Kayden Caumartin is just happy to be back playing high school sports with all of his friends as he represents McCreary High School. The pandemic caused high school sports to take a back seat for more than a year but now, the grade 12 athlete is back doing what he loves.

"I'm so happy to be back, I missed it so much," said Caumartin. "Getting back out there and playing, it feels awesome. I have such amazing teammates and I love playing with them every single day."

And as the school year is well underway, so is Kayden's athletic season at the high school and he's already doing great things. Caumartin has helped the Mavericks jump up to the third spot in the MHSAA provincial rankings in the 'A' classification. He led them to a second-place finish at the Beef and Barley tournament in Russell and a first-place finish at the Ste. Rose Invitational and Rivers tournament. 

"It feels pretty good to be ranked that high," said Caumartin. "With that said, we have a lot of work to do."

Kayden's coach, Dan Macfarlane said he continues to be the most consistent player on the floor, game in and game out. Caumartin is a tireless worker and now he's been recognized by MHSAA, as he is this week's Dairy Farmers of Manitoba Rural Athlete of the Week. 

"It feels great that I've been recognized for what I've done this year," said Caumartin. "With that said, I have to give a ton of the credit to my teammates. I couldn't do what I do without them, they're great."

Kayden is also playing on this year's McCreary Mountaineers, a member of the Westman High School Hockey League. They open their season on Saturday afternoon against the Dauphin Clippers.