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For the first time since 2016, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have opened their season with back-to-back losses.

Playing in Ottawa on Thursday night, the Bombers once again failed to get much going offensively in a 23-19 loss. Winnipeg still had a chance to win the game late when they marched the ball down to Ottawa's seven-yard line; however, two incomplete passes and a sack of Zach Collaros was the nail in the coffin for the Blue & Gold. Winnipeg only hit double digits on the scoreboard in one quarter when they scored 10 points in the second.

In the defeat, Collaros completed 15 passes for 285 yards. Keric Wheatfall put together an impressive performance with 111 yards through the air on three receptions. Winnipeg will look to earn their first win next week when they take on the powerful B.C. Lions.

That game next week will be on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and you can hear it right here on 730CKDM as we're a proud member of the Blue Bomber Radio Network. 

One more win and the Stanley Cup is coming back to Dauphin.

Myles Fee serves as video coach for the Florida Panthers and on Thursday evening, the Panthers opened up a 4-1 lead and held on late for a 4-3 win over Edmonton to take a three-games to-nothing series lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

From Dauphin, Fee has had an extremely successful coaching career which includes a Calder Cup championship with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. On Saturday evening, Fee could become a Stanley Cup champion if the Panthers win in Edmonton.

The last Dauphinite to win the Stanley Cup was Barry Trotz when he guided the Washington Capitals to a title in 2018. 

Registration for the Dauphin Kings development camp is now open.

Running from August 6th to 9th, the camp is open to those born in 2019 and older. Along with registration players will receive a jersey when they check in on the morning of August 6th.

Daily activities include multiple on and off-ice sessions, as well as development.

This year's instructors include Roblin’s Brayden Dube, Aidan Brook, Riese Gaber, and Carson Cherepak, to name a few.

Head to DEVELOP to register today.

Seven members of the Parkland Gators were in Winnipeg for the Manitoba Junior Open Provincial Championships at the Pan Am Pool.

All seven had previously qualified for the event and here are the results. (bold denotes podium finish).

Renee Fee
50 back - 14th
100 back - 13th
200 back - 18th
100 free - 22nd
100 IM - 18th
200 back - 9th
50 free - 23rd

Frankie Fjeldsted 
50 back - 9th
100 free - 15th

Polly Fjeldsted
50 back - 13th
50 breast - 16th
100 back - 9th
100 free - 24th
100 IM - 8th

Lily Montagnion
50 back - 3rd 

50 breast - 18th
200 free - 15th
100 free - 14th
100 IM - 14th
100 breast - 15th
50 free - 6th

Ena Morrisseau
50 back - 18th

Chayne Paziuk
50 back - 8th
50 breast - 15th
100 back - 10th
100 free - 12th
50 fly - 13th
50 free - 1st

Roman Polovinka
50 back - 11th
50 breast - 19th
100 back - 12th
100 free - 15th
100 IM - 14th
100 breast - 19th
50 free - 11th

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Lily, Roman, Renee, and Chayne also teamed up in a mixed 200m freestyle relay and finished with a silver medal. Renee, Roman, Chayne, and Lily also finished with a bronze medal in the 200m medley relay. 

When Lucas Hurren heads to the Lidstone Combat Sports Academy in Swan River, he always has a smile on his face.

Lucas began Jiu-Jitsu when he was just nine years old and instantly fell in love with it. He said his teammates in Swan River are like one big family and that they all push each other to become the best competitors that they can.

For Lucas, it did not take him long to hit his stride. Competing in the Manitoba Open on three different occasions before this year, Lucas has been all over the podium. In his first time competing at the event against the best of the best from around the province in 2019, Hurren racked up a pair of gold medals.

With some silver medals to go along with bronze medals along the way, Lucas was back at it over the weekend in Winnipeg competing in another Manitoba Open. In the 14-15 aged, 155-pound Gi event, Lucas racked up a gold medal with an outstanding performance. The Swan River star then earned a silver medal in the NoGi competition in the same age and weight class. 

"It's always a great feeling to win," said Hurren. "Especially when you win a gold medal and a silver medal."

Back in Swan River, Hurren trains three days a week for an hour. This is on top of his extremely busy school schedule to go along with working part-time and spending time with his friends. It's never a dull moment for Lucas, but he's okay with that knowing all of his hard work is paying off.

"It's very rewarding to see it on such a large scale," offered Hurren. 

When Lucas earned his gold medal at this past weekend's competition, he also entered the history books at his club back home. His gold was the 150th gold medal that a club member has won dating back to 2018. 

In reaction to that, Lucas knows how big of an achievement it was.

"You may have your losses and wins throughout the time, but no one can ever take away that I secured the 150th gold medal for the club," offered Hurren. 

Lucas adds that he's looking forward to competing in future events.

"I will always try my best to do better and better, I'll push myself as hard as I can," ended Hurren. 

Hurren and his family are also moving to Dauphin in the next month and he looks forward to meeting new friends and joining a new club. 

As a part of their 58 game schedule, the Dauphin Kings will have plenty of home cooking through the first few weeks of the 2024-25 season which will begin on September 20.

That night the Kings will be at Tundra Oil & Gas Place to open a home-and-home before playing their home opener the next night at Credit Union Place. Dauphin will play six of their first eight games on home ice.

From October 15 to 20, Dauphin will play four road games, three of which come in a row against the Steelers, Freeze, and Flyers. For the third straight season, the Kings will play a game at 12:30 in Swan River as they go up against the Stampeders in an all Parkland battle on November 13.

NOTABLE KINGS GAME NIGHTS
Home Opener - Saturday September 21st vs. Virden
Ag Night - Friday November 15th vs. Neepawa
Hockey Card Night - Saturday December 7th vs. Steinbach
Tractor Lotto Night - Sunday December 15th vs. Swan Valley
Ukrainian Night - Saturday January 25th vs. Virden
Ladies Night - Friday February 14th vs. Neepawa
Awards Night - Saturday March 15th vs. Waywayseecappo

Dauphin's regular season will wrap up on home ice March 15 as Waywayseecappo is in town. Dauphin is also heading to Steinbach to play in their new arena on February 7 and 21. 

You can see a full schedule here. 730CKDM's broadcast schedule will be announced in the coming months. 

The Grey Owl tournament and winning trophies go hand in hand for Jay Thiesen.

The Russell golf star captured the Cactus Jack Wells Memorial Trophy on Sunday afternoon at the Clear Lake Golf Course. Playing in the second to last group, Thiesen fired a one-under 71 for a two round score of 144 to win the Grey Owl tournament over Ty Lewis.

It was Jay's fourth career Grey Owl championship. Only two other golfers have more Grey Owl titles. Garth Collings has won the title 11 times while Jim Scissons has seven career titles.

It was also Jay's second straight title at the event. It was also a solid weekend performance for Taylor Fletcher of McCreary. Playing to a two handicap, Fletcher shot rounds of 77 and 77 to finish 13th in the championship flight. Dustin Sas of Benito finished with rounds of 87 and 82 while Greg Misener finished with rounds of 89 and 84. Mark Simpson of Swan River fired a 84 in his first round and a 86 in his second. 

Full tournament results are here

The next big event in Clear Lake is the Tamarack Tournament which takes place in August. 

It was an incredible day on the links at the Gilbert Plains Country Club on Saturday.

A complete sell-out was in store for the Dauphin Kings Par 3 Extravaganza as teams hit the course vying for the title. The team of Mark Odut, Mike Csversko, Chris Todoruk, and Seth Gares ended up taking home the title with this year with a score of 46 (-6).

No hole in ones were recorded this year, but 18 closest to the pins were, including two of which that were won by Team CKDM. The event will return next summer, this time at the Dauphin Lake Golf Club. 

The date has been set.

The Dauphin Kings will play their home opener on Saturday, September 21. The game will be against the Virden Oil Capitals, which Dauphin has built a great rivalry against in recent years. 

The team's full schedule for the season will be announced on Monday.

Around the league, the Swan Valley Stampeders have announced their home opener is Friday, September 20 against the Blizzard Junior A Hockey League. The Waywayseecappo Wolverines will play their home opener on Sunday, September 22 against Niverville.

The Neepawa Titans will host the Portage Terriers on Saturday, September 21 for their home opener. 

They went by the Kinosota Cougars starting in 1961, but the Parkland-based baseball team dates back to the mid-1930s when it was formed and played in exhibition games against teams from nearby communities. 

With a roster full of elite players who were dedicated to representing Kinosota with great pride, the Cougars became a team to watch out for, especially in the late 1960s and moving forward to the late 1970s. For years, the Cougars spent weekends travelling throughout the province competing in tournaments and any exhibition games that they could.

They would frequently go up against some of the best teams in the province and more often than not, the Cougars would come out on top. Don Asham was a member of the team and played with the Cougars for more than two decades.

Don stopped playing with the team in the late 1980s but still cherishes the amazing memories from that time.

"The thing that stands out most to me is the closeness and the unity of our entire group," said Asham. "Many of us were relatives and even if we weren't, we were all great friends. We also had such incredible support from family and friends. They hit the road every week to cheer us on."

As we look back at June of 1969. It was a month that to this day is still remembered as 'Cougar Month' by so many members of the team, including Don. Playing tournaments in Ste. Rose, Ashern, Glenboro, Morden, and everywhere in between, it was a month for the history books.

Playing in 28 games that month, the Cougars won 26 of them. 

"We had it all going for us, we had a great offensive team," offered Asham. "We could hit the long ball and play small ball. We also had great defence and great pitching. It was a great run for our team, I will never forget about that month."

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One year later in 1970 while Queen Elizabeth was in Manitoba for the province's Centennial celebration, Don and the rest of the Cougars were invited to play a game in front of the Queen in Portage la Prairie. Kinosota went up against the Portage Mallard all-star team in that game and the Cougars came out on top. 

They had one year prior won 26 of 28 games in a single month. Then they had the opportunity to play in front of royalty and they came to play. The Kinosota Cougars were receiving all the attention and rightfully so, Don and crew loved representing their community and were all outstanding ball players.

Don remembers seeing the Queen for the first time ahead of the game.

"That was quite special, we had a fantastic turnout. All of our players made a special effort to be at the game," said Asham. "It was an extremely special day and one that I will never forget."

The Cougars ultimately folded quite a few years ago, but their legacy lives on. On Saturday, June 15, the Cougars team from 1965-1970 will be inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. Don was inducted to the HOF seven years ago with another team; however, this induction on Saturday is a step above in his eyes.

"It's a great sense of satisfaction, this one is much more special," offered Asham. "I played alongside so many special players and human beings. I think of Kinosota as my team. This means everything to me."

Following Saturday's induction ceremony in Winnipeg, Don will be in the stands on Sunday as the Winnipeg Goldeyes take on the Sioux City Explorers at the beautiful Blue Cross Park in Winnipeg's downtown. The Goldeyes will be wearing replica jerseys in honour of the Cougars. A large contingent of team supporters will be in attendance and Don's nephew will be throwing out the opening pitch.

It is set to be another afternoon to remember. Don's lucky number 14 jersey will be worn and he is excited to get his hands on it after the contest.

"Incredibly, this will be happening on Father's Day, what a great day it will be," said Asham.

On top of his achievements on the diamond with the Cougars, Don also cherishes the time spent with his daughter and son on the field as Don coached them both in the late 1970s and into the 1980s. Asham is a true family man.

"Family is everything to me, I grew up with fantastic parents," ended Asham. "I married into a large family and they are extremely close as well. I have lucked out and I feel so fortunate, family is everything to me."

A rematch of last year's Grey Cup ended with another Alouettes win last night.

Montreal opened the C-F-L season with a dominant 27-12 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Quarterback Cody Fajardo threw for 254 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.

The Bombers struggled across all three phases and didn't record their lone major of the night until late in the fourth quarter. Winnipeg is now 0-7 all-time when playing Montreal on the opening week of the season.

The Blue & Gold will look to rebound next Thursday as they head to Ottawa to play their second game. You can hear every Blue Bombers game right here on 730CKDM as we're a proud member of the Blue Bomber Radio Network.