The Dauphin Clippers varsity girls basketball team are well underway with their season, and Dauphin's Logan Broome is a big reason for the team's success.
"Things have been going really good," said Broome. "We've become a really strong team this year, and we've developed a lot. We know how to work together, and that's probably the biggest thing."
The 17-year-old Senior at the DRCSS is the captain for this year's team and enjoys the challenge of leading the team on and off the court.
"It's important to know how to look out for the team," said Broome. "It's important to get along with everyone, so the whole team can come together, and that's what we've done so far."
The Clippers will continue their season with tournaments, and games leading up to the Zone Championships.
"We're looking to make it to the Provincial Championships this year," said Broome. "We know how to beat Swan River, we just have to work hard to get it done. Then, hopefully, we can advance to Interzones and beat Neelin."
Going forward, Logan hopes to continue playing basketball at the next level in Manitoba, or elsewhere.
It was quite the weekend for the McCreary Bantam Mustangs, as they were in Brandon for the Tournament of Champions, and they ended up winning the whole tournament.
"It was a huge accomplishment for us," said Matthew Evenson, Head Coach. "We had to win a Tournament of Champions, just to get to this one, this past weekend. It was huge for the team and the community. They supported us really well."
The team will now prepare for a playoff game, on Thursday, against Minnedosa.
"We're looking forward to that game," said Evenson. "We ended up fifth in our league, so we have to play the fourth place team. We battled through injuries, and sickness, all season long. We didn't finish, where we wanted to, in the regular season, so we have to elevate our play now."
The Mustangs will host Bantam C Provincials in early March.
"We're just taking it one game at a time, so we're not focusing on provincials right now," said Evenson. "We're not the same team we were before Christmas. We're just starting to get back healthy. Everyone's playing a high tempo game here, and I think we have a really good chance at winning it this year."
The Mustangs also won the Rural Tournament of Champions in Carberry, earlier this season.
Dauphin's Brad Potoroka is heading into the NCHL playoffs as an All-Star.
The 25-year-old was named to the third All-Star team after the season wrapped up this past weekend.
"It's a huge honour," said Potoroka. "I worked really hard this year, and it's been a good year. It feels really good to be recognized."
Potoroka scored 11 goals this season and had 11 helpers, which sits in a tie for top spot on the Comets roster.
"One of my strengths is speed, so I really focused on keeping my feet always moving on the ice," said Potoroka. "Usually when I keep my feet moving, things start working out, and I get the bounces."
You can see Brad and the rest of the Comets this Friday when they kick-off the playoffs against Foxwarren, at 8:30 at the GACC.
Thanks to a fantastic season, Grandview's Kaine Morran has been named an All-Star, in the NCHL.
In 14 games, Morran tore it up, recording 22 points.
"I think it just shows that our team is playing a lot better this year," said Morran. "The award goes to me but, overall, the team is just playing a lot better together."
The Comets will enter the NCHL playoffs as the third seed, as they take on the Foxwarren Falcons.
"Our team is basically built for the playoffs," said Morran. "We have a veteran group. Now that the playoffs are here, the big push is on and, hopefully, we can make some magic happen again."
Kaine was the only Comets player that was named to the First Team All-Star Roster.
The Dauphin Kings are back on the ice today, after a huge win on Saturday against the Steinbach Pistons, and now they're preparing for the OCN Blizzard, on Wednesday night.
"We're hoping that win will be a big boost for our group going into Wednesday," said Mitch Giguere, Interim Head Coach and GM of the Kings. "Now, it's just about getting back on the ice, and having a couple hard days of practice, to prepare for OCN."
Special teams was a big factor in the Kings win on Saturday. The Kings went 1-4 on the powerplay, and looked very impressive on the penalty kill, going 3-3.
"We've struggled giving up several good chances, shorthanded, while on the PP," said Giguere. "It's just about reading the play better and reacting. We found a way to win the game, and at the end of the day, that's the most important thing."
You can hear Wednesday's game right here on 730CKDM, as the pregame show hits the airwaves at 6:48.
Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings
It was another successful regular season for the Grandview Comets, and a big reason for that was Dallas Drysdale.
The 26-year-old defencemen chipped in 11 points (1G) in 13 games, this season, with the Comets and, thanks to his efforts, he was named to the second team All-Star roster.
"It's a pretty good feeling," said Drysdale. "I get to play with a lot of skilled players, so I just put the puck on their stick and they finish it. It definitely feels good to get noticed."
Drysdale, and the rest of the Comets, will now prepare for their first-round playoff matchup against Foxwarren.
"Our team is a little older, compared to Foxwarren," said Drysdale. "So, we're just going to try and wear them down, get the puck behind their defenders, and put it in the back of the net."
Game time on Friday is set for 8:45, at the GACC.
The North Central Hockey League has released it's first-round playoff matchups, and first-up for the Grandview Comets is a best-of-five against the Foxwarren Falcons.
The Comets finished up their regular season two weekends ago, with a 6-3 win, which pushed their record to 11-4-1, good enough for third place in the league.
In the regular season, the Comets hooked up with the Falcons twice, winning both games, by a combined score of 13-6.
Here's the full schedule for the series:
Game 1 Friday, February 16 8:45 @ Grandview
Game 2 Sunday, February 18 7:00 @ Foxwarren
Game 3 Wednesday, February 21 8:30 @ Grandview
Game 4 Friday, February 23 8:30 @ Foxwarren
Game 5 Saturday, February 24 8:00 @ Grandview
It was a busy weekend at Gilbert Plains Collegiate, as the varsity girls and boys held their basketball tournament.
The varsity boys ended up winning the Championship, as they beat Virden in the final.
The varsity girls came up short in the final, against Goose Lake from Roblin.
It came down to the wire, and the Neepawa Jr Rec hockey team headed back to Neepawa Champions, after beating DRHL Jr Parkland Source for Sports, 6-5, in the gold medal game, at the DRHL Jr Tournament in town, yesterday.
Myles Willerton ended up scoring three goals for Neepawa, in the win.
The Dauphin Clippers are heading into their regular-season finale with four-straight wins.
They ended up beating the Sandy Bay Badgers, last night, in one of the crazier games all season, 8-7, in a shootout.
Riley Hammond led the Clippers with two goals. Logan Storey, Austin Storey, Wade Kopytko, Hunter Glover and Drayson Kruk all scored one for the team in the game.
In the shootout, Kopytko and Hammond found the back of the net.
The Clippers will now be back on home ice on Tuesday, against Souris, and the puck drops at 8:30.
The Parkland Rangers led last night, once again, but, once again, they couldn't hold it, as the Kenora Thistles staged a big comeback, to stun the hometown Rangers, 4-3, in overtime.
A first-period goal from Kurtis Luke, and another goal from Luke in the second, followed by one from Cole Haukaas, had the Rangers up, 3-0, heading into the third.
In the third, it was all Thistles, as they scored three goals in the game's final 14:09, to push the game into overtime.
In OT, the Thistles capped off the huge comeback as they scored the winner 2:42 in.
Picking up a point, combined with a Southwest loss, did help the Rangers gain some ground, but making the playoffs, at this point, is a high hope.
With just five games remaining, the Rangers are nine points back of a playoff spot, but a favourable schedule could give the team some hope.
After welcoming Yellowhead to town on Wednesday, the team travels to take on Pembina Valley twice, next weekend, before finishing the season with two-straight, against the eighth-place Cougars, in a home and home.