The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association, with support from Jostens, announced the 2018 Jostens High School Athletes of the Year today at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
The Association has four competition categories based on school populations. “A” schools are rural schools with a population of under 125 students, “AA” is any City of Winnipeg school with a population of under 100 plus rural schools with a population of 125-300, “AAA” are City of Winnipeg schools with a population of 100-500 and rural schools of over 300, while the “AAAA” category is all City of Winnipeg schools with a population of 500 students and greater, plus Lord Selkirk, Crocus Plains, Vincent Massey High School (Brandon), Steinbach Regional, Springfield, Garden Valley, Northlands Parkway, and Portage Collegiate.
A male and female Athlete of the Year was selected from each category, along with the overall Jostens High School Male and Female Athlete of the Year.
Lauryn Dunning of McCreary School – participated in golf, soccer, volleyball, basketball, curling, badminton, baseball and track & field. She was the team captain of her soccer team and led them to a divisional win. She was also the captain of her volleyball team, who won the divisional championship. Lauryn went undefeated in regular season play in badminton and went on to Provincial Championships. Along with her athletics she was also student council president, social justice club student leader, valedictorian, member of the yearbook committee, volunteered in the community gardens and local food bank, and was a tutor at school. Lauryn is very active in her community being involved in curling bonspiels, coaching minor hockey and peewee baseball. She has also volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the community fundraiser for food hampers. She did all this while maintaining an academic average of 93.5%.
Vanessa Friesen of Green Valley School (Grunthal) – maintained an academic average of 85% while participating in volleyball, basketball, fast pitch, and track and field. She was co-captain of both her volleyball and basketball team as well as being chosen by her peers at the Provincial Volleyball Championships for the Players Choice Award, in addition to being named as a game star and tournament all-star. In track & field she received a gold in the 100m and triple jump, as well as a silver in the 200m at her Zone Championships. Vanessa assisted with scorekeeping and refereeing and is also a school tutor and mentor. She was the driving force in collecting a “tin for the bin” fundraiser and oversaw painting the grad mural on the wall of her school. She was involved in club volleyball, volunteered at the 2017 Canada Summer Games and was named “Sport Star of the Month” by the Steinbach radio Station.
Amber Schneider of Stonewall Collegiate – participated in cross country, volleyball, basketball, fast pitch, and track and field. She placed 4th at the Provincial Cross Country Championships, was the captain of her basketball team and the stop scorer in most of their games. She was chosen as a tournament all- star as well as a graduating all- star. This 5’4” fast pitch and track athlete helped lead the Rams fast pitch team to a Provincial Championship where she was named MVP. She followed that up a week later at the MILK Provincial Track & Field Championships where she earned silver medals in the 400m and 800m events, while also anchoring the Rams 4 x 400m relay team to a silver medal. Amber participated in the MHSAA Captains Workshop and the link leader mentorship program at her school. She is a softball and hockey coach in the community and volunteers at Siloam Mission all while achieving an academic average of 80.5%.
Andrew Early of Treherne Collegiate – participated in volleyball, basketball, curling, cross country and track & field. He was the skip of his curling team, and co-captain of both his volleyball and basketball teams. He was a provincial and graduating all-star for both volleyball and basketball and led his volleyball team to a bronze medal at the Provincials and a silver medal in basketball. He participated in the school’s volunteer program where they lend a helping hand around the community. He is an avid 4H program volunteer and volunteers at the Holland Ag Society where you can find him preparing the fairgrounds for various events. He does all this while maintaining and academic average of 81%.
Scott Yeo of Stonewall Collegiate – participated in volleyball, basketball, soccer, baseball, golf, badminton, cross country, and track & field. He was the captain of his volleyball and basketball teams and led his volleyball team to the Provincial Championships. He was a Zone Champion in cross country, golf and soccer. He is a member of the link leader mentorship program, attended the MHSAA Captains Workshop, is a member of the American History travel group and participated in the Hoops for Hope cancer care fundraiser as well as the Passing on the Cheer volleyball fundraiser for the Christmas Cheer Board. He coaches grade 7 and 8 volleyball and volunteers with the SwimAbility Manitoba, all while maintaining an academic average of 90%.
Cassius Meeches of Sisler High School – maintained an academic average of 90% while participating in football, hockey, basketball and track & field. He was the starting defensive back and leader on his football team and was recognized as the “Hardest Working”. In hockey, he was team captain and an WHSHL all-star. He was a team starter for basketball and helped his team to the Provincial Championship final four. He holds the Provincial track record in the Pentathlon and is the recipient of the school’s grade 12 athlete of the year. Cassius is a peer tutor in math and part of the French immersion program. He is a referee with Football Manitoba and has facilitated lessons and workshops related to healthy relationships, consent and wellness.
The 2018 overall Jostens High School Male and Female Athletes of the Year are:
Female: Amber Schneider of Stonewall Collegiate
Male: Andrew Early of Treherne Collegiate
The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association, with support from Manitoba’s Credit Unions, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017-2018 Credit Unions of Manitoba High School Scholar Athlete Awards. These $1,000 scholarships are awarded to four graduating high school student athletes who maintained a minimum 85% average and competed in at least two interscholastic sports. Other criteria included school, community, volunteer, and citizenship activities.
The presentation took place at a ceremony hosted by Her Honour, the Honourable Janice C. Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba at Government House. Awards were presented by the Lieutenant Governor Janice C. Filmon, MHSAA President Mr. Chris Gudziunas (Assistant Superintendent of Hanover School Division), and Mr. Tim Klassen (CEO of Sunrise Credit Union).
41 students were nominated this year:
Riley Barrett – Minnedosa Collegiate
Sara Boissonneault – Collège Louis-Riel
Rayna Bonchuk – Birtle Collegiate
Erik Buchsmann – Morden Collegiate
Jintana Chaengpaseutsak – Maples Collegiate
Alexander Clemis – Carman Collegiate
Alina Doerksen – Morris School
Rovelyn Domingo – West Kildonan Collegiate
Lauryn Dunning – McCreary School
Sydnie DuQuette – Glenlawn Collegiate
Ahmad El-Rennewi – R.D. Parker Collegiate
Brayden Ewasko – École Edward Schreyer School
Tyler Fedak – Portage Collegiate
Braeden Floyd – Arborg Collegiate
Vanessa Friesen – Green Valley School
Mikayla Funk – Northlands Parkway Collegiate
Victoria Garson – Charles Sinclair School
Natasha Gregoire – Collège Béliveau
Mason Gurr – Hamiota Collegiate
Ty Hassel – Dauphin Regional Secondary School
Trina Langan – Cartwright School
Vanessa Lee – Vincent Massey Collegiate
Nicholas Lepage – Collège régional Gabrielle-Roy
Annika Loeppky – Lord Selkirk Regional Secondary School
Camryn McMillan – Carberry Collegiate
Luke McMillan – Miles Macdonell Collegiate
Lucas Meyer – Vincent Massey Collegiate
Kimberly Nicolajsen – Carman Collegiate
Nicholas Pasieczka – Sanford Collegiate
Natalya Reimer – Westgate Mennonite Collegiate
Lindsey Rutherford – Treherne Collegiate
Carly Shamray – Hamiota Collegiate
Matthew Tiede – Calvin Christian School
Melanie Turman – Collège régional Gabrielle-Roy
Kayla Wandowich – St. Boniface Diocesan High School
Kyle Wilfer – St. Paul’s High School
Jared Wills – St. Boniface Diocesan High School
Cheyenne Winogradoff – Kelvin High School
Emily Woods – Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate
Scott Yeo – Stonewall Collegiate
Lyndon Zimmer – Major Pratt School
The four student athletes awarded $1,000 scholarships were:
Lindsey Rutherford of Treherne Collegiate – participated in golf, cross country, volleyball, basketball, badminton and track & field. In addition, she was the JV girls volleyball and basketball coach. Lindsey was nominated as a graduating all-star for volleyball and was captain of both her volleyball and basketball teams. Lindsey also participated in the Treherne Collegiate Green Team, Youth in Philanthropy, Leadership Group and the grad and grad decorating committees. She volunteers at the Treherne Alzheimer’s Memory Walk and BBQ and is the co-organizer of the Terry Fox Run in Portage la Prairie, as well as volunteering as an activities director at the Tiger Hills Manor Personal Care Home. Lindsey also plays for the Central Plains AAA Capitals hockey team and received the Academic Excellence Award and Sportsmanship/Leadership award. While participating in all her volunteer work and sport activities she maintained a 95.7% average.
Lindsey states: “Playing sports I have learned many life lessons, maintained a high level of physical activity and made many friendships and lasting memories. Sports help you get the regular exercise most teenagers need and don’t always get. Taking part in athletics gives you different memories to take with you after you graduate, such as memories made during practice, games and tournaments. It’s a rush when you’re playing, and you have students, teachers and parents in the bleachers banging on pots and pans cheering you on and hoping for a banner to be brought back at the end of the season. I have learned lifelong skills that I would not have learned otherwise such as patience, determination, the benefits of hard work and many leadership skills as well.”
Annika Loeppky of Lord Selkirk Regional Secondary School – held an academic average of 99.5% while participating in volleyball, basketball and track & field. She was a co-captain, KPAC champion, Provincial semi-finalist and a graduating all-star. She also participated at the Provincial Basketball Championships and was chosen as an all-star at the Kildonan East Basketball Tournament. Annika is a recipient of the Dr. Dale Iwanoczko Scholarship, holds Honours with Distinction, Award of Excellence and the Government of Canada History Awards. She participated in the Human Rights Group, Ethics Bowl, grad liaison, senior choir, vocal jazz, best buddies and several other activities at her school. Annika is a volunteer ringette referee, volunteers at the Betel Personal Care Home, counsellor at summer camps as well as coaches Jr. NBA basketball camps and is active in her church as a volunteer.
Annika states: “I strongly agree with the words of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as he states that ‘You can’t win unless you learn how to lose’. Typically, in sports, success is measured in gold medals, shiny trophies and first place ribbons, however, I believe there is success in losing as well. The most valuable lessons are learnt when you are knocked down and must pick yourself back up again. I believe that dedication and determination are the most essential ingredients to success in life, and those are two things that sports have taught me over the years. High school athletics have engrained that drive and perseverance within me to work my hardest and to never give up even when the going gets tough. They have also played an essential role in shaping me into the leader I am today. I believe that athletics have cultivated leadership abilities in me that I am able to use throughout my whole life, whether it be in the community, or on a global level. Therefore, sports have had a considerable impact on my four years in high school and have taught me many things that will allow me to succeed in university and beyond.”
Camryn McMillan of Carberry Collegiate – participated in volleyball, basketball, curling, badminton and track & field. She was a member of the graduating all-star team and participated in regional volleyball playoffs. She was a finalist in Girls Doubles in her Zone and participated at the Provincial Badminton Championships. She was named player of the game at the basketball tournament in Treherne and is a recipient of the Dr. Dale Iwanoczko Memorial Scholarship. She maintains an academic average of 97% while also participating in the TADD and Math Clubs, as well as being the yearbook editor, Grade 7 and 8 Volleyball Assistant Coach, Grade 5 reading helper and peer tutor. She has participated in the Carberry town cleanup and is a Junior Curling Helper, lifeguard/swim instructor and plays club volleyball and minor baseball.
Camryn states: “Throughout my years of high school, I have played multiple sports. Athletics are not only a way to keep you in shape, but also to make lasting friendships. I have become close friends with many of the people I have played sports with, and some will even end up being life-long friends. Of course, most of these friends are from my own school, but also there have been some from other schools. These interscholastic relations which started as rivalries shifted into friendships as we met time and time again on the court. These connections are one of the main reasons I feel I have benefited from high school sports. Another reason I believe athletics are extremely important is the different skills you can learn. I personally feel that I have gained the skills of teamwork and leadership through high school athletics. Most of the sports I play are team ones, so teamwork is a valuable skill to have and to understand. Also, within the team dynamic, there has to be someone who can help the team, to lead them in the right direction. This is something I have learned to do through sport, and it’s something that will always be beneficial in my life.”
Nicholas Pasieczka of Sanford Collegiate – participated in cross country, badminton, track & field and basketball. He was honoured to be part of the varsity boys basketball team that won the Zone banner.
He advanced to cross country Provincials and made the Zone playoffs with his partner in badminton. Nicholas is currently the Editor in Chief of the school newspaper and is a member of the Clean-Up Crew for Earth Day. He is a member of his schools boxing club that has pushed his limits both mentally and physically. He is the camera operator for the school’s drama production. Nicholas is an Air-Cadet volunteer teaching leadership, citizenship and aviation to younger cadets. He also volunteers at the Local Gliding Centre and teaches classes at his church. While participating in all his volunteer work and sport activities he maintained a 97% average.
Nicholas states: “I would not be where I am without the invaluable lessons high school sport has given me such as determination, time management and leadership skills developing me into the man I am today. Early on I discovered that results are not dependent upon performance, results are dependent upon effect and determination to succeed. High school sport is important to develop a work ethic allowing me to succeed in all aspects of my life knowing that if I set my mind to focus on a goal, I can achieve anything. No matter how hard you fall, you must rise up because anything is possible with a strong will to persevere. Lastly, as I became the most senior member on my sports teams I also unknowingly stepped into a roll of mentorship and leadership. The memories our teams shared are near to my heart and I will use these foundational skills learned throughout my life.”
The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association presented their annual High Coaching and Volunteer Awards today at its annual general meeting, which is being held in Brandon.
The Nick Laping Leadership Award is in honor of a great friend of high school sports, Nick Laping. Nick started his teaching career at John Taylor Collegiate around 40 years ago and coached the John Taylor Pipers and St. Paul’s Crusaders in basketball. Nick left teaching and went into the business community working for Jr. Achievement and later as Vice President of Human Resources at the Birchwood Group. His was a real leader in sport and always cared about his high school sport roots.
Rick Waterman of Erickson Collegiate was presented with the Nick Laping Leadership Award.
He has been teaching for 27 years and has been coaching a variety of athletics programs for all those 27 years. Rick is currently the Zone convenor for badminton and has held that position for over 20 plus years. He hosts an early season badminton tournament at the school prior to Spring Break to “kick-off” the badminton season. Rick has coached both JV and varsity girls and boys volleyball. In addition, he also organizes two downhill ski trips a year for the school.
Rick was one of the founders of the Minnedosa Chancellors cooperative hockey program between Minnedosa and Erickson Collegiate in the late 90’s. He is an integral part of the success in the school in more ways than athletics, creating food and nutrition, photography and horticulture programs. He is a wealth of experience with high school athletics and this has made him a perfect mentor for other young coaches in the school and throughout the Zone.
The Frank L. McKinnon Award is presented to an outstanding contributor to high school athletics. The award is named in honour of the long time Principal of Carman Collegiate, Frank McKinnon, who was a past board member and President of the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association.
Karl Wiebe of Westgate Mennonite Collegiate in Winnipeg was presented the Frank L. McKinnon Award for his outstanding volunteerism in high school sport.
Karl has coached varsity boys basketball, golf, badminton, and track & field for over 35 years. His achievements as a coach were great, in particular, on the basketball court. He guided many student athletes to become better players, but more importantly better people. Over a six-year period from 2008 – 2014 the Westgate varsity boys basketball team captured four gold, a silver and a consolation championship. Karl received the Mike Spack Award from Basketball Manitoba in 2016.
Karl was instrumental in building an incredibly strong overall program as a sport administrator at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate. He has been there as a support for many teams but also as mentor to both coaches and parents. Karl was a constant presence at games, tournament and Provincial Championships and the athletes, coaches and parents could always depend on his sport experience to help make their seasons as smooth as possible.
Each year the MHSAA selects the Female and Male High School Coaches of the Year. A $1,000 prize is awarded to each individual courtesy of the 1990 Grey Cup Legacy Fund.
The 2018 Grey Cup Legacy Female High School Coach of the Year was awarded to Christine Rewniak of St. Mary’s Academy in Winnipeg.
Christine has been coaching volleyball for over 24 years. She started coaching shortly after high school and was the assistant coach of the River East Kodiaks varsity girls team for three years. She then spent one year as assistant coach for the Miles Macdonell Buckeyes varsity girls team. She has coached club volleyball and has been the head volleyball coach for St. Mary’s Academy since 1997. She has coached two athletes that went on to play for Team Canada and numerous athletes that have gone on to University and College teams in both Canada and the USA.
She has coached two club teams to Provincial Championships and was selected as Volleyball Manitoba Coach of the Year in 2010. Christine has won numerous conference championships with St. Mary’s Academy as well as three AAAA high school Provincial Championships in 2011, 2015 and 2016. She led the 2015 team to an undefeated season.
Christine is not only a valuable coach but also a wonderful teacher and impeccable role model. There are no short cuts to success in volleyball and Christine exemplifies this year after year. She is an all-around role model both on and off the court and expects and receives nothing but the best from her athletes.
The 2018 Grey Cup Legacy Male High School Coach of the Year was awarded to Evan Cox of Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate in Winnipeg.
Evan began his basketball coaching career at Westdale Junior High in 2000 and was the assistant JV boys basketball coach at Silver Heights from 2003 – 2006. In 2006 he moved over to Kelvin High School where he was the head coach for the grade nine boys and assistant coach for the JV boys team. In 2008 he moved to Sturgeon Heights and started as assistant coach for JV boys and moved on to head coach in 2009. He was also the assistant coach for the varsity girls basketball team and head coach of the badminton and girls soccer teams.
Evan runs an open gym basketball skills development program at the school three to five days a week during the summer. He has coached his teams to Provincial, conference and Zone Championships. This year he coached his JV boys basketball team to an undefeated season. He has been named JV boys coach of the year twice by Basketball Manitoba, and High School Coach of the Month. He also organizes the Pro’s vs Joe’s charity event each year at the school to raise money for families in need each Christmas.
Receiving Certificates of Recognition from the MHSAA for their outstanding contribution to high school sport were: Corey Billaney of Boissevain School, Tim Brock of W.C. Miller Collegiate (Altona), Ralph Clark of Brandon School Division, Will Konrad of Kelvin High School (Winnipeg), Stacy Hawash of Vincent Massey Collegiate (Winnipeg), and Scott Martin of Shoal Lake School.
Over 130 teacher coaches and administrators are convening in Brandon on June 18 and 19 to attend the MHSAA’s annual general meeting to discuss policies and philosophies pertaining to high school sport in Manitoba.
The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association is a voluntary not-for-profit organization which is comprised of nearly 200 Senior High Schools from across the Province. Over 30,000 student athletes and 2,900 plus volunteer coaches are involved with the association. The association receives funding through Sport Manitoba, our corporate partners, membership fees, and other general revenue.
Kelvin High School is officially a track-and-field dynasty.
When the Manitoba provincial track and field championships came to a close Saturday evening, it was the Kelvin Clippers who stood atop the mountain as the province’s most athletic school. Kelvin was awarded the aggregate team banner, which is awarded to the school with the most overall points in all events. It’s the third year in a row the Clippers have stood on top of the podium with the banner.
Grade 12 Kelvin athlete Max Speiser was a big help in his school claiming the top prize, as he finished the three-day event with three medals — gold in the 4x400 metre relay, bronze in the pentathlon and another bronze in high jump. The 17-year-old said him and his teammates came into the week expecting to repeat as champions.
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Records are made to be broken, but usually they’re broken by athletes with more experience and training than Robbie Gerstner.
Gerstner, a 15-year-old Grade 10 student at St. Paul’s High School, shattered the provincial junior varsity boys triple jump record with a jump of 13.61 metres. Gerstner’s jump on Saturday at the Manitoba provincial track and field championships took down a 47-year-old record, as the previous top mark of 13.36 m was set by Kasmir Mankiewicz from St. John’s High School all the way back in 1971. What makes it more impressive is the fact Gerstner started competing in the triple jump last year and only has five track meets under his belt.
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