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Passing camp chance for football players to practise

PLAYERS in the Winnipeg High School Football League will be given an early chance to practise passing with their team and get a taste of their opponents for the 2013 season.

Twelve teams will compete in the third annual North American Lumber 8 on 8 Passing Camp, which takes place at Tec Voc High School on June 25. The teams will play three round-robin games starting at 1 p.m. followed by playoffs at 4 p.m. and a final at 5:30 p.m.

The Manitoba Football Officials Association will be on hand, too. They will use the opportunity to train newly recruited officials for the 2013 season, which will start in September.


Bisons women add defenceman

THE Manitoba Bisons women's hockey team has added new depth to the roster for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

Caitlin Fyten, a 5-7 defenceman from Alberta, has announced her commitment to the team.

The 18-year-old played the last two seasons for the Edge School Mountaineers in Calgary in the Female Midget Junior Women's Hockey League, where she compiled four goals and 15 assists.

Bisons head coach Jon Rempel is pleased to bring in a player with Fyten's skill.

"She is a student of the game that comes from a good hockey family. Her decision-making and ability to be hard on people will be a great addition to the Bison family," he said.


Accolades for high school coaches

THE Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association has presented awards to volunteers for their efforts over the past season.

Gord Nixon of Major Pratt School in Russell was presented with the Nick Laping Leadership Award. Nixon has been teaching and coaching high school sports for 39 years. He's been involved with hosting nine provincial championships and his teams have won seven provincial championships, including five volleyball titles, one baseball crown and one fastball championship.

Rhonda Young of Souris School was awarded the Frank L. McKinnon Award for her volunteering efforts in high school sports. Young has been teaching and coaching for 27 years, served on the MHSAA board and has organized many provincial championships. She has won two AA girls provincial championships and her teams have participated in 11 of them.

The 2013 Grey Cup Legacy High School Coach of the Year was awarded to Murray Brown of Oak Park High School. Brown has been teaching and coaching for 26 years and served on the MHSAA board for eight. Brown's girls basketball teams have appeared in 24 consecutive provincial "AAAA" championships, winning four and adding a silver medal on three other occasions. This year, he guided his team to a 33-0 record.


-- Kyle Jahns

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 19, 2013 D5

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