THIRD-YEAR hitter Rachel Cockrell of the eight-ranked University of Manitoba women's volleyball team and forward Jesse Paradis of the men's hockey squad have been named the Smitty's Bison Sports athletes of the week.
Cockrell helped propel the volleyball team (8-6) to a road weekend sweep of the Calgary Dinos, finishing with 32 kills, 23 digs, two assists, one block, one service ace and 33.5 points. She is now fourth in conference points at 4.42 per set (53 sets/234.0 points) and fifth in Canada West in kills with 3.83 per set (53 sets/203 kills). The Bisons play host to the Mount Royal Cougars at the Investors Group Athletic Centre this weekend.
The Bisons men's hockey team (9-9-2) picked up a weekend home sweep of Mount Royal and Paradis, a second-year forward, notched back-to-back multi-point games with six points (one game-winning goal, five assists).
Paradis is ranked tied for seventh in Canada West scoring with 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) plus tied for seventh in assists in the conference as the Bisons head to Calgary this weekend to face the top-ranked Dinos.
- SELKIRK'S THOMAS STANDS OUT: The Selkirk Steelers are on a roll -- riding a 13-game win streak -- and Parker Thomas has played an important role in that. Thomas has been named the MJHL Recycle Everywhere player of the week for the week ending Jan. 12 after registering eight points (1G, 7A) in three games, extending his points streak to 10 consecutive games. Thomas, 20, also leads the MJHL points race with 25 goals and 71 points after 39 games.
The runners-up are 20-year-old forward Warren Callis of the Winnipeg Blues and 19-year-old goaltender Michael Stiliadis of the Dauphin Kings.
- PLETT, LEWIS HONOURED: The Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League has singled out Landon Plett and Ty Lewis for some special recognition.
Plett is the Chicken Chef player of the week after scoring four goals and adding an assist last week in leading the Eastman Selects to three wins. Plett, the team captain, picked up a hat trick in the Selects' 6-2 home-ice victory over the Interlake Lightning, then added a goal and an assist in Eastman's weekend sweep of the Parkland Rangers.
Lewis, 15, is the DEKALB rookie of the week after picking up a goal and two assists in two games over the weekend, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Thrashers and a 3-2 shootout win over the Winnipeg Wild. Lewis, currently eighth in league scoring with 20 goals and 20 assists, also had an assist in the Brandon Wheat Kings' 5-2 victory over the Parkland Rangers.
- WESLEY, KLEYSEN BEST OF THE WESMEN : The University of Winnipeg Wesmen have named basketball stars Steven Wesley and Stephanie Kleysen as the Wesmen Garbonzo's players of the week.
Wesley, a co-captain, was huge in a weekend split against Fraser Valley and Trinity Western as the fifth-year forward finished the two games with 42 points, 16 rebounds and five steals while averaging 32 minutes of playing time. In Friday's game against Fraser Valley, Wesley had a double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds). He is currently second in Canada West scoring, averaging 19.4 points per game.
Kleysen picked up her third player-of-the-week honour in helping lead the women's hoops team to a pair of home victories against Fraser Valley and Trinity Western. The fourth-year guard had 40 points, 15 rebounds, 14 assists and six steals over the weekend. Kleysen registered a double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds) in Friday's 77-74 overtime win over Fraser Valley and is currently seventh in Canada West scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game.