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Allan McDonald will be looking to go two-for-two in Golf Manitoba events this summer.

He's part of the field that will compete in the Nott Autocorp Men's Amateur Championship at the Rossmere Golf and Country Club. The three-round event opens Monday morning and concludes Wednesday evening. 

Five players from the Parkland will also tee it up at the event in a field that features 112 players. The field also includes three-time champion Braxton Kuntz. Kuntz, who plays collegiately at Nicholls State University, has won the event three straight years. He won the 2021 event in Neepawa, 2022 at the Elmhurst Golf & Country Club, and he won last year at the Oak Island Golf Club. He will be looking to make it four straight amateur championships next week.

Here is who will play from the Parkland:

Derek Benson - McCreary Golf & Country Club:
The McCreary native is coming off an impressive performance at the mid-amateur championships earlier this month. After opening with a five-over 77, Benson drained five birdies en route to a second-round 70. He then shot 77 in the third round to finish in a tie for 23rd. Derek's game is in great form and he will look to make some noise going up against the best amateur players in the province.

Eric Prokopowich - Dauphin Lake Golf Club:
Eric's run at Golf Manitoba's match play championships earlier this season was one that he will not forget. He was well prepared and dialled in. After a two-over 73 in his qualifying round, the Dauphin star went on quite the run. He advanced to the semi-finals in that event where he came up short against Thomas Scott. 

Thomas Scott - Dauphin Lake Golf Club
Just like Eric, Thomas went on quite the run at the match-play event. Thomas shot a one-over in his qualifying round and then opened up the match-play portion of the event with a dominating 6&5 win as the seventh seed. He then rallied off wins against Doug Penner, Kaleb Lambert, and Prokopowich. Thomas then narrowly came up short against Marco Trstenjak. 

Jackson Delaurier - Dauphin Lake Golf Club:
Only nine other golfers recorded rounds of either par or under par. Delaurier was the 10th as he played some very steady golf in shooting an even-par 72 in round two of Golf Manitoba's junior provincial championships last week. Delaurier finished in 17th place which has him feeling great heading to the Rossmere Golf & Country Club. It's a longer course that requires precision and accuracy, two traits that Delaurier certainly has. 

Hayden Delaloye - Neepawa Golf & Country Club:
Just like Jackson, Hayden is coming off a strong performance at the junior boys' provincial championships last week. He was also Mr. Consistency as he fired back-to-back 75s in the first two rounds before wrapping up his event with a 77. Delaloye ended up finishing in a tie for ninth.

It's set to be an exciting week of golf at the Rossmere Golf & Country Club, so stay tuned for updates. 

44 teams are already registered.

You could be the 45th. Incredible prizes are up for grabs and all proceeds go directly back to the Gilbert Plains Country Club. Have you noticed the beautiful sign when you head over the bridge at the course? That was designed and purchased thanks to the crew at the Battle for the Belts.

Danny Scott and Chris Todoruk are back working their magic as they prepare to host the two-person scramble this Sunday in Gilbert Plains. It's just $140 per team. So for $70, you get 18 holes of golf, a fantastic meal after the round, and you're entered into a draw for some awesome prizes, including a brand new fridge, and a YETI cooler, just to name two.

Hole #9 will be 125 yards and if you ace it, you instantly win $10,000. You can also win $1,000 if you ace the fourth hole. 

To note, this event is open to golfers of all skill levels. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a casual player, you can enter. There are flights and equal prizes for each flight. 

The deadline to register is Thursday and you can do so by contacting at 572-7552 or Chris at 648-7989.

 

The Mavericks Rugby Club men's team is going strong. Heading into an important game against the Brandon Barbarians this weekend at KIN Field, the men's team features a great roster and numbers are as strong as they have been in years.

Now, the men's team is joined by a women's team. The Lady Mavericks are fielding a 10s team this year and are preparing for their second game of the campaign. Their first was last month when they put up a great performance in a 19-10 loss against the Assassins. They are the number-one ranked team in the Premier Division which shows how strong the Lady Mavericks are and how bright of a future the team has.

It was the team's first game in nearly two decades. Chloe Fletcher was thrilled to be back on the pitch playing the sport she loves.

"We did very well, we held our own, that's for sure," said Fletcher. "It was an incredible effort from our ladies. The Assassins are beating other teams by 20 to 50 points, so it was great that we were able to stay so close."

Forming a rugby team is no small feat. It takes time, dedication, and commitment. You also have to be ready to hit the road to play road games. It's something that the Mavericks have not done before this year for nearly two decades, but Fletcher is thrilled that the Lady Mavericks are back.

"It feels incredible that we were able to put this together," offered Fletcher. 

June 15 was a special day for the Lady Mavericks and July 20 will be just as special and perhaps, even a little bit more. After competing in their first game in nearly 20 years, the Lady Mavericks will now play their first home game in nearly 20 years.

They welcome the Barbarians to town on Saturday. The men's team will first play at 1:00 p.m. which is followed by the Lady Mavericks taking centre stage at 3:00. There is no entry fee to watch Mavericks game and Chloe is hoping to fill the stands.

"It is so exciting, we are thrilled to have a home game for both our men's and women's team," ended Fletcher. "We love coming out and having people in Dauphin supporting us. It's so nice to have a great support group cheering us on."

So if you're looking to catch some local rugby action, KIN Field is the place to be on Saturday afternoon. Then you can head to the curling rink inside the Parkland Rec Complex to see Dauphin's newest Stanley Cup Champion Myles Fee

First, it was Derrick Vendramin, then it was Seth Gares

Now, it's Johnny Baptiste. Playing in men's night at the Dauphin Lake Golf Club on Wednesday, Baptiste struck a beautiful eight iron to ace the extremely tough par 3, second hole. The hole was playing 170 yards and is one of the toughest on the course.

Johnny's hole-in-one continues a string of perfect shots in Dauphin as Derrick Vendramin recorded a hole-in-one late last month while Seth Gares achieved the feat earlier this month. 

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.