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Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce the details of those honoured as part of the Basketball Manitoba Awards on Saturday, April 23 as All-Manitobans, Players of the Year, Coaches of the Year, Carl Ridd, Jim Bulloch, Ron Meyers, Lena Wenke, Donovan Gayle, Morris Glimcher and Alex Samaniego Awards, along with special recognition and service awards.  The selections come as part of the nominations and votes cast from over 100 Manitoba coaches.  

Due to the Covid health concerns in the community, Basketball Manitoba made the decision back in January to not host an in-person Basketball Manitoba Awards for the year.  All people who have been recognized for an outstanding 2021-22 season are announced below and on Basketball Manitoba's social media sites.

In previous years, a plaque-mounted certificate was presented to the Major Awards recipients.  Due to the fact that the event has shifted to online only and Basketball Manitoba doesn't have an email address for all recipients, we are asking those who have been recognized and want a digital version of the certificate to request one below.   

Complete one submission per person.  You will be given an option to submit another response after each submission.  

Suggestions for where to get the certificate plaque mounted (aka dry-mounted) include Staples and most other awards companies.  Expect a price of $20-$40 per mounted certificate if you chose to pursue this as it is optional.   Certificates will be emailed out in the next 10 days.


For those who are receiving a scholarship as part of an award, Basketball Manitoba will be in touch with you or your coach directly in the coming week with the details on how you can obtain the funds. 

Basketball Manitoba would like to thank the following for their support of the Basketball Manitoba Awards...
  • Sport Manitoba
  • Westgate Mennonite Collegiate
  • JJ Ali Photography
  • Kahunaverse Sports
  • Wilson Sports
  • Under Armour
  • Rogers
  • Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials 
Basketball Manitoba proudly presents the All-Manitoba Teams, Players of the Year, Coaches of the Year, Special Recognition Awards and Coaching Service Awards to those who have excelled on the basketball court at the high school level this past season.





AAAA Male Player of the Year:

  • Lorence dela Cruz, St. Paul’s High School

AAAA Male All-Manitoba Team:

  • Amrinder Bhandal, Sisler High School
  • Elijah Mensah, Miles Macdonell Collegiate
  • Kato Jaro, Miles Macdonell Collegiate
  • Ramogi Nyagudi, St. Paul’s High School
  • Ryan Luke, John Taylor Collegiate

AAAA Female Player of the Year:

  • Emilia (Mia) Banmann, St. Mary’s Academy

AAAA Female All-Manitoba Team:

  • Anna Miko, Westwood Collegiate
  • Ayva Khan, Vincent Massey Collegiate
  • Izzi Fust, Dakota Collegiate
  • Kyu Fust, Dakota Collegiate
  • Raia Guinto, Sisler High School


A Male Player of the Year:  

  • Will VanSchie, Glenboro School
AA Male Player of the Year:  
  • Jax Chammartin, College Regional Gabrielle-Roy
AAA Male Player of the Year:  
  • Zerek Menard, Neelin High School 
A, AA, AAA Male All-Manitoba Teams:

1st Team
  • Cabrel St. Vincent, Collège Louis Riel
  • Cody Drinkwater, Glenboro School
  • Irie Taylor, Neelin High School
  • Chris Turner, Westwood Collegiate
  • Mika Hlady, Margaret Barbour Collegiate
2nd Team
  • Darian Giasson, Grandview School
  • Wyatt Greer, Neelin High School
  • Stellan Chammartin, College Regional Gabrielle-Roy
  • Brock Bandura, St. James Collegiate
  • Kal-El Alejo, Churchill High School
A Female Player of the Year: 
  • Lexie Shearer, Glenboro School
AA Female Player of the Year: 
  • Michayla Peacock, Prairie Mountain High School
AAA Female Player of the Year: 
  • Jazmin Birch, College Beliveau
A, AA, AAA Female All-Manitoba Teams:

1st Team 
  • Tiffany Ortega, St James Collegiate
  • Kristine Navea, St James Collegiate
  • Claire Grislis, Westgate Mennonite Collegiate 
  • Kiera Potvin, Glenboro School
  • Bailey Kreusch, Souris School
2nd Team 
  • Cassidy Friesen, Rosenort School 
  • Kassidy Loewen, Neelin High School
  • Amber Van de Velde, Elm Creek School
  • Annika Moins, Collège Régional Gabrielle-Roy
  • Jorja Cords, Grandview School 


Carl Ridd is perhaps the best home-bred basketball player Manitoba has ever produced. Carl's playing career started at Gordon Bell High School, where he led his team to the Provincial High School Championship in the 1945-46 season. At the University of Manitoba, Carl led the league in scoring in 1949- 50, and his ability was recognized by his selection to the conference All-Star team in 1948-49 and 1949-50. Carl received International recognition as well by being selected to the Second All-Star team in the 1954 World Championship in Rio.

Because of his basketball skill and because Carl was an outstanding student (Governor-General medalist in High School), most outstanding graduate in 1950 in University, Basketball Manitoba has chosen to honour Carl and at the same time give high school students a goal to reach for, and recognition where it is deserved. Each year a plaque will be given to the graduating High School student (male & female), who best meets the standards Carl Ridd set as a player, student, and leader. 

Basketball Manitoba will be presenting a $500.00 scholarship to each of the two recipients. The Selection Committee will allot 3 points for basketball excellence, 2 points for classroom performance and 1 point for community involvement.

2022 Male Carl Ridd Award Winner: 
  • Chisom Njelita, Dakota Collegiate
2022 Female Carl Ridd Award Winner: 
    • Ayva Khan, Vincent Massey Collegiate



    The Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association in partnership with Basketball Manitoba is proud to recognize one outstanding male and one outstanding female grade 12 student who best meets the standards Ron Meyers set as a leader in the community. The MSSA will be recognizing this achievement with a $500.00 scholarship to a male and female recipient to be used towards a recognized post-secondary institution the following year.

    2022 Male Ron Meyers Leadership Award: 
    • Joseph Ajibola, Nelson McIntyre Collegiate 
    2022 Female Ron Meyers Leadership Award: 
    • Hannah Olugbodi, Fort Richmond Collegiate


      The Donovan Gayle Scholarship of $500.00 each recognizes 2 Manitoba basketball players who best represent Donovan’s attributes of strength, resilience, positive attitude and perseverance.  The award comes as proceeds from the annual Balling for the Cure basketball tournament which is held annually in August in Winnipeg.

      Since 2014, the cause has raised over $25,000 for supporting both CancerCare Manitoba and now supports these scholarships.  This award is to be used as financial assistance towards post-secondary education for the upcoming school year.

      2022 Donovan Gayle Scholarship Recipients 
      • Megan Hamm, Sanford Collegiate
      • Raanen Fehr, Mennonite Collegiate Institute


        • Tanya McKay, University of Winnipeg Women's Basketball Team


        Boys Coach of the Year: 
        • Adam Khan, Frontier Mosakahiken School
        Girls Coach of the Year: 
        • Ryan Zadorozny, Glenboro School
        AA Boys Coach of the Year: 
        • Darcy Hanchuk & Saman Mirza-Agha, Margaret Barbour Collegiate
        AA Girls Coach of the Year: 
        • Jeff Peacock & Marvin Gundrum, Prairie Mountain High School
        AAA Boys Coach of the Year: 
        • Don Thomson, Neelin High School 
        AAA Girls Coach of the Year: 
        • Ashley van Aggelen, St. James Collegiate
        AAAA Boys Coach of the Year:

        • Spiros Kavadas, John Taylor Collegiate

        AAAA Girls Coach of the Year:
        • Eric Sung, Dakota Collegiate


        Junior Varsity Boys Coach of the Year:
        • Ted Higham, St Paul’s High School
        Junior Varsity Girls Coach of the Year: 
        • Jason Cassils, Stonewall Collegiate


        Junior High Boys Coach of the Year: 
        • Paulo Queijo, Sisler High School
        Junior High Girls Coach of the Year: 
        • Wyatt Anders, General Wolfe School


          This $1,000 scholarship is sponsored by retired MHSAA Executive Director Morris Glimcher and is presented annually to a student manager from the basketball community.   The scholarship has been presented by the MHSAA since 1998 and will now join the other awards and recognitions made annually by Basketball Manitoba.  Morris retired from the MHSAA after over 40 years as its Executive Director in 2016 and was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.  

          The award recognizes a student manager with a varsity high school basketball team that is currently in grade 12 in Manitoba that has a minimum average grade of at least 65%.  

          • Priska Lou, Daniel McIntyre Collegiate
          • Callum Morrison, Ste Rose Collegiate


          The family, friends, and colleagues of Jim Bulloch have established a fund to provide awards for coaches, which will be awarded by Basketball Manitoba and the University of Manitoba. Jim was very active as a high school coach, Jr. Men’s, Sr. Men's coach, and U of M coach, and helped found the Winnipeg Paraplegic Sports League. The intent of the award is to allow a Manitoba coach(es) to upgrade his or her knowledge and expertise in basketball which will directly impact on player and program development (i.e. sponsorship to a major coaching clinic outside of Manitoba). 

          The Jim Bulloch Coaching Award will be presented at the Basketball Manitoba Awards.  Coaches with little experience and strong potential will receive full consideration.

          This scholarship distribution is managed by the University of Manitoba.

          • Amanda Hallson, Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School


          Lena Wenke of the University of Winnipeg Wesmen women's basketball team was honoured with the award founded in her name in 2018. She was recognized as the inaugural recipient of the Lena Wenke Courage Award which acknowledged Lena's return to the basketball court after being the victim of a vicious assault in her Winnipeg home in 2017.  

          The award will be continued into the future to recognize others in the basketball community who have faced and overcome obstacles or challenges in their life while staying involved in the sport of basketball. Examples of this can include those who have dealt with and returned from a serious injury or illness or those who have dealt with a serious loss in their life among others.   

          As part of this award, Basketball Manitoba will make a $500.00 donation to a charitable cause identified by the recipient in the name of the recipient.   

          • Lilly St. James, Westwood Collegiate


          In August 2020, Alejandro (Alex) Samaniego tragically lost his life in an accident.  Alex was an active member of the Manitoba basketball community at both the club and school levels.  He was a member of the Junior Bisons and Manitoba Magic basketball clubs and a student and member of the Shaftesbury Titans high school basketball program.  In 2019 he played for Shaftesbury and was named by his coach the most valuable player at the end of the season, averaging more than 20 points per game. 

          As a tribute and in memory of Alex's life, his family and those close to him have created this scholarship in partnership with Basketball Manitoba.  A total of two scholarship awards (1 male, 1 female) will be presented per year in 2021, 2022 and 2023 as part of the Basketball Manitoba Awards.

          This scholarship will look to recognize two grade 12 basketball players who exude a passion, commitment and a positive attitude towards the sport of basketball.     

          • Kindal DeGraeve, Treherne Collegiate Institute
          • Junseok (Owen) Ham, Vincent Massey Collegiate

          2021 - Daren Watts, Miles Mac Collegiate; Asha Donnelly, Oak Park High School


          The Basketball Manitoba Coaching Service Awards recognize coaches who have a sustained long-time commitment to coaching in basketball.

          15 Years
          • Ashley van Aggelen, St. James Collegiate
          • Jamie Rogalsky, Steinbach Christian School
          • Lloyd Celones, Kildonan East Collegiate
            20 Years
            • Evan Cox, Sturgeon Heights Collegiate
            • Hank Nyman, Sanford Collegiate 
            • Matthew Chammartin, Collège Régional Gabrielle-Roy
            • Ryan Diehl, Glenboro School
            • Stephen Tackie, Sturgeon Heights Collegiate
            • Brett Nohr - Vincent Massey High School (Bdn)
            • Myron Friesen - McGregor Collegiate
            25 Years
            • Brian Brewer, Elm Creek School
            • Trevor Penner, Souris School
            • Kevin Carter, Swan Valley Regional School
            30 Years
            • Dean Favoni, Dakota Collegiate
            • Keith Forsythe, Boissevain School

            Game results from the 2022 Basketball Manitoba Awards All-Star Games from Westgate Mennonite Collegiate will be updated by the end of the day at

            Basketball Manitoba Awards AAAA Girls All-Star Game

            Team Wilson 66 Team Rogers 62
            Wilson Sports Players of the Game - Brooke Schrader, Westwood Collegiate & Raia Guinto, Sisler High School

            Basketball Manitoba Awards AAAA Boys All-Star Game

            Team Kahunaverse Sports 123 Team Under Armour 112 
            Wilson Sports Players of the Game - Jacob Pineda, Sturgeon Hts Collegiate & Anointing Nmah, John Taylor Collegiate 

            Basketball Manitoba Awards A, AA, AAA Girls All-Star Game

            Team Wilson 69 Team Rogers 65
            Wilson Sports Players of the Game - Calista Hudyma, Dauphin Regional & Grace Fines, Stonewall Collegiate

            Basketball Manitoba Awards A, AA, AAA Boys All-Star Game

            Team Under Armour 81Team Kahunaverse 77
            Wilson Sports Players of the Game - Zerek Menard, Neelin High School & Marcus Holmlund, Pinawa School

            All game results and POG's will be updated by the end of the day at

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