Dauphin, Canada

The Dauphin Clippers baseball team's quest to be the best in the province won't be easy, but they've given themselves a chance after qualifying for the High School Provincial Championships.

"It's definitely a great feeling," said Don Sheldon, Coach. "Those were some hard fought games. Anytime you get to represent the area at the Provincials, it's a great opportunity."

Heading into the Zone Championships, the Clippers entered as the top seed, and despite the close battles, they persevered.

"I think the pressure was on us for sure," said Sheldon. "I know going in, that it wasn't going to be easy. Everyone was prepared, and the boys made it happen."

Now the Clippers are in full-on preparation mode for the Provincial Championships that start up late next week, and Don is feeling confident.

"We'll perform well, as long as we stay away from errors," he added. "I've thrown nine different pitchers throughout the season, so I expect that to play to our advantage."

Before diving back into game action, the Clippers do get several days off, and that's definitely something that will benefit the team.

"We've had a really heavy schedule," said Sheldon. "We had a stretch where we played 10 games in 15 days which is tough on the boys. But, they performed well, and now we're enjoying a few days off and it's well deserved."

We'll have your full results when the Championships start on May 31st.

The 2018 MJHL Draft is just over a week away, and the Dauphin Kings have Auto-Protected two highly talented young Parkland Rangers.

To start it off, the Kings auto-protected forward Brayden Broome.

He's coming off a good season with the Parkland Rangers, where he put up 14 points in 30 games.

"This year he made the AAA program with the Rangers, and had a good season with them," said Doug Hedley, HC/GM for the Kings. "He's a tall kid with some upend. We feel with some development at the AAA level in Bantam and Midget, he'll be a good fit for our organization down the road."

The second player the Kings auto-protected is Dauphin's Hayden Lacquette. 

The 5 foot 7 defensemen finished this past campaign with five goals and 16 assists in 36 games. He was also chosen to take part in the Manitoba Winter Games.

"He's a very good skilled defender," said Hedley. "He's a guy that can make a good first pass and has a great skillset. We know he can carry the puck up the ice and he's very good offensively. We're looking forward to having him as a part of the organization."

The Draft is set for June 3rd in Winnipeg, and make sure you tune in that day to see whats up with the Kings.

If you`re looking for something to do on Saturday, June 2nd and more specifically June 3rd, you can volunteer for the Manitoba High School Rodeo.

The rodeo is presented by the Gilbert Plains/Grandview Ag Society and is at the Gilbert Plains Fair Grounds.

"We're looking for two volunteers for the Sunday," said Krista Gaber, Rodeo Coordinator. "You can be an adult or a student, and you'll be needed for a few hours to help with timing and such."

"Some kids can get some school credit for helping out," she added. 

You would be required to show up at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday to get set up for the events that kick off at 10.

For more information about volunteering at the event, or if you want to sign up today, call Krista at 548-2413, or 648-5688.

A Chore Team Competition will also take place on Saturday at 2, and Krista encourages people to come out with their teams and take part.

Lyndon Zimmer threw an absolute gem, and Dawson Tweet provided all of the offence the team needed, as the Major Pratt Trojans baseball team are off to the MHSAA High School Baseball Provincials.

Zimmer tallied a dozen strikeouts, while Tweet had three RBI as the Trojans beat the Crocus Plains Plainsmen 12-2, earlier this week in the Interzone Championships final.

"Everyones pumped up no doubt about it," said Russell's Tweet. "Lyndon was all over the strike zone obviously and did a great job. Then, our sticks came alive and it all worked out."

En route to driving in three runs, Dawson went 3-5 from the plate.

"I wasn't doing very well early in the game," said Dawson. "I just got my head back in the game, saw pitches, and chose the right ones."

The Trojans will now prepare for the Championships which are May 31st-June 2nd in Plumas and Neepawa.

"I think we should be able to compete," said Tweet. "There's going to be a lot of good games. We need to do everything we can and work hard to score runs. It should be fun for sure."

Major Pratt will join Dauphin as the two Parkland teams in the Provincials.

It's been a great season so far for the Gilbert Plains Trojans Track & Field Team, and they're hoping to continue that today as the Parkland Zone Championships take place in Swan River.

"The athletes here have already been talking about it, and they're feeling confident that they can win it," said Dan Lehman, Coach. "I wouldn't be surprised if 15-16 athletes from our school qualify for the Provincial Championships."

Despite having lots of confidence heading in, Dan doesn't feel the team is being overconfident.

"I wouldn't say their overconfident," said Lehman. "I think the ones who are the most confident have already had success at bigger meets, so I feel the confidence they're feeling is justified. From how they've been preparing this week, they're not taking it lightly at all. They're prepared to take care of business."

The event begins at 11:00 this morning, and we'll have the updates throughout the day is it unfolds.

Here's a look at the local baseball action from Wednesday night.

The Dauphin Brewers couldn't muster any offence, as they lost their first game of the season to Carberry, 3-0.

The Dean Cooley GM Peewees lost 17-10 against Roblin, while the Strilkiwski Contracting Peewees beat Ste. Rose, 16-14 in a tight battle.

Dauphin's Barry Trotz is in his fourth year coaching the Washington Capitals, and every year has ended a lot sooner than expected, but not this year, as he's heading to the Stanley Cup Final.

Trotz and the Capitals advanced to the final with a decisive 4-0 win tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and once again it came on the road where the Caps have been dominant this postseason.

In 10 games away from home ice in the playoffs, Trotz and the Caps have won eight of the games, and three of their wins against the Lightning came in Tampa.

Now the Caps will head to Vegas, to begin their Cup Final against the Golden Knights.

Here's the full schedule:

Game 1 - Monday, May 28th - 7:00 p.m.

Game 2 - Wednesday, May 30th - 7:00 p.m.

Game 3 - Saturday, June 2nd - 7:00 p.m.

Game 4 - Monday, June 4th - 7:00 p.m.

* Game 5 - Thursday, June 7th - 7:00 p.m.

* Game 6 - Sunday, June 10th - 7:00 p.m.

* Game 7 - Wednesday, June 13th - 7:00 p.m.   

It's been quite the senior year for Swan River's David Muller, and it continued at Badminton Provincials earlier this month.

He teamed up with Coral Zamzow to win the Mixed Doubles Gold Medal, to cap off what has been an incredible season for the two.

"It definitely felt really good," said Muller. "I won bronze a couple years ago in basketball, silver this year, but winning that gold and knowing that no one was better than us felt pretty good."

Winning gold capped off a perfect season for the duo, literally. They went 30-0 throughout the course of the short badminton season, which included winning a tournament in Gimli, Zone 8 sectionals, Zone 8 championships, and of course the Provincials.

"We've been playing in the club league here in Swan for the past five years," said Muller. "We've definitely practiced super hard to become the best we can. It takes a lot of work to be the best in the province, and we did everything we could to make sure we would be."

Shortly after the provincials, to no one's surprise, David and Coral were named the "Tire Recycle Athlete's of the Week".

"It was a good feeling to be recognized on a Manitoba scale," he added.

When David takes a look back at his high school athletic career, he definitely has some memories that he won't soon forget.

"I've built so many new friendships, and played with some great people," said Muller. "It's been awesome to bond with new people, and then obviously winning has been nice as well. And, I can't forget about the coaches who've supported me so much, and will continue doing so."

Next up for Muller is Track & Field Zone Championships tomorrow in Swan River, and we'll have the results right here.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were quite active in the offseason as they looked to add some important pieces to their team for the upcoming season, and one of the adds was Winnipeg's, Nic Demski.

With Nic, the Bombers opened up Main Camp earlier this week, and Nic is continuing to get back into game shape day-by-day.

"The competition has been really good for the first couple days," said Demski after his practice yesterday. "We had our first two-a-day yesterday, so things got a little bit tense and active, but it's definitely always fun to put on the pads in that situation."

I took part in Mini Camp, so I had a chance before this week to get into the playbook and try and run things at full speed," he added.

Although the Bombers regular season doesn't start until June 14th, the team is just nine days away from their first preseason game, against the Edmonton Eskimos.

"This next week's just about getting back into shape, and into football mode," said Demski. "It's about not overthinking things, and just playing my hardest out there. We just need to clean things up, work hard every day, and come the preseason game in just over a week, then the regular season, we should be ready to go."

"We all have one goal in mind," said Demski. "We want to be the best in every category, and bring home a ring. It's been a while since Winnipeg won a Grey Cup, but I think we have the players to do it. We just need to be able to execute, come together as a family and bring the Grey Cup back to Winnipeg."

Even though Demski played the past three seasons with the Roughriders, Winnipeg truly is home for him. He grew up in the city and played his university ball with the Manitoba Bisons, where he really made a name for himself.

"Nothing can really beat being back around my family and friends," said Demski. "I'm very familiar obviously with the atmosphere and the field. It's great to be back here with the organization and having the Blue & Gold fans around us. I remember how great the fans were when I played back in the city with the Bisons. We just want to deliver for them."

In the 2015 season with Saskatchewan, the 25-year-old piled up 165 yards over 14 games. In the next season, Demski improved his numbers, catching 37 passes for 338 yards. Last season, he suited up in just nine games, but he was on pace for his career high. In those games, he caught 19 passes for 222 yards.

"Obviously you want to build on each year, and I think I've done a pretty good job of that," he said. "So, I'm just going to keep trying to build and get better. But, at the end of the day, I'm here for the team and it's all about team success."

"I'm coming out hard in Main Camp to make sure I'm ready to compete and have success," he added. "All the action kicks off on June 1st, and it's all about preparing for that game."

The June 1st game will be in Winnipeg against Edmonton, with kick off set for 7:30.

The Dauphin Clippers women's fastball team ended their season tonight with two losses against Roblin at the Zone Championships.

Roblin won the first game, 15-0, and completed the two-game sweep with another win in game two, this time by an 18-9 final.

Next up for Roblin is the Provincial Championships on June 1st-2nd in Winkler.

The Dauphin Clippers women's rugby team are set to play for another Westman High School League Championship.

Last year, the Clippers women's 7's won the league, and now, the 15's will play for another title.

They beat Souris earlier today in the semifinals, 34-10.

The finals go on Saturday when the Clippers head to Minnedosa to take on the Chancellors.