• 2012-03-07

    Swift Current City RCMP Detachment Your local police and Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers are asking for your help in solving the following crime:

    Sometime over the past couple of weeks, graffiti was sprayed painted on the side of the pump house in the South Side Park.

     If anyone has any information please contact the Swift Current City RCMP at (306) 778-4870 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
  • 2012-03- 06

    Swift Current City RCMP Detachment Your local police and Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers are asking for your help in solving the following crime:

    Sometime during the early morning hours of March 6th, 2012 several vehicles were entered into. This occurred in the 100 block of 6th Ave SE.

     If anyone has any information please contact the Swift Current City RCMP at (306) 778-4870 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
  • The Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 16 at 2:00 pm from the Knox United Church with Reverend Bev Diduck officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Gull Lake Cemetery in Gull Lake.
    Donations to the Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, Knox United Church Memorial fund for purchase of pew cushions, Autumn House or the Charity of the Donor's Choice would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home

  • The Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 20 at 2:00 pm from the Grace United Church with Shirley Wilson officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery.
    Donations to the Grace United Church Fund would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • The Family ofMrs. Enid Hay of Gull Lake and formerly of Swift Current , wishes to announce her passing on March 15, 2012.
     A Graveside service will be held at a later date.
    For those wishing, donations to the Gull Lake Special Care Centre Auxillary would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home
  • Mr. Harry Brooks of Cabri passed away on Sunday,  March 18, 2012 in Regina.
    A  memorial service will be held at a later date.
    The interment service will  take place at the Cabri Community Cemetery in Cabri.
    Donations to the Charity of the Donor's Choice would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Culham /Bowers Funeral Home
  • The Funeral service for Mr. Edward James MacCallum of Swift Current will be held on Tuesday, March 27 at 2:00 pm from the Chapel of Warren's Funeral Home with John Duncan officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Mount Pleasant Burial Park.
    Donations to the Prairie Pioneer Lodge Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • The Prayer service for Mrs. Evelyn Marie Hopfner of Ponteix and formerly of Vanguard Will be held Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00pm from the St.Joseph Catholic Church in Vanguard with Bernadette Cey officiating.
    The Memorial mass will be held on Wednesday, March 28 at 10:00 am from the St.Joseph Catholic Church in Vanguard with Father Guy Amedee and Bernadette Cey officiating. The Interment service will take place at the Vanguard Cemetery in Vanguard, at a later date.
    Donations to the Foyer St. Joseph Nursing Home or the Vanguard Cemetery Fund would be appreciated by the family.
     Arrangements entrusted to Lemieux Funeral Home
  • The Memorial service for Mrs. Rita "May" Trembath of Cabri will be held on Thursday, March 29 at 2:00 pm from the Cabri Community Legion Hall with Reverend Chris Dowdeswell officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Cabri Community Cemetery.
    Donations to the Prairie Health Centre Ladies Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • Mr. Wayne A. Stein of Medicine Hat and formerly of Swift Current passed away, March 22, 2012 in Medicine Hat.
    A prayer service will take place on Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 pm at the Chapel of Warren's Funeral Home, Swift Current.
    A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, March 30 at 11:00 am from the Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church with Father James Owolagba officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery.
    Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • A Funeral service for Mrs. Helen Wotherspoon will be held on Thursday, April 5 at 2:00 pm from the Church of the Open Bible with Pastor Rob Cochrane officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Hillcrest Cemetery.
    For those wishing, donations to Gideon's International or to the Church of the Open Bible Memorial Fund would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home
  • forage copy

    Farmers wanting to terminate their forage stands and go back to an annual crop should take their time.

    Trevor Lennox, Swift Current Regional Forage Specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture, says ideally, producers should plan the termination the year before you plant the annual crop.

    “Just prior to harvesting the hay, people apply glyphosate letting that chemical on the roots to kill the forge and then harvesting the crop off as wealthy. So using that year as the termination year and the next year focusing on growing the actual crop”

    Lennox adds it's a more delicate process for farmers who want to do both in the same year.

    “If everything lines up and you get  good rain. It can work, but you've got to realize that you've got to let that forge crop first grow before you can spray it so you're gonna have late seeding on that land. You're also gonna have moisture depleted a lot in that land.”

    Lennox adds it's a more delicate process for farmers who want to terminate forages in the same year as they want to plant annuals, saying delayed seeding and moisture depletion could result on that land.

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    Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

    A completed free trade agreement with Japan has the potential to increase Canadian exports to the country by as much as two-thirds.

    Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz made that comment yesterday while speaking with reporters regarding his agricultural trade mission to the country. Over the weekend it was announced negotiations have been launched to form an economic partnership agreement with Japan.

    Ritz said an agreement with Japan could provide tremendous opportunities for our ag sector, “Japan is already our agriculture industries second largest market. Importing most of their food needs, Japan represents a market approaching four billion dollars for our farmers and food processors in Canada. Japan is the most consistently large market for Canadian canola seed, second largest market for Canadian malt and pork, third largest market for Canadian Wheat, and fourth largest market for Canadian beef.”

    Ritz was asked what sort of timeline the Government was working with regarding the conclusion of the deal, “We'll were in early stages. We've done the scoping work and we've recognized the synergies between our two great nations. I know the Japanese and Canadian sides are both anxious to move forward. In all the discussions I've had with Japanese buyers in both the grain and beef and pork sectors they've all expressed a great desire to move this forward as quickly as possible.”

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    The Canadian Wheat Board will be formally known as "CWB" going forward.

    Spokesperson Maureen Fitzhenry says it's part of a re-branding strategy to herald the new era for the organization.

    “It's something that I think everyone is familiar with, the word CWB, and we have in the past tried to move it towards that.”

    Fitzhenry notes they will likely continue to use the full "Canadian Wheat Board" name internationally, where it still has value and recognition with customers.
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    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

    Canada and Japan have agreed to start negotiations toward a new free trade agreement, and the Canadian Cattlemen's Association is welcoming it. CCA Past President Travis Toews joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz on a trade mission to Asia this weekend.

    He says an economic partnership with Japan would benefit the Canadian beef industry provided the negotiations address long-outstanding issues and barriers. Toews added full, tariff-free access for Canadian beef to Japan could increase the value of Canadian beef exports to over 275 million dollars annually.

    Japan is currently the world's third-biggest economy and Canada's fifth-largest trading partner.

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    Cropportunities takes place Tuesday at the Sky Centre in Swift Current.

    Once again the event is sold out.

    Shannon Chant is the Regional Crop Specialist with Saskatchewan’s Ministry Of Agriculture.

    She says it’s a great opportunity for farmers to get a recap of what happened in the area last year as they prepare for the new growing season.

    Producers will hear about the research being done at the Wheatland Conservation Area, as well as getting insect updates, information on the new crop insurance program , a weather outlook and information on fertility and crop rotation.

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    It appears the battle over US Country of Origin Labelling is not yet over.

    The US government has announced plans to appeal the WTO panel decision on mandatory Country of Origin Labeling.

    Agriculture Minnister Gerry Ritz is disappointed with the decision, and tells us he's confident it will be upheld so trade can move more freely, benefiting producers and processors on both sides of the border.

    In November 2011 a WTO dispute panel ruled unanimously in Canada's favour, saying the American policy discriminates against Canadian livestock.
  • Barefield
    Warm weather has left many fields bare.

    La Nina has given the prairies the cold, or rather, the warm shoulder this winter.

    Bruce Burnett, Director of weather and marke analysis with the CWB, explains the most common question he's getting is why the impact of La Nina this winter is so different from last winter.

    He explains arctic oscillation has kept the storm track in the higher latitudes, preventing cold air from dipping down into the prairies.

    He says the arctic oscillation has broken down to neutral levels, meaning we should see more typical La Nina weather heading into spring.
  • viterra terminal

    The Executive Director of the Grain Growers of Canada says the speed the Glencore International-Viterra Deal came together in the New Western Canadian Marketing Environment did come as a bit of a surprise.

    Richard Phillips tolds us the $6.1 Billion deal bodes well for the future strength of the industry, “And it shows that not only do we think that leading farm orginizations but it's clear that alot of the agricultural industries and people over sees look at Canada as a great place to invest and a place for opportunity going forward as well. So it's good to see our own sense of optimism is also backed up by others.”

    Phillips spoke with Chris Mahoney, Director of Agricultural products of Glencore earlier this week, “He was crystal clear that it was their full intention to lead the head office in Regina, he said it was not our model to try and move stuff over to Europe or anything. Their business model is to do business in the country and to be good corporate citizens, and to continue working with farm groups like The Grain Growers of Canada on developing our domestic policies and improving the market enviorment. So we actually had a great deal of confidense following the conversation with Glencore that they intend to be good corporate citizens here in Canada.”

    As for the competitive landscape, Phillips believes this will level the playingfield regarding grain handling.

    The organization has received some concerns from farmers regarding the concentration of ownership on the farm inputs side of the deal.

    Agrium will acquire the majority of Viterra's retail agri-products business, meaning the company will have 30 percent of th efarm input business in Western Canada.

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    Shaunavon's most famous athlete has added another honour to her legacy.

    Hayley Wickenheiser's four points helped lead the University of Calgary Dinos to their first CIS women's hockey championship over the weekend.

    It was hard for her to say where the win stands in her storied career.

    "Right up there I'd have to say," Wickenheiser said. "The girls on my team are asking me if this is what the Olympics are like and for them it was winning the Olympics, for me it was the same kind of feeling you go through the ups and downs of the season you work with your team so much"

    The Dionos weren't expected to win it all.

    “For us to win and have the season we had with a team that was pretty underated and not a lot of super top end skill I thought we had a really sucessful year and the girls acheived everything they could.

    Swift Current's Jenna Smith also played for the Dinos.

    Wickenheiser will next head to Ottawa in a couple of weeks to prepare for the World Hockey Championship.

    Her rivals from the US are two-time defending champions of that tournament.

    Interview with Hayley Wickenheiser:

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    The Kyle Elks

    The Kyle Elks have advanced to the Senior Provincial 'C' Final.

    They beat the Bethune Bulldogs 5-1 last night to capture the South Final 2 games to 1.

    They'll meet the Davidson Cyclones in the Final.

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    Every young hockey player dreams about it.

    Scoring the game winning goal in overtime of the championship game.

    Swift Current's Evan Vossen lived out that dream leading his McGill Redmen to the CIS hockey championship over Western last Sunday.

    "Growing up you always dream of being that hero," Vossen said. "I was just lucky enough to get that. Some people have been saying you couldn't (write) a better script. It's storybook. It's a great feeling and I'm very proud of our accomplishment.

    It was the final game of Vossen's college career and he went out on top as the first captain of a University Cup winner at McGill.

    He played five seasons at McGill after spending his junior days with La Ronge of the SJHL.

    Vossen is hoping to continue his hockey career next season and he'll be exploring his options.

    Interview with Evan Vossen:

  • CIGI

    The Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority would like to see the Canadian International Grains Institute move west.

    The group made the suggestion about relocating to Saskatoon during a recent visit to CIGI’s head office in Winnipeg.

    Rex Newkirk is CIGI's Director of Research and Business Development says Saskatoon has some great agricultural synergy’s as well.

    Newkirk says it’s an interesting idea but stresses no decision has been made.

    Mayor Don Atchinson says the city would welcome the facility:

    CIGI's role is to educate international customers on how to use Canadian field crops, and to research new ways of utilizing those crops.

    They have been based in Winnipeg for the last 40 years.

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    Bob Bjornerud 

    The Provincial Government is increasing its Agriculture budget by $13 million to $430.8 million.

    Almost three quarters of this year's budget will go toward fully funding business risk management programs, including AgriStability, AgriInvest and Crop Insurance.

    Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud says farm and ranch families are the backbone of our province and a priority for the government.

    The government is showing its commitment to agriculture research through a record-high research budget which includes $250,000 for a Global Institute for Food Security, which was a 2011 campaign commitment.
  • rumpel badgers

    Heartbreak for Swift Current's Joel Rumpel and the Wisconsin Badgers.

    Denver beat them 3-2 in overtime Sunday to take their NCAA Division 1 hockey best of three playoff series 2 games to 1.

    Rumpel stopped 97 of the 102 shots he faced in the Wisconsin goal throughout the three games of the series. He had a shut out in game 1.

    The former Home Hardware Legionnaire also won his conference rookie of the week award three times this season.

    Click here for more details on the game
  • shaunavonbadgers

    The Shaunavon Badgers take a 2-0 lead over the Leader Flyers in the best-of-five Whitemud League Final Series into game three tonight in Shaunavon.

    Face-off is at 7:30pm from the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre.

    The Kyle Elks took game one of the best of three Provincial Senior C final with a 9-4 win over Davidson, with game two in Davidson on Friday.

    The Swift Current Female Bantam Colts took game one of the provincial final with a 4-1 win over Estevan, and game two of the two-game total-point series is Friday in Estevan.

    The Shaunavon Bantam Badgers tied Birch Hills 3-3 in the first game of their provincial final, with game two set for Shaunavon on Saturday.

    The K-Motel Midget Hurricanes can punch their ticket to the league final with a win over Lumsden/Bethune today in Lumsden. The Hurricanes won game one of the best-of-three series 8-3 on Thursday.
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    The Comp Colts and Ardens Wrestling teams wrapped up their season by attending the SHSAA Provincial wrestling championships hosted by the University of Regina over the weekend.

    13 athletes wrestled in the tournament.

    Natasha Cleaveley earned a Silver Medal in the 90 kg Female class.
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    Action from the 2010 Ford World Womens Curling Championships in Swift Current

    A steal of three in the eighth end helped Edmonton's Heather Nedohin and Team Canada get past the USA 8-7 in their opening game of the Ford World Women's Curling Championships in Lethbridge on Saturday.

    Canada takes on China this afternoon and Switzerland tonight.

    Meanwhile, Scotland escaped with an 8-7 win over Russia in their opening game, as Russian skip Anna Sidrova ended up just light on her final shot to nudge the Scottish shot stone off of the button. Swift Current's Kelly Wood, who won silver as a third with Scotland at the 2010 Worlds, is the alternate for Eve Muirhead's rinkwho will have games against Germany and Denmark today.
  • cwb office

    The Canadian Wheat Board has announced its first grain handling agreement for the open market.

    "We are very pleased that Cargill, with whom we've partnered very successfully in the past, has become the first player in the Canadian grain industry to find innovative ways for us to work together," said CWB President and CEO Ian White. "We can now move ahead to provide farmers with an exciting package of programs they can use with confidence in this new era."

    The agreement with Cargill will give farmers who market through the CWB access to their 30 facilities in Western Canada, along with port access at Vancouver, Thunder Bay and Baie Comeau.

    "We are also seeking agreements with all prairie grain handlers to maximize farmers' delivery options," White added. "Farmers can expect other agreements to be finalized shortly."

    The board is planning to roll out its pricing programs for farmers by the end of March.
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    Sask Landing Golf Course

    This is no April Fools joke... the golf season is starting on the last day of March.

    Sask Landing General Manager and Head Pro Ryan Neustaeter said prep is underway, “Today they are just pulling off all eighteen tarps and we're planning on opening Saturday morning. All eighteen holes are going to be fully operational with power carts.”

    Neustaeter added the course wintered well and the greens are looking good, “It wintered fairly well, its been a fairly mild winter. The greens look good and I don't think it would matter either way we're able to golf April 1 or March 31 so it doesn't get much better than that.”

    Today is also the first day for the driving range at the Chinook Golf Course in Swift Current.

    Interview with Sask Landing General Manager and Head Pro Ryan Neustaeter:
  • flax

    Financial challenges have led the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission to increase its seed levy.

    Producers unanimously supported a resolution this week to increase the seed levy from 3 cents to 6 cents a bushel.

    Executive Director Linda Braun talks about the issues behind the increase:

    "The occurrence of triffid in the European flax supply certainly brought lots of challenges. The last two years, particularly last year, our major flax going region southeast Saskatchewan has had excessive water conditions. That moisture has certainly caused us to lose a lot of our acreage."
    The money is used to support breeding and agronomy programs that help to retain Canada’s competitive flax standing in the world.
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    The Province is hoping a labour recruitment mission to Ireland proves beneficial.

    A delegation of about 27 Saskatchewan employers is taking part in Irelands Working Abroad Expo.

    Duane Smith from Jay Dee Ag Tech left today and is hoping to find qualified ag technicians and geo graphic information specialists to fill about twelve positions within their nine stores in the province:

    “They have about 75, 000 people that they're trying to emigrate out of Ireland due to their high unemployment rate there. Just currently with the demand we have in our industry, and it's compounded through potash and the oil industry, its just very difficult to find these skilled workers.”

    In total the Saskatchewan delegation is looking to fill about 275 skilled jobs.

  • Richardson-International

    Richardson International is involved in Glencore’s deal to buy Viterra.

    President of Richardson International Curt Vossen said they see the employees involved as a key part of the deal, “We would be offering employment with Richardson to all affected employees in theses assests. Both country elevators, crop inputs, terminal and processing, and particularly with the processing being a unique entity all of the marketing and support activities relevant to those businesses will be included in our offer.”

    Vossen adds they will spend over 900 million dollars to acquire a number of Viterra assets, “Nineteen grain elevators across Western Canada, 13 crop input locations that are situated on the sites of those nineteen elevators. We're also acquiring a terminal elevator of the three that Viterra presently owns and operates in Thunder bay Ontario, we're buying a 25 percent share holding in the largest terminal Viterra has in Vancouver Harbour which is Cascade Terminal.”

    Richardson will also buy Can Oat Milling and Viterra’s Century Grain Processing operation in the US.

  • The Funeral service for Mr.Marvin Oraas of White Bear will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 2:00 pm from the Kyle Elks Community Hall with Tom Genik officiating.
    The interment service will take place at a later date.
    Donations to the Watch Tower Bible Tract Society would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • The Funeral service for Mrs. Harriett Hildebrand of Herbert will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 pm from the Living Faith Fellowship Church.
    The interment service will take place at the Gouldtown Cemetery.
    For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home
  • Mr. Edmund James John "Jack" Kimber of Tompkins passed away, March 6, 2012.
    A Memorial service will be held on Friday, March 30 at 2:00 pm from the St. Stephen The Martyr Anglican Church with Reverend Jonathan Hoskins and Reverend Eleanor Rockabar officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Tomkins Cemetery at a later date.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • A Funeral service for Mrs. LaVerne Haney of Moosomin will be held on Monday, April 2 at 2:00 pm from the St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Pastor Greg Kiel officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
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    Two local products and the University of Calgary Dinos take their first run at the CIS Women's hockey championship this weekend.

    Shaunavon hockey legend Hayley Wickenheiser and former Diamond Energy Wildcat Jenna Smith helped take Calgary to a Canada West championship.

    Smith thinks it will give them some momentum this weekend.

    “I know we're in a tough pool but, I think we're all pretty confident after winning that title and hopefully that we'll carry on.”

    Smith says it helps playing with a Canadian hockey star like Wickenheiser.

    “She teaches you a lot. She definitely helps you when you're stressed out or when you're in a tough situation or a close game. She just know exactly what to say.”

    The Dinos won't have it easy as they start their round robin against defending champion McGill tonight at 8pm.

    Todd Vallee interviews Jenna Smith:
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    A big tournament win for the 15U Junior SunDogs girls club volleyball team this weekend.

    They went 4-1 in matches and 8-3 in sets to win the event in Moose Jaw.

    "It was a surprising weekend for all of us," said Coach Tyler Byers. "Our last tournament didn't go as hot. Our girls pulled together and everybody had a highlight in every game."

    Bryers believes they found their sense of urgency after a weak start. 

    "I think we got a lot of confidence this weekend," said Byers. "It's a stepping stone into the next tournament in Saskatoon. There will be bigger games and bigger teams. I think we are ready for it now." 

    The SunDogs came back from down 24-17 in one set that Byers called the "turning point" of the tournament. 

    They beat the Moose Jaw Outerlimits, PVC Element, Martensville and Regina. Their only loss game to the Southshore Stingers.

    Their tournament in Saskatoon starts on March 24th.

    Interview with Tyler Byers:
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    The 2012 Saskatchewan Summer Games will be held in Meadow Lake from July 29th to August 4th.

    The Southwest District for Culture, Recreation and Sport (formerly Zone 3) will be holding tryouts for the Female soccer team at the Fieldhouse in Moose Jaw on March 25th. The two evaluation sessions will run from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM and 2:00PM to 3:30 PM. Athletes born in 1999 and 2000 are eligible to participate and must reside within the zone boundaries.

    For further information contact Dale Perry at 773-2731 or by email at dale.perry@shaw.ca.
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    Congratulations to the Herbert boys High School Basketball team, who beat Chief Poundmaker 87-73 to win the 1A Boys Regional Final on home court Saturday.

    They move on to HOOPLA in Regina next weekend where they'll battle Craik in the provincial semi-final.

    Unfortunately, the Frontier Girls and Shaunavon Boys lost their regional finals, and their seasons have now ended. Frontier dropped a 63-57 decision to Foam Lake in the 1A Girls Regional Final in Foam Lake, and Shaunavon lost the 3A Boys Regional Final 85-79 to the home team from Moosomin.

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    Erin Hoffman with the Wildcats

    The Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats are pleased to announce that graduating forward, Erin Hoffman, will be playing for the Assiniboine Community College Cougars next season. 

    Hoffman, a product of Major, Saskatchewan will be enrolled in the Business Administration program at Assiniboine Community College. 

    The Cougars play against teams in the Manitoba Junior Women's Hockey League and exhibition games against U.S. college programs. 

    The Wildcats would like to wish Erin all the best next year at Assiniboine Community College.
  • cattle herd

    Feed is one of the highest costs when it comes to cattle production, and as a result, producers are always looking for ways to cut costs and extend their grazing season.

    For some producers, grazing corn may be a good option: "If you get the agronomy right and if you get the proper growing conditions, no other crop can touch corn as far as tonnage per acre," said Provincial Forage Specialist Lorne Klein. "The main thing is to meter it out correctly so that you get the cow days per acre that you grow. It's not that corn is an exceptionally better crop as far as the animal is concerned, but for the producer, you can grow this huge tonnage per acre, and in order to take advantage of that, you have to manage it correctly so that the animals are actually eating the crop and not trampling it and wasting it."

    Cattlemen interested in learning more about grazing corn should register now for the Corn Agronomy and Grazing Management Video Conference on March 5th, which is a free event hosted by Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture. Producers interested in taking part should pre-register before Thursday March 1st at 5:00pm by calling the Ministry of Agriculture Office in their area.
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    Senior Investment Manager,Jason Moser (PHOTO COURTSEY: PFM.CA)

    There’s a lot of optimism in the Ag sector in Saskatchewan.

    Jason Moser is a Senior Investmant Manager with PFM Capital the largest private equity firm in Saskatchewan and said, “Ag specifically but other sectors to I think there is just a good enviroment for growth specifically we have the labour force, the commodities right now are going reasonably right direction and good interest rate enviroment, so nothing can last forever nothing is perfect but general it's a good enviroment to operate in.”

    He said PFM has four key areas of investments which includes agriculture and agri-food value added products, “People are just interested in investing in Saskatchewan, in terms of actual businesses themselves to where it's ag or other spaces to they see opprotunities, so they see areas of growth or expansion so know one is quite content to stand pat for the most part.”

    PFM Capital invests in Small, Medium or Large Saskatchewan based Companies

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    It’s official Glencore International and Viterra have reached a deal!

    Glencore will aquire all of the outstanding shares of the western Canadian agribusiness for $16.25 per share.

    Viterra's President and CEO Mayo Schmidt said “As a public company, we must grow and continue to evolve, today we are announcing Glencore has made an offer to acquire Viterra, one which our board of directors has unanimously approved. Glencore has entered into agreements with two other Canadian companies, Agrium and Richardsons, who will assume some of our businesses as well.”

    Richardson International will acquire 19 country elevators and the crop input centres co-located with those elevators including facilities in Assiniboia, Davidson, Kindersley, Unity, White City, Alameda and Maple Creek.

    Agrium will acquire the majority of Viterra's retail agri-products business including its 34% interest in Canadian Fertilizer Limited for which Agrium will pay $1.8 billion in cash.

    "I don't think we will be reducing the competition in Canada," said Chris Mahoney, Glencore's Director of Agricultural Products. "I think perhaps the reverse. If you look at what Viterra constitutes today, and if you look at our construction, yes Richardson will grow, but we will be on the scene as well. I think if you look at it in detail there will be more competition, more choice for the farmer, not less."

    The deal still must pass regulatory approval.

  • canola

    Canola values have continued to climb.

    Ken Ball, Options Broker and Analyst with Union Securities, explains the fundamentals for canola are strong, with record demand for domestic crush and export.

    He said there's concern about tight ending stocks.

    “Commercial traders are eager to get their hands on canola now rather than wait for later so they're pushing fairly hard to pull canola out of farmers hands both in the futures market and in the basis out in the country.”

    Ball says that the market is also receiving a boost from speculators and the soybean market.

    He adds that as long as the soybean market remains firm, canola prices won't fall back significantly.

    Canola has been trading at six month highs.

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    Trading of Viterra's shares have been halted again this morning.

    This morning Viterra confirmed it has begun exclusive negotiations with a third party and the basis of this exclusive negotiation is at a price which is consistent with their previous statement of approximately sixteen dollars Canadian per Viterra common share.

    Viterra cautions investors not to rely on other reports adding there is no assurance that an agreement will result.
    Viterra says a further announcement will be made if appropriate.

    The company is weighing potential takeover offers from a list of firms that may include Glencore, Cargill, ADM, Bunge and other international grain companies.

    There are also reports that Switzerland-based Glencore might have partnered with Canadian firms Richardson and Agrium in submitting a takeover bid.

  • flax

    The Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission has been struggling to balance the books.

    Excess moisture in the prime flax growing area of the province combined with the Triffid issue have had a financial impact on the organization.

    As a result Chairman Lyle Simonson said the board is looking at increasing its levy to help balance the books

    “The board has come to the conclusion that we're going to have to have a doubling of our levy from a dollar eighteen per ton to two dollars thirty six cents per ton which works out to three cents a bushel to six cents a bushel”

    Chairman Simonson shared the reasoning behind increasing the levy

    “It's the result of a couple of issues first is that our export market is down from what we used to have but I think the biggest problem we've had in the last couple of years has been weather which has lowered our seeded acreage considerbly which cuts production which cuts our levy down where we're not going to be sustainable if we don't have an increase.”

    Today’s meeting is being held at the Travelodge Hotel in Regina and gets underway at 1 pm

  • brycen martin camp

    Swift Current Bronco General Manager and Head Coach, Mark Lamb announced that they have called up Bronco prospect defenceman Brycen Martin.

    Martin tallied 16 points (5 goals, 11 assists) in 23 games played with the Calgary Buffaloes of the AMHL this season.  He also recently represented Team Canada at the first-ever 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games where he notched five assists in the tournament.

    “We are very excited to have Martin join our team for the duration of the season,” states Mark Lamb.  “His (Martin’s) team was beat out of the playoffs, so he was available to join us.  He will be a very big asset for our team in the future and we are excited to showcase his abilities in front of our fans at the next two home games.”

    Martin was selected 2ndoverall by the Broncos in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.  He is expected to be in the lineup on Friday when the Broncos play the Prince Albert Raiders at the Art Hauser Centre.
  • Hurricanesargosmarch2012
    Hand shakes after last night's 4-3 Hurricane victory.

    The K-Motel Midget Hurricanes moved on to the second round of playoffs in thrilling fashion last night.

    Jayden Roosen scored the go-ahead goal with just 48 seconds left in regulation to lift the Hurricanes to a 4-3 win over the Notre Dame Argos, and a 2-1 series win.

    Dalton Menke factored in all of the other Hurricanes goals with a hat trick.

    Coach Tim Tisdale says it was great to win against a team that has played them hard all year.

    “We've seen each other nine times now and we had no surprises out there but we stuck with it, they scored a deflection goal early on and it didn't look good but the guys stayed with the gameplan and Menke scored a big goal for us.”

    The top-ranked Hurricanes advance to the league semi-finals where they will face Lumsden/Bethune, whom they beat three of four times this season.

    Interview with Tim Tisdale:

    Interview with Dalton Menke:
  • SwiftCurrentMinorHockey

    The season is over the the female Swift Current Midget AA Titans.

    Down by a goal after game 1 of the two game total point series with Weyburn, the two teams tied at 2 last night to give Weyburn the series victory.

    Swift Current had several late chances including two waved off goals in the final two minutes.

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    Swift Current against Lumsden Bethune earlier this season

    The second round of the playoffs starts tonight at home for the Swift Current Midget AA K-Motel Hurricanes.

    They're taking on the Lumsden Bethune Lions.

    The Hurricanes advanced to the second round with a dramatic game 3 victory over the Notre Dame Argos. They scored twice in the final minutes to steal victory from the jaws of defeat.

    "They're excited." said Hurricanes Coach Tim Tisdale. "To win that way that just carries over. I would have liked to play the next day just to keep the momentum going. I think our guys are focused now. We had a little bit of a scare, but I think they're ready to go and excited to play."

    The Hurricanes went 3-1 against the Lions this season and outscored Lumsden Bethune 23-9. Their only loss came back in November.

    "We've had some good success against them this year," said Tisdale. "Over the last three games that we've played we've I believe held them to only two goals. That's going to be the key. They have an explosive offence with the leading scoring in the league (Tyson Scott). We have to focus on him and shut him down."

    Scott has 86 points in 39 regular season, provincial and playoff games. The Hurricanes are led by Hayden Johnston who has 72 points in 41 games.
    Game time is 7:15pm at the Fairview West Arena. Game 2 goes Sunday in Lumsden and game 3 if necessary would be next Wednesday in Swift Current.

    Todd Vallee interviews Hurricanes Coach Tim Tisdale:
  • broncos mar16
    The Swift Current Broncos gather on the ice after Friday night's game (Photo: Darwin Knelsen)

    The Swift Current Broncos were on home ice for the last time this season, losing 5-3 to the Saskatoon Blades in front of a large crowd at the Credit Union iplex last night.

    It was the last home game for overage players Taylor Vause, Brad Hoban and Jon Groenhyede. Vause opened the scoring for the Broncos with his 37th of the season in the first period, then set up Hoban's milestone 20th goal and 50th point in the second period. Reece Scarlett had the other Broncos goal, while Groenhyede made 24 saves, as the Broncos outshot the Blades 33-29.

    The Blades were led by a pair of goals from Josh Nicholls, and Nick Zajac, Matej Stransky and Connor Cox had a goal each. Blades' goalie Andrey Makarov made 30 stops in his net.

    The Broncos held their year-end awards ceremony before the game, with captain Taylor Vause picking up a team-leading eight awards. The list of award winners follows:

    • Tom Ham Memorial Trophy (Top Defenseman) - Reece Scarlett
    • Pioneer Co-op Trophy (Most improved Player) - Richard Nedomlel
    • RBC Financial Group Award (Chairman of the Boards) - Andy Blanke
    • Standard Motors Award (Rookie of the Year) - Coda Gordon
    • Trophy Towne Award (Most Sportsmanlike) - Brad Hoban
    • Gord May Memorial (Top Scholastic Achievement) - Andy Blanke
    • Three Stars Award (sponsored by Precision Well Servicing) - 1) Jon Groenhyede, 2) Brad Hoban, 3) Ryon Moser
    • Innovation Credit Union Coaches Award - Adam Lowry
    • MacBean Tessem Trophy (Top Scorer) - Taylor Vause
    • Warren's Funeral Home Award (Leadership and Maturity) - Taylor Vause
    • Swift Current Hockey Hounds Award (Humanitarian of the Year) - Taylor Vause
    • Barker's Jewellery Award (Fan's Most Popular) - Taylor Vause
    • Charlotte Letkenam Memorial Award (Desire and Sportsmanship) - Taylor Vause
    • JayDee AgTech Award (King of the Road)  - Taylor Vause
    • Western Financial group Award (Player's Most Popular) - Taylor Vause
    • Julie Forst Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player) - Taylor Vause

    The Broncos wrap up the season in Saskatoon tonight with a 7:05pm face-off from Credit Union Centre. The game coverage on the Eagle 94.1 starts at 6:30pm.

    Highlights from Friday's game on the Eagle 94.1:

    Shawn Mullin talks with graduating players Jon Groenhyede, Taylor Vause and Brad Hoban during the post-game show on the Eagle:

    Shawn and Terry Pavely talked with Broncos Assistant Coach Andy Schneider:

  • Hurricaneswingsmarch26
    Hurricanes versus Wings Game 1 March 26

    The champagne is on ice... for now.

    The Swift Current K-Motel Hurricanes had an opportunity to win the South Saskatchewan Midget AA Championship last night, but fell 8-4 in Weyburn. The best of three series is now tied with the third and deciding game coming next Wednesday in Swift Current.

    Phillip Gossard, Dalton Menke, George Hudec and Red Fritzke scored for Swift Current in a losing cause. Hurricanes Coach Tim Tisdale called it a “very” off game.

    "I think it was a combination of things," Tisdale said. "Weyburn played desperate hockey. They scored on every opportunity they had, they got every bounce that they could possibly get. It was just one of those nights where everythign that could go wrong went wrong."

    The deciding game is scheduled for next Wednesday in Swift Current.

    The Hurricanes have yet to win on the road during the playoffs, but they're also unbeaten at home.

    Interview with Tim Tisdale:
  • viterra terminal

    Viterra has apparently established rules to review any potential takeover offers, however, the company warns it can't guarantee what price it will fetch, or that there will be any deal at all.

    U.S. based companies such as Archer Daniels Midland and Bunge Limited, as well as Hong Kong-based Noble Group Ltd., are said to be interested.

    Glencore International, a commodity and mining giant based in Switzerland, has reportedly made a $5.5 billion offer to take over Viterra. The Financial Times said Thursday that Glencore was teaming up with two Canadian companies, Winnipeg grain handler Richardson International and Calgary fertilizer and ag retail company Agrium, on a joint bid.

    There’s speculation that if that bid is successful, Viterra could be split into three parts. According to a report in the Times Glencore would take the grain-handling business, Agrium would get Viterra's 261 farm product stores and Richardson would take the food-processing business.

    A foreign takeover of Viterra would be subject to a federal government review to determine whether it is of "net benefit" to the country, and with Canadian partners it may be easier for Glencore to move through the federal review process.

    Viterra won't confirm any of it and is telling its investors not to rely on such reports.
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    Provincial Ag Minister Bob Bjornerud

    Delegates attending this weeks SARM convention got some good news on the agriculture front.

    Provincial Ag Minister Bob Bjornerud announced Federal-Provincial funding of $1.8 million dollars to help producers and RM’s in the control beavers, rats, wild boars and gophers:

    “Five hundred thousand of course for beavers, we give the five hundred thousand to SARM and they adminiter it so that's going to be there again this year, some of the other funding projects that were going to take part in again in an ongoing basis, we're increasing the funding for rats to a million dollars last year we were around seven hundred fifty thousand, so were up to a million for the rat control program, I think that is very important”

    The Gopher Control Rebate Program will remain in place giving producers a 50 per cent rebate on eligible gopher control products.

    Keeping with that the Pest Management Regulatory Agency has also approved registration of two per cent liquid strychnine for use in 2012 to help control gophers.

    Meanwhile the use of Grain Bags is becoming more common on farms throughout the province and with that in mind Saskatchewan’s Grain Bag Recycling Pilot Project which was introduced last year has been extended for another two years.

    Provincial Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud made the announcement yesterday at SARMs Annual convention saying that

    “Grain bag receycling we're also going to put those dollars back in again and about two hundred ten thousand provincial funding goes into that”

    In the first year of the program, Saskatchewan farmers recycled approximately 275,000 pounds of agricultural plastics and baler twine.

    Farmers and ranchers can access collection sites across the province in Viscount, Abbey, Unity, Hirsch, Macoun, Kelvington and Prince Albert.

    Bjornerud also announced he stepping down as Ag Minister after the next cabinet shuffle sometime this spring.

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    Jay Dee Ag Tech

    The province's labour recruitment mission to Ireland seems to be a success. At least it was for Duane Smith from Jay Dee Ag Tech.

    He took part in Saskatchewan’s Job Fair Expo in Dublin and Cork and hired 3 heavy duty mechanics.

    Smith said they are still finalizing interviews with potential employees over Skype:

    “Out of the three offers we made two are slated for North Battleford, one for Unity, some of the others we're looking at for Swift Current, Maple Creek, possibly Kyle as well.”

    Smith was hoping to fill about 12 positions within their 9 stores across the province.

    He said about 20 thousand people attended the shows hoping to find a job and he found it a humbling experience:

    “It kinda of reminded me of pictures that my Dad or my Grandpa from the Dirty 30's with the number of people lined up. There's people lined up all the way around the building, down parking lots, out in the street, down the street all looking for work. Ireland is in very tough shape right now their economy is in a tough position, financially the country is struggling.”

    The province was able to start working with the new employees on the immigration requirement which is expected to take anywhere from 4 to 6 months.
  • canola

    Saskatchewan is moving up the ranks as the top agri-food exporting province in Canada.

    Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud said the province’s producers have a lot to be proud of:

    “Productivity has improved greatly and that's due to farmers and ranchers out there, of course our prices have improved on the livestock side, on the grain side our prices aren't too bad.  When you add it all together even though we had about 10 million acres unseeded last year to flooding and another 8 million this year, even in spite of that our farmers have produced so much product and of course we export so much here we're leading the country in exports”

    Bjornerud said Saskatchewan has come a long way in 2011 agri-food exports exceeded $10 billion dollars compared to the $6 billion dollars reported in 2007.

    “Hard red spring and of course winter wheat and stuff has always led the way here, but now canola has passed them and that's I think no surprise to most producers out there. Canola has been a very good crop for us, been a real good cash crop, even where we've seen in the last couple days here where prices are still improving and that's really positive for the ag sector and they really need it.”

    The province's top exported agri-food products included canola, canola oil and non-durum wheat.
  • The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, March 19 at 2:00 pm from St. Stephen's Anglican Church with Reverend Jonathon Hoskin officiating.
    For those wishing, donations to a charity of the Donor's Choice would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home

  • The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, March 19 at 10:00 am from the Herbert Mennonite Brethren Church with Pastor Bob Cappelle officiating.
    The Interment Service will take place at the Herbert Cemetery.
    Donations to Westbank Bible Camp would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home

  • The Funeral service for Mrs. Josephine Cecile Grapko  of Gull Lake will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 pm from the St. Anne Roman Catholic Church with father Prince Kurisinkal officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Gull Lake Cemetery.
    Donations to the Gull Lake Special Care Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • A Funeral service for Mrs. Clara Knelsen will be held on Saturday, March 31 at 2:00 pm from the Bridgeway Community Church with Pastor Bob Cappelle officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery.
    Arrangements entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home
  • goodale

    There’s a lot of buzz around a potential takeover of Viterra.

    Glencore International a commodity and mining giant based in Switzerland has reportedly made a $5.5 billion offer to take over Viterra.

    Federal Liberal Deputy Leader Ralph Goodale believes any decisions need to be clearly thought through given the impact it can have on farmers

    "Are decisions about Canadian grain marketing better made in places like Regina, Winnipeg and Calgary," Goodale said. "Or Switzerland or Tokyo? We're losing a strong measure of Canadian influence here and I think people need to think that through."

    Goodale is calling on the Harper government to outline clear rules for foreign takeover bids of Canadian companies.

    "So that the company in Saskatchewan will know where it stands," Goodale said. "Any foreign buyers or other buyers... would know where they stand, and the public and Canadian farmers would know where they stand as well."
    Premier Brad Wall has said that Viterra Inc. does not fit Saskatchewan's definition of a strategic asset adding that    the province would need to weigh the fiscal and economic impacts of a potential takeover
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    (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

    Highlights of Swift Current's 4-3 win over Kootenay last night at the Credit Union iPlex. The Broncos are in Prince Albert on Friday and back home to play the Raiders on Saturday.

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    Glenn Howard and his rink claimed the Tim Hortons Brier Tankard Sunday in Saskatoon (Photo: Canadian Curling Association)

    Glenn Howard and Team Ontario captured the Tim Hortons Brier in Saskatoon with an 7-6 victory over Alberta's Kevin Koe in the final Sunday night.

    It was Howard's sixth final as a skip in the last seven years, but only his first victory since 2007.

    Team Howard will represent Canada at the World Men's Curling Championships in Basel, Switzerland at the end of the month.

    In other curling news, Canada's Brendan Bottcher is the world junior curling champion, as the Edmonton skip needed only eight ends to beat Sweden 10-4. The victory is Canada's first junior men's title since 2003.

    And next week's Ford World Women's Curling Championships in Lethbridge lost some star power this weekend, as Andrea Schoepp, the German skip who won the World Championship in Swift Current two years ago, pulled out of the competition on Saturday after suffering a broken leg.

    This year's worlds begins on Saturday with Heather Nedohin representing Canada.
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    The Gull Lake Pee Wee girls pulled off their own version of the championship double dip.

    After winning a second consecutive "B" provincial crown, Gull Lake swept the Eatonia, Eston, Elrose club 5-2 and 5-0 to win their league championship.

    They still have more hockey to go with the March Ice tournament in Saskatoon at the end of the month.

    Here is a report on the league final from one of the parents:
    "The very well attended first game, of the best of three, was played in Gull Lake on March 10th with a final  score of 5-2 for the Greyhounds over the Triple E Huskies (Eatonia, Eston, Elrose). Goal scoring was as follows: Taylor Kirwan - unassisted, Dayna Winzer - assisted by Morgan Reznechenko, Laura Fiddler - assisted by Chelsea Wilson and Courtney Bredahl, Taylor Kirwan - unassisted & Morgan Reznechenko - assisted by Dayna Winzer and Taylor Kirwan.

    Then Sunday March 11th the Greyhounds travelled to Eatonia and once again came out on top 5-0.  Dayna Winzer put a natural hat trick of 3 goals on the board with assists from Shae-Lynn Bauer, Morgan Reznechenko & Mardi Yarshenko, followed by a goal from Tinia Mosquito, assisted by Taylor Kirwan,  then another goal from Winzer, assisted by Reece Girodat. Keara Zoerb recorded the shut out in net for the Greyhounds." 

     In other local female hockey, the Swift Current Midget AA Titans host Weyburn Wednesday night at 7:15 at the Fairvew West Arena.

    It's the second and deciding game of their playoff series.

    Weyburn leads the total point series by a goal.
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    Our junior curling finished up with the district championships held on March 2/3. Thanks to Fox Valley (commissioners Steve Anton and Barry Martin) and Burstall (Carson Benallack and Brenda Garthus) for hosting. Our finals were as follows:

    Girls – Maple Creek defeated Swift Current Comp

    Boys – O.M. Irwin defeated Shaunavon

    Open – Stewart Valley defeated Maple Creek.

    The Swift Current Comp wrestling team and their coaches Dan Marchand and Allan Blanke travelled to Prince Albert on March 3 to take part in the SHSAA regional wrestling competition. Capturing regional titles were Taylor Grose in the 90 kg category and Natasha Cleaveley in the 90 kg category. A total of 13 Swift Current wrestlers advanced to provincials in Regina on March 9 and 10. Congratulations to Natasha Cleaveley who captured the silver medal in her weight category! Other top 6 finishers included:

    Ian Hymers – 6th in 59 kg

    Cam Hymers – 6th in 69 kg

    Taylor Grose – 5th in 90 kg

    Cam Davison – 6th in 98 kg

    Frontier Raiders basketball team captured the SWAC senior girls league title with a 62-52 win over Shaunavon Silhouettes on March 6. It was an extremely exciting game. High scorer for Frontier was Megan Fyfe with 16 pts while Lacey Pritchard led the Silhouettes with 15 pts. Congratulations to the Raiders and their coach Darryl Anderson.

    The SHSAA provincial basketball playoffs have started. Conference play offs are the first level and were held at many locations throughout the province. We hosted 1A boys in Herbert (commissoner Tracy Miller), 3A girls in Maple Creek (commissioner Todd Anaka) and 4A boys in Swift Current (commissioner Adam Jackson). Thanks to all these schools for hosting. Congratulations to our conference champions:

    Herbert boys captured the 1A boys’ title with a 100-92 win over Craik in the final.

    Herbert girls received the 1A girls’ title with a win over Regina Western Christian 87-43 followed by the final over Central Butte 59-18.

    Frontier girls, also 1A, played in Bengough and beat Rockglen in the final 78-32.

    In 3A boys’ action, Shaunavon travelled to Biggar and won by a score of 84-63.

    Also advancing will be the Swift Current Ardens and Colts. The Colts hosted 4A boys’ action. They beat Moose Jaw Peacock in the first game (74-50) but lost to Moose Jaw Central in the final – 56-35.

    The Ardens were in Kindersley. They won their first game against the host team (80-24) then lost a close one to Meadow Lake 57-50. This put them in the consolation final in which they beat North Battleford John Paul 58-25.

    Shaunavon and Maple Creek girls both took part in 3A girls’ conference play in Maple Creek. Shaunavon lost to Assiniboia 66-55 while Maple Creek lost to Regina Christian 60-33. The Maple Creek boys travelled to Biggar where they lost to the host 71-56.

    The next level of provincial play will be March 16/17. We will host 1A boys in Herbert. Teams from Southey, Chief Poundmaker and Hepburn will be in attendance. Herbert will play Southey at 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 16.

    Our other teams will all be on the road.

    Frontier girls go to Foam Lake.

    Herbert girls go to Melfort.

    Shaunavon boys go to Caronport.

    Swift Current Ardens go to Humboldt

    Swift Current Colts go to North Battleford.

    Good luck to all our teams on the road to HOOPLA!


  • shaunavonbadgers

    The Shaunavon Badgers can wrap up the Whitemud League Championship with a win tomorrow night after they took a 2-0 stranglehold in the best-of-five series with a 4-2 win over Leader last night.

    Game three goes tomorrow night at 7:30pm from the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre in Shaunavon.

    In other local hockey, the Swift Current Female Bantam Colts play game one of the Provincial final against Estevan this afternoon at 2:00pm from the Credit Union iplex.
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    The Swift Current Comprehensive High School will be hosting the
    Senior Badminton Home Tournament on Saturday March 31st 2012

    Teams attending:

    Swift Current
    Maple Creek
    Gull Lake

    Tournament Format:

    The tournament begins at 9:30 am on Saturday and will end around 5:00 pm on Saturday.

    The tournament will be a round robin format with 2 pools of 5 or 6 teams

    Top 2 or 3 teams in each pool will advance to the playoffs.

    Gold and silver medals will be awarded in each category.

  • combine

    This week is Canadian Farm Safety Week, and most of Canada's farmers see safety as a priority on their farms.

    Farm Credit Canada released its second farm safety report card last fall. The survey showed that while more emphasis is being placed on safety around children, chemicals and safe handling equipment there’s still a lot to be done. Only 76% of producers who responded said they replace safety guards on equipment, 73% train new workers and only 69% routinely check and manage hazards.

    The campaign is organized by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Farm Credit Canada And Agriculture And Agri-Food Canada.

  • cover crop

    We are starting to see some interest in the idea of cover crops. The concept has been refined over the years in the US as a way to improve the organic matter, and water holding capacity in the soil.

    The Southwest Forage Association held its AGM on Friday, and the group's keynote speaker was Kevin Elmy of Friendly Acres Seed Farm at Saltcoats, who spoke on the benefits of using cover crops to improve the soil profile.

    "We've been researching it for about four years now in our area," Elmy said. "We've used cover crops to seed winter triticale for the last two years, and this past year, where we used the cover crop, it was about a 10-bushel yield advantage without the inputs, so we're dollars ahead using them."

    Farmers create crop diversity by throwing together a variety of six or twelve crops, and each crop brings improvements such as a longer tap root for improved soil moisture or the nitrogen benefits of a pulse crop that remain in the soil.

    The Forage association has received funding for research into the benefits of cover crops in drier areas such as the southwest.

  • viterra terminal

    Trading of shares in Viterra, Western Canada's largest grain handler, was halted today after the company acknowledged the possibility it could be taken over.

    A statement from its head office acknowledged it has "received expressions of interest" from unnamed third-parties.

    Its stock rose nearly 25% in early afternoon trade.
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    The 2012 SWAC Senior Girl Champion Frontier Raiders:
    Back row L to R: Manager Lucy Legge, Hope Anderson, Haley George, Kaleisha Heggestad, Skylar Kluzak, Coach Darryl Anderson.
    Middle row L to R: Alana Kluzak, Peyton Miller, Megan Fyfe, Melissa Anderson, Adrienne Keith.
    Front row L to R: Samantha Glenn and Tanner Jensen.

    Last night the Frontier Raiders hosted the Shaunavon Silhouettes in the SWAC Senior Girls Basketball League final.

    Frontier captured the title by beating Shaunavon 62-52 to capture the title.
  • SwiftCurrentMinorHockey

    The Swift Current female Bantam Provincial Colts beat Saskatoon 2-1 to win the North Final.

    They'll play Estevan for the provincial title.

    The Re/Max Midget A Wild saw their provincial run come to an end over the weekend with a 4-1 loss in Estevan.

    The Wild dropped the two-game total point 10-3, and Estevan will now battle La Ronge in the provincial final.

    The Shaunavon Bantam Badgers advanced to the SHA Provincial 'C' finals by beating Southey 13-2 on Saturday.

    They won the two game total point series 16-6. They will play Birch Hills in the final.

    There are five players on the team that were part of the first team in Shaunavon history to win provincials back in PeeWee.
  • rumpel badgers

    Swift Current's Joel Rumpel is reflecting back on a successful first season of NCAA hockey at Wisconsin.

    It was hard for the rookie goaltender to swallow losing to Denver in overtime of the deciding game in their first round playoff series.

    "It was probably the most heartbreaking experience of my life," Rumpel said.

    Rumpel started the series on the road against favoured Denver with a 1-0 playoff win. He called it one of the best games he's ever played. Denver then swept the next two games to win the series.

    The former Midget AAA Legionnaire felt like the Badgers came a long way from the start of the season. 

    "I remember our first practice we could barely make a pass," Rumpel said.  "Towards the end of the season we were beating the top teams in the league. It was honestly the best experience of my life." 

    The Badgers had a roster full of young players and will return a lot of their group next season. Rumpel was happy with how the year went for him individually.

    "I had a good season," Rumpel said. "(I) ended up playing the majority of the games. (It) was honestly a pretty big feat in college hockey as a freshman, which I take a lot of pride in."

    Rumpel won conference rookie of the week three times.

    Before Wisconsin, Rumpel spent two seasons with Penticton of the BCHL.He was keeping a close eye on his old team as they broke junior hockey records with a 42 game winning streak.

    "That was amazing," Rumpel said. "I remember talking to my fellow Wisconsin Badgers about it and none of them could believe (it)... it's amazing to see that and be part of that tradition."

    Rumpel will spend most of the summer in Wisconsin, but is looking forward to seeing friends and family when he is able to get some time in Swift Current.   

    Interview with Joel Rumpel:
  • glentworththunder

    For the first time in four years, a new champion could be crowned in the Notekeu Hockey League.

    The Glentworth Thunder hold a 3 games to 1 lead in the best of seven series versus the Assiniboia Rebels and could win the Notekeu for the first time in team history.

    Game 2 of the series saw controversy when Assiniboia was forced to forfeit the game after using an ineligable player.

    The Rebels have won the League every season since 2007-2008.

    Game time is at 8 PM in Assiniboia.

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    Kelly Wood (foreground) and Eve Muirhead discuss a shot in the 10th end of the Gold Medal Game at the 2010 Ford World Women's Curling Championships in Swift Current

    Alberta's Heather Nedohin and Team Canada will look to win the Ford World Women's Curling Championship for the first time since 2008, as this year's event begins in Lethbridge today.

    Most of the attention here in the southwest will also be on Team Scotland, as Kelly Wood, who now makes her home in Swift Current, will be the alternate for Eve Muirhead's rink. Wood was third for Muirhead when the team won silver at the 2010 Worlds that were held in Swift Current.

    "They called me one morning, which was strange actually because I was still in bed given that they're six hours ahead, and they've been trying to get a hold of me for a few hours," Wood said in an interview on Friday. "Eventually when I woke up, I called them back and they said they'd like me to come with them."

    With some curling fans from Swift Current planning to make the four-hour drive to Lethbridge for the event, Wood added that she was looking forward to seeing some local fans there: "Swift Current did such an amazing job of the World Championships when they were there, and I guess the atmosphere and the buzz probably haven't left Swift Current entirely since that happened, so it's great that Lethbridge isn't too far away that people can come and support and the fact that they know somebody now that is a part of Team Scotland, and it's nice that we have that local support now, too."

    As the southern-Alberta city gets ready to host the world this week, Wood believes that Swift Current's event two years ago will be a tough act for Lethbridge to follow: "Once the Worlds in Swift Current finished, I said that was, by far, the best World Championships I've ever played in, and it wasn't because we medalled, it was because of the volunteer support, the ice was great... just the whole package was excellent."

    The Scots take on Russia in the opening draw this afternoon, while Canada opens against the USA tonight.

    Colin Powers talked with Kelly Wood as she got ready for the event on Friday:

  • cattle herd

    The North American Cattle Market is losing some of its upward momentum.

    Market Analyst Jerry Klassen says demand rationing at the consumer level is putting pressure on prices throughout the whole supply chain, and feedlot owners are cutting back.

    "We're still seeing the cow/calf operator hold back on heifers and expand the herds, but the feedlot operator is backing away from the market," Klassen said. "That's why we've seen some volatile price action in the feeder market after Christmas, and now it seems like we are starting to take the edge off, and I wouldn't be surprised if the market starts to soften a little bit more into the summer months."

    Klassen notes prices are still at near-historical high levels, after a two-year rally in feeder cattle prices, and adds the market is likely defining its upward limit.
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    Dyson Stevenson

    In WHL playoff action, Shaunavon's Kale Kessy and the Medicine Hat Tigers made short work of the Saskatoon Blades with a 5-0 win last night to wrap up a four game first round sweep.

    Another Shaunavon product, Dyson Stevenson of the Regina Pats was kicked out of his game late because of a clipping major. Moose Jaw scored on the power play to tie the game and call-up Brayden Point won the game in double overtime for the Warriors.

    Moose Jaw leads the series 3 games to 1.

    Former Broncos Jordan Peddle had an assist as Edmonton beat Kootenay 6-3 to go up 3 games to 0 on the defending champions.

    Kamloops wrapped up a sweep over Marc Habscheid's Victoria Royals with a 4-1 win.

    Tri-City completed a four game sweep of Everett with a 4-3 overtime victory last night.

    Spokane evened their series with Vancouver at 2 with a 3-2 overtime win.
  • wheat

    Farmers looking to market their grain through the CWB are taking part in the boards grower link meetings.

    Gord Flaten is Vice President of Marketing and Sales says they plan to offer two pools and three cash contracts.

    About 140 people took part in the meeting yesterday in Swift Current.

    Today's meeting is in Moose Jaw while a luncheon is set for Friday in Weyburn.

  • corn

    Cattlemen had a chance this week to learn more about how corn could be an option to reducing feeding costs.

    Dr. Bart Lardner was one of the presenters involved in the Corn Agronomy and Grazing Management Video Conference

    He has been doing some work with Corn at the Western Beef Development Center at Lanigan

    More information on corn production is available from Saskatchewans Ministry of Agriculture website

  • snow2 med

    This week's snowfall has caused challenges for drivers, but is a welcome site for many farmers concerned about soil moisture.

    Drew Lerner with World Weather Inc was the keynote speaker at the Cropportunities event in Swift Current Tuesday.
    About 240 producers came out to hear Lerner's weather forecast

    He told the group he expects to see some more snowfall ahead which will definitely help some of the drier areas with soil moisture for the spring.

    "I'm not sure it's going to be phenomenally significant," Lerner said. "We will definitely make up for a little bit of lost time. The storm systems are all going to have a weakness though. We shouldn't see the big blizzards we've seen in the past, at least not right away. I think there will be a chance for something like that to evolve, but not necessarily in the next few weeks. A little later when we want it to warm up we will probably run into a cold surge and a blizzard like storm system."

    Lerner anticipates we could see a slightly below average temperatures and more precipitation through the spring as La Nina begins to dissipate in April and May.

  • magnus-tigers
    Broncos F Christian Magnus (Photo by Darwin Knelsen) 

    The Kootenay Ice were melted down by two former teammates last night.

    Former Kootenay forward Adam Rossignol scored the winner, another former Ice forward Christian Magnus scored twice and had an assist as the Swift Current Broncos topped Kootenay 4-3 Tuesday night.

    "Nothing better than going out against your former team and beating them," Magnus said. "(He and Rossignol) were just talking about it. About how (Ice GM Jeff Chynoweth) it's too bad he wasn't here to watch that. We were also talking about how it always goes through your minds... a game against your old team. Especially for (Rossignol) he has kind of been in a slump of late. It goes through your head over and over again about dangling someone and getting the winning goal. I'm sure he's pretty pumped up right now."

    With the game tied at 3 late in the third period, Rossignol picked up the puck in his own zone and went through two Kootenay defenders before putting a backhand shot over Ice goaltender Nathan Lieuwen. It was Rossignol's 2nd goal as a Bronco and 8th of the season. He came to Swift Current in a deal for defenceman Tanner Muth just before the trade deadline in January.

    Magnus started his career in Swift Current before being part of two deadline deals. He went to Kootenay as a 16-year-old and got traded back to Swift Current last season as a part of the blockbuster Cody Eakin deal.
    Magnus' line with Graham Black and Ryon Moser combined for 3 goals and 7 points in the Broncos victory Tuesday night.

    Moser opened the scoring on a pretty passing play that Magnus from the corner. Black then put the puck behind his back to Moser who went to his backhand for his 13th goal of the season.

    Kootenay tied the game as ElginPearce beat Jon Groenheyde during a goal mouth scramble with 1 second left in the first period. The goal appeared to give Kootenay some momentum as they took control of the game during the first half of the second period and went ahead on a Max Reinhart goal.

    Magnus replied for the Broncos by putting a Moser pass in the top of the net with just over five minutes to play in the period. It was then Swift Current's turn to score in the final minute as Black pushed a face-off towards the Kootenay goal that Magnus tapped home for his 2nd of the game and 9th of the season. Magnus has now scored 4 times since returning from a concussion last week.

    "(Coach Lamb) and I were joking about all the bad things people are saying about concussions," Magnus said. "Well here is a good thing. I come back after getting a concussion and it seems like I've got my goal scoring touch back... I don't know."

    The coaching staff was impressed by the work of Magnus,Moser and Black.

    "They worked extremely hard," said Broncos Assistant Coach Andy Schneider. "They really used their body to protect the puck and they were able to spring each other for some quality scoring chances." 

    "We seem to read off each other well," said Moser. "We've been finding each other. It's been easy to play on a line with those guys.

    Jon Groenheyde stopped 32 shots to secure the victory. The Broncos netminder was also named Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Week before the game.

    Swift Current has points in 7 of their last 11 games. They play a home and home with the Raiders this weekend starting on Friday night in Prince Albert. There are only four games left in the regular season and the Broncos have already been eliminated from the playoff chase.

    Click here for the game boxscore 

    Highlights of Broncos Hockey on The Eagle 94.1 FM

    Post-Game Interviews with Andy Schneider, Ryon Moser and Christian Magnus
  • Dinos women title

    Two local products helped the University of Calgary reach the pinnacle of Canadian women's university hockey.

    Shaunavon's Hayley Wickenheiser scored twice and Swift Current's Jenna Smith also scored as the Dinos beat Montreal 5-1 to claim their first CIS women's hockey national championship.

    Wickenheiser opened the scoring shorthanded late in the first period. She then scored the eventual game winning goal only 1:18 later.

    Former Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcat Jenna Smith then got into the act as Wickenheiser helped set Smith up to give the Dinos a 3-0 lead with only 1:17 to play in the second period.

    Wickenheiser completed a 4 point night by setting up Iya Gavrilova for a 4-0 Calgary lead.

    Tournament MVP Amanda Tapp made 27 saves in the Dinos goal.

    This was the second season with the Dinos for both Wickenheiser and Smith.

    Click here for the official game recap

  • shaunavonbadgers
    Shaunavon Badgers

    It's been quite a year for the Shaunavon Senior Badgers

    They moved into the new Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre and have reached both provincial and White Mud league finals.

    Coach Jason Girodat said their provincial team has a lot of firepower including the Hunter Brothers and Andy Schneider.

    “We have pretty much three lines of offence that we can throw at people and they're not just regular offensive type players they're guys that have played professional and junior hockey. I think that had a lot to do with it. I think...we have a pretty good group of guys that really care to show up on a regular basis, they're in shape and it just means a lot to them.”

    The Badgers had a pretty smooth ride to their fourth straight B provincial final including a sweep of the Esterhazy Flyers in the semis.

    Coach Jason Girodat adds they can't let provincials distract them.

    “Winning the White Mud League is still an exciting and important thing for our town, guys take it pretty serious.”

    The Badgers are 4-0 against Leader this season but Girodat isn't taking anything for granted.

    “They're got a pretty good team if all their guys show up, they've got a goaltender we've had trouble with this year and that little rink up there in Leader always gives us fits.”

    Meanwhile, after three consecutive losses in the provincial final, the high powered Badgers are hoping to avoid pulling a "Buffalo Bills" when they play Drake in a best of three series.

    No dates have been set yet.

    Interview with Jason Girodat:

  • shaunavonbadgers

    Just like their senior team, the Shaunavon Bantam Badgers are trying to win double championships.

    They've advanced to the Provincial C finals against Birch Hills with a two game combined score 16-6 win over Southey. They've also taken a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three league final against Assinboia.

    “We got a group of pretty good group of kids," said Coach Vince Stevenson."17 kids and 11 are first year, but it's a really good group a really good room, and just get along so good and they kind of motiveate each other and feed off of that.”

    The Bantam Badgers are 37-1 so far this season. However, they only won game 1 of the league finals 1-0 with a goal in the final few minutes.

    Coach Stevenson said the league and provincial finals are very different situations.

    “We've seen these guys (Assiniboia) before so we kind of know what these guys have to offer versus Provincials where we don't see these teams so it's a little bit more nerve racking (we) don't know what we're up against”

    Interview with Bantam Badgers Coach Vince Stevenson:
  • basketball

    The Herbert boys, Shaunavon boys and Frontier girls are still alive in High School Basketball Playoffs, and all three will play in regional finals today looking to secure a spot in HOOPLA next weekend.

    Herbert beat Southey 92-34 in their semi-final and will play Chief Poundmaker in the final in Herbert at 12:00 noon. Shaunavon defeated Kamsack 90-48 to move on to the final against Moosomin, and Frontier will play Foam Lake in the final after beating Hepburn 74-47 yesterday.

    The Comp High School Colts and Ardens and Herbert girls lost their games and are now out of the running for provincials.
  • golfcourse

    It's time to get the clubs out of the bag. The Chinook Golf Course will be opening the driving range tomorrow.

    Hours of operation are 10am to 6:30pm.

    The city says the rest of the course will be open as soon as possible. Elmwood hopes to have their range open early next week.

  • groenheyde dec4
    (Photo by Darwin Knelsen) 

    Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Jon Groenheyde of the Swift Current Broncos is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week after posting a 1-1-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.01 and save percentage of .975 for the week ending March 4.

    Groenheyde made 77 saves in two starts last week including a season-high 45 saves on Friday night to blank the Red Deer Rebels 4-0 where he was named the game’s first star recording his second shutout of the season.  He also claimed third star honours on Saturday night with 32 saves in a 2-1 losing cause against the Edmonton Oil Kings.

    Groenheyde, a 20-year-old from White Rock, BC, is playing in his fourth full WHL season.  He is among the league leaders in minutes played this season with 3237 and carries a 21-27-1-5 record in 58 games for the Broncos with a goals-against-average of 3.46 and save percentage of .900.

    Also considered for the award this week was Petr Mrazek of the Ottawa 67’s who went 2-0-0-0 with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .975.  Former winner Etienne Marcoux of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada also won two games including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .959.

    Click here for an interview with Groenheyde on his original nomination

    2011-12 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

    Feb. 27 – Mar. 4: Jon Groenheyde, Swift Current Broncos

    Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Brandon Maxwell, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors

    Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Mark Visentin, Niagara IceDogs

    Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Jordan Binnington, Owen Sound Attack

    Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Mathias Niederberger, Barrie Colts

    Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Mark Visentin, Niagara IceDogs

    Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Philippe Cadorette, Baie-Comeau Drakkar

    Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Mac Carruth, Portland Winterhawks

    Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Ty Rimmer, Tri-City Americans

    Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Jacob Gervais-Chouinard, Rimouski Oceanic

    Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Christopher Festarini, Niagara IceDogs

    Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Étienne Marcoux, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

    Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Joel Vienneau, Sudbury Wolves

    Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Malcolm Subban, Belleville Bulls

    Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Calvin Pickard, Seattle Thunderbirds

    Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Roman Will, Moncton Wildcats

    Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Malcolm Subban, Belleville Bulls

    Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Tyler Bunz, Medicine Hat Tigers

    Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Eric Comrie, Tri-City Americans

    Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Patrik Bartosak, Red Deer Rebels

    Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: François Tremblay, Val d’Or Foreurs

    Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Jimmy Appleby, Baie-Comeau Drakkar

    Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Michael Houser, London Knights
  • BrettWard

    Swift Current's Brett Ward scored in triple overtime to give the University of Saskatchewan a 2-1 win over Calgary in the third and deciding game of the Canada West hockey final.

    Ward's goal ended the longest game in conference history. It's Saskatchewan's first Canada West crown since 2006-07.

    The win sends the Huskies on a trip to the University Cup March 21-25 in Fredericton.

    The Huskies feature former members of the Swift Current Midget AAA Home Hardware Legionnaires, Andrew Bailey, Shayne Neigum and Ward.

    They also have former Broncos Kyle Bortis and Travis Brisebois on the roster.

    Click here for the official summary 

  • baylee gillanders
    Another former Swfit Current Diamond Energy Wildcat is making waves in college hockey.

    Kyle's Baylee Gillanders and the University of Minnesota beat fellow Kyle product Brienna Gillanders and the University of Minnesota Duluth to win the WCHA Final Faceoff.

    The Gophers then beat North Dakota to earn a spot in the NCAA Frozen Four.

    For Gillanders it's been quite a ride.

    "So many emotions running through my head," Gillanders said. "You've got people back home that want you to do well and you've got your team that you want to play for. It's just an awesome experience. I'm just going to try to take it day by day and hopefully do the best we can when we get there." 

    This is the first WCHA win and Frozen Four qualification for the Gophers in several years.

    "There is lots of depth on our team," Gillanders said. "We get along so well. We had the same goals. It helps when your whole team has their head on straight and are going for the same goals."

    Gillanders and the Gophers start the Frozen Four against Cornell on Friday with a trip to the NCAA championship game on the line.

    Two other former Wildcats participated in the CIS hockey championship last week and Jenna Smith's University of Calgary Dinos won it.

    "Congrats to them," Gillanders said. "All the girls from Saskatchewan that were on that (Wildcats) team that year... were all pretty good hockey players and all just loved the game."

    Now the focus of women's hockey fans in the southwest turns to the Frozen Four. Gillanders has never had the chance to face Cornell before. 

    "We just gotta play Gopher hockey," Gillanders said. "When we focus on our game we usually can come out on top. Cornell is going to be a good match for us... it's going to be tough."

    Interview with Baylee Gillanders:

    Highlights of the University of Minnesota's win over North Dakota

  • vause-hoban-pats
    Taylor Vause and Brad Hoban attempt to connect versus the Regina Pats.

    Two of the longest tenured Broncos in franchise history say goodbye to Swift Current with their final home game tonight.

    Captain Taylor Vause has mixed emotions.

    “It's kind of sad feeling. Just I think proud of everything that has gone on. I've had a good career, especially finishing it off with such a good season. Playing the last two games it's exciting, sad, nervous, a lot of things kind of coming together. I think (I'm) just wanting to finish it on the best note possible.”

    Brad Hoban is wrapping up his fifth season with the Broncos and says he's spent one quarter of his life with the team.

    “The person I am today is largely in part to growing up here. It's been a long road since I first showed up for camp at age 15, now I'm finishing the last few games at age 21, it's kind of surreal.”

    Tonight is also the last game in Swift Current for overage goaltender Jon Groenheyde. He is saying thanks to Bronco fans.

    "They come and support us. They're loud for us. It's been awesome. I really enjoyed my time here in Swift Current and I really enjoyed the fan support; and even people coming up to me and saying nice things. It's been awesome."

    It's Fan Appreciation night at the Credit Union iPlex as the Broncos host the Blades for their final home game of the 2011-2012 season. As of last night the Bronocs had sold 2000 tickets for the game and they are expected a big crowd.

    Puck drop is at 7:05pm at the Credit Union iPlex.Our broadcast starts at 6:30pm on The Eagle 94.1 FM.

    Click here for a restrospective interview with Brad Hoban

    Click here for a retrospective interview with Jon Groenheyde

    Watch the blog for a similar interview with Taylor Vause as well
  • Hurricaneswingsmarch26
    Hurricanes versus Wings on Monday March 26

    The Swift Current Hurricanes are one win away from the South Saskatchewan Midget AA Championship. Tonight they travel to Weyburn for game 2 of the best of 3 championship series with a 1-0 series edge.

    Despite loss in the first game Weyburn Coach Doug Lumb is still confident, “We've got a fairly good home record and I like our chances at home. But its the playoffs anything can happen and you have to take it at one shift at a time”

    Lumb also broke down their strategy,“We're going to try and bottle things up in our own end. Eliminate the odd man rushes as much as possible. Keep things tight and take advantage when the other team has a breakdown.”

    The Hurricanes are unbeaten at home during the playoffs but winless so far on the road.

    Colin Powers with Weyburn Coach Doug Lumb after Mondays game
  • ritz
    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

    Details about cuts to the federal ag budget will be known within the next few weeks, according to the federal agriculture minister.

    Budget documents outline a plan to reduce Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's departmental spending by $310 million or around 10 percent within three years.

    "Over the coming days and weeks we'll be outlining those particular movements," says Gerry Ritz. "Our government was elected on a promise to balance our budget. That's exactly what we're doing by finding efficiencies and administrative cost savings throughout the entire department and CFIA."

    Ritz says funding for farm business risk management programs past 2013 has yet to be determined.

    "We're in the final year of the existing program suite, so as you know we're working with the industries, provinces and territories on the next suite of programming to take effect roughly a year form now," he says.

    Included in the $310 million cut to AAFC's core budget is a plan to reduce Canadian Food Inspection Agency spending by $56 million by 2014-15. Ritz says food safety will not be compromised.

    "There are no cuts to food safety coming through. The CFIA will be re-focusing its efforts more to the food safety side than anything to do with quality or labeling issues," he explains. "We'll be continuing to analyze what CFIA does best and what is required by consumers in Canada, and predominantly that's the food safety issues."

    Although there were no new ag-specific research initiatives announced in the budget, Ritz says they're continuing with a number of ag research programs. Contrary to what farm groups have said about public research support falling short, Ritz argues public funding for ag research remains strong. For example, the Grain Growers of Canada say it would take increased investment of $26 million per year, for 10 years, to return to 1994 public ag research funding levels.

    "We've gone back and analyzed our research. There's concern that we're not spending as much, but we certainly are. We're outspending 1994 levels even with inflation figured in," he says. "We'll continue to do that. We have the AgriInnovation fund and a number of other initiatives that all speak to sound research and development. We have a number of different initiatives that all coupled together show that we're very serious about innovation."

    Budget highlights:

    - $310 million in cuts to AAFC's departmental budget by 2014-15. $56 million of these cuts will be to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
    - $44 million over two years to transition the Canadian Grain Commission to a sustainable funding model.
    - $99.2 million over three years for permanent flood mitigation measures for the 2011 floods.
    - $51.2 million over two years for streamlining the food safety regulation process, split between the CFIA, Public Health and Health Canada.
    - commitment to implement the Canada-U.S. Action Plan on Regulatory Cooperation. 

    Gerry Ritz talked about the budget in a teleconference from Regina this morning:

  • SWT
    South West Terminal's main terminal located east of Gull Lake (Photo: South West Terminal)

    A local producer-owned terminal is the latest grain handler to give farmers the opportunity to sell their grain through the new CWB. South West Terminal out of Gull Lake entered into a new agreement with CWB, which will give producers the option to access the board's pooling and cash contract programs, or sell directly to the terminal.

    General Manager Monty Reich says they felt it was important to team up with CWB in the transition to an open market, “There were many producers that were concerned of the wheat board losing the monoply and with us having now that option for producers to sell to the wheat board and specifically to use their pooling options we felt it was important that we had those options for our producers.”

    Reich said this agreement will offer more options for producers, “Over the years producers have been wanting more marketing options. This will allow producers to sell cash or defer direct to South West Terminal or if they prefer to use the new Canadian Wheat Board they can use their pooling options or their cash or their deferred options as well.”

    The announcement was made yesterday, the same day CWB announced their new post-single-desk pricing programs.

  • cwb office

    The CWB has officially entered the open market.

    President and CEO Ian White launched the new pool and cash contracts Thursday morning. "Two pools, three cash contract programs and malting barley production contracts are now available for farmers to sign," says White.

    He says the CWB will be a viable option for marketing grain. "The programs we are unveiling today can deliver what farmers want. They are the product of a great deal of work and a lot of consultation with farmers themselves," he says. "We know many farmers want to use price pooling because they understand its benefits. The CWB is the only marketer that offers pooling for farmers."

    Chief Operating Officer Ward Weisensel also announced the CWB has reached a handling agreement with South West Terminal, based out of the Gull Lake area in southwest Saskatchewan. A handling agreement with Cargill was announced earlier this month, and Weisensel says they expect to finalize agreements with other handlers in the next few weeks.

    "We expect to reach agreements very quickly with all prairie grain companies," he says.

    He notes price indicators for the CWB's new programs are posted and will be updated in real-time on the CWB website. "Farmers can now come to us with all their marketing needs, and we will be working very hard to earn and retain their business. We believe we can serve farmers very well in the new era that we're facing together," says Weisensel.

    The CWB's New Programs:

    Price pools

    Pooling is a time-tested strategy for risk management, ensuring farmers are never forced to take prices from the bottom of the market, or left chasing an elusive market high. Instead, it returns the average received from all markets across the entire pooling period, meaning farmers keep all of the profits from their grain sales and share in any price rallies that occur after they sign a contract. Sign-up begins March 29.

    Harvest Pool: runs from August 1 to July 31. Sign-up ends October 31. Twelve reference grades for Canada Western Red Spring wheat, five reference grades for durum, plus Canada Prairie Spring Red wheat, Canada Western Red Winter wheat and two-row malting barley. Delivery is guaranteed by July 31. Can be signed directly with the CWB, with grain-handler chosen later.

    Early Delivery Pool: runs from August 1 to January 31. Sign-up ends September 28. Delivery is guaranteed by January 31. Same grades as above. Can be signed directly with the CWB, with grain-handler chosen later.

    Cash contracts

    Cash contracts can be used in combination with price pooling to build a complete marketing strategy, tailored to suit farmers' individual risk and financial objectives. A wide range of reference grades are offered. Target pricing is also available. Sign-up begins March 29.

    Deferred-Delivery Contract: provides upfront price certainty. Farmers lock a flat price and reference grade, then negotiate a delivery date with their grain handler.

    Futures-First Contract: fixes a futures-based value derived from farmers' choice of grain futures exchange and maturity, with basis and reference grade locked in later. Farmers negotiate their delivery period, pay no brokerage fees and have no margin calls. Futures can be locked in directly with the CWB.

    Basis-First Contract: fixes a basis and reference grade, with a futures-based value locked in later. The basis is fixed through their grain handler. Farmers negotiate their delivery period, pay no brokerage fees and have no margin calls.

    Real-time pricing: Farmers can find real-time price indicators from the CWB's Web site or by calling the CWB, with values that change daily between 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. as markets fluctuate. A handy online tool has been developed to make it easy for farmers to follow CWB prices.

    Malting barley production contracts

    A production contract guarantees a market for a farmer's malting barley, even before seeding or harvest. It provides assured access to the CWB malting barley pools, plus the option to switch to a cash contract. These contracts are available for two-row malting barley.
  • canola

    The announcement Canada and Japan have begun negotiations on a free trade agreement is welcomed news for Canada's Canola Growers. Rick White is the Executive Director Of The Canadian Canola Growers Association.

    He told us the Japanese markets is very important, and believes a deal would provide more stable and expanded market access, “Very reliable market and typically they take anywhere from 2.1 to 2.2 million tons of seed canola every year it's very stable. We think we can grow that and this agreement will hopefully allow us to expand into that market even more. We'd like to start shipping more of our value added product like canola oil as well as apposed to just seed.”

    White adds the Japanese market is a very lucrative one for canola growers,“The market potential there is quite substantial, I can't put a number on it but I think you can have quite a substantial increase because we are a very reliable supplier. We will be producing about 15 million tons in Canada and the Japanese market representing over 2 million tons of that we can handle alot more of their business.”

    Japan is the world's third largest economy and vegetable oils are a mainstay of the Japanese diet, with canola oil being the number one vegetable oil consumed in the country.

  • seeder

    The nice weather we have seen has had some farmers thinking more and more about seeding.

    Ralph Howes, Farm Management Specialist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, is reminding farmers that their Crop Planning Guides are now available on the Ministry's website.

    “Farmers are making decisions as to what to grow and this provides some average projections for cost of production for the principle crops and even specialty crops grown in the province.”

    Howes adds that along with the guides, there is also a Crop Planner that lets farmers to draw up their own scenarios by entering input costs and yield expectations.

    “This allows them to do break even scenarios and the crop planner saves them a lot on projections through computerized form.”

    Both the Crop Planning Guides and the Crop Planner are available on the Ministry of Agriculture's website.

  • cwb office
    CWB Office

    The U.S. Department Of Agriculture will release its critical “Prospective Plantings” report this week, and the corn figure that accompanies it will more than likely have a significant impact on the markets one way or another.

    The report will be released Friday.

    CWB Market Analyst Andrew Wark said, “The U.S corn crop potentionally could be anywhere from 92-95 million acres. The USDA is going to release a report showing perspective plantings and if that's anywhere 94 million acres and above then thats going to be very very barest to the market. But if that comes in a little bit lower than that in the 92-93 range that could actually spur things up.”

    According to the CWB's latest pool return outlook market commentary, wheat is still largely supported by current corn values, and any drop in corn prices will likely result in a drop in wheat values. Meanwhile global malting barley premiums have narrowed this month as falling malting barley values meet increasing feed barley prices.

    If malting barley premiums continue to fall, it could put malting barley area at risk in Canada and Europe, as farmers may be reluctant to grow malting varieties.

    That from CWB Market Analyst Andrew Wark, “We have seen over the last four months, these premiums have narrowed down significantly as the price of seed barley has increased and feed demand has switched from corn to barley over the last year. So now were at a stage here where premiums are getting down to a point where farmers may consider not growing malting barley varieties instead of feed barley varieties or instead of barley all together.”

    Wark says if that turns out to be the case and there is a reduction in the production forecasts for those countries it could be potentially positive in the long run.

  • Bertram
    Carly Bertram as a Wildcat (Photo from Facebook)

    Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats Captain Carly Betram is turning into a different kind of cat.

    The Maple Creek native is joining the Mount Royal University Cougars program next season.

    "She came in as a young kid, a second year bantam," said Wildcats Coach Terry Pavely. "A hard working kid. You've seen her evolve to an elite player. She made Team Saskatchewan this year."

    Bertram scored 10 goals and 18 assists in 45 regular season and tournament games. 18 of her points came in 28 regular season Midget AAA games.

    "She's developped her hockey sense each and every year she's played (and) just become a smart hockey player. She has... become a strong, tough hockey player to play against. (She is) and elite penalty killer that just does a great job for our program."

    Bertram joins a Cougars program that will play in the CIS for the first time next season. The Wildcats were eliminated in the first round of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA league playoffs by Saskatoon.

    Terry Pavely interview on Bertram:

  • black raiders
    Graham Black goes in on Raiders' goaltender Luke Lee-Knight on a penalty shot in the second period of Saturday's game (Photo: Darwin Knelsen)

    The Swift Current Broncos picked up a big comeback win against Prince Albert at home, knocking off the Raiders 6-3 Saturday night.

    The Broncos scored five unanswered goals after the Raiders jumped to a 3-1 lead by the second period. Graham Black started the five-goal stretch when he scored on a penalty shot in the second for his second goal of the game, and added an assist for a three-point night. Taylor Vause picked up his 80th point of the season when he scored his 36th goal of the year in the third period.

    Ryon Moser had a goal and a helper, while Levi Bews, and Coda Gordon also scored. Jon Groenheyde made 34 saves for the win as the Raiders edged the Broncos 37-36 in shots.

    The Broncos will wrap up the season with a home-and-home against the Saskatoon Blades, with the first game on Friday at the Credit Union iplex.

    Highlights from Saturday's game on the Eagle 94.1FM:

    Shawn Mullin and Terry Pavely talk with Graham Black, Taylor Vause and Broncos Assistant Coach Andy Schneider during the post-game show on the Eagle:

  • Harper Riders

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed import receiver Justin Harper and import running back DeShawn Wynn to contracts. Financial details of the signings were not released.

    Harper (6’4 – 213 lbs) was a seventh round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2009 NFL Draft and spent the following three seasons with the team at which time he was teammates with current Rider receiver Ernie Wheelwright. The 27-year-old played in 51 games during his four-year career at Virginia Tech finishing with 83 catches for 1,338 yards and nine touchdowns. In the 2008 Orange Bowl Harper scored on an 84-yard punt return. 

    Wynn (5’11 – 232 lbs) was a seventh round pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 2007 NFL Draft. The 28-year-old spent three seasons with the Packers and as a rookie scored his first two touchdowns in week two of the 2007 season. He played in 16 games with the Packers and tallied 64 carries for 332 yards and five touchdowns while adding 14 receptions for 122 yards. Wynn went on to spend time with the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers in 2010 and played in seven games before returning to the Saints in 2011. The Florida product tallied 2,077 rushing yards, 376 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns during his four years with the Gators.
  • badgerselkssha

    The Shaunavon Bantam Badgers are South Saskatchewan Hockey League Champions.

    The Badgers erased a 2 goal deficit in the final 8 minutes of the 3rd to take the game 3-2.

    Shaunavon finished with a record of 26-0-0 in league play.

    They'll now turn their attention to provincials where they face Birch Hills in the 'C' final beginning Saturday.

    The Shaunavon Midget Badgers took a 2-0 series lead in thier championship series by beating Glentworth 3-2.

    The Gull lake Pee Wee Greyhounds beat Ponteix 7-6 last night in overtime to win their league championship.


    The Assiniboia Rebels' reign atop the Notekeu hasn't ended yet.

    The Rebels, down 3 games to 1 in the League final, took advantage of home ice beating the Glentworth Thunder 7-1 last night.

    Game 6 goes tomorrow night in Glentworth.

    Game 2 of the Whitemud League Championship goes tonight in Leader.

    The Shaunavon Badgers beat the Flyers in game one of the best of 5 series.

    Puck drop is at 8:00pm

    The Kyle Elks Host the Davidson Cyclones tonight in game 1 of the Provincial 'C' Final.

    The Elks eliminated Bethune on Monday to advance to the final.

    Game time is at 8:00pm.
  • nedomlel red wings
    Richard Nedomlel

    The Coach and GM of the Swift Current Broncos is pleased that defenceman Richard Nedomlel will get a chance to join Grand Rapids of the AHL for the rest of the season.

    Mark Lamb said it will give the Detroit Red Wings draft pick a taste of the professional level, “Now to take that next step whether he plays or not. He'll feel that speed, the strength, the conditioning, what that does is give the kid a real good experience on what it takes to that next level.”

    Lamb adds it will be good for Nedomlel and wishes the whole team could have a similar experience, “It's good for everybody to get that if you can. I wish our whole team could get that opportunity at the next level, just to feel how hard it is.”

    Nedomlel still has two years of junior eligibility left.

    Meanwhile, graduated Bronco Taylor Vause scored the shoot out winner and was named first star last night as his Texas Stars beat Lake Erie 4-3.

    Shawn Mullin talking with Coach and GM Mark Lamb
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    Tanner Muth as a Bronco (Photo from Twitter)

    The Swift Current Broncos play one of their final three home games of the season tonight.

    They're hosting former Bronco Tanner Muth and the Kootenay Ice.

    Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen knows it will be a tough game.

    "They play a real strong defensive game," Evjen said. "If we come out and play our game we usually put ourselves in a pretty good opportunity to win the hockey game. It should be a good game because they've got a good team over there. We're itching to play again. I think we're in a bit of a rhythm right now where we're playing very well and we want to keep playing."

    Muth returns to Swift Current tonight after the Broncos sent him to the Ice for forward Adam Rossignol a week before the trade deadline.

    It's the final "Two-Two-Tuesday" and tickets are only $2.

    Our broadcast starts at 6:30pm on The Eagle 94.1 FM. Puck drop is 7:05pm at the Credit Union iPlex.

  • shaunavonbadgers

    The Shaunavon Badgers are off to the Provincial Senior B Final.

    They defeated Esterhazy 8-2 Saturday night to win the South Final in two straight games, and advance to the provincial final, where they'll take on either Drake or Watrous.

    In other local playoff hockey, the K-Motel Midget Hurricanes and Notre Dame Argos will play a third and deciding game in their first-round league playoff series tonight. Face-off is at 5:45 from the Fairview Arenas.
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    Former Legionnaries Coach Jason Johns

    Swift Current Minor Hockey has relieved Jason Johns of his duties as Head Coach and Manager of the Midget AAA Legionnaires.

    Johns recently finished his first season behind the bench in Swift Current.

    He led the Legionnaires to the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons, but they finished on a thirteen game losing streak.

    They were eliminated in the first round by Prince Albert.

    The SCMHA will begin the search for a new Legionnaires coach immediately.
  • HuricanesLionsmarch15-2012

    The Hurricanes and Lions in action last night at Fairview West.

    The K-Motel Midget Hurricanes kicked off the league semi-final with a 8-3 win over Lumsden/Bethune at home last night.

    Phillip Gossard had a hat trick while Hayden Johnston had a pair of goals.

    Hurricanes Assistant Coach Mark Butikofer says they did a good job shutting down a fast Lumsden team.

    “Guys really came out and played hard after a really close game last time. Everybody was amped up and definitely put their energy into the right place tonight.”

    The top-ranked Hurricanes can close out the series with a win in Lumsden on Sunday.

    Interview with Mark Butikofer:

    Interview with Phillip Gossard:

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    Midget AAA hopefuls got put through the paces at the Credit Union iPlex

    48 players recently made their case for an invite to Midget AAA Legionnaires camp next fall.

    The Swift Current club held their spring camp over the weekend.

    Assistant Coach Brad Woods was impressed by their talent.

    "After the last session and walking through our list with a couple of evaluators," Woods said. "Yeah there's some talent. The kids worked hard, showed great skills and really great attentiveness to what we were trying to do. It's going to be important for minor hockey to get (a Head Coach) in place quickly so he can talk to these kids and get them committed to coming to the Legionnaires program."

    It was a smaller than usual camp as they went invitation only this year.

    The Midget AAA program is searching for a new Head Coach after letting go of Jason Johns after the season.

    Interview with Brad Woods:

    Photo by Darwin Knelsen

    The WHL has nominated Jon Groenheyde of the Swift Current Broncos for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award.

    Groenheyde went 1-1 over the weekend with one shut-out, stopping 77 of the 79 shots he faced for a 0.975 save-percentage and 1.01 goals-against average.

    It's the first time Groenheyde has been nominated for the award.

    "It means a lot obviously," Groenheyde said. "It means my hard work is paying off. It's always nice to get recognized for something like that."

    Groenheyde earned his second career shut-out in the Broncos 4-0 win over the Red Deer Rebels on Friday.

    "They put a lot of pucks to the net so it kind of kept me in the game," Groenheyde said. "We did a good job of limited their grade A scoring chances."

    Both of Groenheyde's shut-outs have come against the Rebels. He also stopped 32 shots as they came up just short in a 2-1 loss to the conference leading Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday.

    Groenheyde and the Broncos host the Kootenay Ice tonight and tickets are only $2 due to a special "Two-Two-Tuesday" promotion. We'll have the call for you on The Eagle 94.1 starting with our pre-game show at 6:30pm.

    Interview with Jon Groenheyde:

  • CurlingBrier2012

    Alberta's Kevin Koe will take on Ontario's Glenn Howard in the championship final of the Tim Hortons Brier in Saskatoon.

    Koe defeated his younger brother Jamie of the Northwest Territories/Yukon 10-6 in the 3 vs. 4 page playoff game yesterday afternoon, then knocked off Rob Fowler of Manitoba 8-6 in the evening's semi-final. Manitoba and the Territories meet in the Bronze Medal game this morning.

    The championship game will be a rematch of the 2010 Brier final, when Koe edged Howard 6-5 in an extra end to take the title.

    The final goes tonight at 6:00pm from Credit Union Centre.
  • curlingsuperleague

    Results from last night's semi-final draws in the Innovation Credit Union Super League playoffs:

    Cypress Motors  defeated Klassen Autobody

    Maximum Energy defeated Kruse Glass

    Westax defeated Jarvis Environmental

    Scotiabank defeated Kabos Pub & Grill

    1st Step Studio defeated Tamara Quintin

    Swift Plumbing defeated Francis

    It will be Westax vs Scotiabank in the Championship Final next thursday at 7:00 pm
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    Dyson Stevenson

    The WHL playoffs resume tonight with a couple of southwest products in the heart of the action.

    Shaunavon's Dyson Stevenson has scored 3 times in 2 games for the Regina Pats as they and Moose Jaw are tied heading into the third game of their series tonight in Regina.

    Another Shaunavon product, Kale Kessy and the Medicine Hat Tigers have a 2-0 series lead on the Blades heading into Saskatoon tonight.

    Brandon leads Calgary 2 games to 1 with the fourth game of their series tonight.

    Swift Current's Colton Heffley, MacKenzie Johnson and the Kelowna Rockets are down 2-0 heading into the third game of their series with Portland.

    The visiting teams have 2-0 series leads in every other Western Conference series as well.
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    Photo by Darwin Knelsen

    Check out these video highlihgts from Swift Current's 2-1 loss in Edmonton on Saturday night.

    The Broncos are home to the Kootenay Ice on Tuesday night.

  • BroncosvsRaiders

    The Swift Current Broncos suffered a 5-2 loss to Prince Albert last night to kick off a home-and-home series with the Raiders.

    The Raiders were lifted by four goals from Anthony Bardaro, who scored three goals in the third period to put it away.

    Christian Magnus opened the scoring for the Broncos early in the game, and Ryon Moser added a goal of his own in the second period to go along with his assist on Magnus' goal. Graham Black had assists on both Broncos goals.

    Broncos goalie Jon Groenhyede made 39 saves as the Raiders outshot the Broncos 44-33.

    The Broncos wrap up the home-and-home set tonight at the Credit Union iplex. Face-off is at 7:05pm, and you can hear the game on the Eagle 94.1 starting at 6:30pm.

    Highlights from the game broadcast on the Eagle 94.1:

    Shawn Mullin talked with Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen during the post-game show on the Eagle 94.1:

  • riders

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they will hold 2012 Training Camp at the University of Regina.

    The team also announced they have an agreement in place to hold 2013 Training Camp at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon to kick-off the Grey Cup season which will see the 101st Grey Cup Championship played at Mosaic Stadium.

    This year’s Training Camp will also feature two evening practices. One will take place on Monday, June 11th at the University of Regina and the other will take place down the highway in Moose Jaw at their new Fieldhouse Facility on Monday, June 18th.

    The team will once again travel to Saskatoon for Green and White Day on Saturday, June 9th to give fans in northern Saskatchewan an opportunity to see the Rider hopefuls while getting autographs and pictures with all the players and coaches.

    To open training camp this year, rookies will take to the University Field in the Queen City on Wednesday May 30th and Thursday May 31st, with main camp set to begin on the U of R field Sunday, June 3rd.


    Wednesday, May 30 – Friday, June 1:
    •    Rookie camp at University of Regina

    Saturday, June 2:    
    •    Veterans report

    Sunday, June 3:    
    •    First day of training camp at the University of Regina

    Saturday, June 9:
    •    Green and White Day in Saskatoon at Griffiths Field

    Evening Practices:
    •    Monday, June 11th – University of Regina – 7:00 - 9:00 pm
    •    Monday, June 18th – Moose Jaw Fieldhouse – 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • HurricanesRoosen
    Hurricanes Captain Jayden Roosen accepts the South Saskatchewan Minor Hockey League Midget AA First Place Trophy for finishing first during the regular season.

    The first place Swift Current K-Motel Hurricanes got the Midget AA playoffs off to a good start with a 5-4 win over the Notre Dame Argos last night.

    The teams traded 9 goals through 40 minutes of play before the Hurricanes shut the door in the third.

    Hurricanes forward Jayden Roosen says they played a more defensive game in the third.

    We definitely didn't go quite as hard on the puck...we'd hang back a little higher. Maybe one guy go hard, the other two up a little higher and we held them off.”

    Roosen had 2 goals for the Canes while Dalton Menke also scored twice.

    "It was an entertaining game," said Hurricanes Coach Tim Tisdale, "Probably from a coaching standpoint it was a little more wide open than either team wanted to see. The effort was there, we played a little short... some extra guys had to come up and eat up some minutes. I was proud of the effort."

    The Hurricanes take a 1-0 lead in the best of three series into Wilcox for game 2 on Friday.

    In other local hockey, the Swift Current Bantam Colts opened the girls north provincial final with a 1-0 win over Saskatoon yesterday. Game 2 is next Sunday in Saskatoon.

    The female Midget AA Titans beat the Prairie Storm 3-0 on Saturday to advance to the league semi-final.

    Post-game interview with Jayden Roosen:

    Post-game interview with Hurricanes Head Coach Tim Tisdale:
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    The K-Motel Midget Hurricanes now face a do-or-die game three in their first round playoff series with the Notre Dame Argos, after a 5-3 loss in Wilcox Friday night.

    The series is tied at a game apiece after the Hurricanes took game one 5-4. The third and deciding game is Sunday night at 5:45pm from the Fairview Arenas.
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    The large home crowd watches the K-Motel Midget Hurricanes take a 1-0 series lead over Weyburn. (PHOTO COURTSEY OF: Sheldon Paulhus)

    The K-Motel Midget Hurricanes are one win away from the league championship... they took game one of their best-of-three final with a 3-2 win over Weyburn last night at home.

    Hayden Johnston got the game-winner late in the second period and added two assists, while Dalton Menke and Keegan Braaten both had two-point nights.

    Coach Tim Tisdale says that line has been big for them through the post-season, “That line we count on all year and really we were playing some match ups we had some others guys in some defensive roles tonight that put their own numbers apart and did it for the win.”

    Tisdale added they knew the game would be a defensive battle and goaltending would be crucial,“They have a very good goaltender. Big body that takes up a lot of the net and I thought Garland played well here tonight when tested. Got a pretty easy first but after that I thought he had to make some saves in the third and battle and find things.”

    The Hurricanes can wrap up the title Wednesday night in Weyburn, and game three, if needed, will be back in Swift Current on April 4th.

    Colin Powers Interviews Coach Tim Tisdale after last night's game
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    The Comp Colts and Ardens wrestling teams were in Prince Albert on the weekend attending regionals.

    Taylor Grose and Natasha Cleaveley won their categories.

    Cam Hymers and Jessica Weins earned silver, while Brandon Hammel, Ian Hymers and Cam Davison won bronze.

    In addition to these 7 athletes, 5 more wrestlers qualified for Provincials next weekend in Regina by placing 4th in their categories. 

    Meanwhile, the Swift Current Titans Wrestling Club attended a tournament hosted by the Saskatoon Wrestling Club over the weekend.

    Chase Miller, Aleah Nickle, and Keenan Andres won gold.

    Andrew Steinley, Autumn Shopa, Cole Andres captured silver.

    Austin Shopa, Blayne Miller, Memphis Cameron, and Josh Leoppky came away with bromze medals.

  • ardens2

    The Comp High School Ardens basketball team scored an 80-24 win over the hosts from Kindersley in conference tournament play Friday.

    They move on to the next round where they'll take on Meadow Lake this morning.
  • nedomlel red wings
    Richard Nedomlel

    Swift Current Bronco defenceman, Richard Nedomlel, has signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, the primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

    In 72 games played this past season the 6’4”, 225-pound Prague, Czech Republic product has more than quadrupled his point totals from last season with 46 points (10-36-46) and recorded 83 penalty minutes.  He wrapped up the 2011/12 regular season ranking 16th amongst all defencemen in the WHL in scoring (46) and fifth in both power play assists (24) and power play points (32).

    “His improvement this season is the reason that they’re bringing him up,” states General Manager and Head Coach, Mark Lamb. “This will be a really good learning experience for him and a chance for him to get involved in the organization and make a name for himself in the pro-ranks.”

    Nedomlel was drafted 175th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

    Nedomlel is still eligible to play two more seasons with the Broncos. His teammate Taylor Vause recently signed an ATO with Dallas' affiliate the Texas Stars, while Jon Groenheyde joined Allen of the Central Hockey League.

  • chinook1
    Congratulations to the Cabri mixed curling team who captured the gold medal at the SHSAA provincial curling championships March 3 at Abbey rink. Eight teams from Cabri, Canwood, Strasbourg, Saskatoon Tommy Douglas, Regina O’Neill, Kelliher, Assiniboia and Unity took part. The winning team from Cabri is composed of skip Russell Green, 3rd Taylor Stenerson, 2nd Klarke Braaten, lead Mariah Jacklin and coach Ron Brawn. The team had a great weekend going through the bonspiel undefeated. They started on Friday with wins over Saskatoon Tommy Douglas (7-6) and Canwood (9-4). This put them in the A final against Unity which they won 8-1. They then advanced to the championship round. In the semi final, they came up against Unity for a second time. In a nail biter of a game, they won 5-3. This put them in the gold medal match against Kelliher. This game came right down to the last shot in the 8th end when skip Green chipped out the Kelliher shot stone to win 6-3. The bronze medal match up saw Unity defeat Strasbourg 8-5. It was a great weekend of curling! Hats off to the communities of Cabri and Abbey for hosting such a wonderful event.

    The Swift Current boys’ curling team was at provincials in Weyburn on March 2/3. The team was composed of skip Grady Lamontagne, 3rd Jesse Wallace-Perkins, 2nd Tom Potts, lead Jacob Menun and coach James Kissick. The boys lost their first match to the eventual gold medalists Saskatoon Holy Cross by a very close score of 3-2. They followed this up with 2 wins in the B event: 7-6 over Estevan and 7-6 over Weyburn. This put the boys in the B final vs Foam Lake. Unfortunately they came up short by a 10-1 score. The boys had one last chance in the C qualifier but lost 8-3 to North Battleford.

    Our junior and senior basketball leagues have come to a finish. The senior boys final saw Shaunavon Shadows capture the title with a 98-65 win over Swift Current Jr. Colts on Feb. 28. The Shadows went through league games and playoffs without a lose. Leading the way for Shaunavon was Matt Benesh with 31 pts and Jesse Voll with 21. The Colts’ high scorer was Reid Fritzke with 14. Congrats to the Shadows and their coach Mark Benesh.

    The junior girls’ final saw Gull Lake win their first title on home court with a 57-36 win over Swift Current Comp gr. 9’s on Feb. 29. Congrats to the young lady Lions and their coach Chantie Champigny.

    The junior boys’ final on March 1 saw the Swift Current gr. 9’s win their 5th straight league title with a 76-42 win over Herbert. The Colts advanced to the final with a semi final victory over Shaunavon 72-51. Congrats to the young Colts and their coach Kevin Synder.

    The senior girls’ basketball league final will go March 6 in Frontier and will see Shaunavon vs the Raiders.

    Our senior basketball teams will be starting in the SHSAA playoffs leading to HOOPLA (in Regina on March 23/24). Play will start with the conference tournaments on March 9/10. Our teams will play as follows:

    1A girls: Frontier will play at Bengough and Herbert will go to Holdfast.

    3A girls: Shaunavon will play at the 7 team tournament hosted by Maple Creek. Games will be Friday at 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Saturday’s game will be at 9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:15. Teams from Maple Creek, Shaunavon, Lumsden, Regina Christian, Assiniboia, Caronport and Moose Jaw Cornerstone will be in attendance. 4 teams will advance to the next level.

    4A girls: Swift Current Ardens will travel to Kindersley.

    1A boys: Herbert will host Central Butte, Craik, Mortlach, and Davidson. Games will Friday at 6:00 and Saturday at 10:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 2 teams advance to the next level.

    3A boys: Both Shaunavon and Maple Creek will travel to Biggar.

    4A boys: Swift Current Sr. Colts will host Moose Jaw Central, Moose Jaw Vanier and Moose Jaw Peacock. Games are Saturday at 10:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 2 teams advance.

    Good luck to all our teams!!

  • CurlingBrier2012

    Glenn Howard and Ontario cruised to the final of the Tim Hortons Brier in Saskatoon, with a 9-3 victory over Manitoba's Rob Fowler in the 1 vs. 2 Page Playoff Game last night.

    Howard will play for the title on Sunday, while Fowler drops to tonight's semi-final, and will take on the winner of this afternoon's 3/4 game, which will feature brothers Kevin Koe of Alberta, and the Territories' Jamie Koe.
  • HockeyColts2012champs
    The Colts take their second championship phot in as many years.

    The future looks bright for female hockey in the southwest.

    The Swift Current Bantam Colts won the Provincial A Championship for the second consecutive year.

    "We've got an exceptional group of kids in this age group right now." said Coach Steve Veason. "We've got kids that are athletic... competitive... and committed to the team concepts."

    The Colts won the total point series with Estevan 4-1 and 4-2.

    They won game 1 despite being short staffed due to a bad flu bug going around the team.

    The Colts are comprised of the best bantam players in the region.

    Some were playing bantam and others had moved up to the Midget AA team.

    Veason credits coaching consistency with an easy transition back together.

    "We have a lot of coaches that have worked together," Veason said. "We've made an effort to try and employ similar systems among all the teams that eventually have girls going to this team. It really, as far as the systems end of it, is quite seamless."

    Veason believes this group of young women in the southwest area are going to lead to strong midget teams down the road.

    Interview with Steve Veason:

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    A third place finish for the Junior SunDogs 18U Girls at their home volleyball tournament.

    They went 2-3-1 in round robin with victories over the 16U Junior SunDogs and the Moose Jaw Edge.

    The 18U SunDogs then fell in straight sets to the Regina Cougars in the semi-final. Regina went on to beat the Moose Jaw Element in the final.

    The 16U team finished with an 0-6 record but got some valuable experience against teams two age divisions above them.

    The 18U boys finished fifth in a tournament in Moose Jaw. They closed the tournament with a victory over North Battleford.

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    Broncos prospect Brycen Martin (in blue) in action at the Mac's Tournament
    The Broncos know they won't make the WHL playoffs this season, but they are still looking to finish on a high.

    Swift Current has points in seven of their last eleven games as they prepare to face the Raiders in a home and home. The two-game set starts Friday night in Prince Albert and finishes up on Saturday night at the Credit Union iPlex.

    The Raiders are also out of playoff contention.

    Each team has three wins in the season series, while the Broncos have earned points in all six games between the two clubs. Four of the games went to at least overtime.

    "They've got some really talented players," said Broncos forward Adam Rossignol. "They've got some high offensive skill. Every time we match up with them it's fairly even. If we can shut down their top guys and (with) our depth everyone plays well I like our chances. We know they're going to be tight games so we have to go in and work as hard as we can."

    Rossignol scored the winning goal when Swift Current beat Kootenay 4-3 on Tuesday.

    Click here for video of the goal

    The games with the Raiders may also feature the debut of Broncos prospect Brycen Martin. The 15-year-old was called up for te final four games of the regular season.

    "I'm excited," Martin said. "Everyone wants to play their first game after being drafted. Hopefully I get a look at how fast the league is, how hard hitting the league is. Hopefully I get a chance to showcase some of my talent out here and get a couple of wins."

    Swift Current drafted Martin second overall in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. He spent the season with the Midget AAA Calgary Buffaloes, while also playing for Team Alberta at the U16 tournament and Team Canada at the Youth Olympics.

    "They were unlike anything I've ever been involved in before," Martin said. "Suiting up in the Canada jersey... there's nothing like it."

    There is no official word yet on if Martin will make his debut on Friday night. Tune in to our pre-game show to find out for sure. The broadcast starts at 6:30pm Friday and Saturday nights on The Eagle 94.1 FM.

    Saturday's contest will be the second last home game of the season as the Broncos wrap 2011-2012 up the following weekend with a home and home series against Saskatoon.  

    Interview with Adam Rossignol:


    Interview with Brycen Martin:   

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    Hurricans Versus Lions last week

    The K-Motel Midget Hurricanes kick off the best-of-three league final tonight against Weyburn.

    The top-ranked Hurricanes won both regular season meetings against the Wings, and Coach Tim Tisdale said he expects this to be a low-scoring series, “They play very well defensively, they're very well coached, its going to be tight games. We just have to concentrate on defense make sure we don't give up many chances and capitalize when we can.”

    When asked about recent incidents at the rink Tisdale said he appreciates the support but he hopes things won't get out of hand, “Well its a little wild, it's great to see all these people here and liked to see a little bit more control little bit more restraint but for the most part you love the enthusiasm and I think our players are loving it.”

    The Hurricanes have gone the distance in both of their previous series, winning all of their home games, but losing two on the road.

    Face-off tonight is at 7:15 from the Fairview Arenas, with game two set for Weyburn on Wednesday.
  • Millar Edge

    Millar College of the Bible in Pambrun hosted the Prarie Athletic Conference Indoor Soccer Championships over the weekend.

    The Edge made the finals on both the men's and women's sides.

    The Ladies took home the championship with a 2-nothing win over Bethany.

    The Men also faced Bethany but dropped a 9-5 decision.

  • curlingsuperleague

    Here are playoff results from last night's Innovation Credit Union Super League Curling playoffs.

    Kabos Pub & Grill defeated Klassen Autobody

    Jarvis Environmental defeated Swift Plumbing

    Maximum Energy defeated 1st Step Studio

    Kruse Glass defeated Tamara Quintin

    Westax defeated Francis.

    Playoffs will wrap up on March 22.
  • vause texans
    Taylor Vause with the AHL Texas Stars

    Two firsts for graduated Broncos.

    Taylor Vause scored his first career AHL goal as his Texas Stars beat the Toronto Marlies 4-2 yesterday.

    Vause finisehd 15th in WHL scoring this season with 83 points in 72 games.

    Meanwhile, Jon Groenheyde stopped 23 shots for his first Central Hockey League win as his Allen Americans beat Wichita 3-1.

    It was the final game of the regular season for Allen.
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    Photo by Darwin Knelsen 

    The Edmonton Oil Kings came out on top versus the Swift Current Broncos 2-1 last night at Rexall Place. 

    Broncos Defenseman Richard Nedomel potted his tenth goal on the season, while Taylor Vause and Reese Scarlett picked up assists on the second period powerplay marker.

    Jon Groenheyde had 32 saves on 34 shots.

    The loss wraps up the Broncos Road swing that saw them play five games away from the Credit Union i-plex.

    They're back at home on Tuesday to face Kootenay.

    Click HEREfor last night's boxscore. 

    Golden West Radio's Shawn Mullin interviews Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen:

    Video Highlights of the game in Edmoton:

  • rumpel badgers

    Swift Current's Joel Rumpel continues to rack up the awards in his first season of NCAA Division 1 Hockey.

    The Wisconsin Badgers' goaltender won the WCHA Rookie of the Week Award for the third time.

    Rumpel came within a minute of a shutout last Friday while stopping 26 of 27 shots in a 4-1 victory over Minnesota. He lost the re-match on Saturday, but still stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced.

    The Badgers start their playoffs this weekend in Denver.

  • Evan Vossen
    Evan Vossen played hero for McGill on Sunday

    A storybook ending for Swift Current's Evan Vossen. In the final game of his CIS hockey career, Vossen scored the overtime winner to give McGill their first national hockey championship.

    They won the game 4-3 over Western.

    Vossen, McGill's Captain, played five seasons for the Montreal based university after a three year career with La Ronge in the SJHL.

    The tournament also featured former Bronco Geordie Wudrick playing for the University of New Brunswick. They lost in the semi-final. Five former members of the Broncos or the Legionnaires (Andrew Bailey, Shayne Neigum, Brett Ward, Kyle Bortis and Travis Brisebois) played for the University of Saskatchewan in the tournament. They lost both their round-robin games.

    Click here for the game boxscore

    Click here for McGill's article on the game
  • CurlingBrier2012

    Nova Scotia skip Jamie Murphy played like he belongs, winning his opening two games in his first appearance at the Tim Horton's Brier in Saskatoon. 

    Saskatchewan's Sott Manners opened with a win and after beating PEI are tied for second at 1 and 0 with Quebec, Alberta, Ontario, and Northern Ontario.

    Manners will sit out this morning's draw and take on B.C.'s Jim Cotter this afternoon.
  • Jamar Williams
    Jamar Williams

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed import linebackers Alvin Bowen, Abraham Kromah, Tony Taylor and Jamar Williams to contracts. Financial details of the signings were not released..

    Williams (6’1 – 235 lbs) was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round (120th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft. He remained with the Bears until 2010 when he was traded to the Carolina Panthers. Over the course of his time in the NFL, the 27-year-old played in 54 games and recorded 91 tackles, one quarterback sack and one forced fumble. Williams was a
    three-year starter at Arizona State and in 48 career games registered 256 career tackles,
    25 tackles for loss, seven interceptions and six sacks. He earned multiple accolades throughout his career, beginning as a co-recipient of the team's Bill Kajikawa Freshman of the Year Award in 2002, and concluded his ASU career as the Defensive Most Valuable Player in his final collegiate game against Rutgers in the 2005 Insight Bowl.

    Taylor (6’1 – 235 lbs) originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons in 2008.  He spent the season on the team active roster where he played mostly special teams and recorded 12 tackles. The following season he signed with the Seattle Seahawks where he was added to their injured reserve. Most recently the 27-year-old spent time with the Virginia Destroyers of the UFL. Taylor played for the University of Georgia where in three seasons he recorded 152 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, ten interceptions for 111 yards and one touchdown, four quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries.

    Kromah (6’0 – 227 lbs) played four seasons at Duke. In his senior season Kromah received a 2010 ALL-ACC Honorable Mention after ranking second in the ACC with a team-best 129 tackles. He also led the Blue Devils with 9.5 tackles for loss while reaching double figures in the tackle column eight times including a career-best 20-stop performance in the season finale. The 24-year-old went undrafted in 2011.

    Bowen (6’2 – 233 lbs) spent the last four seasons in the NFL after being drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round (147thoverall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He spent the season on the team’s injured reserve after suffering a season-ending knee injury in training camp. In 2009 he signed to the Bills’ practice roster but was shortly after released and signed by the Washington Redskins where he was promoted to their active roster in November. The 28-year-old went on to spend time with the Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars and most recently the Denver Broncos.  Bowen played college football at Iowa State where in his junior year he recorded 155 tackles which put him second in the nation. In his senior year he tallied 99 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.

  • badgerselkssha

    It was a disappointing weekend for 2 Senior Hockey teams in our region vying for provincial championships.

    After a convincing 9-4 win last weekend to open the Provincial 'C' Final versus Davidson, the Kyle Elks lost game 2, 4-3 to the Davidson Cyclones on Friday, and dropped last night's deciding game 3 by a 6-2 score.

    In the Provincial 'B' Final, the Shaunavon Badgers were eliminated in 2 straight, losing a 4-3 double overtime game at home on Saturday before coming up short 4-2 yesterday versus the Drake Canucks.

  • glentworththunder

    In the first game of the Notekeu Hockey League Finals it was the Glentworth Thunder over the Assiniboia Rebels 5-2.

    The loss was the first of the playoffs for Assiniboia who are averaging 5.29 goals per game in the post season while only allowing 3.14 against.

    The Thunder are undefeated in 7 playoff games and averaging  4.86 goals  per game and a stingy 1.57 goals against.

    Game 2 is tonight at 7:30 in Glentworth.

    Click HERE for last night's boxscore.
  • ArdensColts New

    The Swift Current Comp Ardens basketball team will be heading up the highway for their Conference championship this weekend.

    The tournament is in Kindersley. They will also provide the Ardens with their first competition.

    Team Captain Haley Chalk knows the opening game is a must win.

    "In order to move on to regionals we have to win our first game," Chalk said. "How we do after that impacts our placing in the province."

    They haven't faced Kindersley yet this season but Chalk is confident they can come out on top if they play their game.

    "I think we have a pretty good chance," Chalk said. "I think we can do pretty well if we work and play Ardens basketball and do transition and fast break."

    Interview with Haley Chalk:

  • curling

    The Swift Current Rink of Shaun Meachem, Teejay Haichert, Chris Haichert and Janelle Tyler lost in yesterday's final in the Tim Hortons provincial mixed curling championship in Watrous.

    They dropped a 12-4 decision to Jeff Hartung after giving up steals of 4 in both the 5th and 6th ends.

  • CurlingSHSAA

      Cabri won the SHSAA Provincial Mixed Curling Championship yesterday in Abbey with a 6-3 over Kelliher. 

    Congratulations to Skip Russell Green, Third Taylor Stenerson, Second Klarke Braaten and Lead Mariah Jacklin, as well as coach Ron Brawn. 

    The Bronze medal went to Unity.
  • shaunavonbadgers

    The Shaunavon Bantam Badgers couldn't complete a sweep of both their league and provincial championships. After winning their league crown, the Badgers fell 4-0 to Birch Hills/Kinistino in the provincial C final.

    They won all but one game in league play this season.

  • sundogs logo

    The Swift Current Junior Sundogs Volleyball Club is hosting their 18 and Under Women's tournament this weekend.

    Head Coach of the 18 U squad Morgan Halyk says the team is built from many different Southwest communities.

    “We have alot of girls from all over Southwest Saskatchewan on the team this year so it's been a bit of a learning curve for everyone to get to know one another, not only personally, but also on the court in how you play but the girls have worked so well and they're really strong and we're excited to get into game action and really put that to use on the court right now.”

    The Junior Sundogs 16 U team will also be competing in the tournament along with fiveother teams including one making the trek from Muenster.

    Most of the games will take place at place at O.M. Irwin School with a few at Great Plains College tomorrow.


  • shaunavonbadgers

    The Shaunavon Badgers face a must-win game in the SHA Provincial Senior B final.

    They dropped a 4-3 decision to Drake in game one in Shaunavon Saturday and trail the best-of-three series 1-0, with game two set for today in Drake.

    In other senior hockey, it's winner-take-all tonight in Kyle, as the Elks host Davidson in the third and final game of the Provincial Senior C Final. Davidson tied up the series with a 4-3 win at home on Friday.

    Today's face-off is at 5:00pm from the Kyle Community Sports Centre.

    And Swift Current's Evan Vossen and the McGill Redmen will take on the Western Mustangs tonight in the final of the University Cup Men's Hockey Championship in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The Redmen went 1-1 in the two-game round robin.
  • broncos logo

    The Swift Current Broncos played the role of spoiler last night in Red Deer beating the Rebels 4-0.

    The loss puts the Rebels 9 points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with only 8 games remaining in the regular season.

    Josh Derko opened the scoring in the first, Taylor Vause had a powerplay marker in the second period, and Dillon Heatherington added a powerplay marker in the third before Brad Hoban added an empty-netter.

    Jon Groenheyde had 45 saves for the shut-out.

    The Broncos wrap up their Alberta road swing tonight with a game in Edmonton.

    We'll have the game for you on the Eagle 94.1 with the pre-game show beginning at 7:30.

  • basketball

    The Herbert Boys basketball team came up just short in their bid for a provincial High School championship.

    They lost 97-82 to Regina Harvest City in the 1A Boys Final at HOOPLA in Regina yesterday, and will come home from the championships with a silver.
  • CurlingBrier2012

    The Tim Hortons Brier starts today in Saskatoon, and a relative unknown will be representing the home team.

    Scott Manners and his rink from the Battleford Curling Club shocked the province when they won the SaskTel Tankard last month, and joins a stellar Brier field that includes former champions Glenn Howard and Kevin Koe, whose rink includes five-time Saskatchewan champion skip Pat Simmons.

    Manners' first game is against P-E-I in the opening draw this afternoon.

  • legion camp

    The Swift Current Midget AAA Home Hardware Legionnaries are holding their spring camp this weekend.

    After Head Coach Jason Johns was relieved of his duties, Assistant Coach Brad Woods says the rest of the staff still felt it was important to step up and run the spring camp.

    He adds it is a smaller than usual "invitation only" camp; "We felt it was important that we invited kids that had a legitimate chance of being in that fall camp and had a legitimate chance to play next year.

    Registration and the first on ice session is tonight at the Credit Union iPlex.

    What are the Legionnaires looking for?

    "The two things that are pretty important at the AAA level is just the ability to skate. The speed of the AAA game is faster, things happen quicker, so just being able to play at that pace. The strength as well. A 15-year-old kid could potentially be playing against 17-year-olds. For those younger guys to make it they've got to show that they've got the strength and conditioning to play at that level."

    Camp starts tonight and runs until Sunday afternoon.

    Interview with Brad Woods:

    Team #1 Grey

    # 9 Delorme Braydon C 96 Moose Jaw, Sask.

    # 11 MacKay Zac C 95 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 15 Magnusson Bhody C 97 Moose Jaw, Sask.
    # 14 Hermanson Tristan LW 97 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 19 Lemay BraydonLW97 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 18 Malone Riley LW 95 Shaunavon, Sask.
    # 12 Tangen Dawson RW 96 Swift Current, Sask.
    #8 Murphy Connor RW 97 Bushell Park, Sask.
    # 10 George Hudec RW 96 Swift Current, Sask
    # 6 Knelson Brody D 97 Swift Current, Sask.
    #5 Wik Josh D 95 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 4 Zachaluzny Trenton D 96 Glen Bain, Sask.
    #3 Bast Dustin D 95 Macklin, Sask.
    # 72 Garland Kyle G 95 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 71 Litt-Jukes Jory G 97 Moose Jaw, Sask.
    #1 Pruden Tanner G 95 Medicine Hat, AB

    Team #2 Black

    # 7 Adam Colten C 97 Hodgeville, Sask.
    # 10 Kocur Drew C 95 Regina, Sask.
    # 16 Vanstone Tim C 96 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 18 Baschynski Mathew LW 96 Regina, Sask.
    # 8 Gove Graham LW 96 Saskatoon, Sask.
    # 15 Wittman Jordan LW 96 Stewart Valley, Sask.
    # 14 Spencer Thomas Derek RW 95 Shaunavon, Sask.
    # 12 Vallee Dom RW 96 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 11 Duran Eric RW 95 Regina, Sask.
    # 5 Doerkson Carter D 97 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 4 Fritzke Reid D 96 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 3 Gruending Dylan D 95 Kincaid, Sask.
    # 2 Reimer Nicolas D 96 Regina, Sask.
    #1 Grassel Luke G 95 Lashburn, Sask.
    # 71 Hudon Riley G 95 Zenon Park, Sask.
    # 72 Zinger Kyle G 97 Swift Current, Sask.

    Team #3 Gold

    # 7 Gauthier Brandon C 95 Gravelbourg, Sask.
    # 8 Kouri Marcus C 97 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 9 Scott Chad C 95 Cupar, Sask
    # 14 Hall Bryce LW 97 Assiniboia, Sask.
    # 16 Henderson Chance LW 95 Shell Lake, Sask.
    # 15 Wall Parker LW 97 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 12 Fournier Blake RW 96 Maple Creek, Sask.
    # 11 Menke Dalton RW 95 Shamrock, Sask.
    # 10 Paxman Zach RW 96 Lampman, Sask.
    # 6 Forsyth Carter D 96 Tompkins, Sask.
    # 4 Sunde Jayden D 97 Maple Creek, Sask.
    # 2 Wittmier Braden D 97 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 5 Larochelle Austin D 96 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 72 Holtby Brandon G 96 Regina, Sask..
    # 1 Rogerson Austin G 95 Saskatoon, Sask.
    # 71 Tisdale Logan G 96 Swift Current, Sask.

    Camp Schedule

    Friday, March 23,

    4:00 – 5:30 Registration Iplex Lobby
    5:45 - 6:00 Meeting IPlex North End Dressing Room Area
    6:30 - 7:45 p.m Team #1 Practice
    7:45 Recondition Ice
    8:00-9:15 p.m Team #2 vs Team #3

    Saturday, March 25

    2:00-3:15 p.m. Team #2 practice
    3:15 Recondition Ice
    3:30-4:45p.m. Team #1 vs Team #3
    6:15-7:45p.m. Team #3 practice
    7:45 Recondition Ice
    8:00-9:30 p.m. Team #1 vs Team 2 

    Sunday, March 26

    12:15-2:15 p.m. Three Team Role
    12:15-12:45 Team #1 vs Team #2
    12:45 Recondition Ice
    1:00 - 1:30 Team #1 vs Team #3
    1:30 Recondition Ice
    1:45 -2:15 Team #2 vs Team #3
  • notekeulogos

    The Notekeu Hockey League Finals begin tonight between the Glentworth Thunder and Assiniboia Rebels.

    Assiniboia finished first overall in regular season play with 27 points in 17 games while Glentworth finished in fourth with 19 points.

    Both teams went undefeated in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

    Game time is at 7:30 PM at the Assiniboia Civic Centre.

    For schedules and results visit notekeuhockeyleague.com

  • shaunavonbadgers

    The Shaunavon Badgers are hoping they won't get a case of deja-vu.

    They are appearing in the Provincial B senior hockey final for the fourth-straight year, but they didn't win a game in the other three trips to the final, and are hoping that changes as they open the best-of-three final series against Drake today.

    "They've got a lot of ex-Junior A players, we've been told they've got three really solid lines of guys with equal talent," said Badgers head coach Jason Girodat. "They've got a really good goaltender, I think he won the Goals Against Average in their league this year, and that is a really good league, and they play really well in their own rink."

    The series opener is this afternoon at 2:00pm from the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre in Shaunavon.

    In other local hockey, the Swift Current Female Bantam Colts have captured the provincial Bantam A championship for the second straight year. They clinched the title with a 4-2 win over Estevan last night on the road, and won the two-game total-point series by an 8-3 score.
  • badgerselkssha

    The Kyle Elks dominated their opening game of the Senior Provincial 'C' South Final with a 9-1 win over the Bethune Bulldogs last night in Kyle.

    Game two of the best of 3 series is tentatively scheduled for next Sunday in Bethune.

    The Shaunavon Badgers will travel to Esterhazy tonight to take on the Flyers in the Opening game of the Senior Provincial 'B' South Final.
  • Baylee Gillanders

    A Kyle product reached pinnacle of NCAA women's hockey.

    Baylee Gillanders and the University of Minnesota beat Wisconsin 4-2 in the NCAA girls hockey championship last weekend.

    "It was a dream come true," Gillanders said. "It's something you work for your whole life."

    She recoutns the final seconds of the game.

    "It was just awesome. It was almost hard to believe. You look up... I saw my parents.. They were there just smiling. It was a great feeling. Just to be able to have that experience with all the people that were there. It was just truly awesome."

    Gillanders credits their strong talent base and very good chemistry with the victory.

    It's the first national championship for Gillanders and the first for Minnesota since 2005.

    Gillanders was in her second NCAA season. She is a former member of the Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats.

    Interview with Baylee Gillanders:
  • CurlingSHSAA

    Cabri is on a tear at the SHSAA Mixed Curling Championships in Abbey.

    They beat Saskatoon Tommy Douglas, Canwood and Unity yesterday to capture the A side.

    This puts Cabri in the championship semifinal this afternoon at 3:15.

  • sundogsawards

    The Great Plains College SunDogs athletics program held its year-end awards banquet March 21 at the Swift Current Campus gym.

    Team MVP awards were given to Sloane Meyer (women’s volleyball), Dallin Martin (men’s volleyball), Tyson Dyck (men’s basketball), and Liz Zazalak (women’s basketball).

    Leadership awards were handed out to Chyanne Ogle (women’s volleyball), Darby Zacharias (men’s volleyball), Kale Scherger (men’s basketball), and Jane Kennedy (women’s basketball).

    All of our student-athletes worked extremely hard this year and we always look forward to recognizing their efforts,” said athletics coordinator Mary Jane Benesh. “There were many highlights on the court this year and we’re looking forward to even more in 2012-13.”

    The 2011-12 season saw the SunDogs win their second Prairie Athletic Conference provincial men’s volleyball championship, after also winning in 2009, and the return of women’s basketball after a two-season absence.
  • prarieatheleticconference

    Millar College of the Bible is hosting the PAC Indoor Soccer Championships today and tomorrow.

    The tournament will consist of college teams representing Nipawin, Prarie, and Bethany.

    Captain Of the Millar Edge Women's team Siri Johnson is hoping the team keeps riding their recent hot streak.

    “We've done actually really well. The past two tournaments that we've been in, we've been able to win both of them and in all our games we haven't really lost yet."

    Co-captain of the men's squad Parker Meginbeir says the tournament will definitely entertain spectators.

    “It's probably some of the most intense soccer you'll get to watch, especially in Southwest Saskatchewan.”

    Games begin in Pambrun at 5:40.

  • KyleElks

    The Kyle Elks will look to win the Senior provincial 'C' crown tonight when they head to Davidson to take on the Cyclones.

    The Elks took game one of the best of 3 series last friday in Kyle by a 9-4 score.

    Puck drop for game 2 is at 8 PM.

    Game 3, if needed, will be back in Kyle on Sunday.

    As for the Provincial 'B' Final between Shaunavon and Drake, that series kicks off tomorrow afternoon at the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre in Shaunavon at 2 PM.

  • blanke-fight

    No team in the Western Hockey League has dropped the gloves this season more often than the Swift Current Broncos. Their 85 fighting majors are 8 more than any other team in the league and the second most in the entire CHL.

    Enjoy it while it lasts.

    If you're a fan of the hockey fight time may not be on your side. Two of the most powerful men in junior hockey made it clear this week they are part of a growing movement to keep the gloves on.

    The appetite is there,” Canadian Hockey League President David Branch told the New York Times. “The time is certainly right to move forward.”

    Hockey Canada's President Bob Nicholson took an even stronger position.

    The official stance from Hockey Canada is that we want to get rid of fighting as quickly as we can,” Nicholson told the paper. “Our ultimate goal is to remove fighting.”

    If that's the direction the sport is going, it doesn't have the support of Broncos Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb.

    “I hope they don't take it out of hockey,” Lamb said. “The fight is just another way of bringing emotion and grit to the game.”

    Fighting has been a part of junior hockey for as long as there has been junior hockey. The debate about its place in the game has also raged on for just as long.  Growing concern about concussions and the deaths of three former NHL and WHL tough guys (Wade Belak, Rick Rypien and Derek Boogaard) have added fuel to the fire.

    “One of the causes of concussions is fighting,” Branch told the New York Times. “And I believe that there is more and more recognition that our game does not need fighting to survive, to be part of the entertainment package, you might say, because of the concerns of injuries and other concerns that could very well be a byproduct of fighting.”

    Lamb doesn't buy that.

    “We want the game to be safe,” Lamb said. “We want the head injuries to go away, but I'm not sure it's from fighting. We don't want anyone to get hurt, but are they getting hurt fighting? I don't think that's the cause.”

    WHL Commission Ron Robison noted during his Family Day visit to Swift Current that the league is also concerned with developing players for their future in the NHL.

    “One of our major responsibilities is preparing players for the next level,” Robison said. “Fighting is part of the professional game. We have a responsibility there to make sure the players understand what it takes in that particular aspect of the game. But having said that, obviously injuries are going to dictate everything as far as how we approach that.”

    Lamb and Vancouver Giants Coach Don Hay share Robison's thinking.

    “We follow the lead of the NHL,” Hay told the Vancouver Sun. “If they have fighting, I don't think it's fair to our players to not have them exposed to it. I mean, if you have no fighting in our league, then all of the sudden you're exposed to fighting at the NHL level, that makes it tough for your players to go into that league. The fighting aspect of their skill package could help them make a living at the next level.”

    If we're the best development league in the world why would we have different rules than the NHL?” argued Lamb. “To have a kid come up and go through junior and not have a fight, and be that type of the player that the NHL team wants him to be... I'm thinking that's the time where he could get really hurt.”

    The WHL no longer reports specifics on injuries, but anecdotal evidence seems to point to an increase in the number of concussions and the amount of time players are missing due to head injuries. Recently Swift Current had as many as five players on the injured list at the same time with likely concussions. Shea Howorko and Jordan Evans have both yet to return to action in 2012. Although one can never be completely certain, it doesn't appear any of their injuries came as a result of fighting.

    “One of the reasons that we have the number of concussions we do is we are doing a very good job of managing them,” Robison said.  “Detection levels are much better than they were before. So in past maybe where there hasn't been an injury that might have been detected, it is now. That's causing some of the numbers to increase.”

    A common topic in the debate about fighting's place in hockey is whether or not its removal would lead to an increase in chippy or even dirty play.

    “I think players (take more liberties) already (with) the instigating rule,” Lamb said. “When I played... you knew that at any time if you were going to go out there and take a liberty on somebody and take advantage of somebody that someone was going to come and fight you. Now you don't even have to worry about that. You can go out there and take a liberty on somebody, and now there's (an instigator) so if the guy comes over and does something to you he's going to get punished for it. Back then it was all policed.”

    That's a position echoed by NHL star Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins in the Vancouver Province.

    “I think there will be more injuries because there’d be no fear of fighting," Lucic said. "The game will become dirtier. And, for myself, I don’t think I could have made the NHL the way I did without it.”

    Robison points out that fighting is down in the WHL this season. According to the website hockeyfights.com, in 2010-2011 there were 10 teams over the 80 fight mark. In 1997-98 every team in the WHL had over 80 fights and Medicine Hat even topped the 200 mark. Yet with only two weeks of hockey left in 2011-2012, only the Broncos have fought over 80 times.

    Meanwhile, the enforcer seems to be an endangered species. There were 7 players with over 30 fights in 1997-98. There isn't a single one yet this season. Andy Blanke is Swift Current's most frequent combatant. He has only fought in 31% of his team's games. However, in 97-98 Andrew Milne fought over 50% of the time he hit the ice for the Broncos.

    A one-time tough guy, Milne is now the head coach for Canmore in the AJHL, one of  the Western Canadian Junior A leagues that have already taken the kinds of steps the CHL could be headed for. Before the 2010-2011 season, the SJHL, AJHL, BCHL and MJHL imposed a limit on acceptable numbers of fights. Once an individual player has racked up five fighting majors, the next fight would get him suspended for a game. The suspensions would then increase every time that same player dropped the gloves.

    Under those rules 3 Broncos would have received multiple suspensions and another would be on the cusp.

    The results were immediate. In BC, the penalty minute leader went from 204 in 2009-10 to 129 in the following season. The league's average attendance has also dropped by 4% in the first season of the rule changes and 1.6% in the second.

    The Broncos are going against the flow. Swift Current went from 3 consecutive seasons bellow the 60 fight mark to 75 last season and 85 through only 65 games this season. The sport in general appears to be headed in the opposite direction.

    Fighting is a becoming a smaller and smaller part of hockey every year. The question is whether the trend will continue naturally or if one of the game's more polarizing traditions will get snuffed out by power brokers.

    Whether that will lead to a safer or more dangerous game is up for debate. Whether that will lead to a more or less popular sport is also up for debate. The only certainty is the debate will continue.

    The gloves are off.

    Shawn Mullin talked with WHL Commissioner Ron Robison about the subject of head injuries and fighting on a recent Broncos Broadcast on the Eagle 94.1.

    Shawn talked with Broncos Coach and GM Mark Lamb about the possibility of eliminating fighting as the Broncos prepare to take on the Red Deer Rebels on Friday.


      The Broncos are in Red Deer on Friday night to play the Rebels. Our pre-game show will start at 8pm on The Eagle 94.1 FM.
  • BrettWard
    Swift Currents Brett Ward

    Several former Broncos and Legionnaires will hit the ice today for the University of Saskatchewan at the CIS Men's Hockey Championship in New Brunswick. They got to the tournament with a triple overtime win over Calgary.

    Swift Current's Brett Ward said their Canada West victory was quite special, “It was quite a storybook ending. You don't really see to many triple overtimes, I believe that was the longest one in Canada West Final history, to go out on top like that is really something else.”

    Ward knows the road just gets tougher at the tournament in New Brunswick, “It's a different style of hockey out east. We have really speedy forwards to so hopefully our defensive game collectivly with our forwards and defense can shut down some of those teams and we can capatalize on our chances to give us a chance."

    Ward was originally credited with the goal but since discovered that Andrew Bailey tipped it in.

    The Huskies play Moncton at 11am this morning.

  • hurricanes trophy
    Rich Bissonette with Swift Current Minor Hockey presents the South Saskatchewan Minor Hockey League Midget AA First Place trophy to Hurricanes Captain Jayden Roosen before Thursday's game at the Fairview Arenas.

    The K-Motel Midget Hurricanes wrapped up the regular season with a 4-2 win over the Regina Flames at home Thursday night, on the strength of a hat trick from Dalton Menke.

    After finishing with a 29-3-4 record, the Hurricanes finished with the best regular season record in the league for the first time in team history, and face the Notre Dame Argos in the first round of playoffs. Game one is Sunday night at 8:00pm from the Fairview Arenas.

    Colin Powers talked with Hurricanes Coach Tim Tisdale after Thursday's game:

    In other minor hockey, the season ended for the Diamond Energy Female Midget Wildcats, after they dropped a 10-0 decision to the Saskatoon Stars, who swept the Wildcats in three straight games.

    The Gull Lake Pee Wee Greyhounds beat Shaunavon 5-2 in their league semi-final, and will take on either Kincaid or Ponteix in the league final.
  • curlingsuperleague

    Max Kirkpatrick's Westax rink defeated Scotiabank in the A final of the Innovation Credit Union Super League playoffs.

    Kabos Pub and Grill beat Swift plumbing in the B final.

    It was Jarvis Environmental over Cypress Motors in the Championship 'C' game, Francis over Maximum Energy in the first consolation game, Klassen Autobody over 1st Step Studio in the second consolation game and Tamara Quintin over Kruse Glass in the third consolation game.

  • Jerid Clarke
    From left, Jarid Clarke and coach Rob Hattum 

    After winning his first bout in the 57-kg Junior Male Category at the Junior/Youth Canadian Championships on Wednesday local Boxer Jarid Clarke dropped his second fight, losing by points to Zach Ridgwell of Ontario last night.

    Despite the loss, Clarke picked up the bronze medal in his weight class.
    Clarke, fighting out of the Swift Current Friendship Centre, is attending the tournament for the second straight year after recieving special permission to fight as an underage last year.
  • BasketballChamps2012

    The Gull Lake Junior Girls (pictured above) and the Shaunavon Senior Boys (pictured below) 

    The Gull Lake junior girls basketball team are SWAC league champions. They beat the Swift Current Comp grade 9's 57-36 last night.

    The grade 9 Comp Colts basketball team won their semi-final game last night versus Shaunavon 72-51.

    They'll face Herbert in the Junior Boys final today at 5:15 at the comp.

    The Shaunavon Shadows defeated the Swift Current Junior Colts Tuesday night at home by a score of 98-65 to capture the SWAC Senior Boys league title.

  • broncos logo

    In their first game since being eliminated from playoff contention, the Swift Current Broncos were handed a 5-4 loss to the Calgary Hitmen last night on the road.

    Christian Magnus had a pair of goals for the Broncos, including one that cut the Hitmen lead to one late in the game. Brad Hoban and Richard Nedomlel also scored for the Broncos, while Austin Smith made 33 saves.

    The Broncos continue their Alberta road swing tomorrow night when they travel up to Red Deer to take on the Rebels.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen during the post-game show on the Eagle 94.1: 

  • Jerid Clarke
     From left, Jarid Clarke and coach Rob Hattum

    Local Boxer Jarid Clarke was victorious in his first bout of the Junior/Youth Canadian Championships yesterday in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec.

    Clarke, representing Saskatchewan, won by points over Travis Benoit of Nova Scotia in the 57-kg Junior Male Category.

    His second bout of the tournament happens later today, as he fights Zach Ridgwell of Ontario tonight at 6:00pm our time.
  • basketball

    Basketball bragging rights were on the line last night as the Battle of the Southwest was held in Pambrun.

    The Millar Edge were victorious on both the ladies and men's side. Fielding a team for the first time since 2008 the Great Plains College Sundogs ladies team fell 54-21, and Millar won the the men's game 57-50 over the Sundogs.

    Last night's action wrapped up ACAL regular season play for the two college teams. The wins should solidify ACAL playoff berths for the Edge, unfortunately for the Sundogs they will not make the playoffs, but will compete in PAC championship, a tournament that the Edge will also be attending.
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    The Swift Current Indians are hoping to find more families in the city willing to open their homes to young baseball players.

    "We probably are going to require about 24 homes going into this year," said Indians President Brad Woods. "I think at this point, we've got around 12 or 13 spots, so there's still lots of need out there."

    Billets are compensated and are encouraged to make their players feel at home, but are not obligated to cook, do laundry, or provide transportation for their players throughout the summer.

    If you can help call Laurie Girardeau at 741-6773.

    The season starts May 31st.

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    Quinton Howden (21) shakes Jordan Weal's hand after the Warriors' game 5 victory over the Pats Friday at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw. (Photo: DiscoverMooseJaw.com)

    The Moose Jaw Warriors scored four goals and rolled to a series clinching 5-2 win over the Regina Pats on Friday night at Mosaic Place.

    The Warriors win the series 4 games to 1 and will face the Medicine Hat Tigers in the second round starting next Friday.

    20-year-old foward James Henry had a goal and two points to lead the way for the Warriors, while Dallas Ehrhardt and Cam Braes each picked up a pair of assists in the win.

    The tribe got Mosaic Place rocking early and often in Game 5 with Justin Kirsch scoring just 16 seconds in; Five minutes later, Brayden Point would make it 2-0 for Moose Jaw, the third straight game with a goal for the 16-year-old; Torrin White added to Moose Jaw less than three minutes later; and Cody Beach finished off the first period scoring for Moose Jaw on the power play, sending the Warriors fans into a frenzy.

    The Pats started to battle back in the second and after getting outshot through the first 21 minutes of the game, Trent Ouellette found the back of the net midway through the frame. Regina’s Lane Scheidl scored again 7:51 into the third period to cut Moose Jaw’s lead to 4-2.

    The Warriors clamped down from there and James Henry sealed the series with 3:33 to go.  Cody Beach was stopped on a penalty shot late in the game by Adam Beukeboom, who played well in place of the injured Matt Hewitt, making 27 saves in the Pats season finale. Luke Siemens stopped 14 shots to move the Warriors on to the second round.

    In other WHL Playoff action Friday, Mitch Holmberg scored twice for the Spokane Chiefs as they beat Vancouver 5-1 to take a 3-2 lead in their series with the Giants. The Chiefs will have a possible clincher Sunday in Spokane.
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    Quinton Howden and the Moose Jaw Warriors take on Jordan Weal and the Regina Pats in Game 5 of their series tonight.

    Shaunavon's Dyson Stevenson will have to watch from the stands as the Pats forward was suspended for one game due to a clipping major from Game 4.

    The Warriors pulled off a 5-4 double overtime victory in Regina on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

    The Vancouver Giants welcome the Spokane Chiefs for Game 5 of their quarter final series tonight.

    The Chiefs posted back-to-back wins over the Giants in Games 3 and 4 of the series in Spokane on Tuesday and Wednesday, knotting up the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

    Shaunavon's Kale Kessy and the Medicine Hat Tigers advanced to the second round with a sweep of Saskatoon. Swift Current's Colton Heffley, MacKenzie Johnson and the Kelowna Rockets were swept out of the playoffs by Portland.

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    Odell Willis as a Winnipeg Blue Bomber (Photo: Riderville.com)

    The "Mayor of Swaggerville" is on his way to Riderville.

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced they have acquired all-star import defensive end Odell Willis from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers along with a conditional fifth round pick in the 2013 CFL draft, in exchange for the Riders' second and fourth round picks in this year's draft, and a conditional pick in 2013.

    Willis has picked up 78 tackles, 34 sacks and three fumble recoveries in his three years in the league.

    The Green and White also announced today that they have signed import linebacker Darnell Bing and import defensive end Chris Ellis to contracts.

    Ellis was a third round pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2008 NFL Draft. The 27-year-old spent 3 seasons in Buffalo and  one with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bing was a fourth round pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 2006 NFL Draft. The 27-year-old spent time with Oakland, San Francisco, The New York Jets, Detroit and Houston during his five season in the NFL.

    Press Release on Odell Willis trade:

    Saskatchewan Roughrider General Manager Brendan Taman announced that the team has made a trade with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

    The Riders will receive import Defensive End Odell Willis and a conditional fifth round draft pick in 2013, in exchange for second (8th overall) and fourth (23rd overall) round selections in the upcoming 2012 CFL Draft, as well as a conditional draft pick in 2013.

    Willis (6’2 – 255 lbs) began his CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders in 2009, where he signed as a Free Agent prior to the season. The 27-year-old Mississippi native was acquired by the Blue Bombers via trade midway through the ’09 season.

    The former University of West Georgia star enjoyed a career season in 2011, piling up 27 tackles and 13 quarterback sacks (both career highs) and was named an East-Divison and CFL All-Star.

    “Odell is arguably the best pass-rusher in the CFL,” noted Taman. “I’m very confident he significantly upgrades our club on the defensive side of the football.”

    Since entering the league in 2009, Willis has been a pass-rushing force from his defensive end spot, his 13 sacks in 2011 tied him for the league lead with Justin Hickman, while his totals in 2010 (11) and 2009 (10) placed him third each season.

    During his three seasons in the CFL, Willis has tallied 78 tackles, 34 quarterback sacks and three fumble recoveries.
    Press Release on Bing and Ellis signings:

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed import linebacker Darnell Bing and import defensive end Chris Ellis to contracts. Financial details of the signings were not released.

    Ellis (6’5 – 260 lbs) was a third round pick (72nd overall) by the Buffalo Bills in the 2008 NFL Draft. The 27-year-old Virginia native spent three seasons in Buffalo, seeing action in 15 games during his time with the Bills. Ellis spent a portion of the 2010 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    The former Virginia Tech defensive end had an outstanding collegiate career, compiling 165 tackles, 22 sacks, five forced fumbles, two interceptions and two touchdowns during his time with the Hokies. Ellis was named to the First-team All-ACC team following the 2008 season.

    Bing (6’2 – 232 lbs) was a fourth round pick (101st overall) by the Oakland Raiders in the 2006 NFL Draft. The 27-year-old California native spent time with Oakland, San Francisco, New York (Jets), Detroit and Houston during his five season in the NFL.

    The former USC Safety was a standout with the Trojans during his time in the Pac-10 being named the Sporting News Freshman of the Year in 2003, Sporting News Freshman All-American (’03) and Second Team All-Pac-10 (’04) .

    Bing entered the NFL Draft following his Junior season at USC in 2005 after being named First-Team AP All-American and was a Jim Thorpe award finalist as the nation’s best collegiate defensive back.
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    (Portraits by Deena) 

    It's been quite a week for outgoing Broncos Captain Taylor Vause.

    He wrapped up his WHL career with two emotional games on the weekend, signed an amateur tryout contract with the American Hockey League's Texas Stars, played his first professional game and was nominated for a WHL Award.

    "It's been a completely whirlwind of events," Vause said. "It's been crazy trying to get from one place to the next. The first day I played (Monday) was probably the longest day of my life... Once I got there and kinda got around the room and meeting some of the guys, they made me feel comfortable for sure."

    Vause credits Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb for working hard to get him into the Dallas Stars organization. Lamb is a former Stars Assistant Coach.

    Vause's first career professional game was a 5-2 loss to the Abbotsford Heat, the AHL affiliate of the team he grew up watching in Calgary. He went pointless with a shot on goal and an even +/- rating. While playing pro hockey is a dream come true, Vause is also focused on the earning a contract for next season

    "Now it becomes trying to make a difference and trying to stand out," Vause said. "Just taking the opportunity that I'm going to get here." 

    The Stars are in Oklahoma City tonight to play Edmonton's AHL affiliate, the Oil Barons.

    Vause was also honoured to find out this week that he is the Eastern Conference nominee for the WHL Humanitarian Award.

    "I've always been proud of my work with the community," Vause said. "It's nice to see the recognition with that nomination."

    He will go up against Brendan Gallagher of the Vancouver Giants for the award.

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    Groenheyde playing goal for Allen

    Meanwhile, recently graduated Broncos goaltender Jon Groenheyde made his Central Hockey League debut last night.

    He stopped 25 shots as his Allen Americans lost 2-1 to Arizone.

    They are in Wichita tomorrow. 

    Interview with Taylor Vause:
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    The Shaunavon Midget Badgers are league champs.

    They beat Glentworth 3-nothing in game 4 of the finals on Wednesday night.
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    Assistant General Manager Jamie Porter

    Now that the Broncos know they will be picking 5th in the WHL bantam draft, what can fans expect? Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb says they will be targeting a forward.

    Assistant General Manager Jamie Porter talked about the quality of the guys they could get in that spot. “Right now we're project seven or eight very solid forwards where were picking so that's what were kinda breaking down right now.”

    Porter adds that they've all put up numbers, “They've all put up serious numbers, they all are good size guys, they can all skate, it's a quaility group of forwards in that spot.”

    The Broncos staff will now spend more time getting to know the players.

    In other Bronco news, Taylor Vause was named the Eastern Conference nominee for Humanitarian of the Year. Vause now plays for the AHL's Texas Stars.
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    Highspeed action between Hurricanes and Lions from last nights game

    The K-Motel Midget Hurricanes beat Lumsden/Bethune 4-3 to take the league semi-final in three games, and advance to the final against Weyburn. Like their last clincher, the Hurricanes got a big late goal to win... this time, Hayden Johnston got the marker with 4:30 left. He said after that goal, it was all defense, “There's still four minutes left after we got the lead and still needed to play defense to get the win.”

    Coach Tim Tisdale felt they controlled the game for the most part, “I thought for the most part we played pretty good, little break down in the third where our goalie came and made some big saves when we needed it. Then Hayden scored the big goal to win it.”

    Jayden Roosen, Dalton Menke and Brayden Karmazinuk also scored for Swift Current

    The top-ranked Hurricanes will face fifth-ranked Weyburn in the best-of-three league final... the Hurricanes won both regular season meetings.

    Game one is Monday at 7:15 from the Fairview Arenas.

    Hurricanes Coach Tim Tisdale talks with reporters after Wednesday's game:

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    Vause in the community (Photo: scbroncos.com) 

    The Western Hockey League announced today that Taylor Vause has been named the Eastern Conference finalist for the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy - WHL Humanitarian of the Year Award. Vause will go head-to-head with the Western Conference finalist (which will be revealed on Thursday, March 22nd). The winner will be announced at the 2012 WHL Awards Luncheon in Calgary, AB on Wednesday, May 2nd 2012.

    The WHL Humanitarian of the Year Award recognizes the work players do to help and enhance the community they play in. Kyle Moir was the last Bronco to win the Award in 2006-07.

    Taylor has spent countless hours in and around the community during his tenure with the Broncos. He has spoken at various schools about living and playing in the Western Hockey League with diabetes, taken part in annual Bronco and Swift Current events, including Skate with the Broncos, Swift Current’s Sports Week, monthly Read with the Bronco appearances and more.

    In 72 games played this past season the 5’10”, 179lbs. Calgary, AB product led the team in scoring with 83 points (37G, 46A). He also ranked 15th in the WHL in points.

    Vause is now playing with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League for the remaidner of the season
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    The WHL held its draft lottery today and Swift Current stayed exactly where they started.

    Click here to watch the lottery

    Seattle won the lottery to move from 3rd to 1rst in this year's bantam draft.

    That leaves the Broncos in 5th spot in the 1rst round. They draft ahead of teams with lower point totals like Victoria and Everett in the 1rst round because those clubs made the playoffs in the Western Conference. The Broncos then drop down to 7th in subsequent rounds.

    After taking defencemen Dillon Heatherington, Brycen Martin and Zack Gonek in the last two 1rst rounds, Broncos Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb expects to go another way this time.

    "We've got a lot of good young D," Lamb said. "We're going to target a forward. It doesn't matter if it's a winger or a centreman. For the most part too we're going to target a goaltender."

    Broncos scouts believe there is a strong group of players around the area in which they pick.

    "I'm going to get out to see these players right away and see where they fit." Lamb said. "That's the consensus right now that there's a lot of players in the top 10 that will be very valuable players in our organization."

    Lamb is on a scouting trip in BC this week.

    It wasn't a good lottery for the princes.

    Prince Albert dropped out of 1rst to 2nd while Prince George fell from 2nd to 3rd.

    The draft is scheduled for Thursday, May 3rd.

    Interview with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb:
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    (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

    Another graduated Bronco is moving to minor pro hockey.

    Goaltender Jon Groenheyde has signed up to play for the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League.

    Groenheyde spent most of his final WHL season with the Broncos after also playing for Edmonton and Kamloops.

    Fellow graduating Bronco Taylor Vause recently joined the AHL's Texas Stars for the rest of the season.

    "He really came on in the last part (of the season)," said Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb. "It's a little different with goaltenders because there aren't a lot of spots. I think he deserves a chance and it's a great opportunity for him to... gain some attention in the pro ranks."

    Meanwhile, the Broncos look to the future as the WHL holds their draft lottery today.

    Swift Current sits in 5th position and could move up 2 spots to 3rd if they win the lottery.

    The only have a 9.5% chance of winning it.
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    Hurricanes in action versus the Lions Game 1 of the series last Thursday

    It's another do or die game for the Swift Current K-Motel Midget Hurricanes.

    Their second round Midget AA playoff series with Lumsden-Bethune is tied heading into a third and deciding game tonight at Fairview West Arena.

    Hurricanes Assistant Coach Mark Butikofer said after a dominant game 1 win, discipline was an issue in game 2, “We got into a little bit of penalty trouble early in the second and...just weren't able to climb out of it after they put a few power play goals away on us.”

    Butikofer said after the penalty filled game 2 their key is to stay out of the sin bin, “It shouldn't be that simple but it really does come to that. They are a fast team, they really like to move the puck up ice, on the power play they can really take advantage with the scoring power that they do have. So for us if we can control the flow of the game stay out of the penalty box we should be in full control.”

    He adds the home crowds have really been firing their team up and they look forward to a loud atmosphere tonight.

    The Hurricanes only lost to Lumsden/Bethune once in the whole regular season.

    Interview with Mark Butikofer:
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    Another busy weekend of basketball as six of our senior teams attended regional playoffs. Congratulations to Herbert boys and their coach Mark Forsyth! They hosted and won the 1A boys title on March 17. There were 4 teams in attendance – Herbert, Southey, Hepburn and Poundmaker Chiefs. Herbert played Southey first winning by a decisive score of 92-34. They then played Poundmaker Chiefs in the final on Saturday. It was an exciting, action packed game as Herbert came from behind in the 2nd half to win 87-73. The Laurels are now off to HOOPLA in Regina on March 23/24. They will Craik in their first game on Friday. Good luck to the Laurels.

    In girls’ 1A action both Frontier and Herbert girls had their seasons come to an end. Herbert girls travelled to Melfort and lost two extremely close games. Their first game was against Fillmore losing by a score of 33-29 and the second was lost to Edam 35-31. Frontier was in Foam Lake. They had a successful first game defeating Hepburn 74-47. In the final, they lost to Foam Lake by a score of 63-57.

    Shaunavon boys travelled to Moosomin for 3A boys’ regional play. The Shadows had a successful first game beating Kamsack 90-48. They then lost a close final to Moosomin 85-79.

    Both the Swift Current Colts and Ardens were on the road for 4A regionals. The Colts travelled to North Battleford while the Ardens were in Humboldt. The Colts lost their first game to Yorkton Sacred Heart 74-62 but won the consolation side by beating Nipawin 64-35. Meanwhile, the Ardens had the same record with losing their first game to Regina O’Neill 52-48 but rebounding to win the consolation side by defeating Weyburn 53-30.

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    Herbert's Blake Voth of the Melville Millionaires is the SJHL goalie of the week.

    Voth had a 1.52 GAA and a 0.954 save percentage in a win and a loss to start Melville's playoff series with Weyburn last week.

    The Mellionaires are now down 2-1 in the series after a 3-2 overtime loss last night.

    Voth started the season in the USHL before joining Melville and posting a 0.915 save percentage in the regular season.

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    Assiniboia Rebels From The Notekeu Hockey League  

    The Assiniboia Rebels are Notekeu Hockey League Champions once again.

    The Rebels were on the right side of a couple of 1 goal games over the weekend beating the Glentworth Thunder 7-6 in overtime on Saturday and 5-4 in regulation last night to claim the Championship in seven games.

    Assiniboia has won the league the last five years running.

    The games boxscore can be found here

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    The season is over and the Swift Current Broncos pack up their gear without any playoff action for the second consecutive time.

    Assistant Coach Darren Evjen said they're proud of many things they saw this season, but it's a long year when you don't make the playoffs.

    “No one hurts more than the coaching staff than the players but in this league to get better you have to build through the draft you've got to show some patience at times and we've showed that this year and our fans did. Our team was really consistent and that's a great thing in what we did with our identity in how we played.”

    Evjen adds that they've really developed an identity this season of a hard, physical and aggressive team... but there is still a lot of work to do.

    “We've got a culture now an identity and that's what we really needed to instill in these guys. We've gone to be a team very hard, very physical, and very agressive, as these guys mature and this culture stays with us with what we have coming back the guys coming in know what they have to buy into.”

    The Broncos wrapped up the regular season with a 7-3 win in Saskatoon on Saturday.

    They finishd 10th in the Eastern Conference with 62 points, 8 more than last season.

    Assistant Coach Darren Evjen March 17 in Saskatoon

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    Badgers 2012 Whitemud Hockey League Champs (Photo: Cresent Point Wickenheiser Centre's Facebook Page)

    For the second consecutive season the Shaunavon Badgers are Whitemud Hockey League Champions.

    Shaunavon beat the Leader Flyers 3-0 last night to sweep the best of five series three games to none.

    The Badgers will now focus on the Provincial 'B' Final versus Drake with game 1 on Saturday in Shaunavon
    as for the Shaunavon Midget Baders they lost 6-5 last night to Glentworth in game three of their league final but still hold a 2-1 series lead.

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    Former Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcat Baylee Gillanders and the University of Minnesota Gophers are NCAA female hockey champions after a 4-2 win over Wisconsin yesterday.

    It's the third championship in university history, but the first one since 2005 and the first for Gillanders.

    The Kyle product had an assist in the championship game.

    Click herefor the games boxscore

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    The Saskatchewan Roughriders made some roster moves involving quarterbacks today.

    The team announced today they have agreed to terms with import quarterbacks Levi Brown and Matt Johnson and released import quarterback Cole Bergquist.

    Brown played at Troy University and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He spent portions of both the 2010 and 2011 season with the Bills.

    Johnson appeared in 32 games over four seasons at Bethune-Cookman. The 24-year-old signed as a free agent with the B.C. Lions in 2011 and went on to attend training camp with the team.

    Video of Johnson:
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    The Swift Current PeeWee Colts are in the provincial girls final.

    They're hosting Lumsden tonight at 7pm at the Fairview West Arena.

    Game 2 is Monday, March 26th in Lumsden.
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    (Photo: Darwin Knelsen)

    The Swift Current Broncos had a rough season, but they finished it off on a high note with a 7-3 win over the Saskatoon Blades at Credit Union Centre Saturday night.

    Christian Magnus led the way with a pair of goals and an assist, and was one of three Broncos who had three-point nights. Graham Black had a goal and two helpers, while Ryon Moser picked up three assists.

    Also scoring were Coda Gordon, Adam Rossignol, Josh Derko and Brad Hoban, who picked his 21st goal of his final junior season in his final game as a Bronco.

    Fellow overager Taylor Vause added an assist for his team-leading 84th point, and graduating goalie Jon Groenhyede made 23 saves in his final game, as the Broncos outshot the Blades 37-26. Andrey Makarov and Patrick Johnson combined for 30 saves in the Blades' net, with Brett Stovin, Matej Stransky, and Jake Trask scoring for Saskatoon.

    That brings the season to an end for the Broncos, who finished 10th in the WHL's Eastern Conference with a 27-37-2-6 record, missing the playoffs by 20 points.

    Highlights from Saturday's game on the Eagle 94.1:

    Shawn Mullin and Terry Pavely talk with Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen during the post-game show on the Eagle:

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    Taylor Vause

    Broncos Captain Taylor Vause has started his professional career in the American Hockey League.

    Vause signed an Amateur Tryout Contract with Dallas's AHL affiliate the Texas Stars. He played his first game last night.

    Broncos Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb hopes Vause capitalizes on his chance to extend his career..

    “When you have a person like that and you have an idenitiy like that and people can learn from it's very positive, and hopefully he gets a good chance to move on in his hockey career.”

    He was happy to see Vause have a breakout season.

    “Look how far he's come this year, but it's his mentality and how he dedicated himself to being a real good player this year because he didn't want to accept not making the playoffs and not moving on into the future and that's a great example to learn by. He's a small guy but comes to play every night we need more guys like that.”

    Vause, wearing #19, had one shot on goal and an even plus/minus as Texas lost 5-2 to Abbotsford.

    He had a career high 83 points in the final season of his WHL career.

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