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  • 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.

     

  • High School Sports Scholarships and Awards

    The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association presented a number of scholarships and awards on Wednesday.

    The MHSAA and Red River Co-op presented scholarships to five high school student athletes who have shown leadership and integrity.  Nominations were invited from schools in the Red River Co-op trading area.  Each recipient will be awarded a $1000.00 scholarship to be used towards post secondary education.  

    Juliana Barclay of Kelvin High School maintains an 84% average while participating in Cross Country, Hockey, Track and Rugby.  She is an active member of the Girl Guides where she has planned several events across Manitoba and is the co-leader for a twinning project with El Salvador. As a mentor to grade 9 students, Juliana plans events at her school such as Walk-a-thons and anti-bulling sessions. She has hard work ethic, and is a team player that is determined and strives for improvement.

    Nicole Balzer of River East Collegiate is a member of the Cross Country, Track and Field and Badminton teams.  She set a record at the KPAC indoor track and field meet in the 800m and 1500m.  She is passionate about mentoring young athletes through gymnastics, especially in 3 – 12 year old age group.  She participated in an inner city program called SOAR Heartland, a 10 day leadership development.  Nicole is also part of the North Kildonan Church where she teaches children’s programming.

    Jacob Penner of Garden City Collegiate maintains an 85% average while participating in basketball.  He is involved at the Light House Mission volunteering in the soup kitchen. He takes part in “Brush-Up Winnipeg” painting a home in Winnipeg’s North End and participates in the CIBC Run for the Cure.  He participates in music, choir, and vocal jazz.  Jacob is a leader and mentor at school, and leads by example.

    Barak Doell of Niverville Collegiate is a member of the Student Council and helps with numerous school activities and fundraisers while maintaining an 85% academic average. He participates in Soccer and he captained the Volleyball team to a Zone Championship. He was also the captain of his basketball team where he modeled strong play, sportsmanship and dedication.  Barak is a member of the badminton team and track and field team. He is a Junior Youth Leader at his church where he runs and organizes events.  

    Sawyer Lambourne of Teulon Collegiate maintains an 85% average while participating in Cross Country, Volleyball, Curling, Badminton and Track and Field.  He was captain of his volleyball team and led them to a divisional banner, as well he coached the grade 7 boys volleyball team.  Sawyer is a member of the Helping Hands committee where he helps organize events and fundraisers.  He is the treasurer of the Student Council, and member of the year book committee. As a senior member of Youth in Philanthropy Sawyer helps mentor and lead other members.  

     

    The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association also presented several high school hockey scholarships.  Schools were invited to nominate individuals from high school hockey teams across the province.  

    The Winnipeg Jets Alumni and Friends support high school hockey by presenting two $1,000.00 scholarships, one to a male and the other to a female high school hockey player. The criteria for this award includes on ice skills, as well as leadership in school and community.  

    Sydney Urwin of Dakota Collegiate maintains an academic average of 95% while participating in Golf Basketball, Field Hockey, Softball and various other sports.  She was the goaltender for the Lancers and led the WWHSHL in goals against average, the last two seasons, and was at the top of the league for shutouts.  She is the league’s most valuable player and possibly the best goalie to ever play in the WWHSHL.  Her impact on the team is immeasurable.   She is also involved as a volunteer for the Manitoba Marathon, and learn to skate program as well as an AA Bantam Hockey coach.  

    Riley Poole of Sanford Collegiate was team captain for the Sanford Sabres.  He mentored new players and played a key role in the successful 17-5 record in the regular season.  He was selected to represent his team as part of the WHSHL all-Star game.  He serves as the student representative for the Winnipeg High School Hockey League, and is a member of the Sanford Collegiate Soccer, Cross-Country, and Track and Field teams while maintaining an academic average of 92%.  He is also a Level 3 Hockey Official.

    The Alexander Josephson Memorial Scholarship is awarded in honour of Alexander Josephson, a student at St. John’s Ravenscourt School, who tragically past away in a car accident in 2005.  Alexander was a member of the 2003 Provincial Championship Hockey team and was selected as a Provincial All-Star.  The recipients of this scholarship are students who demonstrate strong leadership and team play, high scholastic standing, a hard working attitude and who are proceeding to a post secondary scholarship.  A male and female hockey player will each receive a $2000.00 scholarship.

    Carlyn Allary of Kelvin High School maintains an academic average of 89% while participating in Hockey, Soccer and Rugby.  She was team captain, player of the week, and scored the most points for her team.  She has been on the honour roll at her school for four years.  She volunteered for the annual Kelvin Holiday Breakfast, is on the Grad Committee and is active in the grade 9 mentorship program.  To complete her family studies practicum, she spent time at Laura Secord School and helped the teacher with activities and read to the children.  She is currently hoping to receive an undergraduate degree in science and major in earth and Planetary sciences at McGill University or UBC.

    Sawyer Norrie of Hamiota Collegiate was the goalie for the Birtle Falcons (hockey co-op) and an extremely important part of his team’s success.  Sawyer was the defensive leader of the team, helping the younger players to develop and being there for them when they needed help.  He was the captain of his soccer team and had an extremely successful volleyball season, as he led the team to the silver medal at provincials. He is the room rep on the student council, team captain, the Chair for the Relay for Life, organizes hat day where money is raised and donated to charity, and writes and article every two months for the school newspaper all while maintaining an academic average of 92%.  

    The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum sponsors two awards including the Ken “Friar” Nicolson Award for a male high school hockey player and the Sami Jo Small Award for a female hockey player.  Nicolson was the broadcaster for CJOB Radio for the Winnipeg Jets, and was a tremendous supporter of high school hockey.  Sami Jo Small was an outstanding athlete at College Jeanne- Sauvé in track and field and was MHSAA athlete of the year in 1993, and a member of the MHSAA Hall of Fame.  She went on to play for Canada’s National Ladies Hockey Team appearing in five Olympic Games, and winning three gold medals.  Each winner will receive a $1000.00 scholarship.

    The Sami Jo Small Award goes to Sydney Urwin of Dakota Collegiate.  Sydney posses the strengths of a high achieving academic student and is a tremendous leader and role model.  She maintains a 95% academic average while participating in a number of extra-curricular activities.  She is relied upon as a key team player and leader in all the sports she participates in.  She helped lead the Dakota Lancers to their third league hockey championship, and has led the WWHSHL in goals against average the last two years.

    The recipient of the Ken “Friar” Nicolson Award goes to Riley Poole of Sanford Collegiate.  Riley is a hard working player in practice and in games who sets an example for his teammates.  He helped the team to reach the WHSHL Free Press Division Final.  He finished second in point scoring and as a defenseman who played large minutes in every situation whether it be 5 on 5, power play or penalty –kill.  He was selected by his team to attend the WHSHL leadership seminar.  He has volunteered to read to Kindergarten children at the local elementary school and was an organizer and Master of Ceremonies for the Varsity Girls AAA Basketball Provincial Championships held at the school.  

    The D’Arcy Bain/Fred Stevenson Award is named in honour of long time hockey coach Fred Stevenson of St. John’s Ravenscourt, and the $750.00 Scholarship is sponsored by local Physiotherapist D’Arcy Bain. 

    Mason Metcalf of Carman Collegiate has contributed significantly as a leader and mentor at the school and community. He is the assistant captain of the team and is an extremely talented player who displays sportsmanship to players, coaches and referees. Mason was the top scorer on his team with 88 Points. He was the captain of the boys volleyball team and helped lead the team to the first ever Provincial AA Banner and was named tournament MVP.    He is President of the student council and has volunteered as a classroom helper for grades 7 and 8 physical education.  Mason is not only an athlete, he was the lead actor in this year’s school drama production.

    The Ed Belfour Award named in honour of former Chicago and Toronto NHL Goalie Ed Belfour, who played high school hockey at Carman Collegiate for two and a half years.  This Award is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Player in high school hockey.   

    Mason Metcalf of Carman Collegiate is the recipient of this year’s Ed Belfour Award.  Mason is the captain of the Carman Cougars, as well as the captain of his Volleyball and Basketball teams.  He is a talented player whose display of sportsmanship toward his fellow players, coaches, and referees is outstanding.  He was a league All Star for the third year, and is the team MVP.  Overall this year he played 39 games and scored 37 goals, and 51 assists for a total of 88 points to put him 1st in team scoring.  He finished his high school hockey career with 277 points in 140 games.  Mason is a multi talented team leader.

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  • High School Hockey Awards & Scholarships Presented

    High School Hockey Awards and Scholarships Presented

    The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association presented several high school hockey scholarships at a media conference held Wednesday May 28th in Winnipeg.  Schools were invited to nominate individuals from high school hockey teams across the province.  

    The Winnipeg Jets Alumni and Friends support high school hockey by presenting two $1,000.00 scholarships, one to a male and the other to a female high school hockey player.  The criteria for this award includes on ice skills, as well as leadership in school and community.  

    Kendra Johnston of the Rivers/Elton Rage hockey team is this year’s female recipient.  Kendra was a member of the boys team and also played girls hockey.    She also participates in volleyball, soccer, badminton and track and field.  Kendra volunteers at the elementary school breakfast club, coaches Junior Varsity Soccer, as well as serving on the student council, grad committee and volunteering for the grades 7 and 8 gym class.  She was captain of her soccer and volleyball teams.   Kendra participates in fundraising events for student council, while maintaining an 86% average.

    Shawn Bellin of the Stonewall Rams hockey team is this year’s male recipient.  Shawn was the assistant captain, and top penalty killer on his team.  He was named the hardest working forward, and a team leader with an outstanding work ethic.   He is a student leader and participates in several fundraisers and charity events at school, as well as being a peer tutor.  He maintains a 90% academic average.

    The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum sponsors two awards including the Ken “Friar” Nicolson Award for a male high school hockey player and the Sami Jo Small Award for a female hockey player.  Nicolson was the broadcaster for CJOB Radio for the Winnipeg Jets, and was a tremendous supporter of high school hockey.  Sami Jo Small was an outstanding athlete at College Jeanne- Sauvé in track and field and was MHSAA athlete of the year in 1993, and a member of the MHSAA Hall of Fame.  She went on to play for Canada’s National Ladies Hockey Team appearing in five Olympic Games, and winning three gold medals.  Each winner will receive a $1000.00 scholarship.

    Winner of the Sami Jo Small award is Cassandra Szczepanski of River East Collegiate.  Cassandra was assistant team captain, as well as second in scoring, and was selected to the WWHSHL All Star Team. In addition to hockey, she is an Encounters with Canada Member, part of the schools anti-bulling campaign, time keeper and helps an elderly couple in her neighborhood.  She is a volunteer with an elementary and Jr. high Speech Language Pathologist, participant at WE Day, and an peer mentor for international students, all while maintaining at 91% academic average.  

    The Ken “Friar” Nicolson award goes to Bronson Ammeter, the goaltender of Sanford Collegiate.  This 96% student, was the top GAA for WHSHL, and helped his team to victory in the Free Press Division.  He was chosen as a Graduating All Star.  He participated in Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball and Badminton.  Bronson sits on the Athletic Committee, and helps with fundraisers for school athletics.  He is a Goalie instructor, and a Big Brother and participates in community breakfasts and dinners as well as Koats for Kids.

    The D’Arcy Bain/Fred Stevenson Award is named in honour of long time hockey coach Fred Stevenson of St. John’s Ravenscourt, and the $750.00 Scholarship is sponsored by local Physiotherapist D’Arcy Bain.  This year’s recipient is Stephen McGregor of Kelvin High School.  He was assistant team captain and was awarded the hardest working player, and received the Player Choice Award at Provincials.  He was also an affiliate player with the Charleswood Hawks.  He participates in Football, Cross Country and track and field while maintaining a 92% academic average.  He volunteers at the Academy Street Festival, Robert H. Smith breakfast fundraiser and delivers hampers.  He is active in the mentorship program at his school and is also a member of the Divisional and Provincial Honour Band.

    The Alexander Josephson Memorial Scholarship is awarded in honour of Alexander Josephson, a student at St. John’s Ravenscourt School, who tragically past away in a car accident in 2005.  Alexander was a member of the 2003 Provincial Championship team and was selected as a Provincial All-Star.  The recipients of this scholarship are students who demonstrate strong leadership and team play, high scholastic standing, a hard working attitude and who are proceeding to a post secondary scholarship.  A male and female hockey player will each receive a $2000.00 scholarship.

    Cassandra Szcsepanski of River East Collegiate Kodiak Ladies Hockey Team is the female winner.  This 91% student was awarded the Coaches Award, Sports Person Award and was named to the WWHSHL All Star Team.  As assistant team captain she was second in scoring and is involved with the schools anti-bulling campaign and does time keeping.  She volunteers at the local elementary and Jr. High Schools assisting a Speech Language Pathologist while also being a peer mentor for international students at her school.

    The 2014 male winner of the Alexander Josephson Memorial Scholarship is Nolan Turnbull of the Morden Collegiate Thunder Hockey Team, is this year’s male winner.  Nolan is team captain and maintains a 92% average.  He is a strong vocal leader and positive influence and is always looking for ways to improve.  He participates in soccer and is a mentor for Big Brothers and Sisters and sits as a City Council Youth Member.  He strives to help others and is a positive mentor in the community through his volunteer work.  

    Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association is the voluntary not for profit organization which co-ordinates high school sport in the province.  There are 23 schools playing high school ladies hockey in the province while another 85 participate in men’s hockey.