TAYLOR PISCHKE of Winnipeg and her partner Melissa Humana won the women's title at the Varadero Beach Volleyball Tournament in Varadero, Cuba on the weekend, the fifth stop of the 2013 NORCECA Circuit.
Humana and Pischke, representing team Canada-A, needed to rely on their finesse touch and strong defence to win 2-1 (29-31, 21-18, 15-12) over a team from Cuba. The match was the longest of the tournament, lasting 74 minutes.
"We are very happy to win this match against a very strong team," Humana said in an interview with Cubavision TV. "The weather was very hot during the weekend but we were able to adjust and played well."
Ayob Ayob taking talent to Titans
A recent Winnipeg high school graduate will be taking his basketball talent south of the border this season. Ayob Ayob of East Kildonan will join the Williston State Tetons in North Dakota.
Ayob was a member of the 2012 Manitoba under-17 provincial team, bringing home a silver medal at the Canadian national championship tournament. During his senior season in high school, Ayob averaged over 25 points a game, received numerous all-star selections and was named the MVP at the Kildonan East varsity tournament. Ayob also played for the Winnipeg Wolves, competing throughout Canada and the United States.
Ayob was ranked the No. 4 university prospect in Manitoba and Tetons head coach Eric Peterson believes the versatile forward will be a good addition to the team.
"Ayob is exactly what we were looking for to round out our roster," Peterson said. "He's very long, moves well and has guard skills at 6-7.
"Ayob is a perfect fit for our system and plays extremely hard."
Zrinyi claims Pan Am gold medal
WINNIPEGGER Julia Zrinyi of Stride Ahead Tough Track picked up her third gold medal of the summer, this wan coming at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia.
Zrinyi ran a 4:36.88 in the 1,500-metres event to win the medal. Earlier in the summer she won gold in the 1,500-m at the Canadian Junior Championships and at the Canada Summer Games. Zrinyi currently attends the University of Connecticut.
Eric Guy and Alhaji Mansaray of Winnipeg Optimist Athletics also represented Canada at the Pan Am Junior Championships.
Guy lowered his Manitoba provincial record in the junior men's 110-m hurdles in the semifinals with a time of 14.10. In the finals, Guy finished with a time of 14.24 to place seventh overall. Mansaray finished sixth overall in the high jump with a height of 2.05 metres. Guy and Mansaray will attend the University of Manitoba this fall.
Canada had the second highest medal count at the championships with a total of 19 medals (six gold, six silver and seven bronze).