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Chris Streveler didn't look like a rookie, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers looked like a team that wanted to rebound from last week's tough loss, and oh boy did they ever.

Behind 246 yards through the air from Streveler, the Bombers throttled Montreal tonight, 56-10 on the road.

On top of the 246 yards passing, Streveler rushed for 98 yards on 10 carries to lead the Bombers, while Andrew Harris picked up 58 on the ground.

And, don't forget, Streveler was 22-28. 

Tristan Okpalaugo led the Blue & Gold with two sacks in the first half, as the Bombers allowed the Al's just 95 yards offensively in the first 30. 

It was a 34-7 lead at the half, then the Bombers went on to score another 22 in the second half while giving up just three.

With the win, the Bombers are now 1-1 and they'll remain on the road to take on Hamilton next week.

Grandview is the place to be tomorrow to witness all of the young baseballers in the Parkland, as the U-11 Parkland Regional Baseball Championships take place through Sunday

Here's the schedule:

Pool A - Museum Diamond:

9:00 a.m. Grandview Lakers vs Dauphin Parkway Lanes.

11:30 a.m. - Swan Valley # 2 vs Roblin Stars.

2:00 p.m. - Grandview Lakers vs Ste. Rose Red # 1.

4:30 p.m. - Dauphin Parkway Lanes vs Roblin Stars.

7:00 p.m - Swan Valley # 2 vs Ste. Rose Red # 1.

Pool B - Kinsmen Diamond:

9:00 a.m. - Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy - Swan Valley # 1.

11:30 a.m. - Dauphin McDonalds vs Ste. Rose White # 2.

2:00 p.m. - Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy vs Ste. Rose White # 2.

4:30 p.m. - Dauphin McDonalds vs Swan Valley # 1.

Sunday - Playoffs:

10:00 a.m. - 1st in Pool A vs 2nd in Pool B - Kinsmen Diamond. Semifinal # 1

10:00 a.m. - 1st in Pool B vs 2nd in Pool A - Museum Diamond. Semifinal # 2

1:00 p.m. - Championship Game - Winner of # 1 vs # 2. - Museum Diamond.

It's one thing to smash your opponents en route to a Provincial Championship gold medal, but it's another thing to smash your own personal best, and that's exactly what Alonsa's Brooklyn Knaggs did at the MHSAA High School Track & Field Championships a couple of weeks ago in Winnipeg.

The 17-year-old won the Varsity Girls Pentathlon with 2561 points. The silver medalist picked up just 2376 points over the five events which included the 100M and 800M races, Shotput, Long Jump, and High Jump.

"It definitely feels really good, and it feels like all of my hard work paid off," said Knaggs. "It was a little bit more challenging, but I know I'd be able to pull it off if I put the time and effort into it."

Winning was that much more impressive because Knaggs did it with an injury. She had a bulging disc in her back during the entire event and has for some time now.

"The injury definitely took away a lot of my mobility," she added. "But, with different doctors, we were able to try out a bunch of different things, and I was able to get some of that mobility back. I knew I maybe wasn't going to be where I was, so I just had to focus on putting in the time, and working as I always have."

"It was a little harder emotionally to get past it," she added. "But, physically I was just able to put the drive into it and get through it."

Last year, Brooklyn was also very impressive at the Provincials as she finished with a score of 2378 in the same event, but this year's 2561 shows how hard she's worked to push herself to the next level.

"I knew last year that I could have done a lot better in my 800M race," said Knaggs. "Coming into this year, when I lost some muscle it really helped me. This year was definitely unexpected. I knew going in I was going to give it everything I had, so it feels good that I was able to do that, and found a way to do so well."

Being in grade 12, this was Knaggs last ever high school event, but she tried not adding more pressure than there already was.

"I was just focused on going out there and showing what I'm capable of," Knaggs added. "I was kind of worried I wasn't going to do as well as I know I can, so the pressure came in there a bit."

Thanks to her success at the Provincials, Brooklyn is now heading to the University of Manitoba and will join the Track Team, when they start up next year.

"It means so much to me," said Knaggs. "Ever since I was young, I wanted to do track at the university level. It was also nice that they recruited me, so it means even more because of that."

Brooklyn used her experience at the high school level to help her succeed, but at university next year, she'll be a rookie and won't have that experience to lean on, but she's not really worried about that.

"I think mentally I just have to tell myself that hard work is going to pay off, and it breeds success," she added. "I need to focus on what the coaches are telling me and understand all the information I'll be getting. There will be a lot of training, and they have the facilities there that I'll use to succeed."

Brooklyn has one last thought on winning gold.

"I was over the moon," said Knaggs. "I was so happy I was able to do it. It was emotional that it was my last year, but I was so grateful. It was an amazing atmosphere, and it all just felt fantastic."

Here's the full interview with Brooklyn:

  

48 athletes took part in the U-18 Manitoba women's expanded Top 40 Hockey Camp, and the program has now cut down to 27 players, and one of the players that is still going strong is Swan River's Kaila Powell. 

The 17-year-old is one of the nine defenders remaining on the team.

"Well, I'm really honoured to still be on the team," said Powell. "I hope to make it to the next round. I also have lots of friends still on the team, so that's a really good feeling as well."

Kaila will now get a couple weeks off, but those weeks will allow her to prepare for a Strength and Conditioning Camp on July 11-12 in Winnipeg, before the 27 players take part in an exhibition tournament against U of M, U of R and the U-18 Team Saskatchewan squad in September.

"I have to workout hard and make sure I keep in touch with everyone," said Powell. "I also have to work on my weaknesses."

"I know as long as I give it my all, I have a good chance at staying with this team," she added. "I just need to give it my best everytime I hit the ice."

 Kaila's #1 position with the team is defence, but there's another part of her game that she believes the coaching staff liked.

"I'm a very versatile player I feel," said Powell. "I can play forward and defence, so I think that's a strength of mine, and they like that."

Kaila's already had lots of success in her hockey career, which included a gold medal at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.

Here is your June 21 scoreboard:

Southeast Senior Baseball League:

E & S Yankees beat Grandview Lakers, 15-0.

Canora Supers beat Back Forty Brewers, 3-1.

Dauphin Competitive Slopitch League:

Balloholics beat Showtime, 20-12.

Guns N’ Hoses beat Blackbeard, 23-15.

Well, it didn't take long for Dauphin's Stanley Cup Champion to find a new job.

Barry Trotz is officially the new Head Coach of the New York Islanders, as GM Lou Lamoriello announced the news earlier today.

The 55-year-old Dauphin native resigned from his position with the Washington Capitals this past Monday, and it took him just three days to find himself a new home.

It's a huge off-season for the Islanders, and Barry will bring in his 19 years of NHL coaching experience to Long Island, as they prepare to get back into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Trotz is the fifth winningest coach in NHL history, and before winning Lord Stanley this season, he led the Caps to back-to-back Presidents Trophy seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

There's no hiding the fact that Dauphin's Rueben Houle is one of the best discus throwers in the entire province.

Now, he hopes to back that fact up this weekend, as he'll be in Winnipeg trying out for Team Manitoba.

"I'm really excited for the opportunity," said Houle. "I know it's going to be a really tough challenge, but I'm looking forward to it."

At the High School Track & Field Provincial Championships, Houle placed fourth in the entire province.

Houle will tryout in the Youth (2001-2002) age group.

If successful, he'll be one of several athletes that will represent Manitoba at an event in Sherwood Park, Alberta from July 27-29 that will feature teams from Saskatchewan and Alberta.

"I'm going to really push myself so I can make the team," he added.

Stay tuned to find out how the 17-year-old does.

Aidan Brook's goal in 2019 is to be playing at the Canada Winter Games with Team Manitoba hockey, and that goal is definitely still alive.

The Roblin native is one of nine defenders that made it through the Top 40 Camp and now find themselves in the Top 29.

"It's definitely pretty cool and humbling," said Brook. "It's cool to see where I fit with the defencemen in Manitoba."

It's already been an amazing last few months for the young defender. First, he was drafted by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the WHL Draft, and then he was taken by the OCN Blizzard in the Bantam MJHL Draft.

"It's been a pretty fun ride that's for sure," Brook. "My game is feeling a lot better right now, and I'm more confident."

Brook notes his physical play and putting his body on the line for his team as a couple reasons why he's made it this far.

Aidan won't get another chance to impress the coaching and scouting staff until August when another set of tryouts take place, so it's all preparation from now until then.

"It's all about training right now, and skating as much as I can," he added. "I need to get stronger, and just work hard."

Brook definitely has some help on his side. His brother Jake Brook signed with the Prince Albert Raiders not long ago, and Josh Brook is already making a name for himself in the WHL.

"Josh and Jake definitely help me out a lot," he added. "They've both been through this process."

The 2019 Canada Winter Games go in Red Deer.

Here’s the scoreboard for June 20.

Santa Clara Baseball League:

It was perhaps the game of the season, and it was an all Parkland battle as Dauphin hooked up with Ebb & Flow.

The teams went into the bottom of the second tied at one, but then Dauphin busted open the flood gates and took a 5-1 lead. That lead wasn’t safe for long as the Lakers eventually took a 6-5 lead into the seventh. 

Once again a lead proved not to be, as Keiran Raknerud came up to the dish in the bottom half of the inning, and sent a single into the outfield which brought two runners in, and gave Dauphin a 7-6 win, their fourth straight. 

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Carberry beat Austin, 12-2.

Minnedosa beat Plumas, 8-3.

Portage beat Neepawa, 5-3.

Southeast Senior League:

Canora Supers beat Back Forty Brewers, 23-8.

Langenburg Legends beat Yorkton, 4-3.

Russell's Keaton Ziprick is one step closer to living his dream and getting the chance to head to the Canada Winter Games.

He's one of just three goalies in the entire province that made the Top 29 cut for Team Manitoba, that'll eventually represent the province at the CWG next year.

"It feels very special to me," said Ziprick. "I never thought I would make it this far. It's been an amazing experience, and I just really hope I can get a spot on the final team."

"I think they like the fact that I communicate with players as much as I can," he added. "I also like to play the puck lots, and come out and challenge."

With just three goalies left on the roster, Keaton has a 66.7 percent chance of making the final roster, but he's not letting that get to his head.

"I'm not putting extra pressure on myself," said Ziprick. "I'm just telling myself I have to work as hard as I possibly can, to stay as fit as I can to make this team."

Keaton has played against all of the remaining players, but, mostly as opponents, and he's enjoying playing with them.

"It's a really fun experience playing with all these guys," he added. "Everybody is so good, and all of them together makes us a really good team. It's really fun to play with them."

"Playing with all these guys has definitely made me a better goalie," he added. "And, the coaches are all fantastic. I'll definitely be able to take a lot back to the Rangers as well."

Keaton doesn't want to look too far ahead, but making the Canada Winter Games Manitoba Team would be really special.

"That would literally mean the world to me," said Ziprick. "To be able to go to Red Deer and represent our province would be amazing. It would be such a great experience."

Keaton and the rest of the 28 remaining athletes will meet up once again in August for another weekend of tryouts. From there, 27 athletes will be selected to take part in an exhibition tournament, and the CWG team will be announced after that.

AUDIO - Keaton Ziprick:

The lineup for the Dauphin Kings next season shaped a little more today, with the commitments of two players based out of Quebec.

The first player is 18-year-old forward Antoine Gauthier who's from Carleton, Quebec.

Gauthier:

He spent last season with the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs of the United States Premier Hockey League.

In 32 games he had 18 points (5 G) for the Monarchs, and he had four goals and nine helpers in five games earlier in the season with the USPHL Elite League club.

"He's a kid that's going to bring a good compete level to our team," said Doug Hedley, HC/GM for the Kings. "He works hard off the ice, and he's a good citizen. Speed is a big strength in his game. He's definitely going to give us that added depth."

Antoine Gauther

The second player is 18-year-old defencemen Marc-Antoine Couture who comes from East Angus, Quebec.

Couture:

Playing in both the USPHL Elite and Premier Leagues last season, Couture had 11 points total in 39 games.

10 of the points came in the Premier League.

"From what I've heard, his strongest asset is he's a good puck mover and makes a great first pass," he added. "There are some parts of his games he has to get better at, but he's only 18-years-old. He's a Division One prospect, and we're looking forward to having him in the program for sure."

Couture

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In case you missed it, the Kings 2018-2019 schedule has been released. You can check it out at Dauphin Kings Schedule.