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Pigskin Bisons to strut stuff in East-West game

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Four University of Manitoba Bisons football players will show CFL scouts what they're made of next month, when they suit up for the CIS East West game.

Quarterback Jordan Yantz, slotback Nic Demski, tailback Kienan LaFrance and offensive lineman Robert Smith were all invited to the annual game, which serves to showcase the next year's potential draftees.

The four invitees make the Bisons the most-represented of any Canada West team -- the other five schools in the conference are each sending three.

Besides the game, which is slated for May 10, the players will attend a week of practices, clinics and a seven-on-seven passing tournament. They also have a good shot at taking home a little glory, as the West team leads the all-time series 7-4.


Soccer action kicks off

The WSA Winnipeg soccer club is kicking off its 2014 season this weekend, with an exhibition game on Sunday against the Manitoba All-Stars.

This marks the first season that the World Soccer Academy is fielding a team in the USL's professional development league, and this match-up will pit veteran development players and fresh faces against a squad of Manitoba's top players. The game is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. at the WSF Indoor Complex. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., and admission is $5.

Hoopsters heralded

Two young basketball leaders were lauded for their efforts on the court, as they were named Manitoba's high school athletes of the week.

From Winnipeg, Lindsen Christian's leading scorer Josh Bergmann was named the urban recipient of the weekly honour, after he led the Wings to a Zone 12 championship and racked up 30 points in the final. A sophomore, Bergmann also competes in track and field.

Outside city limits, Carman Cougars point guard Tim Dunn was named the rural athlete of the week, after he helped lead the Cougars to the provincial AA championship, where he was named tournament MVP. He averaged 28 points, five assists and 10 rebounds a game during the provincial campaign. A senior, he also plays soccer, volleyball and baseball.


Pistons goalie tops

Although the Steinbach Pistons's Turnbull Trophy repeat dreams are over, there are some special kudos in store for their goaltender.

On Thursday, Pistons netminder Zach Rakochy was named the league's peak performer for the month of March, in part for his play but also for his efforts off the ice. Rakochy, who hails from Saskatchewan, spent over 60 hours volunteering in Steinbach schools, and helping out with minor hockey in the community.

"Zach has made a tremendous impact with youth in Steinbach and has set the bar extremely high when it comes to giving back to the community," Pistons head coach and general manager Paul Dyck said in a statement. "I am often approached by parents with a son or daughter in one of the schools where Zach volunteers and they always comment on the positive influence he has been on their child."


Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 4, 2014 C5

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