Athletes of the week
- The rural athlete of the week is Ronaldo Rodas of the Steinbach Regional Sabres soccer team.
This 5-6 Grade 10 student and striker led his team offensively, scoring some key goals in the team's tournament victories at Minnedosa and Stonewall, before helping the Sabres claim the Zone 13 championship. "As a new student to the school, Ronaldo has been a quiet leader on the team and expressed himself through his outstanding technical ability and passion for the game of soccer," said coach Steve Rebizant.
- The urban athlete of the week is T.J. Boyko of the Kelvin Clippers football team.
This 6-1 defensive back was named the WHSFL defensive player of the week after recording seven tackles, two interceptions and one safety in Kelvin's win over the Dakota Lancers. "T.J. has a nose for the ball. He is leader that leads by example and plays the game the way it is supposed to be played. He is a great tackler and sheds blocks well. He is a smart player who is coachable," said coach Jon Romu.
The Grade 12 student maintains an 80 per cent average while also participating in soccer and hockey.
There was very little movement in the varsity team volleyball rankings with the exception of the girls, where the Dakota Lancers and Steinbach Regional Sabres grabbed the last two spots. In junior varsity girls' play, the Virden Bears won the Vikings Classic over the Fort Richmond Centurions to move into the rankings, while on the boys' side there was some shuffling for position after the Buckeyes Invitational and Viking Classics tournaments. The only new team to crack the rankings was the Crocus Plains Plainsmen.
1. Neelin Spartans (1)
2. Westwood Warriors (2)
3. Lord Selkirk Royals (3)
4. St. Mary's Academy Flames (4)
5. Miles Macdonell Buckeyes (5)
6. Vincent Massey Vikings (Bdn) (6)
7. Mennonite Brethren Hawks (7)
8. Portage Saints (8)
9. Dakota Lancers (NR)
10. Steinbach Regional Sabres (NR)
1. Miles Macdonell Buckeyes (1)
2. Mennonite Brethren Hawks (2)
3. Lord Selkirk Royals (3)
4. Westwood Warriors (4)
5. River East Kodiaks (5)
6. St. Paul's Crusaders (6)
7. Northlands Parkway Nighthawks (Winkler) (7)
8. Steinbach Regional Sabres (8)
9. Vincent Massey Vikings (Bdn) (9)
10. Daniel McIntyre Maroons (10)
AAA/AAAA JUNIOR VARSITY
1. Vincent Massey Trojans (Wpg) (1)
2. Lord Selkirk Royals (2)
3. St. Mary's Academy Flames (3)
4. Miles Macdonell Buckeyes (4)
5. Mennonite Brethren Hawks (5)
6. Glenlawn Lions (6)
7. Sturgeon Heights Huskies (7)
8. Virden Bears (NR)
9. Fort Richmond Centurions (8)
10. Northlands Parkway Nighthawks (Winkler) (9)
1. Steinbach Regional Sabres (1)
2. Mennonite Brethren Hawks (3)
3. Lord Selkirk Royals (2)
4. Miles Macdonell Buckeyes (6)
5. St. Paul's Crusaders (4)
6. Vincent Massey Vikings (Bdn) (8)
7. Louis Riel Voyageurs (5)
8. Crocus Plains Plainsmen (NR)
9. John Taylor Pipers (9)
10. Daniel McIntyre Maroons (7)
- This is a busy week for high school sports. The provincial cross-country running championships take place at Spruce Woods Provincial park today beginning at noon, with over 1,200 participants.
- The rural soccer provincials take place in MacGregor and Austin on Friday and Saturday. Participating teams in the boys' section include Steinbach, Stonewall, Garden Valley (Winkler), Birtle, MacGregor, Rivers, Dauphin, and Hapnot (Flin Flon). The final boys' team will be decided in a wild-card game between Swan Valley (Swan River) and Niverville. Girls' teams include Shoal Lake, Stonewall, Hapnot (Flin Flon), MacGregor, Dauphin, Rivers, Ecole Edward Schreyer (Beausejour), and Northland Parkway (Winkler). The final two spots will be determined in wild-card games between Niverville and Neepawa, and WC Miller (Altona) vs. Steinbach. Defending champions are the MacGregor boys and Rivers girls.
For more information and all league and tournament results, visit the MHSAA website at www.mhsaa.ca.