DOZENS of the top high school hockey players are coming to Winnipeg in March, as St. Mary's Academy gears up to host the 2014 Female World Sport School Challenge.
It's the second edition of the young prep-school tournament, and also the second time St. Mary's has hosted the event. Eight teams from Hockey Canada "sport schools" programs will flock to MTS Iceplex, where they will play in front of scouts from Canadian and American college programs.
Among the competing schools are St. Mary's, Balmoral Hall and Shaftesbury Hockey Academy from Winnipeg, Banff Hockey School and Calgary's Edge School for Athletes, Edmonton's St. Francis Xavier High School, Kelowna's Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy and Rothesay Netherwood School from New Brunswick. Edge School for Athletes squad will come in as the defending champions.
The tournament was developed in conjunction with Hockey Canada's sport school program, a group of 17 schools across Canada that pair high-level education with hockey opportunities. St. Mary's became an official sport school in 2011, one of the most recent additions. The medal games are slated for March 16 at MTS Iceplex.
TWO University of Winnipeg volleyball players were lauded on Monday as the Wesmen's Garbonzo's Players of the Week. On the men's side, fourth-year outside hitter Tom Douglas-Powell earned the nod after he helped his squad pick up a weekend split against the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack. He racked up 36 kills, 13 defensive digs, seven blocks and two service aces across the weekend, with 24 of those kills being a match-high in Friday's four-set win.
From the women's team, second-year right side Hailey Buhler's big outing led the Wesmen to a weekend sweep over the Wolfpack, as she earned 29 kills, 32 defensive digs, six service aces and three blocks in the two games. She led the Wesmen in Friday's four-set win with 19 kills, 20 digs, three service aces and two blocks.
Hockey all-stars in action
SUPPORTERS flocked to MTS Iceplex on Sunday to celebrate the Winnipeg Women's High School Hockey League's All Star Day, featuring two games between some of the league's top players. Among the all-stars on the ice, four were named player of the game: Springfield Sabre Hannah Kostiuk, Sanford Sabre Sam Payette, FRC Centurion Andrea Bruce and Miles Macdonell Buckeye Dannielle Quaye.
Two schools in Grand Prix
THERE'S an exciting new challenge on the horizon for the Kelvin High School boys and the Lord Selkirk Regional girls track and field teams, as they were chosen to represent Manitoba at the 2014 Nike High School Grand Prix in Toronto. Twenty-four teams -- one boys team and one girls team from each of the provinces and territories -- will be represented at the third annual event, which runs from May 8 to 11.
It is the first Canadian track and field invitational for high school students.