This issue of SportsLife Magazine is dedicated to stars. I must admit, it didn’t really start out that way. Publisher OV Suvajac and I sat down as we always do and looked at the most pertinent, most newsworthy and most interesting amateur sport stories in Manitoba and came up with our list. Turns out, the list was full of some of the finest athletes in the region.
In this issue, you’ll meet Casey Schouten, the incredible University of Winnipeg volleyball player who is off with our national team in Quebec. You’ll meet Wyatt Tait, the high school basketball star and playoff MVP who led Oak Park to the Provincial Title last year. And you’ll meet the new stars from our local racetrack, Assiniboia Downs, people such as Jerry Gourneau, Kayla Pizarro and Cole Bennett. We’ll have every provincial athlete, coach and volunteer award winner in this issue plus all the young stars that were highly recruited by University of Manitoba Bisons’ football coach, Brian Dobie. The newest recruits to the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame can be found inside as are Skate Manitoba’s 2016-17 Award Winners. Brilliant young writer Lisa Lysen has a story about a “Woman and Her Dreams,” National Team tackle football player Breanne Ward from Winnipeg, who will represent our country at the World Championships this summer. Meanwhile, Jamie Bettens has a preview of the 2017 Manitoba Junior Baseball League season with a nice collection of star players to watch this summer. We will also re-introduce you to Todd MacCulloch, Winnipeg’s only NBA basketball star, who is being inducted into Canada’s Basketball Hall of Fame and we will check in with Geoff Gray, a former Greendell Falcons football star and university of Manitoba Bisons O-lineman who just signed a free-agent deal with the Green Bay Packers.
As always, we have three exciting photo pages from James Carey Lauder and Jeff Miller and this month, our centre-spread is on the upcoming Winnipeg High School Football League Senior Bowl.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy another jam-packed issue of SportsLife. This time, it’s dedicated to a cavalcade of stars.
– SCOTT TAYLOR Editor-in-Chief