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Athletes Medal at Winter Games


The City of Thompson played host to the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games powered by Manitoba Hydro which ran from March 4-10 and saw a number of athletes represent the Swan River Valley.
U18 Curling
Skip Shaelynn Lukey and her U18 Girls team of third Delaney Betcher, second Coral Zamzow and lead Haley Ferriss played three hard-fought games in round-robin play during Phase 1 of the games, earning themselves the second place spot in their pool with a 2-1 record.
After failing to defeat team West 2 in semi-final play the girls would move on to the bronze medal game, only to have Winnipeg Blue take the win.
“As an athlete the most memorable times at the games would have to be the memories made with the team,” said Lukey. “The opening ceremonies were really interesting and quite fun to attend.
“Competing at this level is what we have done throughout the whole season but being at the games was a great opportunity to really have some fun while still trying to place in the medal round.
“Thompson did a really good job hosting the games and I’m happy that we went and tried our hardest,” she concluded.
U18 Boys skip Brock Stephen and this team of third Carson Parker, second Eric Verbo and lead Seth Harris ended their play at the bottom of the standings after five losses against some very difficult competition.
Boys Hockey
Trey Sauder, and his teammate DJ Taylor-Luke, represented the Valley on Team West White during Bantam Male Hockey action. After a tough overtime loss in game one, the team returned for a win in game two to close out round-robin play.
The team would go on to win their quarter-final and semifinal games to play for gold in the finals. Unfortunately the team could not best Team South White and fell in overtime, earning a silver medal.
“It was a great experience,” said Sauder. “It was lots of fun and I had good coaches and real good players.
“The most memorable part of the games was the gold medal game. Even though we didn't come out on top it was still lots of fun and a great experience.
“(It was motivating) to take part in these games,” he continued. “The players are starting to even out so I just have to work that much harder to compete at the higher level.”
Parkland Junior rangers teammate Zach Boychuk also represented at the games, but on opposing Team West Green. After one loss and an overtime win in the round-robin, West Green would lose to West White in the quarter-final and wrap up play with another loss against Winnipeg Blue. They would finish the tournament in seventh place.
Jillian Hrycyk found herself in 13th place in the All Around Regional Stream (12 years) Female after a full day of gymnastics action at the winter games.
With her best placement of sixth, Hrycyk earned a score of 8.80 in the Vault Regional Stream (12 years) Female. She also placed 16th in the Uneven Bars Regional Stream (12 years) Female, 17th in the Balance Beam Regional Stream (12 years) Female and seventh in the Floor Exercise Regional Stream (12 years) Female.
Also representing the Valley was Sierra Makasoff who completed her day with a silver medal in the All Around Provincial Stream (13-17 years) Female.
Makasoff earned the placement by placing fourth in Vault Provincial Stream (13-17 years) Female, fifth in Uneven Bars Provincial Stream (13-17 years) Female, third (bronze medal) in Balance Beam Provincial Stream (13-17 years) Female and third (bronze medal) in Floor Exercise Provincial Stream (13-17 years) Female.
u15 Curling
Skip Presley Sagert and her U15 Girls team of third Eden Betcher, second Bryn Zamzow, and lead Madison Sagert got to bring gold medals home with them after going undefeated for the duration of the tournament, in addition to winning the top technical points for best draw-to-the-button.
“It was an amazing experience,” said Sagert. “It felt like a mini-Olympics, and we all felt very welcome and respected.
“The most memorable moment was when they placed the gold medal around our necks, while we stood on top of the podium.
“We played rock for rock, end for end, and never let our guard down,” Sagert continued. “Playing all of the best teams in Manitoba made us stay focused on each game. We communicated well as a team and made our shots, remaining positive when we were down.
“Our coach, Kelly Tibble, reminded us to play our game and not get caught up in our opponent’s game.”
U15 Boys skip Karter Meyn of Swan River, alongside his team of third Aiden Maksymchuk, second Ethan Trevellyan, and lead Kaden Blosha managed a fifth place out of eight in their tournament. While they lost all three games in their pool, they tallied their wins in the semi-final and final draws to close out the weekend.
Jackson Kurtz came away from the U17 Badminton tournament decorated with a bronze medal.
“My favourite moment was getting that bronze medal with the whole team,” said Kurtz. “The higher level of excellence motivated me to work harder so I could be as good, if not better than the best people at the tournament.”
Swan River’s Kiana Halkett and Benito’s Emily Mayuk also contributed and benefited from the Team West U17 Mixed success, scoring bronze medals for themselves.
Swan River’s Crystal Zamzow and Camperville’s Maureen Thompson came up short on Team West’s U15 Mixed tournament, managing a fourth place finish.
In the individual competition doubles tournaments:
• Zamzow tied for fifth place in U15 Girls with her Brandon partner Tessa Barcellona;
• Thompson secured another bronze in the U15 Mixed with her partner Yuchen Gu;
• Halkett and Mayuk teamed up for the U17 Girls tournament, finishing just short of the podium with a fourth place finish; and,
• Kurtz and his partner from Brandon, Kevin Russell, ended up in a four-way tie for fifth place in the U17 Boys tournament.
Girls Hockey
Kaila Powell represented the Swan Valley on Team West (Green) in the Female Hockey tournament.
The team won one game in the tournament, leaving them in seventh place out of eight teams, but that didn’t get Powell down when she reflected on the weekend.
“The games were very close scoring, which made it interesting,” said Powell. “I enjoyed the challenge of this and we had lots of fun. The Manitoba Winter Games are a great way to showcase your skills with other teammates and friends.”
She also added how great it was to receive new instruction from different coaches, and to be playing alongside players that she is used to competing against.
She also enjoyed the opportunity of watching sports she had never seen in person before, such as speed skating and wrestling.