Dauphin's Jade Toews is nine-years-old and she loves to swim. Before a very recent meet in Selkirk, Jade just did it for fun. She decided to take the next step and race competitively, and what a first impression she made.

In the 10-year-old and younger division, Jade finished the 50M backstroke race in just 50.01 seconds. That time gave the Dauphinite first place. Her first ever competitive race and one first-place finish and first ever "A" time all adds up to something that Jade will never forget.

"It was pretty exciting for me, It meant a lot,' said Toews. 

Thanks to her first-place finish, Jade is now Brandon bound as she takes part in the Swim Manitoba Junior Provincial Championships that begin later today.

"I'm kind of scared to go, but I'm really excited at the same time," added Toews.

Jade will be a busy swimmer for the next few days. She will race in the 50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, and 50m Breaststroke races.

All of the races will be Jade's first ever time racing on the provincial stage.

"I'm going to try as hard as I can to have success and have fun," said Toews. 

Toews will also have her family right by her side this weekend, and she's received some wise words from her dad.

"My dad told me when I'm in the race, go a little bit slow at the start," said Toews. "So when the other racers are nearing the end, I'll have more energy and I can pull ahead of them."

The event runs through Sunday in the Wheat City.

Several other Parkland Gators are also taking part in the event. Here's the list:

Kelton Amendt, Rhea Amendt, Parker Beer, Emyrsen Carefoot, Mila Heschuk, Sophia Heschuk, Ava Paziuk, Kara Paziuk, Sammi Rea, Kiara Wilson, and Mylo Zamrykut.

Brayden Pawluk is the newest Dauphin King. He joined the organization back on January 10 in a trade with the Virden Oil Capitals'. That deal involved Jacob Evans who is now a regular with Virden.

Since coming to Dauphin, the 19-year-old is also an everyday player. He's suited up in 16 games since coming to town and has racked up four points. Three of Brayden's points came in a 10-1 win against OCN earlier this year. 

"I've really been enjoying my time and it's been a really smooth transition from Virden to here," said Pawluk. "The guys are great and the rink is great. It's been a great time."

Before even breaking into his Jr. A hockey career, Brayden played 72 games with the Interlake Lightning. He then played two games with Virden in the 2015-16 season before going south of the border. He played 35 games with the Elite AAA U-18 team in the AYHL and ECEL leagues. He was very productive with 24 points. 

At the start of last season, it was Virden bound for Pawluk. He played 86 games with the team in the regular season and of course, a few as the team advanced to the League Championship last season.

"It was definitely a little heartbreaking that I had to leave a great group of guys in Virden," said Pawluk. "Especially with us making a long run last year and I got so close to everyone on the team and the community. It was kind of sad news, but it's also good news at the same time because it's a new opportunity for me."

"It's been a little different here, but I feel I'm pretty used to it now," he added. 

It was just about a month after Brayden came into town that the Kings' clinched their first playoff spot in years. That came after the team swept Steinbach this past weekend. For Pawluk, it's his second straight year that he will play for the Turnbull Cup after coming up just short last season.

"Those two games against Steinbach definitely gave our team a good feeling," said Pawluk. "Everyone was ecstatic that we won. We got a good sense of how intense games are at this time of the season and how important each game is. At the same time, we need to stay focused and keep playing like that for the next few games heading into the playoffs."

Get To Know Brayden:

What type of player are you? I like to think I'm a two-way player. I can shoot the puck well in the offensive zone, but I can also play very strong in the defensive end. I'm hoping I can help this team out to win some games moving forward. Playoffs are more chippy and physical and I tend to take a liking to that.

Outside of hockey, what are your hobbies? I live on a farm just outside of Teulon so that takes quite a bit of my time throughout the summer. I enjoy playing rec league baseball here and there and slo-pitch for sure. 

Brayden and the Kings' will look to get back in the win column on Tuesday night at Credit Union Place.

Don't forget to be listening into the Dauphin Kings Power Play Show this afternoon to hear my full chat with Brayden. It's just after the 4:00 p.m. news, weather, and sports.

A few Parkland curlers showed off their best stuff on day one of the Strathcona Trust Senior Men's Provincial Championship. 

First up it was Gilbert Plains Butch Mouck and his foursome that won both of their games today. 

They first beat the McLeod rink 7-6 and followed that up with a big 7-2 win over the McCannell foursome.

Sifton's Peter Prokopowich is on Kelly Robertson's team and they also had a perfect 2-0 day. 

They easily handled team Brooks and Gitzel, 6-3 and 6-2 respectively. 

Ray Baker is fifth on the Robertson team. 

Both teams will continue their round-robin tomorrow with two games. 

Dauphin's Zach Zurba was tackling his way with the best this past weekend. The 16-year-old cracked the Team Manitoba U-18 men's rugby roster as they took part in the Western Canadian Invitational in Edmonton.

"It's definitely a great experience and it was a lot of fun," added Zurba. "It's a really high level of rugby and that was exciting to be a part of."

"I've done a ton of conditioning and working out every day to prepare for this," he added

Zach and the rest of the team played a few games but came up short in all of them. They did compete well and keep the games close, however.

"I don't think we were expecting the level of the other teams," said Zurba. "We gave it our all though, so that's important and we're happy about that. We just have to be better at nailing everything down and we can't make mistakes as we did."

For Zach and everyone else on the team, it's right back into preparation mode as they get set for another big tournament. From March 7-8, the team travels to Vancouver to play in the BC Rugby Festival.

"I think the experience we had in Edmonton will help us in BC," said Zurba. "I know for me, my communication definitely has to be better so I'll be working on that a lot."

Come Vancouver, Zach knows what he has to do to succeed. "I have to leave everything out on the field, I can't take it easy at all," said Zurba.

Grant Wilson has coached the Brandon University Bobcats men's volleyball team since the team's inception in 2005. He started as an Assistant Coach and for the past seven years, he's been the Head Coach. 

He's been a part of some very successful teams in past, but no more so than this year's Bobcats. The team wrapped up their regular season last weekend by sweeping MacEwan on back to back nights. The two wins extended Brandon's winning streak to 16 games to end the season. 

The last time Brandon lost a conference game was way back on November 10. 13 of Brandon's 16 straight wins have come in straight sets. That includes nine straight after suffering that loss on November 10. Brandon also remains as the top team in all of Canada.

"Things went pretty well for us in the second half for sure," said Wilson. "We were able to maintain a pretty consistent level. Regardless of a tough travel schedule at times, we were able to find our legs and get it done. We've put ourselves in a pretty good situation, now hopefully we can make good of it."

The 22 games in the past are just that, in the past. Now it's playoff time and the Bobcats will have home court advantage for as long as they stay alive. The team's first-round opponent is the Calgary Dinos, a team they've had success against in the past. Back on November 16 and 17, Brandon swept the Dinos on back to back nights. Elliot Viles was the star of the weekend with 29 kills on 38 attempts.

Calgary finished 10-12 on the season and was three games ahead of the ninth-place Winnipeg team. 

"Anyone that makes the playoffs has a legitimate chance of winning in the playoffs," said Wilson. "We've been in the eight spot before and won that first round. We know that nothing is given just because we finished on top. We need to keep playing how we have been."

"We played Calgary before Christmas and now they have a little bit of a different lineup," he added. "They have some really big guys who can take over a game so we have to solidify our net presence. If we do that, we should be fine."

This is no doubt one of Brandon's if not best ever season. Since the 2011-12 season, the Bobcats most wins in any season was 17. The team will be joined by several powerhouses in the playoffs including Trinity Western who is ranked second nationally. Also, Alberta who are favourites and Mount Royal who swept Brandon earlier this season.

"Guys are feeling pretty loose right now, we've just tried to maintain a consistent focus all year," said Wilson. "We need to just take this game tonight as another game and go from there. If we continue to stay loose and not worry about what's going on around us that will be beneficial for our group."

Here is the series schedule:

Game 1 - Thursday, February 21 - 7:00 p.m. in Brandon.

Game 2 - Friday, February 22 - 7:00 p.m. in Brandon.

Game 3 - Saturday, February 23 - 7:00 p.m. in Brandon *if necessary.

The Dauphin Kings' got behind the eight ball in a big way tonight that resulted in a 6-3 loss.

Off a beautiful move 6:59 into the game, Conrad Phillips made it 1-0 for Wayway.

Greg Lee made it 2-0 for Wayway just more than 17 minutes in and Jake Bestul made it 3-0 just over a minute later. 

A lucky bounce in front saw Dauphin get back in it in the second. Nakodan Greyeyes took a shot and it went off a couple sticks and beat Isaac Labelle.

Greg Lee and Preston Seymour went on to score two straight as the Wolverines had a 5-1 lead after 40.

With more than six minutes left, Dauphin made a game of it. Riley Shamray and Eamonn Miller scored to bring Dauphin within two. 

The Kings' were handed a 5 on 3 late in the game but Wayway executed the perfect penalty kill and even scored a goal of their own late to seal the 6-3 win.

Dauphin remains at 60 points with the loss and are tied with Winnipeg. Winnipeg does have three games in hand. 

The Kings' return to Credit Union Place next Tuesday. 

The next broadcast with Darnell Duff is on March 2.

Over the past 10 years, Sifton's Peter Prokopowich and the Kelly Robertson curling team have made a lot of noise on the ice, both in Manitoba and around the world as well.

Now, they're hoping to recreate the magic that has happened a few times in the past few years as they get ready to play in the Strathcona Trust Senior Men's Provincial Championships.

It will be Peter's 10th appearance at the tournament.

"It's always nice to go to this event, it's a lot of fun," said Prokopowich. "We haven't curled a lot since the zones. I think most teams are in the same position though. It's almost like starting the year over and we'll just see how it goes."

Although this senior team that will play this week hasn't hit the ice much lately, Peter has. He played on Kelly Robertson's rink at the Viterra Championships just a couple weeks back in Brandon. 

The team didn't do as they would have hoped, but it did give them a chance to get some competitive games in before this event begins tomorrow.

"The other guys on our team have been curling in some other events as well," added Prokopowich. "Obviously at the Viterra's, we were playing against the best men's teams so it's always nice to get in some competitive games."

Going into this tournament, Prokopowich, Robertson, Doug Armour, and Bob Scales are ranked as the #3 seed. Dauphin's Ray Baker is joining the team as their fifth. The high ranking really doesn't come as a surprise based on what this foursome has done in the past.

In the 2011 event, they went on to win the Championship and also won the Canadian Championships. They represented Canada at the World Championships and placed second in that event in 2012.

The foursome came back and once again won Manitoba in the 2012 season. They missed the playoffs at the Canadian Championships. After falling short in 2013, the team came back in 2014 and won Manitoba once again and lost in the Canadian final. So that's three Manitoba Championships, one Canadian Championship, and one World Championship silver all in a four-year span. 

"There are so many good teams in the field this year so I don't think anyone is really keying in on us," said Prokopowich. "We're going in confident but we're definitely going to have to earn this one."

The team's seven-game round-robin begins tomorrow. Here is the full schedule:

DrawStarted atResultScoreOpponent
2 12:30 PM   - Team Dale Brooks
4 7:30 PM   - Team Allan Gitzel
6 MINNEDOSA 12:30 PM   - Team Curtis McCannell
8 7:30 PM   - Team Murray McLeod
9 9:00 AM   - Team Mark Franklin
11 4:00 PM   - Team Dave Boehmer
13 9:00 AM   - Team Butch Mouck

"It's definitely a grind playing this much in a short period of time," said Prokopowich. "Especially this year we're playing in two towns and we don't have a hotel in Rivers. We'll have to handle our time well and just work it out as we go."

You watched that rugby game on the weekend and now you want in on the action. Well, you're in luck. You can join the Parkland Mavericks men's team as they plan to make a return to the field to dominate.

They will have an information meeting and get together down at Mr. Mikes tonight at 8:00 p.m. for anyone that is interested in joining the team.

"We have a ton of flexibility this season. We've chatted with the provincial union," said Rod Carberry. "We had an opportunity to sit down with club reps and they have all committed to doing anything they have to do to help us get off the ground."

That means if 10 players come out, it will be a 10 vs 10 game. If seven players show up, it will be a 7 vs 7 game. 

"There are lots of past Clipper players that have expressed interest in playing on the team this season," said Carberry. "There are also some past Maverick players that are interested. We have about 15 players that have committed."

"We're hoping the numbers are good tonight and a lot of people come out," he added.

If you can’t make it tonight, message Rod or Riley Keith on Facebook. 

You can also call Rod at 204-648-6587.

The best senior curlers in the province will take over the Rivers Curling Club and Minnedosa Curling Club this week as the Senior Men's and Women's Provincial Championships go down beginning tomorrow.

A team that will be there is Gilbert Plains, Butch Mouck and his foursome. He's joined by Glenn Parrott, Scott Gray, James Barnett, and Jim Dowsett.

"We're very positive, we've been practicing and getting ready for this," said Mouck. "There isn't much going on this time of year as far as bonspiels. It's a really tough field and realistically, half of the field could win this thing. We're excited about it."

Mouck's foursome begins their seven-game round-robin tomorrow afternoon at 12:30. Game number one comes against Murray McLeod. This year, the foursome heads into the tournament not ranked. Only the top five teams are ranked, topped by Randy Neufeld.

With that being said, Mouck, Parrott, Gray, Barnett, and Dowsett will certainly be in tough. They're joined by the number two ranked team, Dave Boehmer and his foursome. Also, the third-ranked, Kelly Robertson rink is in his pool. That team includes a couple Parkland curlers and you'll hear from them later today.

Just four teams will advance to the playoffs which go down on February 25. That will be the standard page playoff where the top team plays the second place team for a spot in the final. The third place team plays the fourth for a berth in the semi-final against the loser of the 1-2 game.

"We've played well this year, we've won a few spiels and we know we can get on a run and beat any of these teams," added Mouck. "We just need to go in and play our regular game. We have a game plan and we have to execute it. We get to practice before tomorrow which allows us to get used to the ice. It should be a fun week."

The team's 30-minute practice is later today.

Here is Mouck's full schedule: *All games with the exception of draw #6 will be played at the Rivers Curling Club.

DrawStarted atResultScoreOpponent
2 12:30 PM   - Team Murray McLeod
4 7:30 PM   - Team Curtis McCannell
6 MINNEDOSA 12:30 PM   - Team Dale Brooks
8 7:30 PM   - Team Allan Gitzel
9 9:00 AM   - Team Dave Boehmer
11 4:00 PM   - Team Mark Franklin
13 9:00 AM   - Team Kelly Robertson

 

The Dauphin Kings' 2018-19 regular season is quickly coming to a close. With just four games remaining, Dauphin comes into tonight's game playing some of their best hockey.

Dauphin beat Steinbach on back to back nights this past weekend as they earned their 60th point in the process.

"That was great and we played some of our best hockey of the season," Mitch Topinka. "The boys came out firing and we were doing the small things right."

Now the challenge is the Waywayseecappo Wolverines' and they're also a team that is playing very well. Wayway is 5-1-0-1 in their past seven games and they've allowed more than three goals just twice during that span.

The team is led by Isaac Labelle who is a finalist for the league MVP and goaltender of the year. With their hot play, Waywayseecappo is now in eighth place in the league and they are seven points behind Dauphin.

"They're going to come out hard at us in their rink and they want to get under our skin," said Mitch Topinka, Assistant Coach. "Labelle is one of the best and we need to get to him early if we want to have any success tonight."

Dauphin has put together four wins in their past five outings and after tonight, they will get a sizeable break. The team won't play again until February 26 when they welcome OCN to town. After that, they'll play on the 28 against Neepawa.

March 2 is when the Kings' wrap up their regular season as the team heads to Virden to play the Oil Capitals.

"With eight points left on the table, we're looking to get to the 30-win mark," said Topinka. "Our goal is to obviously win the next four games so we'll see how things go."

You can hear tonight's game right here on 730CKDM with the Voice of the Kings', Darnell Duff. The Parkland Source for Sports pregame show is at 7:15.

The McCreary Bantam Mustangs are moving on in dominating fashion. 

Playing Swan River in the quarterfinals, the Mustangs dispatched of them very easily, 8-1.

The thumping completed the series sweep.

Chris Szewczyk and Kayden Caumartin led the way offensively with two goals each. 

Adding singles was Sheldon Mutch, Shayne Shura-Froese, Jeff Gilmore, and Ryan Benson. 

McCreary will now play Russell or Dauphin in the semifinals.