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Steinbach Pistons announce season ticket plans

Cassidy Dankochik 5 minute read Monday, Jul. 1, 2024

The Steinbach Pistons are hoping their new arena will spark an “era of excellence.”

The team announced their season ticket plans for the new Southeast Events Centre last week.

The Pistons will be allowing access to buy tickets gradually beginning July 2. Corporate donors for the new arena (minimum $5,000) will get first chance to lock in their seats. Anyone who donated less than that will be able to purchase beginning July 15.

Past Pistons season ticket holders will be able to nab their seats beginning Aug. 6, with the general public able to buy Aug. 24. The team has announced plans for a launch party on this day as well.

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Steinbach wins bid to host Manitoba 55 Plus Games

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Steinbach wins bid to host Manitoba 55 Plus Games

Greg Vandermeulen 2 minute read Monday, Jul. 1, 2024

Steinbach will host the 2025 Manitoba 55 Plus Games.

In an announcement June 12, host committee chair Audrey Harder said this will be the first time in 14 years the community has hosted the games and will be a great opportunity for community organizations to work together.

A lot has changed in those 14 years in Steinbach as well.

“We will have the chance to show off the new Southeast Event Centre, renovated bowling alley, golf course, baseball fields, paths and so much more,” she said in a press release. “This event is expected to bring over 1,000 people to Steinbach, a place that is definitely worth the trip.

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Monday, Jul. 1, 2024

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Host committee chair Audrey Harder and vice chair Doug Graham reveal the next 55 Plus Games location with Louise Hutton from Active Aging in Manitoba.

SPORTS FLASHBACK 1984: Downpour adds fun to fundraiser donkey baseball game

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SPORTS FLASHBACK 1984: Downpour adds fun to fundraiser donkey baseball game

Wes Keating 2 minute read Sunday, Jun. 30, 2024

With Will Reimer offering assistance in the pulling department and Robert Penner handling things at the other end, Brian Schroeder was able to concentrate on his riding skills during a rain-soaked game of donkey baseball, which pitted the Pansy Nationals against the Grunthal Red Wings, following a full day of minor baseball games at Green Valley Park.

The game ended in a tie, but the Grunthal Arena Board and the Grunthal Sports Association were the real winners, as more than 900 fans showed up to provide a boost of more than $1,000 to a growing artificial ice fund for the Grunthal Arena.

The organizers couldn’t have asked for a better day for a donkey baseball game. First, the sun shone all day, while minor baseball teams played before the largest crowds of fans they likely had ever seen, and then just before the evening’s main event got underway, the rain came down in buckets.

When the rain stopped, and before the donkey baseball game started, the master-of-ceremonies for the event outlined a lengthy list of rules. It didn’t matter that neither the ball players nor the donkeys were paying attention, he said, for every one of the rules would be broken anyway. He then told the crowd you could always tell the difference between a donkey and a jackass, because the donkeys were the ones with four feet.

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Sunday, Jun. 30, 2024

Participants in a donkey baseball game, to raise funds for artificial ice for the Grunthal Arena, found the donkey could be as stubborn as a mule when it didn’t feel like running the bases.

Steinbach’s Slusher dons Maple Leaf for world junior championship

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Steinbach’s Slusher dons Maple Leaf for world junior championship

Cassidy Dankochik 3 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2024

Sean Robert Slusher has had an excellent start to his post-high school football career. Not only has he signed on to the Winnipeg Rifles for this season, he was also selected to play for Team Canada at the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Junior Championship.

“It feels amazing,” Slusher said while preparing for the tournament to begin.

“I never expected to be a kid from Steinbach, playing for the Eastman Raiders, all the way up to this, playing for the national team.”

This year’s championships are hosted in Edmonton. The IFAF plays under American four-down football rules, instead of the three-down Canadian game Slusher is used to.

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Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2024

Sean Robert Slusher is representing Canada at the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Junior Championships this year. (Submitted)

AS I SEE IT COLUMN: A nation despairs

James Loewen 4 minute read Saturday, Jun. 29, 2024

With the Oilers’ heart-breaking game seven loss to some team from the deep south of America that almost no one in that city or state even knows they have a pro hockey team, let alone that they just won the Stanley Cup, I have some random thoughts on Canada’s ongoing NHL championship drought:

Odds were mightily stacked against the OilersIn all of North American pro team sports history - NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB - there have been 407 times where a team has come back from a 3-0 deficit to force a game seven. Only 5 of them could close the deal. That means Edmonton had a 1.2% chance of hoisting the cup and a 98.8% chance of seeing Florida do it.

The utter class of Paul MauriceThe way former Jets coach Paul Maurice thanked his parents and all of his family in Canada showed how classy Maurice is. And it was beyond remarkable that he said his one remaining wish was for “Winnipeg to win the cup.” Have you ever heard a coach who has just won the Stanley Cup hope for his former team to win it? Maurice is incredible. The hockey world is unanimously happy that a truly great guy finally has his name on the cup.

The utter skill of Paul MauriceWhen he left Winnipeg there were many fans and members of the media who openly speculated that Maurice was the problem with the Jets chronically under-performing. He has taken his Panthers to the NHL finals two years in a row and now his team is the toast of the league. Hopefully this will force his nay-sayers in these parts to permanently shut their pie-holes about Maurice. Clearly he was not the problem with the Jets.

Carillon Sports: Second shots from June 20th edition

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Carillon Sports: Second shots from June 20th edition

Cassidy Dankochik 1 minute read Friday, Jun. 28, 2024

Featuring photos from Summer in the City and the Carillon Sultans senior team's game against West Winnipeg June 13.

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Friday, Jun. 28, 2024

The Business Board Shop's Summer Skate Series from Summer in the City in Steinbach June 14. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

AS I SEE IT COLUMN: The crazy Paris Olympics of 1900

James Loewen 3 minute read 12:38 PM CDT

With the 2024 Paris games only a few weeks away, it might be fun to turn back the clock 124 years and see what the Olympics were like the first time Paris hosted the games.

This summer’s Olympics run from July 24 to August 11 and if you thought that is too long, the 1900 Paris Olympics took place from May 14 to October 28, a whopping five-month event.

When the 2024 games begin nearly 11,000 thousand athletes from 196 nations will descend on Paris to show the world the limits of the human body. By contrast, in 1900 only 26 nations participated in the second Olympics of the modern era (the first being in Athens in 1896) and only 1,226 athletes took part in the games.

Where things get really crazy is the list of sports the 1900 games had on its roster. Here’s a brief overview of some bizarre but actual Olympic events in Paris.

Reimer brings backyard ultramarathon to Manitoba

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Reimer brings backyard ultramarathon to Manitoba

Cassidy Dankochik 3 minute read Yesterday at 12:36 PM CDT

A new kind of running race for the province made its debut in Blumenort this weekend, as the inaugural Old Tom Backyard Ultramarathon was hosted by Steffan and Danny Reimer.

A backyard ultramarathon features runners completing a 4.167 mile course every hour, with each circuit starting on the hour. The distance was chosen so runners complete 100 miles in 24 hours.

Winnipeg’s Justin Davey was able to win the race, completing an impressive 26 circuits over 26 hours.Two runners, Steinbach’s Greg Penner and Winnipeg’s Hyojin Lee finished 25 laps. The winner of the race completes one circuit on their own before the race is declared over.

Steffan, an accomplished marathon and ultramarathon runner in his own right, traded in a participant’s bib for an race director’s role at the event, which was held on his family farm.

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Justin Davey (centre) was the winner of the first annual Old Tom Backyard Ultramarathon, the first backyard ultramarathon in Manitoba. The race was organized by Steffan and Danny Reimer. (Instagram)

Carillon Sports second shots from July 3rd edition

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Carillon Sports second shots from July 3rd edition

Cassidy Dankochik 1 minute read Thursday, Jul. 11, 2024

Featuring photos from the Carillon Sultans senior game against North Winnipeg June 25 and the junior team's contest against St James June 27.

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Thursday, Jul. 11, 2024

The Carillon Sultans defeated North Winnipeg in Winnipeg Senior Baseball League action at A.D. Penner Park in Steinbach June 25. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

Junior Carillon Sultans top MJBL standings

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Junior Carillon Sultans top MJBL standings

Cassidy Dankochik 4 minute read Thursday, Jul. 11, 2024

Despite games to be played after press time July 10, a weekend split with the Pembina Valley Orioles was just good enough for the Carillon Sultans to clinch a first-place finish in the Manitoba Junior Baseball League (MJBL).

The Sultans had an 18-5 record, one game up on the Elmwood Giants, but owned the tiebreaker against the perennial champions thanks to a double-header sweep in late-June action.

The finish is a good sign for a group looking to bring back their first MJBL championship since 2012. The team fell in the semis last season to eventual champion St Boniface, with many of their players unavailable due to representing Manitoba at the North American Indigenous Games.

“To keep that thing rolling with virtually the same group of guys has been awesome,” team manager Rick Penner said.

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Thursday, Jul. 11, 2024

Michael Lindsay came on in relief for Carillon during their game against Winnipeg South July 5. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

Jasper, Walicki commit to NCAA Division 3 schools

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Jasper, Walicki commit to NCAA Division 3 schools

1 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2024

Another Steinbach Piston will be continuing his hockey career at the collegiate level.

Parker Jasper, the team’s deadline acquisition from 2023, announced he had committed to Minneapolis’ Augsburg University. The Auggies are a division three NCAA program.

The Regina-born defenseman played a combined 84 games in the MJHL, notching 39 regular season points and 12 post-season points.

Jasper helped the team to a Turnbull Cup championship in 2023, after joining Steinbach from the El Paso Rhinos of the North American Hockey League.

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Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2024

Parker Jasper will be playing at the Augsburg University in Minneapolis next season. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

MJHL announces pre-season schedule

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MJHL announces pre-season schedule

Cassidy Dankochik 2 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2024

The Steinbach Pistons will have to be road warriors to start the 2024/2025 Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) season, and that will start in the pre-season.

The team has scheduled four exhibition games this season, and all of them are scheduled to be played outside of their home rink. The Pistons will be playing Winkler and Niverville twice this September in exhibition games, with all of the team’s games taking place in Winkler and Niverville.

Steinach head coach Paul Dyck confirmed while games will be away, the team’s training camp will remain locally based inside the T.G. Smith Centre

The games in Winkler will take place in the smaller Icon Arena, as the Centennial Arena undergoes intensive renovations.

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Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2024

As construction continues at the Southeast Event Centre, the Steinbach Pistons have schedduled away games for their pre-season. (Supplied)

Kirk signs contract with PWHL Toronto

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Kirk signs contract with PWHL Toronto

Cassidy Dankochik 2 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 9, 2024

Raygan Kirk can now officially call herself a professional hockey player.

The Ste Anne goaltender signed a contract with the Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) Toronto franchise, just days after the team selected her with the final pick of the league’s entry draft.

“I can’t wait to get started with this great group and experience life in Toronto,” Kirk said in a video posted to the franchise’s social media page.

“I’m excited to play in front of an amazing fan base, and I think we have a few more attendance records to break this season.”

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Tuesday, Jul. 9, 2024

Ste Anne's Raygan Kirk is officially a professional hockey player after signing with PWHL Toronto following her selection in the league's entry draft earlier this month. (PWHL Toronto)

Canada, Loeppky, bounced from Volleyball Nations League

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Canada, Loeppky, bounced from Volleyball Nations League

Cassidy Dankochik 2 minute read Monday, Jul. 8, 2024

Team Canada’s run at the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) came to a tough end June 27, as the Canucks dropped a straight-sets decision to Japan.

Canada battled hard in the first and third set, tying the game at 24 both times, before Japan pulled away.

The result ended a strong run for Canada at the tournament, which replaced the World League in 2018. The tournament features the 18 best national teams in the world.

This is the first time Canada has advanced to the knockout round of the Nations League, thanks to a massive performance from Steinbach’s Eric Loeppky. The newly signed Lube player was brilliant against sixth-ranked Brazil to clinch Canada’s spot in the quarterfinals.

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Monday, Jul. 8, 2024

Eric Loeppky was a key cog for Canada as they made their first Volleyball Nations League quarterfinals appearance. (Volleyball World)

Bowlers eager to see success carry into Steinbach 55+ Games next year

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Bowlers eager to see success carry into Steinbach 55+ Games next year

Cassidy Dankochik 2 minute read Sunday, Jul. 7, 2024

By all accounts, bowlers from the Steinbach Bowling Alley and Bistro had an excellent showing at the Manitoba 55+ Games in Brandon this year.

The club sent 20 players, divided into four teams, with every single team medaling. Teams in the 65+ and 75+ age category came home with gold medals in the team competition.

Mike Baziuk helps organize bowling in Steinbach. He said the region’s strong results on the lanes comes from a large player base willing to compete.

“If you send one team, you’re going to win one medal, or none,” Baziuk said.

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Sunday, Jul. 7, 2024

The Steinbach Bowling Alley-based team of Lucy and Richard Choquette, DonEsau, Helena Unrau and Eva Koop won gold medals at the Brandon Manitoba 55+ Games in the 65+ age category. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

Muzzle-loader marksmen enjoy a break from rain

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Muzzle-loader marksmen enjoy a break from rain

Wes Keating 3 minute read Saturday, Jul. 6, 2024

Wet, soggy conditions persisting until the day before the Western Canadian Black Powder championships near La Broquerie cut the number of marksmen expected but did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the 75 muzzle-loader shooters who came to the event from Western Canada and the United States.

Three western provinces were represented at the awards table when the two-day shoot was over, with Alberta’s Ken Steinhauer repeating a Western Canadian Championship of a year ago in the men’s unlimited class.

Last year’s ladies’ champion Hazel Steinhauer, was edged out by Winnipeg’s Joy Ann Campbell. Local competitor Clint Tod of Ste Anne won the junior competition, while Lloyd Litwin of Saskatoon won the men’s limited class.

Manitoba Muzzle Loaders Association president Dan Cady, who manages the shooting site eight miles south of La Broquerie, finished a close third to Litwin and Steinhauer in a trail competition involving shooting, knife throwing and tomahawk throwing.

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Saturday, Jul. 6, 2024

Hazel Steinhauer steadies her musket on a stand made of branches during competition in the 1992 Western Canadian Black Powder Championships, hosted by the Manitoba Muzzle Loaders Association at their target shooting site south of La Broquerie.

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