After a great weekend of baseball, the Ste. Rose 15U team is off to the “AA” Provincial Championships in two weeks.

They played a near perfect final game in beating Swan River, 7-2.

They head to East St Paul to begin their provincials on July 12.

Swan River will also send a team to the big dance. They won their final game, 8-2.

Their provincials are next weekend in Brandon. 

The Strilkiwski Contracting 13U baseball team is off to the Provincial Championships.

They beat Roblin, 22-15 in a slugfest of a tie-breaker game.

That was followed up by beating Swan River in the final to earn their spot. 

The provincials are July 12-14 in Altona.

Also at the tournament, Grandview came up clutch in their final game.

They beat Swan River to advance to the “A” Provincial Championships. 

They’re in Hamiota next weekend.

Today’s the final day for the 13U and 15U Regional Baseball Championships in Ste. Rose and Swan River. 

Here are yesterday’s 13U results:

Grandview beat Ste. Rose Reds, 15-11. 

Dauphin 2 beat Ste. Rose Rockies, 12-0. 

Dauphin 1 beat Swan River, 7-4

Roblin beat Ste. Rose Royals, 18-12. 

Dauphin 2 beat Grandview, 10-5 

Swan River beat Ste. Rose Reds, 24-1. 

Here are yesterday’s 15U results:

Grandview beat Swan River, 6-4 on a very strong pitching performance by Darian Giasson.

Dauphin was overpowered 22-1 by Ste.Rose.

Swan River beat Ste. Rose, 11-10. Some streaky play in the 5th inning brought in plenty of runs on both sides.

A late run in the 7th earned Swan River the win.

Two Regional Baseball Championships go down this weekend in the Parkland.

The 13U tournament will be played in Ste. Rose.

Here's the schedule:

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The 15U tournament will be played in Swan River.

Here's the schedule:

Saturday - Swan River vs Grandview @ 9:15 a.m

Saturday - Dauphin vs Ste. Rose @ 11:30 a.m.

Saturday - Ste. Rose vs Swan River @ 2:30 p.m.

Saturday - Grandview vs Dauphin @ 4:45 p.m.

Sunday - Swan River vs Dauphin @ 10:00 a.m.

Sunday - Ste. Rose vs Grandview @ 12:30 p.m.

Sunday - Championship Final @ 3:00 p.m.

Five years ago, Tristan Mullin spent one of his junior hockey years with the Dauphin Kings. He put up 11 points in 40 games, before having great success with Swan Valley as he put up 55 points in 62 games.

Two great seasons in the BCHL led Mullin to where he is now, Cornell University. Production wise in his rookie season, Mullin struggled with six points. Much of that can be attributed to his lack of playing time. After working his way into a bigger role, Tristan enjoyed plenty of success offensively this year.

He played eight more games than last year, and he recorded 15 more points. Despite the success, Tristan knows things could have been better.

"It was an up and down season for me personally. I started off pretty good, but then I sort of fell off a little bit," said Mullin. "Towards the end, I got my mojo back and finished off strong. The coaches put trust in me, and I did my best to show what I can do."

Mullin and the rest of the team ended up making a solid push, but it came up just short. They were one game away from playing in the Frozen Four. 

"We had a really good senior class that we obviously lost now. With anything, we have a capable freshmen class coming in and we have good returnees," said Mullin. "I think we're going to be even better next year, I think we'll take a step. We've learned what we need to do over the past couple of years, and I think we're ready to make the next step."

The successful season at Cornell garnered attention from the Winnipeg Jets. For the past week, the 22-year-old has been taking part in the Jets Development Camp in Winnipeg. It's not the first NHL Development Camp he's taken part in. Mullin's also took part in San Jose's.

"When our season wrapped up, I got a phone call from their regional scout and got the invite to camp and I was ecstatic," continued Mullin. "After that, I just prepared as much as I could to make sure I was ready come camp time."

"The biggest thing about these camps is teaching. It's pretty intimidating at times like there are players that have played in the NHL already," he added. "It's pretty cool to see how I stack up against all of them."

Tristan will head back to Cornell in the fall for his third season. He's eligible for two more seasons with the Big Red. Down the road, Mullin doesn't know where he'll end up, but he hopes it's somewhere.

"I'm hoping to play pro hockey for a few years and see how it goes," concluded Mullin. "I've worked all of my life to be a hockey player, so I'm excited to see where things go."

Winnipeg Q-B Matt Nichols can't hide his admiration for new Blue Bombers receiver Lucky Whitehead.

Whitehead caught a pair of touchdowns to help the Bombers win their first home-opener in five seasons with a 28-21 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos.

Nichols threw touchdown passes of 75 and 41 yards to Whitehead, who showcased his speed and elusive skills in front of 25,336 fans at IG Field.

Tyler Lacquette was born in Regina, he spent eight years in Dauphin and now he lives in Shellmouth, Manitoba. Next week, he'll switch it up and spend a few days in Selkirk, Manitoba as he takes part in the Diamond Athletic Men's Mid-Amateur Championship.

Tyler will join 83 other golfers all vying for a provincial title at one of the province's premier golf courses.

"It's my first ever Mid-Am, I'm pretty excited for it," said Lacquette. "There's a lot of good guys in the field and it should be a really good time."

The now 28-year-old got some encouragement from a family member to tee it up.

"My little brother is a golfer and he's always asking me why I don't play in these Golf Manitoba events," added Lacquette. "He figures I can do well in them so I thought I'd give it a try."

As usual, Tyler's been hitting the ball solid lately and he's looking forward to playing a course that he's not very familiar with.

"I'm going on Monday to do a practice round. It's important that I get a feel for the greens and the fairways," added Lacquette. "I've been playing pretty well lately, so I guess we'll see how it all goes down."

The top 12 advances to the Mid-Am National Championships later this summer in Ontario. Playing in his first event, Tyler knows reaching the Top 12 could be a tough feat, but he is setting that goal.

"That's going to be really hard to do, there is a ton of good guys in the field," added Lacquette. "I'm just hoping I can put some good holes together and we'll see, anything can happen."

When it comes to his gameplan, Tyler will be hitting a lot of irons off tees and playing cautiously. That could, however, change depending on his position on the leaderboard throughout the tournament.

"I usually go all out with the driver, but I don't really plan on doing that a whole lot. But, we'll see how things are going, you never know," concluded Lacquette.

Tyler's first round is Tuesday afternoon at 12:08. 

You only have one chance on a par 3 to make an ace and that’s all Alfred Bretecher needed.

Playing at the McCreary Golf & Country Club, Bretecher got a hole-in-one on the seventh hole.

 

When the Dauphin Clippers varsity girls’ volleyball season came to an end earlier this year, Dauphin's Sarah Hogue played her final game as a high school athlete. Although it didn't end exactly how Hogue and the rest of the team wanted it to, Sarah is certainly going out with a bang.

She is this year's winner of the Terry Yates Memorial Sports Scholarship that's worth $1,097. Sarah also won five other scholarships, one of which was worth $750 and two were worth $500.

"I was surprised to find out that I won, but it was really exciting to know that I'll have some financial help in paying for tuition and stuff moving forward," said Hogue. 

On top of all her scholarships, Hogue also added some awards to her trophy case. At the DRCSS' year-ends award banquet last night, Hogue was recognized for her efforts this season by being named the Varsity Girls Athlete of the Year.

That wasn't it, however. Everyone knows Sarah can take over a volleyball match and the 17-year-old did that several times this season for the Clippers. 

Thanks to that, Hogue was also named the Varsity Girls volleyball team's Most Valuable Player for the 2018-19 season.

"It was very shocking, I certainly wasn't expecting to win either of the awards," said Hogue. "It was super exciting and I feel really honoured to have won. I owe a lot to the DRCSS volleyball program and the coaches, they provided me with so much and I definitely wouldn't have had success without them."

"It's been a long hard road getting where I am today. There have been a lot of practices and a lot of hours driving to and from Brandon for club practices and tournaments," she added. "I also have to give a huge thanks to my parents for getting me where I needed to be to play the game I love."

As Sarah has played on the provincial and national stage over the past few years, she's had the opportunity to hone her craft against the best as she gets ready for the next stage in her young volleyball career.

"I've really realized that watching video and learning from that is really important," said Hogue. "It's not all about preparing physically, being prepared mentally is really big as well so I'll definitely be working on that going into next year."

Sarah's journey will now shift over to Alberta. As announced previously, Hogue will join the Lakeland Rustlers women's volleyball team in the fall. They play in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC). Last season they went 20-4 in the regular season and they ended up winning bronze at the conference tournament. 

"I've gotten to meet a lot of the girls and I talked to them about the experience. I'm so excited to make the jump and play with the Rustlers," concluded Hogue. "I think the biggest thing will be getting used to the new environment. The college seems a lot like home so I think I'll be able to fit in very nicely."

Earlier this season, Dauphin's Zerek Menard won a Provincial Championship title with the Dauphin Clippers junior varsity boys’ basketball team. Now, the 14-year-old will look to win a National Championship with the Manitoba men's basketball team.

The Dauphinite is one of 12 players in the entire province that have made the 15U provincial team. There are also three practice players. Zerek is also one of just three rural players on the team.

"I worked really hard to make the team and it feels amazing," said Menard. "There was a lot of really tough competition, but I was confident I was going to make it."

Zerek has spent the past few days in Winnipeg as the team comes together for some practices. After he comes home late tonight, Menard will spend a few days at home.

That's followed up by heading back to Winnipeg right after the long weekend and he will spend the rest of the summer there as the team practices five times a week.

They say you have to play against the best to be the best, and that's what Zerek's enjoying doing.

"We have a lot of good players on the team and I'm really enjoying giving it my all," added Menard. "I want to improve my game and I need good competition to do that."

"I need to work on my shooting and my dribbling the most," he said.

On top of the dozens of practices, Zerek and the rest of the squad will be busy in game action this summer as well. They head to Sioux Falls, South Dakota from July 12-14 for the Summer Slam Classic.

They immediately go to Minneapolis for the D1 Summer Classic from July 19-21. The team's biggest competition of the summer is in early August. That's when they head to Fredericton for Basketball Canada's National Championships that take place August 4-11.

"I think I will be a little nervous at those events, but I'm really looking forward to them," said Menard.

The DRCSS held their year-end awards banquet tonight.

Here is a list of the winners:

Varsity Boys Athletes of the Year Runner-Up:

Brock Allard, Craig Allard, Rueben Houle, Zachary Zurba.

Varsity Boys Athletes of the Year:

Austin Storey, Ethan Thacker.

Varsity Girls Athlete of the Year Runner-Up:

Nicki Bich.

Varsity Girls Athlete of the Year:

Sarah Houge.

Junior Varsity Boys Athlete of the Year Runner-Up:

Levi Seale.

Junior Varsity Boys Athlete of the Year:

JJ Love.

Junior Varsity Girls Athlete of the Year Runner-Up:

Alliyah Jumayao.

Junior Varsity Girls Athlete of the Year:

Brie Toews.

Fastball Coaches Choice, MVP, Most Improved Player:

Jaclyn Hlady, Grace Wieler, Kennedy Kruk.

Baseball MVP:

Austin Storey.

Yearbook Most Dedicated:

Hannah Cole.

Varsity Boys Basketball Most Improved Player, Coaches Choice, Most Outstanding Player, MVP:

Charles Hazell, Caleb Seale, Matthew Angus, Ethan Thacker.

Junior Varsity Boys Coaches Choice, MVP:

Levi Seale, JJ Love.

Varsity Girls Basketball Most Improved Player, MVP:

Jaclyn Hlady, Storm Karlson.

Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Most Improved Player, Hardest Working Player, MVP:

Jorja Furkalo, Alliyah Jumayao, Cali Hudyma

Badminton Top Varsity Male, Top Varsity Female, Top Junior Varsity Male, Top Junior Varsity Female:

Jaden Tran, Courtney Matvieshen-Vandenbrink, Kaleb Wieler, Trista Genik.

Workplace Safety & Health Fourth Place finish at National Competition with Team Manitoba:

Austin Rickards.

Skills Manitoba Competition:

Cabinet Making Juan Webert (Silver), Carpentry Charles Hazell (Bronze)

Track & Field Coaches Choice, Female Rookie of the Year, Male Rookie of the Year, MVP:

Rueben Houle, Jayselyn Nybo, Ethan Chartrand, Ethan Thacker.

Boys Rugby 15's Rookie of the Year, MVP Forward, MVP Back:

Rain Spence, Charles Hazell, Brady Dyck.

Girls Rugby 15's Rookie of the Year, MVP Forward, MVP Back:

Madison Slyziuk, Kailyn Ushkowski, Karlee Ushkowski.

Rugby 7's Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year, MVP:

Trista Genik, Brie Toews, Karlee Ushkowski.

Curling Female of the Year, Male of the Year:

Emma Jensen, Luke Davidson.

Hockey Top Defenceman, MVP, Playoff MVP:

Wade Kopytko, Riley Hammond, Bode Childs.

Cross Country Road Runner, Team Leadership, Team Leadership:

Grace Wieler, Anna Orisko, Jennifer Yaschyshyn.

Varsity Boys Volleyball Most Improved Player, Coaches Choice, MVP:

Brody Voll, Ethan Thacker, JJ Love.

Varsity Girls Volleyball Rookie of the Year, Coaches Choice, MVP:

Hannah Gingera, Amber Schroeder, Sarah Hogue.

Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball Most Improved Player, Team Spirit Award, Coaches Award:

Camryn Thompson, Jennifer Brunen, Olivia Wood.

Football Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Wellborn Dedication Award, Norris Aitken Award:

Logan Conrad, Anthony Coffey, Zachary Zurba.

Boys Soccer Rookie of the Year, MVP:

Julien Clement, Gage Geletchuk.

Girls Soccer Rookie of the Year, MVP:

Tyra-Jane Delaurier, Nicki Bich.

Boys Top Golfer:

Luke Davidson.

Student Citizenship Award:

Grace Wieler.