Mark McMorris announced as a Saskatchewan Sport Awards finalist

Regina’s Mark McMorris is among three finalists for the Saskatchewan Sportsman of the Year Award, which will be presented Jan. 22 in Saskatoon.

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Regina’s Mark McMorris is a finalist for Saskatchewan Sportsman of the Year.

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McMorris, who won a bronze medal in men’s snowboard slopestyle at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, will go up against Moose Jaw’s Ben Coakwell (bob) and Pike Lake’s Rylan Wiens (diving) when the Saskatchewan Sport Awards are presented in January . 22 in Saskatoon.

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The other finalists are:

Sportswoman of the year: Emily Clark, Saskatoon (hockey); Margo Erlam, Saskatoon (diving); Brittany Hudak, Prince Albert (para Nordic).

Coach of the year: Maureen Johnson, Regina (baton twirling); Mary Carroll, Saskatoon (diving); Jason Reindl, Saskatoon (Athletics).

Young athlete of the year: Teah Chavez, Regina (tennis); Presley Deck, Regina (diving); Shelaine Pritchard, Prince Albert (Athletics).

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Young athlete of the year: Keegan Rice, Regina (tennis); Lucas Musschoot, Grenfell (volleyball); Kash Tarasoff, Saskatoon (diving).

Team of the Year: Rebels Cheerleading Athletics — Team Smoke, Regina (cheerleading); Regina Thunder (football); Team Saskatchewan, Province (Men’s Volleyball).

Also, awards will be given to the following people:

Inspire Through Sport Award: Nolan Barnes, Yorkton (adaptive water skiing); Nikita Ens, Meadow Lake (para swimming).

Award for dedication to the coach: Doug Sylvester, North Battleford (biathlon); Tracy Hazen, Saskatoon (volleyball).

Volunteer commitment award: Leslie Bilodeau, Debden (broom); Michelle Duchene, Saskatoon (soccer); Ryan Gaudet, Bellevue (wheelchair rugby); Tony Caissie, Melfort (Special Olympics).

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Led by Zane Graham’s 34 points, the Winston Knoll Wolverines defeated the Regina Christian Grizzlies 90-76 in senior boys Regina Intercollegiate Basketball League action on Wednesday.

Markus Glasspell led Regina Christian with 30 points.

Also on Wednesday, the Laval Lions got 22 points from Sofia Ouellet in the senior’s 59-52 win over the Luther Lions. Anji Otukoya was ahead of Luther with 18.

In junior action Tuesday, Corban Andres scored 18 points for the Martin Monarchs in their 58-55 win over the Campbell Tartans, and Colton Thomsen’s 17 points led the Johnson Wildcats to a 72-57 win over the Thom Trojans. Deon Henry led Thom with 19 points.

Also on Tuesday, Maddison Tomkinson scored 19 points to lead the Martin juniors to a 42-41 win over Regina Christian. Breylnn Thompson scored 15 points for the Grizzlies.

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In the junior girls’ other game, Thom got 13 points from Ava McKay in a 46-32 win over Johnson. Natalie Seymour scored 10 points for the Wildcats.


The Swift Current Broncos’ winning streak was snapped at seven games when the host Lethbridge Hurricanes cruised to a 5-3 Western Hockey League win on Wednesday.

Tyson Laventure led the Hurricanes (22-15-0-2) with two goals. Chase Pauls, Hayden Smith and Regina native Blake Swetlikoff had singles.

Josh Davies, Caleb Wyrostok and Connor Hvidston responded for Swift Current (19-16-0-1).

Also on Wednesday, Portland Winterhawks goaltender Dante Giannuzzi was named the first star in a 3-1 win over the host Saskatoon Blades.

Giannuzzi, who made 27 saves, stopped all 23 shots he faced in the second period. The Blades (26-7-2-1) then went without a shot on goal in the third period as Portland improved to 28-6-2-1.

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In another highlight reel, the Seattle Thunderbirds posted a 4-3 overtime victory over the host Winnipeg Ice in a matchup between the CHL’s top two teams.

Nika Myatovic scored 3:26 into the sudden death game. Seattle’s Reid Schaefer and Winnipeg’s Matthew Savoie each scored twice.

The 29-6-1-1 Thunderbirds, first in the CHL weekly poll, have the most points in the WHL. Winnipeg (29-5-1-0) has the best winning percentage (.843).

Wednesday’s game between the Moose Jaw Warriors and the host Red Deer Rebels also went into overtime. Red Deer won 4-3 in the shootout, during which Kai Uchacz scored the game-winning goal.

Earlier, Uchacz scored his 34th league goal (in his 39th game). He is three goals ahead of Connor Bedard of the Regina Pats, who has played 10 fewer games.

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The Rebels’ Kalan Lind, who is from Shaunavon, was named the first star after recording one goal and two assists.


The Regina Pat Canadians return to action on Saturday when they play host to the Saskatoon Contacts in Saskatchewan Men’s AAA Hockey League action. The meeting is at 20:00 at the Cooperative House.

Regina is coming off a 5-1 home win over the Swift Current Legionnaires on Tuesday.

Steven Steranka, Ryan Zaremba, Rhett Platt, Luke Moroz and Koen Senft scored for Regina, which got two assists from Isaac Pollo and Casey Brown. Keelan Mansuy scored for Swift Current.

The win moved Regina (21-6-0-1) ahead of Swift Current (20-8-0-2) for second place.


The Regina Avana Rebels, the top-ranked team in the Saskatchewan Under-18 Women’s AAA Hockey League, improved to 15-5-1-0 on Wednesday by defeating the host Notre Dame Hounds 4-3 in a shootout.

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Stryker Zablocki scored the only goal in the shootout.

The Rebels forced overtime when Ashley Breitkreuz scored with just seven seconds left in the third period.

Addison Greve and Rayna Hennie also scored in regulation time for the Rebels. Maisie Kozak, Alyssa Rasmuson and Eden Carius returned the favor for Notre Dame (10-5-0-3), which got two assists from Kate Williams and 40 saves from Schay Camphaug. Regina’s Hannah Tresek stopped 19 shots.


Gabriel Filion’s two goals powered the Estevan Bruins to a 5-2 Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League victory over the Yorkton Terriers on Wednesday at Affinity Place.

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