The Canadian men's volleyball team dropped a five-set decision (21-25, 25-20, 25-20, 20-25, 17-15) to top-ranked Poland to fall to 2-1 at the Olympic qualifying tournament in China. Stephen Maar of Aurora, Ontario had 19 points and Steinbach's Eric Loeppky had 16 points for the 14th ranked Canadians who are fourth in their pool with only the top two countries qualifying for next year's Paris Olympics. Canada's next match is today against host China. Canada opened the tournament with wins over the Netherlands and Argentina.
Niverville Force FC fell 2-1 to Colo Colo SC in the Manitoba Major Soccer League's Second Division semifinals Monday at Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex in Winnipeg. Marcelo Gomez had the lone goal for the Force. Niverville had 12 wins, four losses and two ties during the regular season schedule and finished in second place just one point behind Winnipeg FC. The Force have been promoted to the MMSL's First Division for the 2024 season.
Thunder Bay will host the 2025 Scotties Tournament of Hearts after the northwestern Ontario city had two previous attempts at hosting the Canadian women's curling championship impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 event was moved from Thunder Bay to the Calgary curling bubble. The city did host in 2022, but fans were not permitted for most of the championship due to pandemic restrictions.
Sport Manitoba awarded $19,000 in academic scholarships to 14 high school students and eight university students. The awards included the Manitoba Foundation for Sports Scholarships, Sport Manitoba Coaching Bursaries, Fleming Family Hockey Coach Scholarship supported by Jennifer Fleming, and Princess Royal Pan Am Scholarship Endowment Fund. $500 High School Scholarship were awarded to Cassidy Dundas (Onanole) curling, badminton, softball, graduated from Erikson Collegiate Institute; Stacey Dunning (McCreary) broomball, soccer, track & field, graduated from McCreary School; Rayna French (La Salle) softball, hockey, cross country, graduated from Sanford Collegiate; Grace Glover (Boissevain) hockey, badminton, track, graduated from Boissevain School; Sienna Gudnason (Glenboro) volleyball, track., basketball, graduated from Glenboro School; Liam Hutter (Cartier) football, volleyball, basketball, graduated from John Taylor Collegiate; Jennifer Kallon (Winnipeg) basketball, track & field, graduated from River East Collegiate; Noah Kankam (Winnipeg) basketball, volleyball, graduated from Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate; Alexis Kohuch (Oakbank) ringette, graduated from Springfield Collegiate Institute; Reetinder Maur (La Salle) biathlon, soccer, track & field, graduated from Sanford Collegiate; Gwen Ostermann (Winnipeg) hockey, soccer, graduated from Vincent Massey Collegiate; Jarome Penner (Winnipeg) football, track & field, graduated from Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate; Kaylee Perry (Portage la Prairie) lacrosse, basketball, graduated from Portage Collegiate Institute and Ali Staples (Winnipeg) hockey, soccer, graduated from College Beliveau. $1000 University Scholarship recipients are Rachel Bartel (Winnipeg) volleyball, Canadian Mennonite University; Lara Denbow (Neepawa) athletics, University of Manitoba; Sarah Ekosky (Selkirk) judo, Université de Saint-Boniface; Annika Goodbrandson (Selkirk) basketball, volleyball, University of Winnipeg; Brady Klassen (Winnipeg) archery, Mount Marty University and Theodore Perry (Winnipeg) rowing, University of Winnipeg. The Princess Royal Pan Am Scholarship Endowment Fund - $3,000 were awarded to Matthew Lehmann (Winnipeg) table tennis, University of Manitoba and Madisson Lawerence (Winnipeg) athletics, University of Manitoba.
Steinbach Regional finished second at the Provincial High School Golf championship last Friday at Pleasant Valley near Belmont. Sabres golf coach Kayleigh Henrikson will join Clayton Dreger on Sportsbeat which airs Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. on AM 1250 Radio.