THIS SATURDAY: The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association has announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2015.  The awards will be presented at an induction lunch on Saturday May 23 at Holiday Inn South on Pembina Highway.  Athletes to be inducted include Bryon Goodwin of Grant Park High School (Track), Scott Koskie of Dakota Collegiate (Volleyball, Basketball Track, Curling and Soccer), Jill Mathez of Glenlawn Collegiate (Golf, Field Hockey, Track, Volleyball and Basketball), Linda Puttaert (nee James) of Dakota Collegiate (Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field) and Joey Vickery of Westwood Collegiate (Basketball) and Israel Idonije of Vincent Massey High School in Brandon (Football).

Builders to be inducted include Dave Guss of Westwood Collegiate (Basketball), Duane Whyte of Swan Valley Regional (Basketball) and Brian Dobie of Churchill High School (Football).

The Teams which will be inducted are the Provincial Champion basketball squad from Sisler High School in 1958 and 1960.  The 1958 team was coached by basketball legend Vic Pruden and had former City Councillor Ken Galanchuk on the team, while the 1960 squad had former Premier Gary Filmon as a member.

Athlete Bio:

Joey Vickery – Westwood Collegiate graduating 1985.   Joey led Westwood to a Provincial Championship in 1984, and was a Provincial All Star.  The Warriors were Provincial Finalist in 1985, where he was the selected as  M.V.P.  He then played at the University of Winnipeg 1986, 1987, and the Brandon University in 1989, 1990, and 1991. Brandon won the National Championship in 1989 and Joey was the tournament MVP. He was a championship tournament all-star in 1990 and a first team All Canadian in 1987, 1990, and 1991. He was a Great Plains Conference All Star in 1987, 1989, 1990, and 1991. Joey was a part of Canada’s National team that played at the world championships in Toronto in 1994 and Athens 1996 and the World University Games in Sheffield, England in 1992 and Duisburg, Germany in 1996. Joey has been playing in Europe the past number of years for various clubs in Lithuania, Spain, Austria, Sweden and back in Austria since 2005. Sixth man of the year last season for Traiskirshen in Austria, Joey is now retired from his playing career.

Byron Goodwin - A graduate of Grant Park High School (1990), Byron’s specialty was track and in particular the long sprints & middle distance track events. He went from setting records in high school to participating in the 1992 Olympics Games (4x400m), 1994 Commonwealth Games (400m, 4x400m), 1995 &1999 Pan Am Games (800m & 4x400m) and 1999 World Championships (4x400m).  In the provincial high school Track and Field championships, he was a triple winner in both 1989 and 1990. In 1989 he set a provincial record in winning the 400m (49.6) and also won the 800m and was part of the winning 4 x 400 team. Byron repeated the winning performances in the 1990 provincial meet. He was also the MHSAA Winnipeg Jets High school Athlete of the year in 1990. While at the University of Manitoba Byron went to 4 CIS Championships Team titles setting 3 Canadian records in the process. In 1995 he set, and still holds the 600m Canadian & CIS record of 116.10 for the CIS championships and was also part of the record setting 4 x 800m relay team (7:29:23) and both marks still stand today.

Scott Koskie of Dakota Collegiate was an all around high school athlete participating in Volleyball, basketball, indoor and outdoor track, curling and soccer from 1986-1989.   He was selected as Dakota’s Outstanding Male athlete of the year in both grade 11 and 12, and was basketball MVP in grade 10 and Volleyball MVP in grade 11 and 12.   In his grade 12 year, he was selected to be a member of the Canada Games team that played in Saskatoon.  Scott was also school vice president and a member of the school band for all 3 years of high school.  He went on to play for the U of M Bisons as a setter  from 1990-1995, and in 1994 was selected as first team all Canadian in 1994 and CIAU/CIS Player of the year, and UM athlete of the year in 1995.  Scott then went on to play for Canada’s National Team from 1995-2008, and most recently was an assistant coach for the ladies National team.  He was inducted into the Manitoba Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1999, and is now Volleyball Manitoba Director of High Performance Programs.

Jill Mathez attended Glenlawn Collegiate from 1979-81, where she was named athlete of the year in each of her high school grades.  She played golf, field hockey, softball and participated in Track, volleyball and basketball while playing for the Lions.  She was selected as Volleyball MVP in grade 11 and basketball MVP in grade 12, and selected as a Provincial all star in both volleyball and basketball in grade 12.  Jill was recruited by the Lady Wesmen and given a basketball scholarship, and the team advanced to the National championship on four occasions, winning two silver, and one bronze medal.  Jill also excelled at Ladies fastball, playing for Smittys and other teams.  She was also quite involved in hockey as a coach and player, and became a hockey coach mentor.  She was involved with Aboriginal teams as well, and recognized with the Tom Longboat award for coaching.  Jill was appointed principal of Dakota Collegiate in 2011 and continues to be supportive of school athletic programs.

Linda Puttaert (nee James) – Dakota Collegiate.  She was an outstanding all around athlete who participated in Volleyball, Basketball, Cross Country and Track and Field. She was Dakota’s Freshman Athlete of the year in 1966, and Varsity Athlete of the year in 1967 and 1968. As a freshman athlete in 1965-66 she won the provincial varsity cross country championship and the senior 100(11.6) and senior 220(26.4) in track. In 1966-67 she repeated as MHSAA cross country champion in addition to participating very successfully in the other sports. In 1967-68 Linda was part of the provincial winning Cross Country team and the provincial champion volleyball team. She also successfully competed for Manitoba in Canadian Cross Country and Track championships. From 1968 to 1972 Linda attended the University of Manitoba and while there competed on the U of M track and X-country teams winning several medals. In 1969 she was chosen Manitoba’s top junior track and field athlete. In 1970 she competed for Canada in the World X-country championships in Scotland.

Israel Idonije attended Vincent Massey High School in Brandon and, though he had never really played football, coach Kevin Grindey convinced him to play when the school restarted its  football program in 1997, when Idonije was in grade 12.  He actually preferred basketball, and played in school.   He was a defensive end and even carried the ball a bit. He went on to play CIS football for the University of Manitoba Bisons.  He was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted player in 2003, and late that season traded to the Chicago Bears, where he played until 2012, and then for Detroit for a year, and back to the Bears.  Israel is involved with many community activities and has set up a foundation supporting many charities and organizations in Chicago, Winnipeg and West Africa.  Israel was awarded the Order of Manitoba in May of 2014.

Builders Bio:

Dave GussDave Guss of Westwood Collegiate, a 30 year legend, coached at the high school, provincial, and college levels.  He coached the varsity boys' basketball teams at Westwood Collegiate from 1965 thru 1995. During that period, his teams won three provincial titles, were provincial finalists ten times and
conference champions 15 times. The Manitoba Basketball Coaches Association selected him Coach of the Year in 1981, '82, and '84. Dave also received the Mike Spack Award for outstanding contribution to coaching in Manitoba.  Dave also coached at the University of Manitoba and several Provincial teams

For 36 years Duane Whyte has been a true builder of basketball in the Swan River area and beyond. He has established himself not only as a quality coach, but also as a promoter of basketball. His varsity boys’ teams have always been competitive, with Provincial AAA Championships in 1986, ’95, ’96, 2000 and 2001.  Whitey’s enthusiasm and hospitality are known Province wide, and he has been a major reason for the popularity of basketball in the Parkland region of the Province.  On an annual basis, Duane organized referee and coaching clinics to develop and promote the game. He invited senior and university teams to Swan River to play exhibition games. He also hosted 5 Provincial AAA Championships. In addition, Duane served as a referee, working in senior men’s and high school provincial championships. More than 20 of his former players are now coaching basketball.

Brian Dobie served as Football coach at Churchill high school for 21 years before moving on to the University of Manitoba Bisons.  Brian began coaching and teaching at Churchill in 1975, right after graduation from U of M.  His Bulldogs teams won 3 City championships in 1981, 1983 and 1992, and they were finalists in 1982 and 1995.  After moving to the Bisons, Brian’s Bison Football team captured a Vanier Cup title and were also finalists.  Many of his players have gone on to coach in the high school and university ranks, and several former Bulldogs are on his current Bison staff.  Coach Dobie is the ultimate motivator and continues to support Manitoba football at all levels.

1960 Sisler "Spartans"

The Teams which will be inducted are the Provincial Champion basketball squad from Sisler High School in 1958 and 1960.  The 1958 team was coached by basketball legend Vic Pruden and had former City Councillor Ken Galanchuk on the team, while the 1960 squad had former Premier Gary Filmon as a member.

For further information please contact Morris Glimcher at 204-925-5641 or email at
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