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Curler’s legacy lives on through Funspiel

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Hugh Popham always felt the curling season needed to go out with a bang.

The longtime member of the St. Vital Retired Men’s Curling League was the driving force behind the Last Chance Funspiel, an event he founded in 1989 as a late-March sendoff for the roaring game.

The mixed event was well-attended by men and women from retired leagues throughout the city.

When Popham passed away last year, committee members Linda and Joel Bouchard, Herman Adrian, and Jo-Ann and Ron Koskie decided to rename the bonspiel in his honour.

This year marked the first Hugh Popham Memorial Mixed Last Chance Funspiel.

Popham’s son, Bruce, was on hand on March 28 to present the winning team of Neil Pineau, Velma Davis, Judy Smith and Gil Dambly with their trophy.

Plans are already underway for the last week of March 2014, when next year’s funspiel will be held.

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Vincent Massey badminton player Helen Cheung was named the urban high school athlete of the week on April 9.

Cheung and partner Cora Sang won the gold medal in the doubles competition at the College Louis Riel Invitational.

Cheung, a Grade 12 student, is the defending provincial doubles champ, and boasts a 94% academic average.

"Rarely have we seen anyone who works harder and gives more of herself to all facets of our badminton team than Helen," said coach Martin Balcaen.

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The top graduating high school hockey players in the province were on the ice to represent their school for one last time on Sunday afternoon.

The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association hosted its first-ever Graduating All-Star Game at the MTS Iceplex, with Team Winnipeg earning an 8-5 win over Team Rural.

Graham Philp and Nicholas Pierce, both of John Taylor Collegiate, each scored twice for the urban team, while Jesse Adams of Neepawa notched a hat trick for the rural squad.

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Last summer, Winnipeg’s Valley Garden Rockets under-9 girls’ soccer team came within a whisker of winning $125,000 in facility upgrades through the BMO Team of the Week contest.
The call is out for teams that would like to try their luck in the 2013 edition of the promotion.

All youth teams from ages seven to 12 are eligible to share their on- and off-field successes, with each week’s winning team receiving $500 and a set of tracksuits.

The weekly winner that receives the most votes at season’s end will earn the big cash prize, along with some other perks.

To enter your team, visit www.bmosoccer.com.

—Avi Saper is the sports reporter for Canstar Community News. Got a tip on a great sports story? Reach him via email at avi.saper@canstarnews.com

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