Volleyball players aged 16 and older can learn from one of the best in the sport during two upcoming clinics.
Dustin Schneider, the current starting setter for Canada’s men’s national team and a former University of Winnipeg Wesmen men’s volleyball player, will be conducting two clinics at the Duckworth Centre.
The clinics run Tuesday, March 31 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, April 1 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Schneider, a native of Brandon, Manitoba, completed his university level volleyball with the Wesmen back in 2007-08. He was named both a First Team All-Canadian and Canada West All Star.
University of Manitoba student-athletes Rachel Cockrell and Alhaji Mansaray have been named as the 2014-15 Bison Sports Athletes of the Year.
The awards were handed out Saturday at the annual Brown and Gold Banquet held at the U of M.
Manitoba Bisons football head coach Brian Dobie was named the 2014-15 Bison Sports Coach of the Year, while Bison Sports Rookie of the Year award winners were Alanna Sharman and Eric Guy along with Bruce Pirnie as the Pat Gill Legacy Award winner.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes have signed infielder Aaron Baker and right-handed pitcher Mark Pope for the 2015 season.
Baker, 27, returns to pro baseball after taking last season off. He played the 2013 season in the Baltimore Orioles system with Class A-Advanced Frederick of the Carolina League and Class AA Bowie of the Eastern League.
Pope, 25, played last summer in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization with Class A Great Lakes of the Midwest League. In 49 relief appearances, he went 4-3 with a 2.26 ERA and nine saves. He has also spent time with San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves.
WINNIPEG — Ah, the life of a Winnipeg Jets goaltender. One week, they’re calling for your head. The next, you’re stopping everything in reach against one of the league’s most explosive offences and being praised by 15,016 deafening fans at the MTS Centre.
Ondrej Pavelec isn’t the only reason the Winnipeg Jets beat the Washington Capitals 3-0 Saturday night, but he played a very big role. Pavelec made 27 saves for his 13th career shutout, many of them in stunning fashion. He’s now matched a career high with his fourth straight win.
“It felt good… I didn’t have to make too many saves, I think we played well defensively,” said Pavelec. “Hockey’s 60 minutes, no matter what, and I’m happy I was able to stop loose pucks because you never know what’ll happen afterwards.”
WINNIPEG — Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice referred to the St. Louis Blues as the best team in the league following morning skate, and his scrappy club rose to the occasion Thursday night as the two division rivals battled into overtime and eventually the shootout with a raucous capacity MTS Centre crowd ignited following a 2-1 Jets victory.
Ondrej Pavelec, the embattled veteran Jets goaltender, played the role of redeemer stopping 32 shots through 65 minutes in addition to halting the dangerous duo of Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko in the shootout to seal the win.
“(Pavelec) made us look good when we couldn’t look good,” said Maurice of his goaltender, who made a third-straight start after going nearly four months without consecutive nods in the Jets starting lineup.
University of Winnipeg women’s basketball player Stephanie Kleysen and men’s wrestler Finn Higgins have been named 2014-15 Wesmen Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
Kleysen recently completed her fifth and final season as a member of the U of W women’s basketball program. She was named the Canada West Women’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year as well as being named a Canada West Women’s Basketball Second Team All-Star.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes have signed infielder/outfielder Josh Mazzola for the 2015 season.
Mazzola, 28, played in 97 games for the Goldeyes last season, hitting .265 with 16 home runs and 68 RBI. He also had a career-high 17 stolen bases and played four positions in the field – first base, third base, shortstop and right field.
“Mazz is a special player in this league,” manager Rick Forney said. “His offensive numbers for the three years he’s been with us have been very, very good. He produces a lot of extra-base hits and RBI. He’s a great defender as well and can play multiple positions. He has a lot of value on our club.”
WINNIPEG — Entering Tuesday as the two clubs directly below the Western Conference playoff line with 13 games to play in the regular season, saying the meeting between the San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets would be important might be a bit of an understatement.
Fortunate for the 15,016 Jets faithful at MTS Centre, the home club came out with their engines in full burn, taking a 3-0 stranglehold in the opening 13:01 on their way to a decisive 5-2 victory.
The win puts the 35-23-12 Jets back into playoff position, leapfrogging the idle Los Angeles Kings and into the second Western Conference Wild Card spot with 82 points.