Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen

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Eighteen years old and still in high school, Taylor got his start with the Free Press on June 1, 2011.

Well, sort of.

When Taylor sat down in his Grade 12 English class at Maples Collegiate that day (the same class he’d skipped previous day to go downtown and celebrate the announcement of the NHL returning to Winnipeg), his teacher, Ms. Wilson, placed the front page of the Free Press’ sports section on his desk without saying a word.

Taylor looked down, and to his surprise, saw a gigantic picture of himself (proudly wearing a throwback Teemu Selanne Jets jersey) and his buddies (who had also skipped out on class) celebrating the big announcement at Portage and Main.

Fast forward six years — almost to the exact day — Taylor would wind up in the Free Press again. Luckily for readers, it wasn’t a picture of his face this time.

After winning the Vince Leah sports internship, Taylor had his first story appear in the Free Press on May 31, 2017. Taylor was brought back as the sports intern again in the summer of 2018, shortly after completing the joint Communications Degree/Diploma program between the University of Winnipeg and Red River College.

During his intern days, Taylor covered a wide range of things, including the 2017 Canada Summer Games, the Goldeyes, Bombers, and Bisons football. He also did a weekly series called Hall Call where he would write a story and conduct a podcast interview with different members of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. His guests included Cindy Klassen, Todd MacCulloch, Ulf Nilsson, Joe Poplawski, Corey Koskie, and many more notable names.

When Taylor’s 2018 internship ended, he spent a couple months out of the game, where he did some travelling and worked a marketing job, before a spot opened up in the sports department. He officially joined the Free Press team full-time in February 2019, which he considered to be a dream come true.

When he’s not running around the city to different sporting events, you can likely find Taylor arguing with his friends over fantasy football, planning his next solo backpacking adventure, trying to find the best burger in the city, or playing Spikeball.

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Catellier, Bisons get the job done

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Catellier, Bisons get the job done

Taylor Allen 4 minute read Friday, Sep. 16, 2022

Nobody needed a victory on Friday night at IG Field more than Des Catellier.

After opening the season with back-to-back losses, the fifth-year Manitoba Bisons quarterback was holding onto his starting job by a thread. The Herd have second-year pivot Jackson Tachinski, who took the Bisons to the Hardy Cup last year after Catellier tore his ACL in Week 1, waiting in the wings and there were some coaches in the building who believed the Tachinski era should start now. And those with that belief had a strong argument, as Catellier connected on just 5-of-13 passes for 57 yards and an interception in last week’s 34-11 loss in Edmonton to the Alberta Golden Bears before Tachinski took over. Tachinski, a Vincent Massey Collegiate product, fared quite a bit better, completing 8-of-15 pass attempts for 134 yards, a touchdown and interception.

Head coach Brian Dobie decided to stick with his veteran, as Catellier, a Calgary product, was under centre for the Bisons with the 1-1 UBC Thunderbirds in town for Week 3 action.

Friday night’s conditions were less than ideal for Catellier to prove Dobie made the right call. It poured the entire game and the field was soaked from the opening kickoff, but to Catellier’s credit, he made enough plays to help the Bisons to a crucial 21-16 victory.

Friday, Sep. 16, 2022

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U of M Bisons quarterback Des Catellier looks downfield Friday night as the Herd takes on the UBC Thunderbirds at IG Field.

Wheeler stripped of C

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Wheeler stripped of C

Taylor Allen 6 minute read Friday, Sep. 16, 2022

The Winnipeg Jets no longer have a captain.

The club announced Friday that Blake Wheeler has been stripped of his captaincy after six seasons of wearing the C. The Jets have restructured their leadership model and will head into the upcoming 2022-23 season with a group of assistants and not one designated captain.

Wheeler, who was named captain in 2016 following the departure of Andrew Ladd, told a room of reporters at BellMTS Iceplex Friday he was surprised by the decision, but also, being the leader of a team in a hockey-crazed market like Winnipeg had started to become a burden.

“There’s nothing in my life that I’ve taken more pride in than that, outside of being a husband and being a father,” Wheeler said.

Friday, Sep. 16, 2022

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Despite no longer being the club’s captain, Blake Wheeler will still be a leader on the Winnipeg Jets.

Big Blue have each other’s backs in face of social-media criticism

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Big Blue have each other’s backs in face of social-media criticism

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Thursday, Sep. 15, 2022

If you look up tweets with Winston Rose’s name, you’ll find numerous examples of people bashing his play this season.

“Has Winston Rose become a liability, or is he having an off game? Seems slow,” wrote one fan on Sept. 4.

“Cut Winston Rose,” wrote another on Aug. 11.

The worst of it came in the first few weeks when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back, a CFL All-Star in 2019 after leading the league with nine interceptions, had some obvious struggles. Rose injured his foot in the pre-season and took a while to look like himself again.

Thursday, Sep. 15, 2022

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Blue Bombers defensive back Winston Rose (right) celebrates his interception against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the Banjo Bowl. Rose says he uses criticism on social as motivation to play better.

Bombers not taking struggling Tiger-Cats for granted

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Bombers not taking struggling Tiger-Cats for granted

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2022

You’d think a rematch of the past two Grey Cups would be a highly anticipated contest.

That isn’t the case for Saturday’s game at Tim Hortons Field between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

It was only last December when the Tabbies gave the Bombers everything they could handle in the championship game before falling short in overtime. This year’s edition of the Ticats is a disaster as they sit at 3-9 and are in danger of missing the post-season in the lowly East Division.

“Not with what they’ve been dealing with. Not at all,” said Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea when asked if he’s surprised about Hamilton’s season.

Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2022

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Dane Evans has thrown more interceptions this season than touchdowns.

Opportunity knocks for O’Leary-Orange

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Opportunity knocks for O’Leary-Orange

Taylor Allen 4 minute read Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2022

Another week, another injury to a Winnipeg Blue Bombers wide receiver.

Drew Wolitarsky is the latest pass catcher to go down for the Blue and Gold as he was helped to the dressing room in the second quarter of Saturday’s Banjo Bowl.

Wolitarsky was a spectator at Tuesday’s practice at IG Field and had a large brace on his left knee.

Assuming Wolitarsky misses Saturday’s tilt at Tim Hortons Field against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (3-9), that would make Dalton Schoen and Rasheed Bailey the only receivers to avoid injury this season.

Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2022

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Blue Bombers on IG Field during practice, Tuesday.
No. 84 Brendan O'Leary.

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Safety first, Bombers’ all-star Alexander returns to full practice

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Safety first, Bombers’ all-star Alexander returns to full practice

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2022

The best defence in the CFL is getting set to welcome back one of its biggest stars.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers safety Brandon Alexander was a full participant at practice on Tuesday, lined up with the starters, and was made available to speak to the media for the first time this season.

The fourth-year Bomber hasn’t played a snap in 2022 as he’s been rehabbing a torn ACL that he suffered in the 2021 Grey Cup.

Alexander earned his first CFL all-star nod last season.

Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2022

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Brandon Alexander, who tore his ACL in last year’s Grey Cup game, was a full participant in practice Tuesday for the first time this season.

Manitoba curlers ready to rock

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Manitoba curlers ready to rock

Taylor Allen 7 minute read Monday, Sep. 12, 2022

After an off-season of some of the biggest names in Canadian curling changing teams, the beginning of a new quadrennial is officially here.

Most of the recognizeable teams, especially here in Manitoba, look different, but one remains the same: the reigning three-time Scotties Tournament of Heart champions.

While everyone else is handing out name tags, Gimli Curling Club’s Kerri Einarson, third Val Sweeting, second Shannon Birchard, and lead Briane Harris (nee Meilleur) are heading into Year 5.

“A lot of other teams are going to be working out a lot of kinks and getting to know each other,” Einarson recently told the Free Press.

Monday, Sep. 12, 2022

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Matt Dunstone’s rink is ranked No. 3 heading into the PointsBet September Madness Invitational in Fredericton, N.B.

Newest Bomber considers physical challenge a blessing in disguise

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Newest Bomber considers physical challenge a blessing in disguise

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Saturday, Sep. 10, 2022

J.T. Hassell brings an NFL resumé and an inspiring story to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The team’s newest defensive back, a former member of the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets, has a birth defect. When he was in his mother’s womb, the blood vessels in Hassell’s left hand burst, leading to him being born with just two fingers on that hand.

The 27-year-old from Titusville, Fla., has been counted out and overlooked time and time again because of it, but he hasn’t let it stop him from making it in professional football.

“I’ve had to prove myself my whole life, but that’s what made me the person I am today,” Hassell told reporters after Friday’s walkthrough at IG Field.

Saturday, Sep. 10, 2022

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New Bomber J.T. Hassell (left) says hard work and his faith have allowed him to be successful.

Struggling Roughriders searching for a way to win

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Struggling Roughriders searching for a way to win

Taylor Allen 4 minute read Friday, Sep. 9, 2022

Nothing has gone right for the Saskatchewan Roughriders against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers since Cody Fajardo’s last pass in the 2019 West Division final bounced off the upright.

Including that game, Fajardo and the Riders are winless against the Blue and Gold in their last five attempts.

They’ll look to snap that streak tonight at IG Field in the 18th annual Banjo Bowl.

“I tell people all the time, this is one of the greatest football teams I think the CFL has seen in years. They’re on a dominant tear over the last couple of years and it’s just we’re on the other side of it and we’re trying to find a way just to make it shake and find a way to win a game,” said Fajardo shortly after the Riders landed in Winnipeg on Friday.

Friday, Sep. 9, 2022

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Saskatchewan quarterback Cody Fajardo (centre) and his Roughriders teammates are winless in their last five matchups with the Bombers.

Bombers’ special teams ace comes up big on defence

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Bombers’ special teams ace comes up big on defence

Taylor Allen 3 minute read Thursday, Sep. 8, 2022

For most teams, having their third-string safety start would be bad news.

That hasn’t been the case for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

With star safety Brandon Alexander recovering from a torn ACL, the Bombers have had to lean on a pair of Canadians to take his place.

Wilfred Laurier product Malcolm Thompson was the guy for the first seven weeks before an injury forced the Bombers to turn to special teams ace Nick Hallett.

Thursday, Sep. 8, 2022

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Nick Hallett has proven he belongs on the Bombers defence while filling in for the injured Brandon Alexander and making a key interception in the Labour Day Classic.

Blue Bombers’ ‘Feather Gang’ takes flight

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Blue Bombers’ ‘Feather Gang’ takes flight

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Thursday, Sep. 8, 2022

Instead of a feather in their caps, Winnipeg Blue Bombers wide receivers Dalton Schoen and Drew Wolitarsky have a feather in their helmets.

The two of them have been hard to miss lately as they’ve been practising for weeks with a bird feather sticking out of their headgear. It all started a few weeks ago on the practice turf next to IG Field — a place that always seems to have feathered friends flying around.

“(Wolitarsky) just put a feather in his helmet one day at practice and then a couple days later, I saw one on the ground and I thought it was his so I put it in my helmet and then I looked up and he still had his so I was like ‘Alright, let’s just roll with it,’” said Schoen after Thursday’s closed practice at IG Field.

“A couple other guys put them in for a day or two, but nobody’s been sticking it out like us. It’s just kinda been our thing that we’ve been doing and it’s been fun. Now we call ourselves ‘The Feather Gang’ but we need some more members.”

Thursday, Sep. 8, 2022

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A feather is visible on Blue Bombers receiver Dalton Schoen’s helmet as he runs a route during practice in August.

Bombers won’t have to worry about Marino in Riders rematch

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Bombers won’t have to worry about Marino in Riders rematch

Taylor Allen 4 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022

Garrett Marino has likely played his final CFL game.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders had finally seen enough and released their controversial defensive tackle Tuesday evening. Marino’s latest offence, unnecessarily hitting Blue Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros at the Labour Day Classic after he had already pitched the ball, appeared to have been the final straw.

“It was a cumulative decision. It just got to be too much. You know, it starts wearing you down and becoming a distraction and he knows it. I don’t even think he was surprised,” Riders head coach Craig Dickenson told the Regina media on Wednesday.

“… When he sees the other colour, he hits it. He doesn’t know half the time, if it’s the quarterback, running back, O-lineman, if he sees a jersey of a different colour, he hits it. That’s why he’s so darn good and disruptive, but it also is a dangerous way to play and it gets you in trouble.”

Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers safety Brandon Alexander was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice.

Liegghio’s heroics no surprise to Blue and Gold teammates

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Liegghio’s heroics no surprise to Blue and Gold teammates

Taylor Allen 4 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022

After two backbreaking misses to cost the Blue Bombers their Week 10 matchup against the Montreal Alouettes, Marc Liegghio stood in front of reporters and assured it would be a different story the next time he had a chance to win a game.

A lot of people may have lost faith in the second-year Canadian kicker on that night, but it turns out he was right. And his holder, Dakota Prukop, and long snapper, Mike Benson, want to remind everyone of that.

After all, Liegghio, who drilled a career-long 55-yard field goal in front of 33,000 fans in enemy territory at Sunday’s Labour Day Classic to give the Bombers a 20-18 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, isn’t exactly the type of person to stick out his chest and say ‘I told you so.’

“I’m not trying to preach here, but maybe that’s a little lesson for people that want to hop off bandwagons too quick and talk about things they don’t really know,” said Prukop, who’s also the team’s third-string quarterback.

Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022

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Bombers kicker Marc Liegghio has been perfect on field-goal and covnert attempts since missing a pair of three-pointers against the Montreal Alouettes.

Mistakes costly in season-opening loss to Rams

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Mistakes costly in season-opening loss to Rams

Taylor Allen 4 minute read Friday, Sep. 2, 2022

It was a dismal performance by the University of Manitoba Bisons on Friday night at IG Field in their season opener.

The No. 6-ranked Herd lost 33-23 to the visiting Regina Rams by repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot.

“It’s tough, man. It’s one of those games where we left some stuff on the field, made some mental mistakes, but it’s good. It’s going to really help us lock in these next couple weeks,” said third-year Bisons receiver AK Gassama.

“You come in and have expectations, but I think this is going to be good for us so we can just lock it in and take it to the next level.”

Friday, Sep. 2, 2022

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Rams receiver Riley Boersma is tackled by Bisons defensive back Nick Conway as the University of Manitoba Bisons take on the University of Regina Rams at IG Field Friday night.

Great expectations as Ice hit the ice

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Great expectations as Ice hit the ice

Taylor Allen 4 minute read Friday, Sep. 2, 2022

The expectations for the Winnipeg Ice are sky high this season

And why wouldn’t they be? They’re coming off a phenomenal 2021-22 season in which they owned the best record in the Western Hockey League at 53-10-3-2 in addition to scoring the most goals (317) and allowing the fewest (152). They were also the CHL’s No.1-ranked team at the end of the regular season.

Considering how most of the big names from last season are back, it’s not unreasonable to say anything less than winning the WHL championship and representing the league at the Memorial Cup would be a disappointment.

“It’s only Day 1 of training camp, but the expectations are high and I think every player in this room knows what we’re capable of this year,” said forward Zach Benson, moments before the team kicked off camp at the RINK Training Centre on Friday.

Friday, Sep. 2, 2022

Zach Benson is one of 14 players from last year’s team returning to the Winnipeg Ice this season. (Zach Peters / 50 Below Sports and Entertainment files)

Stouffer captures senior, mid-am titles

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Stouffer captures senior, mid-am titles

Taylor Allen 6 minute read Thursday, Sep. 1, 2022

Breezy Bend Country Club witnessed history on Thursday.

Shelly Stouffer, a 52-year-old from Nanoose Bay, B.C., became the first Canadian golfer in 27 years to win both the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship in the same season.

World Golf Hall of Famer and two-time Lou Marsh Award winner Marlene Streit was the first to accomplish the feat back in 1995.

Stouffer, who won the U.S. event in Alaska last month, captured not only the Canadian senior title, but also the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur crown as she finished the three-day event at the Headingley course at 74-73-72 for a three-round total of 3-over 219.

Thursday, Sep. 1, 2022

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Shelly Stouffer became the first Canadian golfer in 27 years to win both the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship in the same season.

Manitoban named to national rugby squad

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Manitoban named to national rugby squad

Taylor Allen 2 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

Souris native Emily Tuttosi is heading to the Rugby World Cup this fall in New Zealand.

Team Canada head coach Kevin Rouet named his 32-woman roster on Wednesday. The 12-country event runs Oct. 8 to Nov. 12 in Auckland and Whangarei.

“It’s been a long journey to get to the national team and I am thankful for everyone and every opportunity that has been presented to me along the way,” Tuttosi told the Free Press.

“Getting the call from my coach that I was part of the World Cup squad was a dream come true and I’m excited to work towards bringing it home with such a special group.”

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

Emily Tuttosi (left) has been named to the Canadian national rugby team. (JMP Sport files)

Manitoba’s Diamond golfing for two

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Manitoba’s Diamond golfing for two

Taylor Allen 4 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

Winnipeg’s Hannah Diamond is playing this week’s Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur at nearly eight months pregnant.

Carrying a baby hasn’t slowed Diamond’s game down this summer. If anything, the 27-year-old thinks it’s helped.

“A lot of people say you play your best golf when you’re pregnant. I’d say that’s somewhat been the case, but everything’s (mostly) stayed the same,” Diamond told the Free Press moments before teeing off at Breezy Bend Country Club for Round 2.

“But I won our club championship at St. Charles a couple weeks ago so that was fun to win that pregnant.’”

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

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Hannah Diamond hits out of a sand trap Thursday during the Canadian women’s mid-amateur championship at Breezy Bend Country Club.

Valour have little room for error

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Valour have little room for error

Taylor Allen 3 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022

If Valour FC is going to clinch a playoff spot for the first time in team history, they need to hit their stride.

Wednesday night’s meeting with Forge FC at 7 p.m. at IG Field would be a good start.

The top four clubs in the Canadian Premier League standings make the post-season and Winnipeg’s professional soccer team currently reside in fifth place with an 8-6-7 record and 30 points.

Forge has played one fewer game, but is in third with 36 points. Pacific FC has the last playoff spot with 35 points in 21 games played.

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022

Rayane Yesli has surrendered just two goals in the last five games. (Mike Sudoma / Winnipeg Free Press files)

New book shows how fantasy sports affect personal relationships

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New book shows how fantasy sports affect personal relationships

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022

There’s no shortage of so-called fantasy football experts.

The number of books, blogs, podcasts and everything in between to help people win their leagues is endless. And of course, most of it ends up being wrong as few things are as unpredictable as an NFL season.

Then there’s 22-year-old Winnipegger Noah Lieberman, a recent University of Manitoba Asper School of Business grad, and his idea for something different.

Lieberman recently published a book titled If You Think You Know Fantasy Football… Think Again.

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022

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Noah Lieberman’s self-published book, If You Think You Know Fantasy Football… Think Again, has been climbing the charts on Amazon.

Jarome Penner finally overcomes a mystifying ailment and is back on the field

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Jarome Penner finally overcomes a mystifying ailment and is back on the field

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Monday, Aug. 29, 2022

Jarome Penner couldn’t walk.

Sitting down, going to the washroom, and eating weren’t possible either.

Penner’s back pain was so excruciating he could hardly do anything, never mind do what he loves most — playing football.

The Sturgeon Heights Collegiate student first sought out answers in April of 2020 when the pain started to become a problem. An x-ray showed nothing, so Penner, a former soccer player who now shines on the gridiron as a wide receiver, defensive back and kicker, figured he was in the clear.

Monday, Aug. 29, 2022

Jarome Penner, a Grade 12 football player for Sturgeon Heights Collegiate, had a back infection, rare for someone his age. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)

New Jones rink off to solid start

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New Jones rink off to solid start

Taylor Allen 3 minute read Monday, Aug. 29, 2022

It may be August but the new-look Jennifer Jones team has already wrapped up its first event of the 2022-23 competitive curling season.

Jones, with the Zacharias sisters, Mackenzie at third and Emily at lead, and second Karlee Burgess, went 3-1 in the round robin of a Summer Series event in Saint-Félicien, Que., before falling 10-3 to Clancy Grandy’s Vancouver-based team in Monday morning’s semi-final round.

“It was a good first event. It was nice to get on the ice really early this year. It’s still August, which feels kind of crazy. But we learned a lot from playing together early on,” Mackenzie said, by telephone.

“We had a couple really great solid games and (Monday) morning wasn’t our game and I think we all came to terms with that. And that’s OK, too. We did a lot of great things that we’ll take away from this weekend.”

Monday, Aug. 29, 2022

Jennifer Jones went 3-1 in the round robin of a Summer Series event in Saint-Félicien, Que. (Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press files)

Winnipeg Kabbadi Cup back in action after COVID layoff

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Winnipeg Kabbadi Cup back in action after COVID layoff

Taylor Allen 3 minute read Friday, Aug. 26, 2022

Thousands of people are expected to be at the Maples Community Centre field on Sunday to watch some of the top kabaddi players in the world.

Ka-what?

If that was your response to the first sentence, you’re not alone.

For those unfamiliar with the game, kabaddi is a contact sport that originated in Ancient India. There are different versions and styles, but essentially the game is comprised of two teams with two different types of players: raiders and stoppers. The raiders are on the attack and they get points if they can touch a stopper (a defender) and return to their side of the field in 30 seconds without being tackled. The stoppers earn points for their team when they shut down a raider.

Friday, Aug. 26, 2022

Committee members of Winnipeg Kabbadi Association met at the grounds of Maples Community Centre. (Prabhjot Singh Lotey / Winnipeg Free Press)

Bisons kicker splits uprights to secure spot in record book

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Bisons kicker splits uprights to secure spot in record book

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Friday, Aug. 26, 2022

On paper, it’s a 25-yard field goal in a university football pre-season game, but Maya Turner’s kick Thursday night in Saskatoon against the Saskatchewan Huskies holds far more significance.

The first-year Manitoba Bisons kicker secured a place in the record books when she made the three-pointer in the third quarter, becoming the first female in U Sports football history to score in a game.

“Our media person, Mike Still, told me after the game that I was the first and I was like, ‘Wow, really?’ I guess it didn’t cross my mind,” Turner said Friday.

“I knew other girls have played university football before, but to be the first (in Canada) to score points, it feels really good. I think it’s great for girls to see if football is your sport and that’s what you love to do, then yeah, you can play at a men’s university and compete and get on the field.”

Friday, Aug. 26, 2022

Maya Turner is the first female in U Sports football history to score in a game. (Neil Noonan / Bisons Sports files)