weekend sports wrap: Jones wins Scotties; Natives end losing streak


The following is a complete look-back on what transpired in local sports over the weekend . . .

Jones wins Scotties; Stoughton wins National Grand Slam

Jennifer Jones is this year's Scotties champion.

Jones and her team of third Kaitlyn Lawes, second Jill Officer and lead Dawn Askin won the women's provincial curling championship on Sunday in Stonewall, defeating Barb Spencer's team 9-3 in the championship final.

In the eighth end, Jones took advantage of a miss from Spencer to draw to the rings with her final stone for three. Jones would later steal two in the ninth end to clinch the win.

This is the sixth time that Jones and her team has won the provincial title.

Jones will now advance to the Canadian women's curling championship, which takes place Feb. 16-24 in Kingston, Ont.

Meanwhile, Jeff Stoughton won the National Grand Slam of Curling title in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., on Sunday.

Stoughton scored four in the fifth end en route to a 8-2 victory over Brandon's Mike McEwen and his Winnipeg team in the championship final.

Harris, Scott named MSSA athletes of the year

The Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association doled out its yearly award winners on Sunday night in Winnipeg.

Andrew Harris, this year's runner-up for outstanding Canadian honours in the CFL, is the male athlete of the year for 2012.

Harris led the CFL in yards from scrimmage with 1,830, and with a total of 1,112 yards, was third in the league in rushing to earn a running back all-star selection. He scored 11 touchdowns, seven rushing and four by receiving. This is Harris' second straight athlete of the year, taking home the MSSA award in 2011.

Joining Harris as the female athlete of the year is soccer sensation Desiree Scott, who was a prominent midfielder on Canada's bronze medallist women's soccer team in the London Summer Olympics.  

Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball club, who won the American Association championship, took home team of the year honours.

For more on the award winners, click here.

MJHL: Natives end losing streak

The Neepawa Natives snapped a five-game losing streak on Friday night, defeating the Swan Valley Stampeders 8-5 at the Yellowhead Centre.

Landon Thompson netted a hat-trick for the Natives in the contest. Sam Briscoe, Robbie Moar, Derrick Brooks, Drake Lindsay and T.J. Sneath scored the other goals for Neepawa.

Bruce Corrigal picked up the win between the pipes for the Natives, stopping 44 shots.

On Saturday however, the Natives travelled to Steinbach and ended up falling to the Pistons by a score of 4-2.

Former Native Justin Dalebozik scored for the Pistons in the win, while Troy Hoban and Brendan Wilde scored for Neepawa, who now sit with an 11-29-5 record.

Here are the rest of the scores from the MJHL over the weekend:

Steinbach 3 Selkirk 2 (OT)
Winkler 6 Waywayseecappo 2
Dauphin 3 Virden 2

OCN 2 Winkler 0
Winnipeg 6 Portage 2
Waywayseecappo 3 Virden 1

Swan Valley 3 Winkler 2 (SO)
Portage 5 Steinbach 2
Winnipeg 6 Virden 3

Wheat Kings defeat Rebels; fall to Oil Kings, Hitmen

The Brandon Wheat Kings completed a four-game season sweep of the Red Deer Rebels Friday night with a 2-1 overtime victory.

Eric Roy scored the game winner 55 seconds into overtime as the Wheat Kings kicked off a three game in three night Alberta road trip.

On Saturday, the defending Western Hockey League champion Edmonton Oil Kings out-shot Brandon 52-26 en route to a 5-2 victory over the Wheat Kings.

Jayce Hawryluk and Eric Roy scored Brandon's goals in the loss.

On Sunday, the Wheat Kings ended up falling to the Calgary Hitmen by a score of 5-0.

After the weekend's action, the Wheat Kings now sit with a 18-29-2-2 record (last place in the Eastern Conference).

BU review: men's basketball team picks up win over Huskies

The Brandon University men's basketball team defeated the 10th-ranked Saskatchewan Huskies 73-69 on Saturday night at the Healthy Living Centre.

Ilarion Bonhomme had 22 points for the Bobcats, who dropped a 68-65 decision to the Huskies the night before.

The Bobcats -- who now sit with a record of 4-12 on the year -- are out of the playoff race in the Canada West conference.

The BU women's team meanwhile, lost both of their games to the Huskies and remain winless through 16 Canada West games.

Turning to volleyball, both BU teams travelled to Saskatoon to take on the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.

The BU women's team won both of their contests over the weekend and now sit with a record of 8-10 on the year, while the BU men's team dropped both of their contests and fell to 10-8 on the season.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League weekly update: Chiefs defeat Rangers, Capitals

The Yellowhead Chiefs remain in the thick of things for top spot in the West Division in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League.

The Chiefs squeaked out a 2-1 overtime win over the Parkland Rangers on Friday night in Shoal Lake.
Bradley Bowles scored the game winner for the Chiefs.

On Saturday, the host Chiefs defeated the Central Plains Capitals 3-1.

Bradley Bowles, Logan Young and Shawn Bowles scored for Yellowhead, who are three point behind the Brandon Wheat Kings for first place in the West Division.

The Wheat Kings defeated the Interlake Lightning on Friday by a score of 6-1, but wound up falling to the Winnipeg Thrashers 4-1 on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Wheat Kings completed their busy weekend with a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Wild.
The Pembina Valley Hawks currently sit in third place, while the Southwest Cougars are in fourth.

Tigers fall to Major Pratt

The Westman High School Hockey League's Neepawa Tigers lost to the Major Pratt Trojans in overtime by a score of 6-5 on Friday night in Russell.

The Tigers would rebound however, defeating Killarney/Wawanesa 12-1 on Saturday.

The Tigers currently sit with a 16-0-1 record and are in first place in the standings.

For more on the league, click here to go to the league's website.

Farmers successful

The Neepawa Farmers of the Tiger Hills Hockey League had a successful weekend.

The Farmers defeated the Killarney Shamrocks 10-3 on Friday and followed that up with a 5-3 win over the Reston Rockets on Saturday.

The Farmers -- who sit with a 14-3-0 record -- take on the Pilot Mound Pilots next Saturday to wrap up the regular season.

Jets come back to beat Islanders

The Winnipeg Jets scored two goals 65 seconds apart in the third period en route to a 5-4 overtime win over the New York Islanders.

Dustin Byfuglien and Alexander Burmistrov scored the two goals in the third to help the Jets, who defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 on Friday night.

The Jets now sit with a 3-1-1 record on the year.

In photo: Desiree Scott, file photo