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THE Winnipeg Blue Bombers have added a couple more bodies to the list of prospects who will be at the meat grinder that is training camp this June.

The club announced Tuesday it has added import defensive back Josh Francis and non-import wide receiver Julian Feoli-Gudino.

Francis (6-0, 228, West Virginia) played two seasons at West Virginia and totalled 4.5 sacks, 54 tackles and 39 solo tackles. A 2012 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2012 at linebacker, Francis was not selected in last spring's NFL draft.

Feoli-Gudino (6-0, 200, Laval) -- a native of Costa Rica -- was originally drafted 38th overall by the Toronto Argonauts in 2011. He returned to school for his final year of eligibility the following season and signed with the Argos for the 2012 season. Feoli-Gudino played in seven games with the Argonauts in 2012, mainly on special teams. Ditto in 2013, where he did return five punts for the Boatmen while working under special teams co-ordinator Mike O'Shea, now the Bombers head coach.


  • GOLDEYES STRENGTHEN 'PEN: Goldeyes manager Rick Forney understands better than most the importance of having a deep bullpen.

To that end, the Fish manager announced the signing of two rookie pitchers, Gabe Aguilar and Taylor Sewitt, to contracts for the 2014 season.

The 23-year-old Aguilar arrived in Winnipeg midway through last season after finishing his collegiate career at the University of New Mexico. The left-hander went 1-0 with a 5.05 ERA in 24 appearances out of the bullpen and logged 41 innings of work.

Sewitt, also 23, was claimed off waivers from the Gary SouthShore RailCats during the final week of the season. He didn't allow a run in four relief appearances and had four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings of work. In 40 outings with the Goldeyes and RailCats in 2013, he went 4-1 with a 4.71 ERA.

The Goldeyes now have nine players signed for the 2014 season, including five pitchers.


  • PARSONS STANDS OUT: Winnipeg Blues goaltender Scott Parson has been named this week's Manitoba Junior Hockey League player of the week.

The rookie netminder and product of Fort Frances, Ont., was 2-1 last week, highlighted by a 36-save shutout of the Swan Valley Stampeders. Parsons is 9-7 this season with a 2.44 GAA and .899 save percentage.


  • HOWDEN/PLETT HONOURED: Brett Howden and Cody Plett have been singled out by the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League as the player of the week and rookie of the week, respectively.

Howden, a 15-year-old product of Oakbank and a first-round pick of the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors, recorded a point on nine of his team's 11 goals last week, including assists on both winning goals for his Eastman Selects. Howden (6-1, 170) had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over Parkland and then notched two goals and added five helpers in a 7-5 victory over Yellowhead.

Plett, also of Eastman, started the season on the injured-reserve list but has been a force in the second half. The 5-11, 175-pound product of Steinbach had a goal in the Selects' win over Parkland and another, plus an assist, in last Sunday's victory over Yellowhead.


  • MAGWOOD SALUTED: Westman Wildcats forward Jaycee Magwood has been named the Manitoba Female Midget AAA Hockey League player of the week. The Wildcats captain, a Grade 11 student in Killarney, scored twice and added two assists in Westman's weekend wins over the Winnipeg Avros and Eastman Selects. The second-year midget has scored 17 goals and added 13 assists and is currently fourth in MFMHL scoring. She leads the Wildcats with 44 goals and 72 points in 50 games.


-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 22, 2014 C4

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