Lauren Sera and Daniel Fainman were named co-winners of 2010 Jewish Athlete of the Year Award on Wednesday night at the Rady Jewish Community Centre's "Y" sports dinner held at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.
Sera, keeper the past four seasons for the University of North Dakota Sioux women's soccer team and Fainman, the high-scoring forward for the St. Paul's High School Crusaders, were recipients of the Idy and Max Nusgart Memorial Award.
The athletes were honoured at the dinner which featured Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., baseball's iron man, as guest speaker.
The other finalists for this year's award were Gray Academy girls' basketball team captain Yael Kaplan, St. Boniface Legionnaires junior baseball shortstop Daniel Worb and national junior soccer team member Ezequiel Lubocki.
Fainman, a Grade 12 student, led the Winnipeg High School Hockey League in scoring with 33 goals and 15 assists in 21 games. St. Paul's finished first overall in the Platinum Division and Fainman was named to the WHSHL and provincial all-star teams.
Last July, he was a member of Team Canada at the first World Under-18 Jewish Hockey Championships in Israel.
Sera was the starting goaltender for the UND women's soccer team from 2005-2009. She was named to the 2009 Great West Conference All-Academic and Athletic Team and the 2009-2010 Great West All-Conference Team. Sera won the inaugural Sioux Crew Student Organization Award in 2009.
Whyte a top leader
Duane Whyte of Swan Valley Regional School was awarded the Nick Laping Leadership Award June 21 at the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association general meeting at Portage la Prairie.
Whyte, who retired from teaching last year, coached the varsity boys basketball team for 35 years.
Also honoured were Karl Wiebe of Westgate Mennonite Collegiate and Jim Schreyer of Lord Selkirk Regional School.
Wiebe, who has been coaching basketball, badminton and track for a total of 27 years, was presented with the 2010 Grey Cup Legacy High School Coach of the Year Award. He will also receive $2,000 from the Grey Cup Legacy Committee.
A volleyball coach for 30 years, Schreyer was presented with the Frank L. McKinnon Award. His teams have captured five AAAA provincials.
Pickard in goal at camp
Calvin Pickard, the Winnipeg native playing for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League, has been selected as one of four goaltenders who will attend Canada's national junior team development camp in St. John's, Nfld.
The goaltenders were invited to their respective camps following last weekend's Program of Excellence goaltending camp in Calgary. A total of 15 goaltenders, 10 eligible for the NJT and five for the national men's summer under-18 team, attended the four-day camp.
Canwest Park hopping
Canwest Park will be the scene Saturday as 12 youth baseball teams take part in Baseball Manitoba's 13th annual rookie baseball jamboree, bringing a close to the entry-level sport for baseball.
The teams, representing regions throughout Manitoba and comprised of players nine and older, will use the ATEC pitching machine as a pitcher when they play on three mini-fields set up in the outfield.
Teams taking part are: River Heights Cardinals, Park City West Wildcats, Red River Rockets, Winakwa, Assiniboine West Sox, Grunthal Generals, Stonewall Goldeyes, Oakville Seals, Pilot Mound/Crystal City/Mather, Gilbert Plains Pirates, Hamiota and Kenora Lakers .
Games start at 9:30 a.m. and will be completed by 2 p.m.
V-ballers come up short
The Canadian women's volleyball team showed improvement, but not enough Tuesday, as they lost to the Dominican Republic 23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-14 in the Pan Am Women's Cup being held in Rosarito, Mexico,
The Canadians complete the round-robin at 0-4 but still have a shot to finish as high as fifth in the nine-country tournament.
Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., was the top Canadian scorer in the match with 17 points. Team captain Tammy Mahon of Holland, Man., added 13 and Tonya Mokelki of Weyburn, Sask., 11. Julie Young of Red Deer led all players with 18 digs.
The Canadians were coming off a self-described 'disappointing' performance on Monday against Brazil.
"It was a different team tonight," said Mahon, in her ninth season on the national team. "At a tournament like this there's always some concern whether you can turn things around quickly but tonight we showed we are a character team by putting our previous game behind us."
Cuba, Argentina and the Dominican Republic will grab the three playoff spots in the A pool. Argentina and Cuba played later with first spot and a bye to the semis on the line.
In the B pool, the United States and Peru are through while Trinidad and Tobago was to play Puerto Rico late Wednesday for the third and final playoff spot. Canada will play the loser of the Trinidad-Puerto Rico match in its first consolation game today.
Football Manitoba has announced the names of players who will make up Team Manitoba, and take part in Football Canada Cup, July 10-18 in Wolfville, N.S.
The under-18 team, which is composed of the best high school and midget players from across Manitoba, will be led by defensive lineman Evan Gill (Churchill Bulldogs) and linebackers Devon Anderson (St. Vital Mustangs) and Braden Vankoughnett (Dakota Lancers), receiver Kurt Goodrich (West Kildonan Wolverines) and tailback Donovan Gregoire (Transcona Nationals).
The team will begin its training camp July 2.
See page C10 for complete list of players.
Rounding out the roster are: Kyle Thompson, WR, Elmwood Giants; Marques Tighe, DB, West Kildonan; Chris Rosa, DB, Murdoch MacKay Clansmen; D.J. Lalama, St. Paul's Crusaders; Tyler Vieira, QB, Sisler Spartans; Rhys Hansen, WR, SPC; Theo Deezar, QB, SPC; Derek Yachison, WR, MMC; Dylan Harris, DB, North Winnipeg Nomads; Thomas Cuddy, RB, Vincent Massey Trojans; Colton Farago, LB, Kelvin Clippers; Tim Demidiuk, RB, WKW; Jared Spearing, RB, Vincent Massey Vikings; Tyree Cayer, DB, EG; Blake Molinski, DB, WKW; Jesse Fitch, RB, SS; Jamie Turek, DB, Maples Marauders; Adam Swientek, DB, Dryden Eagles; Cameron Teschuk, DB, SPC; Bryce Orobko, LB, WKW; McKenzie Cook, DL, SPC; Paul Belanger, DL, SS; Mitchell MacKay, OL, WKW; Cameron Watkins, LB, CB; Connor Ketchen, LB, Neelin Spartans; Quinn Horton, OL, SPC; Kieran Beveridge, OL, SPC; Jordyn Griffin rogers, OL, WKW; Jordan Medal, OL, NWN; Stephen Armstrong, OL, Oak Park Raiders; Zachary Regert, WR, Sturgeon Heights Huskies; Spencer Riche, WR, VMV; Kris Stevens, DL, CB; Carlos Cerrato, DL, KC; Tavian Thomas, DL, Garden City Fighting Gophers.