• Shoal Lake’s Natasha Rupa established herself as an important contributor in her first season with the University of Winnipeg women’s volleyball team.
The 5-foot-8 setter finished second on the team in assists, starting four of the 14 matches she played.
“I felt very overwhelmed with information at the beginning of the season and being away from home made it tough to focus, but as time went on I grew more comfortable and confident with playing in drills and the overall speed of things,” Rupa said about her rookie campaign.
Playing so close to home meant her family got to see her play on a number of occasions.
“It is a great feeling to look up in the bleachers and share a smile with (my family) or hear them cheer you on when you’re walking to the back of the court to serve,” she said.
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• After months of planning the Roblin Shell River Hillsburg Recreation Commission is taking the next step in the redevelopment of Currey Park.
“The Rec. Commission knew that there would come a time to invest some time, work and money into this overlooked gem within our community,” rec director Patricia Boguski said. “And now is that time.”
The park includes three baseball diamonds and a section of the Crocus Trail. It’s also used by school groups for cross country running and track.
“If you were in town during our Centennial celebrations, Currey Park was where a lot of the events were highlighted,” Boguski said. “And we would like to build off this awesome event to keep our community vibrant.”
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• On Feb. 16, RCMP received a call that two men were fighting on Highway 83 two kilometres north of Russell. The caller also advised that they returned to the pest control truck they were driving and headed south.
Police located the vehicle and when they activated their lights, the truck drove into the ditch and crashed.
The driver failed a roadside screening test and has been charged with impaired driving.
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• There was a lot of excitement in the air for the Russell Figure Skating Club’s show ‘Date Night,’ which took place fittingly on Valentine’s Day.
The club, which boasts 88 skaters this year up from 64 last year, has been coached by Shelly Bobchuk for the past two years.
The event was extra special as Eleanor Muir was recognized with the presentation of a plaque for one of the dressing rooms named in Elea’s honour.
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• Wes Goertzen is the new pastor at Whitewater Mennonite Church in Boissevain.
A native of Henderson, Nebraska, Goertzen said he first found out about Boissevain when two members of the church met him at the seminary in Elkhart, Indiana last year.
“I have already decided I would be fine coming anywhere in Canada or the U.S,” he said. “I was open to either place. But I had never heard of Boissevain, and never knew anyone who came from Manitoba.”
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• Virden Minor Hockey is proactively asking parents and players to sign a commitment that says they will be respectful of officials, players and other fans during games.
The organization’s past president Craig Lane, who coaches a 10-and-under team in Virden, said it’s important to set a good example for the kids.
“It all comes down to coaching. If a coach is going to be yelling at the refs, the kids will,” he said.
Experienced ref Ken Buchy said referee’s do everything they can to make sure the game is fair.
“I think it’s better in Virden than in most places,” Buchy said. “But there are still parents who want to play the game instead of the sons and daughters. There’s always room for improvement.”
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• Four generations of curlers took part in the Miniota Ladies Bonspiel earlier this month.
Teri Van De Kerckhove and her daughter Morgan, who are both members of the Souris Curling Club, took the ice alongside Teri’s mother Donna Gardham and her grandmother Lil Horner.
The foursome, which ranged from ages 10 up to 86, is proof curling is a lifetime sport.
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• Deloraine School was represented with class at the zone finals in curling in Killarney earlier this month.
Sydney Laval, Jessica Goethals, Carlee Edwards, Madison Edwards and Jacquie Crowe left it all out on the ice for the Colts curling squad.
The team lost a close match in the semifinals to close out their season.
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• The Southwest Bantam Cougars will host their second annual fundraiser game at Killarney Shamrock Centre with proceeds going to the Parkinson’s Society of Canada on behalf of Deloraine’s Don Dietrich.
Dietrich, who played in the NHL for the New Jersey Devils, is battling Parkinson’s Disease.
The game takes place March 8, when the Cougars face their Eastern Division rivals Interlake Lightning.
• The eighth annual Skate the Lake pond hockey tournament took place on Minnedosa Lake.
“The weekend was awesome. We filled the rinks for almost every time spot and the pavillion was full of people all weekend,” event organizer Tanis Barrett said.
The Kingdon’s PM’s, which included Jami Pollon, Brandi Thompson, Katie McNabb, Meagan Smith, Kiersten McNabb and Amy Kingdon defeated the Odanah Imports in the final matchup of the ladies’ division to take the title.
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• Master Cpl. Sara Thompson was recognized as CFB Shilo’s Soldier of the Year after a year’s worth of hard work and unwavering dedication to her position with Base Maintenance.
“I am IC of the weapons shop at Base Maintenance. We do all the second-line repair work for the units on Base,” she said.
Thompson and her fellow soldiers — she’s the lone woman — are responsible for numerous equipment repairs for several units both on and off the Base.
“if it wasn’t for the team I’ve got this work would not be getting done. The group of guys I have are amazing,” she said. “Without them, the shop would not be functioning as well as it does. I cannot take all the credit for our work.”
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