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sportslife 2017 | Volume 4 | Issue 5

Winnipeg Edition

Winnipeg’s place to play Jarred OgungbemiJackson Signs Pro Basketball Contract in Spain Victor Cerny and Owen Harms: Young Baseball Stars Who Grew Up at Shaw Park Alicia Ogoms Signs Pro Volleyball Contract in Italy An Illustrated Look Back at Winnipeg’s 2017 Canada Summer Games

Winnipeg’s Brady Oliveira: From Oak Park to UND Stardom


10-Year-Old Daylon Donaldson of the Corydon Comets

Jen Saunders Will Try to Win Another National Racquetball Title in Winnipeg 2017 WHSFL VARSITY SCHEDULE WEEK 1 Bombers @ home (Sat. Sept. 9th); Bisons @ UBC (Sat. Sept 9th)

WEEK 3 Bombers @ home (Sept. 22); Bisons @ Regina (Sat. Sept. 23)

WEEK 5 Bombers @ home (Fri. Oct. 6th); Bisons BYE

Thursday, Sept. 7 – Churchill @ Beaver Brae Oak Park @ Sturgeon Kelvin @ Portage St. Paul’s 2 @ R. East Neelin @ V. Massey (Bdn) St. John’s @ W. Kildonan St. Norbert @ K. East

@ 3:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ E. Side

Thursday, Sept. 21 – DMCI @ Maples Neelin @ Portage G. City @ Sisler K. East @ Churchill Murdoch @ Steinbach St. Paul’s 1 @ Oak Park R. East @ Kelvin

Friday, Sept. 8 – Fort @ Dryden @ St. Paul’s 1 @ Dakota @ G. City @ V. Massey (Wpg) @ Elmwood @ Tec Voc @

@ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ Greendell @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm Default Win (Bye) @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm (Minto Bowl)

Thur. Oct. 5 – Maples G. City Sisler Murdoch Elmwood St. Norbert St. John’s Neelin Steinbach

Maples Miles Sisler Steinbach G. Park Murdoch Crocus DMCI

WEEK 2 Bombers BYE week; Bisons @ home (Sat. Sept. 16th) Thursday, Sept. 14 – Sisler @ Steinbach St. Paul’s 2 @ Kelvin Portage @ Crocus G. City @ Sturgeon St. John’s @ Maples Churchill @ W. Kildonan K. East @ DMCI

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

Friday, Sept. 15 – Beaver Brae @ Fort Dryden @ Elmwood Neelin @ Miles V. Massey (Bdn) @ R. East St Norbert @ Tec Voc G. Park @ Murdoch

@ 3:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ Greendell @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm Default Win (Bye)

@ 4:00 pm (Homecoming) @ 4:30 pm @ 5:00 pm @ Nomads @ 5:00 pm (Homecoming) Default Win (Bye) @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm

Fri. Sept. 22 – 4 games in Wpg max (Bombers home) unless double-headers W. Kildonan @ Fort @ 12:00 pm Crocus @ Dryden @ 2:00 pm St. Norbert @ Beaver Brae @ 3:00 pm G. Park @ Sturgeon @ 5:00 pm Dakota @ V. Massey (Wpg) @ 5:00 pm Miles @ St. Paul’s 2 @ 5:00 pm V. Massey (Bdn) @ Elmwood @ 5:00 pm Saturday, Sept. 23rd – St. John’s @ Tec Voc

@ 1:00 pm

Beaver Brae Oak Park Dakota Sturgeon Portage Churchill DMCI St. Paul’s 2 St. Paul’s 1

@ 3:00 pm @ 4:30 pm @ 4:30 pm @ Default Win (Bye) @ 4:30 pm @ 4:30 pm @ 4:30 pm @ 4:30 pm @ 6:45 pm

Fri. Oct. 6 – 4 games in Wpg max (Bombers home) unless double-headers R. East @ Dryden @ 3:00 pm Crocus @ Kelvin @ 4:30 pm V. Massey (Wpg) @ Grant Park @ 4:30 pm Fort @ K. East @ 4:00 pm @ E. Side W. Kildonan @ Tec Voc @ 6:15 pm @ E. Side Saturday, Oct. 7 – Miles @ V. Massey (Bdn)

@ 12:00 pm

WEEK 6 Bombers @ home (Sat. Oct. 14th); Bisons @ Calgary (Sat. Oct. 21)

Thur. Sept. 28 – Portage @ Maples @ Oak Park @ Steinbach @ Sturgeon @ R. East @ DMCI @ St. Norbert @ Garden City @

Thur. Oct. 12 – UNITED WAY Games (3 games @ IG Field) DMCI @ W. Kildonan @ 3:00 pm @ IG Field G. City @ V. Massey (Wpg) @ 5:15 pm @ IG Field Sisler @ Oak Park @ 7:30 pm @ IG Field Churchill @ Maples @ 4:30 pm St. John’s @ K. East @ 4:30 pm Dakota @ Murdoch @ Default Win (Bye) Elmwood @ St. Paul’s 2 @ 4:30 pm Sturgeon @ St. Paul’s 1 @ 6:45 pm

@ 3:00 pm @ 3:30 pm (Homecoming) @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ E. Side Default Win (Bye)

Fri. Sept. 29 – 4 games in Wpg max (Bisons home) unless double-headers Tec Voc @ Fort @ 3:00 pm Elmwood @ Neelin @ 5:00 pm

Thur. Oct. 19th – Sturgeon @ Miles @ Kelvin @ Crocus @ Churchill @ W. Kildonan @ St Paul’s AAA @

Steinbach R. East Elmwood Neelin Tec K. East Murdoch

Fri. Oct. 20th – Dryden @ V. Massey (Bdn) St. Paul’s 2 @ Portage Beaver Brae @ DMCI Fort @ St. John’s St. Paul’s 1 vs. Dakota V. Massey (Wpg) @ Oak Park Maples @ St. Norbert Sisler @ G. Park

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WEEK 4 Bombers @ Edm (Sat. Sept. 30th); Bisons @ home (Fri. Sept. 29 @ 3)

Dryden W. Kildonan Grant Park V. Massey (Wpg) Sisler Crocus Churchill St. John’s Murdoch

*SAT. OCT. 14 – BOMBERS VS. BC – WHSFL GAME (@ 3:00 P.M.)* WEEK 7 Bombers @ Toronto (Sat. Oct. 21); Bisons @ home (Sat. Oct. 21)

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Fri. Oct. 13 – UNITED WAY Games (3 games @ IG Field) Beaver Brae @ Tec Voc @ 3:00 pm @ IG Field Portage @ Miles @ 5:15 pm @ IG Field

@ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 4:30 pm @ E. Side @ Default Win (Bye)

@ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ Nomads @ 5:00 pm @ Dakota @ 5:00 pm @ Broncos @ 5:00 pm @ Bison East @ 7:15 pm @ Bison East

QUARTER-FINALS – Bombers @ home (Sat. Oct. 28th); Bisons @ Saskatchewan (Sat. Oct. 28) Potential Fields – Broncos; B. East (Oct. 26 after 8 pm only; Oct. 27 from 4 on Wed. Oct. 25th – JV Q-Finals (lower seed @ higher seed – TBA) Oct. 26th & 27th – Varsity Q-Finals (lower seed @ higher seed – TBA) SEMI-FINALS – Bombers @ Calgary (Fri. Nov. 3rd); Bisons CanWest semi Bison East (Nov. 2 & 3) Nov. 1st – JV Semi @ TBA Nov. 2nd – Varsity Semi @ TBA Nov. 3rd – Varsity Semi @ TBA WHSFL CHAMPIONSHIP BOWL FINALS – Bombers – West Semi? (Nov. 12th); Bisons CanWest final Nov. 8th – 5:30 p.m. – Junior Varsity “Home Run Sports Bowl” @ IGF?

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The future of football on corydon

06 the starting line-up

22 Ringette

09 basketball

24 Racquetball

Hottest News Stories in Manitoba Sports

Ogungbemi Jackson Signs in the LEB Gold (Spain)

10 basketball

Basketball Manitoba

12 goldeyes baseball

Winnipeggers Victor Cerny and Owen Harms Brought Up

14 MB sports hall of fame

Carroll, Klassen, Dufresne Lead 2017 Inductees

What You Need to Know to Make an Informed Decision to Play

Jen Saunders Looking for 10th National Championship in Winnipeg In 2018

Alicia Ogoms Stars for Canada, Set to Play Pro in Italy

Manitoba Wins a Record 10 Gold Medals

Photo Feature

26 Volleyball

27 2017 Canada summer Games

28 2017 Canada summer games

16 2017 WHSFL

29 volleyball –

18 Football

30 baseball –

varsity schedule

Brady Oliveira One of the Top RunningBacks in NCAA Division

20 minor Football

The Future of Football on Corydon

Manitoba Women Take Gold

Photo Feature

Team Toba Takes Silver

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SportsLife is Manitoba’s amateur sports magazine. This is where sports fans will meet the Olympians of tomorrow and the medalists of today and they all compete right here in Manitoba. We exist to pay tribute to those who make sport so important to this province. Published by SportsLife Publications, it is edited by Scott Taylor and is designed and developed by Scott Taylor, Debbie Dunmall and OV Suvajac. SportsLife Magazine is printed by Quantum Graphics. Any opinions expressed belong solely to the authors and do not necessarily express the views of the magazine, or of the publishers. All published work is edited for accuracy, style, and clarity. We do accept unsolicited material as long as it refers to athletes, coaches, or volunteers involved in sport in Manitoba. For all information and advertising rates, we can be reached at 204-996-4146 or 204-296-GOAL (4625). PUBLISHER OV Suvajac #202B - 2621 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 0P7 204-996-4146 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Scott Taylor ART DIRECTOR Debbie Dunmall ADVERTISING OV Suvajac COVER PHOTO Jeff Miller CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Jeff and Tara Miller, James Carey Lauder, Mike Lagace, Rusty Barton, Monique Ditter, USC and Derek Stevens/FIVB, Racquetball Canada, Russell Hons Photography, Racquetball Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Baseball Canada, Basketball Manitoba CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Scott Taylor, Al Gowriluk, Adam Wedlake, Rick Brownlee,

SUMMER’S OVER, THE AUTUMN GAMES ARE HERE Welcome, everyone, to our annual football issue. Fall is upon us and football has begun. The Bisons have started their Canada West Conference season and high school is underway. It’s going to be another great year. As always, we here at SportsLife Magazine are fired up for the football season and we’ve provided you with a handy centrespread that includes the 2017 WHSFL schedule. Clip it out and put it on your fridge, but more importantly, get out to a game. There is nothing more entertaining, more refreshing and more fun than high school football. In this issue, we introduce you to future high school star Daylon Donaldson and his brilliant Atom team at Corydon Community Centre, we also recognize the achievements of former Oak Park Raiders star Brady Oliveira of the UND Fighting Hawks. However, there are two other former Winnipeg high school stars – and two other SportsLife high school issue cover boys – who are off to a great start this season. Mason Bennett, a defensive lineman who played at Vincent Massey Collegiate, is in his junior year at UND and in his team’s opener, a 37-16 loss at Utah, Bennett had four tackles and a tackle for loss. I saw the game and Bennett was outstanding. And Andreas Dueck, the former quarterback at Massey, who won the starting job at McMaster University this year, led his team to a 23-9 win over Carleton in its Ontario Conference opener. We’re graduating bigger, stronger, smarter and better football players every year, and at the end of this season, we’ll have another player, St. John’s High School offensive/ defensive lineman Rain Slater, playing NCAA Division 1 at UND. Rain has already committed to UND for the 2018-19 season. However, we don’t stop with football in this issue of SportsLife. We have basketball, baseball, racquetball and volleyball features and we look back at the wonderful 2017 Canada Summer Games. So sit back, relax and enjoy. SportsLife Magazine is where Winnipeg comes 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. sportslife / 5




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

McMillan and roadley win junior golf titles Long-hitting Ryan McMillan of Elmhurst and hard-working Camryn Roadley of Elmhurst won the men’s and women’s Manitoba Junior Golf Championships at Rossmere Golf and Country Club on Thursday. McMillan, the son of CPGA Professional Dave McMillan, fired a minus-two 70-79-68-71 – 278 over the 6,452 yard, Par 70 Rossmere track. He won by an eye-popping 12 shots over Golf Manitoba Public card holder Zach Wytinck who went 69-76-7174 – 290. U of M first-year player, Spencer Norrie of Minnewasta in Morden went 73-72-72-77 – 294 to finish third. Meanwhile, the Manitoba Provincial Team Members who will be competing at the 2017 Canadian Junior Championship at Cataraqui G & C C, in Kingston, Ont., from July 31-Aug. 3, are: Ryan McMillan, Wesley Hoydalo and Anthony Leight. In the women’s event, Roadley really worked hard to grind out a five-shot victory over 2016 Provincial Team member Bobbi Uhl from Shilo Golf Club. Roadley went 80-7478 over 54 holes for a plus-13, 232 at the 5,815 Par 73 (for women) Rossmere layout. Uhl finished at 76-81-80 – 237 (plus-18) while another member of last year’s Provincial Women’s Junior Team, Rebecca Kuik of Niakwa was third at 82-78-81 – 241 (plus-22).

toth honoured by football hall of fame The members of the Manitoba Football Hall of Fame took a road trip. The group went to River Ridge Retirement Home back in June and formally inducted Bob Toth Manitoba Football Hall. Friends, family, Football supporters and fellow inductees were in attendance to celebrate his lifelong achievements. Bob was an All Star player with the Kelvin Clippers of the Winnipeg High School Football League in 1951 and 1952. As a track star in the Inter-High Track meet he won the 100- and 220-yard dash in Junior, Intermediate, and Senior categories. He transferred this speed to the gridiron, becoming the leading ground gainer with an average of 14-yards per carry. He was leading ground gainer with the Weston Wildcats Junior football team in 19531954. After his playing days, he became a football official working in all minor football leagues, and also worked with the support crew in CFL games with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was awarded Life Membership in the Manitoba Football Officials Association. He coached football for two years with the North Kildonan Lions Bantam Football Team, winning the City Championship in 1964.

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tyson langelaar named rising star of the year Speed Skating Canada recently presented Winnipeg speed skater Tyson Langelaar with the Rising Star of the Year Award for Long Track Speed Skating at the Annual Awards Gala in Toronto back in June. Langelaar won seven medals at the Canadian Junior Championships in January and then, in February, won four medals at the World Junior Long Track Championships in Finland. Langelaar captured a silver medal in the team sprint competition and won three bronze medals for third place finishes in the 1000-metre, the 1500-metre, and in the overall individual standings.

MANITOBA BASKETBALL MOURNS THE DEATH OF JERRY ABERNATHY In July, one of the greatest Canadian university basketball players to ever play the game, Jerry Abernathy of the Brandon Bobcats, passed away after a long battle with cancer in his home in New York City. In 2009, Abernathy was inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame. His biography reads like this: “A member of the Brandon University Bobcats from 1977–1981, Jerry was a proficient scorer and high percentage shooter, but made a name for himself as an exceptional shot-blocker and a strong rebounder. He was affectionately known as “Mr. Eraser” throughout the Great Plains Athletic Conference. His presence and intimidation on defense ranked second to none in the country. Abernathy was a CIAU/CIS/U Sport All-Canadian in 1980 and 1981. He was also a three-time Conference All-Star in 1979, ’80, and ’81 and a CIAU/CIS/U Sport National Tournament All-Star in 1980. He also provided strong veteran leadership to some young Bobcat teams.”

BASI SIGNS PRO CONTRACT IN ENGLAND Former University of Manitoba guard Amarjit (AJ) Basi signed a professional contract to play with the Newcastle Eagles of the British Professional Basketball League. Basi, 24, completed his fifth and final season at Manitoba in 2016-17 season and was a team captain for this final two years. Basi led the Bisons to back-to-back Canada West Final Four appearances while also being a huge contributor as the Bisons reached the U Sport Final Eight for the first time since 1985-86. “I’m very excited to be starting the next chapter in my basketball career,” Basi said in a written statement. “Being a student-athlete at the University of Manitoba has been the most memorable experience of my life. I want to thank the school and Coach (Kirby) Schepp for giving me this opportunity. I am forever grateful.” In his graduating season at the U of M, the Winnipeg product was second on the team and tied for 27th in Canada West scoring with a 13.7 points per game average while starting and playing in all 20 conference games.

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SELKIRK’S POPONICK TO PLAY GOLF AT DETROIT MERCY Selkirk’s McKyla Poponick had a great season with Seminole State College in Oklahoma last year. In fact, during two seasons at Seminole, she earned First Team NJCAA All-Academic honours, finished as the runner-up at the 2016 CBC Invitational and third in the 2017 South Padre Intercollegiate. As a result of her hard work at the junior college level, Poponick has been awarded a golf scholarship to NCAA Division 1 University of Detroit Mercy. At Lord Selkirk Collegiate, Poponick was a multi-sport star who played golf, hockey, track and field and volleyball. She was a three-time MVP in golf and not only claimed the Manitoba junior girls championship, but was second at the women’s junior championship and 14th at the CN Future Links Prairie Championship in 2014.

WINNIPEG RIFLES OPEN 2017 SEASON Manitoba’s Junior Football team, the Winnipeg Rifles, are back in action this season. The Rifles dropped their season opener at home – at Maple Grove Rugby Park – 44-0 to the vaunted Saskatoon Hilltops on Sunday, August 20. The next week, the Rifles went into Edmonton and beat the Wildcats 25-17 to even their record at 1-1. Then, they beat the Calgary Colts 42-22 at Investors Group Field. The Rifles are led by quarterbacks Jon Rempel and Riley Naujoks, runningbacks Michael Ritchott and Odun Ogidan, receivers Kai Madsen and Griffin Shillingford and defensive stars Donovan Hillary, Troy Wilson, Mike Hart and Dallas Cook. The Rifles next home game is Saturday night, Sept. 30, at IGF against the Edmonton Huskies. Game time is 7 p.m.

FIVE MANITOBANS OFF TO U16 INTERNATIONAL BOWL Five Manitobans have been named to the 40-man all-star roster from last month’s Football Canada under-16 West Challenge in Lethbridge, Alberta. Not only do the players gain all-star recognition for their tournament performance, but they have also received an invitation to represent Canada at the 2018 International Bowl. Details including dates and locations will be announced at a later date. Kaiden Bannon, a wide receiver from Garden City Collegiate in Winnipeg; Adam Fast, a defensive back from the Valour Patriots in Winnipeg; Jordan Friesen, a defensive lineman from Dakota Collegiate in Winnipeg; Nostyn Hart, a defensive back from Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg and Isaac Dokken, a linebacker from Steinbach Regional Secondary School in Steinbach, were all named to the International Bowl/U16 All-Star squad. According to Football Canada, “As this was the inaugural year for the under-16 West Challenge, the goals of this event were to introduce this age level to tournament style competitive football and encouraging development.”

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Winnipegger OgungbemiJackson Signs in the LEB Gold By Scott Taylor with notes from, Photo courtesy Basketball Manitoba

When Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson played at Garden City Collegiate, there were few high school basketball players in the country who could match his skills and physical gifts. Now, a professional, OgungbemiJackson is taking another step forward. The former Winnipegger, who was born and raised in the city has signed a oneyear contract with Actel Forca Lleida in the Spanish Liga Española de Baloncesto Oro (LEB Gold). A 5-foot-10 point guard, OgungbemiJackson is coming off of a two-year stint with Galitos-Barreiro of the Portuguese Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol (LPB). Internationally, the LEB Gold is considered a superior level of competition to the LPB. It also pays better. Ogungbemi-Jackson finished the 2016-17 season at Galitos-Barreiro in third place in league scoring, averaging 18.9 points per game. He was also fifth in assists with 4.8 per game, while adding 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game over 29 appearances. Ogungbemi-Jackson’s performance last season was good enough to garner him recognition by as the Portuguese LPB Guard of the Year as well as a member of the All-Portuguese LPB First Team and the Portuguese LPB AllImports Team. Ogungbemi-Jackson was a beast at Garden City. In his senior year, he averaged 28.0 points, 10.0 assists, 8.0 rebounds, and 5.0 steals per game. In his final two seasons with the Fighting Gophers, he was named Most Outstanding High School Player in Manitoba and led his team to back-toback provincial titles. After graduating, Ogungbemi-Jackson took his skills to the University of Calgary where he immediately became a U Sport impact player. In his freshman season with the Dinos, he averaged 10.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game and helped lead Calgary to the Canada

West Finals and the then-CIS Semi Finals. In his second full season in 2011-2012, he averaged 18.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.4 steals per game and then, in his third year, he blew up – averaging 20.6 points per game, which was fifth in Canadian Interuniversity Sport. He also averaged 7.0 rebounds (not bad for a guy who is 5-foot-10) and 3.5 assists. In his final season in Calgary, Ogungbemi-Jackson averaged 19.3 points, 12th in scoring in the nation, and 5.2 assists, good for sixth in the CIS. Upon graduation, Ogungbemi-Jackson signed his first professional contract with Galitos. In his first season with the team, he averaged 14.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists. He was named to the All-Portuguese LPB Second Team by, as well as Eurobasket. com Portuguese LPB Player of the Week on three separate occasions. The lightning-fast point guard also has experience on the international stage. He attended the 2009 selection camp for Canada’s Junior National Team and recently represented Canada at the 2015

FISU Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea. “I am very excited to be joining Forca Lleida this season and I am thankful for the opportunity to play for a great organization and an amazing fan base,” said Ogungbemi-Jackson in a written statement. “I look forward to having a successful season with my new teammates and coaching staff.” Forca Lleida finished last season in 10th place in the LEB Gold (18 teams in the league) with an 18-16 record. “Signing Jarred was our priority this summer, so we are satisfied after reaching an agreement between him and our club,” said Forca Lieda head coach Borja Comenge, also in a written statement. “We wanted to start building our team from his leadership and personality on the court. We think that his skills and the way he plays is exactly what we are looking for to perform well in our league next season.” The 2017-18 LEB Gold schedule opens on Oct. 1 when Ogungbemi-Jackson and his Forca Lieda teammates play host to FC Barcelona II. l

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Allison & Mike McNeill to Headline 2017 Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic: Register Now Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce that basketball coach Allison McNeill, Canada’s National Team coach at the 2012 London Olympics along with her husband and long time assistant Mike McNeill have been confirmed as the headliners for the October 20-21, 2017 Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic. They led Canada to its best finish ever at an Olympic with a 5th place finish in 2012. This marks a first visit by the McNeill’s to the SCC. Joining Alison and Mike will be local university coaches Kirby Schepp, Tanya McKay, Gil Cheung, Michele Hynes, Jon Giesbrecht, Dr. Dean Kriellaars, Dr. Reece Malone, along with Lakehead University Women’s Head Coach Jon Kreiner and Christian Alicpala of the Jr NBA program. Early Bird cost to register is $90 for one day or $115 to come to both days (before October 1). Cost to register is $100 for one day or $125 for both days (deadline Oct 18 at 4:30 pm). All WMBA / MBL Coaches can register at no cost as the WMBA is covering all costs to attend. Full details at http://www.

The program is completely funded by Todd MacCulloch and the Sport Manitoba Bi-Lateral Program and was written by Garth McAlpine of Winnipeg.

Todd MacCulloch Hoop School Set for Fall 2017: Host Schools Needed Basketball Manitoba, Sport Manitoba and Todd MacCulloch are excited to announce plans for the 18th running of the Todd MacCulloch Hoop School Program fall session to inner-city children. The TMHS is a program designed to teach basketball fundamentals to children in 7 schools from the Winnipeg 1 School Division that host Grade 6-8 students. If your school is interested in hosting this program... This program is designed to teach basic basketball skills to inner city youth (ages 12-14) in a basketball camp format. It should be viewed as a blueprint to developing a well-rounded basketball player. There will be 8 – 1 ½ hour sessions, over a 3 month period. Concluding with a “jamboree”where participants use their new skills in games and contests in front of family and friends. The teaching sessions will progress from individual skills to team skills. The fundamentals that will be taught and the progression in which they are done will allow players to develop a solid base of skills in all phases of the game. At the conclusion of the program participants will have individual skills that will contribute to the success of any team from the playground to school teams. This program will benefit the coaches of the inner city youth that this program is designed for. They will work with the instructors, develop an understanding of the fundamentals so they become comfortable in how the information should be presented to their players. This will allow these coaches to coach any player that comes to their program by being able to provide them with the basic skills of basketball.

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This program will positively affect the lives of the participants and the future of basketball in Manitoba. Participants & Timelines · Participants in grade 6, 7, 8 , 9

· 24 girls and 24 boys. · Each group requires 8 – 1 ½ hour time slots between October and December. It is preferred that 1 group goes right after the other on one night for a 3 hour block.

· Dates of the sessions are at the discretion of the school in consultation with the head coach provided by Basketball Manitoba The Program will provide:

· 1 head coach

· Lesson plans for each session to be left with the school · T-shirts for all participants · Basketballs for all participants · Coaching attire for all assistant coaches Participating Schools to provide:

· Facility and selection of the dates in partnership with the Head Coach

· 2 assistant coaches to attend ALL sessions · Selection of the athletes To have your school considered for the program, please contact Jillian Kehler: Please indicate a head contact name for your school and a brief outline as to why your school is interested. Deadline for application is Friday September 29 2017. For general information on the TMHS, go to

The Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to offer the 'Junior Officials Development Program' (JODP) clinics for people new to refereeing that are 15 years of age or older. The program is designed to improve the overall level of officiating in the Junior High / Middle School & Minor basketball leagues. For officials who are age 18+ and have been recommended by an assignor to take a Senior Clinic, please visit for more information. To register for a JODP clinic you must be 15 years of age or older the year of the clinic. Junior Referee Clinics Overview & Notes · The clinic cost $90.00 (includes GST) per person to attend. · Clinics are typically offered on a Saturday or Sunday and run 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. · We typically offer our referee clinics in October, November, December and again in April. · These clinics will cover such aspects as game rules, floor mechanics, hand signals, referee philosophy and more. · The clinics will be based on the current FIBA  (international) rules system only. · All clinic attendees will receive a printed copy of the current FIBA rulebook. You can view / print your own copy of the current FIBA rulebook. · Upon completion, you will be a certified "Junior Basketball Official", by the Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials (MABO). Those that become certified will be eligible to officiate in the WMBA, Junior High Leagues and the Basketball Manitoba Junior High  Basketball Championships.

Winnipeg Minor Basketball Fall / Winter Registration Announced for Ages 5-18 The Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association has announced its fall / winner 2017-18 basketball season registration information. Full details for all each of these programs can be found below and at www.

JR  NBA 5-7 YEAR OLDS: Introductory program for boys & girls 5-7. Program runs 1 time a week for 1 hour.

STEVE NASH YOUTH BASKETBALL 8/9 YEAR OLDS: Developmental program for boys & girls 8/9. Practice 1 time a week with 1-2 games per week. COMMUNITY CLUB BASKETBALL 11-18 YEAR OLDS: Recreation based program for girls & boys 11-18. Practice 1 time a week with 1-2 games per week.

has announced their details on the Manitoba Basketball League (MBL) that is open to male and female club teams at the 12-17 age level. Timelines: As early as October 1 to December 17 (no games October 7,8)

· Schedule format: 11 total games - 3 preseason, 7 regular season, 1 playoff guaranteed · Playoffs: Last weekend Championship Tournament. Single elimination · Playing Days: Sundays · Locations: Sport for Life Centre, Dakota Community Centre, Red River College, Lindenwoods Community centre and others. · Certified Referees · Stopped time games · Fee: $1750 per team - includes; Basketball MB insurance and FREE entry to the super coaches clinic for up to 2 coaches or staff . REGISTRATION DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 21 Ages / Genders Offered - Ages are defined as of December 31 2017 · Male - 17 / 16 / 15 / 14 / 13 / 12 · Female - 16-17 / 14-15 / 12-13 Register at https://wmba.goalline. ca/registration_team.php?id=3483

For more info and to register go to http://www.basketballmanitoba. ca/2013/08/junior-officialsdevelopment-program.html

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Victor Cerny and Owen Harms: Brought Up by the Goldeyes By Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder, Monique Ditter, Rusty Barton and courtesy Baseball Canada

Team Canada catcher Victor Cerny Other than the fact that Victory Cerny, 17, and Owen Harms, 16, are young future baseball stars who are from Winnipeg and attended Vauxhall Baseball Academy in Alberta, they don’t have a lot in common. Victor is older, bigger – 6-foot-1, 200 pounds while Owen is 5-foot-10, 165 – and will play at the University of California-Northridge this season. Owen will be back at Vauxhall for Grade 12 this fall and while Victor is a catcher, Owen plays second, third or short and pitches on occasion. However, if there is one thing that

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Cerny and Harms share, it’s they were brought up at Winnipeg’s Shaw Park. It’s where they went with their parents when they were little, got to know the Goldeyes players and learned to play the game. Cerny and his mom, Theresa Worton, were always at the games and Victor become friends with a numbers of players, especially catcher Aaron Mendoza. Owen literally grew up at Goldeyes games with his dad Ashley and his mom Teri-Lynn. Today, both Cerny and Harms are future professionals who spent a summer playing at the highest levels of their respective age groups, but for both of them, Winnipeg’s Shaw Park is home… CERNY WITH THE JUNIOR NATIONALS Canada’s national team coach and general manager, Greg Hamilton, has known about Victor Cerny for some time now. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound catcher who is the son of University of

Manitoba swim coach and former Canadian Olympian, Vlastimil Cerny, and former McGill University basketball player and Canadian track star – and near-Olympian – Theresa Worton, sports has always been in his blood. However, while Victor was growing up, his mom became one of the most dedicated Goldeyes fans and its was at Shaw Park where Victor fell in love with the game. “When I was little, a friend asked if I wanted to play T-Ball and I said sure,” he said. “But at a game, I saw Rookie Ball with live pitching on another field and I just said, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ Then, at a Goldeyes game, I saw Aaron (Mendoza) catching and thought, ‘That’s the position I want to play.’ So one day I asked Aaron to teach me how to be a catcher. He was great. We booked times together and he taught me how to play the position. After he was traded to Lincoln, we stayed in touch and we’ve stayed in touch ever since.” As he progressed in the game, Cerny became more skilled, but also bigger and stronger. He was accepted into the Vauxhall Baseball Academy in Alberta and had some major successes. In 2014, he was the Manitoba Bantam Player of the Year and played in the prestigious Tournament 12, hosted by the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Cantre. In 2015, he was a Western Canada Games bronze medalist and helped the Manitoba/ Saskatchewan team win the Tournament 12 championship. As his career wound down at Vauxhall, he was looking at accepting a scholarship to a two-year junior college in the United

States, when he played at the highlyregarded Bishop Gorman High School Tournament in Las Vegas.

Team Manitoba’s Owen Harms

“Bishop Gorman was in the Top 20 in the nation and we beat them 3-0 to knock them out of the tournament,” Cerny said. “A scout from Cal State-Northridge saw the tournament and said they had a scholarship open and offered it to me. It’s really a thrill to play at NCAA Division 1.” This summer, Cerny got more good news. He was told he’d made Canada’s National Junior Team and, as a result, he played at the World U-18 championship in Thunder Bay. “I love playing for the national team,” he said. “It’s just a thrill and they treat us so well. Now, I just can’t wait to start my university career. And to think, it all started at Shaw Park.” By the way, karma must have had something to do with Cerny’s scholarship offer to a tremendous baseball school like Northridge. Seems his mentor, former Goldeyes catcher Aaron Mendoza, lives right down the street from the campus. Mendoza can walk to the ballpark to watch his charge, Victor Cerny, play Division 1 baseball. HARMS WINS SILVER PLAYS AT TOURNAMENT 12 Owen Harms, who just won a silver medal with Team Manitoba at the 2017 Canada Summer Games, remembers going to Goldeyes when he was very young. In fact, he started playing organized baseball at three and while he became a pretty good Atom and Novice hockey player, there was just something about baseball.

“I started playing baseball in the backyard with my parents when I was twoyears-old,” Harms said. “Throwing the ball around the backyard was great, but eventually I had to move out of the backyard because I was just trying to hit everything over our fence and into the neighbour’s pool. At that point, we had to move over to the park. “I played my first organized game at three. I was in T-ball. Over at William Osler School right by our house. I liked hockey, but when my parents got season tickets to the Goldeyes, I fell in love with baseball. That’s when I knew baseball was going to be my passion. My parents made me love the game and I just stuck with it.” Harms credits his coach Jon Ali with getting him to Vauxhall Academy, to the national Tournament 12 event at Rogers Centre and to the silver medal at the Canada Summer Games. His next two steps are simple. Play well enough in his upcoming Grade 12 year at Vauxhall to earn an NCAA Division 1 scholarship and then, one day, to play pro. “Jon Ali was always there for me,” said Harms. “In the bad times and the good times, he was always there to keep me going.”

Harms played his minor career with the South End Chiefs, but after midget, he went to Vauxhall. “After midget with the Chiefs, I went to Vauxhall and it’s been the greatest experience of my life,” Harms said. “Hopefully, I’ll get to the States. I’ve talked to a couple of schools and next year is my draft year and I’ve talked to a couple of scouts briefly. The goal is to play college and the States and hopefully pro ball. That’s the goal.” He’s a great hitter, an outstanding fielder and a decent pitcher. He’s also worked with national track coach Alex Gardiner to improve his running ability. The future is bright for this kid. When it comes to Cerny and Harms, the Winnipeg Goldeyes should be proud of what they’ve done. l

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Carroll, Klassen, Dufresne Lead 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees By Scott Taylor with notes from Rick Brownlee, Photos courtesy the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame Sandra Carroll was never the tallest or biggest player on the court. She wasn’t the strongest and didn’t have the highest vertical jump. She wasn’t the fastest, although she could have been the quickest. And as you left a University of Winnipeg women’s basketball game, you would have to be reminded that she led all scorers – by a wide margin. There was nothing eye-popping about Carroll on a basketball court, but there were three things upon which every coach, teammate and spectator could count: she was almost always the leading scorer, she dished out the most assists and her team usually, if not always, won. Carroll led the University of Winnipeg Wesmen to three consecutive U Sport (former CIAU, formerly CIS) national basketball championships between 1992 and 1995. In 1993, 1994 and 1995, she was the Nan Copp Award Winner as collegiate player of the year. She was the most valuable player at the 1994 and 1995 national championship tournament and was an Ascademic All-Canadian for four straight years.

She was also a major reason why the Wesmen of that era won a then-North American record of 88 consecutive games. And now she will lead the 2017 Class of Inductees into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. On Nov. 4, five athletes, three builders and one team will be inducted into the Hall at the 38th Annual Induction Ceremony at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg. Along with Carroll, there will be an Olympian from badminton, an all-round female athlete who represented her province in four different sports at the national level, a male athlete who did so in six sports and the most decorated Winter Olympian in our country’s history. The Builder category is made up of a barrier-shattering leader in university athletics, a pioneer in both sport medicine and Special Olympics, and a former national President in golf. Our first female world junior curling championship team will round out the new slate of inductees. This year’s slate is made up of Carroll, Jaimie Dawson from Badminton, Cindy Klassen from Speed Skating, all-around

Sandra Carroll, Basketball/Athlete: Sandra Carroll led the University of Winnipeg Wesmen to three consecutive CIAU (now U SPORT) national titles during her remarkable four year college career. The four time All-Canadian point guard also won the Nan Copp Award as the CIS Player of the Year three times and was a key part of the Wesmen’s North American record of 88 straight wins.

Arthur (Art) Johnaston, Golf/Builder: The late Art Johnston gave back to the game he loved provincially, nationally and internationally and his dedication and attention to detail were second to none. A member of the Royal Canadian Golf Association Board from 1957-65, he served as RCGA President in 1964. He served as chairman of the RCGA rules committee and became the only Canadian member of the Royal & Ancient rules committee from 1968 to 1976. He was inducted into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame in 2005.

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athlete Bobby Kraemer and all-around athlete Jamie (Hancharyk) Jones. The builders’ list includes former University of Manitoba athletic director Coleen Dufresne, sports medicine expert and Special Olympics organizer Wayne Hildahl, and Arthur Johnston* from golf. The 1995 Kelly MacKenzie curling team will be the only team inducted this year. (*Posthumous) “These eight individuals and one team join an exclusive club of Manitoba’s finest in sport,” said Jamie Kraemer, Chair of the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors. “We strive to collect, preserve, celebrate and showcase the history and heritage of sports excellence and achievement and these eight recipients and one team have earned their place in Manitoba’s sport history.” Tickets for the Induction Dinner went on sale on June 27. Ticket and event information can be found at: or by calling Rick Brownlee at 204-925-5736. Let’s meet the new inductees:

Jaimie Dawson, Badminton/ Athlete: Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Jaimie Dawson moved to Winnipeg at the age of five and attended school at St. John’s Ravenscourt and the University of Manitoba. A national champion several times over at both the Junior and Senior levels; he repr esented Canada at both the 1994 Common wealth Games (Victoria, BC) and the 199 6 Olympics in Atlanta.

Dr. Wayne Hildahl, Sport Medicine and Special Olympics/Builder: A member of consecutive Vanier Cup championship football teams at the University of Manitoba, Hildahl was already inducted with his team mates back in 1998. While attending medical school he worked with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and later was a team doctor for the Winnipeg Jets. His dream of a dedicated sport medicine clinic came to fruition in 1985 with the opening of the Pan Am Clinic. He has spent the last three decades providing medical care for athletes at all levels of competition. He was also the founding President of Manitoba Special Olympics.

Cindy Klassen, Athlete/Speed Skating: Simply the greatest winter Olympian Canada has ever produced, Klassen won a total of six Olympic medals in long track speed skating over her career, including five at the 2006 Games in Torino, Italy (gold in the 1500m race, silver in the 1000m and the Team Pursuit event along with Chr istine Nesbitt, Clara Hughes, Kristina Groves and Shannon Rem pel, as well as bronze in the 3000m and 5000m races) and her first in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA in 2002 (a bronze in the 3000m). She was also the flag bearer for the Canadian team at the 2006 Olympic Games closing ceremonies. She was rece ntly inducted into Canada’s Sports Hal l of Fame.

1995 Kelly MacKenzie Team Curling/Team ped a Kelly Scott (nee MacKenzie) skip on Filli ne Joan foursome that included and nd seco at th Mu at third, Carlene Sasha Carter (nee Bergner) that won 1995 a World Junior Championsip. In adian Can and they won the Manitoba iors Jun ld Wor the titles and then, at zie in Perth, Scotland, Team MacKen rd, reco in rob ndrou 7-2 a ted pos den. losing games to Scotland and Swe win al i-fin sem 8-6 d both losses with an In the playoff round, they avenge on was victory over Sweden. Joanne Filli 6-5 e gam l fina over Scotland and a rd. Thi All-Star named the World Championship

Bob Kraemer, All Round/Athlete: After growing up in the north end of Winnipeg, Kraemer went to the national championship in six different sports. In baseball he went to the 1969 nationals with the Carman Goldeyes. In 1970 he defeated future world champ Merv Deckert in handball and won the consolation final at Nationals. He quarterbacked the two-time Vanier Cup champion University of Manitoba Bisons (named 1969 College Bowl MVP) before joining his hometown Blue Bombers as a record breaking receiver in the early 1970s.

Jamie (Hancharyk) Jones, All Round/Athlete: Born in Winnipeg, Jamie Jones (nee Hancharyk) represented Manitoba at Nationals in four different sports including: volleyball, golf, softball and speed skating. Her illustrious volleyball career at the University of Winnipeg included three consecutive CIAU (now U SPORT) titles and MVP honours twice in 1983 and 1984. Hancharyk was selected an All Canadian several times and female Athlete of the Year at U of W three times.

Arthur (Art) Johnaston, Golf/Builder: The late Art Johnston gave back to the game he loved provincially, nationally and internationally and his dedication and attention to detail were second to none. A member of the Royal Canadian Golf Association Board from 1957-65, he served as RCGA President in 1964. He served as chairman of the RCGA rules committee and became the only Canadian member of the Royal & Ancient rules committee from 1968 to 1976. He was inducted into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame in 2005.

Coleen Dufresne, All Round/ Builder: Born in Halifax and raised in Quebec, this former national team basketball player and Olympian came to Manitoba in 1984 to coach the University of Manitoba (U of M) Bisons. She built a career that lasted more than three decades before recently retiring. She was named Athletic Director at the U of M in 2001 and spent the next 15 years at the helm of another four national championships and nine conference titles.

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2017 WHSFL VARS WEEK 1 Bombers @ home (Sat. Sept. 9th); Bisons @ UBC (Sat. Sept 9th)

WEEK 3 Bombers @ home (Sept. 22); Bisons @ Regina (Sat. Sept. 23)

Thursday, Sept. 7 – Churchill @ Beaver Brae Oak Park @ Sturgeon Kelvin @ Portage St. Paul’s 2 @ R. East Neelin @ V. Massey (Bdn) St. John’s @ W. Kildonan St. Norbert @ K. East

Thursday, Sept. 21 – DMCI @ Maples Neelin @ Portage G. City @ Sisler K. East @ Churchill Murdoch @ Steinbach St. Paul’s 1 @ Oak Park R. East @ Kelvin

Friday, Sept. 8 – Fort @ Dryden @ St. Paul’s 1 @ Dakota @ G. City @ V. Massey (Wpg) @ Elmwood @ Tec Voc @

Maples Miles Sisler Steinbach G. Park Murdoch Crocus DMCI

@ 3:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ E. Side

@ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ Greendell @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm Default Win (Bye) @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm (Minto Bowl)

WEEK 2 Bombers BYE week; Bisons @ home (Sat. Sept. 16th) Thursday, Sept. 14 – Sisler @ Steinbach St. Paul’s 2 @ Kelvin Portage @ Crocus G. City @ Sturgeon St. John’s @ Maples Churchill @ W. Kildonan K. East @ DMCI

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

Friday, Sept. 15 – Beaver Brae @ Fort Dryden @ Elmwood Neelin @ Miles V. Massey (Bdn) @ R. East St Norbert @ Tec Voc G. Park @ Murdoch Dakota @ Oak Park

@ 3:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ Greendell @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm Default Win (Bye) @ 5:00 pm (Homecoming)

Saturday, Sept. 16 – St. Paul’s 1 @ V. Massey (Wpg)

@ 2:30 pm (Homecoming)

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@ 4:00 pm (Homecoming) @ 4:30 pm @ 5:00 pm @ Nomads @ 5:00 pm (Homecoming) Default Win (Bye) @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm

Fri. Sept. 22 – 4 games in Wpg max (Bombers home) unless double-headers W. Kildonan @ Fort @ 12:00 pm Crocus @ Dryden @ 2:00 pm St. Norbert @ Beaver Brae @ 3:00 pm G. Park @ Sturgeon @ 5:00 pm Dakota @ V. Massey (Wpg) @ 5:00 pm Miles @ St. Paul’s 2 @ 5:00 pm V. Massey (Bdn) @ Elmwood @ 5:00 pm Saturday, Sept. 23rd – St. John’s @ Tec Voc

@ 1:00 pm

WEEK 4 Bombers @ Edm (Sat. Sept. 30th); Bisons @ home (Fri. Sept. 29 @ 3) Thur. Sept. 28 – Portage @ Maples @ Oak Park @ Steinbach @ Sturgeon @ R. East @ DMCI @ St. Norbert @ Garden City @

Dryden W. Kildonan Grant Park V. Massey (Wpg) Sisler Crocus Churchill St. John’s Murdoch

@ 3:00 pm @ 3:30 pm (Homecoming) @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ E. Side Default Win (Bye)

Fri. Sept. 29 – 4 games in Wpg max (Bisons home) unless double-headers Tec Voc @ Fort @ 3:00 pm Elmwood @ Neelin @ 5:00 pm Beaver Brae @ K. East @ 4:30 pm @ E. Side Kelvin @ Miles @ 6:45 pm @ E. Side V. Massey (Bdn) @ St. Paul’s 2 @ 5:00 pm (Homecoming) Dakota @ St. Paul’s 1 @ 7:15 pm (Homecoming)

ARSITY SCHEDULE WEEK 5 Bombers @ home (Fri. Oct. 6th); Bisons BYE Thur. Oct. 5 – Maples @ Beaver Brae @ 3:00 pm G. City @ Oak Park @ 4:30 pm Sisler @ Dakota @ 4:30 pm Murdoch @ Sturgeon @ Default Win (Bye) Elmwood @ Portage @ 4:30 pm St. Norbert @ Churchill @ 4:30 pm St. John’s @ DMCI @ 4:30 pm Neelin @ St. Paul’s 2 @ 4:30 pm Steinbach @ St. Paul’s 1 @ 6:45 pm Fri. Oct. 6 – 4 games in Wpg max (Bombers home) unless double-headers R. East @ Dryden @ 3:00 pm Crocus @ Kelvin @ 4:30 pm V. Massey (Wpg) @ Grant Park @ 4:30 pm Fort @ K. East @ 4:00 pm @ E. Side W. Kildonan @ Tec Voc @ 6:15 pm @ E. Side Saturday, Oct. 7 – Miles @ V. Massey (Bdn)

@ 12:00 pm

WEEK 6 Bombers @ home (Sat. Oct. 14th); Bisons @ Calgary (Sat. Oct. 21) Thur. Oct. 12 – UNITED WAY Games (3 games @ IG Field) DMCI @ W. Kildonan @ 3:00 pm @ IG Field G. City @ V. Massey (Wpg) @ 5:15 pm @ IG Field Sisler @ Oak Park @ 7:30 pm @ IG Field Churchill @ Maples @ 4:30 pm St. John’s @ K. East @ 4:30 pm Dakota @ Murdoch @ Default Win (Bye) Elmwood @ St. Paul’s 2 @ 4:30 pm Sturgeon @ St. Paul’s 1 @ 6:45 pm Fri. Oct. 13 – UNITED WAY Games (3 games @ IG Field) Beaver Brae @ Tec Voc @ 3:00 pm @ IG Field Portage @ Miles @ 5:15 pm @ IG Field Grant Park @ Steinbach @ 7:30 pm @ IG Field R. East @ Neelin @ Neelin (Bdn) @ 1:30 pm (Bdn. Univ. day) Crocus @ V. Massey (Bdn) @ 3:30 pm (Bdn. Univ. day) Kelvin @ Dryden @ 3:00 pm Fort @ St. Norbert @ 3:30 pm @ Bison East

*Sat. Oct. 14 – Bombers vs. BC – WHSFL game (@ 3:00 p.m.)* WEEK 7 Bombers @ Toronto (Sat. Oct. 21); Bisons @ home (Sat. Oct. 21) Thur. Oct. 19th – Sturgeon @ Steinbach Miles @ R. East Kelvin @ Elmwood Crocus @ Neelin Churchill @ Tec W. Kildonan @ K. East St Paul’s AAA @ Murdoch

@ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 4:30 pm @ E. Side @ Default Win (Bye)

Fri. Oct. 20th – Dryden @ V. Massey (Bdn) @ 4:00 pm St. Paul’s 2 @ Portage @ 4:00 pm Beaver Brae @ DMCI @ 4:00 pm Fort @ St. John’s @ 4:00 pm @ Nomads St. Paul’s 1 vs. Dakota @ 5:00 pm @ Dakota V. Massey (Wpg) @ Oak Park @ 5:00 pm @ Broncos Maples @ St. Norbert @ 5:00 pm @ Bison East Sisler @ G. Park @ 7:15 pm @ Bison East   QUARTER-FINALS – Bombers @ home (Sat. Oct. 28th); Bisons @ Saskatchewan (Sat. Oct. 28) Potential Fields – Broncos; B. East (Oct. 26 after 8 pm only; Oct. 27 from 4 onward) Wed. Oct. 25th – JV Q-Finals (lower seed @ higher seed – TBA) Oct. 26th & 27th – Varsity Q-Finals (lower seed @ higher seed – TBA) SEMI-FINALS – Bombers @ Calgary (Fri. Nov. 3rd); Bisons CanWest semi Bison East (Nov. 2 & 3) Nov. 1st – JV Semi @ TBA Nov. 2nd – Varsity Semi @ TBA Nov. 3rd – Varsity Semi @ TBA WHSFL CHAMPIONSHIP BOWL FINALS – Bombers – West Semi? (Nov. 12th); Bisons CanWest final Nov. 8th – 5:30 p.m. – Junior Varsity “Home Run Sports Bowl” @ IGF? Nov. 9th – 5:00 p.m. – WHSFL Bowl @ IGF? – 7:30 p.m. – Currie Division “Canad Inns Bowl” @ IGF? Nov. 10th – 5:00 p.m. – Vidruk Division “Free Press Bowl” @ IGF? – 7:30 p.m. – Potter Division “ANAVETS Bowl” @ IGF?

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Oliveira Fighting for Hawks and NFL Draft By Scott Taylor, Photos by Russell Hons Photography

Brady Oliveira was a star runningback with the WHSFL champion Oak Park Raiders back in 2014. Today, he might be one of the Top 10 runningbacks at any NCAA Division 1 FCS football program in America. For Oliveira, a versatile power back with the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks, football life is all about hard work and big dreams. “I’m just really looking forward to this season,” said Oliveira, now a junior, right before his Fighting Hawks opened the 2017 season at Utah. “I got a lot of reps last year so I’m looking forward to getting even more this year. In camp, they’ve been working to get the ball into my hands. I’m catching more passes now than I did last year. We’ve been trying to open up the offence and that means getting me more involved in the passing game. “If I’m going to have a chance to play in the NFL, I have to be able to catch and run as well as just run.” Last year, a 5-foot-10, 235-pound Oliveira, finished the regular season with 156 Carries for 837 yards (76.1 yards per game) and had five games with 100-yards rushing or more. This year, he’s dropped 20 pounds. He’s faster, quicker and can move more adeptly. He credits a new diet for his new size. “I’ve gone vegan and it’s working for me,” he said. “I’ve never felt this strong or explosive in my life. I’ve learned in my two full seasons here, that you really have

to watch what you eat.” When Oliveira came out of Oak Park in the spring of 2015, there was no doubt he could play football. The coaches at UND definitely noticed and last year, as a sophomore, he was one of the stars on one of the best Division 1 FCS schools in the country. In fact, UND was ranked No. 12 in the FCS at the end of last season and most experts believe head coach Bubba Schweigert’s club will be even better this year. And it’s very likely that Oliveira will play a major role in the team’s success once again. The team has a new runningbacks coach, a 24-year-old ex-player named Malcolm Agnew and Oliveira, 21, Agnew and tailback John Santiago bonded in camp. “Coach Agnew is a great guy,” said Oliveira, who combined with Santiago to rush for 1,880 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2016. “Malcolm’s brother played in the NFL, his dad was on the St. Louis Rams Super Bowl team and he’s always positive.

UND’s No. 5 Brady (The Manitoba Moose) Oliveira He’s a very knowledgeable guy.” However, while Oliveira, whose brother Kyle is a professional MMA fighter and his sister, Kallee, is a superb soccer player, trains tirelessly for a shot at the NFL draft, he’s also committed to his degree. He’s in the Faculty of Criminal

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Justice at UND and this summer, he took credit classes in order to get ahead. “I want to graduate at the end of the fall semester of my senior year, that way I’ll have nothing but time to concentrate on the NFL combine and getting drafted that spring,” he said. “So I took summer courses and this fall I’m taking a full course load of 18 credits. I intend to finish next fall with a degree and then head south to work out full time over the winter of 2019 to prepare for the NFL draft. “I write NFL on my wrist tape every day. I want to be known as someone who is good in the classroom, on the field and in the weight room.” Oliveira compares his style to that of NFL star Marshawn Lynch. However, he is much more personable off the field than the laconic Lynch. “I’d consider myself a power back who can catch the ball,” Oliveira said, when asked to describe his style. “I play a lot like my good friend, Andrew Harris. He can run hard with a powerful style, and catch the ball. I can make people miss or I can run over people. Whatever it takes. I definitely don’t want to be considered a one-dimensional back. I want to be versatile. “Marshawn says, ‘I’m going to run over you and over you and over you so you don’t want to come back.’ That’s my goal. I’m going to be the hammer, not the nail.” l

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the future of football on corydon By Scott Taylor, Photos by Jeff Miller

Former Blue Bombers DB Dave Donaldson

The first thing you notice is that Daylon Donaldson is one of the smallest players on the field. The second thing you notice is that he doesn’t get tackled very often. It’s been said that speed never takes a day off. Daylon Donaldson’s speed never takes a play off. Donaldson just turned 10. He plays both ways and returns kicks for the Atom Corydon Comets of the Winnipeg Minor Football Association and he’s lucky. He’s lucky for a lot of reasons. For one thing, he’s lightning fast and that certainly doesn’t hurt on a football field. For another, his dad, Dave, is his coach. And for another, his dad played in the Canadian Football League. Dave (Double D) Donaldson was both a receiver and defensive back during his CFL career, a career which included time with the B.C. Lions (1997-99), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2000-03),

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Ottawa Renegades (2004-05) and Toronto Argonauts (2006). He was a three-year starter with the University of Manitoba Bisons and played junior football for the now-defunct Winnipeg Hawkeyes. He was also an assistant coach for the Oak Park Raiders who won the Winnipeg High School Football League’s 2008 ANAVETS Bowl. He toyed with officiating for a while, but now it’s back to the sidelines where he’s an enthusiastic head coach for the 10-year-old Comets. He’s also a fan of No. 2, his runningback/DB/kick returner and the kid he also drives to the field every week. The day SportsLife showed up to watch him play he scored four touchdowns (and has 17 this season) and recovered a fumble as the 4-0-0 Comets beat the Winnipeg Rods 48-0. “He’ll play wherever you ask him to play, he loves the game that much,” said

Double D proudly. “He’s a kid with IT. You know, he’s got IT. I just hope he doesn’t peak too early.” Daylon is a “yes sir, no sir,” kind of kid. Good in school, he’s also extremely active and plays a lot more than just football. In fact, Double D says Daylon might be a be a better basketball player than he is as a football player. In fact, dad says, “Daylon’s a natural basketball player.” However, when it comes to football, both the head coach of the Comets and the star runningback know that the team will not be successful without the entire makeup of the roster. And what makes the Comets a good team are the players who suit up alongside Daylon. “We have some very talented kids on this team,” Coach Donaldson said. “We aren’t because of Daylon. We’re successful because Daylon has great young teammates who make him look good.”

their coach. He can catch Coach Donaldson introduced us to anything that’s thrown near some of the players: him.” Jesse Deneka: “He’s a notable young “I also have a tremendous wrestler. He’s also a tackling machine coaching staff made up who loves contact. He will do whatever of Chris Street, Ryan the coaches ask.” Soroka and my offensive Ryan Wirtzfield: “He’s an outstanding coordinator Matt Barnes,” chess player. This kid will volunteer to said Donaldson, whose play any position and he’s so smart, he’ll passion for the game comes pick it up immediately.” alive on the sidelines. Landon Street: “He’s a defensive end and by the time he finishes growing, he’ll be Doug Brown-size.” Brock Grieves: “He’s our quarterback and he’s an athlete. He was our runningback last year and just made the adjustment without any problem. He might be the best all-around athlete on the team.” Lawson Walters: “He’s another terrific athlete who just happens to be (Blue Bombers general manager) Kyle Walters’ son. He’s a runningback and a good receiver and he and Daylon won the flag The Corydon Comets Atoms championship recently with Kyle as

Daylon Donaldson

“The whole team is awesome and I’m so lucky to have these kids to coach. These kids are all athletes who love the game and it is just a pleasure and an honour to get to coach them. You can just see how much fun they’re having. “This is better than playing,” Double D added. “This is the most fun I’ve ever had in football.” l

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mom, i’m bored... By Al Gowriluk Sound familiar? Looking for something to do all winter? Have you thought about Ringette? Maybe your Mom played, maybe your friend from school plays. Whatever the reason, we want to go over everything so you and your parents can make an informed decision and chose to play ringette. The Equipment: Different than hockey. A few items are different. The cage on the front of your helmet is different. The spaces are smaller so as not to allow a ringette stick to get in. That’s the ONE item that is different that is mandatory. You can purchase a cage and attach it to your helmet in 2 minutes. A new cage is around $50 and used ones go for about $20. You can wear hockey pants to play ringette, and some do. Some players play both sports and as such they already have the hockey pants. Most ringette players wear ringette pants and they vary in price from $50 & up. The stick is the final item that’s different. It’s NOT a hockey stick that has been cut down, but rather a specialized stick with a specific tip and in some cases a ribbed end to better grab the ring. The sticks start at $30. All equipment from helmets, cages, pants, sticks and more are available at The Sports Xpress at 1803 Main St. They have a coupon available on the Winnipeg Ringette League website for both new & used equipment. Go to www. click on the WRL tab and then click on ringette friendly suppliers. Ringette has been called “A Sport For Life.” It’s been called that for the simple reason that the many of girls who start playing the sport when they are very young, fall in love with the sport and play well into their adult years. We have players who start when they are 3 or 4, and we have Alda Tait from West St. Paul who plays ringette at 89 years young and as such, has been singled out by Sport Canada as the oldest ringette player in Canada. The Winnipeg Ringette League is divided in to 10 local associations based

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on geography. They are; McDonald, St. James, North Winnipeg, River East, Transcona, St. Boniface/St. Vital, South Winnipeg, Interlake, Eastman and Portage. Once you are in the Over 18 year old division (Open Division), the geographical boundaries are thrown out, opting instead to play with your friends no matter where they live. The entry level is called Ringette For You or R 4 U for short. This is where you go on the ice and with the aid of some fun & games we find out what kind of skater you are. The best way NOT TO HAVE FUN, is to go up against a player who can skate circles around you. In a game scenario, you will never get to be a part of the play or feel a part of the team. So we make 3 distinct groups. 1) Those who can skate well in one group. 2) Those who can’t skate in another group 3) Everybody in between in the third group. We work on the wants and needs of each group with games & training to help the player and the person become a better player. R 4 U is the entry level of ringette in your mom’s day, the entry level was called bunnies, R4U is way out in front of the bunny program. As all levels of ringette subscribe to the long term athletic development model put forward by Ringette Canada, it focuses on developing the player in to all that she can be. We believe that in order to enjoy the game, you should have fun. In order to have fun, you should feel a part of the team. If you can’t contribute to the team, you may feel like an outcast. We make an extraordinary effort to promote the TEAM atmosphere. Both on and off the ice. Ringette is an ultimate TEAM sport as you have to pass the ring over the blue line. If you team mate is not in front of you, there is no one to pass to. After R 4 U, we get into the more team structured approach to the game. Each age group is divided in 2 year groups.

Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 etc. The regular season starts at the end of October and continues on until midFebruary. This is when playoffs start. EVERY TEAM makes the playoffs. The playoffs are set up so you are guaranteed 2 games. You remain in the playoffs until you lose 2 games or win a gold medal, whichever comes first. Each age group is divided in to MANY groups based on skill. We will have U 10 A1, U 10 A2, U 10 A3 etc. In early December after your team has played 5-7 games, we look at how they did against the other teams. AND WHICH OTHER TEAMS. If you lost 4-3 against a team who has won every other game by a lopsided score, the decision to move your team may be different than if you lost 4-3 against a team who has LOST all of their other games. OUR GOAL, is for the games to be close. We would like to see a 7-6 score over a 7-0 score. Ringette, the sport is non-contact, it has all the makings of a team environment both on and off the ice. Many teams have TEAM BUILDING events, where the players and parents mingle in a non-competitive atmosphere. Teams have gone to laser tag, escape rooms, bubble soccer and other events to have the team grow from within. Many players become life-long friends through their team bonding festivities. Some local associations give rookie incentives to see if you like it. You don’t have to BUY all new equipment. Ask us how this works. If you have any questions about ringette, which association you belong to or any other questions, feel free to email Your email will be addressed within a day. l

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By Scott Taylor, Photos courtesy Racquetball Canada and Racquetball Manitoba Jen Saunders is 40. It’s not like that’s a bad thing. In fact, the No. 2 player on Canada’s National Racquetball Team and a nine-time national champion, wears that number like a badge of honour. “I can still win,” she said with that incredulous smile that she’s become quite famous for. “I don’t care how old I am. OK, so I’ve retired from the Pro Tour, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try to win my 10th national championship.” In 2018, she’s going to get the chance to do it in Winnipeg. In fact, she’s going to wear two hats: She’s attempting to be the first National Championship Tournament chairperson to actually win the national championship.

champion Frederique Lambert from Montreal; Green and his national champion doubles partner Trevor Webb from Cambridge, Ont.; and national women’s doubles champions Michele Morissette from Baie Brett Jewell Comeau, Que., and Christine Richardson, Jen & Christine PanAms a Regina product who moved to Winnpeg about a year ago. Saunders has been to every world “Frederique is the No. 1 female player championship since 2002 and has only in Canada and the No. 2 woman on missed the podium twice. She spent 15 the pro tour, but she won’t play the years on the Pro Tour. tour this year because she’s in medical A U of W graduate in Recreation school, but she has committed to our Studies (1999), Saunders grew up in nationals,” said Saunders. “Mike Thompson, where she played, “every th Green just won his 11 national men’s sport available to me.” title, beating Sherman’s record of 10 “I loved hockey and really loved (Winnipeg’s Hall of Famer Sherman playing team sports,” she recalled. “But Greenfeld) for most national titles I was exposed to racquetball at 10. It by a Canadian. I’m going after was the first individual sport I’d ever Sherman’s record next spring, which played and it allowed me to do things is now most national titles by a I could never do while playing on a Manitoban. team.” Frederique Lambert She made her first national team at serving 18, a longshot at best, and has never looked back. Now she’ll invite the best in Canada to play in her own backyard. “Like any event of this magnitude, there is a lot of pre-planning,” she said. “But we have plenty of wonderful The 2018 Nationals will be held volunteers and I also have a project at the University of Winnipeg and manager – Marie Solano – and I have Saunders, who doubles as the Canadian champion a volunteer who is going to run the Executive Director of Racquetball Mike Green tournament on site – Stephanie Oteyza. Manitoba, will not only welcome And, of course, I’ll have the staff of Canada’s finest players to the city Racquetball Canada. That will give from April 20-26, 2018 and then me an opportunity to concentrate on she’ll try to beat them. playing.” “The No. 2 woman – me – and the No. Saunders, who calls herself, “just And winning. She might be 40, but Jen 3 woman, Christine, are now both from that girl from Thompson,” has won Saunders has a lot of good shots left. Winnipeg. Christine is the reigning more Canadian titles than any other national doubles champion the last two Next April, with woman, but she’ll be up against some the best in the years.” formidable competition when the country ready to Saunders also has experience in National arrive in downtown Winnipeg face her at the U doubles. She’s won the national next year. of W, she will find women’s doubles title 11 times. With 20 The best in the nation have all out how many Canadian championships to her credit, committed: Reigning national men’s are still in that champion Mike Green from Burlington, there is no female player who is even racquet. l close to Saunders’ accomplishments. Ont.; reigning national women’s

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ogoms stars for canada, set to play pro in italy By Scott Taylor, Photos courtesy USC and Derek Stevens/FIVB Alicia Ogoms didn’t have much of a summer vacation. Winnipeg’s most distinguished professional volleyball player, had only three weeks to visit her parents and friends in Winnipeg before she was back chasing world championships and pro paycheques. “I’m going to play in Italy next season,” Ogoms explained, as she found some time to talk about her upcoming year during a brief stay at her parents’ place in Winnipeg back in August. “Our (Canadian) national team coach, Marcello Abbondanza, whose team won the Turkish Championship last year, is from Italy and he still has connections there. I played last year in Poland in a really small town that was pretty isolated from the rest of the world. I was fortunate that the foreign players on the team all stuck together. “But I learned a lot. I learned how to be a professional. I learned all about what’s expected of you as a professional athlete. It was a good experience for me in that respect.” While the 2017-18 professional season will take Ogoms to Legnano, about 40 minutes north of Milan, the 6-foot-4 middle blocker with the booming spike, will spend the month

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of September with Canada’s National Team. The team is preparing for a major World Championship qualifying tournament in Langley, B.C. in late September and if the Canadians can Alicia and Team Canada win it, they’ll celebrate the point qualify for the 2018 World Championship in Tokyo. “Coach believes we can win it,” Ogoms said. “We’re playing really well. We’ve never had this type of training before. He’s a great coach who is used to coaching high-level athletes. This is the best time I’ve ever had with the national team.” Ogoms, whose brother Michael plays basketball at Queens University, is one of the best athletes ever to come out of the Winnipeg high school system. She was the top-ranked high school volleyball player in Manitoba as a senior and was named MVP of the West Winnipeg Athletic Conference and Alicia at USC was selected to the All-Manitoba Team. In 2011, she was selected MVP of the Provincial Championships, where she led the St. Mary’s Academy Flames to the MHSAA AAAA title. Alicia played club volleyball for the Cobra Volleyball Club under Phil Hudson

and Jon Hykawy and was named 2012 MVP of the Manitoba Club Volleyball Provincials. She was selected as an all-star in the Canadian Open Club Championship and was the Under-18 Tier 1 Female Age Class Player of the Year as she guided CVB to the Manitoba Club Provincial gold medal. She spent four seasons on a scholarship at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and in December of 2015, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced that the USC senior middle blocker had been selected to the 2015-16 Second All-American team, becoming the 39th USC Volleyball AllAmerican. Last year, she signed her first professional contract with PTPS Pita, but this year, she will be headed to the highly-competitive and highlyregarded Italian Pro League. “It’s going to be a long season this year with the international tournament and then I’ll report to the pro team,” she said. “On the upside, I’ll miss training camp and the pre-season so I should be fresher once that season starts, but this year I won’t even get home for Christmas. The Italian season goes right through the Christmas Holidays so I’m probably not getting back to Winnipeg until next May.” l

Manitoba Wins a Record 10 Gold Medals at 2017 Canada Summer Games By Scott Taylor with notes from Joey Traa, Photos by James Carey Lauder, Monique Ditter and Rusty Barton individual winner, bronze in the women’s triathlon to win canoe/kayaker Manitoba’s first medal at the Games. Maddy Mitchell Then, teamed with her sister Caitlyn, carried the flag. 15, and teammate Claire Healey, 17, Mitchell, who Roy and Team ‘Toba won silver in the won five medals in triathlon relay. Emma Gray canoe/kayak and was, appropriately, And then there were these remarkable In Winnipeg, it might have been the named the official men’s baseball teams and women’s highlight of the summer: The 2017 flag bearer for Team Manitoba at volleyball teams. Canada Sumer Games. the Closing Ceremonies. “I was More than 3,000 elite junior athletes extremely honoured and excited,” plus their coaches, organizers and Mitchell said in a written statement. managers from all across Canada “It’s still tough to put into words, descended on the city for two weeks of but it was amazing to represent not competition from July 28-Aug. 13. They only the paddlers, but all of Team competed in 250 events in 16 sports and Manitoba – to be chosen to do that helped the city to not only celebrate really meant a lot.” Canada’s 150th birthday, but also to In what was Mitchell’s second celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Canada Summer Games, she led all Games themselves. Team Manitoba athletes with five And for Manitoba, it was a tour medals including gold in the C-4 Manitoba Wins by Rusty Barton de force. Not only was the Games 200m, silver in both the C-1 5000m organization and hospitality truly and C-2 1000m, and bronze in the C-1 At the end of Week 1, the baseball team outstanding, but while one of the 1000m and C-2 200m races. won silver while playing in front of more smallest provinces finished sixth overall But as remarkable as Mitchell’s than 7,000 spectators at Shaw Park, the in the medal count, it also set personal performance was, there were other largest crowd to witness a Canada Games records for golds and total medal exceptional athletes at these Games. event and the largest crowd to watch a accumulation. • Swimmer Oksana Chaput, who is only U-17 baseball game in Canadian history. This was Manitoba’s Games. The 13, became the only Team Manitoba Then on the final province won the Centennial Cup as the athlete with multiple golds, capturing Saturday of the province that “best exemplifies the Panher second in the 50-metre freestyle Games at Investors Canadian sport development objective final. In the end she won two gold Group Centre at at Canada Games.” However, Manitoba medals in the women’s 50-metre and the University also boasted its finest performance 100-metre freestyle, a silver in the of Manitoba, in the 50-year history of the event – 42 50-metre butterfly and a bronze in the Manitoba’s women’s medals, 10 of them gold. 100-metre butterfly. volleyball team And in the closing ceremonies on • Track star Victoria Tachinski, 18, who played brilliantly Sunday, Aug. 13, Manitoba’s biggest will run at Penn State University this in order to beat fall, won gold in the 400-metres Alberta and win the Manitoba’s Triathlon and silver in the 800-metres and province’s 10th gold Relay Team medal in these 2017 the women’s 4X400-metre relay. Victoria Tachinski Summer Games. Emma Gray, 19, the young 400m In the end, woman who carried Manitoba’s Manitoba won 10 flag in the Opening Ceremonies, golds, 15 silvers, and 17 bronze medals. finished the Games with three It was a truly remarkable two weeks medals in rowing. She won gold of sport and while the organization and in the women’s single sculls and hospitality was second to none, it was completed her time at the Kenora the athletes who made the 2017 Canada Rowing Club with a gold and two Summer Games, the sports highlight of bronze medals. this summer in Winnipeg. l • Triathlete Kyla Roy, 18, won

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Manitoba softball pitcher Pitcher Zoe Hicks

Manitoba’s chef-de-mission Barry Moroz arrives at the closing ceremonies with Team Manitoba

2017 Canada Summer Games:

Photographer-at-Large By Scott Taylor, Photos by Monique Ditter

Manitoba Soccer

Manitoba track and field athlete Sasanie Wanigasekera from the U of M

Tennis star Reece Carter

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It was a remarkable Summer of Sports in Winnipeg. The 2017 Canada Summer Games were held right here at home from July 28-Aug. 13, as 4,000 coaches and athletes competing in 16 sports with more than 250 events and a major cultural festival descended on our city. And it sure was fun. The Canada Games are this country’s biggest multi-sport event for young athletes and in 2017 it was Winnipeg, the largest community to play host to this event, that had the chance to celebrated the Games’ 50th anniversary – all around Canada’s 150th birthday. To make sure SportsLife caught all the action, photographer Monique Ditter bounced around from event to event capturing all the colour. l Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman at Beach Volleyball

It sure was fun

Manitoba goes for gold

Count it. Manitoba’s Light Uchechukwu A serve from Manitoba’s Laura Hill

Manitoba Volleyball Women Take Gold By Scott Taylor, Photos by Rusty Barton

Playing in front of a sold out Investors Group Field House at the University of Manitoba on the final evening of the Games, Manitoba’s women’s volleyball team played brilliantly in order to beat Alberta and win the province’s 10th gold medal at these 2017 Summer Games. In the first set, Manitoba forced a load of extra points, but Alberta hung on to win 30-28. Then Manitoba took control by winning the final three sets: 25-22, 25-20 and 25-15. In what was a truly remarkable performance, Team Manitoba’s female volleyball stars lost only one match through all qualification and playoff rounds. SportsLife sent Rusty Barton out to the U of M to record the gold medal victory. l A point from Manitoba’s Emma Parker

Great set from Julia Tays

Big hit from Manitoba’s Ayiya Otiogo

Emma Parker gets way up

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Manitoba pitcher Martin Gisiger

Manitoba’s Jared McCorrister

team manitoba wins baseball silver

Pitcher Zach Giesbrecht

By Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder

Manitoba’s men’s baseball team was one of the most exciting groups at the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Led by Jared McCorrister, Owen Harms, Noah Geekie, John Patmore, Tanner Boyle, Ethan Walpole, Darnell Wyke, Jordan Lussier and manager Faron Asham, Manitoba made it all the way to the gold medal game only to lose a tight 3-1 battle to powerhouse Saskatchewan. SportsLife sent staff photographer James Carey Lauder out to Shaw Park in downtown Winnipeg where a Canada Games record for attendance of 7,200 people were on hand for the gold medal game. l The silver medalists, Team ‘Toba

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Manitoba’s outstanding Noah Geekie

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