Sports in brief: Niyah Becker named MHSAA athlete of the week


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Niyah Becker named MHSAA athlete of the week

Linden Wood’s Niyah Becker is reaching new heights with Vincent Massey Collegiate’s varsity basketball team.

The Grade 11 student was named Tire Recycle urban athlete of the week on March 1.  

Niyah Becker

Becker, 16, was an all-star at the St. Vital and Sisler tournaments, and most valuable player of the Sturgeon Heights HIT Tournament, where she helped lead the Trojans to the championship.

The six-foot-tall forward averages 11 rebounds, 20 points, four steals and two blocks per game.  

“Niyah is a dominant force on the court that can take over a game,” coach Stacy Hawash said. “A great leader on the court. She is a game changer — on both the defensive and offensive end. With her basketball knowledge and skill set Niyah is one of the top basketball players in Manitoba.”

Becker maintains an 88 per cent academic average, while also participating in track and field.

Bisons send two to 15th annual East-West Bowl in May

University of Manitoba Bisons football players Jayden McKoy and Houston Rennie will suit up for team West in the annual East-West Bowl held at Laval University on May 13.

McKoy, 21, is a defensive back with the Bisons while Rennie, 21, is a linebacker.

The two will join players from U Sports schools across the country and were selected by a national committee of U Sports and CFL head coaches and scouts.

The East-West Bowl is a showcase for players who will be eligible for the 2018 Canadian Football League draft.

McKoy wrapped up his third year with the Bisons and played both defensive back and safety throughout 2016. McKoy finished the season with 34 total tackles (28 solo), fifth best on Bisons and 17th in Canada West.

He has also earned a spot in Bison record books, registering 115.5 total tackles (14th all-time in Bison history), ten interceptions (6th in Bison history) and 208 interception return yards (third in Bison history) in three seasons.

In the 2016 season, Rennie started as linebacker and accumulated 37 total tackles (29 solo), and was tied for second in conference with seven break-ups.

In his three seasons with Manitoba, Rennie had 56 total tackles and eight break-ups

“Jayden and Houston have earned their opportunity to showcase their abilities on a national stage and compare themselves with their peers from around the nation,” head coach Brian Dobie said. “It is a great honour to be selected and represent our university and they should both expect to perform well at the East-West Bowl.”

Thompson to host 2018 Winter Games

After 24 years, the Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games are returning to Thompson and will be held from March 4 to 10, 2018.

Due to Thompson’s proximity to a ski hill and its indoor swimming pool, the Power Smart Winter Games are able to add competition in alpine skiing and swimming to the roster. Other sports include archery, badminton, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, gymnastics, hockey, ringette, speed skating, table tennis and wrestling.

The Winter Games are the largest ongoing multi-sport event in Manitoba and is open to athletes age 17 and under. Administered by Sport Manitoba, the games alternate between summer and winter games every two years.

Register for City leisure programs

The Spring/Summer 2017 City of Winnipeg Leisure Guide is available at all civic pools, libraries, and leisure centres, and a number of retail locations including 7-Eleven locations in Winnipeg.

Registration for swimming lessons starts on Tues., March 14 at 8 a.m. and registration for all other activities begins on Wed., March 15 at 8 a.m. Non-residents of Winnipeg can start registering on Tues., March 21 at 8 a.m.

The following registration centres will operate on March 14 and March 15 only:
• Central Registration Centre (Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex), 999 Sargent Ave. (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
• South-East Registration Centre (Louis Riel Library), 1168 Dakota St. (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

In-person registration on March 14 and March 15 will also be accepted at the following locations (check in-person registration times at the facility of your choice by calling 311 or visiting
• Elmwood Kildonans Pool, 909 Concordia Ave.
• North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Facility, 90 Sinclair St.
• Pan Am Pool, 25 Poseidon Bay
• St. James Assiniboia Centennial Pool, 644 Parkdale St.
• Transcona Centennial Pool, 1101 Wabasha St.

Queue numbers at all in-person registration locations will be handed out starting at 7 a.m. on March 14 and March 15.

Please note that on March 14 and March 15 only, in-person registration will not be processed at the following locations:
• Bonivital Pool (1215 Archibald St.)
• Main Floor, 395 Main St.
• Margaret Grant Pool (685 Dalhousie Dr.)
• Seven Oaks Pool (444 Adsum Dr.)
• St. James Civic Centre (2055 Ness Ave.)
• Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool (381 Sherbrook St.)

You can also register by:
• Accessing leisureONLINE Please ensure that you are able to successfully log in to your online account before registration starts. If you are having difficulty accessing your account, please call 311. More information on accessing your account is available at
• Calling 311 for service 24 hours a day, seven days a week

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