Spectator Sports: Year In Review 2019

Members of Team Tracy Fleury - East St. Paul Curling Club skip Tracy Fleury, third Selena Njegovan, second Liz Fyfe and lead Kristin MacCuish celebrate their championship victory by winning the 2019 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts after defeating team Kerri Einarson (Gimli Curling Club) 13-7 at the Gimli Recreation Centre in Gimli, Man., on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (Brook Jones/Interlake Spectator/Postmedia Network)

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• At the Canola Jr. Provincial Curling Championships in Winnipeg from Jan. 3 to 7, Josh Maisey’s team from the Winnipeg Beach Curling Club finished with a 3-4 record. Moosehorn’s Talyia Tober, skipping a team from the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club in Winnipeg, was 2-5.

• The Interlake Lightning under-18 AAA team had a 4-23-2-0 record in the Manitoba Under-18 AAA Hockey League standings with 10 points going into the New Year.

• Natasha English of Arborg Collegiate Institute finished fourth in the JV girls’ shot put at a track and field meet inside James Daly Fieldhouse in Winnipeg on Jan. 10.

• Olympic gold medallist Jennifer Botterill visited Lundar Memorial Arena for Female Hockey Day on Jan. 12.

• Gimli’s Noah Basarab and Jack Einarson, as well as Arborg’s Griffin Chwaliboga competed in the MJHL/SJHL Showcase in Regina on Jan. 14 and 15.

• Eight divisions of Interlake Minor Hockey hosted their regional playdowns from Jan. 18 to 20.

• Tanner Lott’s team from the Winnipeg Beach CC won the A-event, while Eriksdale’s Tyler and Josh Drews were B-side winners at the Manitoba Open curling event in Winnipeg on Jan. 21. Both qualified for February’s Viterra Championship in Virden.

• Lightning under-18 AAA head coach Jamie Corbett resigned to take the head coach/general manager job of the MJHL’s OCN Blizzard on Jan. 25. Trent Genyk is named interim head coach.

• Tracy Fleury’s team from the East St. Paul Curling Club won the 2019 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts with a 13-7 win over Kerri Einarson and her team from the Gimli Curling Club in the final at Gimli Recreation Centre on Jan. 27. Sandy Hook’s Rebecca Lamb, skipping a team from Stonewall, finished 1-6.

• Arborg’s Vanessa Foster represented Canada at the Curling World Cup in Jonkoping, Sweden from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3.


• Gimli’s Olivia Cvar is selected to represent Manitoba in girls’ hockey at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta.

• The Gimli Lakers JV boys’ basketball team won their home tournament at Gimli High School with a 66-43 win over the Helen Betty Osborne Huskies on Feb. 1.

• The Lundar Falcons won their third straight Capital Region Junior Hockey League game on Feb. 1.

• Sandy Hook’s Colton Lott and Gimli’s Kadriana Sahaidak won the mixed doubles event of the Curling World Cup in Jonkoping, Sweden on Feb. 3.

• Tanner Lott’s team from the Winnipeg Beach CC lost the 3-vs.-4 game at the Viterra Championship to William Lyburn 8-7 in Virden on Feb. 9.

• The Lightning’s under-18 AAA team were eliminated from playoff contention for the fourth straight season after a 9-0 loss to the Winnipeg Wild in Arborg on Feb. 9.

• The Arborg Ice Dawgs lost their fifth straight game on Feb. 10.

• Kerri Einarson’s team from the Gimli Curling Club lost the Scotties Tournament of Hearts wild-card game 7-6 to Lethbridge, Alta.’s Casey Scheidegger in Sydney, N.S. on Feb. 15.

• The Lightning’s female under-18 AAA team were eliminated in the first round by the Westman Wildcats three games to one after a 4-0 loss in Stonewall on Feb. 18.

• The Gimli Lakers won their third straight Zone 5 varsity boys’ basketball championship with a 79-42 win over the Warren Wildcats at GHS on Feb. 20.

• Former NHL Coach of The Year Ted Nolan spoke to youth on Fisher River Cree Nation on Feb. 22.

• The Montreal Canadiens Alumni played Gimli locals at Gimli Recreation Centre on Feb. 22.

• Josh Maisey defended his provincial high school boys’ curling title for the Lakers after a 5-0 win over the Calvin Christian Eagles in Swan River on Feb. 23.

• Moosehorn’s Sara Meisner and Inwood’s Hanna Postlewaite won the MCAC women’s volleyball championship with the Red River College Rebels on Feb. 24.

• St. Laurent’s Madison Siwicki was named to the roster of the Women’s Western Canadian Football League’s Manitoba Fearless.


• The Peguis Juniors defeated the Cross Lake Islanders 18-3 on Peguis First Nation to end the Keystone Junior Hockey League regular season on March 1.

• Manitoba’s girls’ hockey team, including Gimli’s Olivia Cvar, finished fifth at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. on March 2.

• The Lundar Falcons won their play-in series two games to one with a 4-3 win over the St. Malo Warriors on March 3.

• The Interlake Bulldogs female atom C team won silver and the Arborg Falcons male peewee B squad captured bronze in Hockey Manitoba Provincials on March 3.

• Pinaymootang School in Fairford won the Manitoba First Nations School System co-ed basketball title for Grades 6 to 8 students at Brokenhead First Nation on
March 5.

• The Gimli Lakers finished fifth at the MHSAA Provincial A/AA High School JV Boys’ Basketball Championship in Sprague on March 9.

• Gimli’s BJ Neufeld won the Tim Hortons Brier in Brandon as third for Calgary’s Kevin Koe witha 4-3 win over Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher on March 10.

• The Arborg Athletics varsity boys’ basketball team won silver after a 90-65 loss to the Pinawa Panthers in the gold medal game of the MHSAA A Varsity Boys’ Basketball Championship in Elie on March 16.

• The Prairie Blaze, coached by Vogar’s Kevin Monkman and includes Arborg’s Jamie Johnson, won the Manitoba Women’s Junior Hockey League title with a 2-1 shootout win over the Silvertips in Winnipeg on March 16.

• Riverton’s Tracy Andries and Crystal Kennedy won their third Manitoba women’s curling club title 6-5 over Jackie Dewar in Winnipeg on March 17.

• The Lakeside Falcons male midget B team won gold in provincials with a 5-4 win over the host team from Landmark on March 17.

• Peguis First Nation hosted the Hockey Manitoba male midget A provincial championship where the Gimli Vikings won silver and Lake Manitoba won bronze on March 17.

• Colton Lott and Kadriana Sahaidak reached the semifinals of the Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship before losing 7-6 to Nancy Martin and Tyrel Griffith in Fredericton on
March 24.

• The Lundar Falcons lost Game 7 of their CRJHL semifinal 3-2 in double overtime against the Selkirk Fishermen in Selkirk on March 26.

• Fraserwood’s Colton Nedotiafko signed a letter of intent to play football for the U of M Bisons on March 30.

• Arborg’s Wes Jonasson skipped his team to the provincial mixed curling championship semifinals before losing to Braden Calvert 6-2 in Springfield on March 31.


• BJ Neufeld won silver for Canada at the World Men’s Curling Championship in Lethbridge, Alta. losing 7-2 to Sweden on April 7.

• Arborg’s Travis Bobbee and the South East Prairie Thunder hockey team lost 4-2 to the Rosetown (Sask.) Red Wings in the quarterfinals of the Allan Cup in Lacombe, Alta. on April 11.

• Arborg’s Connor Yarema played in Basketball Manitoba’s A/AA/AAA Graduating All-Star Game in Winnipeg on April 13.

• Kerri Einarson’s team from the Gimli Curling Club won the Players’ Championship Grand Slam of Curling event 5-4 over Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg in the final in Toronto on April 14.

• The Peguis Juniors finished fourth at the Keystone Cup after a 4-2 loss to the Cross Lake Islanders in the bronze medal game on Peguis FN on April 21.

• Einarson’s team reached the final of the Champions Cup Grand Slam of Curling event, losing 6-3 to Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni in Saskatoon on April 28.

• Gimli’s Nathan Cvar and his St. James Canucks lost Game 7 of the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League final to the Pembina Valley Twisters 5-4 in Morris on April 30.


• Brittney Langlais of the Interlake Blue Jays became the first female to play in the Manitoba Junior Baseball League in Stonewall on May 10.

• BJ Neufeld and his brother Denni won the men’s event of the Curling World Cup Grand Final in Beijing with Calgary’s Kevin Koe 5-3 over China’s Zou Qiang on May 12. Colton Lott and Kadriana Sahaidak finished with a 4-2 record in mixed doubles.

• Kerri Einarson’s team from the Gimli Curling Club finished third at the Arctic Cup in Russia on May 27.

• Arborg Collegiate hosted the Zone 5 track and field championships for the first time from May 27 to 29. The Athletics and Fisher Branch Collegiate Cougars won banners.


• The Athletics finished second among all A schools at the MILK Provincial High School Track and Field Championships in Winnipeg from June 6 to 8. Natasha English won gold in the JV girls’ shot put while Keely Emms-Finnson won bronze in the JV girls’ discus throw.

• Arnes’ Wayde Johannesson and Riverton’s Denali Sigurdson both signed letters of intent to play hockey for the Minot State University Beavers in early June.

• St. Laurent’s Madison Siwicki and her Manitoba Fearless team reached the WWCFL semifinals before losing to the Regina Riot 13-9 in Winnipeg on June 9.

• The Interlake Orioles under-18 AAA baseball team and Manitoba’s provincial under-16 squad split a pair of games in Stonewall on June 15.

• The Interlake Thunder/St. James Rods junior girls’ football team lost its first round Manitoba Girls Football Association playoff game 44-14 to the St. Vital Mustangs in Winnipeg on June 20.

• Arborg’s Jermaine Loewen was invited to the Vegas Golden Knights’ development camp on June 23.

• The Interlake Impact began its Manitoba Major Soccer League season undefeated in its first seven games.

• Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette announced on June 27 that former NHL star Riverton’s Reggie Leach will be named to the Order of Canada.

• Morweena’s James Reimer was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes from the Florida Panthers on June 30.


• Arborg’s Jessica Monkman won the under-18 women’s shot put event at the Western Canada Summer Games trials in Winnipeg on July 5.

• The Interlake Impact had a 7-1-2 record for first place in the Manitoba Major Soccer League’s Fifth Division on July 5.

• Gimli’s Kalli Einarson of the St. Boniface Legionaires, played for Team City in the Manitoba Junior Baseball League All-Star Game in Stonewall on July 6. Five Interlake Blue Jays players and coach Adam Kirk were part of Team Rural. Lundar’s Blaine Fortin threw the ceremonial first pitch.

• Manitoba Dirt Riders held its Manitoba Cup event in Fisher Branch on July 6 and 7.

• The Interlake Orioles under-18 AAA baseball team went winless in a provincial qualifier in Hamiota on July 7.

• Paralympic gold medallist Michelle Stilwell, whose mother is from Ashern, was announced as an inductee to the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame on July 8.

• The Interlake Blue Jays ended their season with a 6-18 record for seventh and last place in the MJBL on July 10.

• Gimli Beach Fitness Day took place on July 13.

• St. Laurent quarterback Madison Siwicki won the inaugural U18 Girls Football Red River Cup in Winnipeg with Team Manitoba Black on July 17.

• Morweena’s James Reimer, goaltender for the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, visited Arborg and District Arena for a presentation to Arborg Minor Hockey on July 20.

• The Interlake Blue Jays blew a 5-2 lead in its fifth and deciding game with the Elmwood Giants and lost 10-5 to be eliminated from the MJBL semifinals in Stonewall on July 25.

• Colby Bear of Peguis First Nation took part in MJHL Prospects Camp in Winnipeg from July 25 to 28.


• The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba held its inaugural five-kilometre running race on Aug. 4.

• The Gimli Yacht Club hosted the Leukemia Cup Regatta on Aug. 10.

• The Interlake Blue Jays went winless at Western Canadians in Saskatoon from Aug. 9 to 11.

• St. Laurent’s Anaka Chartrand won silver and Peguis FN’s Emma Bear won bronze in their respective individual wrestling events and both won bronze in the team event at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask. on Aug. 18.

• Eriksdale’s Orrin Hogue and Lundar’s Rory Tycoles won the Western Canadian Senior AA Baseball Championship with the Stonewall Blue Jays in Stonewall on Aug. 18.

• The MS Bike Tour took place in Gimli on Aug. 25.

• Lundar’s Shyanne Chartrand with Manitoba’s  provincial under-16 girls’ baseball team finished ninth at the Baseball Canada 16U Girls’ Invitational in Bedford, N.S. on Aug. 25. Blaine Fortin managed the team.

• Carman and St. Boniface Golf Clubs both won the Golf Manitoba Senior Men’s Interclub Championship at Links at The Lake in Gimli on Aug. 27.


• Scott Wong was named the new head coach of the Lightning’s under-18 AAA team.

• The Interlake Thunder, reigning champions of the Rural Manitoba Football League, won its season-opener 77-6 over the Moosomin Generals in Stonewall on Sept. 7.

• The Interlake Impact clinched the MMSL’s Fifth Division regular-season title on Sept. 8.

• Rogers Communications announced on Sept. 10 that Peguis FN will host Rogers Hometown Hockey on March 1, 2020.

• Arborg’s Jermaine Loewen was named to the Vegas Golden Knights’ training camp roster on Sept. 11.

• Camp Morton’s Kerri Einarson’s team from the Gimli Curling Club won its season-opening event, the Booster Juice Shoot-Out in Edmonton 7-2 over Calgary’s Chelsea Carey on Sept. 15.

• Ashern’s Jared Kolomaya won the King Cash Spiel in Maple Ridge, B.C. playing with New Westminster, B.C.’s Sean Geall on Sept. 15.

• Matlock’s Garth Collings finished tied for 15th at the Canadian Senior Men’s Golf Championship in Scarborough, Ont. on Sept. 15.

• The Interlake Impact were eliminated from the MMSL Fifth Division semifinals after a 3-2 loss to North Winnipeg United in Winnipeg on Sept. 20.

• Golfers from Peguis Central School and Lundar School competed in the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association Provincial Golf Championships in Swan River on Sept. 20.

• The Lightning’s female under-18 AAA team went 1-3 in the Central Plains Showcase in Portage la Prairie on Sept. 22.

• Tanner Horgan’s team from the Winnipeg Beach Curling Club reached the final of the Mother Club Fall Curling Classic in Winnipeg before losing 5-4 to Jason Gunnlaugson on Sept. 22. Arborg’s Vanessa Foster, second for Winnipeg’s Theresa Cannon, lost the women’s final 4-1 to Laura Walker on the same day.

• The Arborg Collegiate Athletics varsity girls’ volleyball team won its home tournament at ACI on Sept. 27.

• The Lightning’s under-18 AAA team won its Manitoba Under-18 AAA Hockey League season-opener 6-4 over the Parkland Rangers in Dauphin on Sept. 27.


• The Gimli Lakers junior varsity boys’ cross country team won the Zone 5 championship banner in Stony Mountain on Oct. 2.

• Olympic gold medallist Cindy Klassen was the keynote speaker for the Sport Manitoba LeadHERship Conference in Gimli on Oct. 5.

• Eriksdale-born Ted Green, who won Stanley Cups with the Boston Bruins as a player and the Edmonton Oilers as a coach, died at the age of 78 on Oct. 8.

• The Arborg Ice Dawgs lost their Capital Region Junior Hockey League season-opener 6-2 to the St. Malo Warriors in Arborg on Oct. 12. The next day, the Lundar Falcons lost 6-2 to the Selkirk Fishermen in Selkirk in their season opener.

• Kerri Einarson and her team from the Gimli Curling Club won the Autumn Gold Curlers Corner Classic in Calgary, winning 7-0 over Casey Scheidegger on Oct. 14.

• Home games for the Lundar Falcons on Oct. 18 and 20 were postponed due to hydro worker camps set up next to Lundar Memorial Arena.

• The Morweena Christian School Raptors boys’ soccer team lost the consolation final 2-1 to the Niverville Panthers at the MHSAA Provincial Rural Soccer Championships in Minnedosa on Oct. 19.

• The Lightning’s female under-18 AAA team won its first game of the season 5-3 over the Pembina Valley Twisters in Stonewall on Oct. 19.

• The Interlake Thunder were upset 35-34 by the Southwest Sabres in their RMFL playoff semifinal in Stonewall on Oct. 26.


• The Peguis Juniors, reigning Keystone Junior Hockey League champions, defeat the Norway House North Stars 14-5 in their home-opener at Peguis Multiplex Arena on Nov. 2.

• The Riverton Collegiate Patriots varsity boys’ volleyball team won its home tournament at RCI on Nov. 2.

• Tanner Horgan’s team from the Winnipeg Beach Curling Club won the DEKALB Superspiel in Morris 7-6 over provincial champion Mike McEwen on Nov. 4.

• The Fisher Branch Collegiate Cougars won the Zone 5 A Varsity Girls’ Volleyball championship banner in Lundar on Nov. 6.

• Theoren Spence of the Peguis Juniors scored six goals in his team’s 9-6 win over the North Stars in Norway House on Nov. 9.

• Both Kerri Einarson’s team from Gimli and Tanner Horgan’s squad from Winnipeg Beach reached the Tier 1 women’s and Tier 2 men’s finals, respectively, at the Grand Slam of Curling’s Tour Challenge in Pictou County, N.S. on Nov. 10.

• Eriksdale’s Tyler Drews, third for Winnipeg’s Sean Grassie, clinched his berth to the 2020 Viterra Championship by finishing second in a berth bonspiel on Nov. 17.

• Sandy Hook’s Colton Lott and Gimli’s Kadriana Sahaidak reached the Canad Inns Mixed Doubles Classic semifinals in Portage la Prairie on Nov. 17.

• The Lightning’s female bantam AAA team won the Wickenheiser Female World Hockey Festival’s bantam 2A tournament in Calgary on Nov. 17.

• Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Obby Khan was the keynote speaker at the Central Interlake Chamber of Commerce Gala Dinner in Arborg on Nov. 23, two days before the Bombers won the Grey Cup in Calgary.

• The Rosenort Redhawks varsity boys and Gilbert Plains Trojans varsity girls’ volleyball teams won the MHSAA Provincial A Varsity Boys’ and Girls’ Volleyball Championships in Riverton on Nov. 30. The Patriots’ boys reached the quarterfinals, while the girls missed the playoffs.

• Riverton’s Tracey Andries and Crystal Kennedy missed the playoffs representing Manitoba at the Canadian Curling Club Championships in Leduc, Alta. on Nov. 30.


• Arborg’s Jermaine Loewen scored his first goal in the American Hockey League for the Chicago Wolves against the Manitoba Moose in BellMTS Place in Winnipeg on Dec. 7.

• Gimli’s Jack Einarson scored a goal which brought on a Teddy Bear Toss for the Virden Oil Capitals in Virden on Dec. 12.