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James Shewaga is the Brandon Sun’s sports editor.

  • Olympic qualifying a slippery slope

    It’s 475 days until the 2014 Winter Olympics open in Sochi, Russia, but the first big step begins tomorrow for Cassie Hawrysh of Brandon and 2010 gold medallist Jon Montgomery of Russell. Hawrysh and Montgomery will compete in the national team trials Saturday in Calgary and a week later in Whistler, B.C., and the stakes couldn’t be any higher. Sliders will need to make either the World Cup team or the Intercontinental Cup team in order to remain in consideration for Canada’s 2014 Olympic squad.
  • Hockey heavyweights court local stars

    Growing up in the town of Neepawa, Halli Krzyzaniak never dreamed that one day she would be standing on the sidelines of an Ohio State Buckeyes football game with 104,745 fans in the stands. But that’s just one of the perks when you are one of the most hotly recruited female hockey players in the country.
  • Wheaties need work to build on start

    First off this week, it’s time to give a little credit where credit is due. Dwayne Gylywoychuk has had a dynamite debut as Brandon Wheat Kings head coach, guiding what was projected to be a rebuilding team to an impressive 4-1-0-0 start — including winning two of three road games — for a share of second place overall in the Western Hockey League. The Wheat Kings even earned a little recognition nationally, receiving an honourable mention in this week’s CHL rankings.
  • Champ changed Bonhomme's life

    Longtime television journalist Henry Champ was well known for his work with the CBC, CTV and NBC and carved out a storied career as one of Canada’s most respected international correspondents. But for Ilarion Bonhomme of the Brandon University Bobcats men’s basketball team, Champ will always be known as the man who changed his life.
  • Gylywoychuk gears up for regular-season debut

    In a season of firsts, tonight will be a big one for Dwayne Gylywoychuk. The new head coach of the Brandon Wheat Kings makes his official debut as the man calling the shots behind the bench tonight when the Wheat Kings begin the 2012-13 WHL season by battling the rival Regina Pats at Westman Place in the Brandon Sun Home Opener. For Gylywoychuk, it’s a night he has been anxiously awaiting since replacing Cory Clouston as head coach back on July 18.
  • Wheat Kings 'concerned' by ticket sales

    The impending NHL lockout could result in a big boost in attendance for WHL clubs. But Brandon Wheat Kings owner/general manager Kelly McCrimmon doesn’t want to have to count on that to balance the books this season.
  • Pre-season performance paramount for Wheat King rookies

    They have survived training camp, but for the 17 rookie players still with the Brandon Wheat Kings, this could be the most important 10 days of their young careers. The Wheat Kings began a stretch of four pre-season games over 10 days last night in Regina — Game 2 is tonight at Westman Place — with pre-season performances crucial to clinching roster spots.
  • Training camp questions abound for Wheat Kings

    As the Brandon Wheat Kings open main camp today, there are more questions than answers at this point. So let’s start with what we can be fairly certain about.
  • Olympic dream within reach for Brandon rugby star

    Like most of us, Brandon’s Amanda Thornborough tuned in this month to watch the sports spectacle that is the Summer Olympic Games. Unlike most of us, she actually has a chance to compete in them one day.
  • Calder Brandon's Olympic connection

    This is David Calder’s story of Olympic glory and a heartwarming chapter about his return to Brandon where it all began. When Calder competes in men’s pairs rowing in his fourth Summer Olympic Games next week in London, he will have some proud members of a once-lost family cheering him on from southwestern Manitoba.
  • SHEW'S VIEWS: Wheat Kings job brings big expectations

    Dwayne Gylywoychuk says he knows exactly what he’s walking into. With the prestige of being named the new head coach of the Brandon Wheat Kings comes new responsibility and the type of pressure that he has never experienced before during his nine seasons serving as a WHL assistant coach.
  • Next Wheat King coach could be a familiar face

    It’s just over six weeks until the Brandon Wheat Kings open training camp and the question remains: Who will be the WHL club’s head coach? If you read between the lines, it appears the Wheat Kings may go with a familiar face.
  • SHEW'S VIEWS: Wheat City on course to finally open nine holes

    It’s hard to look at damage on the front nine at the Wheat City Golf Course and wonder if it will ever be the same again. But course manager Bryce Wilson says they are indeed making significant progress in the recovery from the devastating effects of last year’s flood of the century — or centuries, if you prefer.
  • Canada Day tourney draws cream of the crop

    If you’re not up at the lake or out on the golf course this weekend, Simplot Millennium Park will be the place to be. Some of the most talented young baseball players on the Prairies will be in Brandon to compete in the annual UCT Canada Day Classic, a veritable smorgasbord of baseball featuring 25 teams from Manitoba and Saskatchewan playing a total of 50 games, starting this evening.
  • Clouston to Kootenay possible, but no sure thing

    Cory Clouston is heading home to Cranbrook, B.C., in a couple of weeks. The million dollar question is, will he be staying there? After being fired by the Brandon Wheat Kings last month, Clouston’s name has been bandied about as a natural fit to return to his former WHL team, the Cranbrook-based Kootenay Ice.
  • Salvador stealing playoff spotlight

    Brandon’s Bryce Salvador has done it again. The 36-year-old New Jersey Devil continued his remarkable post-season run with his fourth two-point performance of these NHL playoffs, helping to open and close the scoring with assists in a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night to stay alive in the Stanley Cup final.
  • Wheaties, Winter Fair willing to talk

    The Brandon Wheat Kings have been forced to stickhandle around the issue for years, the only team in the WHL forced to play money-losing playoff games away from home. There may be no easy solution to the problem, but at long last the Wheat Kings and the Provincial Exhibition are actually going to sit down and at least discuss the possibility and ramifications of moving the dates for the annual Royal Manitoba Winter Fair up just two weeks to allow first-round playoff games to be played here.
  • Keystone Centre upgrades key to deal

    It’s a rare deal that’s viewed as a win-win-win by all parties involved, but the Brandon Wheat Kings’ new five-year lease agreement with the Keystone Centre has the potential to be just that. Emphasis on the word potential. It will be up to local MLA Drew Caldwell and his provincial NDP government to make this deal really work. But more on that later.
  • Clouston's out, who's in?

    Coach Cory Clouston said that he understood Kelly McCrimmon’s rationale for firing him Tuesday. In the post-mortem of this season, that in itself is a little ironic considering they didn’t see eye-to-eye on much else when it comes to evaluating the Brandon Wheat Kings’ 2011-12 WHL campaign.
  • Clouston, McCrimmon don't see eye-to-eye

    (EDITOR’S NOTE: A week after this column was written, McCrimmon fired Clouston on May 15.) The difference in opinion couldn’t be more striking for Cory Clouston and Kelly McCrimmon.
  • Draft-day deal leaves hole in Wheat Kings' lineup

    In essence, Brandon Wheat Kings general manager Kelly McCrimmon traded Brenden Walker for Darian Dziurzynski on Thursday. And left a gaping hole in his lineup in the process.
  • Season disappointing for Wheat Kings' boss

    The Brandon Wheat Kings made the playoffs for the 12th straight season and pulled off a first-round upset of the Calgary Hitmen. But in the end, owner/general manager Kelly McCrimmon was far from satisfied.
  • Shame on Shanny for allowing hockey havoc

    Brendan Shanahan lost all credibility — not to mention any semblance of control of law and order in the game — on the opening night of this year’s NHL playoffs. And the results haven’t been pretty.
  • Moves didn't put Brandon over the top

    One thing you can say about Brandon Wheat Kings general manager Kelly McCrimmon this season: He wasn’t afraid to make big, bold moves to improve his team. In the end, however, McCrimmon’s moves — hiring former NHL coach Cory Clouston, acquiring top overager Darian Dziurzynski and landing 19-year-old NHL prospect Kevin Sundher — couldn’t help the Wheat Kings get past the hottest team in the WHL.
  • Is moving up fair week out of the question?

    Two weeks would make all the difference in the world for the Brandon Wheat Kings. And if the dates for the annual Royal Manitoba Winter Fair were moved up by just 14 days, it could be a win-win-win-win scenario for not only the Wheat Kings, the Keystone Centre, the City of Brandon, and possibly even the Winter Fair itself.

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