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Klassen, Taylor earn laurels as star Bisons athletes

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TESSA KLASSEN and Braeden Taylor are this week's Smitty's Bison Athletes of the Week.

Klassen, a 5-foot-8 guard, was a big part of the Bisons women earning a home sweep over the Brandon Bobcats during the weekend. She finished with 37 points, 10 steals, six assists and five rebounds while going 16 for 31 (51.6 per cent) in field goal shooting in 48 minutes of play.

Klassen started the weekend with a game-high 23 points, four steals, two assists, two rebounds and one block in only 22 minutes in the 81-54 victory on Friday. On Saturday, the Winnipeg native scored 14 points and added a game-high six steals with four assists and three rebounds in the 73-45 victory.

Taylor, of St. Andrews, earned a bronze medal and two more top-five finishes at the Canada West Swim Championship in Victoria during the weekend.

The fourth-year swimmer was the top Bison at the meet as he swam to a bronze medal performance in the 200-metre breaststroke in two minutes 17.05 seconds. He also finished fourth in the 100-metre breaststroke (1:03.24) and fifth in 50-metre breaststroke (29.67).

In B finals, he was first in the 200-metre individual medley (2:08.05).

Other athletes of the week:

MANITOBA JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

Old Dutch: Zach Tully, Neepawa Natives.

UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG WESMEN

Gondola Pizza Men: Mike James, basketball; Women: Ariel Smith, volleyball.

MANITOBA AAA MIDGET HOCKEY LEAGUE

DEKALB Defensive: Riley Jefferies, Southwest Cougars; Chicken Chef Offensive: John Lawrence, Yellowhead Chiefs.

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 28, 2009 C6

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