When the Parkland U18 Rangers open their season in late September, Tyler Carefoot will be the man leading the club.

The organization has announced that Carefoot has been named head coach. Carefoot was co-coach last year but will serve as head coach for the 2021-22 season. 

"It feels great, I'm very happy and honoured to be able to get the opportunity to carry on," said Carefoot.

The Rangers were atop the league last year at 6-1 when COVID-19 cancelled the campaign. Parkland won their first six games of the season. When this year's camp opens up in September, several players from last year's team are eligible to return, including Rylan Gibbs, Kyan Grouette, and Carter Zalischuk, just to name a few. 

The ice has now been put in at Credit Union Place and although camp is still more than a month away, the excitement continues to build for Carefoot and company.

"Everyone is just chomping at the bit to get going. It seems like we should still be in summer mode but with everything that has happened in the past nearly 20 months, just can't wait to get going," ended Carefoot. "There's a lot to be excited about."

Barry Wolff led the Swan Valley Stampeders to their winningest season in franchise history in the 2018-19 campaign as the team won 42 games and finished second in the MJHL, just six points behind the Portage Terriers.

The Stampeders would then advance to their first league final and although they came up short against Portage, it was still a season to remember for the Stampeders who call the Centennial Arena their home.

Wolff would return as bench boss the following season and the Stampeders followed up their run to the league final by winning 35 games, which saw them finish in fourth place in the league. The team had a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series against Waywayseecappo when COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the remainder of the playoffs.

The MJHL attempted a return-to-play last season, but it was very short-lived as no team played more than 10 games. Swan Valley was 5-4 and now as we look forward to the 2021-22 season, Wolff will be back.

Wolff and the Stampeders have come to terms on a new two-year contract with an option for a third year. The Stampeders have gone 82-36 under Barry during the regular season and they have won 13 of their 20 playoff games with him behind the bench. 

Barry says Swan Valley holds a special place in his heart and he's looking forward to continuing to lead the team.

"It's a great place to live and the community is unbelievable, the support is overwhelming," said Wolff. "Our board of directors are workers and they want to be successful, so that's part of the reason I stayed as well."

Barry has coached for the Merritt Centennials, Drumheller Dragons, Fernie Ghostriders, and Quesnel Millionaires in the past and while all of those communities have a population of less than 10,000, Swan River is the smallest place he has coached. 

And while Swan River may not offer up some of the amenities of a big city, Barry says his expectations of living in the town of just more than 3800 have been exceeded.

"It's a lot of fun coaching in small centres, because the community is so behind the team and everyone wants the players to succeed," offered Wolff. "When you're in a big town centre, many times junior hockey isn't as big and talked about. You kind of lose that junior hockey aspect in big cities." 

In other Stampeder news, Lane Kirk has committed to play for the University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings, a member of the Alberta Collegiate Athletic Conference (ACAC) this fall. Kirk is from Swan Valley and he appeared in 180 regular-season games for his hometown club. Including playoff action, Kirk played 204 games with the team. 

Brigette Lacquette is joining the Chicago Blackhawks organization.

The Mallard native has been named a pro scout for the club. 

In 2018, Lacquette became the first First Nations woman to join the Canadian women's Olympic hockey team, where she would help the team earn a silver medal. Lacquette will begin her role with Chicago immediately. 

The volleyball season for middle school and high school players is right around the corner and if you're looking to sharpen your skills ahead of the new season, you're in luck.

Sarah Hogue of Dauphin and Olivia Michel will be hosting a co-ed grass volleyball camp from July 27-30 at Vermillion Park Sportsplex. There will be two sessions a day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The cost to take part is just $250 and players will be put on the court with players their age.

For the past two years, Hogue has had the opportunity to play at the college level with the Lakeland College Rustlers. Despite not playing in any games, she has had the chance to practice with some of the top college players in the country.

"I've done a lot of coaching during my time with the Rustlers, we hold a few different camps," said Hogue. "So I'm excited to bring back what I've learned to my community here in Dauphin."

Under current public health orders, the camp can accommodate up to 50 players, with about 35 spots remaining open as of Thursday morning. Whether you're a skilled elite player or you just want to learn the game, the camp is open to players of all skill levels.

Hogue says players will learn offensive tactics, defensive positioning, and everything else it takes to have success on the court.

"This camp will give players a great opportunity to improve their skills ahead of the new season," ended Hogue. "It's going to be a great experience for everyone involved and I can't wait to get going next Tuesday."

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Junior golfers in the Parkland continue to impress in tournament play around the province. Last summer, Hayden Shtykalo was a winner on the Westman Junior Tour and playing in just his second event this season, he's once again a winner.

Playing in the 14 & under division at the Glen Lea Golf Course Tuesday, Hayden posted a 7-over, 77 to win the event by three strokes. He ended up beating Luke Myhre, also of Dauphin, and Jaxon Jacobson of Brandon by three strokes. 

It was Hayden's second event on the tour this season and he plans on playing in two more.

"It feels really great, it's one of my lowest scores ever in a tournament," said Shtykalo. "I'm happy that I was able to get it done."

Ryan Gower of McCreary finished in fourth with his 83 while Quinten Fisk was just two strokes back with his 85. Landyn Garton of Dauphin was closest to the hole in group b. 

Hayden says his short game around the greens and putting has allowed him to start playing more consistently on a day-to-day basis. He'll continue to play nearly every day at the Gilbert Plains Country Club and come next month, Hayden's focus will switch to hockey. 

Playing with the U13 AA Kings last season, Hayden is looking to make the jump up this season. He will look to make the Parkland U15 Rangers for the first time as hockey is set to return in the province. On top of being on the course, Shtykalo says he's been working hard in the gym as camp continues to near. 

Hayden grew up watching the Rangers and he's looking forward to giving it everything he has as he looks to crack the Parkland's top U15 AAA team.

"It would be a very exciting opportunity if I made the team, but I know it's going to be very tough," ended Shytkalo. "There will be a ton of talent from across the region, I just have to do my best and we'll see how things go."

In other Parkland golf action, Jackson Delaurier came up just short of advancing to a playoff on the Maple Leaf Junior Tour's bantam boys event at the St. Boniface Golf Club which wrapped up on Tuesday evening. Jackson opened the tournament with an 84 before rebounding with a 75 on day two. 

Hayden Delaloye of Neepawa was successful in a playoff, meanwhile. He won the juvenile boys division after outlasting Austin Boge. 

A free softball skills clinic will be hosted at Vermillion Sportsplex this Thursday, July 22.

Softball Manitoba will run the clinic from 12-3 and limited spots are still available.

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed veteran Canadian kicker Tyler Crapigna. He has a career field-goal percentage of 85.2 in the CFL, having made 98-of-115 tries in games between 2015 and 2019.

Drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in the 2014 CFL Draft, 40th overall, Crapigna has spent time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts. 

He missed all of 2018 with an injury before returning in 2019, where he went 22-for-27 with Toronto. Winnipeg opens its season at IG Field on August 5 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. If you haven't already picked up your tickets, head here.

It wasn't for a long period of time but nearly 100 years ago, the Dauphin Lake Golf Club featured just three holes. After adding six more holes a couple of years later, Dauphin Lake now offers a full 18-hole course, one that is very playable for golfers of all skill levels.

Johnny Lawrence was the club's first head professional, on a list that includes Stan Homeniuk who still golfs every day at the course.

And while they have pushed back their formal celebrations, the course will still celebrate on a smaller scale, a huge milestone on Wednesday.

The course's 100th anniversary is on July 21 and a formal celebration will be held in the coming weeks. 

The home venue for the Home Hardware two-man classic brought to you by the Gary Brandon Sports Bursary, the Dauphin Lake Golf Club has been a part of the community for almost 100 years and as Ray Karlson says, "we aren't going anywhere".

Karlson was hired as general manager five years ago and he's been golfing at the course for about a dozen years. He says getting the offer to run the course five years ago was a great honour for him.

"It was a little nerve-racking at first, there is a lot to take care of when running a course," said Karlson. "The golf business is all about dollars, people, and customer service. It's been a great five years and I'm looking forward to continuing with what has already been a great 2021 season."

When Ray was hired in 2017, there were just 153 members and very few juniors who played at the course. Now, there are nearly 400 members. 

"We got things turned around here rather quickly, people are feeling welcomed when they come to the course," offered Karlson. "We have a great fun atmosphere here, so we're pretty ecstatic with how things are going."

Ray also wants to say thanks to every employee at the club that dedicates their time to make sure the club is a perfect place to be.

The next big event at the course is the Kings Par 3 Extravaganza, which takes place on Saturday, August 14. 

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers return to IG Field on August 5 as they open the CFL season against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a team they beat in the 2019 Grey Cup.

And when they hit the field, you can be in the stands watching, as long as you're fully immunized. Single-game tickets are now on sale for all seven Bombers' home games.

One of the schedule highlights is when Winnipeg plays host to Saskatchewan on Saturday, September 11. 

Home game schedule:

Thursday, August 5 vs Hamilton - 7:30 p.m.

Friday, August 13 vs Toronto - 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 29 vs Calgary - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 11 vs Saskatchewan - 3:00 p.m.

Friday, October 8 vs Edmonton - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 23 vs BC - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 6 vs Montreal - 6:00 p.m.

For all your ticket needs, head here.

Clara Peake picked up the game of golf three years ago and now the Binscarth native is on top of Manitoba and is set to play against the top junior women in Canada.

Peake had four birdies in her final round earlier this month as she won Golf Manitoba's junior women's provincial championships at the Shilo Country Club.

"I honestly still can't believe it, I surprised myself with how well I played," said Peake. 

Less than a week after winning the junior crown, Peake was in Winnipeg playing in the Manitoba amateur women's championship and the Parkland golfer enjoyed another solid week as she finished in 10th place, the highest of any junior in the event. Crystal Zamzow of Swan River finished in 11th. 

In a matter of three years, Clara has gone from not playing the game at all to being a provincial champion and she credits a lot of her success to all of the help she received south of the border. Clara spent two months at the Sean Foley Performance Academy in Lake Mary, Florida. Foley is one of the top coaches in the world. 

"That was pretty incredible, to be able to learn from one of the best instructors in the world," said Peake. "It was an experience that I will never forget and I'm looking forward to moving forward with my game, I learned a ton."

Clara says her ultimate goal is to join Brooke Henderson on the LPGA Tour and before that, she hopes to get a scholarship to play south of the border. But for now, that's all in the future as she focuses on the challenge at hand. Peake is in Leduc, Alberta for the Canadian Junior Girls' Championships that start on Tuesday and end on Friday.

Playing in a national championship will without a doubt be a challenge, but Peake has proven that she has the ability to stay consistent which is why she's this year's junior provincial champion. 

The Binscarth native says her main goal is to enjoy the experience and the rest should handle itself.

"I didn't even think I would make the nationals this year so to be here, it's a pretty incredible feeling," ended Peake. "I'm really excited about this journey and we'll see how it goes."

Clara will tee off at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Crystal Zamzow will also play in the event, with her first-round tee time set for 1:40 on Tuesday afternoon. 

After dropping their first game of the season, the Ste. Rose Expos bounced back in a big way on Sunday night.

Playing the Brandon Giants, the Expos caught fire offensively in a 15-6 win, the team's first of the season.

Brayden Kohlman led Ste. Rose going 2-for-3 with a walk, a triple, and three RBI's. Ryan Benson also went 2-for-3, with a double, a single and he drove in four. Colby Maguet went 2-for-2 with two walks about four RBI's. 

Nelson Lepla was tremendous on the mound, striking out five over three scoreless innings. Daenan Delaurier finished with six strikeouts in relief of Lepla. 

Ste. Rose heads to Hamiota on Tuesday.