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Winnipegger scores try

MANDY MARCHAK of Winnipeg scored a try to help lead Canada's national senior women's rugby sevens team to the championship title at the Las Vegas International Women's Sevens Tournament last Sunday.

Marchak, who lives and trains in North Vancouver, led Canada to a 14-5 victory over the host U.S.A. It was the fifth straight major international tournament title for the Canadians and the second consecutive title at the Las Vegas tournament.

Canada will be competing March 23-25 at the Hong Kong Women's Rugby Sevens tournament.

Scott top soccer player

CANADIAN national women's soccer player Desiree Scott of Winnipeg has been named the Canada Soccer female player of the month for January.

Scott, a midfielder, helped Canada qualify last month for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She was named Canada's player of the match in three straight games (two wins and a loss in the tournament final) at the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament at B.C. Place in Vancouver.

Forward piles up points

UNIVERSITY of Winnipeg wrestler Jessica Brenton and men's basketball player Eric Zimmerman have been named the Wesmen Pizza Hotline players of the week.

Brenton, a first-year athlete, qualified for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships on Feb. 24-25 at Thunder Bay and was named the female rookie of the year at the Canada West conference wrestling championships in Regina last Saturday.

Zimmerman, a fourth-year forward, helped lead the men's basketball team in scoring in both games last weekend in Calgary. He scored 41 points in a pair of losses to conclude the team's season.

WWHSHL picks top players

SANFORD Sabres forward Madison Erb and Garden City Fighting Gophers forward Alannah Raposo have been chosen as the Winnipeg Women's High School Hockey League players of the week.

Erb was selected in the CTV Division A after she recorded two goals and an assist in a 6-3 win over the Vincent Massey Trojans. Jessica Kaminsky of the Fort Richmond Centurions got the nod last week.

In the Winnipeg Free Press Division B, Raposo was chosen after the Fighting Gophers assistant captain scored her team's third goal late in the game in a 4-3 loss to the Lorette Scorpions. Last week's selection was St. Norbert Celtics player Sydney Parker.

Geyson 12th in 10-metre

KEVIN GEYSON of Winnipeg's Revolution Diving Club competed in the semifinals of the opening event of the FINA Grand Prix diving circuit but was eliminated Saturday at Rostock, Germany. Geyson placed 12th in the men's 10-metre platform event.

Gophers take WIT title

THE Garden City Fighting Gophers varsity boys basketball team won the 2012 Winnipeg Invitational Tournament (WIT) last Saturday at Tec Voc High School. The Gophers defeated the St. Paul's Crusaders 73-61. Gophers' Andre Arruda-Welch and St. Paul's Justus Alleyn-Dorn each led their teams with 23 points. Arruda-Welch was named the tournament MVP while Ty Cranston of St. Paul's was chosen as the top defensive player.

Woodward wins division

CHER WOODWARD of Winnipeg won the women's A division of the 38th Keystone Classic Racquetball Tournament last Sunday at the University of Manitoba Frank Kennedy Centre by defeating Jennifer Hogan of Regina, 14-16, 15-10, 11-4.

Tim Landeryou of Saskatoon won the men's pro division, beating his younger brother James Landeryou 11-9, 11-7, 11-8.

Coaches earn honours

TREVOR BEALS of Dauphin Regional Secondary School and Karl Schroeder of Miles Macdonell Collegiate have been named the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association January Harv-Al Sports High School rural and urban coaches of the month.

Bisons' season wraps up

THE University of Manitoba Bisons women's hockey team, conference champions a year ago, saw their 2011-12 season come to an end last Saturday after a pair of one-goal losses to the Calgary Dinos at Max Bell Arena.

-- Ashley Prest

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 14, 2012 $sourceSection0

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