mhsaa-c.gifThe MHSAA has announced a number of special year-end high school sport awards and scholarships to close off the 2013-14 school year including its Scholar Athlete Awards, High School Athletes of the Year, Volunteer Awarmids, the Garret Lee Sidor Basketball Award and the Morris Glimcher Manager of the Year Award to a number of deserving basketball players and supporters.  For a full list of who was recognized...

Scholar Athlete Awards Presented 

The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association, with support from Credit Unions of Manitoba, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Credit Unions High School Scholar Athlete Awards. These $1000.00 Scholarships are awarded to four graduating high school student athletes who maintained a minimum 85% average and compete in at least two interscholastic sports. Other criteria include school, community and citizenship activities. 

The presentation took place at an awards ceremony held at Government House and hosted by the Lieutenant Governor and Her Honour Mrs. Lee on Thursday June 20th. The Honourable Philip S. Lee, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, Mr. John Hamilton representing Manitoba’s Credit Unions, and MHSAA President Scott Kwasnitza, Superintendent of Lord Selkirk School Division, made the presentations. 

Twenty nine students were nominated this year: 

Allyson Arnal – College Jeanne Sauve, Allyssa Bauer – J.H. Bruns Collegiate, Gil Binnun- Grey Academy, Brandi Clayton – Nellie McClung Collegiate (Manitou), Brooke Drummond – Treherne Collegiate, Brian Erixon – Pierson School, Theo Farough – Neelin High School (Brandon), Brennan Fedak –McCreary School, Meng Yao (Christina) Huang – Fort Richmond Collegiate, Allyson Jubenvill – Gilbert Plains Collegiate, Haeon (Grace) Kang – Strathclair Community School, Ryan Kehler – Steinbach Regional School, Stefanie Lasiuk – Warren Collegiate, Jayden Mckoy – Miles Macdonell Collegiate, Laura McManes – Glenlawn Collegiate, Bobby McNair – College Regional Notre Dame, Sam Murphy – Vincent Massey Collegiate, Mackenzie Murray – Glenboro School, Sydney Park – Rorketon School, Christina Posthumus – Kildonan East Collegiate, Robyn Ritchie – College Beliveau, Aryn Robidoux – Major Pratt School (Russell), Jessica Roche – Teulon Collegiate, Cassandra Scott – Boissevain School, Brianna Solberg – Miles Macdonell Collegiate, Sydney Sprenger – Rivers Collegiate Institute, Emily Tuttosi – Souris School, Evan Van Dale – J.H. Bruns Collegiate, Lauren Wiebe – Morris School. 

The four student athletes awarded $1000.00 scholarships were: 

Brianna Solberg of Miles Macdonell Collegiate – participated in Volleyball, Soccer, Track & Field, Badminton and Golf. She was captain of the volleyball team and led them to the Final Four and was named both a provincial All-Star and graduating All-Star. Brianna was chosen as an MHSAA Athlete of the week, and was 

awarded the Dr. Dale Iwanoczko Scholarship and the Mike Burchuk Award for female volleyball player of the year. While maintaining a 94%, average Brianna was a volunteer on the Grad Committee, is a member of the school’s athletic council and volunteers with the School’s key Club. She is a regular volunteer at the 

Donwood Seniors Manor, and helped at the Christmas Cheer Board building hampers. She coaches for Highline Beach Volleyball and is an assistant coach for the girl’s 17U Cobra’s Volleyball. 

Brianna states: “My experiences have greatly influenced the way I deal with situations in the real world and I have learned the value of time management and responsibility, I have also gained great teamwork and communication skills.” 


Christina Posthumus of Kildonan East Collegiate – participated in Basketball, Volleyball and Soccer. She was captain of her basketball team and co-captain of the soccer team. She was chosen as MHSAA’s Athlete of the Week, and MVP and All-Star at several basketball tournaments, and was selected Carl Ridd Basketball Award winner. Christina is on the Honour Roll and has received awards of excellence in English, Chemistry, Biology and Physics. She maintains a 96% average while also belonging to the Human Rights Club, Grad Committee, Green Team, and Natural helpers at her school. She has recently returned from Tanzania where 

she was planting trees. She is a volunteer at Concordia Hospital, and Assistant Coach for her brothers WMBA practices. 

Christina states: “High school sports represent the other half of education. Without them, high school would not be nearly as exciting or engaging…having to balance practices, games, homework, and a social life, taught me time management which will help me when I have deadlines to meet in University or at work.” 

Sam Murphy of Vincent Massey Collegiate – participates in Cross Country Running, Volleyball, Basketball, and Track and Field. Sam is a provincial graduating All-Star for Volleyball, was on the Provincial Championship team for Cross Country and received All-Star recognition at the Saint Francis Invitational Basketball tournament. Sam maintains a 99% average, and received the Dr. Dale Iwanoczko Scholarship and was accepted into Harvard University. He is a member of the Grad Committee and coaches for the Trojan Volleyball Club. 

Sam states: “High school sport provides students with an opportunity to grow and discover, and the learning done in this context is hugely beneficial. Participating in school sport takes commitment and dedication, which are qualities that serve school athletes long after they step off the court or field.” 

Stefanie Lasuik of Warren Collegiate – participates in Golf, Cross Country Running, Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton and Track and Field. She led her Golf and Cross Country teams to the zone championships and was named MHSAA Athlete of the Week. She was captain of her Basketball team and was named an All-Star

at several tournaments. While maintaining a 98.6% average, she is a Freelance writer for the Stonewall Argus & Teulon Times, is a Sunday school teacher, and founder and leader of “Warm Hearts” Community Charity Group that collects clothing and distributes it directly to the homeless in Winnipeg. She is the 

yearbook editor, Student Council rep and a member of Teens against Drinking and Driving. 

Stefanie states: “… the biggest gift school sport has given to me is friendships. I’ve developed bonds with teammates that are hard to imagine establishing elsewhere. Working diligently with another, for the same goals and purpose, while understanding the different roles you play on the same team. These experiences are not learned in the classroom, but are the true essence of tools for success.” 


The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association announced the 2013 Jostens High School Athletes of the Year at a Media conference held June 24th at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. The Association has four competition categories based on school population sizes. “A” Schools are for rural schools with a population of under 125 students, “AA” is any City of Winnipeg School with a population of under 100 plus rural schools with a population of 125-300, “AAA” are City of Winnipeg Schools with a population of 100-500 and rural schools of over 300, while the “AAAA” category is all City of Winnipeg schools with a population of 500 students and greater, plus Lord Selkirk, Crocus Plains, Vincent Massey High School (Brandon), Steinbach, Springfield, Stonewall, Winkler and Portage Collegiate. A Male and Female Athlete of the Year was selected from each category, along with the overall Josten’s Provincial High School Male and Female Athlete of the Year. 

“A” Girls: 

Olivia Thorleifson of Nellie McClung Collegiate in Manitou, is the “A” Girls Athlete of the Year. Olivia was captain of her softball team, a zone 6 and provincial champion in both golf and volleyball, as well as the MVP for Provincial “A” Volleyball Championship and was a Graduating All-Star. She was also selected as MVP of the Provincial Fastpitch Championships which her school won. She will be participating in Softball at the Canada Games this summer. She also participates in Curling, Track and Field, Badminton and Basketball. She will be attending the University of North Dakota next year.

Lauren Wiebe“AA” Girls: 

Lauren Wiebe of Morris School participates in Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Badminton and Track and Field. She was captain of her Basketball and Soccer Teams and Co-Captain of the Volleyball team, and was named MHSAA’s Athlete of the Week, and received the Ron Meyers Basketball Leadership award. She is a member of the drama club, yearbook photographer and editor as well as student council president. She was a Student Representative on the MHSAA Board, and will be attending Providence University College next year.

“AAAA” Girls: 

Laura McManes of Glenlawn Collegiate participates in Volleyball, Basketball, and Track and Field. She was Captain of her Varsity Volleyball and Co-Captain of her Basketball team and was ranked as the number 1 Female Volleyball player in the Winnipeg Sun Coaches Poll. She helped her Volleyball team go undefeated in League play and reached the Final Four. She also helped her team reach the finals in Basketball where she was named an All-Star. Laura will be attending the University of Calgary next year.  

“A” Boys: 

Cole Waddell of Hamiota Collegiate participates in Hockey, Baseball, Badminton, Track and Field, and Soccer. He was captain of his soccer team as well as the top scorer. In hockey, he was named team MVP and top scorer and was co-captain of the volleyball team. He refs and is a scorekeeper for middle years and JV 

sports and peer mentor’s younger students. He participates in AAA, and Senior Baseball as well as umpiring for the Mesquito Baseball Provincials. Cole will be attending the University of Manitoba next year.

“AA”  Boys:

Suede Brightnose of Sakeeng Anicinabe high school participated in soccer, volleyball and basketball.  He was captain of both the Volleyball and basketball teams and assistant captain for Soccer.  Basketball is his main sport, and Suede was top rebounder and scorer for his team, averaging 25 points per game along with 12 rebounds and 8 assists.  He was recognized with a “Heart” award for his passion to the game. He will be attending Providence College next year.

Theo Farough“AAA” Boys: 

Theo Farough of Neelin High School participated in Basketball, Volleyball, Football, Soccer and Badminton. He was selected as team captain and as a Graduating All-Star in both Volleyball and Basketball. He was selected as an All-Star at a number of tournaments that his team participated in. He is a coach of the Neelin Mini Spartans Volleyball and Basketball program as well as being the head coach of the Neelin High School Grade 9 Basketball team. Theo will be attending Brandon University next year. 

“AAAA” Boys: 

Nolan Parrington of Dakota Collegiate participated in Football, Volleyball, Hockey, Basketball and Track and Field. He was a nominated as the Dakota representative in the Football Senior Bowl and All-Star in Winnipeg High School Hockey League. Nolan was the basketball team’s co-captain and helped the team maintain a top 10 ranking. At Track Provincials he participated in the tetrathlon and took first in 100m, and 2nd in Shot put. Each athlete of the Year will receive an attractive Plaque courtesy of Jostens.

The 2013 overall Manitoba Male and Female Jostens High School Athletes of the Year are: Olivia Thorleifson of Nellie McClung Collegiate, and Theo Farough of Neelin High School. Each will receive a ring and Trophy. 


The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association presented a number of awards on Monday, June 17th ,at it’s annual general meeting which is being held in Gimli, Manitoba on June 17thand 18th. 

Gord Nixon of Major Pratt School in Russell, Manitoba was presented with the Nick Laping Leadership award. Nixon has been teaching and coaching high school sport for 39 years. During that time period, he has been involved with hosting 9 Provincial Championships, and his teams have won Five Volleyball Provincials, one baseball and one Fastball Championship. Gord was selected as MHSAA Coach of the Year in 2002-03, and his fondest memory was winning the AA Volleyball Provincials with both of his sons playing on the team. He is also quite proud that his son Kyle, a former MHSAA athlete of the year, is following in his footsteps and coaching at Stonewall Collegiate. 

Rhonda Young of Souris School was presented the Frank L. McKinnon Award for her outstanding volunteerism in high school sports. Rhonda has been teaching and coaching for 27 years, in Thompson, and then in Souris. She has served on the MHSAA Board, and been involved in hosting several Provincial Championships. Her teams have participated in 11 Provincials and captured two AA girls Provincials. Her personal highlight is that both of her daughters were on the team that 

captured her first AA Volleyball Championships and the oldest was selected MVP while the younger one, to the all star squad. Her daughter Becky currently teaches in Hamiota.

The 2013 Grey Cup Legacy High School Coach of the Year, was awarded to Murray Brown of Oak Park High School. Murray has been teaching and coaching for 26 years, and has been a member of the MHSAA Board for 8 years. Murray’s girls’ basketball teams have appeared in 24 consecutive Provincial “AAAA” Championships, winning in 1998, 1999, 2004 and in 2013 while also adding three Silver medals to the collection. This season, they had an undefeated 33-0 record. Murray has also been recognized by the Basketball Coaches Association as Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2013. Murray will receive a $2000.00 prize courtesy of the Grey Cup legacy Fund. 

Receiving Certificates of recognition for long time contribution to high school sports were, Chris Tronrud of Teulon Collegiate, Katherine Strassel of Lac Du Bonnet Senior School, Darrel VanDenBussche of Treherne Collegiate, Guy Jacques of College Regional Notre Dame and Sara Gillis of R. D. Parker Collegiate in Thompson.  

Garret Lee Sidor Basketball Award 


The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association is pleased to announce the 2013 winner of the Garrett Lee Sidor Basketball Scholarship is Sampson Kinsley of Hapnot Collegiate in Flin Flon.  This scholarship is named in honour of Garrett Lee Sidor, a student at Windsor Park Collegiate who passed away in May of 2007.  Garrett played basketball for the Windsor Park Royals who had just captured the “AAA” Basketball Championship that March, and was selected as an All-Star. 

Friends and family have come together to set up a scholarship in the amount of $500.00 to recognize a “AAA” male basketball player who displayed sportsmanship, leadership and outstanding ablility.

Sampson is a multi sport athlete participating in Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton and Track. He was selected as the “Players Choice Award” winner at the Provincial “AAA” Basketball Championships, and was a first team graduating all star.  Sam is a real leader, both on and off the court or playing field.  He also referees and coaches junior high basketball. 

The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2013 Student Manager of the Year Award. 

Corey Claydon, from Murdock MacKay Collegiate has been Varsity boy’s basketball team manager for the last two seasons.  Corey is at every game and practice, and records individual and team statistics.  He would also keep track of opponent’s scores and fouls.  He also created several awards for team members, and was the main contact between team members and their community coach.  Corey would also look after team fundraising, and was a great asset to the Clansmen Varsity boy’s basketball team.  Corey will receive a $750.00 scholarship to use towards post secondary education.  This award is sponsored by MHSAA executive director, Morris Glimcher, who was basketball manager at St. John’s High school in Winnipeg from 1968-71. 

For further information contact Morris Glimcher, Executive Director MHSAA at 204-925-5641 or email at 

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