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Zodiacs, Cougars tops

THE Garden Valley Zodiacs girls team and the Carberry Cougars boys team are the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association's 2012-13 provincial curling champions.

There were 16 boys and 16 girls teams from across Manitoba competing in the championships, held in Gladstone and Plumas.

The Emily Dyck team from Winkler defeated Christine MacKay from Vincent Massey Winnipeg 8-7 to win the girls' title. Dyck's team includes third Abby Wiebe, second Katelyn Derksen, lead Brooke Friesen and alternate Holly Friesen.

The Braden Calvert team from Carberry defeated Colton Lott's Gimli Lakers rink 9-1 for the boys' title. Calvert's team includes third Max Van Kommer, second Braden Orchard and lead Nathan Malfait.

Hoops race down to wire

THERE'S a three-way deadlock for first place in the Prairie division of the Canada West men's basketball standings heading into the final week of the regular season. The University of Manitoba Bisons (14-7), the Saskatchewan Huskies (14-6) and the Alberta Golden Bears (14-6) are set to battle down to the wire.

The unranked Bisons beat the No. 9-ranked Huskies at the Investors Group Athletic Centre 83-74 on Friday before the Huskies bounced back on Saturday with a 94-84 win. The unranked Winnipeg Wesmen joined the fun by sweeping the No. 7-ranked Golden Bears at the Duckworth Centre 68-55 on Friday and 77-76 on Saturday.

The Wesmen (13-8) are fourth, followed by the Calgary Dinos at 12-8. Only the top four teams will earn post-season berths.

The regular season will close on Wednesday for the Bisons and Wesmen with a head-to-head matchup at 8 p.m. at the U of M.

Hockey Herd miss bye

IN men's hockey, the Manitoba Bisons (17-7-4) saw their shot at a first-round playoff bye slip away in a split with the Cougars in Regina over the weekend. The Bisons slipped to third from second place after a 4-2 loss Saturday following Friday's 6-3 win. The Saskatchewan Huskies won both their games over the weekend to move a point up on Manitoba.

Manitoba will host Regina in a best-of-three conference quarter-final.

Manitoba's Blair Macaulay finished third in conference scoring with 12 goals and 23 assists for 35 points. Winnipeg native Johnny Lazo of the Alberta Golden Bears finished fourth overall with 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points.

U of M women advance

THE Bisons women's hockey team lost both games last weekend at Regina, both 3-2 losses with Friday's in a shootout. It was the final regular-season action for fifth-year Nellie Minshull. The 10-12-6 Bisons, who finished sixth in the conference, earned the last playoff spot and will head to Vancouver next weekend for a best-of-three quarter-final series against the third-place UBC Thunderbirds (17-7-4).

Volleyballers in quarters

THE no. 3-ranked Bisons men's volleyball team (14-8) will travel to Saskatoon next weekend for the best-of-three Canada West quarter-final series against the Saskatchewan Huskies (15-7).

The No. 6-ranked Huskies and Bisons ended the regular season over the weekend in Saskatoon as the Bisons claimed a 3-1 win (25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 25-20) on Saturday after losing 3-0 Friday. In the win, Evan Jackson led the Bisons with 13 kills while Dane Pischke added 11.

In women's action, the Bisons (12-10) recorded a straight-sets sweep of the Huskies. Manitoba now will play the Alberta Pandas at Edmonton next weekend in the best-of-three Canada West quarter-final series.

Wesmen face Spartans

THE No. 9-ranked University of Winnipeg Wesmen men's volleyball team split with the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack over the weekend at Kamloops. After losing 3-0 Friday, the Wesmen were led by Tom Douglas Powell with 16 kills.

The Wesmen (11-11) will play a best-of-three quarter-final series at Langley, B.C. next weekend against the No. 5-ranked Trinity Western Spartans (16-6).

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 11, 2013 C4

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