When Mason Chartrand made the Manitoba junior men's basketball team, he had the opportunity to play at the U17 national championships and Mason sure showed exactly what he could do.

He recorded at least six points in four games and was a force on the glass. In an 11-point performance against Team Newfoundland, the Pine Creek native had one block, four offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds.

Now Mason lives in Winnipeg as a new door has opened for the 6'8" forward as he made the Northstar Prep basketball team. The team's roster features some of the best 18U players from across the country, and this is Chartrand's first year playing. Mason says it was an honour just to make the team.

"It felt pretty good, the coach saw something in me that I didn't know I had," said Chartrand. "To get the chance to play with some elite players, it's a great feeling and I'm very proud."

Chartrand and the rest of the team were in Seattle over the weekend for some action against teams from the Pacific Northwest. Now back in Winnipeg training, they're preparing to head to San Francisco for the Golden State Classic later this week and then they will head to Las Vegas right after that event. 

Just days before he joined the team on their trip to Seattle, Mason was in North Dakota. It's his goal to play at the next level and Chartrand took part in his first unofficial Division 1 visit to the University of North Dakota. For Chartrand, it felt like he took a step toward his dream.

"Especially being from Pine Creek and now going on Division 1 visits, it felt amazing," said Chartrand. "I've always wanted to play at the D1 level and Northstar has given me this opportunity. I know there is a lot of work to do, but I'm very happy that I was given that chance and we will see what's next."

Mason's 2023 schedule with Northstar Prep includes tournaments in Seattle, Ottawa, Bradenton, Florida, and two in Toronto. 

They were down by just a single goal in the second period, but that's as close as the Parkland U18 Rangers would get on Sunday.

Wrapping up their weekend in Winnipeg, the Rangers lost 5-2 against the Thrashers.

Tavyn Boychuk scored another goal for Parkland, it was his third of the two-game set against Winnipeg after he scored twice yestsrday. Dru Mushumanski also scored for Parkland. 

Parkland is seven points back of the final playoff spot. 

Tyson Zimmer put together a great weekend against his former team.

Returning to Brandon for a two-game set against the Wheat Kings, the Russell native had one assist in a 4-3 win on Friday and then he scored once while adding one assist in the team's 6-4 win on Saturday as they completed a weekend sweep.

He also scored the game-winning goal a few days prior in an upset against the number one team in the country when the 'Canes downed the ICE, 2-1.

Tyson's stellar play has helped Lethbridge jump into fifth place in the Eastern Conference with their 14 wins.

Stay tuned to hear from Tyson in the coming days.

The Parkland U18 Rangers scored two late goals against the Winnipeg Thrashers on Saturday afternoon to make it close; however, they couldn't complete the comeback.

Playing game two of a three-game weekend, Parkland fell short, 5-4. Parkland found themselves down 5-2 with just more than 14 minutes left in the third. Conner McKay and Tyrell Leaske would score for Parkland in the third to give the Rangers a chance, but they couldn't find the back of the net again.

Tavyn Boychuk had his biggest game as a Ranger as he scored twice. The Rangers will complete their weekend on Sunday afternoon when they remain in Winnipeg to play the Thrashers. 

The Gilbert Plains Trojans junior varsity girls volleyball team are provincial champions.

The team finished off the season perfectly by capturing the provincial event this weekend and they capped it off by beating Rosenort in the finals. 

Jody Smelski is the team's head coach and she is extremely proud of the girls.

"It feels great, all these girls have worked so hard all season," said Smelski. "Each and every one of them deserves this."

Nevaeh Payne and Anika Gulenchin were named tournament all-stars while Montana Jubenvill was named the tournament's most valuable player. The team won three tournaments this season, plus the zone championships before capturing the buffalo. 

After a gut wrenching loss in the Grey Cup, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have locked up one of their all-stars. 

Willie Jefferson has signed a one-year extension, he was set to become a free agent in February. 

Jefferson was the Bombers' most outstanding defensive player this past season and he was also named a West Division All-Star.

He led the team with seven quarterback sacks while adding 33 tackles, one interception for a touchdown, two forced fumbles, and 10 pass knockdowns.

He also became the first player in CFL history to record 50 sacks and 50 pass knockdowns. 

The Parkland U18 Rangers defended Credit Union Place perfectly on Friday night.

The team's offence fired it up in a big way as they scored four times in the third period in a 6-2 win. Cash Clarkson led the way with two goals while Ryan Gower and Dru Mushumanski both had two assists.

Jackson Badowski, Tyrell Leaske, Luke Myhre, and Skyler Carriere also scored for Parkland. The team is now off to Winnipeg for a pair of games against the Thrashers on Saturday and Sunday. 

Tyson Zimmer has had this game circled on his calendar from the day he was traded. 

The Russell native was drafted by the Brandon Wheat Kings sixth overall in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. He went on to play 87 games with the team and he scored 12 times while adding 13 assists. Then on September 27, Zimmer was dealt to the Lethbridge Hurricanes as his time as a Wheat King came to an end.

On Friday, Zimmer will be back at Westoba Place as the 'Canes roll into Brandon to open up a two-game set with the Wheat Kings. Zimmer has flourished in his new role with Lethbridge as he has five goals and nine assists in 22 games and he's well on his way to recording a career year.

He also recorded the game-winner earlier this week on Tuesday as Lethbridge downed the Winnipeg ICE. At the time, the ICE was 20-1 and they're the number one ranked team in Canada. Brandon and Lethbridge play Friday at 7 and they hit the ice again for a rematch on Saturday, once again at 7. You can get tickets at Wheat Kings.

Kiera Haney joined the RVC club volleyball team in grade eight as a practice player. She immediately fell in love with the game and four years later, Haney is putting together an all-star season on a team that has dominated their competition all season long.

Playing with the Major Pratt Trojans varsity girls team, the team has won five tournaments and they finished in the top four in Niverville and the Neelin Dig which are two very high-profile tournaments. 

The team is now preparing to play for a provincial title next weekend as they head to Margaret Barbour Collegiate. They're in a pool alongside Souris, Warren, Elton, and the host team. Haney says it's been a special season and the team is locked in for next weekend.

"It's been going great, it's a great way to have our grade 12 year go," said Haney. "We're hoping to bring back a provincial title and I think it's looking pretty good for us, so we're extremely excited to get down to business next weekend."

Kiera is a co-captain this season and playing on the right side, Haney has dominated on the court and she's also a great leader off the court. Jay Thiesen is the Athletic Director at Major Pratt and he said this on Kiera.

"As co-captain, the team benefits from Kiera’s positive attitude and her willingness to help out her teammates," offered Thiesen.

While her high school volleyball days are coming to an end, Haney has added another award to her resume as she was named the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba High School Athlete of the Week. Then shortly after, it was announced that Kiera will play in the MHSAA graduating all-star game.

"It feels great, I was really happy to hear I was named athlete of the week," ended Haney. "Then to be named to the graduating all-star game, that's a really special feeling to end my career as a high school volleyball player."

Kiera also excels in the classroom with an academic average of 88%.

Aidan Brook joined the Dauphin Kings at the trade deadline last year and he helped the team win the Turnbull Cup and then advance to the national semifinal in Estevan.

The Roblin native remains with the team as he has two goals and 10 assists this season. He was the lone Brook on the team until now as Jakob Brook is back in his home region.

The Kings are pleased to announce that Jakob has joined the team to finish his junior career. With 187 games of Western Hockey League experience under his belt, Jakob is thrilled to be back in Dauphin playing for the Kings and with his brother.

“I’m excited to be here, it’s great that I get to be back home playing with this team,” said Brook. “It’s awesome that I also get to play with Aidan, we haven’t played together in a long time. I’m looking forward to being back and getting things going with the club.”

Jakob brings a championship mentality to Dauphin. He was with the Prince Albert Raiders in the 2018-19 season when they won the Western Hockey League title and represented the league at the Memorial Cup. He played 23 games in the playoffs that year, posting two assists.

Following a 38-game stint the following year with Prince Albert where he recorded nine points, Brook was traded to the Regina Pats.  His last 65 games have come with Regina, but now he’s with Dauphin. Jakob was in the stands on Tuesday when Dauphin downed the Centennial Cup-hosting, Portage Terriers.

“They played a great game against Portage and you see the building points,” said Brook. “It’s exciting to join a team that has a winning culture.”

Jakob says his goal is to come in and immediately make an impact with his speed and scoring ability.

“It’s a great opportunity to play here,” said Brook. “I get the chance to be free and do the best I can to help this team win and enjoy myself for my last year.”

Brook is eligible to join his brother in the lineup on Friday when Dauphin heads to Neepawa to play the Titans.

The Dauphin Clippers hockey team continued to roll on Thursday. 

William Miner scored twice in a commanding 6-2 win against the Chancellors.

Logan Chapman, Jaymen Fee, Jake Kuzmiak, and Liam Chartrand also scored for Dauphin in the game.

The team has now won nine of their first 11 games.