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Dan Christison (17-7) and Mike Wessell (8-2), will have plenty of room to ply their trade when the 30-foot diameter Steel Circle makes its debut at the Winnipeg Convention Centre tonight.

The two will get it on in the mixed martial arts main event of Canadian Fighting Championship 4.

Christison, who hails from Louisville, Ky., became the Canadian Fighting Championship's unofficial heavyweight champion when he knocked out previously unbeaten Winnipegger Rodrigo Munduruca at CFC 3. Now he's back, this time to trade blows with Las Vegas banger Wessell.

The co-main event has Lindsey Hawes (6-3) of Winnipeg taking on John Makdessi (5-0) from Montreal. Seven other bouts will grace the card, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Fans can purchase tables by calling 772-2599. General admission tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

Sonia Rossy and Ariel Smith, both of the Winnipeg Wesmen women's volleyball team, lead a parade five Manitobans into Canada West Conference post-season honours.

Rossy was named rookie of the year and Smith was selected to the second-team all-star squad, while Manitoba Bisons Ashley Voth and Sam Loewen were named first- and second-team all-stars. The fifth honour went to Brandon Bobcat Teagan Hunter, who was named a second-team all-star.

Rossy started all 20 regular-season matches for the 7-13 Wesmen, compiling 176 kills, 293 defensive digs and 28 blocks.

Voth was fifth in the conference in hitting percentage at .294, ninth in kills at 3.03 per game (68 games/206 kills) and ninth in points with 3.71 per game. Loewen, of East St. Paul, was first in Canada West in assists with 10.15 per game, and Hunter posted CIS statistics of fourth in sets played (78), fifth in kills (246), and sixth in points (295).

Towering above the town of Banff, Mt. Norquay's slopes gave up a silver medal in the combi event (a mix between slalom and giant slalom) to 12-year-old East St. Paul skier Tori Hislop of the Summit Ski Club (Spring Hill Winter Park) at the recent Western Canadian K1 championships.

The Grade 7 student at Robert Andrews School competed against 60 of the top 11- and 12-year-old female alpine ski racers from Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C.

"Going out there I had a goal, and it was always to make the top 10, and I accomplished that goal," she said. "I was always scouting out the competition, and I thought I could take them. It just seemed that I work just as hard as them, and my coaching is just as good."

Sara Telles-Langdon, 11, also of SSC, skied to a personal best of 24th in the Kinder combi. Summit's Evan Madill's best result was also the combi where he ranked 40th, and Brandon's (Assessippi Ski Club) Gage Martinook skied to a top 10 in the slalom, earning a ninth overall and 16th in the combi.

Jake Heisinger of the Winnipeg Wild and Brian Archibald of the Southwest Cougars each pulled down the top individual awards in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League.

Heisinger is the league's top scorer with 73 points on 27 goals and 46 assists. While putting in 1,340 minutes in the Cougars goal, Archibald has allowed only 38 goals, posted three shutouts and registered 19 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie.

Cole Olsen of the West Division's Cougars and Nick Kobelka of the East Division's Eastman Selects are the league's Most Sportsmanlike Players.

Morgan Jones scored all three goals Thursday as the Canadian women's bandy team, made up entirely of Manitoba players, won both their games at the world championship tournament in Dremmen, Norway. Canada is 2-2.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 26, 2010 C8

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