THE Winnipeg Goldeyes are ramping up for the season, adding two new pitchers Tuesday to bring the club's roster up to 21.
The newcomers, right-hander Patrick Keating and left-hander Allen Caldwell, both 25, both played four seasons in the Kansas City Royals organization. Keating played most of last season with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the AA-level Texas League. In 32 looks with the Naturals, he went 2-2 with a 4.79 ERA and nine saves. He's been a closer at every level he's played.
"Hopefully he's as good as advertised," Goldeyes manager Rick Forney said, praising Keating's fastball and breaking ball.
Caldwell sat out last season with a shoulder injury. Before that, he made 20 appearances between the Single-A Midwest League and the Advanced-A Carolina League, going a perfect 6-0 with a 1.97 ERA. He had 62 strikeouts in 50.1 innings.
With the additions, the Goldeyes now have 13 pitchers and eight position players under contract for the 2013 season.
Bulldogs induct 8 into Hall
THE Churchill Bulldogs are getting ready to induct eight new members into their high school football Hall of Fame at a fundraising dinner this month, and are inviting the public to join in the festivities.
The school will celebrate 52 seasons of football on April 17 at the Radisson Hotel downtown. At the dinner, the team will induct late running back Bill Scott, who ran for the team between 1961 and 1963, as well as player alumni Bob Keeley, Barry Leclaire, Dave Coverdale, Gary Coughlan, Dennis Brewster, Darcy Littlewood and Devon Stewart.
Tickets for the fundraising dinner are available from coach Tom Walls at email@example.com, or by calling 204-471-1301.
Bomber mini-camp in late April
BLUE BOMBERS fans can get their first taste of CFL football later this month, when the Bombers host an open mini-camp at the Winnipeg Indoor Soccer Complex. The three-day camp will include players currently listed on the roster for the 2013 season, and will give fans a chance to see players and staff in action. The camp runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24th and Thursday, April 25th, and from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 26th. All practices are open to the public at the complex, located at 211 Chancellor Matheson Road.
Gopher to go for Wesmen
ONE week after wrapping up his high-school basketball career with a stunning comeback victory in the provincial final, Garden City Fighting Gopher Tynan Reyes is committing to take his game to the next level. Reyes, who was named MVP of the championship tournament, will join the University of Winnipeg Wesmen this fall, the team announced on Tuesday. The 6-6 post averaged 26 points and 14 rebounds per game this last season, while helping the Fighting Gophers successfully defend their provincial championship and scooping up MVP awards at various tournaments.
Wesmen head coach Mike Raimbault called Reyes' commitment an "integral addition" to the team's future. "He has had an outstanding high school career, is a proven winner, and... has proven that he can perform under pressure and in big games," Raimbault said in a statement.
Brescianni earns honour
HIS team's Turnbull Cup run may be done, but Winnipeg Blues player Channing Brescianni has one honour to savour. On Tuesday, the 19-year-old defenceman was named the Recycle Everywhere MJHL Player of the Week, after putting up five assists in three playoff games against the Steinbach Pistons last week. Also in the running for the honour were 19-year-old Dauphin Kings forward Daulton Siwak and centre Justin Augert, 19, who potted two goals in the Steinbach Pistons' 4-1 takedown of the Blues in game six of the Addison Division final on Monday.
Manitoba wins ringette gold
THE U14 AA Team Manitoba ringette club came home from Regina last weekend with some new gold hardware, after winning the 2013 Western Canadian Ringette Championships. The team, which was composed primarily of provincial champion the Winnipeg Magic and a few players from other clubs, sailed through the round robin 4-0 to earn a berth directly to the Saturday final. The girls brought a strong offensive game against a tired Team Saskatchewan, and won the gold-medal game 15 to 4.
Every player on the team recorded at least one point during the tournament, and Team Manitoba won four out of five skills competition events and had three players named to the six-spot all-star team.
High school stars of week
Miles Macdonell Buckeyes girls basketball guard Susanna Namgung was recognized on Tuesday as the Home Run Sports urban high school athlete of the week. The praise comes after a season where Namgung, who maintains an 80 per cent average in Grade 11, helped led her team to the final four of the AAAA provincial championships. She averaged 14 points, four rebounds, three steals and three assists per game over the season, en route to becoming a provincial all-star.
Multi-sport athlete Courtney Fines was named on Tuesday as the Tri-Star rural high school athlete of the week. The Elton Sabres girls' basketball guard won the Player's Choice Award at the provincial AA championships, after scoring 26 points with seven rebounds in the Sabres' quarter-final game. Perhaps not so coincidentally, Fines was given the same honour earlier this year at the provincial volleyball championships.