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Small leads strong cast headed to sports Hall

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The Manitoba High School Sports Hall of Fame grows to 40 members and five teams this weekend with the Class of 2014 induction ceremony on Saturday.

Among the five athletes chosen to join the Hall this year, Collège Jeanne-Sauvé grad Sami Jo Small might be the marquee name.

The three-time Canadian hockey Olympian and two-time gold medallist, however, will be inducted for her excellence in sports off the ice.

Small, the 1994 Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association athlete of the year and scholar-athlete of the year, was a member of a runner-up team and a championship team in the provincial AAA volleyball championships, as well as a first-team all-star.

She was also the Manitoba champion in discus and javelin in 1993 and champion of javelin and discus, plus second in shot put, in 1994, all of that earning her a scholarship to Stanford University.

Joining Small in this year's class are athletes Susan Boroski, Greg Haydenluck, Ted Stoesz and Lesley Hanford, as well as builders James Harrison, Dave McNabb and Fred Kelesnik, plus the three-time provincial champion (1970-72) girls curling team from Miles Macdonell Collegiate.

Boroski was a multi-sport athlete at River East Collegiate and was named the MVP of the provincial basketball championships in 1977. She went on to play volleyball at the University of Manitoba.

Haydenluck, maybe best known as a bobsledder in the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympic Games and as a decathlete in the Commonwealth and Pan American Games, is being inducted for his excellence in track and field while a student at Arthur Meighen High School in Portage la Prairie.

Stoesz was a cross-country, volleyball, basketball, badminton and track and field athlete at Dakota Collegiate, graduating in 1966. His stint there included a provincial volleyball title. Stoesz eventually joined Canada's national basketball team.

Hanford was an outstanding student and athlete at Vincent Massey Collegate from 1968 to 1971, excelling in volleyball, basketball and track. While in Grade 10, she won five events at the provincial track meet and in her Grade 12 year was named athlete of the year.

Among the builders, Harrison compiled an enviable record at Miles Macdonell, winning eight provincial AAAA boys volleyball titles and two provincial AAAA boys basketball crowns.

McNabb, who guided high school teams for more than 25 years at Vincent Massey Collegiate, earning six girls basketball titles in nine trips to the final.

Kelesnik, a coaching and teaching legend at Morris School, spent more than 30 years devoted to mentorship and coaching. His girls varsity volleyball teams captured four provincial AA titles between 1993 and 2000, the year he was named Sport Manitoba's volunteer of the year.

The three consecutive curling titles won by the Miles Macdonell crew included Maureen Jackson, Cathy Pidzarko, Chris Pidzarko, Margaret Sader, Gaye Birchall, Janet Walker and Linda Walker. The Pidzarkos were members of all three teams.

Synchro swimmers at Pan Am Pool


More than 180 athletes and their coaches will be in Winnipeg this weekend for the Canadian Prairie Invitational synchronized swimming competition hosted by Synchro Swim Manitoba.

The invitational includes clubs from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Thunder Bay, competing in figures, solo, team and duet events.

Following Sunday's final competition in the meet, swimmers from Winnipeg and Thunder Bay will compete in provincial team trials.

Action is scheduled for the Pan Am Pool starting Friday, with the opening ceremony at 1:30 p.m. followed by duet, solo and team events beginning at 2:50 p.m.

Competition resumes Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and continues through Sunday morning's awards presentations at 10:20 a.m.


Lambert gets U-17 coaching gig


Hockey Canada has chosen St. Malo native Dan Lambert as one of its three head coaches for the upcoming World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The tournament's new format will see Canada ice three teams, Black, Red and White, instead of the previous five regional teams.

The other head coaches will be Jean-Francois Houle of Quebec City and Sheldon Keefe of Brampton, Ont.

The specific coaching assignments, including assistant coaches, will be made after the national under-17 development camp July 27 to Aug. 5 in Calgary. One hundred and eight players are expected to attend and 66 will be chosen to the three teams.

Lambert, 44, has been an assistant coach with the WHL's Kelowna Rockets for the last five seasons. A 1989 NHL draft pick by Quebec, his career included 29 NHL games and numerous stops around the world. Lambert was a member of the Swift Current Broncos team that won the Memorial Cup in 1989.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 9, 2014 C7

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