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Johnston returns to WHL's Wheaties

A familiar face is back in the fold with the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings.

Brandonite Mark Johnston, who has been a player, a coach and a scout with the Wheat Kings, has returned to the Western HockeyàLeague club as its head scout.

The news follows on the heels of Thursday's announcement of the hiring of Wade Klippenstein as the Wheat Kings' new director or scouting.

Faced with the retirement of director player personnel Al Macpherson over the summer, Wheat Kings head coach/general manager Kelly McCrimmon said the new additions bring a tremendous amount of experience to a scouting staff that is respected around the league.

A former Wheat Kings defenceman in the 1970s, Johnston served a dozen years with the Wheat Kings as a scout and assistant coach, leaving the team during the 2000-01 season. Since then he's scouted for the WHL's Kelowna Rockets.

 

Super-spike record

THE Super-Spike Volleyball Tournament proved a straight smash this year, raising a record amount of money for the national women's volleyball squad.

Over two days in July, the annual volleyball tourney and party generated over $155,000. This year, 432 teams competed in the Super-Spike tournament, playing over 900 games, while bands and DJs kept the party popping. Since its launch 12 years ago, Super-Spike has raised over $700,000 for the national team, which is based in Winnipeg.

The team wrapped up a three-game series against Peru at the University of Manitoba on Friday, and is now preparing to head to Omaha, Neb., for the NORCECA Continental Championship, which kicks off Sept. 21.

 

Gold for Loewen

One of Manitoba's longtime amateur sports builders has shiny new piece of hardware to add to his collection.

Winnipeg businessman, former MLA and philanthropist John Loewen is back from the World Masters Games in Torino, Italy with a gold medal in basketball. Loewen played with a team of nine Canadians, most of them from British Columbia.

They went 4-1 to win the tournament.

"We worked hard, and my stamina is not what it used to be, but it was great to be able to represent Canada and wear that gold medal," said Loewen, 63.

-- Brandon Sun / staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 24, 2013 C7

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