Dauphin, Canada

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have traded a receiver that is widely regarded as one of the best in CFL history.

The Blue & Gold dealt Adarius Bowman to the Montreal Alouettes in exchange for a conditional eighth-round draft pick in the 2019 CFL Draft.

In six games played this season, Bowman has picked up just 95 yards on nine receptions, and he hasn't picked up any receiving yards in two of his last three.

Previous to coming to Winnipeg, Bowman played seven seasons with Edmonton Eskimos, where he was named a CFL All-Star three times.

The Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy Junior Golf Open took place on Saturday at the Dauphin Lake Golf Club.

Here are the results:

9 & Under:

Girls - Ella Watson.

Boys - Hayden Shtykalo.

10 - 12:

Girls - Crystal Zamzow.

Boys - Jaxon Bodnar.

13 & Over:

Girls - Lane Prokopowich.

Boys - Eric Prokopowich.

Dustin Howden knew he was going to be the Head Coach of the Neepawa Natives next season, but now he's also going to be the General Manager.

Natives President Ken Waddell made the announcement last week.

"With Myles stepping down about a month ago, they approached me, and I was definitely a little bit surprised," said Howden. "I've never really done anything like this, but it's definitely the next step in a coach's career."

"It's a huge honour, and a huge responsibility," he added. "I'm in charge of the program now. We're not reinventing the wheel or anything like that, but a lot of things went through Myles before he stepped down, so I'll need to get all of that in order as well. I'm looking forward to moving forward with the Natives."

Heading into his first year as the team's GM, Howden will have his work cut out for him after several players graduated from Jr. hockey after last season, and a couple more will be looking to make it to the next level this season.

"We graduated five forwards, and we have two forwards who are going to try to make a WHL roster," said Howden. "So that's seven forward spots that we need to fill. The most important thing right now is getting the pieces together to ice a competitive roster."

"We don't want to just bring players in to bring them in, we want to bring them in and help them develop so they can make it to the next level," said Howden. "So it's going to be a challenge, but I have some good help and I'm confident we'll get what we're looking for... and that's a competitive roster."

With the offseason well underway, the Natives have already held their "Summer Camp" which was from July 9-10 in Brandon and was primarily for their list players, and other players who are interested in playing for the team.

Neepawa won't hold any more camps or on ice sessions really until their "Main Camp" in late August, so from now until then, Howden will be working nearly around the clock to get the pieces he needs in order for the upcoming season.

"The offseason has gone fairly well for sure," said Howden. "We signed a couple kids at the "Summer Camp" which was great.  There's really not much more time until "Main Camp" so we'll be working hard to get in touch with some players who're interested in coming to Neepawa, and some that don't know much about the program."

Last season was a disappointing one for Howden and the Natives. After a good start to the season, the team ended up with a 25-31-3-1 record which put them in ninth place.

"We have two eligible goalies that can return for this season which is a really good thing," said Howden. "Most of our d-core is also intact which is nice. But, we'll definitely have some new faces up front."

"For us, winning the league is always first and foremost our goal," said Howden. "We're looking to get in the 5-8 range realistically, and make some noise in the playoffs."

Dustin notes being the GM will add some pressure personally, but he always stresses winning and is committed to giving it everything he has.

AUDIO: Dustin Howden.

The Gilbert Plains Men’s Open brought to you by 730CKDM and Vanguard Catalyst Credit Union wrapped up earlier today. 

Here are the results:

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

1ST – Tyler Lacquette - 71

2nd –  Chad Facey - 72

3rd –  Taylor Fletcher - 74

FIRST FLIGHT

1ST –  Dean Murray – 83 c/b

2nd –  Chris Porter – 83 c/b 

3rd –  Shawn McQuarrie – 83 c/b

SECOND FLIGHT

1st –  Scott Lynxleg – 86 c/b 

2nd –  Jerron Kyle – 88 c/b 

3rd –  Dennis Lukey – 88 c/b 

THIRD FLIGHT

1ST –  Harry Harrell - 93

2nd  - George Lobert – 94 c/b

3rd –  Chris Todoruk – 94   c/b

FOURTH FLIGHT

1ST – Ernie Walker – 100 c/b

2ND – Billy Murray – 100 c/b

3RD -  Mike Korey – 101 c/b

 

CLOSEST TO THE HOLE # 4 - Derek Benson

CLOSEST TO THE HOLE #9 - Riese Gaber

CLOSEST TO THE HOLE #14 - Derek Benson

CLOSEST TO THE HOLE #17 -  Mike Korey

A couple different teams wrapped up their baseball seasons this weekend. 

13U Parkland AAA at Provincial Qualifier:

Lost 10-0 to Oildome.

Lost 8-2 to Pembina Hills. 

15U Parkland AAA at Provincial Qualifier:

Lost 12-2 to Oildome.

Lost 13-0 to Midwest. 

Lost 9-1 to Pembina Hills. 

Parkland Source for Sports Midgets at Provincials:

Beat Brandon, 8-7.

Lost to Fort Garry, 11-7.

Lost to Winkler, 11-1.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers used a rock solid first quarter to thump Toronto this afternoon, 38-20.

The Bombers led by Matt Nichols and Andrew Harris led 15-1 after 15 minutes, and they never looked back. 

Overall, Nichols completed 70.4 percent of his passes. Harris rushed for 161 yards on 27 carries. 

The Blue & Gold will hook up with Toronto again next Friday, at Investors Group Field. 

In the winter, Russell's Dru Mushumanski is outplaying opponents on the ice, but, in the summer he's on the golf links smashing balls... literally.

The 12-year-old is currently en route to Des Moines, Iowa to take part in an Amateur Long Drive Qualifier. The event will feature other competitors from around the United States, as well as Canada.

"I really am so excited to get the chance to compete in this event," said Mushumanski. "I've been practicing since the day the golf season began, so it's been a lot of hard work to prepare for it."

Dru has spent hundreds of hours at the driving range working on his swing, as he looks to master not only a long drive but a straight one as well. 

How did Dru even find out about the qualifying event over 13 hours away? Well, he was invited. 

"Getting invited definitely gives me a lot of confidence," he added. "I'm just hoping I can do really good."

In the end, all those hours at Happy's Driving Range has paid off for Dru, as he will enter the event as one of the favourites.

The record for the 12 & Under age group is 255 yards, and Dru has shown on a consistent basis that he can hit the ball more than 260 yards.

"I'm definitely feeling some extra pressure on myself heading in," said Mushumanski. "It's not even just about how far you hit it, it has to be straight. I can hit it 265, but if it's not straight enough, it won't count."

Dru and his dad rolled through Nebraska earlier this afternoon for some lunch before he will get to Des Moines this evening. Although he's mentally prepared for tomorrow, he's enjoying everything that comes with travelling a long distance.

"It's been a lot of fun seeing so many new things," he added. "And, of course, meeting lots of new people has been enjoyable."

"It's just been fun seeing things I haven't seen before," said Mushumanski.

When asked if he thought he would be in this position, Dru said "Not really" as he chuckled.

If Dru is successful, he will advance to the Amateur Long Drive Finals in Myrtle Beach in mid-August.

The Parkland Source for Sports Midgets baseball team is the Parkland Champions, and now they're hoping to play their best weekend of ball this weekend so they can call themselves Provincial Champions.

The team is in Altona for the 18U AA Provincial Championships as they get set to compete in a 12-team tournament which features three pools.

"We're going to battle for sure," said Todd Boguski, one of the coaches. "The boys are coming in on a high and they're playing really well. They're hitting the ball, and that's going to be the most important thing out here. There's some pretty good competition down here, but as long as we stay error-free and play good ball, we should be competitive."

Dauphin finds themselves in a pool with Winkler, Brandon, and Fort Garry. Being from the Parkland, the team hasn't gotten much of a chance to play against city teams which could pose a challenge, but Todd feels that the team can get through it.

"Most of these teams are lucky enough that they can pick players from other teams in the area that aren't in the tournament," said Boguski. "We don't really have that option being from Dauphin. It's a little bit of an unknown because we don't know much about the teams, but as long as we play how we know we can, I think we'll be pretty okay for sure."

The Provincial Championships are always the best time of the year for young baseballers, and for the Parkland Source for Sports Midgets, it's the same thing.

"The guys are all really excited for this," said Boguski. "We got the chance to walk around the Altona facility here, and what a class one it is. The diamonds are absolutely gorgeous, and everyone just can't wait to get it going."

This is the team's round-robin schedule for the weekend:

Friday - 11:00 a.m. vs Brandon.

Friday - 4:00 p.m. vs Fort Garry.

Saturday - 8:30 a.m. vs Winkler.

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Two other Parkland teams are in action this weekend as well.

The 13U AAA Parkland team are in a Provincial Championships Qualifier.

Here's their schedule:

Friday - 2:00 p.m. vs South Central.

Saturday - 9:00 a.m. vs Oildome.

Saturday - 3:00 p.m. vs Pembina Hills.

The final team in action is the 15U AAA squad who are in a Provincial Championships Qualifier.

Here's their schedule:

Friday - 11:00 a.m. vs South Central.

Friday - 4:00 p.m. vs Carillon.

Saturday - 8:30 a.m. vs Oildome.

Saturday - 4:00 p.m. vs Midwest.

Sunday - 1:30 p.m. vs Pembina Hills.

730CKDM is the place to see how these three teams do all weekend long.

Grandview's Ryan Pulock is staying put on Long Island to play for the New York Islanders as he signed a two-year contract extension, and he's really excited to get his second full NHL season started.

"Yeah, it's exciting for sure," said Pulock. "It's nice to just get it done, and now I can prepare for the season. I'm looking forward to playing two more years in New York."

Since becoming a full-time professional hockey player in the 2014-15 season, Ryan played just 16 NHL games. But, that all changed last year when he played 68 and definitely made the most of them. His 32 points were the second most that a defender produced on the Islanders.

When the season ended, Ryan didn`t have a contract, but he had a good feeling he wouldn`t have to wait long to get one.

"I think we knew that it was going to happen," said Pulock. "It was just a matter of term and things like that. It's nice to get it off the mind, so I can just focus on next season now and getting ready for it."

Although Ryan just became a full-time player on the Islanders this past season, he's been in the Isles system since day one. He suited up for the Isles AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 163 times in the regular season. 

"Playing for the Islanders has been fantastic," said Pulock. "It's a great place to play, and the fans are very faithful. It's an exciting time to be a part of the organization with a new rink coming in the coming years and we have lots of young talent."

One of the things that are guaranteed to change from last season is Ryan will no longer play with John Tavares, as he was traded to the Maple Leafs.

"It's definitely a tough loss losing Johnny," said Pulock. "But, I think down the road we're going to be really good with the skill we have."

The big, hard-shooting defender will now spend the rest of the summer in Brandon, where he'll get the opportunity to get on the ice and hone his skills heading into training camp, and he knows what has to be done.

"I have to clean up my d-zone play for sure," said Pulock. "On the flip side, I think I improved my defensive play last season, but of course there is always room for improvement. I've always sort of had the gift offensively with the shot, so once I clean up my d-zone play, I'll be more of a two-way guy."

Now there's set to be a nice Parkland connection on Long Island. Ryan will join Dauphin's Stanley Cup Champion Barry Trotz, who signed on as the new Head Coach for the Isles back on June 21.

"Barry is definitely a well-respected coach and he's been very successful everywhere he's gone," said Pulock. "Coming off a Stanley Cup is huge, and I think he's going to really help our team. I'm truly really looking forward to playing for him."

Ryan says he expects to raise his expectations in the upcoming season, by producing more offensively... something he believes he can do.

And as we take one look back at his first full NHL season, Ryan's five-point performance against the Chicago Blackhawks was a moment he won't forget, and it certainly helped his confidence the rest of the season and will continue helping it going forward.

"That was kind of a turning point in my season," he added. "I wasn't putting up a whole lot of points before then, and then that night everything just went in for me. It turned things around for me, and I'm hoping I can build off that heading into next season, and throughout my career."

AUDIO: Ryan Pulock.

You've been warming up your bats all season long, and now it's time to show your stuff as the Richard Bogoslowski Memorial Slopitch Tournament is coming up.

The 8th Annual event will once again be played at Vermillion Sportsplex on August 18.

There will be a "Fun Division" and a "Competitive Division" and both guarantee three games for $75, and both are Co-ed.

"It's always a really fun tournament," said Gaylene Bertrand, Tournament Coordinator. "There are some really good ball players out there so there's always some really good competition. Overall, you'll really enjoy yourself if you signup."

Even if you don't decide to play in the tournament, there will be something at the Sportsplex for you.

"It would just be nice if everyone could just come out, even if you don't play," said Bertrand. "There will be a concession that is run by the Dauphin Girl Guides. There's also going to be 50/50 and lots of other prizes."

You can signup your team right now by calling the Parkland Rec Complex at 622-3150, or Tamara at 622-3157.

Here is your July 18 local scoreboard. 

Santa Clara Baseball League:

Carberry beat Minnedosa, 6-4.

Portage beat Neepawa in extras. 

Manitoba Amateur Golf Championships:

Dalen Schulz fired a 10 over, 82 in today’s third round. He’s currently in a tie for 33rd.