Manitobans invited to camp
JOCELYNE Larocque and Bailey Bram of Ste. Anne and Jenelle Kohanchuk of Winnipeg have been selected to the national women's hockey team's winter camp Jan. 20-25 in Ottawa.
The three Manitobans were among 23 players invited to the camp, which will serve as an evaluation opportunity for the Team Canada coaching staff in preparation for the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship in Ottawa and 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Players will continue to be evaluated with their club teams during the 2012-13 season.
Top squash players coming
ALIX Younger of Winnipeg will be among a slate of top women's international squash players who will compete at the 2013 Meadowood Pharmacy Open Jan. 29-Feb. 3 at the Winnipeg Winter Club.
Younger has received a wild-card and an automatic entry into the main round of 16, which will begin Jan. 31.
The top seed is Dipika Pallikal of India, who is ranked No. 10 in the world. She is bringing her new coach, former five-time world champion Sarah Fitzgerald of Australia. Emma Beddoes of England is the two-time defending champion of this event and is seeded sixth this year. The tournament will carry a prize package of $13,000.
Softball hall grows larger
FIVE athletes, two builders, one coach and three teams will be inducted into the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame on May 4 at the 12th annual induction banquet at Canad Inns Polo Park. Players to be inducted are the Newsham sisters, Heather (Newsham) Ruby and Sandy (Newsham) Maskiw along with Donna Manning and posthumous inductees Dr. C. (Sheppy) Hershfield and Harold (Googs) Hindle. The builder inductees are Ernie Delorme and Garry Johnston along with coach Met Simenik (posthumous). The teams list includes the 1930-35 Native Sons (also known as the Canucks and formerly the Nifties), the 1972-77 Clanwilliam Greys and the 1984-87 Manitoba Men's Masters Team. For tickets to the dinner, which are $60 each, contact Les Newman at 204-235-1674.
Two Wesmen work wonders
WRESTLER Jessica Brenton and men's basketball player Steven Wesley have been named the University of Winnipeg Wesmen Pizza Hotline players of the week.
Brenton, last year's Canada West women's wrestling rookie of the year, won the bronze medal in the 63-kilogram weight class at the Regina Cougars Invitational Tournament last Saturday in Regina. Wesley scored 52 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a weekend split at home against Victoria and No. 2-ranked UBC.
Hislop tames Lake Louise
TORI Hislop of East St. Paul won a bronze medal on Sunday at Lake Louise, Alta., in the Cresa under-16 race. The first race weekend of the season for the Manitoba Alpine Ski Team, it was a great start for Hislop, 15, who lost a pole and a glove in her first run. In 12th place by three seconds after the first run, Hislop beat the runner-up in her second run by .86 seconds to earn the bronze medal.
Raider, Olympien top players
SYDNEY DeBrouwere of the Oak Park Raiders and Emma Onchulenko of the Collège Jeanne-Sauvé Olympiens have been named the players of the week in the Winnipeg Women's High School Hockey League.
In the Winnipeg Free Press Division B, Onchulenko set up the tying goal in a 2-2 tie with the St. Norbert Celtics last week.
DeBrouwere, in the CTV Division A, recorded an assist in a strong defensive performance in a 4-3 win over the Sanford Sabres last week.
MS Society needs runners
THE Multiple Sclerosis Society is looking for 10 endurance athletes to be part of a unique fundraiser called the MS Run the US Relay to be held on April 16-Sept. 6. It is being billed as a "distance-running relay adventure to benefit Multiple Sclerosis." The 4,828-kilometre relay will be divided into 22 segments from Los Angeles to New York. The 10 "running partners" will take part in running each leg of the coast-to-coast run. Each segment is about 225 kilometres over six days. Anyone interested in participating in the inaugural MS Run the US Relay can apply for a "running partner" spot online at http://www.msruntheus.com/.
Genyk week's top MJHL player
TRENT Genyk, 20, of the Steinbach Pistons has been named the Recycle Everywhere-Manitoba Junior Hockey League player of the week.
Genyk, a native of Winnipeg Beach, recorded seven points (3-4) in four games for the Pistons, who won three games during that stretch.