Hoops, hockey stars commit to Bisons
THE University of Manitoba Bisons women's basketball squad has added a promising new local recruit for the 2013-14 season.
Four-year provincial team member Christina Posthumus, 18, will join the Bisons this upcoming season after graduating from Kildonan East Collegiate, where she served as captain of the varsity basketball team. Last season, the 6-2 forward was a powerhouse for her team, playing 30 minutes a game and averaging 30 points and 16 rebounds.
That performance earned her MVP honours at the Kildonan East Tournament and all-star nods at the Daniel McIntyre, Lord Selkirk and Transcona tourneys. She also set a school record for most points in a single game, with 53.
With the Basketball Manitoba provincial team, she was third in rebounds at the 2012 nationals and fifth in points.
Meantime, the Bisons women's hockey squad has secured a promising new forward for their upcoming season.
The Bisons have secured the commitment of Central Plains Capitals assistant captain Chantal Gamache, 17. The 5-9 forward rocked the Manitoba Female Midget AAA Hockey League this year, putting up 25 goals and 19 assists in 50 games, good for third in Capitals scoring. Before Central Plains, the Laurier, Man., resident was the assistant captain of the AAA Parkland Panthers.
In a release, Bisons head coach Jon Rempel praised Gamache's work ethic, adding she will bring size and grit to the roster.
"She is willing to go to the tough areas of the ice to make things happen," Rempel said.
U of W wrestler honoured
ONE of the newest stars of the University of Winnipeg Wesmen wrestling team was honoured this week in her home province. Maura Martina, who hails from Stephenville, Nfld., was named a recipient of the Premier's Athletic Award in Newfoundland and Labrador. The award comes with funding to help support athletes' training and competitions.
Martina just wrapped up a strong first season with the Wesmen, taking home one silver and two bronze medals in the 82-kilogram weight class.
Gryphons lacrosse starts
SUN'S out, sticks up: The Manitoba Gryphons Junior B lacrosse team is gearing up to kick off their 2013 season this weekend, when they take on the visiting Okotok Marauders in three tilts. The first game begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at Garson Community Centre, then the action moves to the Gryphons' home barn, the Oakbank One Insurance Arena, for an 8 p.m. match. The third meeting between the two teams is slated for 2 p.m. Sunday in Oakbank.
The Gryphons are looking for a solid season in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League, as they are preparing to host the 2013 junior B national championship in Winnipeg Aug. 19 to 25.
5 make taekwondo squad
AFTER a huge showing Saturday, five young Manitoba taekwondo athletes have qualified to compete for Canada at the 2013 Pan American Cadet Championships. Isis Oro, Noah Salcedo, Zachary Heibert, Alicia Mortimer and Skylar Park will make the trip to Mexico this fall. This is the first year there has been an international cadet team for athletes ages 12 to 14, and a quarter of Manitoba's team qualified for the championships.
High school stars
A pair of young badminton players were honoured this week after strong showings at the recent provincial championships.
College Louis Riel senior Maxime Betournay was named the Home Run Sports Urban High School athlete of the week on Tuesday after going undefeated through the provincial tourney to win the boys singles gold medal.
Outside the Perimeter, Reston Tigers boys singles bronze medallist Lance Bartel was named the Tri-Star Rural High School athlete of the week, after a season that saw him serve his way to being the Zone 9 champion.