The Tamarack Tournament continues to wind down at the Clear Lake Golf Course and a few Parkland golfers are still very much alive.

In the junior men’s first flight semifinals, it’ll be Neepawa’s Hayden Delaloye against Dauphin’s Eric Prokopowich after they both won their quarterfinal matchups.

Thomas Scott won his second flight match while Jackson Delaurier did what he had to in the fourth flight.

In the fifth flight, Easton Odut won.

In the senior men’s third flight, Russell’s Frank Clement  is off to the finals. 

In the champion men’s third flight, Mike Pernarowski is off to the semifinals after winning his quarterfinal.

The second flight ladies scramble saw Dauphin’s Jo-Anne Stitt and her partner Geri Menzies move onto the semifinals. 

Grandview's Koby Morrisseau isn't going anywhere. 

The Dauphin Kings have announced that the former Parkland Ranger will be joining their club this season.

Morrisseau comes to the Kings from the WHL's Regina Pats. He had one goal and three assists last year in 14 games. 

"Koby brings a lot of different things to this team. I coached him when he was 15-years-old and he was an impact player," said Doug Hedley, Head Coach & General Manager. "The speed he has, the ability and everything. He has the ability to be a difference-maker every game. He should be very solid for us."

"His grandpa Barry McKay is very happy to have him here. With the calibre of player he is, it should be outstanding," Hedley continued. 

Koby is thrilled that he'll be playing for the organization and being so close to home while doing so.

"It was really good to sign with this organization," said Morrisseau. "It's going to be great playing around the family. I'm hoping to win an MJHL Championship with this team."

"It's going to be very nice to play around home, they'll be able to watch my games and that's exciting," he continued.

In the 2015-16 season, Koby had 15 points in 17 games with the U18 Rangers. He broke onto the scene in the 14-15 season, with 61 points (39G) in just 30 games.

What can you expect from Koby this season?

"I have speed, size and I can put the puck in the back of the net," he continued. "I'm hoping that happens a lot this season. I like to use my body as well."

You can see Koby on the ice next Friday as main camp opens up for the Kings at Credit Union Place. Stay tuned for a schedule and full coverage throughout that weekend.

Dauphin Kings main camp starts next Thursday at Credit Union Place. Several local players will be there and one is Ste. Rose's Reece Hopfner.

The 19-year-old has been working hard in preparation for this year's camp. He also took part in last year's camp with the team, before he was traded to Fort Frances.

"I feel ready for this and I'm really excited to get back into competitive hockey," said Hopfner. "I got more experience at the junior level so I think I'm ready to show what I can do."

"When I got traded to Fort Frances last year, I think it really helped me grow as a player and as a person to live on my own," he continued. "It was important for me to experience what it feels like to be on the ice every day and to play with older players. It was a fun year and I learned a lot."

Reece suited up in 43 regular-season games with the Lakers. He had 19 points (6G). He started last season on fire. In his first four games, he had four points. 

"I think I really learned that everyone is a lot faster at the junior level," added Hopfner. "They're stronger and I have to play the body more. You need to trust your teammates and I have to always move my feet. It was all about getting better every day and I think I did that."

Hopfner has spent a lot of his summer in the gym on top of working for the City of Ste. Rose. He also played for Treaty 2/Kiniw in the Parkland Source for Sports 4 on 4 Hockey League. Reece scored one goal in the gold medal game as the team went on to win the league. He also scored three times in their semifinal win. 

"I've been working hard, that's for sure. I've been running a lot and just preparing all around," he continued.

Main camp hits the ice for the first time on Friday. That's when Reece will get his first opportunity to impress Doug Hedley and the crew as he looks to lock up a spot on a team that's just down the road from his hometown.

"I think I'm a 200-foot player. I can generate offence and I'm also really good defensively," he added. 

Dauphin plays their season opener on September 20 in Swan Valley and Reece has a goal of being a part of that lineup.

"It would mean a lot to me and my family as well," he concluded. "It would be totally surreal to represent my community as a whole."

Wyatt Tweet's baseball season came to an end this past weekend in Swift Current. He represented Manitoba at the Western Canada Summer Games, in the baseball event and the team put together a great week.

After going 4-2 in the round-robin, Tweet and the Manitoba men advanced to the gold medal, where they came up just short against Alberta. That meant Manitoba would make their way back home with a silver medal.

In that round-robin, Manitoba played Saskatchewan three times. They scored 34 runs in winning all three and they gave up just 14 runs. They also beat Alberta once.

"We stayed in classrooms in a school and we ate in the cafeteria, so that was a new experience," said Tweet. "When it came down to the game, we were focused and we played pretty well. It's a real honour winning a silver medal, especially when you get the chance to represent your province. It was a great week."

Alberta came out of the gates firing in the gold medal game. After scoring one in the first, they pounded out five runs in the third to take a 6-1 lead. Manitoba would score three runs in the final three innings, but it was too little, too late.

"It was important for us to get out to an early lead against them, but we didn't do that," he said. "Our offence didn't come until later in the game. It is what it is, it was still a fantastic week."

On a personal level, it was a solid week for Wyatt as scouts from all around watched. He hit a towering home run in a round-robin game against Alberta. 

"I'm happy with my performance. I got on base every game and I was able to have positive at-bats," he continued. "I advanced runners and had some RBI's. I think I showed off my skill pretty well."

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Wyatt will return to play with Major Pratt next season. He will also play with the Midwest AAA club. 

Now his mindset switches to hockey. He'll take part in Waywayseecappo Wolverines camp, which starts on August 28.

"I've really been working hard over the summer to gain weight and get stronger," he added. "My goal is to make an impact at camp and show what I can do."

The Russell native has already made an impact within the Wolverines organization. He scored his first-ever junior goal last season with the team against the Virden Oil Capitals. Whatever happens throughout the camp, just getting the chance to try out for the team is something Wyatt won't forget.

"I'm over the moon excited that I get this chance," he concluded. "I just can't wait for it to start."

Waywayseecappo begins their preseason on September 2 against the OCN Blizzard

Treaty 2/Kiniw are this year’s Parkland Source for Sports 4 on 4 Hockey League Champions.

Koby Morrisseau scored twice as they beat Aspen Insurance, 13-7 in the finals.

Brad Marshall also scored twice. Other scorers included Brayden Kohlman, Ryan Benson and Landon Brown.

In the loss, Brendan Arnold scored twice.

In the bronze medal game, Dean Cooley GM beat Fusion Credit Union, 20-10.

Carter Zalischuk scored four times in the win while Jordan Gray scored three times.

Kyan Grouette and Trey Sauder also scored three in the win. 

In the loss, Owen Riffel and Tyson Zimmer both had three goals.

It’s an all Dauphin battle on Thursday as the Tamarack Tournament continues. 

After wins in the Round of 16, Mark Odut will take on Regan Hedley in a quarterfinal in the Second Flight.

In other action today, Gilbert Plains Dale Murray pulled off a big comeback. He was down three after nine, but he ended up coming back to advance in the First Flight.

In the Championship Flight, Kody Fawcett has advanced and he’ll play the 14th seed in the quarterfinals.

Also winning his first match was Jerron Kyle.

Bart Michaleski has advanced after he beat the #9 seed in the Sixth Flight.

In the 11th Flight, Lawson Yates advanced.

In the Champion Men’s Championship Flight, Keith Fawcett won his match to advance to the semifinals.

Riley Shamray did a lot of good things on the ice during his time with the Dauphin Kings. He's also done a lot of good things on the field for the Oak River Dodgers and now he's on top thanks to it.

The veteran of 154 games with Dauphin, Shamray helped the Dodgers win the Southwest Baseball League last night. They beat the Boissevain Centennials in the finals.

The series went the distance (five games) with Oak River winning 5-0 to win the league title.

"Absolutely it felt great. They got ahead in the series, but we just rebounded and stayed focus," said Shamray. "It was a good series and it was great to win it."

Oak River has now won two of the last three Southwest Baseball League titles. 

With the off-season now upon us, Riley and the crew will enjoy their title, but they'll be back looking to win it again next summer.

"I'm sure our team is going to be pretty much the same as this year," he added. "Hopefully everyone comes back and hopefully we can make it another great season."

Riley is now Alberta bound. He's set to join the Mount Royal Cougars hockey team this season. He heads to Mount Royal on Thursday.

"I'm really looking forward to being a part of the team and taking the next step in my life," he added. "I know it's going to be a big step hockey wise, but I'm looking forward to the challenge."

"I'll give it all I can and hopefully, I can make good things happen," Shamray continued.

Riley suited up in 150 regular-season games with Dauphin and four playoff games last season. During that time, he had 92 points (23G). He also led the Kings' with 47 points last season in the regular-season and his four playoff points were second best on the team.

"I'm not really focusing on putting up a lot of points with Mount Royal," he concluded. "I'm just focusing on playing my best every time I get in the lineup and doing the little things right."

They play their first preseason game on September 10.

Russell's Jay Thiesen is in a pretty good spot after his first round at the Canadian Mid-Amateur Golf Championships at the Summit Golf & Country Club.

He fired a 3 over, 74 earlier today. The round included two birdies, three bogies, and one double bogey. 

Starting on the back nine, Jay made bogey on the 11th hole, but he rebounded with a birdie on 16. After a bogey on four and birdie on five, Thiesen made double on the sixth hole. He rounded out his round with two pars and one bogey in the final three holes.

"My ball-striking was okay. The driver wasn't the best off the tee, but I was hitting lots of greens and I was putting pretty well," he said from his hotel room. "I was pretty pleased for the most part."

After a 7:41 tee-time this morning, Jay will tee off tomorrow at 12:41. He will begin his round on the first hole.

"I think I'm pretty confident going into tomorrow. I putt well, but I didn't really make that many, I lipped out several times," he said. "If I can just cut out some of the mistakes, I could have easily been even par today and been right in there."

As of this posting, Jay is in a tie for 18th place. The leader is 5 under right now, but second place is just 1 under. That means just four strokes separate second from 18th place.

"I think I'll be a little more aggressive tomorrow, even more so than today," he said. "If I can get a few more putts to go down, I think I'll be in a good spot. Shooting even par is definitely gettable, anything below that is a bonus."

Waywayseecappo Wolverines prospect, Brandt Young stepped into the winner's circle over the weekend.

Playing in the Neepawa Golf & Country Club Junior Men's Club Championship, Brandt took care of business by winning the title. He shot an 84 to win by five strokes.

"To be honest, I don't think I played too well, I think I could have played better," said Young. "84 was good enough to win, so I guess it worked out."

"I was hitting my driver pretty well out there," he continued. "I think it was more my short game. I lipped out on some putts and my chipping wasn't fantastic, but overall, it is what it is."

Brandt also played in the overall Men's Club Championship. That meant his second round was on Sunday and he fired a 90. The winner of the men's title was Austin Gwilt. 

Young's focus now switches to getting back on the ice. The 16-year-old from Neepawa will head to Lethbridge this weekend for Hurricanes rookie camp. That starts on Wednesday, August 28.

Main camp starts on August 30.

"I'm going there to hopefully make an impression and of course, have some fun. That's really what it's all about," he added.

In his first year with the U18 Yellowhead Chiefs last year, Brandt put up 11 points (1G) in 46 regular-season games. In his last year with the Bantam Chiefs the year prior, he was very efficient. He put up 44 points (4G) in 36 games.

"I'm more of a defence first type of player and I think you can tell that by my numbers," he added. "I take pride in my own zone first and I try to make a good first pass."

Young adds his goal is to make the Hurricanes this season. As a 16-year-old that may be tough, but he's ready for the challenge ahead of him.

"I like to think I have a chance if I play well," Young said. "If I don't, I guess we'll see what happens. I just want to give it my all and leave a good impression."

If Brandt doesn't make the team, he'll report to Waywayseecappo. He was drafted 12th overall in the 2018 MJHL Draft by the Wolverines. 

"I'm going into these camps with a good head," he concluded. "If I don't make Lethbridge, I'll go to Waywayseecappo with a fresh mind and I'll try my hardest. If it works out that's great, if it doesn't, it doesn't."

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Koby Morrisseau scored three times to lift the Treaty 2/Kiniw team to the gold medal game in the Parkland Source for Sports 4 on 4 Hockey League.

They beat Dean Cooley GM, 10-7.

Derek Benson scored twice while five players scored once.

They include Reece Hopfner, Riley Zdan, Brad Marshall, Brayden Kohlman, and Landon Brown.

In the loss, Kurtis Luke and Carter Zalischuk both scored twice.

Dean Cooley GM plays in tomorrows third place game while Treaty 2/Kiniw battles it out for gold.

The late game saw Brendan Arnold score three times as Aspen Insurance beat Fusion Credit Union, 12-6.

Garrett Hrechka and Ronald Johnson each scored twice in the win.

In the defeat, Brayden Dube scored four times.

Dauphin’s Eric Prokopowich is the low Parklander as the Junior Men’s division at the Tamarack Tournament started. 

He shot a 9 over, 81 and he’s in a tie for 10th.

Just one stroke back is Luke Davidson, while Thomas Scott is three back of Eric.

Neepawa’s Hayden Delaloye also is three back while Noah Wiens is six back of Eric.

Luke Myhre shot an 89 while Jackson Delaurier fired a 94.

Easton Odut shot a 109.

In other action, Laurie Vrooman lost his match and he’s in a do or die situation on Wednesday. 

Mel Graves also lost his match and he’s in the same situation as Laurie on Wednesday.

Frank Clement won his match and he’ll move onto his flighted semifinals. 

After a 5 over, 77, Keith Fawcett finished in a tie for fourth in the Champions Men’s division. His matches begin later this week