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Duguid, Northcott gain entry into World Curling Hall of Fame

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FORTY-THREE years after winning the first of his back-to-back world curling championships, Winnipeg's Don Duguid will see his name etched into the World Curling Hall of Fame.

On Tuesday, the organization announced that Duguid, 78, and Alberta skip Ron Northcott, 77, will be formally inducted into the hall on April 7, during the closing ceremonies of the Ford World Men's Curling Championship in Victoria, B.C.

"Going in with Ron Northcott really tickles me," Duguid said in a release. "He was an inspiration to me when I watched him curl."

Northcott captured three world championships during his career.

The year after Northcott's last championship, Duguid and his team -- third Rod Hunter, second Jim Pettapiece and lead Bryan Wood -- rolled through the world championships, going 8-0 in Utica, N.Y., in 1970 and 9-0 in France the very next year.

After retiring from curling, Duguid worked as a broadcaster for CBC and NBC. In 1974, he was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame, and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame honoured him in 1991.

U of M to host golf nationals

THE University of Manitoba golf program is about to get another feather in its cap: A chance to host a major national event.

On Tuesday, the Bisons announced that the team, which plays out of the Southwood Golf and Country Club, will play host for the 2014 Canadian University/College Championship. It is the first time that Manitoba has been called to host the tournament, which was launched in 2003.

The news comes as the team celebrated its most successful season since it was founded in 2000. The Bisons won five men's team titles in the fall of 2012, and coach Garth Goodbrandson was honoured last weekend as the Bison coach of the year.

Mazur earns world junior berth

AFTER a strong performance in competiton in Saskatoon, Manitoban weightlifter Eric Mazur will head to Lima, Peru to lift in Canada's colours. Mazur made all six of his attempts last weekend at the Western Canadian Weightlifting Championships, finishing with a top snatch of 118 kilograms, and a best clean-and-jerk of 151 kilograms. That performance secured him the second spot on the Canadian national team for the World Junior Weightlifting Championships, which kick off in Lima on May 2. Mazur will lift on May 7.

Also at the Saskatoon meet, Mazur and fellow Manitoba lifters Rosemary Densmore and Daryl Conrad qualified for the Canadian Senior National championships, which will be held on May 18-19 in Edmonton.

Pischke qualifies for Universiade

ONE University of Manitoba Bison athlete will be wearing Canada's colours at the Summer Universiade Games in Russia later this year.

Manitoba's Taylor Pischke, a left-side hitter for the Bisons, and her Toronto-based beach volleyball partner Melissa Humana-Paredes won the women's beach volleyball trials in Toronto last weekend, earning them the chance to represent Canada at the Universiade Games in Kazan, Russia in July. The 19-year-old and her partner won all five of their matches at the trials.

The pair will also play for Canada at the 2013 FIVB Under-23 World Beach Volleyball Championships in Myslowice, Poland in June.

Cockrell, Macaulay top jocks

VOLLEYBALL player Rachel Cockrell and hockey player Blair Macaulay were honoured as the University of Manitoba's athletes of the year on the weekend.

Cockrell battled back from her injury-plagued 2011-12 rookie season to become MVP of the Bisons volleyball team this year. The 5-11 hitter finished fifth in CIS points-per-set, and second in Canada West, with 4.51. The Bisons co-captain was also third in kills across the CIS, and was named 2012-13 CIS second team all-Canadian.

Macaulay, the male Bison athlete of the year, was also named MVP of his team in his fourth year as a Bison.

After collecting 35 points (12 goals, 23 assists) in 28 games, the forward and Bisons alternate captain was named a 2012-13 CIS first team all-Canadian, and honoured as the season's most valuable player in Canada West.

Rutner wraps up spot with nats

UP'N'COMING Manitoba wrestler Caleb Rutner clinched gold in his 66-kilogram weight class at the 2013 national junior championships in Frederiction, N.B., over the weekend. The victory seals Rutner's spot on the national team, which will head to the world junior championships in Bulgaria in August. To take the class, Rutner dispatched the 2013 Ontario champion Tyler Rowe in two rounds.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 27, 2013 C7

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