OUTFIELDER Jon Weber will return to the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team for the 2012 American Association season.
The Goldeyes announced Tuesday the 34-year-old outfielder will bring back his big bat and veteran leadership for a second Goldeyes season.
Originally signed last June, Weber led the Goldeyes in the 2011 season with a team-high .326 batting average with 10 home runs and 65 RBI in 69 games. He was tied for the team lead in doubles with 30 with catcher Luis Alen.
To make room for Weber on the roster, as the Goldeyes already had the maximum of four designated veteran players (six or more years of service) on their roster, the Goldeyes traded outfielder Cristian Guerrero to the Sioux Falls Pheasants in exchange for a player to be named later. The Goldeyes had signed Guerrero, who played the last four seasons with the Gary SouthShore RailCats, as a free agent earlier this off-season.
"What people see on the field, that's obvious. What they don't see about Jon Weber is that he's a great leader in the clubhouse," Goldeyes manager Rick Forney said in a statement. "He's a veteran that cares deeply about winning every day. That's infectious and we are thrilled to have him back."
The Goldeyes now have 24 players signed for the 2012 season, including 10 pitchers and 14 position players.
Wesmen recruit a Clipper
KRISTJAN Lamont of the Kelvin Clippers high school boys basketball team has committed to play for head coach Mike Raimbault and the University of Winnipeg men's basketball team for the 2012-13 season.
A 6-foot-6 forward, Lamont averaged 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocks per game this season and helped lead the Clippers to the Provincial AAAA Final Four last month.
Rifles ready for roast
BOB Irving, Wade Miller and Bob Sokalski have been announced as the speakers with Marshall Quelch as the special guest speaker for the Winnipeg Rifles' annual fundraising dinner on April 26 at the Canad Inns Polo Park.
The Rifles will roast Gord Cooke, the junior football team's former president and general manager.
Quelch is a former Winnipeg Blue Bomber, Pan Am Games medallist and amateur football coach. Irving is the CJOB radio sports director and voice of the Bombers. Miller is former Bombers player and member of the team's hall of fame while Sokalski is a local lawyer and football supporter.
To purchase tickets call Rifles president Todd Wilson at 781-4224.
Vasas sharp in fencing
LUCAS Vasas of the Cavalier Fencing Club won three gold medals on the weekend at the Manitoba Fencing Association's Golden Boy tournament at École Roméo Dallaire.
Vasas won the mixed open foil event, the junior mixed foil and the under-15 mixed sabre.
Adrien Sparling of the Manitoba Golden Blades won the mixed open sabre title while Robert Hornford of Cavalier won the mixed open epee event.