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Goldeyes re-sign top hitter

THE Winnipeg Goldeyes signed their top run producer for the 2014 season on Monday.

First baseman Casey Haerther has a new contract, manager Rick Forney announced.

Haerther led the team with 66 RBI in 2013. In 97 games last season, he also hit .307 with 10 homers and 32 extra-base hits, which was third on the club.

Forney was equally thrilled to be bringing back a steady defensive player.

"He's a very productive offensive player, but one of the things I like best about Casey is that he has a really good glove at first base," Forney said in a statement.

"He has sure hands, good feet around the bag and makes the routine play with consistency. He also makes the other infielders better by doing a really good job of digging balls out of the dirt."

Haerther was chosen by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fifth round of 2009's draft after playing at UCLA.

The Goldeyes now have 11 players signed for the coming season, including six pitchers.


Moors, Perron week's best

A pair of top-five finishes have earned Kimberly Moors the Smitty's Bisons Sports female athlete of the week award.

Moors was fourth in the 50-metre butterfly and fourth in the 50-metre freestyle at last weekend's Canada West Swimming Championship in Calgary.

The fourth-year swimmer, in the University of Manitoba's kinesiology and recreation management program, took seventh in the women's 100-metre butterfly, won the B final and finished ninth overall in the 100-metre freestyle in 57.77 seconds.

Dillon Perron of the men's swim team was chosen Smitty's Bisons Sports male athlete of the week after earning four medals at the Canada West championship.

Perron had silvers in the 200-metre breaststroke and 50-metre butterfly, and bronzes in the 50-metre breaststroke and 100-metre breaststroke.

His 200-metre breaststroke time is a provincial record, two minutes 13.21 seconds.


Track and field meet set

THE U of M's Max Bell Field House will be the site of the fifth annual Bison Classic track and field meet on Friday and Saturday.

More than 350 athletes from eight schools have entered. Several club athletes from Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan featuring national team members and CIS 2013 medallists will compete.


Wesley, Kleysen honoured

STEVEN Wesley is the Wesmen Garbonzo's male athlete of the week at the University of Winnipeg for the fourth time this season.

Wesley led the men's basketball team to a pair of victories over Brandon, scoring 46 points and racking up 22 rebounds to go with five steals.

In the 77-69 first-game victory, he had a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds.

Stephanie Kleysen, a fourth-year forward on the women's basketball team, was chosen Wesmen Garbonzo's female athlete of the week.

Kleysen, the team's co-captain, had 29 points, 18 rebounds, eight assists and six blocks in a pair of wins over Brandon.

It's also her fourth player-of-the-week award this season.

-- Tim Campbell

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 28, 2014 C9

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