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Brault tops triathlon

WINNIPEG'S Sarah-Anne Brault led the way as Canada's elite triathletes kicked off the 2012 season in medal-winning fashion in La Paz, Argentina, on Sunday.

Brault, a 22-year-old student at West Virginia University, won the women's event at the ITU PATCO Pan American Championships in a time of 2:07:10, more than a minute ahead of two Americans. Montreal's Kathy Tremblay finished just shy of the medals in fourth.

-- DEAN North and his team of Darcy Hayward, Bill, North, Warren McCutcheon and Bill North Sr. from Carman won the 2011-12 DEKALB Super League curling title last weekend at the Carman Club.

Team North won three straight games en route to a 6-5 extra-end win over Portage's Daryl Bachalo in the final.

Team North is the first team from Carman to win the title in its 10-year history. As tournament champions, the team earned the $3,000 grand prize.

-- JONATHAN Quinit of Winnipeg's United Boxing Club won the gold medal in the senior men's 49-kilogram division last Saturday at the Boxing Canada's Elite Canadian Nationals at Membertou, NS.

Katie Saull of United won the bronze in the women's 48 kg. division while Brandt Butt of United won the bronze in the senior men's 75 kg. division. Andrew Gardiner of Crescentwood Boxing Club won bronze in the senior men's 81 kg. division.

Quinit will now compete at the Final Team Selections tournament Feb. 28-March 2 in St. Hyacinthe, Que. If he successfully defends his national title he will earn a berth at the Olympic qualification event in Brazil in May.

-- THE Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame has announced its 2012 inductees.

There will be seven individuals and two teams inducted. Athletes are Edna Johnston (Calver), Beverley Sawchuk and Mae Toogood; builders Jim Nay and Gordon Wooley. Coach Donald Thom and Steve Bergson enter in the all-around category. Teams are the 1963-1968 Boissevain Border Queens and the 1959-1964 Brown's Fastball Club.

Tickets for the May 5 banquet at Brandon's Canad Inns Destination Centre cost $60 and are available from Brett Turner at 204-573-3640 and Les Newman 204-299-0631.

-- SEAN Grassie and his Deer Lodge team of Corey Chambers, Kody Janzen and Stu Shiells won the inaugural edition of the Deer Lodge Curling Club's January Manitoba Curling Tour Bonspiel.

Grassie defeated the Randy Dutiaume team of Thistle by a 5-1 score. Team Grassie earned 30 Manitoba Curling Tour rankings points plus $2,300.

-- LAUREN Sears of the women's volleyball team and Andrew Cunningham of the men's basketball team have been named the Winnipeg Wesmen Pizza Hotline players of the week.

Sears, the fifth-year captain, recorded 36 kills to in a two-match sweep last weekend of the Saskatchewan Huskies. Cunningham, a third-year point guard, scored 23 points and had 13 assists in a split against the Brandon Bobcats last week.

-- HALEY Kirkbride-Taylor of the Westwood Warriors and Alex Anderson of the West Kildonan Wolverines have been named the players of the week in the Winnipeg Women's High School Hockey League.

In the CTV Division A, Kirkbride-Taylor was an offensive leader in her team's 4-0 victory over the Lord Selkirk Royals last week.

In the Winnipeg Free Press Division B, Anderson scored three goals to lead West Kildonan to a 4-1 victory over the Beliveau Barracudas.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 17, 2012 D4

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