Verna Vanrobaeys lives out at Dauphin Beach and she plays most of her golf at the Dauphin Lake Golf Club.

She's had a ton of great shots at the course in the past, but none were greater than yesterday. On the par 3, 9th hole, Verna's ball disappeared into the bottom of the cup for a hole-in-one.

It was her first ever hole-in-one at the course.

"It was kind of unbelievable. I didn't even really believe it at first, my girlfriends watched it and they said it went in," said Vanrobaeys. "I didn't think I hit the ball very well. We went up in the cart and it was in the hole."

"I was super excited. I don't like that hole in the first place and to get an ace on it, it's pretty awesome," continued Vanrobaeys. 

Verna's other hole-in-one was in Texas a few years ago.

She'll get back at it tomorrow as she takes part in the Home Hardware Women's Open at the Dauphin Lake Golf Club.

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Last season, George King was traded to the Melfort Mustangs of the SJHL for Future Considerations.

Earlier this week, the Kings' received those Future Considerations. The first player they got is Parker Fofonoff. He had 15 points in 62 games last season with Melfort.

In 2017-18, with the Prince Albert Mintos, had 38 points in 53 games.

"He's a heavy guy, he's not the biggest, but he's thick and has great speed," said Doug Hedley, Head Coach, and General Manager. "He's a very good special team guy. He was one of Melfort's top 2001 players last year. We feel with three years of eligibility here, he's going to be very good for our organization."

Dauphin also picked up a second player out of the deal, Braeden Young. He played in 41 regular-season games last year with Melfort and he had seven points (4G). He also cracked the lineup for 11 playoff games and he added three points (1G).

"He's a very hard worker and he's very good in the dressing room," added Hedley. "He has a very good skill set, he sees the ice very well and makes some really good plays. I know he's working on being more explosive. I know he would have been a top-six guy in Melfort this year, so we're excited to have him."

On top of Fofonoff and Young, Dauphin has made several other moves this off-season as they prepare for the 2019-20 campaign. A couple of big ones included the signing of WHL veteran, Baron Thompson. The organization also added Noah Basarab and he had 28 goals between Swan Valley and Selkirk last season. 

With under two months until main camp, Doug is looking forward to getting things going.

"We've filled some needs. Parker and Braeden can both play in the middle. I think right now, we're looking at some very good competition at every position," said Hedley. "We should have legit, very, very good depth throughout the lineup."

Stay tuned for the Kings' 2019-20 broadcast schedule with the Voice of the Kings', Darnell Duff, in the coming weeks.

Russell’s Jay Thiesen is heading to the Summit Hill Golf & Country Club.

Jay shot a 1 over, 72 today in the final round of the Mid-Amateur Golf Championships in Selkirk.

The round put him at +5 for the tournament and in a tie for seventh. That means he earned an automatic berth into the Canadian Mid-Amateur Golf Championships later this summer in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Chad Facey finished in a tie for 19th while Tyler Lacquette ended in a tie for 32nd.

The Parkway Lanes 11U baseball team based out of Dauphin is heading to Niverville. They'll take part in the "A" Provincial Championships that start tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.

14 players will represent Dauphin at the tournament. Nine players are first-year while they also picked up two players from Swan River that are second-year players.

Ralph Zurba is the team's Head Coach and he's looking forward to the weekend.

"My thought going into the event is have fun. Some of these kids have never even won a medal in their life, and to win the regionals was amazing," said Zurba. "We're going to give it our best shot and wherever the chips may fall, they will."

They earned their spot by beating Grandview back on June 23, 4-3, in a back and forth battle.

First up is Portage at 9:00 a.m. That's followed by a game against Pembina Hills at 2:00 p.m. They wrap up their round-robin on Saturday morning against Niverville, at 9:00 a.m.

Although they don't know much about any team they will play, Ralph is confident in the squad.

"Nine out of our 10 wins this year have been comeback victories, I believe in these kids," said Zurba. "I've never given up on them. That's also one thing I've asked them, to not give up on me. I plan on starting my best pitchers and we'll see how it goes, everyone is so excited."

After the round-robin, the top two teams from each pool of three will advance to the playoffs. The 3rd place team takes on the 6th place while the 4th place team challenges the 5th place team. The top two teams overall will earn a bye to the semi-finals.

Only two players did enough to beat Russell's Jay Thiesen out on the links today.

Thiesen was solid with a 2 under, 69. He had five birdies and three bogies to sit in a tie for sixth heading into tomorrow's final round.

"I putt the ball a lot better than yesterday, I struggled a lot in round one," said Thiesen after the round. "I kept the ball in play a lot more which was the big difference."

After shooting a 77 yesterday, Jay will enter the final round eight strokes back of Mike Tibbs, who fired a 3 under, 68 today.

"I just hope to have another solid round and keep myself close," said Thiesen. "I need to make even more putts and we'll see what happens."

After tomorrow's final round, the top 12 golfers will earn a spot to the National Mid-Amateur Championships from August 20-23 in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Being tied for sixth, one more good round could book Jay his ticket to the Summit Hill Golf & Country Club.

"That was my goal coming into this tournament. It's in the back of my head a little bit," said Thiesen. "I've been pretty comfortable the last couple of days, I'm not putting too much pressure on myself."

Chad Facey and Tyler Lacquette also stepped up their games today. Chad and Tyler both shot 2 over, 73 today. Chad finds himself in a tie for 25th at 11 over while Lacquette is in a tie for 31st at 12 over.

The Swan Valley Stampeders have added some size to their back end.

The team acquired 2000 born, blue-liner Brady Morrison from the Flin Flon Bombers for Future Considerations.

Brady split last season between the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the BCHL and the Flin Flon Bombers of the SJHL. During that time, he had three assists.

"I think Brady is just one of those players that every team needs to survive," added Geoff Grimwood, Head Coach & General Manager. "He's not a guy that's going to come in and put up 100 points, but he's very reliable. He works hard and he's a good guy in the dressing room."

"He's also a right-hand shot and our d-core is really left-handed heavy right now, so he helps balance things," he added. "We expect him to come in and quietly do a good job for us."

In other moves this off-season, Swan Valley added Mike Wong from the Melville Millionaires. He had six points last year with the SJHL club. 

After losing a handful of solid veterans last year, Grimwood is still in the progress of adding some veteran presence to the lineup.

"When a team has exceptional success like last year, there is likely some turnover and that's what happened with us," said Grimwood. "We're trying to pick up some good veteran players that can come in and help us right away. We’re comfortable with our younger players.”

In his first year with the team, Grimwood is using last year's success as a tool to get players to Swan River.

"Winning is always the best recruiter, kids want to play for a winning team," added Grimwood. "We're certainly selling last season as a positive moving forward. It'll be a new team this year that has to write their own history, but we can definitely build off last season."

The Dauphin Kings completed a trade yesterday after trading George King last season.

Parker Fofonoff and Braeden Young will join Dauphin this season. 

Russell’s Jay Thiesen was the low Parklander as the Manitoba Mid-Amateur Championships kicked off yesterday at the Selkirk Golf & Country Club. 

He fired a 6 over, 77 and is in a tie for 23rd. The round also has him just seven strokes behind the leaders.

Gilbert Plains Country Club’s, Chad Facey fired a 9 over, 80.  Tyler Lacquette, also of the Gilbert Plains Country Club finished with a 10 over, 81.

Round two has begun.

Conner Roulette is a Swan Valley Stampeder prospect and one of their most highly touted ones at that. Over the past week, Conner was showing off his stuff in the Czech Republic.

The 16-year-old was on Team Canada West at the Ball Hockey World Junior Cup Championships. Five games and a few days after it started, Conner and the entire team were Champions. The team lit up the scoreboard in the final as they beat Canada East, 8-6 to claim the gold medal.

The team went through the entire tournament without tasting defeat. Overall, they outscored their opponents 30-10. Two of the wins were shutouts as well.

"It's probably the greatest feeling I've ever felt playing the game," added Roulette. "No one really plays competitive back home, so to play competitive overseas and win a title, it's absolutely incredible. Everyone is still talking about it in our group chat a few days later. The memories will be here forever."

As he has been on any other team he's played on, Conner was a huge piece to the team's success. He had five goals and seven assists over the five games. The 12-point total was good enough for second in the tournament.

"I'm pretty proud, but I had a really good line with first-class players," added Roulette. "We had chemistry from day one. To be able to score and produce like that for the team definitely feels good, I'm happy with it."

Conner now gets a couple of weeks to enjoy what was a historic week, before he laces his skates back up. He's one of 112 players that have been invited to Canada's national under-17 development camp. It takes place from July 19-26 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport's Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

"It feels great to be one of the players selected, but I just take it as the next step. I just need to take it all in and try and make my family proud," continued Roulette. "Everyone wants to make the team, obviously. If I do, that's amazing. Even if I don't, I'll still have a ton of confidence just knowing I was invited in the first place."

Following the camp, Roulette will be closely monitored for the first couple weeks of the 2019-20 season. If he still has the interest from the program, he will represent Team Canada at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Three Canadian teams will be at the tournament from November 2-9 in Medicine Hat and Swift Current.

After the Team Canada camp and even before the 2019-20 regular season begins, Conner will be looking to make the WHL full-time as a 16-year-old.

Roulette is a highly-touted prospect of the Seattle Thunderbirds. He already played one game with the team last year, and he's looking forward to this year's Main Camp.

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"I am pretty confident in myself that next year is looking good and that I'll be in Seattle," added Roulette. "With that being said, nothing is guaranteed. I have to show myself at camp and I have to give it my all. I have goals that I want to accomplish and I know it's going to take a lot of hard work."

If Conner ends up cracking the T-Birds regular-season roster, he knows making a difference as a 16-year-old will be a challenge, but he's looking forward to that.

"I don't really have the highest confidence that I'll be a first-line goal scorer and that sort of thing right away," said Roulette. "I do, however, plan on working really hard to become that guy. I always need to be talking to coaches to see what I need to do to improve and that sort of thing. I've always dreamt of playing at the WHL level and I need to make the most of it."

Everyone is watching Conner and has been for some time. What's next for him? A lot of success is guaranteed.

The Stanley Cup is heading to Brandon next week. 

On Monday, July 8, Joel Edmundson will share the day as everyone celebrates the Brandonite winning the title, which was St. Louis' first ever Stanley Cup in their 52-year history.

The event is open to the public, it's a free event and there will be a BBQ on-site with food and beverages available for purchase.

"I'm excited to bring the Stanley Cup to Brandon to say 'Thank you' to those that helped me along the way to show people that dreams do come true," said Edmundson.

"It's really exciting to see a local Brandonite win the whole thing," said Krista Kowaluk, Marketing & Sponsorship Manager with the Keystone Centre. "It's going to be really cool to celebrate it as a community. We're certainly excited for the day."

It will take place at the UCT Pavilion from 1-5:00 p.m. 

Several athletes from the Parkland will be in action this week.

At the Selkirk Golf & Country Club, Gilbert Plains Country Club’s, Chad Facey and Tyler Lacquette are in action. 

The two will play in the Manitoba Mid-Amateur Golf Championships.

The three-day event offers spots to the nationals to the top 12 golfers.

Chad tees off tomorrow morning while Tyler hits the links in the afternoon. 

Baseball:

The provincial season will begin this weekend.

The Grandview 13U team will be in Hamiota taking part in the “A” championships.

Also in action next weekend is the 15U Swan River club. They head to Brandon.

Elsewhere, the Parkway Lanes 11U team is in Niverville.