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Rural Roundup - Apri; 9, 2014

• Russell’s Danika Jones and Elkhorn’s Traci Orr played key roles helping the Northern Stars capture the Manitoba Women’s Junior Hockey League championship.

It was Jones’ final season in the league, which is made up of women ages 18 to 21.

“It was an amazing feeling to win the championship,” Jones said. “I had an amazing experience playing the MWJHL and made some amazing friends along the way.”

» Crossroads This Week

• The Miniota-Elkhorn C-Hawks captured their second consecutive North Central Hockey League championship with a 5-2 win over the Grandview Comets.

“It feels great to repeat as champions. I think it’s even harder than winning the first time,” team captain Devrin Stonehouse said. “Everyone is gunning for you every game and you really have to play good all the way through the season.”

It was the fourth season in a row that the two teams have clashed in the final.

» Virden Empire-Advance

• Students from grades 5 to 8 filled the gymnasium at Tanner’s Crossing School in March to display elaborate and creative science fair projects.

A wide variety of topics were broached, including the solar system, electromagnetics, hovercrafts and bridge strength.

Grade 6 student Caitlyn Stevenson teamed up with Grade 5 student Paola Vasquez to create the classic science fair project, an erupting volcano.

» Minnedosa Tribune

• The Neepawa Natives had approximately 80 prospects take part in the team’s three-day camp recently.

Natives GM Myles Cathcart was happy with the turnout.

“All of our prospects from our 50-man protected list who were eligible to come here were there,” he said. “We had a few that were injured, but all in all, it was pretty good.”

» Neepawa Banner

• About 200 people from diverse backgrounds —ranging from farmers, conservation district employees, municipal leaders and academics — recently attended an Assiniboine River Basin workshop in Virden.

The group set its sights on the long-term management of the Assiniboine.

“We realize that it’s such a large problem to work on and we feel there needs to be some movement forward in this particular watershed,” said Prairie Improvement Network director Dustin Williams, who farms near Souris.

» Manitoba Co-operator

• Ty Moffat was named the MVP of the high school hockey provincial AA tournament.

The captain of the Deloraine/Hartney hockey team helped guide his squad to the finals, where the Colts lost to the Neepawa Tigers in overtime.

Andrew Vercaigne was named to the tournament all-star team.

» Deloraine Times and Star

• Local fitness enthusiasts managed to cross Canada this winter, without ever leaving Killarney.

Walking at the Shamrock Centre over winter, the group clocked its miles through pedometers. At the end of each week, the total distance were tallied and entered onto a giant map of Canada.

The group walked from Killarney to Vancouver, then turned north up to the Alaskan Highway before heading back east and finishing in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L.

“It was just kind of a goal; something fun instead of just a workout,” walker Heather Heibert said.

» Killarney Guide

• Shae-Lynn McKinstry, granddaughter of Cecil and Dale Patterson of Melita, captured gold at the STARskate Provincials in Winnipeg.

McKinstry skates out of the Carberry Club and also competes in synchronized skating.

She is the daughter of Kyle and Jodi McKinstry of MacGregor. Jodi is also a figure skater, competing with a synchro team.

» Melita New Era

• Boissevain’s Natasha Armstrong recently returned home from boxing training with Team Canada in Colorado.

“We did a lot of running to try to get used to the high altitude,” the 16-year-old pugilist said.

She also faced some of the top competition from Canada and the United States.

“It was a lot different for me because she’s probably the best person I have ever fought,” Armstrong said about fighting Caitlin Orosco from Anaheim, Calif. “She won the gold medal at the world championships in Bulgaria, and was the national champion. She has been boxing since she was 10. She had a lot of experience, and that’s what I needed. I needed to be challenged and to fight someone different.”

» Boissevain Recorder

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 9, 2014

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