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    Standard Motors a 4th Generation family business in Swift Current has been exceeding the standard in customer service for more than 100 years! Originally at the corner of 1st Northwest and Cheadle in 1910, the business moved to it's current location with the purchase of the International Harvester Field Warehouse Building in 1951. The dealership was completely destroyed by fire in 1964 and rebuilt in the current location. In 2001, Standard Motors purchased Pratt Pontiac Buick GMC making them the largest GM dealer in the Southwest. In 2005 the facility underwent a major renovation! As nominee for the 20069 Business of the Year and winners of the SC Bex Heritage award and the Community Involvement award in 2008, Standard Motors continues to set the standard for businesses in our community. They remain heavily involved in community projects and staff initiatives including donations of $50,000 to the Dr. Noble Irwin Health Care Foundation Hospital Fund and a a $50,000 to the Dr. Noble Irwin Health Care Foundation Hospital Fund and a $50,000 donation to the Lyric Theater restoration.

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    George Gannitsos travelled from Stolos, Greece to Regina in 1959 and began working for his brother as a dishwasher. The two quickly had dreams of expansion and in the spring of 1962, George travelled to Swift Current to open the Akropol Cafe in it's current location. Helen arrived in 1964...the two married in 1967 and raised 3 children in Swift Current. Greek families here at that time were forced to drive to Regina to attend church services. George and Helen were among several key members of the greek community who pushed to have the Life Giving Font Greek Orthodox Church brought to the city. Throughout the last 50 years, Swift Current residents and visitors have enjoyed Akropol's delicious menu of Canadian and Greek cuisine in a comfortable, family environment. In 1994, their son John and his wife, Rebecca bought in to the business and in 2005 added a licenced dining area and patio to the family. This week, we profile the Akropol Family Restaurant.

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    Originally from Melfort, Saskatchewan George Edwards opened Swift Current Steel in 1977. Lots has changed after 35 years in business. From humble beginnings in an old elevator with no cover for the steel to today with a 25 thousand square foot building and over 75-Hundred inventory items. Swift Current Steel has grown to feature new steel, the largest bolt section in the southwest, welding supplies, gases, tools, accessories and of course recycling steel. 35 years in business is a huge accomplishment. But, George's proudest accomplishment are his children, Crystal, Devin and Sherry who took over the family business after George's passing in August of 2011. The family is very thankful for the years of support from the Southwest community and look forward to serving you for years to come. This week, we profile Swift Current Steel.

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  • Today is your last day to get your Synonym for Swift Current entries in. Circus tickets are not cheap this year, and you could win 2 of them for free! Don't forget to enter the contest!
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    I have a proposition. Monday June 4th the circus is coming to town, and if you want go you can win free tickets right here on my blog!
    I have a love hate relationship with Swift Current, and have heard many nicknames for the city over the years. If you have heard an especially wonderful or colorful (and appropriate) nickname for Speedy Creek, I would love to hear what you've come up with. You can email me your answer at: [email protected] Entries will close Thursday at midnight, and whoever comes up with the most creative nickname for the city will win free tickets to the circus!
  • This weekend was a lot of fun! There was PBR, stalls at the mall, and a sunday full of strolling the streets of Swift Current. Here are a few of the pictures I took.

    Purses, purses, and more purses!

    Jumpstart Fundraiser.

    I'd like to see you ride a bull better than one of these guys.

    We're Canadian, this weather won't stop us.

  • Hey world! Last night was open mic night at the lyric theatre, lots of cool music.
    I'm a little biased though, my favorite music is hip hop. Here are some performers
    from last night.

    (Standing from left to right) Lucid Trip, Kidd Smash, Bizness

    Bout to go pro pots and pans drummer.

    Tomorrow I'll be all around town in the cruiser, if you see me be sure to wave!
  • Lots of stuff going on this weekend, you can check it out at the link below.

    Apart from that, tonight is open mic night at the lyric theatre which starts at 8PM. Entrance costs 5$, or bring your guitar and jam on stage to get in free!

  • Just like I promised, here are some pictures from my May long adventures.

  • Good morning!
    Today there is an aboriginal celebration going on in Eastend, and it starts at 2PM. That's where I'm headed today feel free to meet me there if your bored.

  • Just because it's raining outside doesn't mean you can't have fun! You can go puddle jumping, stay in and play board games with the family, or even join me this afternoon as I visit Scotty the T-rex at the museum.

    Here's a picture of Scotty's skull!

    And a common food source before white man disrupted the prairies.

    (Great white buffalo)
  • Frustrated at work? Angry at your spouse? Ump make a bad call?

    Don't fret, may long weekend is almost here.

  • Good morning Swift Current!

    This is Kaleb Adam and I'll be your summer events coordinator for the summer of '12. If your interested in being in "the know" be sure to follow this blog as I'll be updating it as I attend events around southwest Saskatchewan.
    If you want to know what's going on in parks you can listen to the weekly parks report for this week below.

    Anyone who likes fun (doesn't everybody?) should follow this blog all summer.

  • A Prayer service for Mr. Andre Cyrenne of Ponteix, SK will be held Friday, May 4 at 7:30 pm from Notre Dame d’Auvergne Catholic Church.
    The Memorial mass will be held on Saturday, May 5 at 11:00 AM from the Notre Dame d' Auvergne Roman Catholic Church, Ponteix, Sk. with Father Guy Anenmom Amedee officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Notre Dame d' Auvregne Roman Catholic Cemetery in Ponteix, SK.
    Donations to Bridges Person Care Home, Ponteix, Sk. would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Lemieux Funeral Home
  • The Memorial Service for Cora Pearl Stark of Neidpath SK.  will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm from the Chapel of Warren's Funeral Home with John Duncan officiating.
    Private Family Graveside Service. The interment service will take place at the Mount Pleasant Burial Park in Swift Current, SK.
    Donations to the Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home.
  • The Funeral service for Mrs. Olive Monson of Kyle, SK will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM from the Horse Butte Lutheran Church, Kyle District with Student Pastor Jay Lutz officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Swift Current, Sk.
    Donations to the Kyle Health Care Centre would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to  Warren's Funeral Home
  • There will be a viewing for Mrs. Tina Polsfut on Thursday, May 10, 2011 at 7:00pm at Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.
    The Funeral service for Mrs. Tina Polsfut of Swift Current will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.
    The interment will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, SK.
    Memorial donations may  be made to the Saskatchewan Alzheimer’s Association or to the Palliser Regional Care Centre Auxiliary.
    Arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.

    The Funeral service for Mrs. Tina Polsfut of Swift Currentwill be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.


    The interment will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, SK.


    Memorial donations may be made to the Saskatchewan Alzheimer’s Association or to the Palliser Regional Care Centre Auxiliary.




    Arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

  • The family of the late  Mrs. Vadna  “Dolly”  Howlett of Swift Current and formerly of Kyle, SK wish to announce her passing at the Prairie Pioneers Lodge on Friday, May 11th, 2012,  At her request no formal Funeral will be held.
    A private interment service will take place at The Family Plot in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Swift Current, SK. at a later date.
    Donations to Prairie Pioneers Lodge Auxilliary, would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home.
  • A Prayer Service for Mr. Stanley Gillis of Swift Current will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.
    The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. from Christ the Redeemer Roman Catholic Church with Father James Owolagba officiating.
    The interment will take place at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Swift Current, SK.
    Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
    Arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.
  • The Funeral service for Mr. Wilbur "Bill" Hoogeveen of Abbey, SK will be held on Wednesday, May 23, at 2:00 PM from the Cabri Legion Community Hall with Reverend Marie Barr officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Shackleton Cemetery in Shackelton, SK.
    Donations to the Prairie Health Care Centre Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home 
  • The Funeral Service for Mr. Irwin (Buster) Undseth of Pennant will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. from the Pennant Community Hall, Pennant, SK with Pastor Greg Kiel officiating.
    The interment will take place at St. John’s Cemetery, Fosterton, SK.
    Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
    Arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.
  • The Service of Remembrance for Mrs. Florence Bollman will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Webb Community Hall, Webb, SK.  
    Memorial donations may be made to the Swift Current SPCA Bookstore in memory of Florence.
    Arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.
  • Those wishing to pay their respects to Mrs. Anna Janzen of Swift Current and formerly of Pambrun may do so Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm at the Swift Current Funeral Home.
    The Funeral Service will take place on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., from the Miller College of the Bible at Pambrun with Pastor Gary McKay and Pastor Cliff Janzen officiating.
    The Interment Service for will precede the Funeral Service take place at 1:00 pm at the Pambrun Cemetery.
    Donations to Canadian Sunday School Mission would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements are entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home.
  • The funeral service for Mr. James Wylie Jeffrey of Herbert Saskatchewan and formerly of Swift Current, will be held on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM from the Grace United Church with Barbara Wiebe  officiating.
    The interment service for Mr. James Wylie Jeffrey will take place at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Swift Current.
    Donations to the Canadian Cancer Research  would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home 
  • The family of Mrs. Isabella Schwab, of Hodgeville, wishes to announce her passing on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. A Private Graveside Service will be held at a later date.
    For those wishing, donations made to the Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family.
    Swift Current Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.
  • Mr. Gordon James Clandinin of Swift Current, SK  passed away May 31, 2012 at the Herbert Nursing Home.
     At his request, there will be no formal service
    Memorial Donations made to the Parkinson Society of Canada  would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home 
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    The Canadian Cattlemen's Association will have representatives in Geneva this week for WTO hearings regarding the U.S. appeal on Country of Origin Labeling.

    The WTO dispute panel last year ruled that cool discriminates against Canadian livestock.

    John Masswohl, Director of Government and International Relations with the CCA explains the appeal will be heard Wednesday and Thursday, “And then after that we expect we'll know what the appeal body is ruling will be probably about the end of June. It may be confidential to the Government initially we expect it will all be done by the end of July.”

    He said the U.S. appeal seems to simply repeating its argument from the original case, “What the appeal is supposed to be is you're supposed to point out that the panel made an error in their inturpitation of the law or the agreement, but rather just seems the US is making the same arguments over again in saying the panel was wrong they didn't agree with the United States.”

    Masswohl says they're confident the Americans will lose the appeal.

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    A Court Date has been set for the Friends of Canadian Wheat Board Case

    The Federal Government is appealing Justice Campbells ruling that Ottawa acted illegally in introducing legislation affecting farmers and the Canadian Wheat Board.

    “We say yes the government can make new laws, the government can change new laws, but what the government can't is ignore existing laws or break existing laws.,” said Stewart Wells former director and a member of the Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board, “That's exactly what they did on October 18th when they refused to allow farmers to vote on these changes.”

    Wells adds that previous legislation on the books called for farmers to have a vote in any major marketing changes for the C-W-B, “On October 18th of last year when Federal Minister Jerry Ritz introduced the bill to dismantle the wheat board, he did that without following section 47.1, so at that point the friends of Canadian Wheat Board and the former elected directors who were directors at that time, challenged the miniters actions in court. And on December 7th the federal court and Justice Campbell ruled in favour of the farmers and said that yes the government had broken the law, the minister had broken the law when he had moved to make these changes without letting the farmers vote.”

    The appeal will be heard in Ottawa on May 23rd.

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    Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud

    As we wait for Industry Canada to make a ruling on the $6.1 billion take over bid from Glencore to purchase Viterra, Saskatchewan's Agriculture Minister weighed in on the subject this morning at a breakfast hosted by Moose Jaw MLAs Greg Lawrence and Warren Michelson.

    Bob Bjornerud says there are some positives to the deal, like allowing local farmers more access to international markets, but there are also some concerns.

    "Number one, of course, were jobs in the head office in Regina and that's going to happen," says Bjornerud. "I think we're going to see that as Richardson takes over part of the industry and Agrium takes over the other part, of course remembering that Richardson is headquartered in Winnipeg and Agrium headquartered in Calgary, some of those jobs we know aren't going to stay in Regina."

    In the end, Bjornerud expects the deal to be approved by Industry Canada, a decision that could come down at the end of the week.

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    Cutworm damage on Dutch Iris

    Farmers have had some great weather as they work on getting this year’s crop in the ground.  

    Producers also want to be aware of some early season insects that could pose some problems. 

    Provincial Insect Specialist Scott Hartley says there are already signs of diamondback moths and cutworms.

    "We have already had some reports of cutworms," says Harltey. "We will see down the road what the climatic conditions will do to affect these cutworms. But, it is one that people should be watching for - both below ground feeding and above ground feeding."

    Hartley says with the high cutworm numbers this year, producers are being asked to submit samples.

    Cutworm projects have been set up across the prairies to determine the various species and how best to handle them.

    Hartley says the key to protecting the crop throughout the growing season is to get out of the truck and walk through the field, looking for any potential insect concerns or other signs of stress on the crop.
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    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

    The Alberta Barley Commission has been tapped to administer the revamped check-off on wheat and barley.

    Until now, funding for market development and research was administered by the Canadian Wheat Board.

    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said the temporary check-off will maintain current levels of support.

    "This will maintain, at the historic levels, the funding to the Western Grain Research Foundation and Cigi," explained Ritz. "As well, we're seeing about four million more acres of wheat and barley go in this year than we've seen in other years. We also have the potential to actually increase that tonnage."

    The check-off will be voluntary and deducted at point of sale.

    The system will remain in place for up to five years. By then, the industry is supposed to have created its own funding mechanism.
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    The Ag Sector is hoping for a quick end to CP’s rail strike.

    Labour Minister Lisa Raitt said she has already laid the groundwork for a legislated end to the strike if the two sides can't reach an agreement.

    Norm Hall, President of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, said they welcome the government working on back-to-work legislation.

    "I believe it was the minister saying that this rail strike could cost Canada $540 million a week," explained Hall.

    Canadian Pacific has suspended rail freight service across the country as 4,500 engineers, conductors and others remain off the job.
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    With the changes to the Canadian Wheat Board …Saskatchewan farm groups are looking at setting up a wheat commission.

    Alberta already has one and similar discussions are underway in Manitoba.

    The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan has already held some preliminary discussions with a number of farm groups on the idea:

    President Norm Hall says it will take some time to set up: "The wheat commission will not be running before August 1rst. We're looking at probably close to two years to get this thing up and running. You want to make sure... everything is in place."

    Hall says farmers are busy with spring seeding right now adding they plan to hold a meeting sometime in June to set up a steering committee.

    One of the main roles for the new wheat commission will be to collect and distribute the levy .

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    Having a strong productive cow herd means profits for producers.

    For many, that will mean culling some animals and adding replacement heifers into the herd.

    Regional Livestock Specialist Colby Elford says proper management and nutrition is important in getting those heifers ready for breeding.

    "They are growing and we want to freeze them at about 65 percent of their body weight," says Elford. "So, we need to look at our cow herd and estimate what these heifers are going to be as far as weight when they are mature and then work backwards from that."

    Elford adds that producers will want to make sure their mineral program includes macro minerals, such as calcium and phosphorous, as well as trace minerals like copper.

    "Mineral nutrition is very important," explains Elford. "Minerals can have a very large impact on fertility for these animals. So it's important to have mineral available. There are many different forms that it's provided in. We need to focus on both macro and trace minerals to ensure that these animals are not only going to be sound but are going to be fertile."
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    The temperature has been quite variable with lows again last night reaching 0°C in some areas of the province, but the weather forecast seems to be steadily improving.

    That will help warm up the soil, improving seeding and crop emergence going forward.

    Patrick Moolecki, a Soil and Nutrient Management Specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture, says soil temperature is a key factor for farmers right now.

    "Most of the crops will germinate very well at temperatures above 10°C," explains Moolecki. "That's kind of the temperature where seedlings will germinate very well and will emit quickly out of the soil." 

    Moolecki adds seed treatments can be beneficial if seeding into a cool soil temperature in order to avoid any soil borne disease issues.
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    Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud (Photo: Government of Saskatchewan)

    The province has released the results of that independent review into the sale of Viterra.

    Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud says the Informa Economics report highlighted some definite positives for the province.

    "Glencore's ability around the world, where they already have infrastructure and they have offices, would really help market our products here," explains Bjornerud. "So, that's a plus that I hadn't considered before. Some other things that Glencore has talked about doing that's positive is where they put dollars into research like Viterra did but increasing those dollars, and also having their headquarters in Regina."

    In the provinces report to Industry Canada, it calls on the federal government to push Glencore for assurances that it will live up to its initial proposals.

    Industry Canada is expected to make a decision on the initial sale by the end of this week. Once that is done, there will be reviews on Glencore's sale of Viterra assets to Agrium and Richardson.
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    Applications are now open for Farm Credit Canada's Agrispirit Fund.

    Brenda Statiuk, FCC's Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, said the fund helps enhance rural communities in Canada, "We provide one million dollars in funding that is spread out in rural communitees right across the country and we support rural capital improvement projects.”

    Statiuk adds that Agrispirit has helped fund things like playgrounds, recreation facilities, safety equipment, and even long-term care facilities, in communities in Saskatchewan and all over the country, “We started the program about nine years ago and we've almost spent about a million dollars in Saskatchewan alone, in 2011 we funded about twenty projects which if you do the math is quite a significant contribution,”

    Communities with populations under 100-thousand people are welcome to apply for funding for their projects by going to agrispirit.ca.

    Glenda Lee Allan Talks To FCC Director Of Corporate Social Responsibility Brenda Statiuk

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    The Grain Growers of Canada, Canadian Fertilizer Institute and others are encouraging Ottawa to use back-to-work legislation with Canadian Pacific Railway workers on strike.

    After serving 72 hour strike notice on the weekend, 4,800 CP engineers, conductors, yardmen and others represented by Teamsters Canada Rail Conference walked off the job at 12:01 Wednesday morning.

    "It could cripple a large amount of shipping for CP, which is a large part of the grain going out. No grain shipments means no grain sales means no cash back into farmers' pockets," says Richard Phillips, GGC Executive Director.

    He says the most damaging effect of a rail strike is the impact it has on foreign customers' confidence.

    "They need to know the grain is going to leave a certain point by a certain date. When you have a strike they have to look elsewhere for supplies, because even paying the penalties doesn't get them grain into their mills," says Phillips, noting even during normal operating conditions, Canadian pulse exporters are often only able to procure between 12% and 18% of their car orders.

    Thankfully, he says, the strike is not taking place during the post-harvest grain rush or during the fertilizer season leading up to seeding.

    CFI says its members are dealing with tight global fertilizer inventory. Domestic, U.S. and offshore demand for Canadian fertilizer has been high this spring, and its members cannot afford the repercussions of interrupted rail service.

    The Grain Growers and CFI have written a letter to the Prime Minister, expressing their concern about the labour dispute.

    "I think this is a situation where back-to-work legislation could be used. There are some other tools they could use too," says Phillips. "It's unfortunate, when you only have two major railways, it has such a major effect on the national economy, and not just in agriculture. The traditional model of collective bargaining just doesn't appear to be working here."
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    Lawyers for the Federal Government and Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board appeared before the Federal Court of Appeal Wednesday.

    Government lawyers were appealing a previous court ruling that found Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz had violated the original Canadian Wheat Board Act, which required a plebiscite among farmers before any major changes were made.

    "In December, Justice Campbell ruled that the minister did break the law. He issued a declaration saying that the minister should have conducted a vote of farmers before they dismantled the Canadian Wheat Board," said Swift Current-area farmer Stewart Wells, who is part of the Friends of the CWB case and was in the Ottawa courtroom to hear the case. "Subsequent to that, the government appealed the ruling and that was the appeal that was heard.

    "There were three justices from the Federal Court of Appeal that heard the arguments," Wells added. "The arguments presented were essentially a re-run of the same arguments that were presented in December of last year before the bill eviscerating the Wheat Board was passed."

    The Court of Appeal reserved its decision.

    Ritz says he’s confident that the court will see the merits of their case, and adds the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act is in force and farmers are already contracting their wheat and barley with buyers of their choice for delivery beginning August 1, 2012.
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    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

    The Federal Agriculture Minister says back-to-work legislation for striking CP Rail employees is needed to make sure international buyers continue to see Canada as a preferred supplier.

    Gerry Ritz said he's hearing many examples of how the Agriculture sector is being hurt by the rail strike.

    "When you talk to High River, the Cargill Plant there, the fresh, frozen product they've started to put a hold on it. They can't have it sitting in refrigerated containers when they know it's not going to move off port," explained Ritz. "We know that there are six boats sitting in Vancouver waiting to be topped off. There are eight more coming in. You start to look at the merge charges and you start to look at a hit to our 'reliable shipper' status."

    Legislation forcing striking CP Rail workers back to work means operations on CP Rail lines could return to normal by the weekend.
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    The Canadian International Grains Institute continues to offer programs promoting the use of canadian crops internationally, despite losing its main funder.

    The Canadian Wheat Board, which funded approximately 70% of CIGI's programming, cut its support in April.

    "We have a producer advisory board that helps us determine which programs we should be running and what kind of activities we should be doing," said CIGI Executive Director Earl Geddes. "As well, our board of directors is looking at opportunities for how we might include farmers in that function to provide strategic advice."

    Geddes they're operating on the limited funds that have accumulated over the last 40 years from other industry groups until the new check-off on wheat and barley is implemented in April, and are approaching their programs cautiously until they know what the level of the check-off funding will be.
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    Statistics Canada has released the results of its 2011 Census of Agriculture.  

    According to the report, the number of farms nationally has dropped by 10.3%, and in Saskatchewan farm numbers are down 16.6 % to 36,952 farms

    While the number of farms is dropping, the average size of the farm is increasing. The average size of Canadian farms increased to 778 acres, and in Saskatchewan, the average farm size increased 15.1% to 1,668 acres.

    Stats show nationally the number of farms with gross annual receipts of $500,000 was up 25.7 percent since the 2006 census.

    Not surprisingly, the census shows farmers are getting older, an indication of the impact of the baby boom generation on agriculture. Stats show nationally, the average farm operator is now 54 years of age.

    And it also seems that farmers are becoming more tech-savvy. The report shows 44.8% of all farms have access to high-speed Internet, with the percentage of farms using the Internet for farm business climbing to 55.6% in 2011.
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    A heavy equipment dealer with ties to the southwest made a major contribution to Saskatchewan's new Children's Hospital to be built in Saskatoon.

    Redhead Equipment donated $1 million to the Children's Hospital Foundation on Friday.

    The Regina-based agriculture, construction and transport equipment dealer has been in business for 64 years, and has locations in Swift Current, Regina, Saskatoon, Lloydminster and Estevan.
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    Alliance Grain Traders says it is delaying its plans to build a Durum processing and pasta plant in Regina.

    The news came as the company released its first quarter financial results which showed net earnings of $2.7 million, down from the $7.1 million profit a year earlier.

    CEO Murad Al Katib says capital programs in 2012 are being scaled back and some projects deferred to 2013 and beyond, as they focus on returning the business to a more normalized profitability and margin.

    Bill Gehl, the Chair of the Canadian Wheat Board Alliance, says he’s not surprised by the delay.

    "I think Mr. Ritz and Mr. Harper just called in some of their friends to try to make what they were doing a little bit more palatable," says Gehl. "We can see by this that Alliance has obviously done their homework and found that maybe it's not going to be such a great environment for them after all."

    Gehl says he doubts that the plant will ever be built.

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    "Profiting Through Productivity" - that's the theme for the 99th Saskatchewan Stock Growers' Convention, AGM and Tour set for May 27th through 29th in the Cypress Hills.

    Stock Growers' President Harold Martens says among the topics to be discussed will be price insurance, something that the Saskatchewan livestock industry has been looking at.

    "It's somewhat used in Alberta through the feeder end of it," said Martens. "We need to take a look at what is making it work there and what isn't. As a national discussion takes places, we need to understand how that impacts on all of the sectors of the cattle industry. So, it's going to be an interesting discussion."

    Martens added that this event will also mark one of the final public appearances for Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud, who is stepping back from the portfolio.

    You can still register for the convention by calling 306-757-8523 or by visiting skstockgrowers.com.
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    Agrium is set to take over more than 230 of Viterra’s crop input locations as part of a side deal in Glencore’s acquisition of the grain handler.

    The businesses will operate under Agrium’s retail brand, Crop Production Services.

    "They will have two different companies to talk to about grain and crop inputs, so there is going to be the unbundling of the grain from the crop inputs from the old Viterra," said Kevin Helash, Regional Manager of CPS for Canada and the Pacific Northwest. "Other than that, our objective is to increase the level of service and product offering that we're able to provide to the customers."

    Helash adds any concerns about the lack of competition in the crop input market following the take over are overstated, as there are very low barriers to entry for getting into the crop input business: "We see retailers coming into the marketplace on a regular basis and we see some exiting. We see lots of competition at the retail side, fertilizers are a global commodity and prices in western Canada are established based on global supply dynamics."

    Glencore is still going through the approval process for the initial purchase of Viterra, however Viterra Shareholders have voted in favour of the buyout.
  • A Celebration of Life Service for Mr. Russell Austin of Simmie will take place on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm from the Simmie Hall.
    The Private Family Interment Service for Mr. Russell Austin will take place at a later date.
    For those wishing, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Simmie Recreation Board would be appreciated by the family.
    Swift Current Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.
  • Father Fernand L. Ducharme passed away Tueday, May 8, 2012 at the Cypress Regional Hospital, Swift Current, SK.
    A Prayer Vigil will be held, Friday, May 11 at 7:30 P.M. from the Notre Dame d’Auveregne Roman Catholic Church, Ponteix, SK.
    The Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM from the Notre Dame d' Auvergne Roman Catholic Church with The Most Reverend Daniel J. Boham D.D. officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Notre Dame d' Auvregne Roman Catholic Church Cemetery in Ponteix, SK..
    Donations to the Foyer St. Joseph Nursing Home, Ponteix, SK. would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Lemieux Funeral Home 
  • The Funeral service for Mr. Morgan Leslie Wilson of Gull Lake SK. will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM from the Knox United Church In Gull Lake with Reverend Bev Diduck officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Gull Lake Cemetery in Gull Lake, SK.
    Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • The Prayer service for Mrs. Yvette Goffinet-Douville of Ponteix, Sk.will be held Monday May 21, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. from Notre Dame d'Auvergne Roman Catholic Church.
    The Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM from the Notre Dame             d' Auvergne Roman Catholic Church with Father Keith Heiberg officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Notre Dame d' Auvregne Roman Catholic Cemetery in Ponteix, SK..
    Donations to the Foyer St. Joseph would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Lemieux Funeral Home 
  • The Prayer Service for Jules Larochelle of Ponteix, Sk will be held Fri, May 25 at 7:30 PM from Notre Dame D’Auvergne Catholic Church
    The memorial mass will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM From the Notre Dame d' Auvergne Roman Catholic Church with Father Keith Heiberg officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Notre Dame d' Auvregne Roman Catholic Cemetery in Ponteix, SK.
    Donations to the Noteque Regional Park would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Lemieux Funeral Home
  • The funeral service for Bryce Molyneux of Swift Current will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. from the First United Church with Reverend Sharon Ferguson-Hood officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Swift Current.
    Donations to the Kinsman Club  would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • hawksbeard
    Narrow -Leaved Hawk's Beard

    The recent rainfall has delayed seeding progress around the province.

    Farmers are looking for some warm, sunny weather so they can get back in the fields. Prior to the rainfall, producers had been busy with pre-seed burnoff of winter annuals.

    Clark Brenzil, the Provincial Weed Control Specialist, says it’s important to get that early weed control, "All those weeds that are growing up until the point you would burn off just prior to seeding are using up a lot of those resources that the crop will use later on.”

    Brenzil says the narrow-leaved hawk's-beard is generally seen in the black soil zone, but is moving out into some of the drier areas of the province, “ It's very critical to get on that weed right away because it's very difficult to control after it starts to bolt and move into the farming faze of growth. So, getting that weed while it's in the rosett is fairly straight forward with fairly low rates of glyphasate.”

    Some of the key weed issues for farmers include flixweed, stinkweed, shepherd's purse and in some areas narrow-leaved hawk's-beard.

  • bjornerud

    Bob Bjornerud has wrapped up his time as the province’s Agriculture Minister in the legislature.

    He will remain on as the MLA for Melville-Saltcoats, but has decided to leave the cabinet posting to spend more time with his family.

    "When I announced I was stepping down before, I wanted to spend more time with my grandkids and things like that, and a Cabinet Minister's time is pretty demanding, so I'm looking forward to it, but it was kind of a funny feeling on that last day." Bjornerud said in an interview on Friday.

    He says he’s pleased with the work the Sask Party has been able to accomplish for the Ag sector, especially the removal of a large part of the education tax on farmland: "That was one of the things that I think was a pet peeve of mine for many years and some of my colleagues too, so I think that's one of those things that farmers notice every year when they go to pay their taxes."

    Bjornerud does admit that there's still more to be done, especially when it comes to crop insurance: "Crop Insurance is an ongoing process where we're going to try and keep improving it. About a little over 70% of farmers take the program, so that means there's 30% that feel it doesn't work, so we got to continue to try and keep making improvements to that program."

    Bjornerud still has a few more duties as ag minister, including an appearance at the 99th Saskatchewan Stock Growers Convention, AGM and Tour next weekend in the Cypress Hills.

    Premier Brad Wall has yet to name Bjornerud's replacement, but that is expected to occur as early as this week when he does his next cabinet shuffle.

    Colin Powers talked with Bob Bjornerud after the spring session of the Legislature wrapped up:

  • lylestewart
    Saskatchewan's new Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart (Photo: saskparty.com)

    Thunder Creek MLA Lyle Stewart is Saskatchewan’s new Minister of Agriculture.

    Stewart said the Agriculture Ministry is a key part of Saskatchewan’s economy and he wants to see it continue to grow.

    "In an industry like agriculture, where last year we exported $10.1 billion worth of produce, I think if we can value add to even a small percentage of that, it makes a huge difference to the economy of Saskatchewan and the industries," said Stewart.

    Stewart, a farmer from the Pense area, is very comfortable moving into the new role having served as Agriculture Critic in the past.

    His first official duty will be to give the opening address at the 99th Annual Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association Convention today.
  • pierre
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, Pierre Lemieux (Photo: pierrelemieux.ca)

    The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture has returned from Japan.

    Pierre Lemieux was working on strengthening agricultural and trade ties and also expressed Canada's appreciation for Japan's recent decision to review its domestic and import regulations for beef.

    Martin Unrau, President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, said expanding that Japanese market is important.

    "At the end of the day, if we can move to under 30 months, we could bring our supply up to speed and be able to service that market in a better way, thus being able to make a few more dollars per animal," said Unrau.

    The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association estimates that Canadian beef sales to Japan could rise to $160 million in the first full year of access.

    Japan is a key market for Canadian Agriculture. It's the third-largest economy in the world and Canada’s second largest agricultural market, and represents almost $4 billion to Canadian farmers and food processors.

  • cattle

    The recent wet weather is impacting cattlemen…. as well as farmers looking to get this years crop in the ground.

    “Producers who are trying to deliever feeder cattle to some of these final presorted cattle sales this week. Really finding it challenging to get animals off farms and moved to town,” said Grant Zalink a Cattle Market Analyst with Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture, “And those who are looking to buy feeder cattle right now are facing some pretty wet pen conditions.”

    He adds that the recent wet weather has made it challenging to bring the animals to town while sloppy pen conditions are also limiting feedlot activity and impacting prices, “Price is down anywhere from $1.50 to $3.00, a hundred weight heavy or 800 pound hefer down nearly $5.00, hundred weight to average $120.00 on an 850 weight hefer.”

    Zalinko expects a return to warm, sunny weather and the barbecue will help increase the markets

  • sprayer farm

    There’s a lot of concern in the ag sector about Agriculture Canada’s decision to eliminate the Sprayer Technology Program as part of its budget cuts.

    The move shuts the door on the research being done by Dr. Tom Wolf in Saskatoon.

    Gerrid Gust is a farmer in the Davidson area and Chair of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. He says farmers really benefit from the research being done with the high cost of inputs today.

    "They're worth too much money to just blow away in the wind," says Gust. "With Dr. Wolf's work, we can make things work better and more efficiently, and get the absolute most effective use out of these technologies that we can."

    Gust says it’s a program they would like to see remain in place and encourages farmers to take an active role in trying to maintain the program by contacting their local MPs.
  • frost

    It was another cool night in parts of Saskatchewan.

    Frost warnings were out for much of the southern half of the province overnight, and Environment Canada is calling for overnight lows to range from -1 to +2 for the next few nights.

    Producers are being encouraged to evaluate their crops for signs of frost damage, especially in any low lying areas. "Depending on how cold it does get, the moisture levels will certainly act as a bit of a buffer," said Grant McLean, Cropping Management Specialist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. "I think the cereals, with the exception of the winter cereals, are still in most cases at three-leaf or less, and are less vulnerable."

    According to the latest Saskatchewan Crop Report, about 64% of the crop is in the ground provincewide. In the southwest, 75% per cent has been seeded, and some canola, cereals and pulses are starting to emerge.
  • nfu

    The President of the National Farmers Union sees the sale of Viterra as a grim footnote in history.

    Yesterday, shareholders voted in favour of selling the company to Swiss based Glencore International for just over 6 billion dollars.

    Terry Boehm says Viterra was created from the former wheat pools – co-operatives that were created and owned by four generations of prairie farmers. Now the assets they built are being sold off to an international commodity trader. He says Instead of farmers earning equity dividends like they once did, they will be paying for these assets again through the handling charges that Glencore will collect.

    Meanwhile, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart says he's optimistic the new Viterra deal will be good in the long run, saying the province hopes that Ottawa will ensure that Glencore establishes Regina as its North American headquarters and maintains employment in the field.
  • canola swathing

    Statistics Canada has confirmed canola supplies will be tight this summer.

    The agency released its grain and oilseed stocks report yesterday.

    "Stocks at 4.35 million tons in all commercial positions was at the bottom end of trade expectations," explains Greg Kostal of Kostal Ag Consulting. "But it does underscore the velocity of export and the domestic pace that we've been consuming."

    He says it doesn't leave any wiggle room for surprise demand.

    With early seeding, he says the trade is hoping there might be some canola harvested earlier than normal this year to bridge from old crop to new crop.
  • sprayer farm

    The latest Agriculture Census shows the size of the average farm is increasing in Saskatchewan.

    As a result, producers have more acres to cover in the same amount of time. Now there’s more interest in trying to increase coverage and efficiency.

    Dr. Tom Wolf is a research scientist in the area of spray technology with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.

    He says it’s important to choose the right time of day to spray, adding that there’s a lot of temptation now with auto-steer to do more night spraying.

    "I think the really big issue is that there are typically temperature inversions at night and early morning," explains Wolf. "Those can actually lead to more drift damage than spraying in the wind would have caused. The best time to spray is on a sunny day with a bit of a breeze. The sun and the breeze together disperse the spray so it doesn't cause damage and it dilutes it very rapidly."

    Wolf adds it’s important that producers know their sprayer, select the right nozzle for the job and are fully aware of  the products mode of action.

    Wolf also would like producers to know that increasing your speed does not increase your coverage or efficiency.

    "You could increase the efficiency with which you load up your tank," says Wolf. "There are new technologies out there from some manufacturers that will decrease your loading time to four minutes. Now, if you shave four minutes off every load, that has a tremendous impact on your productivity - it's about the same as travelling 50 percent faster."

    He recommends travelling at a reasonable speed in the field of about 12 to 15 miles per hour, or 20 to 25 kilometres per hour. 

  • CP Rail

    Back to work legislation has been tabled in the dispute between CP Rail and the Teamsters Union, after contract talks broke down over the weekend.

    The federal government ordered an end to the strike by nearly 5,000 C-P Rail workers Monday. Workers had been without a contract since January and walked off the job last Wednesday in dispute of wages, longer working days and a proposed 40 per cent cut to pensions.

    Canada's Labour Minister Lisa Raitt told the House of Commons that, simply put, "the strike can't go on, and the trains have to get running again." The grain and potash industries have been very vocal about getting the trains moving again, saying the strike was costing them millions of dollars a day.

    Local Union Chair Bill Pitts says they will abide by the legislation but was hoping an agreement could be reached, without resorting to the federal government. "It's unfortunate, we wanted both sides to come to an agreement. As far as we're concerned, CP did not show up to the table in an honourable manner. They wanted us to be legislated back to work since the very get-go."

    Industry officials say the strike has cost millions of dollars a day in unshipped cargo such as grain and potash.
  • grain train

    Farmers will be paying more to move their grain.  The Canadian Transportation Agency has approved a 9.5 percent increase in the rail revenue cap as of August 1st.

    APAS President Norm Hall is frustrated by the move and is hoping to arrange meetings with Minister Ritz and the federal transportation minister to discuss their concerns on behalf of farmers, “This 9.5 percent increase works out to $2.92 per ton for freight. Now if you take an average of 1 ton per acre for every acre you produce whether it's 2500 acres or 5000 acres or 10,000 acres you make that determination on your own farm. 1 ton per acre times $83.00 a ton”

    Hall adds that it's a significant increase, “Only 1.6 percent of that is actual inflationary increase. All the rest is added expense CTA is allowing and one of the components of that extra expense is what the railroads are calling the cost of capital or the risk of owning railroad shares.”

    Changes to the way railways calculate their pension and capital costs are leading to that increase to the rail revenue cap for grain handling.

  • grain

    Farmers' opinions on which company will do the best job marketing their wheat are starting to become clear.

    Blacksheep Strategy, based in Winnipeg, surveyed producers about the changes to wheat marketing back in January, and again in April, after the proposed sale of Viterra was announced.

    Strategist Joanna Karman explains in January, 37% of farmers were unsure which company would do the best job while in April the number dropped to 29%.

    "That may have been a reflection of some of the marketplace activity that we saw that has been going on," Karman said. "Farmers told us a little about the companies that were already contacting them about contracting opportunities, so there was quite a lot of people who have already been contacted by more than one organization."

    She notes between January and April, confidence grew significantly in two organizations: the new CWB and Richardson Pioneer.
  • viterra terminal

    It was a resounding YES from Viterra Shareholders today.

    Shareholders passed a special resolution approving the company’s sale to Glencore International. The Swiss based company stepping up with an offer of $16.25 per share or just over $6 billion.

    The deal still needs the approval of the Canadian government because it is a foreign takeover.

    It is expected it could be the end of July or early August before Glencore International gets the regulatory approval it needs in order to proceed with the sale.
  • Glencore

    Canada's Competition Bureau won't challenge Glencore’s proposed takeover of Viterra under the Competition Act.

    The letter means the bureau won't challenge the proposed deal but has yet to decide on other aspects of the proposal which would see Glencore sell some of Viterra's holding to Agrium and Richardson International.

    "I firmly believe we're the right company to run this business," said Chris Mahoney, Glencore's Director of Agricultural Products, while he visited Regina last month. "I think we will be very good custodians of the assets, we're very farmer-focused, we have the financial wherewithal and the willingness to not only deploy working capital to buy the crop, but also to maintain, upgrade, and expand the asset base."

    Meanwhile, the President of the National Farmers Union is not surprised to hear this news. Terry Boehm says the Competition Bureau has rarely intervened in any of the massive consolidations we’ve seen take place, but says it’s worrisome that a Canadian-based company becomes part of an international entity, and its assets are split off.

    "The very assets that farmers built up through its cooperative structures and lost with the demise of the [Saskatchewan Wheat Pool], all of these assets are actually now being bought up by massive international players, and then rather than being a benefit for them, they're being used against them, ultimately." Boehm added.

    The deal still needs the approval of shareholders and the Canadian government because it is a foreign takeover.
  • cattle

    The Province’s newly appointed Agriculture Minister was on hand Monday for the opening of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers 99th Annual Convention in the snowy Cypress Hills.

    Lyle Stewart announced $50,000 in funding for the organization for cattle traceability projects, with $25,000 going toward a tag retention project.

    "Traceability is an important issue," Stewart said. "There's always issues with tags being lost so the $25,000 for the tag retention study is to find out once and for all and inform producers how is the best way to tag and which tags have the best retention rates."

    The other half of that funding will go toward increasing producer awareness to the importance of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency's Premise ID program. "It's voluntary, so it's going to take some education to convince producers that they should be involved in it, and through Stock Growers is a good way to do that," Stewart added.

    The Convention wraps up today.
  • mci

    Friday marked the last day of work for employees at Mustard Capital Inc.

    The mustard processing facility opened its doors in 2007 in Gravelbourg, and then made the decision last year to expand its operations with a plant at Vanguard. Expansion cost overruns at the Vanguard plant resulted in financial difficulties for the plant.

    In February, MCI announced plans to seek financial reorganization and debt restructuring, unfortunately, the company was unable to find a buyer and is now in receivership.

     MCI had developed a key niche in the industry with a number of international sales.
  • The Funeral service for Mr. Wilbur Torgerson of Swift Current will be held on Saturday, May 5 at 2:00 PM from the the Chapel of Warren's Funeral Home with Pastor Alex Allen officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Swift Current, SK.
    Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted To Warren's Funeral Home
  • The Funeral service for Mrs. Dorothy Stuart of Swift Current will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Andrews Presbyterian Church with Reverend Jonathon Kwon officiating.
    The interment will take place at the Bracken Cemetery, Bracken, SK at 4:00 p.m.
    A reception will be held at the Bracken Community Hall at 5:00 p.m.
    Memorial donations may  be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
    Arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home
  • The Private Family Funeral Service for the late Mrs. Margaret Carleton (Wiebe) of the Gull Lake Special Care Centre will take place at the Swift Current Funeral Chapel with John Regier officiating.
    The Private Family Interment Service will take place at the Springfeld Cemetery near Wymark.
    For those wishing, donations to the Gull Lake Special Care Centre Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements are entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home.
  • The Memorial service for Mr. James William Foster of Swift Current and formerly of Bracken will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM from the First United Church with Reverend Sharon Ferguson-Hood officiating.
    The interment service will take place at a later date.
    Donations to the Swift Current Care Centre Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home 
  • The funeral service for Verna Johanna Evans / Knowlton of Swift Current will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM from the Chapel of Warren's Funeral Home with Pastor John  Regier officiating.
    The interment service for will take place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Swift Current.
    Donations to the Palliser Regional Care Centre Activity Centre would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • seedermay4

    Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report is out and it shows provincially two per cent of the 2012 crop has been seeded. Stat’s show that seeding is ahead of last year and on target for the 5 year average.

    Cropping Management Specialist Grant Mclean said rain over the past week has been delaying seeding activity in most areas, “It was a wide range anywhere from traces to over 50 millimeters. In many cases most of the areas particularly the southwest, west central, and northwest regions were indicating quite dry conditions in some cases received most of the precipitation.”

    Mclean adds that so far two percent of the provincial crop is in the ground, seeding is most advanced in the southwest at six percent compared to the southeast at three percent, "Provincially seven percent of the pea crop, lentils next with three percent, and two percent of spring wheat and duram has been seeded today according to our reporters.”

    This weeks Crop Report shows seeding is ahead of last year and on target for the 5 year average.

  • farmland

    Proposed changes to the Federal Fisheries Act are good news for Canadian farmers, according to the President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.

    Ottawa's plans will include recognition that man-made water control structures, like drainage ditches, should not be necessarily regulated the same way as natural water bodies with fish habitats.

    Ron Bonnett said the government is opening up an opportunity to re-engage the ag community in conservation, “The reality is those drains when they were installed actually increased the amount of fish habitats so even if you maintain them once every fifteen years or so you're still maintaining a higher level of fish habitats than there we before.”

    He adds farmers rely on proper maintenance of drains to ensure their farms remain productive, “A lot of bureaucratic red tape to get it done mainly because if somebody spots one fish in the stream then you end up having to go through the whole process to get approval to clean the drain”

    He explains drainage projects would often be held up for years before gaining approval.

    Those decisions will now be handed off to local authorities.

  • seeder

    Cool wet weather continues to delay seeding activity in some areas of the province including parts of the southwest.

    "Things are getting underway," said Shannon Chant, Regional Crop Specialist in Southwest Saskatchewan. "Definitely doing some pre-seeding... just getting going. Some have a fairly significant amount of acreages in, but those are some of the bigger guys, they have to get started earlier." 

    She believes what is needed now is some warmer temperatures and sunshine so farmers can get back to seeding this years crop.

    Chant has heard there is a lot of interest in canola and notes durum prices are quite good lately.

  • The Funeral service for Karl Arnold Ruf of Calgary, Alberta and formerly of Swift Current and Rush Lake District SK. will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm  from the St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Pastor Ed. Hedlin and Intern Minister Jay Lutz officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Swift Current.
    Donations in his memory to the Diabetes Association, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Kidney Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home 
  • Prov 2012

    Cassidy Kennedy and Brodie-Lynn Finlayson of the Gelico Gymnastics Club qualified for and attended the Saskatchewan Women's Artistic Gymnastics Provincial Championships in Yorkton on April 21, 2012. Kennedy and Finlayson had attended several competitions and both gymnasts brought home several medals throughout the 2011-12 competitive season.  Cassidy earned Gold on the Balance Beam and Bronze on Vault at Marian Gymnastics meet in Saskatoon and also a Bronze medal on the Balance Beam at the QCK competition in Regina. Brodie-Lynn brought home Gold on Balance Beam, Bronze on Vault and Bronze all-around at the Can-Am Personal Best Competition; Bronze on Balance Beam at the Gym Adventure Meet in Regina; and Silver Medal on Balance Beam at the Marian Gymnastics meet in Saskatoon.

    At the Sask WAG Provincial Championships, Kennedy placed 10th on Uneven Bars, 12th on Vault, 11th on Balance Beam, 14th on Floor and placed 13th all-around with a total score of 44.200 in the P1 Novice Category. Finlayson placed 4th on Vault, 4th on Uneven Bars, 4th on Balance Beam, 12th on Floor and placed 5th all-around in the P1 Tyro Category with a total score of 46.950.
  • track1
    Swift Current Comprehensive High School Track Field

    Track and Field season is in full swing and the Swift Current Comprehensive High School looks to have some strong athletes competing in numerous events this year.

    The Comp Colts and Ardens attended the Moose Jaw Invitational Track and Field meet last weekend.

    Comp Track Coach Mandi Tuplin says they had a few stand-out performances.

    "Some notable performances on the weekend were from Winston Tschetter. He is performing really well right now in the jumps and the 100m," says Tuplin. "Another one to note is Tori Carlson. She is currently undefeated in the 400m, 800m and 1500m. Dominic Vallee is performing really well in the 100m, 200m and 400m. Tenille Gering is rounding out our distance field."

    Sectionals happen this Monday with 42 athletes from the Comp participating. The District meet follows on Wednesday, May 23.

    "We've got pretty much every event covered [in Sectionals], so we're hoping to send at least one [to Districts] in every event," explains Tuplin. "Hopefully we don't have to drop too many off going into the Districts. Obviously at the District level it's a bigger competition so it's a little bit harder, but I think if we can shoot for a team of 25 or so I think we'd be pretty happy."

    Todd Vallee's full interview with Mandi Tuplin:
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    Los Angeles continues to roll in the NHL's Western Conference.

    Jeff Carter had a hat trick and the Kings blanked the Coyotes 4-0 in Phoenix to take a 2-0 series lead in the Conference final over former Bronco Michal Rozsival and the Coyotes

    Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for the shutout.

    Game 3 goes tomorrow night in L.A. as the Kings will attempt to improve their playoff record to 11-1 in this year's playoffs. 

    The New Jersey Devils will try to avoid falling into the same 2-0 hole tonight when they visit the Rangers at Madison square Garden tonight.

    New York beat the Devils 3-0 on monday.

  • Glenn Gawdin

    Scouts and managers will often tell you that point totals can be deceiving.

    A player could partially be the product of the talent around him or the system his team plays.

    In Glenn Gawdin's case the numbers speak for themselves. The Richmond, BC native finished with 58 goals and 90 points for the Seafair Islanders Bantam A1 Team. That's 43 goals and 51 points more than anyone else on his team.

    It also explains why a young player who describes himself as a playmaker ended up lighting the lamp so often.

    "We didn't have that strong of a team... so I kind of hand to score some more goals," Gawdin said. "I just like to make the players around me better and hopefully they make me better too."

    The Swift Current Broncos are banking on him doing just that after taking Gawdin with their first round pick, fifth overall in Thursday's WHL Bantam Draft.

    "He's a big centre (with a) right handed shot" said Broncos Assistant General Manager Jamie Porter. "He's the guy we've been targeting for the last few weeks at least. Skilled, good sized, right handed shooting centremen are hard to find."

    It's an important pick for the Broncos as they search for their next franchise forward. After picking defencemen with each of their last three first round picks, Swift Current felt they needed an impact forward this time around. They haven't picked a forward this high since drafting Cody Eakin sixth overall in 2006.Glenn Gawdin 2

    "I was really impressed with him," said Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb. "The size is one thing and then you put the package together. He's an excellent skater, he's got great hands, he's got unbelievable stats and he plays with an edge. It's the identity that we're building... he fits right in."

    Gawdin is listed at 6'0 and 172lbs with a lot of room to grow as Lamb noted both Gawdin's brother and father are 6'4. With that kind of size and a penchant for playmaking, it's not surprising that the newest Bronco compares himself to a Shark.

    "I like to say Joe Thornton," Gawdin said. "He's a bigger guy kinda like me, he's a pass first guy as well, I just like the way he plays and I try to play like him."

    For Bronco fans the prospect of drafting a BC born forward in the first round brings with it a certain amount of skepticism. The decision by 2008 first round pick Evan Richardson to pass on the WHL and committ to NCAA hockey left some fans nervous about adding any players from the west coast. Playing in the prairies doesn't seem to be an issue for Gawdin.

    "I've kind of always wanted to and my dad has too," Gawdin said. "He kind of said it will toughen me up. It will definately be a new experience and I'm looking forward to it."

    As for playing in the WHL itself, Gawdin believes the league suites his style and he has always dreamed about playing at the major junior level.

    The success or failure of the pick and this draft class wont' be determined for several years now. Gawdin is only eligible to join the Broncos full time for the 2013-2014 season. Fans will likely get their first look at him during training camp at the send of the summer.

    Click here to see the rest of the Broncos class of 2012, plus full interviews with players and management

    Interview with Glenn Gawdin:
  • aarondunsmore
    Aaron Dunsmore(Photo: daytonflyers.com)

    The Swift Current Indians’ batting order got a little more formidable today with the announcement that outfielder Aaron Dunsmore will return to the team.

    He spent the summer of 2011 with the Calgary Vipers of the North American Baseball League.

    In 2010, Dunsmore helped the Indians to a WMBL championship.

    He led the team with a .475 on-base percentage and eight stolen bases.

    "Aaron will make a huge impact in the middle of our order," said Indians head coach Joe Carnahan. "He is an exceptional hitter who hits for both power and average, and he is also a threat on the base paths. Aaron is a special player – a difference-maker everywhere on the field."

    The Indians also announced today a number of new faces: SS Carter Yagi (Salt Lake City, Utah/College of Southern Idaho), 3B/1B Garrett Yost (Littleton, Colo./Lamar Community College), RHP Brian Ranta (Clackamas, Ore./George Fox University), LHP Garrett Anderson (Kennewick, Wash./Seattle University), LHP Mitch Ludtke (Bellingham, Wash./Concordia University), and Mark Hendrick (Albuquerque, N.M./Lamar Community College).

    There are a number of Indians connections in the group of newcomers. Yagi was recommended to Swift Current by Indians and Southern Idaho alumnus Craig Kilshaw, and comes from the same school as former Indians standouts Nik Gumeson, Bo Lybeck, and Jason Oatman.

    Ranta meanwhile has been coached in college for the past four years by former Indians pitcher Brandon Rupp, who is also returning to the Indians this year as an assistant coach.

    Opening day is May 31st and we will bring you a selection of games on The Eagle 94.1 FM.

  • Track2012

    Onlookers watch High Jump (Photo: Jody Seidler)

    39 of 42 Colt and Arden Athletes have qualified for districts after the Rolling Hills track meet was held in Swift Current yesterday.

    That number is higher than Comp Track and Field Coach Mandi Tuplin originally expected and it could make for a larger number moving from districts to provincials.

    "The mindset is to finish top two so we can move on to provincials," Tuplin said. "Hopefully everyone competing there has that as their main goal. I originally thought 25, but now I'm hoping 30."

    On top of finishing with the most points in every age class the comp had 55 first place finishes coming from 42 athletes. 

    Emily Erlandson broke the Senior Girls Long Jump and triple jump records.

    Interview with Mandi Tuplin:
  • Taylor Vause Award
    Taylor Vause accepting the Humanitarian of the Year Award (Photo by Jon Keen)

    The Western Hockey League announced at the 2012 WHL Awards that former Bronco captain, Taylor Vause, has been named to the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy – WHL Humanitarian of the Year Award.

    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.

    “He has been a model citizen both on and off the ice and he is very well-deserving for this award.” – Mark Lamb, General Manager and Head Coach, Swift Current Broncos

    After being diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes a few years ago, Taylor made it a point to help create diabetes awareness and raise funds to find a cure.  He has spoken at countless venues and participated in various walks over the years. 

    The Broncos leading scorer has become a perfect example of someone who never let an obstacle get in the way of pursuing his dream.  He knows the positive impact that athletes with diabetes have left with him after providing him with moral support and he looks to provide others with the same support that he has received over the years.

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    “Taylor inspires others to make a difference.” – Larry Kielo, Principal, O.M. Irwin Middle School

    Taylor took the time out of his hectic hockey schedule this past season to find a unique way to give back to Swift Current.  He created a one of a kind themed jersey to commemorate the four Broncos who lost their lives in the tragic bus crash in 1986.  The jersey was worn by all of the players and all proceeds from the jersey went directly to the Broncos Education Fund.

    “He has taken his humanitarian spirit past his own personal daily struggles of living with a complex disease and extended it to many in the community.  He is, I believe, a true humanitarian.” – Donna Gatzke, Committee Member, SouthWest Type 1 Sharps

    In 72 games played this past season the 5’10”, 179 lbs. Calgary, AB product led the team in scoring with 83 points (37G, 46A).  He also wrapped up his impressive 2011-12 campaign ranking 15th in the WHL in points.

    The WHL's 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 this award in 2007.

    Taylor will now compete against both the OHL and QMJHL’s Humanitarian Award winners for the CHL Humanitarian of the Year Award.

    Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb comments on Vause:

    Interview with Taylor Vause from March 22nd on being nominated:
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    Taylor Vause accepting the Doug Wickenheiser Award (whl.ca)

    Taylor Vause is "very proud" to be the WHL Humanitarian of the Year.

    The outgoing Broncos Captain received the honour yesterday at the league awards banquet.

    He spent a lot of time working with kids, kids who - like him - live with diabetes.

    “I think with the diabetes the good thing is that there's lots of people out there you can talk to and kind of hack out some details on how to deal with the disease a little better," Vause said. "If I can do that I really want to be part of that.”

    Vause was thankful for all the kind words he received in testimonials from community leaders.

    "That means a lot to me," Vause said. "I respect all those people who have given me the opportunity to help them out. I'm glad I've been able to help them and at the same time they are also great leaders in the community and I respect what they do."

    The Calgary product finished his season with a stint on an amateur try out with the American Hockey League's Texas Stars. He was very happy with the experience and hopes it will turn into another professional opportunity for next season.

    As for today's bantam draft, Vause has a message from the new Broncos...

    "Overall it's been a great time and there are great people," Vause said. "I don't know if you would have that same experience in a bigger city where you get so many people that just really care for you at a one on one level. Swift Current is a great place to play."

    Interview with Taylor Vause:

    He finished the season on a try out deal with Texas in the AHL. Vause hopes another pro opportunity will pop up this summer.

    As for today's draft, Vause would tell any new Broncos that Swift Current is a great place to play and the people really treat them well.


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    Luke Siemens For Moose Jaw Warrior Goalie

    WHL draft day also included its fair share of major deals.

    The goaltending dominos started to fall as Lethbridge Hurricanes added All-Star overage Goalie Ty Rimmer of the Tri City Americans in exchange for a 2nd round pick in 2013 and 3rd rounder in 2014.

    Prince Albert picked up overage netminder Luke Siemens from Moose Jaw for a 4th round draft pick in this draft and a 3rd round draft pick in 2013.

    While the Broncos do have question marks in net, that kind of price was too high for them, “We’re always looking to get better,” said Coach/GM Mark Lamb. “We’re not looking to give up that type of price when we’re still building. When we’re sitting at the draft table and the price is so high… we can just be patient. We’ve got the European draft coming up, we’ve got trades we could make, (but) we just didn’t think it was right to jump into those kinds of sweepstakes.”

    Other deals included the 2013 Memorial Cup hosting Saskatoon Blades adding Shane McColgan and Jessey Astles from the Kelowna Rockets, and Brenden Walker from Brandon. Prince George also made several deals involving early round picks.

    Shawn Mullin Talks With Mark Lamb
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    Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.

    Speedy Creek racing is back for another season.

    Unfortunately the season did not get off to the start they were hoping for.

    "Mother nature didn't play well with us for our test and tune day," said Head of Media Relations Colin Johnston. "It's all engines ahead for the season opener on Sunday, May 13th. We're all gearing up. It will be a bit of a challenge. Nobody got to see what the cars will do before the season starts, but it will make it that much more interesting."

    The SCRA is still entertaining the idea of having a test and tune on Wednesday night.

    "We've got some guys that are coming back into the racing fold that have taken some time off," Johnston said. "The truck class is going to be growing. We've got anywhere from 7 to 9 trucks this year."
    For more information on Speedy Creek racing visit scra.ca

    Interview with Colin Johnston:
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers are going to a game seven. 

    Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal 1:28 into the game, and Jason Chimera made it 2-0 in the second, as the Capitals beat the Rangers 2-1.

    That sets up a winner-take-all game in their Eastern Conference semifinal Saturday at Madison Square Garden. 

    Marian Gaborik spoiled Braden Holtby's shutout bid in the final minute. 

    The Washington netminder finished with 30 saves.

    Former Broncos Captain Cody Eakin is with the Capitals for their playoff run, but he has yet to dress for a game.

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    The women's SunDogs in action

    Great Plains College is holding an identification camp for their volleyball program.

    Players from grade 11 and up will converge on the college tonight and tomorrow to show their skills and learn about playing with the SunDogs.

    "There's actually lots of interest," said Athletic Director Mary Jane Benesh. "I've sent out invitations to athletes that my coaches and myself have identifies. There are lots of things going on and kids are busy this time of year, but we certainly have a lot of excitement and commitment around the weekend too."

    There are already more than 20 women signed up for the camp. You can still register by showing up before the first session tonight.

    The women's camp starts at 6pm and the men's gets started at 8pm. They go all day tomorrow.

    Interview with Mary Jane Benesh:

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    A rough one for the Midget AAA Indians last night.

    The spotted the Regina Athletics 10 runs in the first two innings and fell 16-6. George Hudec scored twice and drove in a run in a losing cause. They now have a week off to re-group.

    Meanwhile, the Pee Wee AA coaching staff was relatively pleased with their play in a split double header against the Regina Pacers on the weekend, “We had to pretty good games, we've seen some really good pitching the first game and the guys really stepped it up for the second game.” said Coach Mike Kozyn, “They learnt a lot from the first game the guys really stepped it up for the second game.”

    Kozyn said that they're a young team that should be competitive in every game they play, “We're going to do very well, I've said before we're young, a little raw, but that's good to have. The boys want to be there so their skill level is going to go up very quickly and were going to compete every game.”

    The Pee Wee club is testing themselves this coming weekend as they participate in a AAA tournament in Regina.

    Kozyn hopes the tough competition pushes them to be better.

    Todd Vallee Talks With Coach Mike Kozyn

    Click herefor the games boxscore

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     The 8th Annual Swift Current Comprehensive High School Invitational Golf Tournament was held at Elmwood Golf Course earlier this week.

    Winning the Senior Boys individual competition was Josh Grimm from Hodgeville,  while the Comp's Ian Hayes and Mike Flegel from Peacock tied for second.

    Corey Bailey from Shaunavon won the Junior Boys Individual competition with Logan Tisdale from the comp coming in second.

    In the Girls competition it was Brioney Montguard from Peacock winning while the Comp's Rachel Cronan came in second.

    A team from the Comp consisting of Ian Hayes , Logan Tisdale, Blake Morrow, Cory Audette, and Thomas Hammerton won the team competition.
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    They're a AA team in a AAA league, but they aren't playing like it.

    The Swift Current AA Midget Indians are tied for second in the SPBL with a 5-4 record.

    Indians Head Coach Neil Hogg believes their success hinges on pitching.

    "When it's on we're a pretty tough team," Hogg said. "Defensively we play well and get key hits. When the pitching is off then everything seems to be off." 

    Coming off an impressive outing versus the Sasktoon Giants, Kade Behm will take the mound for the Indians tonight against the Regina Mets.

    "The last time out he went in and pitches a really good game," Hogg said. "I'm hoping to get the same performance out of him agian. We're just hoping the weather stays nice, the wind stays down and we will have a good night for ball." 

    The game begins at 6 PM at Kinsmen Field.

    Interview with Neil Hogg:
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    BJ Moen pitching last night.

    In Midget AAA SPBL action last night, Swift Current came back from down 4, but lost in extra innings to the Regina Mets.

    "Well we got down early and then came back, fought back, and I was happy with that but then when we got the lead again we just couldn't hold it." said Head Coach Neil Hogg "We didn't make some plays behind our pitchers and our pitchers walked a few batters and (we) got ourselves into trouble. We can work these things out. We're still only about a third of the way throught the season so we've got things we can definitely work on and we will work on in practice. We'll keep at it."

    Next up is a visit to Moose Jaw on Saturday.

    In Midget AA ball, Swift Current earned a convincing 10-1 victory over the Regina White Sox.

    Interview with Neil Hogg:

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    The New Saskatchewan Roughrider Jersey designedby Reebok(Photo: riderville.com)

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders have a new look.

    New uniforms were unveiled earlier today at Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field in Regina. CFL teams will be sporting a different look this season as part of the league's 100th anniversary celebration. 

    The four East Division squads unveiled their new uniforms yesterday with the four Western clubs unveiling theirs today.

    Who will be the newest Rider to don the new jersey?

    We'll find out tomorrow during the CFL draft. Barring a trade, the Riders will pick first overall.


    A side view of the new jersey.

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    It's off to Provincials in Sasktoon for the 18 and under girls SunDogs volleyball team this weekend.

    The team is coming off a 7th place showing at the Moose Jaw Element tournament last weekend posting a 3 and 3 record in process.

    "I think for us consistency has probably been our weakest point throughout the season," said Head Coach Morgan Montgomery. "We can start and end strong, but usually in the middle of a match or middle of a tournament is where we see our downfall."

    Montgomery does feel the team has come a long way.

    "I've seen them really progress," Montgomery said. "From a little bit of hesitation at the beginning of the season not really knowing each other or knowing how one another play. Now they are on there and they have meshed really well. They are a strong group of girls and we're goin to have a great go at provincials."

    Interview with Morgan Montgomery:

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    The Edmonton Oil Kings edged the visiting Portland Winterhawks 3-2 in Game 1 of the WHL Championship series on last night.

    Former Bronco Jordan Peddle's shorthanded goal in the 2nd period turned out to be the game winner.

    Game 2 goes tonight in Edmonton.

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    Junior Badminton Meadlists-Back row L to R: boys doubles champs Nolan Cox/Zach Nickel (Swift Current Comp), mixed doubles champs Erin Hughes/Quilmar Quidez (Swift Current Comp), mixed doubles silver medalists Lex de la Cruz/Danica Casat (Frontier). 
    Front row L to R: boys singles champ Aden Hudec (Fox Valley), boys singles silver medalist Taron Ham (Frontier), boys doubles silver medalists Kirk Humphrey/Sean Arnal (Eastend).

    Senior badminton players travelled to Rosetown for SHSAA regionals on Saturday, May 5. 

    In boys’ singles, Daniel Bueckert and Brandyn Albrecht from Leader had some very tough competition.  The boys both finished at 1-2 in their respective pools and did not advance to the playoff rounds.
    In girls’ singles, Hope Anderson (Frontier) had a record of 1-2 in her pool and did not advance to the playoff round.  Tianna Kissick (Swift Current Comp) finished first in her pool with a record of 3-0.  She beat Elrose in the semi (21-10, 21-18).  This put her in the final against a girl from Allan. Tianna won by scores of 21-19, 21-13 to capture the regional gold.  

    In boys’ doubles, the defending provincial champs Austin Dirk/Spenser Kosolofski (Fox Valley) finished first in their pool with a record of 3-0 despite Austin battling a leg injury.  The Swift Current combo of Darby Crozier/Evan Laturnus finished second in their pool with a record of 2-1.  The semi final was an all Southwest affair with Fox Valley defeating Swift Current 21-15, 21-8.  Unfortunately, the Fox Valley duo had to forfeit the final due to Austin’s injury.  But they still qualify for provincials.  The Swift Current boys then played in the bronze final but came up just short to Avonlea (21-17, 24-22).

    The girls’ doubles category was dominated by the Southwest.  Both the Maple Creek (Andrea Frey/Raelene Boschee) and Ponteix teams (Emily LeBlanc/Alyssa Fournier) finished first in their pools with 3-0 records.  Both teams were successful in the semi’s as well.  Ponteix beat Biggar (21-13, 21-9) while Maple Creek defeated Elrose (21-16, 21-18).  The final saw a repeat of our District championships with Maple Creek defeating Ponteix to win the regional gold (19-21, 21-15, 21-16).

    In mixed doubles, the Maple Creek pair of Cole Bennett/Annie He had a record of 1-2 and did not advance to the playoffs.  The Ponteix pairing of Irvin Lamb/Taylor Goffinet finished first in their pool 3-0.  The semi final saw Ponteix defeat Gravelbourg in a very hard fought battle 21-19, 19-21, 21-15.  The gold medal was captured by beating Biggar (21-12, 21-14).
    The Southwest will be well represented at Provincials in Melfort on Saturday, May 12 with two girls doubles teams, one girls singles team, one boys doubles team and one mixed doubles team.

    The junior badminton season came to an end with districts in Shaunavon on Saturday

    The results are as follows:
    Girls Singles:
    Gold – Heather Caswell (Frontier)
    Silver – Mataya Heschel (Herbert).
    Scores from the final 21-18, 21-15.
    Boys Singles:
    Gold – Aden Hudec (Fox Valley)
    Silver – Taron Ham (Frontier)
    Scores from the final: 21-19, 19-21, 21-19.
    Girls Doubles:
    Gold – Shay Hunter/Brooke Amon (Shaunavon)
    Silver – Som Punsri/Allyson McIntosh (Hazlet)
    Scores from the final: 21-18, 21-14
    Boys Doubles:
    Gold – Nolan Cox/Zach Nickel (Swift Current Comp)
    Silver – Sean Arnal/Kirk Humphrey (Eastend)
    Scores from the final: 21-13, 21-8
    Mixed Doubles:
    Gold – Quilmar Quidez/Erin Hughes (Swift Current Comp)
    Silver – Lex de la Cruz/Danica Casat (Frontier)
    Scores from the final: 21-19, 21-16.

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    Year two of the Great Plains College Sundogs Junior Volleyball program is in the books.

    Over 85 male and female athletes were a part of teams that attended club and provincial tournaments across Saskatchewan this spring.

    Great Plains College Athletic Director, Mary Jane Benesh, says the junior club enjoyed the involvement of current coaches and players from the senior Sundogs.

    "We had many of our players this year coaching," says Benesh. "I believe there was almost five or six of our athletes that played on our current teams last year that helped coach. Some of our assistant coaches with our men's program helped out with coaching. It's just a great relationship that we have."

    The involvement has paid dividends as two female athletes have confirmed they will attend the college next year and play volleyball for the senior squad.

    Shawn Mullin's full interview with Mary Jane Benesh:
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    Dwayne Jarrett

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed import receiver Dwayne Jarrett, import defensive back Jalil Johnson and non-import defensive back Dominic Noel to contracts. Financial details were not released.

    Jarrett (6’4 – 219) was a second round pick (45thoverall) by the Carolina Panthers in the 2007 NFL Draft. The New Jersey native remained with the Panthers through the 2009 season, and also appeared in the first three games of the 2010 campaign during his time in Carolina.  Over the course of his time in the NFL, the 25-year old appeared in 32 games while making three starts and recorded 35 receptions for 428 yards and one touchdown.

    One of the most decorated receivers in USC history, Jarrett was a three year starter and two-time consensus All-American for the Trojans. During his time in Southern California, Jarrett played in 38 games and finished his collegiate career with receiving totals of 216 receptions for 3,128 yards and 41 touchdowns. While forgoing his senior collegiate season to enter the NFL Draft in 2007, Jarrett still remains the Pac-12’s all-time record holder with 41 receiving touchdowns.

    Johnson (5’10 – 181) joins the Riders after originally signing as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2011 season. The 23-year old played his freshman season at Mississippi Delta Community College where he tallied 27 tackles,18 pass break ups and two interceptions prior to transferring to Jackson State University. During his tenure with the Tigers, Johnson finished with career totals of 59 tackles, 18 pass break ups, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 21 games played.

    Noel (5’10 – 175) joins the Riders after completing an outstanding career at Laval playing for the Rouge et Or. The 24-year old defensive back was named a CIS All-Canadian in 2011 while also being named a defensive All-Star in the RSEQ conference. The native of Sorel, Quebec played in 30 games during his career at Laval, playing in three Vanier Cup championships and capturing two.

    • The Saskatchewan Roughriders also announced they have released the following players.
      Import LB – Maurice Lloyd
      Import LB – Kye Stewart
      Import LB – Darnell Bing

      Non Import WR – Kolten Solomon
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    Swift Currents Luke Barry

    Swift Current's Luke Barry had a hit and an RBI as the Prarie Baseball Academy out of Lethbridge beat the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute 5-1 to win the Canadian College Baseball Conference championship on Sunday.

    Fellow Swift Current products Chad Schultz and Reiley Grose played for Vancouver Island.

    All three will suit up for the WMBL Indians this summer.

    Click here for the games boxscore

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    2012 Wildcat Team

    The Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats will be represented at the SHA Top 45 U18 Female Summer Camp by veteran players Delaine Feil (Maple Creek), Karrah Newkirk (Swift Current) and Brooke McAdam (Conquest) this summer. 

    Moriah Andrews, a goaltender from Regina who will suit up for the Wildcats in the fall, was also selected for the camp. 

    Former Wildcat, Desirae Kuhlmann, was also invited to participate in the selection camp.

    As were Kyle's Brooklyn Gillanders, Britannia Gillanders and Mairi Sorensen. 

    The forty-five individuals chosen were a make-up of the U18 returning Team Saskatchewan players from last year, as well as players from the SaskFirst Zone Tournament.

    Click here to see the full list 

    Two Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats were invited to the new U16 Female Summer Development Camp. 

    Brooklyn Haubrich (Hodgeville) and Gabrielle Gray (Brownlee) will take part in the first U16 camp.

    A number of other players from the the area were also invited to the camp.  Among them are Keely Chalk (Swift Current), Karlie Bell (Swift Current), Kayla Kirwin (Gull Lake), Mackenzie Kuffner (Avonlea), Alison Lockwood (Conquest), Paige Travers (Elbow) and Jasey Book (Loreborn).

    Shawn Mullin's full interview with Wildcats Coach Terry Pavely:
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    The Saskatchewan Roughriders will be holding their first full training camp practice on Sunday, June 3rd at 1:30pm at the University of Regina.  This and all other training camp practices are open for fans to attend.

    Immediately following Sunday’s practice fans in attendance will get a chance to meet their favorite returning Riders as well as the newest players in green and white.  Players will remain on field to sign autographs and take pictures with fans of all ages.

    Free parking at the University of Regina has been designated to Lot #17 on the Southeast side of the campus for those planning to take in training camp.
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The Los Angeles Kings are three wins away from the first Stanley Cup in the team's 45 year history after taking Game 1 of the final last night.

    Anze Kopitar scored on a breakaway 8:13 into overtime to give the Kings a 2-1 victory over New Jersey. 

    Los Angeles is 9-0 on the road in the post-season, and 3-0 when they're in overtime.

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    A new potential ace takes the mound tonight as the Swift Current Indians open the WMBL season in Weyburn.

    Brian Ranta of George Fox University starts his first season with the Indians with the ball in his hand for the season opener.

    So what kind of pitcher is he?

    "I've always been a junkballer," said Ranta. "This last year I started throwing a little but harder. I rely on my fastball more than I have in the past. I just throw a fastball, curveball and change up. My curve is probably my second best pitch."
    Ranta went 8-2 with a 2.40 ERA during the 2011 college season.

    He played for the same school as 2011 WMBL Pitcher of the Year Chad Jones.

    "Well it's big shoes to fill," said Ranta. "He came up here and I don't think he gave up an earned run. I don't think I'll do that, but looking forward to doing my best. I'll do something similar."   

    The Indians are on the road tonight and tomorrow.

    Their home opener is Sunday against Okotoks.

    You can hear that game live on The Eagle 94.1 FM as part of our partial broadcast schedule for the Indians this summer.

    Interview with Brian Ranta:

    Click here for Ranta's profile

    Click here for our story with returning veteran Brennan Peterson
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    2011 Bronco first round draft pick (2nd Overall) Brycen Martin

    There is no question what position the Swift Current Broncos are targeting with the 5th overall pick in tomorrow's WHL Bantam Draft.

    "Are we going to take impact forward this year, absolutely, it's no secret everybody in the hockey juniour world out this way knows that's what were doing.”, said Assistant General Manager and Head Scout Jamie Porter, “ We have depth in our forward positions but we think that now we an opprotunity add guy that will be dynamic and lead us in the future.”

    Porter adds that they're looking at forwards and defensemen may come with later picks, “Where were picking five I probably don't even have a d-man right around there. We're fortunate that we needed a top forward and the top eight or nine guys look like they're forwards that will be what we're doing. Will we take a d with our second pick or a third pick most likely.”

    Matt Barzal of Burnaby is the consensus top prospect and will likely go to Seattle first overall. We will have in depth coverage of the draft throughout the day tomorrow on the air and on Swift Current Online.com.

    Shawn Mullin Talks With Assistant General Manager and Head Scout Jamie Porter
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    The Western Hockey Leauge draft takes place today in Calgary.

    This post will be updated as the draft continues.

    -Click here for video fo the draft
    -Click here for updating results
    -Click here to follow Shawn Mullin on Twitter
    -Click here for the Broncos official website draft page

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    Glenn Gawdin in action

    The Broncos selected Richmond's Glenn Gawdin 5th overall in the 1rst round of the WHL Draft.

    Gawdin is scored 58 goals and 90 points in 43 games for Seafair in the PCAHA.

    He is a right shooting centre listed at 6'0 and 172lbs.

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    Glenn Gawdin

    Interview with Broncos Assistant GM on Gawdin:

    Interview wtih Broncos Draft Pick Glenn Gawdin:

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    Travis Child


    The Broncos added a potential future #1 goalie in the second round.

    They selected Travis Child from the Camrose Vikings of the AMBHL.

    Child posted a record of 7-8-4 with a 3.46 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

    He is listed at 6'0 and 168lbs.

    Interview with Travis Child:

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    Don Masellis


    The Broncos added their first defenceman of the 2012 draft in the third round with hulking Burnaby product Don Masellis.

    He is listed at 6'0 and 212lbs and played on the Burnaby Winter Club team with 1rst overall pick (for Seattle) Mathew Barzal.

    Their second pick of the third round was Saskatoon left winger Wyatt Sloboshan.

    He is listed at 5'9 and 150lbs.

    Sloboshan led the Saskatoon Maniacs of the GSHL with 17 goals and 39 points in 25 regular season games.

    He added 10 points in 5 playoff games.

    Interview with Wyatt Sloboshan:

    Interview with Broncos Assistant GM Jamie Porter on the 2nd and 3rd rounds:

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    Jackson Keane


    The Broncos added another player with NHL bloodlines in the fourth round when they picked Jackson Keane from the Winnipeg Monarchs.

    Jackson is the son of former NHLer Mike Keane.

    He scored 51 points in 30 games this season and was ranked by some scouts as a possible second round pick.

    Interview with Jackson Keane:


    Swift Current selected D Maxime Lajoie from the Calgary Royals of the AMBHL with their fifth round pick, 95th overall.

    Lajoie is listed at 5'10 and 152lbs. He scored 12 points in 33 games this season.

    Interview with Broncos Assistant GM Jamie Porter on the 4th and 5th round picks:


    The Broncos drafted forward Brandan Arnold, the 4th leading scorer of the Saskatchewan Bantam AA League in the seventh round today.

    Arnold scored 25 goals and 62 points in 24 games this season for the West Central Wheat Kings.

    The Dodsland, SK native is listed at 5'7 and 123lbs.


    Swift Current added another goal scorer by selecting forward Ryan Rottenburger 183rd overall.

    Rottenburger scored 23 goals in 24 games with the Sask Valley Vipers of the Saskatchewan Bantam AA League.

    The left handed shooting winger from Radisson, SK is listed at 6'0 and 167lbs.

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    Kruz Listmayer


    The Broncos finished the draft by picking big defenceman Kruz Listmayer from the Winnipeg Bantam AAA Hawks.

    Listmayer scored 6 points in 22 games. He is 6’0, 210lbs and the nephew of former Bronco Colton Orr.

    Interview with Broncos AGM Jamie Porter on their 7th, 9th and 11th round picks:

    Interview with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb on the draft:
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    The 18 and under Junior Sundogs girls club Volleyball team attended provincials over the weekend in Saskatoon.

    The round robin saw the girls win versus Moose Jaw ( 5-25, 25-19, 15-13) and Glentworth (25-11, 25-11) but drop their game with Carlyle (19-25, 17-25).

    They then dropped their next match to the top-ranked team in the province, the Saskatoon Chaos (15-25, 18-25), which put them in the Tier 2 division.

    They went  2 and 1 to cap the tournament finishing 15th overall. 

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    Dale Vossen (front row second from the left) as an assistant coach with the Pats in 1991-92 

    The new Coach of the Swift Current Home Hardware Legionnaires has a simple explanation for getting back behind the bench for the first time in a decade...

    “I've still got the desire to coach. I love hockey.”

    Dale Vossen wants to bring a habit and culture of winning to the Midget AAA club, “Winning breeds winning and when you win people want to be part of that night. It's fun coming to the rink when you win and thats what I want to instill here. We want to win hockey games, whats happened in the past is in the past I'm not gonna go back to last year, not going back five years were moving ahead here.”

    Vossen said he wants to make the program into a destination for young talent, “I just want guys that want to be here, I want this program to become the program it was when I coached against Swift Current teams and Trent McCleary and Trevor Schmiess days I remember them well thats what I think we have to bring back here. If we can win the first year, win a couple years here, its so much easier to recruit players when you have a winning program and people will be phoning us instead of us phoning them.”

    The veteran coach has been an assistant at the AAA and WHL level, and a head coach throughout minor hockey.

    Shawn Mullin talks with new Home Hardware Legionnaire Head Coach Dale Vossen
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    The Pee Wee AA Indians open the season today vs Moose Jaw at Ford Field. Game time is 6:00pm.

    They travel to Regina to play a double header against Regina Pacers on Sunday.

    The Midget AA Indians play a double header Saturday vs Notre Dame.

    They host the Hounds are 1:00pm and 3:00pm at Kinsmen Field.

    Sunday they play Lumsden Cubs 1:00pm at Kinsmen Field.

    The Midget AAA Indians visit the Southeast Twins for a double header tomorrow.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The New York Rangers blanked New Jersey 3-0 last night to take a 1-0 series lead in the NHL's Eastern Conference final. 

    Chris Kreider set up Dan Girardi for the game's first goal under one minute into the third period.

    Kreider scored an insurance goal with eight minutes left in the game, with Artem Anisimov potting an empty-netter to cap the victory.

    Henrik Lundqvist  made 21 saves for the shutout.

    The Western Conference final continues in Phoenix tonight as the Los Angeles Kings try and build on their 4-2 game one win over the Coyotes.

  • RugbyARDENS2012a

    SCCHS Ardens taking on the Notre Dame Hounds on May 15(Photos courtesy: Jody Seidler)

    Ardens Rugby is in Full Swing at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School.

    Now in its 5th season, this year has seen a youth movement attempt to pick up where veteran players left off.

    "Well this year has been a regrouping or rebuilding  year" said Head Coach Rufus Crawford "the original grade 9 girls that started in the first year, that stuck with the program for four years, all graduated last year, so last year we had a really strong team."

    Crawford took over the Arden's squad after Chris Chapman left for Winnipeg after starting the program.

    "Recruiting has always been really tough for our team because after Chris Chapman left we don't have anyone in the school that's part of the coaching staff."

    The team's manager Danielle Pool does however work at the comp but Crawford says "as far as a teacher out there reminding girls, saying try out out Rugby, we don't have that."

    Chapman says the new Youth Rugby program in Swift Current could remedy the recruitment problem in the future so they don't run into situations like they did earlier in the year.

    "We've got a lot of young girls on our team" said Chapman "Our first game was in Brandon, back in April we went to a tournament, which was the first game ever for three-quarters of our team."

    Chapman believes the team has come a long way since the start of the season and does not discount the rest of this season but is really looking forward to next year when the younger players are more seasoned.

    Full interview with Rufus Crawford:





  • baseball firstbase

    The City of Swift Current is pleased to re-open the City Softball Complex. 

    They were closed on Monday and Tuesday due to the wet weather on the weekend.
    Please call the Recreation and Parks office at 778-2787 for more information.
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The New Jersey Devils stepped it up last night despite missing thier regular season scoring leader Ilya Kovalchuk.

    David Clarkson and Adam Larsson scored their first goals playoffs, while Travis Zajac and Bryce Salvador added goals as the Devils downed Philadelphia 4-1.

    Kovalchuk missed the game with a lower-body injury.

    The second-round series is now tied 1-1.

    The Montreal Canadiens will hold a news conference later today to announce Marc Bergevin as the team's new general manager.

    Bergevin, a Montreal native, will take over from the fired Pierre Gauthier.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The Los Angeles Kings are one win away from advancing to the Western Conference Semi Final after beating St. Louis for the third straight time.

    The Kings downed the Blues 4-2, to take a 3-0 series lead last night.

    Drew Doughty netted a goal and two assists while Jonathan Quick made 18 savesfor the Kings.

    Game 4 is in L.A. on Sunday.

    Alexei Ponikarovsky scored 17:21 into overtime as the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 last night.

    The win means the Devils have a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal.

    Ilva Kovalchuk returned from a lower back injury and got a goal and two assists for the Devils.

  • scindians logo

    It was a rainy weekend for baseball as many games were cut short or cancelled around the province.

    The Swift Current AA midget Indians got their finished their first game winning in Saskatoon versus the AAA Giants 10-8 before game 2 was cancelled due to weather.

    The midget AA Indians got 3 innings in on Saturday before the game was canceled versus Melville here in Swift current.

    Sundays action was also canceled against Kipling.

    Rain also spoiled the Pee Wee AA season opener vs Yorkton.

    Click here for complete stats of game 1 between the AA Indians versus Saskatoon.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The New Jersey Devils are in the Eastern Conference final for the first time since winning the 2003 Stanley Cup. 

    Martin Brodeur made 27 saves as the Devils eliminated Philadelphia with a 3-1 Game 5 win. 

    David Clarkson got the game winning goal when flyers Netminder Ilya Bryzgalov's clearing attempt rebounded off his stick and went  into the net.

    The Devils could find out who they'll meet in the Eastern Conference final tonight as the New York Rangers have a 3-2 lead in their series versus Washington.

    If the Capitals force a game 7 it wouldn't be played until Saturday.

  • taman
    Brendan Taman

    With training Camp only weeks away the Saskatchewan Roughriders continue to prepare for what they hope will be a turn-around 2012 season.

    2011 saw the team post a league-worst 5 and 13 record.

    Once you get past started Darian Durant, the team will look different at the Quarterback position.

    "The challenge that you have when you (upgrade your depth at QB) is that you have to weight the experience factor compared to the ability factor" said Riders GM Brendan Taman. "We sort of took a different approach than we had in the past. We sort of took out the experience factor and went and rolled the dice a little bit on guys who hadn't been up here but have some ability. We're pretty comfortable with where we're at right now."[CLIP]

    University of Hawaii stand-out Colt Brennan, NFL veteran J.T. O'Sullivan, Drew Willy and Levi Brown will all be vying for the spot behind Durant this season.

    Taman doesn't expect their recent draft class to have much of an impact on their success this season.

    "Anytime you go into a draft it's very rare you're going to get a guy that's going to come in and start for you right away and be an impact player," Taman said. "You build up your depth. Last year looking back at our draft we were able to get three or four guys that made our team. When you look at (Ben) Heenan... and the other kids, I think we're building our depth and it takes time for these guys... the word is develop."

    Rookie Camp opens on Wednesday May 30th and runs until Friday June 1st with the Veterans set to join camp on Saturday the 2nd.

    Full audio of the Riders audio conference:

  • canada

    Ryan O'Reilly had 2 goals earlier today as Team Canada beat Belarus 5-1 at the World Hockey Championship.

    The win clinched the Canadians top spot in the Helsinki pool.

    Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry had a goal and an assist each while Canada's other goal was scoerd by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

    Canada's quarter-final opponent will be determined later today and will be either Slovakia, France or the U.S.

    Click here for video highlights

    Click here for the boxscore

  • TrackSWAC200M2012

    Athletes race towards the finish line in the 200 M while onlookers wear jackets and toques in the infield.

    Chilly conditions did not keep Southwest athletes from breaking records at yesterday's SWAC track meet.

    Twelve records fell in total including the 4X100 meter Senior Girls record that was previously set by Swift Current Collegiate in 1963.

    Provincials will be hosted in Saskatoon on June 1st and 2nd.

    The top two athletes in each event qualified for Provincials.

    Yesterday's Aggregate Rankings:


    Yesterday's Broken Records:

  • LacrosseSwiftCurrentRampage

    Some mixed results for two local lacrosse teams over the weekend.

    Both the Novice and Bantam Swift Current Rampage squads participated in the Floor Busters tournament in Lethbridge.

    The Novice club opened with a 7-3 loss to Red Deer on Friday, but they bounced back with a 9-0 win over Crows Nest Pass and a 6-2 win over Medicine Hat on Saturday.

    Their tournament came to an end with a close 11-8 loss to Lethbridge on Sunday morning.

    The Bantam team didn't have as much success as they dropped all four of their games but they closed the gap each time.

    Scoring was an issue for the Bantam club as they were only able to notch two goals over the weekend.

  • riderlogogreen

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced they have agreed to terms with import defensive back Karl Paymah and non-import defensive lineman Renaldo Sagesse.  Financial details of the agreements were not released.

    Paymah (6’0 – 195) comes to the Riders having spent the last six seasons in the National Football League.  Originally drafted by Denver in the 3rd round (76th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft, the defensive back appeared in 130 career games split between the Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, and most recently the Houston Texans.  Prior to going pro, Paymah played four seasons at Washington State.

    Sagesse (6’4 – 289) was originally drafted by the Montreal Alouettes in the 4th round (25th overall) in the 2011 CFL Draft.  Prior to that, the Montreal native was a four year letter winner at the University of Michigan where he appeared in 35 career contests for the Wolverines recording 16 tackles and three tackles for loss.
  • mitchell field

    The Swift Current AAA Midget Indians hit the field again tonight when they host the Moose Jaw Devons.

    The AAA squad will try and improve on their 1 and 2 record to start the season.

    Game time is at 7 o'clock at Mitchell Field weather permitting.

  • benheenan

    Ben Heenan(Photo:cfl.ca)

    It was one of the worst-kept secrets of this year's CFL Canadian Draft, but the Saskatchewan Roughriders made it official, selecting University of Saskatchewan offensive lineman Ben Heenan first overall as the draft got underway this afternoon.

    The team announced their intention to select Heenan earlier this morning.

    The 6' 4", 310-pound Grand Coulee native was a resounding favourite to go first overall.

    The Green and White also chose linebacker Samuel Hurl of the Calgary Dinos 12th overall, linebacker Kevin Regimbald-Gagne of Sherbrooke 35th overall, and wide receiver Ismael Bamba, also of Sherbrooke, with their last pick in the sixth round, 39th overall.
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The Los Angeles Kings are the first team to push through to the NHL conference finals.  

    The Kings completed a sweep in the Western Conference semifinal with a 3-1 victory over St. Louis yesterday. 

    Dustin Brown had two goals for L.A. while Jonathan Quick made 23 saves.

    The New Jersey Devils overcame a two-goal deficit and pushed the Braydon Coburn and the Philadelphia Flyers to the brink of elimination with a 4-2 victory last night

    Dainus Zubrus scored two goals while Martin Brodeur enjoyed his 40th birthday.

    He made 20 saves, and picked up an assist on Zubrus' final goal.

    According to several reports The Phoenix Coyotes may have a new owner.

    The reports say NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is in Glendale, Arizona to announce that a tentative agreement has been struck. 

    The likely new ownership group is led by Greg Jamison,  the former CEO of the San Jose Sharks.

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    Rhett Rachinski scored the overtime winner in game 4 of the WHL Championship last night as the Edmonton Oil Kings evened the series at two games a piece with the Portland Winterhawks.

    Former Bronco Jordan Peddle had an  assist on the first Oil Kings goal.

    Laurent Brossoit made 39 saves for Edmonton while Mac Carruth had 38 between the pipes for Portland.

    Game 5 goes tomorrow night in Edmonton.

    Click herefor t he boxscore
  • 2012 CCBC First All Star'

    2012 CCBC First All-Star Team(Photo: athletics.inside.tru.ca)

    Gouthro,  Wynn,  Catcher Travis Steinke (Red Deer, AB)   first baseman Mitch Dornblut  (Surrey, BC), second baseman Evan Comeau (Waverly, NS) left fielder Corey Wood (Fredricton, NB, designated hitter  Luke Barry (Swift Current, SK)   and pitcher Regan of PBA,  third baseman Condon, Utility man Tyler Lowey (Calgary, AB), both of TRU .   Shortstop Dallas Monk (Comox, BC), right fielder Liam Goodall (Nanaimo, BC) and pitcher Russell of VIBI.

    Chad Schultz and Luke Barry of Swift Current earned post-season honours in the Canadian College Baseball Conference.

    Barry is the 1rst all-star team designated hitter while Schultz is the 2nd all-star team second baseman.

    Schultz has enjoyed his first year of college ball with the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute.

    "You get a lot better. You get more reps for hitting and ground balls and you've got coaches that'll teach you the right way to swing and the right way to play the game. Its just an awesome experience."

    He says moving up to college ball was an adjustment.

    "The Pitching is a lot harder so I had to learn to get my foot down on the faster pitches to get that fast ball going. I'm low in the line-up so I'm looking (at) fast balls most of the time so I... basically try and hit it off-field somewhere."

    Schultz, fellow Swift Current product Reiley Grose and the V.I.B.I. Mariners beat Luke Barry and his Lethbridge team 3-0 in the Canadian College Baseball Conference championship tournament opener in Kamloops yesterday.

    All three will be eligible to play for for the WMBL Indians this summer.

    For CCBC Championship results click HERE.

    Swift Current Online's Shawn Mullin speaks with Chad Schultz:

    2012 CCBC Second All Star

    2012 CCBC Second All-Star Team(Photo: athletics.inside.tru.ca)

    On the second team:   Hole and designated hitter  Jimmy Semaschuk (Whitehorse, YT) of TRU , VIBI’s  second baseman Chad Schultz (Swift Current, SK), third baseman Cody Andreychuk (Nanaimo, BC), pitcher Cody Chartrand (Nanaimo, BC) and  left fielder Aaron Witzke (Lethbridge, AB). Pitcher Shawn Dawson (Drayton Valley, AB) of PBA along with University of Calgary first baseman Kyle Fruson (Medicine Hat, AB) and centerfielder Miles Hunter (Calgary, AB). Okanagan College pitcher Zach Burlon and shortstop Brian Elias were the other selections.

  • swimmers copy
    Back row: Jill Hamm, Carrie Funk, Katie Durant, David Phillip, Jackie Powell (coach)
    Front row: Melody Radicki, Jenae Ruetz, Artel Lenuik
    Missing: Colleen Morstad and Monica Hildebrandt
    Photo courtesy of Jackie

    Seven Special Olympics' swimmers competed at a meet in Regina yesterday and pulled off a sweep of sorts.

    All seven qualified for Special Olympics Saskatchewan Provincial Games that will be held in Saskatoon in June of 2013.

    Special Olympics Swift Curren Coach, Jackie Powell, says the swim meet was very good.

    "We took seven swimmers from Swift Current and they all swam very well," explains Powell. "We entered them in some different events to give them some variety and they all did very well."

    Two other swimmers previously qualified for the 2013 Provincial Games at a meet that was held in Swift Current in February.

    The swim team will be fundraising by selling hotdogs at the Brick this weekend.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    The New Jersey Devils took a 3-2 lead in the NHL's Eastern Conference final last night thanks to a 5-3 victory in Game 5 over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. 

    The Devils actually led New York 3-0 in the first but saw the Rangers get back into the game with a goal in each period. 

    The Devils' Ryan Carter snapped that deadlock with 4:24 left. 

    New Jersey can book a spot in the Stanley Cup final against the L-A Kings with a victory at home on Friday night.

  • BaseballAAMidgetIndians2012

    AA Midget Indians in action earlier this year (Photo: Jody Seidler)

    With the forecast looking like it will play ball the Midget AA Indians may get to as well.

    The AAA Regina Mets will be in town later today.

    The AA squad is currently tied for second in the AAA SPBL with a 5-4 record.

    Game time is at 6:00 PM at Kinsmen Field.

    The Midget Indians squad playing in the AA league will also be in action tonight.

    They'll be trying to get a win on the road versus the Regina White Sox.

  • IndiansBattingPractice2012

    Players take batting practice last night.

    The boys of summer are back.

    The Swift Current Indians take the field to open the WMBL season in Weyburn tonight.

    "So far so good." said six year veteran outfielder Brennan Peterson when asked how this year has gone so far. "We've got a lot of young talent it looks like. We can swing the bat decent from the first few days of batting practice so I'm excited to get going. (We've got) A lot of speed it looks like. A lot of speed in the outfield. We'll be slapping the ball around, running bases, stealing bases and playing the game hard by the looks of things."

    The product of Central Butte knows he has to be a leader.

    "There are some things that maybe some of these young faces aren't too familiar with, that I've seen, so I'll definitely try and help them out as much as I can."

    As for tonight's game:

    "A few guys have been off for a few weeks so I think it's just, as a hitter, try and see a few pitches, get comfortable in the batter's box again and take the pitcher into some deep counts."

    After tonight's season opener in Weyburn the Tribe heads to Saskatoon tomorrow.

    They host Okotoks for their home opener on Sunday night live on The Eagle 94.1

    Click HERE  for Brennan Peterson's WMBL Player Profile.

    Interview with Brennan Peterson:

    Interview with Indians Head Coach Joe Carnahan:

  • eaks
    Cody Eakin and Broncos Governor Al Stewart

    Former Broncos Captain Cody Eakin will be getting another taste of the NHL playoffs.

    The Washington Capitals have called Eakin back up to the NHL after the Hershey Bears were eliminated from the American Hockey League Playoffs.

    He started the NHL's second season as a healthy scratch in Washington before getting sent back to the Bears.

    Eakin collected 1 assist in Hersey's 5 game opening round loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

    He scored 8 points in 30 NHL games this season and 27 points in 43 AHL games.

    The Capitals and New York Rangers resume their tied second round series tomorrow in Washington.

    Tonight Shaunavon's Braydon Coburn and the Philadelphia Flyers host the New Jersey Devils.

    Philadelphia leads the series 1-0.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Mike Green scored the game winner on a third-period power play, as the Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in the only NHL playoff game Saturday.

    The Eastern Conference semi-final series is tied up at two games apiece, and game five is set for Monday in New York City.

    In playoff action today, the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings look to knock off another top team in the Western Conference, as they try to sweep the second-ranked St. Louis Blues this afternoon (1:00pm, TSN), and Shaunavon's Brayden Coburn and the Philadelphia Flyers visit New Jersey tonight (5:30pm, CBC). The Devils lead the series 2-1.

    In international hockey, Jack Johnson scored on the powerplay in overtime as the USA beat Canada 5-4 in round-robin play at the World Hockey Championships. It's the first time the Americans have beaten Canada at the tournament since 2001. Canada takes on France in their next game Monday morning.

    The WHL's Ed Chynoweth Cup final resumes tonight with game three in Portland (8:00pm, Shaw TV), after the Winterhawks evened up the series with the Edmonton Oil Kings with a 5-1 win on Friday.

    At the RBC Cup, the host Humboldt Broncos opened the tournament with a big 4-1 win over the Woodstock Slammers, while the BCHL champion Penticton Vees dropped a 2-1 decision to the Soo Thunderbirds. Two games today have the Portage Terriers taking on the Thunderbirds, and Penticton battles Humboldt.

    For more coverage of the RBC Cup, visit DiscoverHumboldt.com.
  • plazaofhonor

    Today the Saskatchewan Roughrider Plaza of Honor Committee announced four new members will be inducted into the Plaza of Honor. This year Ed Buchanan, Nate Davis, Andrew Greene and Tom Robinson will have their names forever etched into Saskatchewan Roughrider history.

    Besides being Saskatchewan’s most prestigious sporting dinner, the Plaza of Honor Dinner has contributed approximately $6 million to the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club.

    The Plaza of Honor Dinner presented by SaskTel has inducted 113 individuals who have made major contributions to the proud tradition of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club.

    The club has also inducted the 1966, 1989 and 2007 Grey Cup championship teams.

    The cairn honouring the Plaza of Honor Inductees is situated outside the main gates on the west side of Mosaic Stadium. The Plaza of Honor cairn is sponsored by SaskTel, SASK SPORT INC. and the City of Regina.

    This year’s dinner is set for Friday, September 21
    st at the Credit Union Eventplex – Evraz Place. To accommodate a much larger audience, the event has been moved to the Eventplex and will allowpatrons a spacious opportunity with a large reception area throughout the evening to meet and greet friends and associates. The ambiance will be significantly improved and there will be ample room to move around and a quick food service delivery time.

    For information on tickets or corporate tables, contact the Saskatchewan Roughrider Ticket Office at 525-1281 or 1-888-474-3377 or any committee member.

    San Diego Jr. College
    • Born in San Diego, CA.
    • Played five seasons with the Roughriders
    • Played his college ball at San Diego Jr. College
    • Played 45 regular season games for the Riders 
    • Was a member of the 1966 Grey Cup Championship Roughrider team
    • His 2,531 rushing yards as a Rider place him 10th on the all-time Rider list
    • Also had 93 career receptions for 1,637 yards and eight touchdowns
    • His 1,325 kick-off return yards place him 16th on the all-time Rider list
    • Was named to the All-Canadian team in 1964

    YEAR  TEAM                          GP       CAR    YDS    LG       TD  REC  YDS   LG  TD

    1963 Saskatchewan                 3        47        179      23        0         6     96    36      1        

    1964 Saskatchewan               16       179     1390      93        7       36    681   48      2

    1965 Saskatchewan                 4        24          86      15        0         4      87   28      0

    1966 Saskatchewan                 6        32        181      43        0       14    296   80      3

    1977 Saskatchewan               16       120       695      85        2       33    477   53      2         

    Totals                                      45       402      2531     93        9       93  1637   80      8


    Defensive Lineman
    • Born in Hartford, CN. In 1974
    • Played his college ball at Indiana
    • Spent six seasons playing for Saskatchewan
    • Was originally drafted in the second round (32nd overall) in the 1997 NFL Draft
    • Spent parts of four seasons with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons
    • Started 91 regular season games for the Riders
    • Also started in six playoff games 
    • Finished his career with 144 defensive tackles
    • His 32 quarterback sacks are 9th on the Riders all-time list
    • Also recorded five fumble recoveries
    • Was a West Division All-Star in 2003 and 2004
    • Was a CFL All-Star in 2004

    YEAR TEAM                         GP      DT       FR       QS     

    2001   Saskatchewan         13        40          2          3

    2002   Saskatchewan         15        38          1          3

    2003   Saskatchewan         17        31          0       10

    2004   Saskatchewan         18        20          2          8

    2005   Saskatchewan         12        15          0          4

    2006   Saskatchewan         16        20          0          4

    Totals                                    91      164        5          32

    Offensive Lineman
    1997; 1999-2006
    • Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1969
    • Played eight seasons with the Roughriders
    • Played his college ball at Indiana
    • Selected in the 2nd round (18th overall) by the Riders in the 1994 CFL Draft
    • Selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 2nd round (53rd overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft
    • Spent four seasons in the NFL with Miami, Seattle and Jacksonville
    • Spent nine seasons with the Roughriders
    • Started 116 regular season games on the Riders offensive line
    • Also started in nine playoff games and the 1997 Grey Cup game
    • Was named a West Division All-Star five times
    • Was named a CFL All-Star four times
    • Was the West nominee for Most Outstanding Lineman in 2000
    • Was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Lineman in 2003

    • Served as on the Roughrider Board of Directors for 11 years
    • Served as President/Chairman from 2001-2003
    • Also spent three years as Vice-President of the Riders
    • Was instrumental in conceiving, planning and implementing the modern Board of Directors structure currently used by the organization
    • Served on the first committee of the Board to search for and recommend the hiring of the first CEO
    • Instrumental in dealing with the provincial government in debt of the Club essentially forgiven
    • Helped get the finances of the Club turned around from -$3 million to +$10 million when he left the Club
    • Played a very active role at the CFL level where he served for a time as Chairman of the CFL Board of Governors
    • Served as a Vice-President for the 1995 Grey Cup held in Saskatchewan
    • Also oversaw a tremendously successful Grey Cup 2003 hosted in Saskatchewan
  • golfsaskatchewan

    Elmwood golfer Jehremy Ryde racked up some scholarship money as he continues to work on his game.

    The Saskatchewan Academic and Golf Excellence program awarded the Eston product the $1000 Kozy Scholarship.

    Ryde also earned $450 in Athlete Assistance from Golf Saskatchewan.

    The SAGE program awarded another local golfer too as Chinook's Taylor Kinch received a the $400 Richard Collacott High School Bursary.

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    Jordan Peddle lifting the Ed Chynoweth Cup 

    TJ Foster and Michael St. Croix had a goal and two points each to lead the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 4-1 Game 7 win over Portland Sunday night, as they captured the WHL title.

    Former Bronco Jordan Peddle added an assist for the Oil Kings. The Elbow native scored 7 points in the 7 game WHL final.

    Edmonton's Rhett Rachinski set the tone of the game with a goal 1:51 into the first period, Tyler Maxwell made it 2-0 with 18 seconds left in the opening frame.  St. Croix and Foster scored just under six minutes apart in the second period to make it a 4-0 lead, Portland's Oliver Gabriel score their only goal mid way thru the middle frame.

    Edmonton's Laurent Brossoit made 19 saves in the deciding game and was named the series MVP.  The win vaults the Oil Kings into the MasterCard Memorial Cup which starts Friday in Shawinigan, Quebec.  Edmonton will open against the host Cataractes Friday night.

    MasterCard Memorial Cup schedule;
    Friday, May 18th; Edmonton (WHL) v Shawinigan (Host)
    Saturday, May 19th; Saint Johns  (QMJHL) v London (OHL)
    Sunday, May 20th; Shawinigan v London
    Monday, May 21st; Saint Johns v Edmonton
    Tuesday, May 22nd; London v Edmonton
    Wednesday, May 23rd; Shawinigan v Saint Johns
  • gatewoodandsanders

    Curtis Gatewood (left) and Jock Sanders (right)

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today they have signed import defensive end Curtis Gatewood and import receiver Jock Sanders. Financial details of the signings were not released.

    Gatewood (6’3 – 255) joins the Roughriders after spending time in the NFL with Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers and most recently with the Arizona Cardinals in 2011. The 26-year old defensive end played his collegiate career in the SEC at the University of Vanderbilt and finished his four year career with the Commodores with totals of 101 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.

    Sanders (5’6 – 185) most recently spent time with the B..C. Lions during the 2011 season. The West Virginia graduate made his CFL debut in week 17 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and totaled an impressive 234 all-purpose yards. The 23-year old Florida native played four seasons for the Mountaineers of West Virginia and left as the club’s all-time leading receiver after tallying 206 receptions for 1980 yards and 14 touchdowns in 51 career games. Sanders’ 206 receptions currently sit third all-time in Big East history.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The Stanley Cup final begins tonight.

    The eighth seed in the West, L.A., will visit the third seed in the East, New Jersey.

    Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will make his 200th career playoff appearance in the series opener.

    New Jersey is looking for it's fourth Stanley Cup in five tries while the Kings are looking for their first Stanley Cup in two tries.

    Click HERE for pre-final player interviews.
  • riderlogogreen

    The Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Operations staff is busy preparing their draft strategy for the Canadian Football League’s annual selection process.

    The 2012 CFL Canadian Draft will take place Thursday May 3rd at 1:00 pm (3:00 pm ET). TSN will provide live exclusive coverage of the first two rounds of the Draft. Fans can follow the final four rounds on TSN.ca

    Roughrider General Manager Brendan Taman will be available to the media at 4:00 pm on Thursday in the Green and White Lounge at Mosaic Stadium to discuss the Riders’ draft selections.

    The Green and White enter Sunday’s selection process with three picks in the six round draft.


    ROUND 1 (1st overall)
    ROUND 3 (15th overall)
    ROUND 6 (39th overall)

  • scindians logo
    Swift Current's Pee Wee AA baseball team will have a mountain to climb this season playing in the provincial AAA league.

    "We kind of touched on that with the athletes that we will be playing some tough AAA opponents, and don't be discouraged", said coach Mike Kozyn. "We're always stressing compete... no matter what, we're going to compete."

    Kozyn still believes they have what it takes to remain competitive with the AAA teams and he thinks they have a good shot at the AA provincials.

    The Pee Wee AAs open the season at 1pm today at home against Yorkton.
  • indiansseats
    Some maintenance at Mitchell Field has caused the cancellation of a Midget AAA Indians game tonight

    Three local products tried to make an impression on the Sask First evaluators as they joined the provincial team for a tournament in Alberta last weekend.

    “All three of them played fairly well," said Midget AAA Indians Coach Neil Hogg, who was part of the Sask First staff. "Zac Mackay started in 2 games and pitched in 1 game, Reid Fritzke started in 2 games, and BJ Moen only played in 1 game. He's still only 14 years old but he did well too.”

    The Sask First team went 2-2 with a younger roster of mostly 16 and 15 year olds. Moen made the roster despite his age.

    “Well he is one of the hardest throwing kids in the province right now in our age group," Hogg said. "That's counting right up to 17 year olds. He's quite a talent.”

    The Swift Current AAA Indians game that was scheduled for 7pm tonight has been cancelled due to the unavailability of Mitchell Field which is undergoing some maintenance.

    Interview with Midget AAA Indians Coach Neil Hogg:
  • BaseballAAMosquitoIndians2012
    AA Mosquito Indians (Photo: Kevin Patinaude)

    The AA Midget Indians defeated the Notre Dame Hounds in both games of their double header Saturday, but fell short yesterday losing to Lumsden.

    The Pee Wee AA squad split their double header with the Regina Pacers. 

    The AA Mosquito Indians opened their season playing in Regina over the weekend. They will be playing in the AAA Mosquito league this year. On Saturday, they split their two games against the Regina Buffalo.  Yesterday, they tied one and won one against the Regina White Sox.
  • TrackSWAC200M2012

    Athletes race towards the finish line in the 200 M while onlookers wear jackets and toques in the infield.

    Students from around the southwest are braving the elements today at the SWAC district track meet at the comp.

    Donning Blankets and Bunny Hugs between events youth are competing for the chance to make provincials and can do so by finishing first or second in their event.

    The two day meet has been condensed into one day as to avoid possible snow in the forcast.

    Comp Track and Field Coach Mandi Tuplin is hoping to qualify lots of athletes for provincials after 39 of their 42 competitors made it through to SWAC.

    "Hopefully everyone competing there has that as their main goal. I originally thought 25, but now I'm hoping 30."

    The meet started at 9:30 with events for all age groups of male and female athletes from throughout the region.

    We'll update you if there is any change in the status of today's event.

    Results will be posted on swiftcurrentonline.com.

  • soccer1

    It was a battle of the sexes at Swift Current's Soccerfest over the weekend.

    Swift Current's very strong U14 Girls Division II club team played in the boys tournament at the event.

    "We have a very strong team and we knew that," said Coach Dale Perry. "I said to everybody that we may not win the games that we played this weekend, but the teams that we play against are going to know that they were in a game. That's how strong the girls will play that physical and agressive style."

    The girls were impressive losing 4-3 on a late goal to the Swift Current U14 boys, beating Weyburn's boys 1-0 and eventually falling 6-2 to Regina.

    Perry says despite the challenging weather, it was a good weekend for local soccer clubs that included a gold medal for the U16 boys and a silver for the U14 boys.

    Some matches were cancelled on Sunday due to the snow. 

    Interview with Dale Perry:
  • assiniboiarink
    Assiniboia Civic Centre

    Hockey Day in Saskatchewan is coming to Assiniboia.

    The annual event targeted at promoting the game of hockey and building community spirit will hit the area on January 19th of next year.

    “Assiniboia is looking at building a brand new facility which is hosting a hockey rink and curling rinks as well.”, said Mike Jensen, coordinator of promotions and events for the Saskatchewan Hockey Association, “This is going to be a way for them to raise funds for this new facility and really continue to promote hockey in these rural communities.”

    Jensen adds that Hockey day in Saskatchewan is for all communites and not just the hosting community, “Hockey day in Saskatchewan is for all communities and not only the host community to really showcase hockey in the community and showcase hockey throughout the province and really focus on minor hockey all the way up to the more elite junior levels we have in the province.”

    The SHA also encourages every minor hockey association to hold an event in their own community during hockey day.

  • motocross

    This weekend's rain has put a damper on motocross action in Swift Current.

    Organizers have cancelled today's first round of the CMRC Saskatchewan Series because of the persistent rainfall. The races will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • softball02

    The City of Swift Current is pleased to reopen all of the diamonds located at the Adult Ball Complex, including the Slo-Pitch diamonds.

    Please note that the previously closed diamonds may still be wet, and it is the users’ discretion whether to use them or not.

    The complex had previously been closed because of concerns of diamond conditions due to recent unfavorable weather.

    For more details regarding the closure please call the Recreation & Parks office at 778-2787.

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    Provincial badminton proved to be a successful tournament for the Fox Valley duo of Austin Dirk and Spenser Kosolofski. The boys defended their provincial title winning the gold medal in boys doubles. Despite Austin battling a sprained ankle, the duo placed first in their pool with a 3-0 record. They registered wins over Oxbow (21-17, 21-15), Carrot River (22-20, 21-16) and Saskatoon Hardy (21-13, 21-15). The semi final saw them beat Meadow Lake (21-12, 21-12). This set up a re-match of the earlier round robin when they ended playing Carrot River in the final. The match went to three but Fox Valley persevered by scores of 23-21, 17-21, 21-12. Congratulations to Austin and Spenser and their coach Dennis Franz!

    The Southwest got their second medal in girls’ doubles. The Ponteix team of Alyssa Fournier and Emily LeBlanc defeated the Maple Creek team of Jenna Frey and Raelene Boschee to capture bronze. Ponteix was 2nd in their pool with a 2-1 record. They had wins over Maryfield (24-22, 21-12) and Naicim (21-15, 21-16) and a loss to Medsted (13-21, 13-21). Meanwhile, Maple Creek also finished second in their pool with an identical 2-1 record. They had wins over Regina O’Neill (21-9, 21-15) and Raymore (15-21, 21-15, 21-19) and a loss to Saskatoon Mahoney (13-21, 14-21). In the semifinals, Sasktoon Mahoney beat Ponteix (12-21, 17-21) while Medsted defeated Maple Creek (11-21, 8-21). The two southwest teams faced off for the third weekend in a row in the bronze medal match with Ponteix capturing the medal by scores of 13-21, 15-21. Congrats to both teams on a great showing! Ponteix is coached by Chad Striker and Garett Norbert while Maple Creek is coached by Chris Sharp.

    Ponteix mixed doubles team of Irvin Lamb and Taylor Goffinet just missed out on a medal as they finished in 4th place. The Ponteix duo finished in a three way tie for first in their pool with a record of 2-1. When points for/against were tabulated, Lamb/Goffinet were awarded 2nd in their pool. They had wins over Yellow Grass (21-19, 21-9) and Walter Murray (21-13, 21-7) and a loss to Carrot River #1 (17-21, 15-21). In the semi final they ended up playing another Carrot River team and lost (17-21, 18-21). The bronze final saw them come up against Luther from Regina. The Ponteix duo lost a close match 15-21, 21-19 and 16-21 to finish in 4th.

    SWAC was also represented by Tianna Kissick (Swift Current Comp) in the girls’ singles category. Tianna played very well and finished tied for first in her pool with a record of 2-1. She had wins over Regina LeBoldus (21-11, 19-21, 22-20) and Unity (21-19, 17-21, 21-14) and a loss to Canwood (14-21, 16-21). Unfortunately, when the points for/against were calculated Tianna just missed out on advancing to the playoff round. Tianna is coached by Janna Walker.

    Congrats to all our badminton players on a great performance!

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    The Los Angeles Kings will play for the Stanley Cup after beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 in overtime to capture the Western Conference final four games to one. 

    Dustin Penner scored 17:42 into the extra frame, moments after former Bronco Michal Rozsival had to be helped off the ice after a questionable knee-on-knee hit by the Kings' Dustin Brown.

    L.A. is 8-and-0 on the road in the playoffs. 

    The Kings will get some time to heal their bumps and bruises, as the Stanley Cup won't begin until May 30th at the home of the Eastern Conference winner.

    Game 5 of the Rangers/Devils series goes tonight in New York with the series tied at two games apiece.

  • carnahan

    Swift Current Indians Head Coach Joe Carnahan.

    The perennial powerhouse Swift Current Indians start their climb back to the top fo the WMBL on Thursday night.

    After winning the championship in 2010, they were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs last summer.

    "It's going to be a tough fight." said Carnahan "From May 31st until the end of July to win a division title and then also get in the playoffs, it's going to be tight all the way through and we're going to have to come to the park every day and come with our A-game. We should have pretty good balance. We should have a little bit more team speed than normal. A little more left handed hitting than typically we do so hopefully we'll be able to hit the ball a little bit better than we did last year. On paper anyways, we should have a little better line-up. Once the games start we'll see how everybody gels together and how things go."

    The Indians start the season in Weyburn on Thursday and host Okotoks for their home opener on Sunday night.


  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The Los Angeles Kings have won five straight playoff games on the road. 

    The Kings shelled St. Louis in the opening frame last night  beating the Blues 5-2 and taking a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference semifinal. 

    The Washington Capitals have evened their Eastern Conference semifinal at a 1-1.

    The Caps blew a 2-0 lead before Alex Ovechkin scored on a power play with 7:27 remaining to lead Washington over the New York Rangers 3-2. 

    Mike Knuble and Jason Chimera notched first-period goals less than five minutes apart before the Rangers started to chip away but fell short.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The only game in the NHL playoffs Friday night saw the Phoenix Coyotes draw closer to their first Western Conference final.

    Shane Doan scored in the first period, and that would hold up to be the game winner, as the Phoenix Coyotes beat Nashville 1-0 to take a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference semi-final. Goalie Mike Smith made 25 saves for the shutout.

    The Coyotes can finish off the Predators with a win at home on Monday.

    There's just one game in the playoffs today as Washington hosts New York (10:30am, CBC). The Rangers have a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semi-final.

    Brendan Leipsic scored twice and Troy Rutkowski had a couple of assists as the Portland Winterhawks beat Edmonton 5-1 in game two of the WHL's Ed Chynoweth Cup Final. The Oil Kings have only lost twice in their last 26 games dating back to the regular season. The series is tied up at a game apiece with game three set for Sunday in Portland.

    Team Canada has a big game against the USA in round-robin action at the World Hockey Championships this morning (10:00am, TSN). Forward Alex Burrows is questionable for today's game, after he suffered an apparent concussion in Canada's 3-2 win over Slovakia in yesterday's tournament opener.

    The Humboldt Broncos host a strong field in the RBC Cup National Junior A Hockey Championship. The SJHL and ANAVET Cup Champs take on the Woodstock Slammers from Ontario tonight, while the BCHL's Penticton Vees battle the Soo Thunderbirds in the opener this afternoon. The Portage Terriers from the MJHL round out the five-team tournament and begin play tomorrow.
  • Dale Vossen Pats
    Dale Vossen (front row second from the left) as an assistant coach with the Pats in 1991-92 

    Dale Vossen is the new Head Coach of the Midget AAA Home Hardware Legionnaires.

    He has tasted success at the AAA level before as an Assistant Coach with the Regina Pat Canadians for two seasons in the late 80s. In 1988 they won the Air Canada Cup as national champions. They reached the final in 1989.

    Vossen then made the move up to the WHL where he was an Assistant Coach for the Regina Pats under Brad Tippett in 1991-92.

    In Swift Current, Vossen spent a season as the Head Coach of the K-Motel Midget AA Hurricanes ten years ago. It was during that season he was able to coach his son Evan who would go on to an excellent junior and college career. Evan recently scored the OT winner for McGill in his final game of CIS hockey to win their first national championship.

    Dale has been involved on and off with La Ronge of the SJHL as a scout since the founding of the organization. He has also been a scout for the Pats and the Kamloops Blazers in the WHL.

    Kim Bachek, who is also Swift Current Minor Hockey's Midget rep, will be the General Manager and run the office. Brad Woods will stay with the organization in a front office capacity handling sponsorship and communications.

    Vossen takes over for Jason Johns who was let go following Swift Current's first round exit. It was the first trip to the playoffs for the Legionnaires in eight years, but they ended under a cloud of turmoil on an extended losing streak.
  • betties regina injury
    Officials tend to an injured Regina player as others watch on concerned

    The upstart students still have something to learn from their veteran teachers.

    Swift Current's Redneck Betties led the Regina Gravediggers throughout most of their roller derby bout on Saturday night, but a late surge forced a rare overtime in front of another loud and energetic Credit Union iPlex crowd.

    In the end, the Gravediggers pulled off a 147-143 victory after a very physical two minutes of extra time.

    "To only be four points behind it was the most amazing thing to watch," said Betties player of the game Jinger Vitis. "It was just a really good game. Everybody put on a really good show and I'm super proud of my girls."

    Last night was only the second bout of 2012 for the Betties' second season.

    They had spent time learning from several of the more experienced Regina players when they first got started.|

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    Swift Current had a lead at half and were also ahead down the stretch. Regina was able to tie things up with an excellent final minute.

    "When we come out in the second half, because we're so strong in the first half, we have to stay focused," added Jinger Vitis. "Usually the first couple of jams we let it slip out of our hands and then we have a hard time catching back up. As long as we stay focused, play as a team and do our walls as we are supposed to, I think we will have no problem."

    As for the player of the game award, it was a special honour for Jinger Vitis in only her second roller derby bout.

    "I'm the only rookie that was playing," she said. "To actually get the player of the game I'm so excited."

    A scary moment interrupted the bout late in the second half as one of the Gravediggers was taken off the playing surface on a stretcher.

    Last word was that she had a minor head injury as was removed in that way as a precaution.

    "I've had a concussion, a separated shoulder, a knee blown out," said Jinger Vitis. "It is hard hitting and it's very demanding."

    The Betties are back at the Credit Union iPlex again on June 16th.

    You can get more information on their Facebook page.

    Interview with Jinger Vitis:
  • memorialcup2012

    The London Knights beat former Swift Current Bronco Jordan Peddle and the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-1 at the Memorial Cup yesterday, forcing the Oil Kings to play in a tiebreaker tomorrow. 

    London can get a bye to the final if the defending champion Saint John Sea Dogs beat the host Shawinigan Cataractes in the round robin finale tonight.

    Click herefor the Knights/Oil Kings box score.
  • riderlogogreen

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to welcome a group of guest coaches to the 2012 Training Camp beginning June 3rdat the University of Regina. 

    Cheston Blackshear joins the Riders after spending the last three seasons at the University New Mexico working with the Offensive Line and Tight Ends and has nine years’ experience coaching at the collegiate level. Blackshear entered coaching after an outstanding playing career at the University of Florida where he was a four-year letter winner (1996-99) with 28 career starts at offensive guard. He will work alongside Offensive Line Coach Kris Sweet.

    Jeff Cummins is the head coach of the Acadia University Axemen.  In his seven years at Acadia, Cummins has captured back to back AUS Football Championships (2005, 2006) and was named AUS Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2005. Following his graduation from the University of Oregon, Cummins played six seasons in the Canadian Football League with stops in Las Vegas, Toronto, Ottawa, and Hamilton where he captured the 1999 Grey Cup with the Tiger-Cats.  Cummins will work with Rider Coach Mike Walker and the Defensive Line.

    Richard Kent spent the 2011 season with the United Football Leagues Omaha Nighthawks.  Kent comes to the Riders with over 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and professional levels.  Previous to Omaha, Kent spent the 2009 season as the secondary coach with the Toronto Argonauts.  As a player, Kent was a quarterback and receiver at Appalachian State from 1979-81.  Kent will spend time with Special Teams Coordinator, Craig Dickenson and Linebackers Coach, Alex Smith. 

    Ben Norton guests with the Riders after spending the 2011 season with the UFL’s Hartford Colonials where he filled the triple role of offensive line assistant, special teams assistant and offensive quality control coach.  In addition, Norton has over 17 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, working mostly with offensive linemen. As a player, Norton was a four year letter winner at Stephen F. Austin State in Texas and wasa member of the team that played in the 1989 NCAA FSC national championship game.  Norton will spend time working with Running Backs Coach, Bob Dyce as well as Coach Kris Sweet and the offensive line. 

    Jamie Stoddard joined the University of British Columbia in 2010 as a Receivers Coach.  Before getting into coaching Stoddard enjoyed an impressive nine year professional career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as a non-import wide receiver. While with Winnipeg, Stoddard had 191 receptions and amassed 2,808 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns.  Stoddard will work with Receivers Coach Jason Tucker. 

    Ted White joins the Riders from Howard University where he is currently the Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach. From 1994-98 White attended Howard where he is the Bison and MEAC all-time passing leader and total offense leader with almost 10,000 yards during his productive collegiate career. Following that, White played professionally for five years with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and also had stints with the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe and the Montreal Alouettes.  White will join Coach Khari Jones working with Rider quarterbacks.

    The Roughriders have revised their camp schedule. Rookie Camp will now open on Thursday, May 31st at the University of Regina. Full 2012 Training Camp officially opens on Sunday, June 3rd at the University of Regina.

  • Giorgio Estephan
    A newsletter predicts Giorgio Estephan could be a Bronco draft pick 

      We will learn the identity of the next blue chip Broncos prospect this Thursday when the WHL holds its annual Bantam Draft.

    Swift Current holds the 5th overall selection in the first round and three more picks in the second and third rounds. 

    Tyler Neisz of Western Elite Hockey Prospects newsletter believes the strength of the draft is out west.

    "It's dominated by lower mainland kids in BC," Neisz said. "Alberta is actually very weak, probably their weakest draft since 2006 with as low as maybe eight players going in the first two rounds. It's looking strong at the top. I'd say maybe the first four to five picks could be forwards. All of those forwards have something a little bit different to offer. Some are more power forwards, some are more set up guys, some have a lot of leadership and two way play.  All seven of those (top) forwards are good players. They've probably separated themselves a little bit from the other ones.

    That suits the Broncos just fine as the WHL club has picked defencemen with each of their three first round picks over the last two drafts.

    They will likely be targeting a forwards in the first round on Thursday.

    Neisz speculates the Broncos might be more likely to take one of the higher ranked Alberta forwards because they've had more success dealing with prairie kids.

    His mock draft has Swift Current drafting Alberta Bantam League leading scorer Giorgio Estephan of Edmonton 5th overall, but Neisz says any forward they get in the top 5 of this draft should be an impact player.

    Burnaby's Matt Barzal is considered the consensus top pick and Seattle currently holds that selection.

    Neisz doesn't expect it will be a big draft for southwest products. He added that 2013 could be sigiciantly better for players from our region. 

    We will have full coverage of Thursday's draft on the air and online as it happens.

    Interview with Tyler Neisz:

    Click here to visit the Western Elite Hockey Prospects website
  • scindians logo

    Fresh off a dramatic comeback win over Moose Jaw, the Swift Current Midget AAA Indians head to Saskatoon with a short lineup.

    The Tribe will be down to nine players this weekend because Zac Mackay and Reid Fritzke are in Okotoks, AB, with the Sask First team.

    Coach Neil Hogg says they have some things to clean up after giving up 14 runs in that extra innings win on Wednesday: "We got to work at more scenarios in practice and get them on the same page as the coaching staff. We have to start throwing more strikes and be more consistently ahead in the count with the pitchers"

    Swift Current visits the Saskatoon Cubs for a double-header today.

    Meanwhile, the Midget A Indians open their season in the Midget AA league at home to Melville at 1:00pm today.
  • mitchell field

    The Swift Current AAA Indians game that was scheduled for 7 PM tonight has been cancelled due to the unavailability of Mitchell Field which is undergoing some maintenance.
  • indiansseats

    Zac Mackay threw a complete game, 3 hit shut out yesterday as the Swift Current Midget AAA Indians split a double header against the Southeast Twins.

    Reid Fritzke and Hayden Johnston each had 2 hits and an RBI in a winning cause.

    The Indians lost their other game against the Twins 11-8.

    Mackay scored 3 times and Johnson drove in 3 runs in a losing cause.

    They visit the Regina Athletics tomorrow.

    Meanwhile, the Midget AA Indians beat Notre Dame in both games of a double header yesterday.

    They play Lumsden at 1pm in Swift Current today at the Kinsmen diamond.

    The Pee Wee AA team is off to Regina today for double header vs Regina pacers.

    They opened their season on Friday with a win over Moose Jaw

  • baseball firstbase

    The City of Swift Current is pleased to re-open all of the diamonds located at the Adult Ball Complex. 

    The complex had previously been closed because of concerns of diamond conditions due to recent unfavourable weather.

    For more details regarding the closure, please call the Recreation & Parks office at 778-2787.

  • BaseballAAMosquitoIndians2012

    For the second straight weekend, the Swift Current AA Mosquito Indians fell just short of winning a AAA tournament.

    The team went undefeated through round-robin play, and disposed of the Regina White Sox team that beat them for the championship the prior weekend, before dropping a 4-2 decision in the final to the Saskatoon Braves.

    AA Mosquito head coach Ken Wall said there are a few aspects of the team's game that impresses him.

    "I think it's our competitiveness and the way we battle," said Wall. "I think we're really battling hard. We're probably as deep in pitching this year as we've been in a lot of years. We've got about six or seven guys that can all bring it and can all throw strikes. I think it's even our hitting."

    The AA Mosquito Indians will attend a tournament in Weyburn next weekend.

    Todd Vallee's full interview with AA Mosquito Head Coach Ken Wall:
  • gordon-top-prospects
    Gordon at the CHL Top Prospects Game 

    Bronco forward, Coda Gordon, is among 105 of the top NHL draft-eligible players from North America and Europe who have been invited to the 2012 NHL Scouting Combine which will be held from May 28 – June 2 in Toronto, ON.

    Gordon is the 61st ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Draft Rankings.  The 6’1”, 179 lbs. Cochrane, AB product ranked second on the team in goals with 30 and tallied 53 points in 66 games played this past season.  He also led all WHL rookies in power play goals (15), second in power play points (27), fourth in goals (30) and eighth in points (53).

    The Combine provides an opportunity for teams to meet and interview prospects as well as see them tested in an off-ice setting.

    The 2012 NHL Entry Draft will be held June 22nd & 23rd 2012 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    For a complete list of all of the Central Scouting Draft Combine invitees, click HERE.

  • Saskatchewan Roughriders_1985_Logo

    Saskatchewan Roughrider Board of Director Chairman Roger Brandvold issued the following statement regarding the recently proposed stadium project.

    We look forward to working diligently with all levels of government, and our partners with the objective of creating a new home for the football club. Almost all other clubs in the league are engaged in planning or have already implemented significant projects or major renovations to their facilities.

    We are very supportive and encouraged with the work and planning the City of Regina has put into this project. We also have confidence the provincial government shares this vision of a world class stadium in the province.


    The Saskatchewan Roughriders and the entire CFL is a growing entity and this stadium is essential to providing the world-class amenities our fans deserve.


    As a tenant of this proposed project, we understand and embrace the various other sporting groups and concerts that will benefit from a new stadium.


    With over 120 full-time and 40 part-time staff currently working in the Rider organization, it has become increasingly difficult to continue to grow as a club with our facilities. A recent economic impact study showed an estimated $73 million dollars is generated in the province throughout the Roughriders home games. Another $55-60 million will be generated as the province gets ready to host the 101st Grey Cup in 2013.


    We are excited to seeing this dream become a reality for all of our stakeholders, none more important than our amazing fans who continue to support this club.

  • speedy creek

    Today is the first race of the Speedy Creek Racing season.

    The special Mother's Day event includes IMCA Modifieds, Trucks, Hobbies & Streets.

    The event gets started at 2pm.

    Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and free for children.

    Check out their website for more information.
  • elmwood sunny
    Elmwood Golf and Country Club

    Daegan Wall of Regina fired a final round 68 to claim the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour Saskatchewan Season Opener and first event on the SGI CANADA Junior Order of Merit Tour at Elmwood Golf and Country Club in Swift Current. With the win, Wall picks up 500 OMT points.

    After an opening round 76, the Regina golfer sat six shots back after the first day.  Bengough's Tyrin Foley held the first round lead but followed his opening round 70 with a 77 on day two to finish in fourth place.

    Coronach's Riley Grona made a push on day two firing a 69 to finish one back in a tie for second with Prince Albert's Zach Hurd who went 72-73.

    In the 12 and under boys Brendan Kesterke of Headingley, MB won with two-day total of 147 (75-72).  Regina's Noah Kozack was the top Saskatchewan finisher (2nd) with an 80-75 155 to pick up 400 Order of Merit points.

    On the girls side, Winnipeg, MB's Jenna Roadley fired an impressive two day 146 (71-75) to win the championship.  Coronach's Sydney Elder finished third with a 104-91 195 to be the top Saskatchewan finisher.

    The top finishers from Swift Current were Jessy-Lee Lacher (6th in Boys 17-19) and Erykah Pool (4th in Girls).

    Click here for full results from the event

  • rain jun18

    Due to the weather in Swift Current today, the City Ball Complex Slo-Pitch diamonds will be closed until further notice.

    Swift Current Minor Baseball cancelled all their events for the day. 

    As well, all Swift Current Soccer Association soccer will be cancelled today.
  • softball02

    Due to the amount of moisture accumulated over this past weekend, the City Ball Complex Slo-Pitch diamonds 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 & 10 (bottom pie), will be closed.

    These diamonds will be closed until further notice.

    However, Ladies Fastball diamonds 3, 4, 5 & 6 (top pies) will be kept open.

    For more details regarding the closure, please call the Recreation & Parks office at 778-2787.
  • 2012 WHL_final_EDM_POR_newser_13940
    Photo from WHL.ca

    Oliver Gabriel's second goal of the game with 2:39 remaining in the third frame gave Portland a dramatic 3-2 win over former Bronco Jordan Peddle and the Edmonton Oil Kings in Game 6 of the WHL Championship series.

    The victory saved Portland from elimination and forced a seventh and deciding game for the Ed Chynoweth Cup tonight in Edmonton.

    Joe Morrow also scored while Cam Reid had two assists for the Winterhawks

    Michael St. Croix and Stephane Legault scored for the Oil Kings.

    Mac Carruth turned aside 30 of 32 shots he faced to backstop the Hawks to the win, while Brossoit stopped 42 of 45 shots he faced in a losing cause for the Oil Kings.

    Peddle was held off the score sheet after potting two goals and an assist in Edmonton's Game 5 victory. He has six points in the championship series.

    Click here for the official scoring summary

  • indians

    It was as learning experience for the AA Pee Wee Indians at the Legasee AAA tournament in Regina.

    The team posted a record of 0-2 and 1 in the tournament that requires the use of wooden bats.

    Next action for the AA Indians is on Saturday with a double header versus the Regina Pacers followed by another double header vs Melville on Sunday.

    Game times are 1 and 4 at Ford field.

  • zane lambert
    Zane Lambert hangs on "Ram Rod" for his PBR title clinching ride Saturday

    The Redhead Equipment Cody Snyder PBR Invitational saw its second champion crowned Saturday night.

    Zane Lambert of Westbourne, Manitoba, rode "Ram Rod" in the final round and scored an 87.5 to take the title with a combined two-ride score of 171.

    "The second bull I got on... they've taken him to the Canadian Finals last year and a couple of guys here had got on him and they told me what he kind of did, and so I was kind of set up for him to spin right and he did spin right, and everything really worked out there, too." Lambert said after the event. "Just kept my hands shut, there were a couple of times that bull had me bucked off, but I kept going to him and I made the whistle."

    Lambert was in Swift Current for the first PBR event in the city, and this year's win is a sheer improvement from his showing last year. "I didn't do so good last year, I bucked off in the first round, but I redeemed myself this year, and it's been going my way, so hopefully we can keep this going throughout the rest of the season."

    Stetson Lawrence of Williston, North Dakota, was the only other rider to stay on for eight seconds in the final round, and finished second with a combined score of 167.5.

    Last year's champion, Scott Schiffner, had an 81 in the long round to make it to the finals, but was bucked off in the championship round.

    Top finishers from Saturday's PBR event:

    1. Zane LAMBERT - 171.0 pts
    2. Stetson LAWRENCE - 167.5
    3. Aaron ROY - 86.5
    4. Chad BESPLUG - 85
    5. Tanner BYRNE - 83.5
    6. Dusty EPHROM - 83
    T-7. Kyle LOZIER - 82.5
    T-7. Ty PATTEN - 82.5
    T-7. Garrett GREEN - 82.5
    10. Scott SCHIFFNER - 81

    Highlights from Saturday's event:

    Zane Lambert talked with reporters following the event:

  • derby apr14
    Action from the Redneck Betties season-opening bout on April 14

    The Redneck Betties are back at it tonight in their second bout of the rollerderby season, and will host a veteran Regina team.

    "We're really a close team," said Betties captain Smash Vegas "Obviously, our conditioning is probably one of our biggest assets, so we've really been working on the strategy parts of our game."

    The bout at the Credit Union iPlex tonight is almost sold out, but you can check out Elmwood Grocery or Empire downtown for any remaining tickets.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Smash Vegas about tonight's matchup:

  • Willis
    Odell Willis

    Saskatchewan Roughriders Defensive End Odell Willis was to appear in an Atlanta courtroom today but it looks like the date has been pushed to June and that Willis will not have to physically appear.

    The Riders' trade acquisition is facing a charge of driving under the influence stemming from blowing over the legal limit in early April, only 2 weeks after Saskatchewan acquired him.

    Reports say that Willis has performed community service and will not have to physically appear in court making him available for training camp.

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    After going winless in a tournament last weekend, the Swift Current Pee Wee AA Indians are back on the diamond this weekend for four home games.

    "The youth of our team really showed, we saw some really good pitchers and we were just a little tentative to get the bats off our shoulders, but overall, we played good," Coach Mike Kozyn said. "Realistically, if we had more experience, which we're getting, we could have went 2-and-1 in that tournament."

    The Pee Wees will host the Regina Pacers today and Melville tomorrow. Both double-headers start at 1:00pm from Ford Field.

    The Midget AA Indians visit Muenster today and host Moose Jaw tomorrow afternoon at Mitchell Field, and the Midget AAA Indians are in Saskatoon tonight to play the Cubs.
  • peddle playoffs
    Jordan Peddle

    Mark Pysyk scored the game winner for the Oil Kings with 56 seconds left in regulation, vaulting them to a 4-3 win over Portland in Game 5 of the WHL Final.  Pysyk finished with two points while former Bronco Jordan Peddle was the game's second star with two goals and three points, Sven Bartschi led Portland with a goal and two points.

    Peddle has 6 points in 5 league final games. He has 12 total points in the playoffs so far.

    "I'm playing hockey like it's my last shift out there," Peddle told the gathering of reporters at the post-game press conference. "I'm 20 years old and I could possibly have one game left in this league. Gotta play every shift... my hardest shift... and make the most of it."

    The one time Midget AAA Home Hardware Legionnaire spent three seasons with the Broncos before being traded to Edmonton for veteran goalie Jon Groenheyde at the beginning of the season.

    "When we picked up Jordan from Swift Current the first thing Mark Lamb said was you're getting a hell of a playoff player," said Oil Kings Coach Derek Laxdal. "He's proven us right and he's proven Mark Lamb right. Hats off to Jordan he's had an outstanding playoffs so far. He's been a great leader on the penalty kill and he's got some big goals for us."

    Edmonton now leads the series 3-2 and can capture the league title with a win Saturday when the series shifts south of the border for Game 6.  If Portland were to win at home, that would force a deciding Game 7 Sunday night back in Edmonton.

    Click here for the post-game press conference

    Click here for highlights of game 5

  • BaseballAAMosquitoIndians2012

    AA Mosquito Indians (Photo: Kevin Patinaude)

    They were a AA team playing in a AAA tournament but it almost didn't matter.

    The Swift Current AA Mosquito Indians came just short of taking home the title in a AAA tournament in Regina over the weekend losing 9-8 in the championship game.

    The team finished atop the standings in round robin play which qualified them to play for the championship.

  • LacrosseSwiftCurrentRampage

    The Swift Current Rampage Novice and Bantam Lacrosse Teams will be attending the Floorbusters Memorial tournament in Lethbridge this weekend, and there are some high expectations from the novice squad.

    "I'm hoping with all of the hard work we put in so far this season, there's really no reason we shouldn't go home with a gold medal," said novice team coach Brandon Wessner.

    The novice team is 6-and-0 in league play this year while the Bantam team is 2-and-4.

    The three-day tournament began on Friday and wraps up on Sunday.
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Two teams that very few hockey fans predicted would play for the Stanley Cup when the playoffs started a month ago will now battle for hockey's greatest prize starting next week.

    Adam Henrique scored 63 seconds into overtime for the New Jersey Devils as they knocked off the top-ranked New York Rangers in six games with a 3-2 victory Friday night, and claimed the Prince of Wales Trophy as Eastern Conference Champions.

    The sixth-seeded Devils will face the eighth-ranked Los Angeles Kings, who surprised everyone by ousting the top three seeds in Vancouver, St. Louis and Phoenix, and winning all but two games en route to the Western Conference title.

    The Stanley Cup Final series begins on Wednesday in Newark, NJ.

    At the MasterCard Memorial Cup, the host Shawinigan Cataractes beat the defending champion Saint John Sea Dogs 7-4 in Friday night's semi-final to earn a spot in Sunday's final against the London Knights, who haven't played since their final round-robin game on Tuesday.
  • Riders-May11-Hopson
    Jim Hopson

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders are in the process of getting Mosaic Stadium ready for the 2013 Grey Cup with $14-million in renovations, but they hope that those renovations are only temporary.

    The Green & White held a teleconference on Thursday morning to preview the 2012 season and lots of the talk focused on the proposed outdoor stadium to be built on the city-owned Exhibition Grounds at Ezraz Place.

    President and CEO Jim Hopson says the new stadium is necessary to continue to grow the franchise, “It’s our goal to be an elite franchise and clearly right now our facility would not be up to what others have or will have.  The fans have been great and will continue to be, but I think we deserve better.

    “When we look around the league and we see what’s happened in BC, Edmonton, Winnipeg and so on, they clearly have superior facilities at this point in time and given the support of our fans and the passion for football here, I think they deserve (a new stadium).”

    A City of Regina committee unanimously approved the funding for the $280-million, 33,000-seat outdoor stadium on Wednesday with it expected to go before city council for final approval next month.  Hopson says it’s now in the province’s hands, “The premier has indicated that status quo is not an option and the city would like to have an answer by May 31st and the premier said he doesn’t know if they can make that, but we expect something as early as June and with civic elections this fall, I think it’s important that we do hear something by mid-summer at the latest or it could get pushed even further back.”

    The province would be responsible for $230-million in funding for the new stadium, while the city would pitch in the other $50-million.

    Hopson says something needs to be done sooner rather than later, “I am concerned that if not now, when and where we’ll go from here because we’ve had years of debate already and very little action.  I stress again that we are very proud of what we’re doing with the temporary improvements, but they are temporary and it’s not a long-term solution.”

    The renovations at Mosaic Stadium continue and Hopson says everything will completed by the first preseason game on June 22nd.  The renovations include temporary seating being added to both end zones, making the facility into a bowl, and increasing capacity to 33,000.  There will also be 33 suites and two new LED video boards, one in the Northeast end zone and the other on the West grandstand, added to the facility.

  • memorialcup2012

    For the first time since the current format was adopted back in 1983, all four teams at the Memorial Cup are tied at 1 and 1.

    Last year's champions, the Saint John's Sea Dogs downed former Bronco Jordan Peddle and the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-2 yesterday to create the log jam in the standings

    That means a tiebreaker will be guaranteed to be played on Thursday.

    Click HEREfor the Sea Dogs/Oil Kings boxscore.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    The New Jersey Devils are sending the NHL's Eastern Conference final back to New York knotted at 2-2. 

    Bryce Salvador and Travis Zajac scored under four minutes apart in the first period to put the Devils ahead 2-0, and Zach Parise scored twice in the third, as the Devils downed the Rangers 4-1.

    The game had some fireworks as Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur was punched by Ranger forward Mike Rupp in the third period which spurred a yelling match between New Jersey Coach Peter DeBoer and New York Coach John Tortorella.

    The Western Conference final resumes tonight with former Bronco Michal Rozsival and the Phoenix Coyotes trying to avoid elimintation veresus the L.A. Kings.

  • soccer1

    Swift Current hosts Soccerfest this weekend.

    Players ranging from the ages of 8 to 15 will be hitting the pitches at the Comp and O.M. Irwin School.

    "We've got teams coming in from Kindersley, Weyburn, Regina, Moose Jaw," said Swift Current Soccer Association board member Steve Kritzer. "We're basically the only small centre tournament in the province so we bring in a lot of teams.

    The large number of teams means there will be over 300 soccer players around the city over the weekend.

    "Swift Current soccer has a really good reputation for building some strong teams," said Kritzer. "Sadly we're not very hospitable hosts. We expect a lot of our teams will do really well.

    Saturday evening will see the TJ's Pizza Shootout which is a special event that pits all players against each each other with a chance to win pizza.

    Games begin tomorrow morning at 8:00am with the tournament wrapping up late in the afternoon on Sunday.

  • drag race
    Drag racing action from last summer at Swift Current Airport

    Drag Racing will once again take place at the Swift Current Airport this summer, and for the next few summers to come, after the City of Swift Current and Swift Current Drag Racing Association recently entered into a 3-year contract.

    "we're working closely with the SCDRA to accomodate three two-day events this summer and early fall," said Airport Manager Todd Schultz. "It's a very popular event in the community and actually in the surrounding areas, we get numerous fans and participants."

    In the past, the agreement between the City and Drag Racing Association was just done on a year to year basis.

    Schultz adds that having the races there does impact operations at the airport, but they'll do their best to accomodate as many airplanes before and after each event, and emergency aircraft will be accomodated instantly.

    The first race days for the year are scheduled for June 23rd and 24th.
  • pbr sc

    An action shot of last year's Cody Snyder Invitational at the Credit Union i-Plex.

    The bulls and riders are pulling into town for the second annual Redhead Equipment Case IH Cody Snyder PBR Invitational tomorow night.

    How do those 8 seconds feel for the bull rider?

    Kody Lostroh described it as "More adrenaline and excitement than about anything. There's nothing like completely overmatched and coming out on top. I can't count on a paycheck every week but when I do win I know it's because I did my job."

    It takes "Lots of try." according to Ty Pozzobon.

    "You've really got to want to do it because any second throughout the ride its pretty easy to give up and call it quits, so mostly a lot of try"

    Pozzobon is ranked 17th in the world and top 10 in Canada.

    "Your going to see the best bulls in Canada there." said Pozzobon "there's a lot of money to win this weekend so that's why you see the best riders going."

    Tickets for tomorrow night are almost sold out, check out tickets.scbroncos.comfor last minute seats.

    Interview with Ty Pozzobon:

    Interview with Kody Lostroh:

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Shane Doan scored twice and Mike Smith made 36 saves for his third shutout of the playoffs as the Phoenix Coyotes blanked Los Angeles 2-0 in game four of the NHL's Western Conference Final Sunday.

    The Coyotes avoided a four-game sweep by the Kings, as they try to become only the 4th team in NHL history to rally from an 0-3 deficit to take a series.

    Game five is tomorrow night in the desert.

    The Eastern Conference Final resumes tonight with the New Jersey Devils hosting the Rangers (6:00pm, CBC), with New York up 2-1 in that series. The Rangers will be without forward Brandon Prust  for tonight's after he was suspended one game for his elbow to the head of Devils defenceman Anton Volchenkov in game 2 on Saturday.

    The Shawinigan Cataractes delighted the home fans by dumping the OHL Champion London Knights 6-2 at the MasterCard Memorial Cup Sunday. Both teams are now 1-1 in the round-robin tournament. The WHL Champion Edmonton Oil Kings take on the defending national champion Saint John Sea Dogs in today's game (5:00pm, Sportsnet West). The Oil Kings beat Shawinigan in their opening game, while Saint John lost to London on Saturday.

    Russia captured the gold medal at the World Hockey Championships with a 6-2 victory over Slovakia on Sunday. The Czech Republic claimed bronze with a 3-2 win over Finland.
  • GillandersSorensen

    Two of the players invited to camp. Britannia Gillanders (left) and Mairi Sorensen (right) (Photos: sfmaaahl.com)

    Some Kyle products will be joining a trio of Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats among the players invited to the SHA Top 45 U18 Female Summer Camp.

    Brooklyn Gillanders, Britannia Gillanders and Mairi Sorensen of Kyle are part of that elite group of young women.

    They played last season for Notre Dame in the Midget AAA league.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 36 shots as the New York Rangers shut out the New Jersey Devils 3-0 yesterday. 

    The game was scoreless through 40 minutes before Dan Girardi, Chris Kreider and Ryan Callahan put the Rangers ahead.

    Martin Brodeur stopped 19 shots in a losing cause for New Jersey.

    New York now leads the Eastern Conference final 2 games to 1.

    Game 4 is Monday night in New Jersey.

    Click here for the game summary

    In the Western Conference final, the LA Kings can wrap up the series with a victory this afternoon.

    LA leads former Bronco Michal Rozsival and the Phoenix Coyotoes 3 games to 0 heading into game 4 in LA.

    Puck drop is 1pm Saskatchewan time.

    Click here for a preview
  • memorialcup2012

    Former Bronco Jordan Peddle and the Edmonton Oil Kings are heading home from the MasterCard Memorial Cup.

    They were the  first team eliminated last night as host Shawinigan scored early and often in cruising to a 6-1 win over Edmonton in the tiebreaker game. 

    The Cataractes now take on the Saint John Sea Dogs in tonight's semifinal.

    The winner will take on London in the Final.

    Click HEREfor last night's box score.

  • Jerid Clarke
    Jarid Clarke with Coach Robert Hattum

    A unique test and a learning experience for Swift Current boxer Jarid Clarke.

    The 16-year-old will be going to Wales for the next week for a couple of bouts against fighters from the UK.

    Friendship Centre Boxing Coach Robert Hattum says the fights will offer another style.

    "It's completely different coaching styles," says Hattum. "When you fight guys from Ireland, they like to go in there and just bang with you, and same with the guys from England and Wales - they're really tough kids out there." 

    Clarke lost a split decision when fighters came over from the UK to Saskatchewan earlier this year.

    Shawn Mullin's full interview with Robert Hattum:
  • brycen martin broncos
    Brycen Martin (photo scbroncos.com) 

    Bronco prospects defencemen Brycen Martin and Zach Gonek along with forwards Cavin Leth and Cameron Hughes were invited to the 2012 Team Alberta Under-17 Selection Camp, which gets underway tonight in Leduc, AB.

    Defenceman Brycen Martin – Selected 1st round, 2nd overall – 2011 WHL Bantam Draft (25: 6-11-17 with the Calgary Buffaloes in Midget AAA this season)

    Defenceman Zach Gonek – Selected 1st round, 13th overall – 2011 WHL Bantam Draft (31: 10-11-21 with St. Albert in Minor Midget AAA this season)

    Forward Cavin Leth – Selected 2nd round, 39th overall – 2011 WHL Bantam Draft (42: 7-12-19 with Notre Dame in Midget AAA this season)

    Forward Cameron Hughes – Selected 9th round, 178th overall – 2011 WHL Bantam Draft (32: 8-23-31 with the CAC Edmonton Canadians in Midget AAA this season)

    Both Martin and Hughes will play for Team Blue, while Leth will represent Team Black and Gonek Team Red. 

    The Selection Camp will begin tonight at the Leduc Recreation Centre and conclude on Sunday, May 26th.  The camp will include team building, on-ice practice, classroom sessions and games. 

    Team Alberta U17 is the final stage of the Team Alberta Male Program which gives athlete’s exposure to International Competition and opens the door for a chance to participate in Hockey Canada’s National Programs.  The World U17 Hockey Challenge is the pinnacle event for an athlete in the provincial Team Alberta Program and is the first stage of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence which in turn leads to the National Team Canada U18 and U20 Programs.

    For all the invites, rosters and schedule, click HERE.

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    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed import linebacker Daren Stone, import defensive lineman Mick Williams, non-import running back Nathan Riva and non-import wide receiver Bogdan Raic to contracts.

    Stone was originally drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2007 NFL Draft and also spent time with Baltimore.

    He appeared in eight regular season games last year with the Calgary Stampeders and had 18 tackles and nine special teams tackles.

    Williams comes to the Roughriders after stints with the NFL’s Chicago Bears and New York Jets in 2010.

    Riva spent the previous four seasons in the CIS with the University of Western Mustangs.

    Last year as a senior he carried the ball 92 times for 568 yards and 9 touchdowns.

    Raic signed with the Riders after playing his collegiate career with the Ottawa Gee Gees in the CIS.

    Last year as a senior he recorded 497 receiving yards on 25 receptions.

    As Canadian undrafted players, Riva and Raic will not count against the 75 man training camp roster.
  • BaseballCCBCChamps2012

    The 2012 CCBC Champion Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs (Photo: bcpbl.com)

    Swift Current's Luke Barry wrapped up his Prairie Baseball Academy stint on a high.

    He helped lead them to the Canadian College Baseball Conference national championship last weekend.

    "It was a storybook ending to end it on a double play and it's been an awesome two years out at prarie baseball academy. It was awesome to do it for the boys and to be able to end off the season on that high note."

    Barry says they were all thinking about teammates Tanner Craswell and Mitch MacLean, who were killed in a murder-suicide in December.

    He adds the season was difficult for him as he battled two injuries and was forced to DH.

    "It started off slow but progressively after working with coaches and just trying to keep that mental preparation and work on some things, it was awesome. Finally, towards the end, it came together for that last tournament."

    Barry still managed to make the first all star team.

    He'll suit up for the WMBL Indians again this summer.

    Shawn Mullin interviews Luke Barry:

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    The Los Angeles Kings are making it look easy. 

    Dwight King scored the winner early in the third as Los Angeles edged Phoenix 2-1. 

    Goaltender Jonathan Quick stayed hot, making 18 saves as the Kings took a step toward its first Stanley Cup final in 19 years.

    They lead the Western Conference finals 3-0.

  • kehler
    Tim Kehler 

    A couple of former members of the Bronco coaching staff are in the news.

    Multiple reports say former Swift Current Coach/GM Todd McLellan will remain behind bench for the San Jose Sharks.

    Sharks GM Doug Wilson won't confirm those reports

    There was some speculation McLellan could pay for another early round exit, but multiple news reports say he will be staying put.

    Meanwhile, former Broncos assistant Tim Kehler has landed a job overseas.

    He will be the head coach the Miskolc Polar Bears in Hungary.

    Kehler's most recent job saw him win BCHL Interior Coach of the Year while leading the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in 2010-2011.

    In other coaching news, the Edmonton Oilers chose not to renew Head Coach Tom Renney's contract.

    Early speculation has former Red Deer Rebels, New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames Coach Brent Sutter as the favourite for the Oilers job.
  • indians

    The Swift Current AA Bantam Indians played there first game in Moose Jaw on Wednesday.

    They won 7 - 4 with homeruns from Tanner Fritzke and Matt Bissonnette.

    Meanwhile, both the Midget AA and Pee Wee AA Indians are preparing for tournaments over the weekend.

    The Midget AAA team doesn't play again until next week.
  • Wildcats 2012
    The 2011-2012 Wildcats 

    The Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats will be hosting their fall tryout camp on Friday, August 10, Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 at the Credit Union iplex in Swift Current.

    The purpose of this camp is to evaluate prospective players, and choose the 2012-2013 edition of the Wildcats. The camp is open to players who are eligible to play bantam or midget hockey in the 2012-2013 season.

    The Wildcats are proud members of the SFMAAAHL and are entering their seventh season in existence. The Wildcats have won the prestigous MAC'S INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP twice and competed in the provincial finals three times. The Wildcat organization is proud to helped move on thirty-four players to college/university hockey in Canada and the United States. The Wildcats play a twenty-eight game regular season schedule and annually participate in two or three tournaments plus exhibition games. The team practices three times a week (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) from 4:15pm - 5:30pm. The players also participate in a weekly fitness program. Terry Pavely will be returning for his sixth year as head coach.

    The cost of this camp is $85.00 and cheques can be made payable to the Swift Current Wildcats. Registrations need to be received by August 5, 2012 to ensure your spot in the camp. Email head coach Terry Pavely at [email protected] with any questions in regards to the camp. Registered players will receive an email by August 8, 2012 with their camp schedule.

    Registration forms can be found at http://www.eteamz.com/swiftcurrentwildcats/ under the "HANDOUTS" tab or at www.sfmaaahl.com under either the "DOWNLOADS" tab.

    There are a limited number of spaces available for the camp so players are encouraged to register early to secure their spot in the camp. Registration forms can be mailed to: 123 Burke Crescent, Swift Current, SK, S9H 4E4
  • speedy creek
    (Photo: Speedy Creek Racing Association)

    The Speedy Creek Racing Association kicked off their season yesterday.

    Winning the Truck feature was the #00 truck driven by Kolten Coward. Taking the Hobbies was #24, Murray Koethler. #5, Stephan Klym, won the Streets. Getting the checkered flag in the Mods feature was #45, Trent Guest.

    They're back on the track June 2 for Kid's Day with IMCA Modifieds, Streets, Hobbies and Trucks.

    Interview with Head of Media Relations Colin Johnston:

  • golfsaskatchewan

    Golf Saskatchewan, in partnership with the PGA (Professional Golfers Association) of Canada, Saskatchewan Branch, officially announced on Thursday the creation of a junior men’s team championship and a junior women’s team championship as part of the SGI CANADA Saskatchewan Junior Men’s & Women’s Championships beginning in 2012.

    The junior men’s competition will have teams consisting of three golfers.  The lower two scores from each hole will make up the team score for that hole to be accumulated over the full 18 holes each day of competitive play.  The team with the lowest score over the three days of the championship will be crowned the Saskatchewan Junior Men’s Team Champion.

    The junior women’s competition will have teams consisting of two golfers.  The lowest single score from each hole will make up the team score for that hole to be accumulated over the full 18 holes each day of competitive play.  Just like the junior men’s event, the team with the lowest score over the three days of the championship will be crowned the Saskatchewan Junior Women’s Team Champion.

    Players competing in the Saskatchewan Junior Men’s & Women’s Team Championships will also be eligible to win the individual competition of the SGI CANADA Saskatchewan Junior Men’s & Women’s Championships and receive the chance to represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship and the Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Championship respectively.

    This year’s SGI CANADA Saskatchewan Junior Men’s & Women’s Championships and Saskatchewan Junior Men’s & Women’s Team Championships will be held at The Legends Golf Club in Warman, July 2

    We are excited to incorporate a team championship with our provincial juniors,” said Phil Grosse, Manager of Sport Development & Marketing for Golf Saskatchewan. “This initiative encourages golf clubs to invest in the future at their club and to provide opportunities for kids to develop, play, and have fun with the sport.  The best junior golf tournament in Saskatchewan just got a lot more fun for everyone involved in junior golf.”
  • soccerkickstart

    A great start to the season for both Swift Current's U14 girls soccer club teams.

    The division 2 and division 3 teams each won gold at the Lakewood Kickstart tournament in Saskatoon last weekend.

    Dale Perry coaches both sides and didn't know what to expect from their third division team.

    "I was totally unprepared, I mean we could have gone there and lost 5 games and I'd maybe not been surpised by that. The reason that I say that is that we were playing teams from Weyburn and Battlefords, similar sized communities that have only one team and we were beating them with our second team."

    Perry says it's not how they start the season... it's how they finish.

    He also coaches they very successful Ardens high school team.

    He tries to explain their strength.

    "Maybe it's something in the water here. You can't have success without a dedicated bunch and they have that. We can't just snap our fingers and make it work. The kids have great talent we just focus it and it turns out good."

    But Perry says they have a lot of work to do ahead of their home tournament on the weekend of the 26th.

    Shawn Mullin Interviews Dale Perry:

  • hockeycanadalogo

    It's curtains for Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.

    A late kneeing penalty to Ryan Getzlaf gave Slovakia a powerplay with less than 3 minutes left in the game and they made no mistake scoring off the draw to take a 4-3 lead that they would not relinquish.

    Canadian defenceman Marc Methot was not in the line-up.

    He was serving a one-game suspension.

    Click HERE for highlights of the game.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    The NHL Eastern Conference final is knotted at one game a piece.

    David Clarkson's goal in the final frame lifted New Jersey to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.

    The Devils now have home ice advantage in the series.

    Phoenix forward Martin Hanzal has been suspended one game for a hit on Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown. 
    Hanzal was given a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding at 11:01 of the third period in during the Coyotes' 4-0 loss.

    He'll miss tonight's game in L.A., where the Michael Roszival and the Coyotes trail 2-0 in the series.

  • elmwood sunny
    Elmwood Golf Club in Swift Current

    Broncos' Alumni are lining up to come back for the WW Smith Golf Classic in July.

    For the first time in several years, former goalie Terry Friesen is returning to Swift Current from his Fresno, California home.

    "It's been on my calendar for a lot of years," explains Friesen. "I decided you've just got to do it, book it, make it happen and quit making excuses. So, this is the year I said 'let's do it'. We'll make the trip back, so I'm excited."

    Friesen played three seasons and 149 games as a Bronco from 1995 to 1998, and says he really enjoyed it.

    "From the office staff to the radio broadcasters to the training staff, coaches and players - it was a good time," says Friesen. "I loved the little community; it really creates for a tight knit group. Today, it's still one of the tightest teams I've played with."

    During that time he played with Michal Rozsival and Friesen says he's cheering on his former teammate on his NHL playoff run with Phoenix.

    "My TV is on every night and absolutely cheering on Rozsival," says Friesen. "A few of the other guys I played with are still out there playing. It's great to see what they're doing in Phoenix. I hope they can make that situation work. It's great for Micheal to be in that position again."

    He'll join players from all-time leading scorer Todd Holt to recent graduate Justin Dowling at the tournament at Elmwood.

    Click here for more information including how to register

    Interview with Terry Friesen:

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    Jordan Peddle hoists the Ed Chynoweth Cup

    Former Bronco and Legionnaire Jordan Peddle and the Edmonton Oil Kings are hopping on a plane to the Memorial Cup in Shawinigan, Quebec.

    Peddle was thrilled to help lead the Edmonton Oil Kings to a WHL championship:

    "Incredible, this is what I've been playing for my whole career and it's tough to put into words how incredible the feeling is."

    He has embraced the playoff style game throughout their championship run.

    "The harder the game is played the harder I like to play and the more involved I like to get in the game. The more involved in the game I am the better I play."

    Peddle scored 7 points in the 7 game championship series against Portland.

    He appreciates the support he's had from former teammates including Justin Dowling and Jordan Evans who took in some of the WHL championship games in Edmonton.

    "Dowling and Evans, they made the trip down and they've been really good friends of mine for my whole WHL career and I'm still really close friends with those guys and for them to come down and support me like that and come to watch the game is an awesome feeling."

    Now the Ed Chynoweth Cup champions have to re-focus on their Memorial Cup opponents form the OHL and QMJHL.

    "We don't really know anything about them so we're going to stick our game plan and just play the way we play hockey."

    They open the Memorial Cup on Friday against Shawinigan.

    Jordan Peddle describes winning the Ed Chynoweth Cup in his interview with Shawn Mullin:

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