Liam MacLeod of La Salle recently took a big step forward in his hockey career.
MacLeod, 15, was selected in the ninth round (188th overall) of this year’s Western Hockey League bantam draft by the Brandon Wheat Kings. He was also chosen eighth overall by the Winkler Flyers in the 2012 Manitoba Junior Hockey League draft.
The 5-foot-10 right-winger played for the AAA bantam Pembina Valley Hawks this past season. In 56 games he scored 32 goals and added 27 assists.
MacLeod has been focusing on developing his skills and helping his teams as much as he can to this point in his hockey career. In the future he hopes to see himself playing at the highest level he can.
This past season was his first with the Hawks and he plans to rejoin them this fall. He hopes to make the Wheat Kings next season.
MacLeod has shown plenty of versatility on the ice. He played center for the majority of this past season, but also saw time at both right and left wing.
"It will take a lot of work and dedication, but the opportunity that would come with making that team would be tremendous," MacLeod said of the prospect of one day joining the Wheaties.
MacLeod admits there were times this past year when juggling hockey and school was difficult, especially since he was attending a new school. Despite the extra workload, he still found it enjoyable.
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With another summer comes another week of Vacation Bible School, an event organized by the La Salle Community Fellowship and Glenlea Mennonite Church. From Aug. 20 to 24, the bible school gets kids excited about their faith. Throughout morning activities such as recreation, snacks and singing, kids learn what the Bible says about having a relationship with Jesus.
The bible school has been an annual community highlight since 1997 and continues to grow each year. This year’s event is expected to attract 150 kids, which would be a record. The total number of kids attending the sessions was previously capped at 125 but a recent restructuring has allowed for more youngsters to be accommodated.
Organizers are hoping to have 50 or more volunteers help keep things running smoothly.
Youth volunteers help out with teaching, guiding and running stations.
As always, the school is located at the La Salle Community Centre. It is free to attend and is open to all kids who are entering kindergarten to Grade 5 this fall.
Registrations are still being accepted.
Teresinha Wolfe is a community correspondent for La Salle. You can contact her at email@example.com.