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Right-handed hurler signs with Goldeyes

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THE defending league champion Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Chris Allen on Tuesday for the 2013 American Association season.

Allen, 28, was acquired by the Goldeyes late last season from the Gary SouthShore RailCats along with outfielder Mike Coles in exchange for pitcher Dexter Carter and a player to be named later, which turned out to be outfielder/catcher Kyle Day.

In addition, the Goldeyes acquired the rights to right-handed pitcher Justin Garcia from the Amarillo Sox in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations. Garcia still has to be signed to a contract for the 2013 season.

Allen, a product of Williamsport, Pa., made 12 appearances (9 1/3 innings) out of the bullpen for Winnipeg, posting a 1-0 record with a 5.79 ERA and nine strikeouts. Allen also pitched in five of Winnipeg's six playoff games during the team's championship run last season. He didn't allow a run and had four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings of work.

Skaters bound for Utah

WINNIPEG'S Brittany Schussler and Stefan Waples have been selected for Canada's speedskating team at the North American and Oceania regional qualifying competition for next month's World All-Round Championships in Norway.

The qualifying competition will take place Saturday and Sunday in Salt Lake City and include Canada, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.

Appleyard scores award

BROCK APPLEYARD of Lundar, a second-year forward with the University of Regina Cougars hockey team, has been named the Canada West conference male athlete of the week.

Appleyard, who led Regina to a two-game home sweep over the Lethbridge Pronghorns, recorded his first career multiple-goal game Saturday with a pair of goals including the game-winner and insurance marker in a 4-2 win.

Media awards announced

ANDREW EVANS, Ian Froese and Ryan Kesslar are the 2013 recipients of the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association's Jack Matheson Memorial Awards.

Evans, a former Winnipeg Free Press Vince Leah sports intern, is completing a four-year journalism degree at Ryerson University in Toronto while Froese is in the journalism program at the University of King's College in Halifax. Kessler is in the joint communications program at Red River College and the University of Winnipeg.

Bisons salute hockey stars

UNIVERSITY of Manitoba women's hockey player Amy Lee and men's hockey player Del Cowan have been named the Smitty's Bisons athletes of the week.

Lee, a fourth-year forward from Brandon, recorded a goal and two assists, including assisting on Manitoba's lone goal in Saturday's 1-0 win, in a weekend sweep of the Saskatchewan Huskies at home.

Cowan, a third-year forward from Hartney, scored his first goal of the season on the power play in Manitoba's 4-2 win Friday over the Saskatchewan Huskies in Saskatoon. The Bisons, who lost 3-2 on Saturday, are ranked No. 9 in Canada.

Raider, Tiger take honours

THE Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association has named Kerilynn MacLennan of the Oak Park Raiders basketball team as the Home Run Sports urban high school athlete of the week. Jayden Buchanan of the Nellie McClung/Pilot Mound/Cartwright Tigers hockey team is the Tri-Star rural high school athlete of the week.

MacLennan, a 5-11 forward, helped lead her team to the Pembina Trails Classic and Westwood tournament championships and was named a tournament all-star at both events.

Buchanan, a 6-foot defenceman, scored three goals and had an assist to help lead the Tigers to the Hazen Holiday tournament championship in North Dakota.

-- Ashley Prest

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 9, 2013 C4

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