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Welcome to the School Zone. Watch this space every Wednesday for the latest in what is happening in the world of high school sports. We will bring you weekly rankings, athletes of the week, games to look for and various interesting factoids.

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Athletes of the week

The Tri-Star rural high school athlete of the week is Kinley Graves of the Stonewall Rams girls soccer team.

This 5-10 forward led the Stonewall Rams to the final of the Garden Valley Collegiate tournament last weekend. She scored six goals in three games as the Rams defeated Carman 5-0 and Garden Valley 6-1 and lost to the brand-new Northland Parkway Collegiate 2-1. Graves has now scored 43 goals in her high school soccer career. "Kinley is our vocal leader, but she also leads by example," said Rams coach Charlie Cooke. "She uses her humour to lighten the mood when necessary, but her greatest gift is the ability to stay calm under pressure and make everyone around her better."


The Home Run Sports urban high school athlete of the week is Nathan Dickson of the Kelvin Clippers football team.

This 6-1 safety led the Clippers to victory over the Sisler Spartans. For his efforts he was named the Winnipeg High School Football League defensive player of the week with his lead-leaguing 11-tackle performance. This was Kelvin's first win since moving back up to the Potter Division. Coach Jon Romu said: "Nathan is a great leader who leads by example, he has a knack for finding the ball and making tackles, he is a smart player that understands how the game is played, he is a tough player who hits hard, he is a hard worker and very coachable."



The two defending AAAA volleyball champions start off the year at No. 1. In girls play, the Neelin Spartans opened their season with an impressive victory at the Top 8 Debate tournament in Brandon, winning over a very competitive Lord Selkirk Royals. Meanwhile on the boys side, the Mennonite Brethren Hawks defeated conference rivals the Miles Macdonell Buckeyes, to take top spot in the first tournament of the year -- winning the Wesmen Invitational.




1. Neelin Spartans

2. Lord Selkirk Royals

3. St. Mary's Academy Flames

4. Miles Macdonell Buckeyes

5. Westwood Warriors

6. Vincent Massey Trojans (Wpg.)

7. Vincent Massey Vikings (Bdn.)

8. Dakota Lancers

9. Mennonite Brethren Hawks

10. Steinbach Regional Sabres



1. Mennonite Brethren Hawks

2. Miles Macdonell Buckeyes

3. St. Paul's Crusaders

4. Lord Selkirk Royals

5. Westwood Warriors

6. Steinbach Regional Sabres

7. Garden City Fighting Gophers

8. Northlands Parkway Nighthawks (Winkler)

9. Glenlawn Lions

10. Steinbach Regional Sabres


On tap

  • The provincial golf championship takes place Friday at Portage golf course.
  • Thirteen volleyball tournaments are taking place this weekend, while soccer tournaments are being held in Stonewall and Swan River.


-- For more information, visit the MHSAA website at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 18, 2013 C11

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