Winnipeg’s David Snider picked up two gold medals at the Pan American Badminton Championships earlier this week.
Snider beat fellow Canadian Stephen Wojcikiewicz in the men’s singles final 2-0 (21-7, 23-21) to claim his first gold medal and helped the Maple Leaf win a second gold in the team competition.
Snider played for Canada in the singles match, a 48-minute affair which saw the local player drop the first set 21-18. He re-grouped in the next game (winning 21-16) and then closed things out with a convincing 21-13 score in the final set. Team Canada defeated Peru by a 3-2 decision in the final to take the team gold.
TIME FOR A RUN
Over a thousand runners are registered for the 2008 Provincial High School Cross-Country Running Championships, which gets underway tomorrow in Roseisle.
Runners will compete in two classifications of each of the categories of junior varsity girls, junior varsity boys, varsity girls and varsity boys. The girls take on a challenging 3,000-metre distance, while the boys tackle a 5,000m course made up of hills and backwoods terrain.
Last year, Sisler (JV girls); St. Paul’s (JV boys); College Louis Riel (varsity girls); and Kelvin (varsity boys) won the AAAA titles.
Races start at noon.
GOLD STARS FOR CLIPPER
Tyson Farago of the Kelvin Clippers Football team is the Winnipeg high school athlete of the week. The Grade-12 kicker, who also plays the linebacker and safety positions on occasion, set a league record with five field goals last week … Michelle Lavoie of the Sanford Sabres girls cross country team is this week’s rural high school athlete of the week. The Grade 12 captured her fourth consecutive Zone 4 cross country title and will be competing as one of the favorites in tomorrow’s high school cross-country championships … Crocus Plains (girls) and Miles Mac (boys) are in top spot in the Manitoba High School Athletic Association AAAA volleyball rankings this week.
HALL OF A CLASS
Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers Chris Walby, Stan Mikawos and Dave Donaldson highlight the inaugural list of former players, coaches and builders who will be inducted into the Winnipeg High School Football League Hall of Fame.
Walby played for the St. John’s Tigers, while Donaldson was a Daniel McIntyre Maroon and Mikawos suited up for the Gordon Bell Panthers.
Other notables among the 47 who will be inducted are Manitoba Bisons coach Brian Dobie, who held the same job previously with the Churchill Bulldogs, current Edmonton Eskimos linebacker Scott Coe (Kelvin Clippers) and current Bombers offensive lineman Kyle Koch (Beaver Brae in Kenora).
For a complete list of inductees and this week’s high school football players of the week, see page 43.