It's day one of the Provincial High School Badminton Championships at Sport Manitoba in downtown Winnipeg. All junior varsity round robin matches in singles, doubles and mixed doubles will be played today along with one session of varsity round robin. Representing Zone 9 in the Junior Varsity competition are Callie Hilhorst (Killarney) and Cambria Clarke (Hartney) in girls singles; Sebastian Day (Deloraine) and Glen Eric De Guia (Hartney) in boys singles; Leigha Kristof & Caroline McConnell (Reston) and Hayden Campbell & Claire Tilbury (Melita) in girls doubles; Brock Hutchison & Matthew Kirkup (Virden) and Jamie Williamson & Chase Flannery (Reston) in boys doubles and Quincy Smith & Tyson Draper (Virden) and Maya Kraning & Ty Vandenberghe (Reston) in mixed doubles. Zone 9 Varsity competitors include Skyler Loutit (Melita) and Danika McCausland (Boissevain) in girls singles; Brett Laing (Boissevain) and Connor Martin (Wawanesa) in boys singles; Avery Ramsey & Holly Lane (Virden) and Mya Dueck & Grace Glover (Boissevain) in girls doubles; Connor Graham & Griffin Albrecht (Boissevain) and Lance Louttit & Ty Downey (Melita) in boys doubles and Alivia Tilbury & Gabe Atchison (Melita) and Kassidy Johnson & Logan Brennand (Elkhorn) in mixed doubles.
The Winnipeg Ice are the Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference champions. Briley Wood scored the go-ahead goal 6:19 into the third period as Winnipeg shaded the Blades 3-2 in Saskatoon. Connor McClennon had the other two goals for the Ice who swept the best-of-seven conference final in four straight. Winnipeg will meet either the Kamloops Blazers or Seattle Thunderbirds in the WHL final. The Thunderbirds lead the Western Conference final two games to one.
Wyatt Bongiovanni scored a power play goal 4:53 into overtime to lift Manitoba past the Admirals 3-2 in Milwaukee. Alex Limoges and Jeff Malott scored in regulation for the Moose who lead the American Hockey League's best-of-five Central Division semifinal two games to one.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced the signing of two American players in kicker Marc Orozco and offensive lineman Chris Ivy, and Canadian linebacker Robbie Lowes. Orozco comes to the Blue Bombers after a collegiate career with Grambling State (2014-18) and two seasons with the Albany Empire of the National Arena League. Orozco, who can placekick and punt, finished his days at Grambling with an 87.9 field-goal percentage after hitting on 51 of 58 attempts while connecting on 96.8 percent of his converts. He was named an All-Southwest Athletic Conference First Team and a BOXTOROW All-American in 2017. Ivy played 35 games over three years (2017-19) with the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricanes and three games this season with the Tulsa Oilers of the Indoor Football League before committing to the Blue Bombers. Lowes was originally drafted by Winnipeg in the fourth round, 34th overall in the 2021 CFL Draft. The Regina native played two games for the Blue Bombers in 2021, and suffered a season ending injury during training camp in 2022. Lowes started all eight Canada West games in 2019 for the Regina Rams. He finished third on the team with a total of 35 tackles (29 solo, 12 assisted) and added an interception, a fumble recovery, two forced fumbles, and two blocked kicks.