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Strong Manitoba side competing for junior racquetball crowns

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Teighan Fleming and Kurtis Cullen, both of Brandon, are leading a team of 12 Manitobans, eight from Brandon, into today's Canadian junior national racquetball championships in Burlington, Ont.

Fleming, the No. 2 seed in the girls under-14 division, will also vie for the under-16 crown this week, and Cullen, the No. 2 seed in the boys under-18 division will also team with Tanner Mattson of Vancouver to compete in the boys doubles event.

The tournament runs from today to Saturday, with the winners of the under-14, under-16 and under-18 divisions being named to Racquetball Canada's junior national team. They travel to California in November for the junior worlds.

Fleming, who is reputed to have a monster serve, plays twice today. In the under-16 round, she takes on Mariah Meston of P.E.I. She drew a bye in the first round of the under-16 division, but will play the winner of the Sivan Dinur (Vancouver) and Felicia Coo (Brantford) match in the second round.

The girl Fleming needs to dethrone in the under-14 is No. 1 seed Michelle Morissette of Quebec, who is looking to make the national team for the third year in a row. In the under-16s, Fleming's main competition is No. 1 seed Brittany Nelson of Windsor, Ont., and No. 2 Morissette.

Cullen's main target this week will be No. 1 seed Pedro Castro of Quebec. In doubles, Castro and Samuel Murray are the ones to beat.

Also competing for Manitoba from Brandon are: Dustin Gryschuk (boys under-12 and under-14 singles), Lauren Gryschuk (girls under-10 singles), Perl Lee (boys under-14 singles and doubles), Connor Madill (boys under-12 singles and doubles), Max Paddock (boys under-10 and under-12 singles) and Milana Paddock (girls under-14 singles).

Winnipeggers include Aaron Gerhard (boys under-16 singles and under-18 doubles), Andreas Gerhard (boys under-18 doubles and under-18 singles), Josiah Gerhard (boys under-12 singles and doubles) and Nathan Gerhard (boys under-14 singles and doubles).

For the full draw and results, go to (

Centre stage

-- Paul Wallman, Travis Kornelson and Ryan Smith all scored for the South East Prairie Thunder Friday in Fort St. John, B.C., but it wasn't nearly enough as they dropped their Allan Cup Senior AAA semifinal game 7-3 to the Fort St. John Flyers.

Justin Harris turned aside 28 shots in the South East net.

Smith was the Steinbach team's leading scorer in the tournament, getting two goals and three assists in four games. Defenceman Dane Cowley, who assisted on Smith's goal against the Flyers, was selected for the tournament all-star team.

The Flyers went on to defeat the Bently Generals of Alberta 3-1 in the final Saturday to earn their first-ever Allan Cup.

In the other semifinal Friday, the Generals advanced by beating the Dundas Real McCoys 4-2. There was no playoff for third place.

The Allan Cup is one of the oldest club-team hockey competitions in North America, having started in 1908. Only once in the past 103 years, in 1945, has an Allan Cup champion not been crowned.

Kenora, Ont., will host the next Allan Cup in April 2011.

-- Winnipegger Alix Younger and Jennifer Pelletier of Richmond Hill, Ont., have met on the squash court four times this year, with each winning twice.

The big difference this time, however, was Younger's 8-11, 11-7, 11-8 victory yesterday in Calgary to capture the Canadian junior women's under-19 squash championship.

In semifinal action on Saturday, Younger downed Edmonton's Kensy Balch 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 and Pelletier topped Winnipeg's Melanie Turk 11-8, 11-8, 11-4.

In the bronze-medal final, Balch defeated Turk 9-11, 11-4, 11-5.

-- Mitchell Billinkoff won a pair of singles titles at the Table Tennis Tournament of Champions Sunday at the Winakwa Community Centre. The tournament was the Manitoba Table Tennis Association's wrap-up event of the season.

In the A singles, Billinkoff defeated Don Kokan for the title and Ryan Szajkowski took third.

Billinkoff added the youth singles to his day's achievements. Kevin Dzioba was second and Matthew Lehmann third.

Kokan rebounded to win the 35 years singles match, with Michal Rybak taking second and George Damianov third. Damianov also won the 50 years singles. Liam Barclay was second and Kokan third.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 26, 2010 C5

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