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  • Ruth Bonneville, Winnipeg Free Press

    In the Long Run

    Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association had a gorgeous fall day to hold the 2017 Provincial High School Cross Country Running Championships at Kilcona Park in Northeast Winnipeg Wednesday.


    The event featured over 2,000 of the province's best and brightest runners competing in four divisions over the course of the afternoon; Junior Varsity boys and Junior Varsity girls as well as Varsity boys and Varsity girls.


    Here are some of our favourite photos from the event shot by Winnipeg Free Press staff photographer Ruth Bonneville.


  • MHSAA Launches New Logo

    This updated design is a clean, bold, and fresh iteration of the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association logo, drawing heavily from the rich history of the MHSAA brand. The redesign incorporates the most relevant hallmarks of the MHSAA logo throughout it’s evolution; The ‘MHSAA’ wordmark, the blue and gold colouring, and the hint of the previous oval shape provides a familiarity, maintaining the already well-established attributes of the MHSAA brand. 

    In an effort to create a refreshed and current aesthetic, this iteration offers a few subtle yet effective adjustments. The slightly rounded corners, found in the letters throughout, adds a smooth and updated style to the logo while creating a unified feeling between the wordmark and the full lettering below. The base of the wordmark forms around the golden horizon shape, an homage to the gold oval shape found in logos past. The outer legs of the M and the final A extend beyond the horizon, enclosing the entire shape into one consolidated piece.

    With solid colouring, simple shapes, and clean lines both the logo and wordmark ensure seamless usage across all platforms, on screen and in print.


  • Kraft Project Play - Brandon Boyd Stadium Finalists!

    Kraft Project Play announced earlier this week that the Brandon Boyd Stadium Field project would be a finalists for this year competition.  The Boyd Stadium Field Project is being developed in honour of former Crocus Plains Player and Coach Kevin Boyd who was instrumental in the development of high school football in the Brandon area, affecting many lives of those he was involved with as a parent, coach and mentor.


    Voting for the winning project begin today September 8 at 11 am central time and will conclude on Saturday September 9.  Please help support the Brandon Boyd Stadium Project by getting the word out and submitting your vote in support of this initiative.  Help honour Coach Boyd and ensure his legacy continues to live on and benefit many more young lives.

    To Vote visit: 

  • L to R: Victoria Tachinski & Rylan Metcalf

    Jostens High School Athletes of the Year Selected

    The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association, with support from Jostens, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016-2017 Jostens High School Athletes of the Year. The presentations took place at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.


    The MHSAA has four competition classifications which are based on school populations.  “A” schools are rural schools with a population of under 125 students, “AA” are any City of Winnipeg schools with a population of under 100, plus rural schools with a population of 125-300. “AAA” consists of 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, in addition to Lord Selkirk Regional, Crocus Plains Regional and Vincent Massey High School in Brandon, Steinbach Regional, Springfield Collegiate, Garden Valley and Northlands Parkway in Winkler, and Portage Collegiate.  

    A Male and Female Athlete of the Year was selected from each category, along with an overall Provincial High School Male and Female Athlete of the Year.


    The 2016- 2017 overall Jostens High School Athletes of the Year are:


    Male: Rylan Metcalf of Carman Collegiate


    Female: Victoria Tachinski of Vincent Massey Collegiate (Winnipeg)


    “A” Girls:

    Georgia-Rae Maxwell of Elton Collegiate (Forrest) – participated in volleyball, basketball, badminton and track and field. She led her team to numerous tournament wins and was named MVP and MHSAA Athlete of the Week. She was also nominated to the volleyball graduating all-star team and was a two-time player of the game at the Provincial Championships. In basketball, she led her team to a third-place finish at Provincials and was nominated to the graduating all-star team.  Georgia-Rae is the secretary of her grad committee and a junior high referee for volleyball and basketball.  She is an accomplished pianist and has been awarded the McFadden Piano Scholarship, for highest mark in a piano solo, and the grade 10 piano solo award at the Rolling River Festival of Arts.  She volunteers at her local Church and the Brandon Humane Society.  She also received the Dr. Dale Iwanoczko Memorial Scholarship and was named a Credit Unions of Manitoba Scholar Athlete.


    “AA” Girls:

    Jessica Edel of Morris School – participated in volleyball, basketball, soccer and track and field. She was the captain of both her volleyball and basketball teams in addition to being chosen by her peers at both volleyball and basketball Provincials for the Players Choice Award.  Jessica is a graduating all-star player in both volleyball and basketball and has been awarded the McDonald’s Leadership Award and the Ron Meyer’s Leadership Award.  She is a member of her schools’ student council as well as a volunteer scorekeeper, canteen worker and member of the yearbook committee.  Jessica plays on the Dynamo Club volleyball team, is a swimming instructor at the Morris Community Pool, and a volunteer with Siloam Mission. Jessica was also named a Credit Unions of Manitoba Scholar Athlete.


    “AAA” Girls:

    Renée Desroches of Dauphin Regional Secondary – participated in volleyball, basketball, fastball, badminton and curling.   She was named a provincial all-star and graduating all-star for volleyball and had several game star and all-star awards at various tournaments. She was her team’s starting point guard in basketball and mix doubles zone runner up in badminton. Renée was the captain of her fastball team as well as a starting pitcher and shortstop and led her team to the Zone curling championship. She has assisted with numerous volleyball clinics and the Parkland Vipers club volleyball team, as well as officiating and scorekeeping for volleyball and basketball.  She has been recruited and offered scholarships at several post-secondary institutions for volleyball and decided to stay close to home and attend the Canadian Mennonite University. Renée is a Heart & Stroke canvas assistant and volunteers at her local church and district food bank.


    “AAAA” Girls:

    Victoria Tachinski of Vincent Massey Collegiate (Winnipeg) – participated in basketball, hockey, track and field and cross country. She was a member of the Provincial finalist team for basketball and was named as a provincial all-star and graduating all-star. She was assistant captain of her hockey team and was nominated for the CTV Division MVP. She was a West Winnipeg Athletic Conference meet champion for cross country and placed 2nd in the 200M and first in the 400M and 800M at the 2017 Milk Track and Field Provincial Championships. Victoria is a member of her schools grad committee, a WWAC Scholar Athlete, and is a volunteer at Tough Track practices, the Annual Run at the Ridge, as well as a member of Team Manitoba Flag Football. 


    “A” Boys:

    Riley Rutherford of Glenboro School – participates in volleyball, basketball, baseball, hockey, golf and track and field.  He was the captain of his volleyball and basketball teams. He was a graduating all-star for both volleyball and basketball, and named player of the game at the basketball graduating all-star game. He was a member of the zone 6 golf championship team, and a goalie for the Westman High School Hockey League all-star team. He is the sports representative on the student council and played a major role in his school’s drama production. Riley also helps coach the 8 & 9 year-old Grand Slam baseball team.


    “AA” Boys:

    Rylan Metcalf of Carman Collegiate – participates in volleyball, hockey, basketball, badminton, and track and field. He was a provincial MVP for volleyball, and an all-star at the provincial hockey and basketball championships. He was the team captain and provincial champion in volleyball, hockey and basketball. He is the student council president, played the lead role in the school’s drama production, a Grade 7 gym class volunteer, and a referee and scorekeeper for volleyball and basketball. Rylan volunteers for the Christmas Cheer Board and is a member of the 204 U18 volleyball team. Rylan was the recipient of the Garret Lee Sidor Memorial Award for basketball and the McDonald’s Leadership Award.


    “AAA” Boys:

    Jonathan Miranda of St. Maurice School – plays volleyball, basketball, badminton and track and field.  His was captain of his volleyball team, and received MVP honours for basketball and the most sportsmanlike player award at a basketball tournament. He is a member of the grad committee and a student tutor. Jonathan also referees for the Grade 7 and 8 and junior varsity volleyball and basketball teams.


    “AAAA” Boys:

    Cole Penner of Garden City Collegiate – participated in volleyball, basketball, badminton and track and field.  He was the team captain for his volleyball, basketball and badminton teams. He was named MHSAA Athlete of the Week and has received numerous all-star awards at various volleyball and basketball tournaments. Cole was a graduating volleyball and basketball all-star and has been awarded the Carl Ridd Award for basketball. He has also received the McDonald’s Leadership award and was named a Credit Unions of Manitoba Scholar Athlete. Cole is a member of his grad committee, peer tutoring and Garden City Collegiate fundraising. He has assisted with a clothing drive for the Salvation Army, and with the junior high and junior varsity volleyball and basketball practices. He is also a member of the Riptide Club volleyball team and senior men’s basketball team.

     L to R: Cole Penner, Riley Rutherford, Jessica Edel, Rylan Metcalf, Victoria Tachinski, Georgia-Rae Maxwell, Renee Desroches, Jonathan Miranda

  • L to R: Chris Gudziunas, Kelly Taylor, Robert Dinsdale, & Denis Marinelli

    High School Sport Coaching and Volunteer Awards Presented

    The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association presented their annual High School Sport Coaching and Volunteer Awards on Monday, June 19, at its annual general meeting which is being held in Brandon, Manitoba.


    Kelly Taylor of Sanford Collegiate was presented with the Nick Laping Leadership Award. 

    He has had a teaching career of 34 years and in 1991 he started teaching and coaching at Sanford Collegiate. For the past 26 years he has coached a variety of teams in volleyball, golf, badminton, basketball and track and field, where his teams have made many provincial appearances.

    For the last 12 years he has coached varsity girls’ volleyball and in 2009 they won the AAA Provincial Championships.  Kelly has been a leader in the school and the community of Sanford. He has hosted many provincial championships, wild card games, and inter-zone games and many tournaments in a variety of sports. He has also been a part of the Zone IV executive for many years with the last 5 years being our Zone IV president.

    Kelly was greatly impacted by Nick’s commitment to sports and the community when he first met him at a basketball camp when he was in grade 6. In 1975 Kelly went to John Taylor Collegiate where he was taught and coached by Nick. Kelly respected Nick’s intensity, and competitive nature in practices and games. He liked that he always pushed them to play with intensity in practice but always had a friendly out going nature.


    Robert Dinsdale of Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School in Brandon was presented the Frank L. McKinnon Award for his outstanding volunteerism in high school sport.

    Over the past five years, Robert has proven to students, co-coaches, colleagues and parents that he has a clear vision for Crocus Plain's football program, and his dedication and willingness has proven he is an exceptional coach. 

    If you ask players or parents what they like about being a part of the Plainsmen Football Team, they will tell you that it is the feeling that you are part of a family, not just a team. This means that players are not only taught skills specific to football, they are also taught skills to increase their moral intelligence, soft skills, work ethic in sports and academics, and to overall just be a good citizen. Robert always incorporates these important skills into team speeches, practice plans, off season team building activities or individual meetings with players.

    In the past couple of years Crocus Plains has lost two coaches, one of which suddenly passed away. Robert not only stepped up to take the head coaching position, but took the program to the next level in terms of professionalism and clearly defining what it means to be a Plainsman. The amount of time and the way he spends that time reminds us of Coach John Wooden's pyramid of success. Coach Wooden was one of the first coaches to teach things such as loyalty, friendship, industriousness, integrity, self-control, and condition, which he theorized all led to competitive greatness. Robert fits the modern-day model of Coach Wooden, which speaks volumes as to why he is an exceptional coach.


    The 2016-2017 Grey Cup Legacy High School Coach of the Year was awarded to Denis Marinelli of College St. Norbert Collegiate in Winnipeg.  

    Denis has been coaching for a total of 32 years in total (track & field each year, badminton each year, volleyball and/or basketball each year over a 32-year period). As a member of the South Central Athletic Council (SCAC), Denis has served as VP, AAA basketball convener, and as treasurer several times over the past 32 years. He has been the school's representative at SCAC meetings each year, and is a very well-respected committee member, often out-spoken to ensure that all decisions made are in the best interest of student athletes.

    Denis has attained his Level 1 in NCCP in Volleyball and Level 1 & 2 in basketball, and serves as a mentor for all coaches at College St. Norbert Collegiate, regularly observing practices and assisting coaches with developing yearly plans for their teams.

    Denis' contributions as a coach and physical education teacher at College St. Norbert Collegiate cannot only be measured by his championships and clinics attended. Denis is a true "teacher" in all aspects of his life. As a coach, he believes in teaching his athletes about the various facets of competition, teamwork, disappointment and success. His demeanor both during practice and competition should serve as a model for all coaches. He always demonstrates sportsmanship, is gentle with his athletes while pushing them to be there very best. Regardless of an athlete's talent, Denis always finds a way to involve everyone, and each of his athletes shows improvement and development. 

    As Denis retires from teaching this June, he leaves behind a legacy at College St. Norbert Collegiate that includes these elements that make a great coach, teacher, mentor and friend to our community.


    Receiving Certificates of Recognition for their long-time contribution to high school sport were: Marc Gaudet of MacGregor Collegiate, Lee Stewart from Warren Collegiate, J.J. Ross from St. James-Assiniboia School Division, and Grant McManes from Louis Riel School Division.

    Over 130 teacher coaches and administrators have been in Brandon on June 19 and 20 to attend the MHSAA annual general meeting to discuss policies and philosophies pertaining to high school sport in Manitoba.