Argus Sports: Year In Review 2019

Rory Tycoles (right) jumps into the arms of teammate Orrin Hogue after their team, the Stonewall Blue Jays, won the 2019 Western Canadian Senior AA Baseball Championship following a 2-1 walkoff win over the Saskatoon Outlaws at Fines Field in Stonewall, Man. on Aug. 18, 2019. (Adam Peleshaty/The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times/Postmedia Network)

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• At the beginning of the New Year, the Stonewall Jets sported an 11-11-3 record for 25 points and were in seventh place in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League.

• The Warren Mercs of the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League had a 9-2-0 record for 18 points at the start of the New Year, tied for second place.

• Stonewall’s Emerson Klimpke, third for Brandon’s Brayden Payette, reached the second tiebreaker of the Canola Jr. Men’s Curling Championship in Winnipeg from Jan. 2 to 7 with a 5-2 record. Fellow Stonewall resident Thomas Dunlop, skipping a team from the East St. Paul Curling Club, finished with a 4-3 record.

• Seven athletes from the south Interlake were selected to Team Manitoba for the next month’s Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. Stonewall hockey referee Amy Martin was chosen as an official.

• Stonewall’s Gillian Gesell competed in the Waterloo Winterfest Ringette Tournament with the Manitoba Magic U14 AA team from Jan. 11 to 13.

• Interlake Lightning under-17 prep hockey team finished seventh at Minnesota Gone Wild tournament in Blaine, Minn. from Jan. 18 to 20.

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

• RM of Rockwood CAO Chris Luellman announced that Rockwood and Stonewall were considering a joint bid for the 2022 Manitoba Winter Games on Jan. 23.

• Rebecca Lamb’s team from the Stonewall Curling Club finished with a 1-6 record at the 2019 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Gimli from Jan. 23 to 27.

• Jamie Corbett resigned as head coach of the Interlake Lightning under-18 AAA hockey team to take a job with the MJHL’s OCN Blizzard on Jan. 23. Trent Genyk was named interim head coach.


• The Warren Collegiate Institute Wildcats varsity girls’ basketball team defeated the Teulon Collegiate Institute Saints 52-35 to win the Teulon Saints tournament on Feb. 9. WCI’s Grace Goodman was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

• Grosse Isle’s Tori Studler played her final home game with the University of Manitoba Bisons women’s volleyball team in Winnipeg on Feb. 9.

• The Lightning’s under-18 AAA team lost 9-0 to the WInnipeg Wild in Arborg on Feb. 9, eliminating them from playoff contention for a fourth straight season.

• Stony Mountain’s Brett Stovin played his final game for the University of Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey team in Winnipeg on Feb. 9.

• The Stonewall Jets lost their fifth straight game on Feb. 10 against the Charleswood Hawks in Winnipeg.

• The Warren Mercs advanced to the SEMHL semifinals with a 10-2 win over the Winkler Royals, winning the series 3-0 in Warren on Feb. 12.

• The Stonewall Jets clinched an MMJHL playoff berth for the sixth straight season on Feb. 15.

• Balmoral’s Braxtyn Ollson represented Manitoba at the 2019 IIHF Global Girls’ Game in Calgary on Feb. 16.

• The Play 4 Sven 3-on-3 Hockey Tournament, in memory of Rosser’s Ben Sveinson, took place at the Bronx Park Community Centre in Winnipeg on Feb. 18.

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

• The Lightning’s bantam AAA team lost to the RCMP Horsemen 8-7 in a charity hockey game in Stonewall on Feb. 18.

• Grosse Isle’s Olivia McCowan won a bronze medal as a player with Manitoba’s ringette team at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. on Feb. 22.

• The Gimli Lakers and Warren Wildcats won the Zone 5 varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball banners, respectively, on Feb. 20 and 21.

• The Lightning’s under-18 AAA squad finished the Manitoba Under-18 AAA Hockey League season with a 9-5 loss to the Norman Northstars and a 10-34-3-1 record.


• Stonewall archer Kadin Giebelhaus reached the quarterfinals in both of his events, while Stonewall judoka Emily Rogowsky and Warren badminton player Emalia Sinclair both finish ninth at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. on March 1.

• The Warren Mercs advanced to the SEMHL finals by sweeping the Portage Islanders in four games after a 6-4 victory in Portage la Prairie on March 2.

• Stonewall’s Kayla Mee played her last game for the University of Connecticut Huskies’ women’s hockey team on March 2.

• The WCI Wildcats JV girls’ basketball team were fifth, while both the Stonewall Rams’ JV boys and girls’ basketball teams went winless in provincials on March 7 and 8.

• The Stonewall Blues bantam A hockey team won the silver medal at provincials at the VMSC on March 10.

• Aaron Cockerill from Gunton and Stony Mountain finished tied for 57th at the European Golf Tour’s Magical Kenya Open from March 13 to 16.

• The Stonewall Storm won the Hockey Winnipeg A2 Midget championship with a 2-1 win over the St. Vital Falcons in Winnipeg on March 16.

• Stonewall’s Allison Sexton and Devan Johnson, as well as Warren’s Mekaela Fisher played for the U of M Bisons women’s hockey team, finishing fifth at the 2019 USports Women’s Hockey Championship in Charlottetown from March 14 to 17.

• The Warren Wildcats varsity girls’ basketball team repeated as provincial AA high school champions after a 56-41 win over the Goose Lake Angels in the final at Sagkeeng First Nation on March 16. The Teulon Saints lost the bronze medal game 73-41 to The King’s School Knights.

• Sandra Cowling from Hamiota and Winnipeg’s Gord McTavish won the provincial masters’ curling championships in Stonewall on March 18.

• The Stonewall Blues A1 Peewee team won the Hockey Winnipeg title, winning 2-0 over the River East Royals Black on March 20.

• The Stonewall Jets upset the Raiders Jr. Hockey Club and advanced to the MMJHL semifinals with a 3-2 win in Game 5 in Winnipeg on March 24.

• The Warren Mercs lost the SEMHL championship four games to three to the Morden Redskins with a 5-3 loss at Sunova Arena in Warren on March 26.

• Balmoral Judo Club celebrated its 20th anniversary with a tournament at SCI on March 30.

• Stonewall’s Kyle Andrade participated in Valour FC’s training camp.


• WCI’s Grace Goodman and Alex Chester, as well as SCI’s Rikki Frost-Hunt and Hunter Luprypa were named graduating all-stars by Basketball Manitoba.

• Stonewall’s Emerson Klimpke skipped his team to the title at the Don Baldwin Memorial Bonspiel in Winnipeg, defeating Jack Hykaway 5-4 on April 7.

• The Stonewall Jets are eliminated from the MMJHL playoffs after a 6-0 Game 6 loss to the Pembina Valley Twisters at the VMSC on April 9.

• Sport Manitoba East region athlete development co-ordinator Jordan Koroll visited a wellness workshop at WCI on April 11.

• WCI’s Alex Chester was named Basketball Manitoba’s AA female high school player of the year and her coaches Kevin Braun and Kirby Hearn were both named AA Girls’ Coaches of The Year on April 13.

• Interlake Thunder hosted a Try Football For Free camp at SCI on April 28.


• Warren’s Karson King was selected by the Swift Current Broncos in the WHL Draft on May 2.

• SCI’s Chris Wiebe won gold,  WCI’s Emalia Sinclair won silver and TCI’s Ryan Hill and Austin Persoage won bronze at the MHSAA Provincial Badminton Championships in Thompson on May 4.

• Warren’s Isla Hagborg was inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame on May 5.

• The Interlake Orioles under-18 AAA baseball team began its season with a 10-3 loss to the North Winnipeg Pirates in Stonewall on May 5.

• The Stonewall Jets’ Ryan McMahon received the Kip Kelly Memorial Trophy for Hardest Working Player from the MMJHL on May 9.

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

• The Stonewall Blue Jays began their 2019 Winnipeg Senior Baseball League campaign with a 11-7 win over the St. James A’s in Winnipeg on May 21.

• The SCI Rams baseball team won the Zone 5 banner with a 19-9 win over the WCI Wildcats at Fines Field on May 22.

• SCI’s Rikki Frost-Hunt received $1,000 McDonald’s Leadership Award from MHSAA.


• SCI Rams boys’ baseball team reached the quarterfinals before losing 4-1 to Portage at MHSAA Provincial Baseball Championship in Winnipeg on June 1.

• SCI’s Chloe Morrison won silver in the JV girls’ 400m dash at the MILK Provincial High School Track and Field Championships in Winnipeg on June 6.

• The TCI Saints lacrosse team won the Manitoba High School Field Lacrosse League’s Division 3 final with a 4-2 win over the Fort Richmond Centurions in Winnipeg on June 10.

• The Interlake Orioles under-18 AAA baseball team split a pair of games against Manitoba’s under-16 provincial team at Fines Field on June 15.

• Aaron Cockerill cracked the top 100 in the Challenge Golf Tour rankings after finishing 24th at an event in France on June 16.

• Stony Mountain’s Brett Stovin signed with the Dundee Stars of the Elite Ice Hockey League in Scotland on June 20.

• WCI’s Madeline Boonstra received the Credit Unions of Manitoba Scholar Athlete Award from Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon on June 20.

• The Stonewall Blue Jays U10 girls’ softball team won bronze at provincials in Headingley on June 23.


• The under-14 Interlake Phillies softball team swept a doubleheader against Central Energy at Klimpke Field in Stonewall on July 1.

• Fines Field in Stonewall hosted the Manitoba Junior Baseball League All-Star Game and Home Run Derby on July 6. The Interlake Blue Jays’ Ben Anderson won the home run derby and Team City defeated Team Rural 11-6.

• Warren’s Brady deLaroque represented Manitoba in a 22-0 loss to Saskatchewan in the Challenge Cup Nine-Man All-Star Football Game in Melville, Sask. on July 6.

• The under-14 Interlake Phillies finished fourth at U14 A softball provincials in Brandon on July 14.

• Brittney Langlais, who played for the Interlake Blue Jays, is named to Canada’s national women’s baseball team.

• The Interlake Blue Jays upset the Altona Bisons in the first round of the MJBL playoffs after a 9-8 win in Altona on July 18.

• The Stonewall United soccer team extended their undefeated streak to four matches after a 4-2 win over Azzurri in Stonewall on July 23.

• The Interlake Blue Jays blew a 5-2 lead and lost 10-5 to the Elmwood Giants in the fifth and deciding game of their MJBL semifinal in Stonewall on July 25.

• The Manitoba Blizzard junior lacrosse team, with Stonewall’s Seth Mandryk, placed third in the Larry Bishop Cup in Red Deer, Alta. on July 28.


• Saddle Up For Cancer Horse Show and Gymkhana took place at the Red Barn south of Stonewall on Aug. 3.

• Manitoba’s under-21 women’s baseball team, including Teulon’s Jacey Ledochowski, won its first-ever medal at the Baseball Canada 21U Women’s Invitational, a bronze, in Ottawa on Aug. 4.

• The Interlake Phillies’ under-16 girls’ softball team finished fourth in Western Canadians in Biggar, Sask. on Aug. 5.

• Special Olympics swimmer Erik Mattson of Stonewall won two silver and three bronze medals at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask. on Aug. 10 and 11.

• Leif Mattson, Erik’s brother, is invited to Carolina Hurricanes rookie camp.

• Manitoba’s under-17 boys’ baseball team, including Stonewall’s Davis Fenske and coach Kyle Turner of Rosser, finished sixth at the 17U Baseball Canada Cup in Regina on Aug. 11.

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

• The Interlake Phillies under-14 squad were winless at western Canadians in Headingley from Aug. 9 to 11.

• Aaron Cockerill shot a hole-in-one at a Challenge Tour golf event in Northern Ireland on Aug. 16.

• The Stonewall Blue Jays won its first-ever Western Canadian Senior AA baseball title with a 2-1 walkoff win over the Saskatoon Outlaws at Fines Field on Aug. 18.

• Warren’s Paige Wright and Woodlands’ Emma Goodman won gold for Manitoba in girls’ volleyball at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask. on Aug. 18. The same day, Stony Mountain’s Megan van Heyst won a silver and a bronze medal in team triathlon events.

• The Manitoba Blizzard finished fourth in the Founders’ Cup, the Junior B box lacrosse championship, in Winnipeg on Aug. 18.

• The Zero Pucks Given JZ ball hockey tournament, in memory of Teulon man Joshua Zeller, took place in Winnipeg on Aug. 24.

• The Teulon Rodeo took place at Green Acres Park on Aug. 24.

• Brittney Langlais of the Interlake Blue Jays helped Canada earn a berth to the 2020 Women’s Baseball World Cup at a tournament in Mexico on Aug. 24.

• Four members of the Stonewall Blue Jays led Manitoba to fifth place at the Baseball Canada Men’s National Championship in Miramichi, N.B. on Aug. 25.


• Scott Wong is hired as head coach of the Interlake Lightning’s under-18 AAA hockey team.

• The Interlake Thunder, reigning champions of the Rural Manitoba Football League, began its 2019 season with a 77-6 win over the Moosomin Generals in Stonewall on Sept. 7.

• Aaron Cockerill finished tied for 17th in a Challenge Tour event in Portugal on Sept. 15.

• The Stony Mountain Run took place, starting at the Stony Mountain Ski Hill on Sept. 21.

• The Interlake Lightning’s female under-18 AAA team finished 1-3 in the Central Plains Showcase in Portage la Prairie from Sept. 20 to 22.

• The Stonewall Jets began their 2018-19 MMJHL season with a  6-2 loss to the Raiders Jr. Hockey Club at the VMSC on Sept. 27.

• Aaron Cockerill finished tied for fifth in a Challenge Tour event in France on Sept. 28.


The SCI Rams won three or four Zone 5 cross-country banners at Stony Mountain Ski Hill on Oct. 2.

• The SCI Rams boys’ hockey team return to the Winnipeg High School Hockey League after a one-season hiatus on Oct. 9.

• The Warren Mercs, with new head coach Matt Figur, opened their South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League season with a loss to the Carman Beavers on Oct. 19 at Sunova Arena in Warren.

• Marquette’s Sara Oliver won the World Mixed Curling Championship with Winnipeg’s Colin Kurz in Aberdeen, Scotland on Oct. 19.

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

• Warren’s Karson King won silver for Team Manitoba at the under-16 WHL Cup in Calgary on Oct. 27.

• The Interlake Thunder were upset 35-34 by the Southwest Sabres in their Rural Manitoba Football League semifinal at SCI on Oct. 26.

• The Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni played the Kinsmen Krushers at the VMSC on Oct. 27. Proceeds went to Stonewall’s splashpad project.


• The Lightning’s under-18 AAA team won four of its last five games on Nov. 3.

• Baseball Canada announced on Nov. 10 the 21U Women’s Invitational will return to Fines Field in Stonewall for 2020.

• All four WCI Wildcats volleyball teams won their respective Zone 5 banners.

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

• Aaron Cockerill earned full-time status into the European Tour, finishing tied for fifth in Q-School in Spain on Nov. 20.

• The SCI Rams boys’ hockey team won consecutive games for the first time this season at VMSC on Nov. 22.

• The SCI Rams junior varsity girls’ volleyball team won the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association Provincial AAA JV Girls Volleyball Championship in Winnipeg over the Collège Jeanne-Sauvé Olympiennes on Nov. 23. It was also the first provincial volleyball title in school history.

• The Warren Mercs had won four straight games by Nov. 30.


• Stonewall’s Emerson Klimpke and his team from Morris won the Manitoba Junior Curling Tour’s Tour Championship in Winnipeg on Dec. 1.

• Shae-Lynne Johnson, SCI Rams volleyball coach, was named coach of the month of November by the MHSAA on Dec. 2.

• SCI Rams volleyball player Charli Reimer was named the MHSAA’s Rural Athlete of The Week on Dec. 4.

• Stonewall’s Leif Mattson is traded to the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs on Dec. 5.

• Matt Bijl’s team from the Stonewall Curling Club qualified for the Telus Provincial Junior Curling Championships at the East regional in Selkirk on Dec. 7.

• Teulon’s Brayden Pawluk, who plays with the Dauphin Kings, was named one of the MJHL’s Stars of the Week on Dec. 9.

• Stonewall’s Derek Laxdal was promoted to assistant coach with the NHL’s Dallas Stars on Dec. 10.