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It was an evening full of laughs and smiles, and awards were handed out.

The Parkland U15 Rangers officially wrapped up this past season with their annual awards banquet. Brayden Budolowski took home the top scorer award for the team. From Dauphin, it was a wicked season for the Dauphin star as he nearly scored a goal-per-game with 28 in 31 regular season games. He also added 22 assists for 50 regular season points and in five playoff games, Brayden scored three times and had nine points.

2010 Rookie of the Year - Fynn Huberdeau

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2009 Rookie of the Year - Dayson Martin

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Players Choice - Coaches Choice - Most Valuable Player - Noah Smigelsky

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Top Defenseman - Thomas Schmidt

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Most Sportsmanlike - Sadie Swanton

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Hardest Worker - Ben Poole

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Top Goalie - Kyle Pelletier

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Most Improved - Tevin Code

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Seth Gares is the newest member of the hole-in-one club. 

He fired the perfect shot with a five-iron to ace the very tough 14th hole at the Dauphin Lake Golf Club. The 14th is a 195-yard hole and requires a precise shot even to just get on the green.

Gares drained the shot during a men's night match playing alongside Noah Wiens, Darren Ripmeester, and Jason Gibbs. It was Seth's first hole-in-one. 

Morgan Fleck was in grade three when the Parkland Pirates youth rugby program launched.

Some of his friends decided to try it out and Morgan then gave it a go. Years later, the Pirates program is going as strong as ever and so is Morgan. From Dauphin, Morgan quickly fell in love with the game and come next month, he will be on one of the biggest stages in Manitoba sports competing in the Manitoba Summer Games.

The rugby competition will be played at KIN Field in Dauphin, which is home to the Pirates, the Clippers rugby program, and the Mavericks Rugby Club. Morgan is one of 12 players on the 17U West Team. It will be a team that has gold-medal aspirations. In past conversations with team coach Aaron Miner, the team has their eyes on the main prize.

"I love playing rugby, I love my teammates, and coaches," said Fleck. "It's a great sport and I have made so many lifelong friends playing it."

Morgan says the sport came pretty quickly to him when he first started playing in grade three. His passion and dedication to honing his craft on the field has allowed the Dauphin star to make a name for himself.

"I wouldn't say I'm an all-star on the field," offered Fleck. "With that said, I believe I can hold my own, I'm pretty confident in my abilities."

When asked how it feels to be getting the opportunity to compete in this historic week-long event, it means everything to him.

"I was thrilled when I found out," said Fleck. "I'm honoured to have this chance to compete on such a big stage with my teammates, it means a lot."

Fleck also plays on the high school team and enjoyed a solid season on the field with them which led the team to the provincial championships this past season. Off the pitch, Fleck has also been playing basketball for many years. 

He has been playing the game since grade five which included playing junior high at Mackenzie Middle School and he's now been a two-year member of the Clippers basketball program, playing with the junior varsity team. Morgan will now advance to the varsity team next season.

Before that, he will show off his skills against the best in the province. Already set to play on the 17U rugby 7s team, Fleck has also cracked the roster for the 16U basketball team. Morgan practices with his teammates twice a week for three hours and loves every moment.

"It's awesome to be on the court with the guys," said Fleck. 

Competing at the Manitoba Summer Games is something that has been in the works for years for Morgan. He is great friends with many of his teammates and come kickoff on the pitch and tip-off on the court, he's ready to represent the Parkland region.

"I have been playing with this same group of guys since grade three and five," offered Fleck. "We have a wonderful opportunity to show off the chemistry that we have built over the years."

It will be a week to remember as more than 1800 athletes from across the province, including many from the Parkland will battle for gold medals in 12 different sports. Host venues include Manipogo Provincial Park (sailing), Gilbert Plains Country Club (golf), Clear Lake (triathlon), and Credit Union Place (volleyball), to name a few. 

It will be a great thrill for all athletes and families and 730CKDM will continue to provide extensive coverage leading up to and during the event.

"I'm looking forward to playing with a bunch of great athletes, staying in the athlete's village for a week will be awesome," ended Fleck. 

Have you ever wondered how being a Stanley Cup Champion truly feels? 

Are you interested in how much work Myles Fee puts into his job and his daily routine? How about how he put together a game plan to stop Connor McDavid in games six and seven en route to winning the championship?

The Stanley Cup is coming to Dauphin on Saturday night thanks to Fee. The community will have a chance to see it at the curling rink within the Parkland Rec Complex from 6 to 9 and the evening is set to begin with a question and answer period.

That means if you have a question for Myles, you can get it answered. If you do have one, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible. 

You can celebrate with the Stanley Cup.

Myles Fee of Dauphin is a Stanley Cup Champion and he's bringing it to Dauphin to celebrate with the community.

From 6 to 9 on Saturday at the curling rink within the Parkland Rec Complex, Myles will be on hand with the Cup.

You can get a photo with it, purchase some merchandise, get in on the 50/50, and even have a chance at winning tickets to a future Panthers game.

The Waywayseecappo Wolverines of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) are now on the search for a new head coach and general manager.

After seven years at the helm, Taylor Harnett stepped down last week. Harnett is heading to the North American Hockey League (NAHL) to become the head coach of the Amarillo Wranglers. After he was hired in November of 2017, Harnett turned the organization around.

He guided the Wolverines to the Turnbull Cup Playoffs on three separate occasions and he guided the team to their winningest season in franchise history in the 2021-22 campaign when they had a record of 33-18-3. Amarillo is coming off a season in which they went 32-20-6-2. 

With Taylor's departure, the organization is now searching for someone to replace him. If you or anyone you know may be interested in becoming the team's head coach and general manager, email Morley Watson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Director of Player Personnel Kevin Monkman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline to apply is Friday, July 26. 

Mark Liwiski is starting to find his groove as a professional hockey player.

The Dauphin star is another great story of a young man who played with the Parkland Rangers program and then moved on to play the sport that he loves for money. 10 years ago with the U15 team, Liwiski scored 39 times in 35 games and had 91 points. He then played one year with the U18 team, scoring 25 times and adding 29 assists.

Liwiski then went on to play 10 games with the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League before returning to Manitoba to play with the Blizzard Junior A Hockey Club where he suited up in 42 games. To open the 2018-19 season, Mark moved to Kelowna to join the Rockets and he then ended his Major Junior career with the franchise, playing in 197 games with them. 

Mark followed that up by making the jump from Major Junior to the professional ranks when he joined the Wichita Thunder of the ECHL in the 2022-23 season. That year will go down as a successful one to open up his career as a pro as the Dauphinite posted 10 goals and 17 points. This is to go along with 192 penalty minutes as Mark has always been known as a player that plays on the edge and always stands up for his teammates, which is why teams are showing so much interest in him. 

Mark returned to the ECHL last season, this time with the Norfolk Admirals where he took his game to the next level. Playing in 13 fewer games compared to his first season in Wichita, Mark increased his point total to 25, 11 of which were goals. 

"I think being more comfortable in my role and how things went in Norfolk," said Liwiski. "It was a first-class organization, everything went very well. I had great teammates and coaches."

While Mark enjoyed his time with the Admirals, the highlight of his season was spent in Manitoba's capital with the Moose. He was called up by the American Hockey League (AHL) team on two separate occasions after competing in training camp with them. Liwiski went on to play seven games with the Moose last year.

Mark spoke about the excitement of returning to Manitoba and getting the opportunity to play in front of his family and friends.

"It was probably one of the best moments of my life, to get that chance, super cool," said Liwiski. "I wanted to make the most of it and prove that I belong. It was very special playing in front of my parents. They have supported me every step of the way."

Liwiski certainly made the most of it as he scored his first AHL goal with the Moose on April 13 in a game against the Iowa Wild. 

"It was a pretty special, full circle moment," offered Liwiski. "It was a game I won't forget."

Mark went on to play seven games with the Moose, adding one assist to go along with his goal. He then played one Calder Cup Playoff game, registering one assist. Mark is now in Winnipeg training and skating as he prepares for the 2024-25 season and he won't have to go far to get things going. In fact, he will stay in Manitoba's capital.

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The Moose announced that they have signed the Dauphin product to a one-year contract through the 2024-25 season.

"The Moose are a first-class organization, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else," ended Liwiski. "We have a good hockey club. It was very easy to sign with them, I'm thrilled about this opportunity. I'm excited to be a member of the team and I'll be ready for camp."

Mark and the Moose open up the new season on Saturday, October 12. They play Iowa that night to open up a two-game set before heading to Grand Rapids to play the Griffins for a pair of games the following weekend. They then play their home opener on Saturday, October 26 against Rockford. 

Daniel Evans had a game to remember for the Mavericks Rugby Club.

Playing the undefeated Assassins, Evans had all of the team's 22 points in a 14 point defeat against the club from Winnipeg. The Mavericks held a lead of 17-12 for a good portion of the game; however, the Assassins mounted a comeback in the late stages to remain perfect on their season.

The Mavericks will remain at KIN Field next Saturday as they welcome the Brandon Barbarians to town. 

Another weekend of provincial championship baseball has come and gone. 

The Parkland was well represented. Below is how local teams faired in their games. 

Roblin Stars 13U Tier 3:
vs Carberry lost, 12-6
vs Manitou lost, 16-6
vs Woodlands won, 20-9
vs Tri-Community won, 13-8

Neepawa Cubs 13U Tier 3:
vs Carman won, 10-8
vs Deloraine lost, 19-9
vs Portage lost, 16-9
vs Brandon lost 21-11

Roblin Stars 13U Tier 2:
vs Wawanesa won 10,7
vs Treherne/Holland lost 20-0
vs Stonewall won 14-11
vs St. Malo won 8-4

The Stars then beat the Neepawa Cubs, 6-5, in a game featuring teams that finished in third in their pool.  

Ste. Rose Reds 15U Tier 3
vs Brandon lost, 15-1
vs Deloraine/Hartney lost 12-11
vs Rivers lost 19-2
vs Winkler lost 14-11

Roblin Stars 15U Tier 2
vs Stonewall won, 18-9
vs Rock Lake lost 22-3
vs Lundar won 18-8
vs Landmark lost 4-3

A playoff was needed.

Dale Murray lasted that playoff and finished it off in grand style. Playing in the men's open at the Gilbert Plains Country Club on Saturday, Murray birdied the first hole in a sudden death playoff against Boston Karlson and Zach Fedorak.

All three shot six-over 77s. Karlson was awarded second on a count back while Fedorak finished third overall.

1st Flight: 
1st - Mitchell Rauliuk - 85CB
2nd - Mark Simpson - 85CB
3rd - Shawn McQuarrie - 86

2nd Flight:
1st - Brayden Kohlman - 92CB
2nd - Stan Mancheese - 93CB
3rd - Wayne Bazylo - 93CB

3rd Flight:
1st - Nathan Zadorozny - 102
2nd - Keith Pottle - 103
3rd - Eric Price - 104

Closest to the Pin:
#4 - Scott McCallum - 3'11"
#9 - Keith Pottle - 6'6"
#14 - Mike Zazuliak - 19'2"
#17 - Scott Lynxleg - 6'0"

High Foursome:
Charle Schellenberg, Kieran Doerkson, Sam McBurney, and David Doerkson

Low Foursome:
Dale Murray, Shawn McQuarrie, Larry Johnston, and Darvis Ryden

Water Ball on #10:
Eric Price

UPDATE: July 12 - 8:00 p.m.

Hayden Delaloye of Neepawa shot a final-round 77 after back-to-back 75s and finished in a tie for ninth place. An outstanding performance it was for Delaloye, who will begin his collegiate career in the fall.

Jackson Delaurier struggled on the final day and dropped 13 places as a result to finish in 17th. The Dauphin golfer shot an 85 on Friday.

Boston Karlson saved his best for last as he fired a final-round 80, his best in the tournament. Karlson finished in a tie for 30th. Linden Smigelsky; meanwhile, fell six spots as he finished in 49th place.

Zostrianos Gross struggled shooting a 78 in the final round, but it was still enough. Gross held on for a one-stroke victory to claim the men's championship, his first time doing so.

On the women's side, it was a great bounce back round for Crystal Zamzow of Swan River. She shot a round of 83 which is five fewer strokes than yesterday. 

Zamzow finished in eighth place.

Addison Kartusch is again a provincial champion.

The St. Charles Country Club member finished with a three-round score of plus-5 in winning the event by three strokes. 

UPDATE: July 11 - 4:00 p.m.

Jackson Delaurier had a good sleep, had a great warmup, and put himself right into contention at the Niakwa Golf and Country Club.

The Dauphin golfer, who won the Gary Brandon Memorial Tournament in May, posted an impressive even-par round of 72 on Thursday afternoon. Following up his 77 on Wednesday, Jackson sank two birdies on his front nine on Thursday before back-to-back bogies to start his back nine.

Then following three straight pars on 12, 13, and 14, Jackson caught fire. He had three birdies in a row on 15, 16, and 17 before a par on 18. Delaurier jumped up four spots into a tie for seventh. 

Hayden Delaloye of Neepawa had an eagle and one birdie as he shot another 75, following up on his 75 from Wednesday. Hayden finds himself in a tie for ninth. Boston Karlson of Dauphin improved his 83 on Wednesday by posting an 82 today. He moved up six spots and is now in a tie for 28th.

Linden Smigelsky of Dauphin shot a 92 on Thursday and dropped nine spots into a tie for 43rd. 

UPDATE: July 11 - 1:10 p.m.

It wasn't the day that Crystal Zamzow was looking for on day two. The Swan River star who won last year's provincial championship carded just one birdie and finished with an 88.

Sitting in ninth place entering Friday's final round, Zamzow is just three strokes back of seventh place. Zamzow won this event two times over the past four years. 

Addison Kartusch is in a great spot to win her second provincial title in the past three years.

After carding a second-round 75 paired with a 70 in round one, Kartusch is five strokes ahead of Jeri Lafleche, who spends time at Clear Lake during the summer. Kartusch is at one-over after 36 holes. Cala Korman is eight strokes back after rounds of 77 and 76. 

Addison won the championship in 2022. 

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After a bumpy start, Hayden Delaloye ended on fire.

Competing in round one of Golf Manitoba's Junior Boys' Provincial Championships, the Neepawa golfer ended with a three-over, 75. Hayden shot a 40 on his first nine holes before shooting a two-under, 35 on his back nine. Hayden finished with three straight birdies and had four overall on his back nine.

It was also the perfect finish for Jackson Delaurier of Dauphin. He made birdie on 18 to cap off a five-over, 77. 

Boston Karlson had one birdie on his scorecard and ended with an 11-over, 83. Linden Smigelsky, also of Dauphin, shot an identical 11-over, 83. 

Crystal Zamzow of Swan River shot a 10-over, 82. 

Round two starts Thursday morning.