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Bisons trio to play in East West Bowl

Quarterback Khaleal Williams, defensive lineman Lauren Kroeker and offensive lineman Johnson of the University of Manitoba men’s football team have been named to the Team West roster and Bisons head coach Brian Dobie has been selelcted to the West coaching staff for 10th East West Bowl game on May 12 in London, Ont.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Williams, 24, has been the Bisons starting pivot for the past two seasons. The 20-year-old Kroeker, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound native of Stonewall, led the Bisons with 42.5 tackles last season. Johnson, 23, played at the guard position for the Bisons last season. Dobie will serve as a special teams coach with the punt and kickoff return units.

The East West game is a showcase event which includes a week of practices and is scouted by the Canadian Football League teams.

Wesmen get Pellerin

Zoe Pellerin, a 6-foot outside hitter from Crocus Plains in Brandon, has committed to join the University of Winnipeg women’s volleyball team for the 2012-2013 season.

Coaching awards on tap

Sport Manitoba’s Coaching Manitoba Excellence Awards will be presented by Manitoba Lotteries at the awards brunch on April 15 at 9 a.m. at the McPhillips Station Casino.

The finalists for the Vince Leah Award (grassroots) are Brigitte Smutny (sailing), Neil Kornberger (cross-country skiing) and David Gowriluk (Badminton). The finalists for the Dr. Jack Hunt Award (developmental) are Craig Bachynski (football), Jayson Gillespie (cycling) and Andy Tough (athletics). For the Peter Williamson Award (high performance), the finalists are Brian Timmerman (ringette), Bill Johnson (wheelchair basketball) and Robert Lamb (wheelchair curling). For the Peter Dick Award (school system athletes), the finalists are Don Thomson (basketball/volleyball), Jon Zilkey (basketball) and Jim Schreyer (volleyball).

Miller to wrestle for U of W

Wrestler Jake Miller of Barrie, Ont., the 2012 Ontario high school champion in the 77-kilgram division, has committed to the University of Winnipeg mens’ wrestling program.

Wesmen head coach Adrian Bruce said Miller will join the Wesmen after a star-studded senior high school year.

"Jake is regarded by many as one of the top recruits in the country on the men’s side," Bruce said in a statement. He is a young man with a wealth of ability coming to us from one of the top Wrestling Clubs in Canada (Mariposa Wrestling Club). He is as talented as they come."

Miller will pursue a degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Winnipeg.

Cooke roast slated for April 26

Former Winnipeg Rifles general manager and president Gord Cooke, a founding board member for the Prairie Football Conference junior football team, will be the subject of the roast at the team’s annual fundraising dinner on April 26 at the Canad Inns Polo Park.

Cooke, who also has served as the Canadian Junior Football League’s commissioner, recently retired as the Rifles’ GM. He has been a longtime volunteer with Football Manitoba and the St. Vital Mustangs community football organization.

Tickets are $150 each with tables of eight priced at $1,200 and can be purchased via Rifles’ president Todd Wilson at 781-4224 or email at

High school athletes of the week

Skylar Boulanger of the University of Winnipeg Collegiate girls’ basketball team and Brooke Mathison of the Hamiota Huskies girls’ basketball team have been selected by the Manitoba High School Athletic Association as the athletes of the week.

Boulanger, a 5-foot-11 grade 11 post, was named the Home Run Sports urban athlete of the week. She led her team to the title at the 2012 Provincial AAA Basketball Championship and was chosen the tournament MVP.

Mathison, the Tri-Star rural high school athlete of the week, is a 6-foot-1 Grade 12 post who helped lead her team to the Provincial A basketball title. She was named the game star of the tournament final and was selected to the provincial all-star team.

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