. After a couple of years of attending ID camps and playing big U.S. recruitment tournaments with the Blizzard, Morphy decided that Northwestern was a perfect fit. Although she did get a number of offers from other NCAA schools. “Right from the start I had such a really good bond with Coach Craig Liddell,” said Morphy. “He just brings so much energy to the table. I really like his coaching style and the way he wants his team to play the game. We met at the Oklahoma State University ID camp that I attended. He pulled me aside and said, ‘I really like how you play, and I understand you’re a Canadian. I married a Canadian, I know all about Canada!’ That’s how the conversation started.” “We had a couple of conversations during that camp, which was 14 months ago, and then we kept in close contact after that.” added Morphy. Northwestern coaches then attended several tournaments to watch Kaitlyn play again in person, and then invited her to visit the school this summer. For a Division II school, Kaitlyn’s commitment is early. She is their first commit for 2019. Morphy is the daughter of Winnipeg Jets Vice-President, Dorian Morphy and his wife Kim, Vice-President of Special Olympics Manitoba, and the granddaughter of the late Scott Walker, the founder of the Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival. “Some US schools have figured out that recruiting Canadians is good way to build a program. These coaches learn that Canadian kids are good students, well-brought-up and extremely underrecruited” said Dorian. Until she plays for Northwestern, the Grade 11 student will continue her high school at Glenlawn Collegiate, where she trains with the Manitoba

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Elite Regional Excel (REX) soccer program. Licensed by the Canada Soccer Association, the REX program is a Full-Time National-Curriculum HighPerformance Program, run under the guidance of Canadian National Team coaching staff. With approximately six players selected per age group, REX players train every morning – before school from September to May – with the top players in the province. All players attend Glenlawn in order to accommodate transportation and soccer-specific weight training in lieu of regular physical education classes. Meanwhile, she will continue to play in showcase tournaments with the Blizzard, a team comprised of the top 2019 graduates in the province, coached by Jim Zinko and managed by former NHL goaltender Trevor Kidd. This winter, the Blizzard will attend the Surf College Cup Showcase in San Diego, rated the top recruiting event in youth soccer; the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Showcase in Minnesota in February and the Vancouver Whitecaps Showcase in Vancouver in late March. As well, Kaitlyn just returned from Club Nationals where her team, the U-17 Bonivital Flames, finished fourth in the country, losing in the Bronze Medal game to Nova Scotia. Kaitlyn was one of two 16-year-olds asked to join the roster coached by Jorge Cabral. Kaitlyn’s plan is to study Exercise Science at Northwestern Oklahoma State, preparing her for further education in either Athletic Therapy or Physiotherapy. As well, she looks forward to a successful experience with the Rangers, a team that plays in the Great American Conference. “I’ll be excited when it’s time to go,” Kaitlyn said with a laugh. “It will be great to make new friends and play for a new team, but it’s also scary to think about leaving home. For me though, I’ll have soccer. Coach Liddell is very much about family and culture, so that should make the adjustment easier.” l


South End Rugby Club Takes the Show to Ireland By Shannon Ivsek, Photos courtesy South End Rugby Club Thanks to the outstanding play of Jaden Cielan and Ethan Wiebe, both the the girls and boys’ teams from Winnipeg’s South End Rugby Club had a very successful trip to Ireland. The Girls team played exceptionally well and although they struggled with some injuries they played on, dug deep and really rose to the challenge. Cielan was a stand out for the ladies. She is currently playing for the Wasps RFC here in Winnipeg and qualified for the provincial U-18 team. All of the ladies intend to continue play High School Rugby and will continue to work toward provincial spots. They are all multi-sport athletes and very active with school teams. It is a strong core team and the exposure they received while on tour has opened their eyes to the opportunities that Rugby can provide.  The boys also performed extremely well and had a winning record. The players learned a lot and all had an opportunity to grow their skills. Wiebe, at only 13-years-of-age was a standout for the boys, he held his own and was almost unstoppable. Despite his size, he was a force out on the pitch and was also a great sport filling in on the girl’s side when they fell short due to injuries.   All of the boys played hard and it’s hard to pin-point one or two players. Each player has his strengths and the Irish teams were stunned by the speed of the South End players. 

As it is with the girls, most of the boys are multi-sport athletes. Keep an eye out for Liam MacDonald (football, St Paul’s) and Ethan Iwanisuw (basketball, Westwood), as well as Noah Chapman (volleyball, Dakota) and Tristan Garland (hockey, St Boniface). They are all sons of former Rugby players and are carrying the torch for the future of Team Manitoba. Because there was so much Rugby played, the players on the tour were pretty banged up by the second week. The South End players met teams at four different Rugby clubs – Wicklow RFC, Ballina RFC, Donaghadee RFC and Malone RFC – and played three matches and a friendly at each club. In the end, it was a 10-day whirlwind trip full of sightseeing and lots of Rugby. The teams made the trip with family and coaches and for some players this was their first time flying and being away from home.  The team had Canada-themed hats and were visible wherever they went. The Irish were kind and very interested in how the teams were finding the Rugby matches they had been playing. The SERFC players enjoyed a bit of celebrity at each Club they visited as the host teams went out of their way to make the matches and the social events memorable. The players also had the opportunity to train with professional coaches and were

introduced to fun 10-a-side matches which aren’t played in Canada very often.   The trip’s Highlights included playing next to a field of sheep in Ballina and playing in the shadow of Mount Kilpratrick in Wicklow.   South End RFC followed Team Canada from Dublin to Belfast and were cheering loudly at Canada’s games while hoisting the Canadian flag. They stood out everywhere in the stands in their red Canadian hats. Players handed out gifts to spectators that promoted Winnipeg and Canada and, in all, the players were great ambassadors for both the city and their country. Ireland is a beautiful country and the people were excellent hosts. The players were often amazed at the age of the Rugby Clubs we visited and the history of the cities we toured. The Rugby community is welcoming and warm and all of our Club hosts insisted we return someday for another tour. We are hopeful to even have some of the Irish teams come and visit us here in Canada soon. Thanks must be passed along to EPL Sports who organized our tour, Friends of Rugby for their support and the Canadian Rugby Foundation as well as all of the family and friends and businesses that supported our fundraising efforts and made this tour a reality.  Rugby Sevens is going to be an Olympic sport and will be featured at the Canada Games level, as well. Youth Development coach Chris Chapman hopes to create a strong Team Manitoba that will develop players for future Team Canada touring teams right here in Winnipeg. l

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The U-11 co-ed teams played a rousing game of flag rugby

You won’t tackle me!

Scoring a try

FAMILY FRIENDLY FESTIVAL OF RUGBY By Scott Taylor, Photos by Stephanie Setka

Tennis star Reece Carter

Under 11s fully committed to the jump

During the weekend of October 7 and 8 at Maple Grove Rugby Park, Rugby Manitoba invited youth Rugby clubs from across Western Canada and the United States to take part in The Manitoba Rugby Sevens Festival. It’s an event that brought together teams representing five age divisions in both Girls and Boys competitions. The goal of the event was to promote and develop rugby within a family friendly atmosphere and it included activities for players as well as on-site vendors and booths. More than 800 people attended this year’s rugby festival, most of whom were 10-20-years-of-age. Rugby Manitoba’s photographer Stephanie Setka took in the event and sent us back a collection of great game photos. l

Rugby 7s scrums are a lot less crowded than their 15s counterparts

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WRDL All-Stars vs Minnesota Nice

YEP, IT WAS MINDFOX vs. MINNESOTA NICE: THE DERBY RETURNS By Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder There is nothing more fun than a weekend of Roller Derby. Whether it’s Bangus Young, Kaytastrophe, Raina Terror or Amelia Impairheart the stars of Roller Derby will give you heart, soul and all the fun you could ever imagine. Back in August, the Winnipeg Roller Derby League (WRDL) played host to a four-game event featuring a pair of interprovincial and international travel-team doubleheaders. Officials volunteering for the event came from Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie and Minnesota. The main event boasted the WRDL Bombshell Brawlers fall to the SRDL Mindfox while the WRDL All-Stars smashed the Minnesota Nice for the third time in as many years.If you’re looking to catch the derby action, just check out the Winnipeg Roller Derby League on Facebook, Instagram and at winnipegrollerderby.com l

Brawlers vs. Mindfox 9 Raina Terror, 35 Dupus, 52 Missile Behaved, 355 Blckness Monster, 8 Bella Von Bastard, 69 Rockit

Brawlers vs. Mindfox 247 MishBehavin’

Brawlers vs. Mindfox 8008 Bangus Young, 138 QT Sly, 9 Raina Terror, 52 Missile Behaved and 3 Mexican’t Touch This

3 Mexican’t Touch This, 247 MishBehavin’ and 201 Curb Stomping, 808 Bangus Young

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Goldeyes Win American Association Championship By Scott Taylor, Photos by Dan LeMoal

Shawn Pleffner doubles home a couple more runs

The 2017 American Association champions

In late September, in front of 6,363 spectators at Shaw Park in downtown Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Goldeyes scored nine runs in the second inning, got a rare cycle from Shawn Pleffner – that’s a home run, a triple, a double and a single – home runs by Pleffner, David Bergin and Mason Katz and a brilliant pitching performance by starter Edwin Carl and relievers Mitchell Lambson and Victor Capellan, as Winnipeg demolished the Wichita Wingnuts 18-2 to claim the deciding game of the best-of-five American Association championship series. It was the second straight league championship for the Goldeyes – the first backto-back in franchise history – and the third in six years. It was also the fourth title in franchise history – 1994 (Northern League), 2012, 2016 and 2017. Goldeyes photographer, Dan LeMoal was right in the middle of the Championship Celebration. l Goldeyes win back-to-back Americabn Association championships

Victor Capellan and the Trophy

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