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BASEBALL'S American Association has honoured the Winnipeg Goldeyes with a second straight Organization of the Year award.

After a 55-45 regular season in their second year in the league, the Goldeyes ran hot to a 6-0 post-season record and their first league title. The team drew a league-high 285,263 fans in 2012.

The award is voted on by league field managers and media.

It's the seventh time in the last 10 years the Goldeyes have been recognized by their own league as organization of the year.

"It's an honour to be selected for this award by our American Association peers," said Goldeyes GM Andrew Collier in a statement. "It is a tribute to the hard work done by our staff on a yearly basis and the support we receive from our fans."

Synchro swimmers meet

CANADA'S synchronized swimming elite will be in Winnipeg this weekend to share their expertise to coaches and young athletes from both Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Four members of the 2012 Canadian Sychronized Swimming Olympic Team -- Chloé Isaac, Stéphanie Leclair, Karine Thomas and Élise Marcotte -- and the new national team head coach Meng Chen will gather here as part of Synchro Canada's 2012 Annual Convention.

The convention will see more than 80 Synchro Canada employees, committee members, athletes, coaches, officials and high-performance coaches meet to share ideas and expertise.

Among the confirmed speakers are:

-- Pierre Lafontaine (CEO and National Coach of Swimming Canada);

-- Mikael Begon (world renowned acrobatics coach);

-- Leslie Sproule (coach of the Brazilian duet at the 2012 Olympic Games);

-- Jonathan Tremblay (exercise physiologist of Synchro Canada's Centre of Excellence)

-- Graham Barton (high-performance adviser with Own the Podium)

And on Saturday the 2012 Olympians, who finished fourth in the duet and team events in London, will jump in the water at the Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex to share their knowledge and passion with young coaches and coaches.

Herd on ice

FOURTH-RANKED Saskatchewan will provide the opposition as the University of Manitoba Bisons open the home portion of their Canada West hockey schedule this weekend at Max Bell Arena.

Faceoff both Friday and Saturday nights is 7 p.m.

The Bisons are 0-2 in league play after dropping their opening weekend at Alberta.

The team played its off weekend last weekend in the U.S., dropping a 5-3 decision in Grand Forks, N.D. against the University of North Dakota, then playing to a 3-3 tie against Bemidji State.

To start the 77th season of Canada West play, the Bisons have just one home weekend, this one, in October.

Wytinck named top Bison

MANITOBA Amateur golf champion Josh Wytinck is the University of Manitoba Bisons male athlete of the week.

Wytinck led the Bisons to their fifth team title of the fall season by sparking a come-from-behind victory at the Prairie University Golf Championships in Saskatoon over the weekend.

Wytinck shot 72-70-142 for a two-under-par total for the two days as the Bisons rallied from three shots down after the opening round and defeated Mount Royal University of Calgary.

Wytinck is the third Manitoba Bisons golfer to be the school's athlete of the week this fall. Teammates Charlie Boyechko and Bryce Barr have also won the honour.

The weekend victory automatically qualifies the Bisons for next spring's Canadian University/College Championship.

Third-year guard Sheree Carmona-Galdamez is the U of M's female athlete of the week.

In the team's season-opening pre-season tournament at the U of Winnipeg, Carmona-Galdamez was named a tournament all-star after scoring 43 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in three games.

Her best outing was a 23-point game with eight rebounds in 38 minutes of playing time in a 60-54 win over Lakehead on Sunday.

Herd on playoff ropes

THE University of Manitoba Bisons need to move up at least one position if their hope for a playoff spot in Canada West women's soccer is to be realized.

The Bisons, currently in ninth spot, have two games on their final home weekend of the regular schedule. The top eight Canada West teams make the playoffs.

Manitoba, 2-6 after six straight losses, meeets 1-6-1 Lethbridge on Friday at 6 p.m. (Outdoor Turf Fields, West Field), the faces 2-3-3 Calgary on Saturday, same time and place.

Hoopsters top Wesmen

STEPHANIE Kleysen, a third-year guard, is the University of Winnipeg Wesmen Pizza Hotline player of the week.

Kleysen was named to the pre-season tournament all-star team, averaging 11 points and 10.7 rebounds per game in the three-game affair.

In Friday's 70-67 win over Lakehead, Kleysen scored 17 points and had 17 rebounds.

Jordan Clennon, also a third-year guard, earned honours as the school's male athlete of the week.

Clennon led his team in scoring in a two-game, non-conference series against Lakehead on the weekend in Thunder Bay.

He tallied 39 points, including 18 of 25 from the floor over the two games.

-- Staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 10, 2012 C7

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