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Blake Spiller, head coach of the Portage Terriers, has been handed a two-game suspension by the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for verbal abuse of a game official during the seventh game of the ANAVET Cup final series against the Humboldt Broncos. The suspension will be served next season.

At the 2009 Youth Bowling Canada National Championships in fivepin and tenpin bowling in Toronto, Manitoba bowlers Sean Coutts and Jordan Nickerson each won gold in singles competition.

Coutts, of Chateau Lanes in Winnipeg, won gold in the junior boys division in tenpin while Nickerson, of Winnipeg's Polo Park Lanes, won gold in the junior boys fivepin.

Individual silvers were won by Matthew Verinder of Thunderbird Bowl in Brandon in bantam boys tenpin and Tracy Fleishman of St. Vital Bowl in the senior girls event.

In the team events, a Manitoba combo including Verinder, Couts and Henri Fillion, won gold in tenpin. In fivepin, Manitoba won gold in the senior boys scratch team event with the Dakota Lanes squad of Daniel Alblas, Mark Grimshaw, Trevor Cook and Eric Lemoine.

James Elias of Morden, the tallest of Manitoba's graduating high school basketball seniors at 6-foot-11, has committed to attend Brandon University and will play for head coach Keith Vassell's Bobcats beginning with the 2009-10 season.

At the University of Winnipeg, Jaye Burnett of Selkirk has committed to join head coach Larry McKay's men's volleyball program.

The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association has announced the three finalists for the Ed Belfour Award for the most outstanding player in male high school hockey.

Westwood Warriors defenceman Joel Ballard, Birtle Falcons forward Curtis Gardham and Killarney-Wawanesa Raiders goaltender Connor Macaulay are being considered for the award. The winner will be announced later this month.

Eric Padilla of the Maples Marauders boys badminton team is this week's Home Run Sports Winnipeg high school athlete of the week, while Brianna Workman of the Erickson Eagles girls badminton team is the Tri-Star rural high school athlete of the week.

A live Internet broadcast of today's East-West Bowl in London, Ont., is available. Manitoba Bison running back Matt Henry, offensive lineman Landon Rice and defensive lineman Eddie Steele are competing. The game will be streamed on www.westernmustangs.ca and can be accessed by clicking on the Live Video button. Kickoff is at 12 noon.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 9, 2009 D5

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