The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association is pleased to announce its Hall of Fame Class for 2016. Six outstanding athletes, one team and three builders have been selected. They will be presented with their awards at a reception on May 28 at the Holiday Inn South.
Athletes to be inducted include Jeff Foreman of Windsor Park Collegiate (Basketball), Jon Hanec – Dakota Collegiate (multi-sport), Gail Winston Kendall of Grant Park High (Basketball), Steve Welch of Gordon Bell (Volleyball), Brenda Westwood (nee Boroski) (multi-sport) River East Collegiate, and Alanna Hinrichsen (nee Yakiwchuk) of Garden City Collegiate (Track).
Builders to be inducted include Bill Wedlake of St. John’s High School (Basketball), Randy Kusano of Oak Park High School (Basketball), and Jim Schreyer of Lord Selkirk Regional School (Volleyball)
Team to be inducted will be the Vincent Massey High School (Brandon) Basketball team from 1968-1971.
Jeff Foreman of Windsor Park Collegiate (1989) led the basketball Royals to provincials in both the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons. In the 1988-89 Provincials the Royals finished second, and Jeff was chosen Provincial MVP, and also chosen MVP at the Brit Tournament in Saskatoon that year. Jeff went on to the University of Winnipeg where he was CIS All Canadian in 1992, 1993 and 1994. In 1994 he was chosen CIS Player of the Year. Jeff played for several years on the Canadian National Team and was a member of the silver medal winning University Games team in 1993, which were held in Buffalo.
Jon Hanec, a graduate of Dakota Collegiate was a multi-sport athlete excelling in Basketball, Volleyball and Athletics. Jon was provincial All Star in both Volleyball (1991) and Basketball three straight years (1990, 91 and 92.) In 1991 he led the Lancers to the Provincial Volleyball Championship and was a Provincial All-Star. In 1992 Jon won basketball`s Carl Ridd award and Volleyball’s Dennis Nord Award. That year he also won the Credit Union Scholar Athlete Scholarship and was the MHSAA Athlete of the year. He was also a finalist for the MHSAA Athlete of the half century. He continued on to the University of Manitoba where he played basketball from 1992-1995 and then Volleyball in 1998.
Gail Winston Kendall of Grant Park High School played her first 3 years of University Basketball at the University of Manitoba (1974-75, 1975-76, and 1976-77) and her last two years at the University of Winnipeg ( 1977-78 and 1978-79). In 1973 Gail lead her Grant Park Pirate team to the Provincial Championship were they won the “B” side. Gail was a GPAC All-Star for five (5) straight years while at university, a CIAU (CIS) All-Star in 1978 and an All Canadian in 1979. She played on the Canadian National Team from 1975 through to 1980.
Steve Welch of Gordon Bell High School excelled in volleyball and athletics. He was a Graduating Volleyball All-Star in 1987-88. In athletics, he won the MHSAA Provincial High Jump Championship from 1984 though to 1988. In 1988, he was the Manitoba Junior High Jump Champion and he set a Canadian Junior outdoor high jump record that lasted 25 years. He qualified for the 1988 Olympic Trials. In Volleyball, Steve was a GPAC All Star for the 5 years he played for Manitoba, and GPAC MVP in 1991 when they won the CIAU National Championship. He was on the Junior National team in 1986, the National “B” team in 1991 and the Canadian National Team in 1991-92. In 1995 thru to 1999 Steve played professional Volleyball in Switzerland, Austria and Turkey.
Alanna Hinrichsen (nee Yakiwchuk) of Garden City Collegiate excelled in Athletics. She won the gold in the 1983 Provincial Championships in the 100m along with numerous medals in both X-Country and track. In 1983 she was Female Athlete of the Year at Garden City. After high school she attended the University of Manitoba where she continued to excel in Athletics. In 1992 she was named as the U of M Track and Field MVP. While at university Alanna was a 9 time medalist, 7 gold in the CIAU Championships, and in the Canada West Conference Championships she was an 11 time medalist including 8 gold. Alanna represented Canada 9 times in International Competitions and achieved 8 medals (3 gold) in various sprint events.
Brenda Westwood (nee Boroski) of River East Collegiate was a multi sport athlete participating in Basketball, badminton, volleyball and track from 1980-1982. She was the Athlete of the Year in Grade 12 at River East and the Kodiak basketball team was the Provincial Champion where Brenda was selected as an All-Star. She was first in Long Jump and third in High Jump at the KCAC conference. Brenda went on to play Volleyball at the University of Winnipeg where the team won 5 National Championships. She was selected CIAU player of the year in 1986/86 and 87/88 and MVP of the Nationals in 1985/86. Brenda played three seasons on the Jr. and Sr. National teams, and she also won two Provincial “AAAA” titles while coaching the varsity girls at Oak Park High School.
Bill Wedlake of St. John’s High School spent 16 years at the school where he coached the Tiger’s basketball team. Bill was president of MHSAA from 1987-1989 and co-founder of the Winnipeg Invitational Tournament, and President of Basketball Manitoba. He was the National Basketball Commissioner with the Canadian School Sport Federation. He is presently a member of the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame (2005) and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (2013). Bill also spent 16 years at the University of Winnipeg where he coached and was Athletic Director.
Randy Kusano of Oak Park High School coached the Varsity Boys Basketball team for 31 years. In that time he had more than 800 wins and a winning percentage of .789. His teams appeared in 17 Final Four and 3 Provincial Championships (1989, 2007, and 2010). His teams won more tournament championships than any other program in the city. In 2007 Randy was named MHSAA High School Coach of the Year. Randy was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 1976 CIAU (CIS) Canadian basketball champions.
Jim Schreyer of the Lord Selkirk Regional Secondary School began his 32 year coaching career in 1980. His teams have won 5 Provincial AAAA Volleyball Championships in 1983, 1985, 1989, 1993, and 1997. As a club coach he also won 5 National championships and one CIS title with the University of Manitoba Bisons in 2000. Jim was selected at the MHSAA Coach of the year in 1994 and was presented with the Frank McKinnon Leadership award in 2010. Jim was inducted into the MVA Hall of fame in 2012 and Manitoba Sport Hall of Fame in 2014.
The Team which will be inducted are the Provincial Champion basketball squad from Vincent Massey High School in Brandon (1968-69, 1969-70, and 1970-71). The team won consecutive Varsity Provincial “B” (schools outside Winnipeg) Boys Championships, under the guidance of the Coaches Terry Little and Barry Diller.